Wednesday, November 7, 2018

TRINITY OR TAWHEED?

Adnan Rashid and Samuel Green. Twynholm Baptist Church, London. October 26, 2018

SALVATION IN CHRISTIANITY & ISLAM

Adnan Rashid and Samuel Green. Kingston University London. Organized by the Topical Talk Society. October 24, 2018.

In this debate I used a new diagram to explain salvation in Islam. I think it worked well because it brings together all the different components we have know about and as a result allows us to actually compare what Islam and Christianity believe about salvation.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Are the New Testament Gospels Based On Eyewitness Testimony? Jonathan McLatchie vs. Yusuf Ismail



Last month, I participated in a public moderated debate with Muslim apologist Yusuf Ismail, a criminal defence attorney from South Africa. The debate took place in Durban, South Africa, and was hosted by the Islamic Propagation Centre International (IPCI). I have now uploaded the full recording (see embedded video above). Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Answering the Nation of Islam and the Black Hebrews






In this video series, my friend Pastor Sule Prince and I deal with the Nation of Islam and the Black Hebrews. The Nation of Islam makes the claim that they are the true Muslims, but with one interesting caveat, God is black, as are all the prophets, including Jesus Christ. The white race on the other hand are "white devils" created in a freak accident by a black scientist named 'Yakub'. Watch and learn.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

The Deity of Christ and Bart Ehrman

The Deity of Christ is a fundamental doctrine of the Christian faith. It is taught throughout Scripture. It has been attacked by heretics throughout history including Islam, and is denied today by many liberal scholars who also deny the supernatural, and the concept of miracles, including God's existence. When Christians cite the claims of Jesus that He claimed to be God particularly in the gospel of John, our Muslim friends try to find alternate interpretations to disprove clear texts such as John 1:1; 8:58-59 (cf. Exodus 3:13-14); 10:30; 14:9; and John 20:28. 
Dr. Bart Ehrman in a recent tweet addresses the question of whether or not Jesus called Himself God. You will notice that Ehrman interprets the passages in John cited above in the same way that Christians have interpreted these passages about the deity of Christ, that these are claims that Jesus makes about His identification as God. Ehrman believes that this is crystal clear in John as he says, "For John, Jesus is obviously God". Note as well, that Ehrman acknowledges just as Christians have always maintained, John does not say Jesus is God the Father, which is the heresy of modalism. Ehrman curiously wonders why the other gospel writers do not state the deity of Christ as clearly. They do, but not in the same way John does. Since Muslims are fond of quoting Bart Ehrman in their attacks on the New Testament, perhaps they will be consistent here, and pay attention to Ehrman's treatment of the gospel of John. Ehrman's tweet is available below. I have highlighted the significant parts in bold letters.
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What Do You Think?
Box 10.5  Did Jesus Call Himself God?
It is an interesting to ask: “What did Jesus say about himself?”  More specifically, you might ask: “Did Jesus ever call himself God?”   As it turns out, it depends on which Gospel you read.
In the Synoptic Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Jesus never says he is God.  He does talk about himself as the Son of Man; he says he must be killed and raised from the dead; and he admits he is the messiah.  But the vast bulk of his teaching in these Gospels is not about himself at all.  It is about God, the coming Kingdom of God, and the way to live in preparation for it.
Not in John.  
In John Jesus teaches almost entirely about himself:  who he is, his relation to the Father, how he has come into the world from heaven above to convey the truth that can bring eternal life.   And he makes some remarkable claims about himself.  These claims are found in John and nowhere else.
For example, to the Jews who do not believe in him, Jesus says “Before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:58).   Abraham lived 1800 years earlier, and Jesus is claiming to have existed before that Even more than that, he claims for himself the name of God, “I am” (see Exodus 3:13-14).  His Jewish opponents know exactly what he is saying.  They pick up stones to execute him for blasphemy.   Two chapters later, he does it again, claiming “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30).   Once again they break out the stones.  Later, to his disciples, he says “If you have seen me you have seen the Father” (John 14:9).
These teachings of Jesus that he is a divine correlate with what John says elsewhere, as we have seen in the Prologue “The Word was with God, and the Word was God” (1:1)  And in the ending, when Thomas confesses that Jesus is “My Lord and my God” (20:28)
For John, Jesus is obviously God, and he says he is (not God the Father but … equal with God?).  Why do you suppose these sayings are not in the earlier Gospels?   If Matthew, Mark, and Luke knew that Jesus had said such things, wouldn’t they want to tell their readers?   It’s worth thinking about.

Sharia in Europe: Human Rights Court Adopts Islamic Blasphemy Laws

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) recently ruled that freedom of speech must be balanced with "protecting the religious feelings" of others. Hence, Europeans are no longer allowed to call Muhammad offensive names like "pedophile," even though he had sex with a prepubescent nine-year-old girl named Aisha.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Bart Ehrman Defends the Trinity Against a Muslim


Many Muslims assume that the Christian belief in the Trinity rests solely on 1 John 5:7 as it reads in the King James Version, "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." Christians have long understood and accepted that this verse was spurious and not part of the original text of 1 John. This is openly admitted by all New Testament scholars. In my debates I am often asked by Muslims about why I believe in the Trinity if 1 John 5:7 is spurious or not original. My answer has always been, that first and foremost, the Trinity does not rest on 1 John 5:7 nor does it rest on any one verse in the Bible. It is based on the totality of the witness of Scripture. Christian do not just believe in sola Scriptura (Scripture alone), they also believe in tota Scriptura (all of Scripture), the testimony of all the Scriptures.

In this video interview a Muslim expects Dr. Bart Ehrman to deny the Trinity mainly because of the questionable text of 1 John 5:7. You will notice Dr. Ehrman gives the same response I have always given. What is surprising, is Dr. Ehrman goes on to defend the doctrine of the Trinity! Please pray that Dr. Ehramn will find salvation in Christ alone.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

LONDON DEBATES

Adnan Rashid & Samuel Green
Trinity or Tawheed? (Fri Oct 26)
Was Christ Crucified? (Sat Oct 27)
Twynholm Baptist Church 7pm
https://www.twynholm.org/

Saturday, October 20, 2018

The Virgin Birth of Christ Course Coming Soon!



The Virgin Birth of Jesus has been believed by Christians for 2000 years. Muslims also believe in the Virgin Birth of Jesus as it is taught in the Qur'an (chapters 3 and 19), and have used this area of agreement to argue that the Islamic Jesus is the same Jesus Christians believe in. Nothing could be further from the truth. There is no doubt that Muhammad learned and knew of the Virgin Birth from Christians he came into contact with. One major problem is that many of the sources he had access to were all historically worthless as they were apocryphal documents written in the second century A.D. and later. This doctrine of the Christian faith is a fundamental one which has been attacked by liberal critics and others. So important was this doctrine that it appeared in the Christian creeds like the Apostles' Creed and the Nicean Creed. As Christmas is around the corner, this timing of this course is ideal.

I will be teaching a 4 week course (4 Sundays) on this doctrine and how as Christian believers we can be equipped and respond to the critics. The course begins November 18 and runs until December 16. Those living outside of Toronto, Canada can take the class on-line via Zoom. The course fee for those joining online is $50 (Canadian dollars). Registration information is available above. On-line registration will we available soon and I will post the link on this site.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Is Muhammad mentioned in Song of Solomon 5:16?


If there was ever a text that has been so brutally contorted beyond the limits it is Song of Solomon 5:16.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Tara is Free


More specifically, Unsheathed – the Story of Muhammad is now free and available at https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1eMpqxfdT32YgJjCFqFwfsq-Se3UOuH-l?usp=sharing.  Please download it, post it anywhere and everywhere, and share it with anyone who might be interested.

If you refer to it, please reference it appropriately, providing the link above.

Please don’t charge more than your costs to redistribute it.

I’m not in this for the money.   I don’t object to it generating some income, but a free publication will be accessible to a much wider audience and encourage and inform the conversation that we need to have about the origins of Islam.  It will also allow copies to find their way to people in countries that don’t like this sort of publication, without their having to put themselves in danger by downloading it.

The book will continue to be available on Amazon for those who like paper and Kindle versions, and the Amazon site is the best place to leave a review if you’d like to write one.  The audio version is currently available through Castbox or Soundcloud, on your computer or on your favourite device via their free apps.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Jesus or Isa? What's in a name?

Have you ever wondered why the Quran refers to Jesus as Isa rather than the Arabic name Yesu'a? Why the difference, and is it important? Watch the video to find out.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Christian-Muslim Debate : November 17, 2018


If you are in the Toronto area on November 17, I will be debating with Farhan Iqbal on the question 'Is the God of the Bible the same as the God of the Quran?'


Sunday, August 26, 2018

Our God is Triune


I recently collaborated with several others (including Michael Burgos, Hiram Diaz, Eddie Dalcour, and Vocab Malone) to produce a book on the Trinity: Our God is Triune: Essays in Biblical Theology. Quite apart from my own contributions to this book (the merits of which I will let others judge), this book is top shelf material on the Trinity and deserves a wide readership.

The book is currently being sold on Amazon for $28.99. However, as one of the authors, I am able to personally sell it to anyone who is interested for the following prices: $19.99 for softcover (shipping included) or $6.99 for a pdf or kindle version.

If you are interested in acquiring this book and growing in your knowledge of and ability to defend the Biblical doctrine of the Trinity, send me an email at Anthony.rogers2@icloud.com

SDG,

Anthony Rogers

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Trinity Course Coming Soon!


In our witness to Muslims the Trinity is a subject that always comes up. A proper understanding of the Trinity is essential to defend the Christian faith. I will be teaching a course on the Trinity beginning on Sunday September 9 from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm. The fee for students to join this course on-line is only $100 (Canadian dollars). To register for this course please go to http://oakwoodwesleyan.org/event1/

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

When Jesus spoke of the Comforter in John 14-16, was He speaking of the coming of Muhammad as Muslim apologists claim? I answer this question with Pastor Thabet Megaly on Alhorreya TV.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

A Defense of Theological Rationalism

Image result for evidenceTheological rationalism is the view that, generally speaking, the only way to have rational confidence in the truth of Christianity is by looking at the public evidence. What distinguishes a theological rationalist from a secular rationalist is that the former believes there is sufficient evidence to rationally warrant, or even compel, belief in the truth of the gospel for the man who is fully informed, whereas the latter does not. This stands in stark contrast to the paradigm, often referred to as “reformed epistemology”, which holds that one can be rationally warranted in believing Christianity to be true wholly apart from public evidence and argument. Reformed epistemology is not at all limited to fideists and presuppositional apologists. Even many classical apologists, notably William Lane Craig, frequently draw a distinction between how you know that your faith is true, and how you show to others that your faith is true. On how Dr. Craig personally knows his faith to be true, he is quite candid in saying that he is not an evidentialist. Dr. Craig states that he knows his faith is true because of the internal witness of the Holy Spirit, which imparts to him confidence that Christianity is true. Since other people do not have access to his own personal subjective experience, Dr. Craig appeals to public evidences to demonstrate to others that his faith is true – but, importantly, Dr. Craig’s own personal faith apparently does not rest on those evidences.

Even among apologists, sadly, theological rationalism is very much a minority position, and I would like to see it promoted more widely. In this article, I want to address some popular concerns about theological rationalism and provide clarity about what my view is and contrast it with popular misconceptions. I will begin by offering a brief positive case for adopting theological rationalism, and will then offer responses to 12 popular concerns or objections that I encounter frequently from other Christians.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Is Muhammad Prophesied in the Bible?


I was on with Vocab Malone on Bacpack Radio discussing the question of whether Muhammad is prophesied on the Bible.

Monday, July 9, 2018