Monday, March 11, 2019

Discussing the Virgin Birth of Jesus on Alhorreya TV


I had the pleasure of joining my good friend and brother in Christ, Pastor Thabet Megaly to discuss the topic of the virgin birth of Christ on an Arabic Christian program called Alhorreya TV. While I addressed the topic in English, Pastor Thabet translated into Arabic. If you know any Arabic speaking Christians or Arabic speaking Muslims please pass this on to them. While the virgin birth of Jesus is accepted by both Christians and Muslims, the Christian view differs radically from the Islamic one. In fact, the story of the birth of Jesus in the Qur'an, is taken from a late apocryphal gospel called the gospel of Pseudo-Matthew which is more fictional than historical. This text is not regarded as historically sound by any serious scholar when it comes to the historical Jesus. In other words, the story of the birth of Jesus in the Qur'an is copied from an earlier source which has no historical basis.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

A New Argument for the Resurrection of Jesus

Image result for resurrectionI recently developed a new argument for the resurrection of Jesus. I ran it past a few qualified experts, all of whom thought that the argument sounded robust. The purpose of this blog article is to set out the argument as a contribution to the scholarly discussion of the historicity of Jesus' resurrection, and to hopefully provoke some discussion. My argument hinges on the Premise that there are three alternative explanations for why the apostles claimed that Jesus had risen from the dead and had appeared to them:
  1. They were honestly mistaken that Jesus had appeared to them (e.g. they experienced an hallucination).
  2. They were deliberately setting out to deceive people.
  3. Jesus really did rise from the dead.
What follows will argue against the first of those alternatives, leaving the latter two for us to adjudicate between.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Twitter Declares War on Ex-Muslims

Jack Dorsey's Twitter recently banned the Apostate Prophet for a tweet that stated indisputable facts about Muhammad, the Quran, and Islam. Should social media platforms be banning ex-Muslims and critics of Islam, who are under Sharia death penalties for apostasy and blasphemy?

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Angels and Demons Course Coming Soon




ANGELS AND DEMONS

Who are the angels, archangels, cherubim, and seraphim? Who are the “watchers” mentioned in the Bible? What are their names? Do we all have "guardian" angels who watch over us? Do angels still appear today? Was Satan an angelic being? Is Satan known by other names or is he a mere metaphor for evil in the world? Who are the demons, where did they come from? Are they fallen angels? Is demon possession real and do exorcisms still happen today? We will explore many of these questions and provide responses from a solid and healthy biblical perspective.

When: Sundays 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm February 24, 2019 – April 14, 2019

Where: Oakwood Wesleyan Church
33 Brandon Avenue
Toronto, ON M6H 2C8
Phone: 416-536-3357

For more information contact Pastor Sule Prince Email: prince_sule@hotmail.com 

Cost: $200.00 (includes hand outs and notes). Online students: $100.00*

*Funds are in Canadian dollars.



I will be teaching a course on angels and demons beginning Sunday February 24. It will run for 8 weeks. This course can also be taken online. One of the 5 Articles of Faith in Islam is the belief in angels. The concept of angels in Islam has for the most part been borrowed and copied from Jews and Christians. However, Islam ignores a special angel called the Angel of Yahweh who is a central figure in the Bible. While Islam believes in Satan, it also believes in the jinn, malevolent creatures that are part of Arabic religion but are never mentioned in the Bible.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

How to Spot Muhammad in a Crowd

If Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, were standing in a large crowd, how would you spot him? Fortunately, numerous hadiths describe Muhammad's most noticeable physical characteristic: he was very, very white.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

How ISIS Is Converting Muslims to Christianity

NBC News reports that Muslims in the Middle East are so utterly horrified by the violence of ISIS jihadis that they are converting to Christianity. In Syria, there is a new church made up of mostly former Muslims who are now Christians. We can all look forward to the impact these apostates will have now that ISIS no longer controls their area.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

World Hijab Day!

To celebrate World Hijab Day, let's see whether the Islamists who promote it really care about women.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The Trinity in the Old Testament (Part 4): The Divine Logos

In three previous articles (part 1part 2, part 3), I laid out the beginnings of a case for the Triune nature of God in the Old Testament Scriptures. I also showed how the intricate harmonies found in the Hebrew Bible point cumulatively to its divine inspiration. In this fourth installment, I want to talk about Jesus as the divine Word, or Logos, a concept that will be familiar to readers who have read the gospel of John, where John in his prologue (John 1:1-4,14) states that,
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it...14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John begins his gospel by asserting Jesus' identity as being the very essence of God incarnate. The transliteration of the Greek of verse 1 reads, "En arche en ho logos kai ho Logos en pros ton Theon kai Theos en ho Logos." You will notice that the noun "Theos" for God at the end of verse 1 lacks a definite article "ho" ("the") but precedes the verb "en" ("was"). In Greek grammar, this renders it a qualitative. Thus, John 1:1 is most accurately translated, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and all that God was the Word also was." Moreover, this divine Word has existed from eternity past. "In the beginning was the word" indicates that in the beginning (as far back as you want to push it) the Word already was in existence. And yet even although the Word is the very essence of deity, "He was in the beginning with God" (verse 2). In other words, in some other sense the divine Logos was distinct from God. This is what Trinitarians believe with respect to the Son's relationship to the Father -- the Son is in very essence deity (possessing all of that which makes God God) and yet in some other sense He is distinct from God.

Just to drive the point home, John then continues in verse 3 by telling us that "All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made." Nothing exists that has not been created and fashioned by the divine Logos. Thus, the divine Logos is the very essence of God. He cannot Himself be a creature.

What is the origin of John's concept of Jesus as the divine Word? I maintain that he got this idea directly from the Old Testament. It is to this subject that I turn in this article.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The Women's March and Islam

While the Women's March is supposed to be about women, the so-called "feminist" speakers openly promote Islam, Muhammad, and the Quran, which are history's greatest forces for misogyny and oppression. Here are my thoughts.

Monday, January 21, 2019

The Trinity in the Old Testament (Part 3): The Divine Messenger of Yahweh

In previous blog posts (part 1, part 2), I began a series exploring the expression of God's Triune nature in the Old Testament, an oft-neglected subject among Christians today. In this article, I will discuss the divine messenger of Yahweh, who shows up numerous times in the Old Testament.

Before we dive into the relevant Biblical texts, however, let me say a word about the translation of the Hebrew phrase malak Yahweh, often translated as the "angel of the Lord" in our English Bibles. The truth is that the word malak does not necessarily refer to angelic creatures such as Gabriel or Michael, but can refer to anyone who is a messenger. Even human messengers are identified by the word malak. Indeed, the name of the last prophet prior to Jesus, Malachi, literally means "my messenger". Below is a table, excerpted from a doctoral dissertation by Gunther H. Juncker entitled "Jesus and the Angel of the Lord: An Old Testament Paradigm for New Testament Christology," in which he lists cases where the word malak is used of human, angelic, or divine messengers (as well as instances where the identification is uncertain).


As can be seen, the phrase malak Yahweh can be correctly translated as "messenger of the Lord", and does not by itself tell us whether the messenger is human, angelic or divine. This must be discerned from the surrounding context. However, since the word "angel" is how the term is translated in our English Bibles, I will from henceforth be using the expression "the angel of the Lord" or "the angel of Yahweh" throughout this article. It is my contention that when this expression is used with the definite article in the Hebrew Bible, it always refers to a divine person who, as I will show, turns out to be the awaited Messiah Himself.

Friday, January 18, 2019

The Trinity in the Old Testament (Part 2): The Deity of Israel's Messiah

In a previous article, I began a series exploring the nature of God in the Old Testament, and the continuity of the Jewish Scriptures with God's revelation in the New Testament. We looked at several texts that communicate a plurality of divine persons within the being of God. In this article, I want to consider the deity of Israel's Messiah. Numerous texts could be brought to bear on establishing the deity of the Messiah from the Hebrew Bible, and justice cannot possibly be done to all of them here. However, I will consider a few examples. 

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Islam Critiqued: Recommended YouTube Channel


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I would like to highly recommended the YouTube Channel 'Islam Critiqued'. Colin, the owner of this channel, has produced a series of educational videos on Islam including  topics related to biblical theology and sharing the Gospel with Muslims. The topics Colin presents on are well researched and he engages these topics with Muslims as can be seen in the comment sections under his YouTube videos. Check out Colin's channel and pass the word around to others who may be interested. To access the Islam Critiqued channel please click here.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Trinity in the Old Testament (Part 1): Divine Plurality

It is often assumed that the doctrine of the Trinity – the idea that there is one being of God that is comprised of three eternal and co-equal divine persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit – is something that is revealed only in the incarnation of the Son, between the penning of the Old and New Testaments. The New Testament, then, serves as the written record of the revelation of the Trinity, in the incarnation of the Son in the person of Christ and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentacost. While it is certainly true that the expression of the Trinity reaches its climax in the New Testament, few Christians are aware that one can find evidence of divine plurality – and even of there being three divine persons – throughout the Old Testament as well. The purpose of this article series is to highlight the continuity of the Old and New Testaments with respect to the nature of God.

Before we delve into the evidence, however, why is this an important subject for Christians to consider? I believe that it is important for a few reasons. Firstly, the gospel is fundamentally Trinitarian. God’s plan of salvation is a plan that was initiated by the Father, accomplished by the Son, and is applied by the Holy Spirit. The gospel can therefore not be divorced from the Triune nature of God. Secondly, various pseudochristian sects (e.g. Biblical unitarians, Jehovah’s witnesses, etc), as well as Muslims and orthodox Jews, deny the Trinity and we need to know how to defend this doctrine against attacks – including against the allegation that the Trinity is inconsistent with the Old Testament.

A further reason to consider this subject is that the study reveals what I call “intricate harmonies” in the Bible, which provide evidence for the divine inspiration of Scripture. What are intricate harmonies? When different parts of Scripture (which are often scattered across different authors, genres, and centuries) interlock with one another to be subtly consistent on a matter that is highly surprising, this provides evidence for the divine inspiration of Scripture. Indeed, the very concept of there being multiple divine persons in one divine being seems very unlike the sort of thing that humans would invent – let alone its subtle consistency across different authors, genres and centuries. However, we need to make sure that, at the end, nothing is being shoehorned or forced. If it even begins to feel that way (to a thoughtful listener), that will be a big turn-off to this style of argument. As with many of the categories of evidence for Christianity, this phenomenon is best explained by giving examples, and so it is to this that I now turn my attention. I hope that in doing so, over the course of several blog posts, the strength and power of the cumulative argument from intricate harmonies becomes clear.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Defending Christmas



As we are in the Christmas season, many people will object to the observance of Christmas as a 'pagan' holiday even among Christians. Many Muslims accuse Christians of observing paganism if they celebrate Christmas. Is this true? The observance of Christmas is a grey area for Christians, it is neutral. The celebration of the birth of Jesus is neither commanded, or prohibited in the Bible. It is up to each Christian to observe it or not (see Romans 14:5-6). In Islam however, 4 of the 5 Pillars of Islam (salat / praying 5 times a day; observing Ramadan; zakat / almsgiving; and the hajj / pilgrimage) are all pagan in origin, practiced and observed by the pagan Arabs long before Muhammad, including circumambulating around the Kaba and kissing and caressing the black stone at the corner of the Kaba. Worshiping stones was a standard pagan practice. These Pillars are commanded in the Qur'an as coming from Allah and therefore divine, although scholars have long acknowledged that these 4 Pillars in Islam are pagan, so that Islam is essentially paganized monotheism.

Check out Season 4 on the Third Degree videos where I and my good friend Pastor Sule deal with the most common asked questions about Christmas. A Merry Christmas to all our visitors and readers on the Answering Muslims blog.

Saturday, December 15, 2018



For those of you in the Enola, Pennsylvania area, I will be speaking at the Enola First Church of God from January 4-6, 2019 on various topics including Islam. This is a free event, but a love offering will be taken. Pass the word around!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Is the God of the Bible the same as the god of the Qur'an?



On Saturday November 17 I engaged in a dialogue / debate with Imam Farhan Iqbal at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosque in Maple, Ontario, Canada. The subject was "Is the God the Bible the same as the god of the Qur'an?' This is the Q & A portion which also includes the final concluding remarks from myself and Imam Farhan Iqbal. I am hoping to post the opening statements which includes the power points soon. The recording was a bit of a disappointment as parts of it was a bit garbled and there was an echo in the background. To regular visitors to this blog, the Ahmaddiya Muslims are the group that Nabeel Qureshi was part of before he came to faith in Christ.

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.