Muslim Background

Love Your Enemies

Jesus said: “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.”….”If you love those who love you, and if you do good to those who do good to you, and if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.  (Luke 6, 27-28, 32-36)

Lies About the Bible

One example claims that the New Testament is a revised issue of the Old Testament, that the Old Testament should have been rewritten into the New Testament. The fact is that the Old Testament has never been rewritten and has never been replaced by the New Testament.  It is called the Old Testament because it contains all Biblical scripture (Moses and the prophets) from Adam and Eve to the time prior to Jesus. The New Testament contains the Biblical scriptures from Jesus who was born as a human being, His life, death and resurrection including the following missionary work of His disciples and apostles. The New Testament is the fulfilment of the Old Testament, not a replacement. In the Old Testament God promised through His prophets that He would send a Saviour to the world.  The New Testament is about the Saviour and fulfilment of these prophecies.

Today the original Scriptures of the Old and the New Testament also have been scientifically verified and proven as originals without any later change. There might be minor differences between some of today’s translations of the Bible into various languages, however these differences are insignificant and do not alter the gospel of Jesus. The Bible only contains the Old Testament Scriptures that Jesus proclaimed as the Word of God, and the New Testament Scriptures according to His nearest Disciples/Apostles. All other writings have not been made part of the Bible.

Another example of an untrue statement is that Jesus in the Biblical scriptures promised to send a prophet that should come after Him.  Jesus said on the contrary, that He was the completion and the end of the prophecies because it was Him, they had predicted. He was the fulfilment of those prophecies (Luke 24, 44, John 12, 41, John 5, 46-47, John 20, 31). But Jesus promised that when He left this world and arrived back to His Father, He would send the Holy Spirit/the Spirit of Truth that should testify of Him and live inside those who believed in Him. 

“But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Farther, The Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Farther, He will testify of Me.” (John 15, 26-27)

“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, Whom you have from God.” (1. Corinthians 6, 19)

Jesus - Only A Prophet?

Jesus clarified that He was much more than a prophet, that He was the fulfilment and the completion of the prophecies, and that He was the Saviour of the world.
If He was only a true prophet, He could never say the things that He said about Himself: 

“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.” (John 11, 25-26)

“I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Farther except through Me.” (John 14, 6).

“And this is the will of the Farther who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6, 40) 

The words that Jesus spoke were witnessed and testified by His disciples that lived with Him for several years. They also witnessed and testified the powerful miracles and healings He did to set people free from suffering and illnesses. It is all stated in the New Testament, The Gospels according to His disciples; Matthew, Mark, and John. 

It should be asked; Who would have the best knowledge of a person? The ones that lived with Him for several years and witnessed what He said and what He did, or someone that came many hundred years afterward and did not witnessed any of these things?

Jesus(`Īsā ) – God’s word

Everyone with a Muslim background should be aware of the fact that the Koran (Quran) uses the title; “Messiah” of Jesus (`Īsā). Messiah in previous times is another word for Saviour.The Koran also expresses Jesus as the word of God (Al Imran 3, 42-45). And the words of Jesus are found in the Gospels according to His disciples, in the New Testament.

The sacrifice that Jesus made is not just for the people with a Christian background, but equally for all people independent of any religious background. He died for our sins, to make a way for us back to God, since our sins separated us from Him (e.g. adultery, fornication, egoism, lewdness, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, envy, rivalry, unkindness, not loving your neighbour as yourself etc). 

God is holy and no sinner can ever come into His Kingdom. But because of His love for us, He laid on Jesus the guilt and sins of us all and made a way back for us through Jesus.  Jesus, who was without sin and thereby the only one who could serve our sentence, was willing to be born as a man and be that sacrificial lamb. What Jesus achieved on the cross, He did for us all. 

“But God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5, 8) 

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2. Corinthians 5, 21) 

“The Word”:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”…. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John the Baptist bore witness of Him and cried out, saying; This was He of whom I said; He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me. And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but the grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.” (John 1, 1-5 & 14-18)

And they asked Him:

“If you are Messiah, tell us plainly. Jesus answered them, I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me. But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one.” (John 10, 24-30) 

"Seek, And You Will Find"

Everyone should have their own experiences and verify the words of Jesus.  If you seek Him from your heart, pray to Him and read His words, Jesus has promised that you will find Him, and you will see that He is alive and is who He claims to be; the only way back to God for all human beings.

Jesus said;
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” (Matthew 7, 7-8)

“I am the light of the world.  He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life.” (John 8, 12) 

“And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.” (Luke 7, 23)

If you wish to read more about Jesus and the purpose of His life, death and resurrection, we recommend as a starting point: The Gospel According to John and then The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans in the New Testament. And the grace of the Lord be with you. 

The Last Words Of Jesus

These are the last words Jesus said to His disciples, after His resurrection and just before He left this world and went back to where He came from:

“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28, 18-20)

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