If Specific Prophecies Were Fulfilled by the Messiah, Does the Science of Probability Consider This Proof That There Is a God?


The Case for Jesus the Messiah: Incredible Prophecies That Prove God Exists

Anyone can make predictions – that is easy. Having them fulfilled is another story entirely. The more statements you make about the future and the greater the detail, the better the chances are that you will be proven wrong.

 For example, think how difficult it would be for someone to predict the exact city in which the birth of a future U.S. President would take place in the year 2689 A.D.? But that’s what the prophet Micah did 700 years before the Messiah.

How difficult do you think it would be to indicate the precise kind of death that a new, unknown religious leader would experience a thousand years from today? Could you invent and predict now a new method of execution not currently known – one that won’t even be invented for hundreds of years? That’s what David did in 1000 B.C. when he wrote Psalm 22.

 Or, how difficult would it be to predict the specific date of the appearance of some great future leader hundreds of years in advance? But that’s what the prophet Daniel did 530 years before Christ.

On the other hand, if you did think up 50 specific prophecies about some man in the future you will never meet, how difficult do you think it would be for that man to fulfill all 50 of your predictions? How hard would it be for him if 25 of your predictions were about what other people would do to him and were completely beyond his control?

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THE DEMISE OF “SIMILARITY”


Part 1: THE SAMENESS ILLUSION

Part2: THE “SAMENESS” CLAIM SERVES MULTIPLE PURPOSES

Part 3 A: THE ISLAMIC COUNTER NARRATIVE-A

Part 3 B: THE ISLAMIC COUNTER NARRATIVE-B (Noah)

Part 3 C:  THE ISLAMIC COUNTER NARRATIVE-(Ibraheem, Moosa & Issa)

Part 4: So Who is Allah

Part 5: HISTORICAL FLASHBACK

PUTTING “SAMENESS” TO REST

We have established from the primary sources of Islam that through the appropriation and recasting of our Biblical narrative in all of its elements, vocabulary and terminology, into the Qur’an itself, there has been a usurpation of the authentic Biblical narrative which is historically accurate, and proven by the fulfilment of its prophecies as well as substantiated by archaeology and related disciplines.

The Islamic counter narrative (with its various threads) has been cleverly woven together, by keeping some apparent similarities in the names and stories of the Biblical characters, thus giving the illusion that they are the same as the Biblical ones. Having done that, the Qur’an takes the bold step of declaring that “your God and our Allah are the same”. Built into that in the Qur’anic narrative is the unsubstantiated assertion that all previous “books” were earlier limited editions of the Qur’an, that their recipients were all Muslims, and that they already knew about Muhammad and paid allegiance to him by Allah’s command. The result is a narrative that replaces the Biblical narrative that points to Christ, to another pointing to Muhammad.

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HISTORICAL FLASHBACK


Part 1: THE SAMENESS ILLUSION

Part2: THE “SAMENESS” CLAIM SERVES MULTIPLE PURPOSES

Part 3 A: THE ISLAMIC COUNTER NARRATIVE-A

Part 3 B: THE ISLAMIC COUNTER NARRATIVE-B (Noah)

Part 3 C:  THE ISLAMIC COUNTER NARRATIVE-(Ibraheem, Moosa & Issa)

Part 4: So Who is Allah?

On going series on the difference between Allah and Lord GOD of the Bible.

THE INITIAL CALL (DA’WA)

So, how did this all happen in real-time? And what are the implications for today?

Unfortunately, the only source that the Muslim scholars rely on to provide a presumed historical account of Muhammad’s career is given in various versions of what is termed the “Sirah” (purported biography). This was written well after his death at different times by different authors who relied heavily on oral traditions.

The Sirah is both authoritative, and considered to be somewhat speculative. In examining these belated chronicles of Muhammad’s career, it all started with his initial proclamations of absolute oneness of Allah, as in:

Surah 112, “Say: ‘He is Allah, One. Allah, the self-sufficient, besought of all. He neither begot, nor was begotten. Nor is there anyone equal to him.’”

Thus, Muhammad declares all others as forms of idolatry, and in particular, the divine Sonship of Christ, to be the highest form of idolatry and therefore an unforgivable sin (called Shirk in Islam).

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So Who is Allah?


Part 1: THE SAMENESS ILLUSION

Part2: THE “SAMENESS” CLAIM SERVES MULTIPLE PURPOSES

Part 3 A: THE ISLAMIC COUNTER NARRATIVE-A

Part 3 B: THE ISLAMIC COUNTER NARRATIVE-B (Noah)

Part 3 C:  THE ISLAMIC COUNTER NARRATIVE-(Ibraheem, Moosa & Issa)

THE DILEMMA WITHIN ISLAM

Having answered the question from the perspective of whether or not Allah is one and the same, or even tangentially similar to the Lord God of the Bible with a resounding “no”, the question remains: then who is he?

So let us explore the central dilemma that has faced Muslim scholars throughout Islamic history—the dilemma of defining the nature of Allah, or more precisely in developing the so-called Doctrine of Allah, while proclaiming that he never reveals his nature, so his nature cannot be known and that any attempt to discover it is considered the highest level of Shirk (i.e. association of any deity or person with Allah).

They would develop the terms, (a) “Tawheed”, meaning absolute oneness or unity to describe Allah and (b) “Tanzeeh”, meaning that Allah is free of all anthropomorphisms and absolutely incomparable to anything or anyone – in other words, being pure and distinct from all associations (see Figure below). They would then state that Tawheed is the “true monotheism” from the foundation of the universe.

They would use Qur’anic verses and Hadith quotations to denounce the Triune God of the Bible as violating both the Tawheed and the Tanzeeh, and would produce as evidence a distorted definition of the “Trinity” calling it “Shirk”. Islam teaches that the “Trinity” is composed of three gods. There is a school of thought that posits that this trinity is composed of Allah, Maryam and Issa, inferring a physical union between Allah and Maryam. Even when explained that this is not the case, but that the Biblical doctrine of the Trinity is rather Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the Muslim scholars would still regard it as polytheism and associating partners with Allah (Shirk). Despite being unable to tell us anything of substance about Allah, they still object and continue to vehemently refute the Biblical doctrine of the self-revealing Triune God

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The Wedding @ Cana : The Untold Story


Wedding of Cana

Wedding @ Cana

What follows is pure conjecture… but still worth pondering…

I am trying to re-imagine the wedding at Cana and the dialogue between Jesus and his mother. What’s interesting is that even though Jesus disagrees with his mother he nevertheless agrees to turn the water into wine.

I am trying to dissect the dynamics of this relationship. Mary knew since Jesus’ birth that Jesus was GOD in flesh. It’s hard for us to imagine the predicament of Jesus. We assume that the saints of GOD could do no harm because they were called for a higher purpose, therefor they sinned not. Yet every single virtuous  character in the bible is deeply flawed in more ways than one.   But somehow we tend to look away .  So it  might seem that Jesus somehow had the power to overcome all sin, simply because of his position as the son of GOD. The bible makes it very evident that Jesus was tempted in the most severe way. He was “offered”  the world and everything in it. Pretty hard to say no, if you ask me.

I cant help but expand on the word “offer”. You would think that the offer would mean a personal offer from a personified evil being who appeared before Jesus. I don’t think that was how it went. Evil lurks within each one of us. It whispers to you to betray your conscience. To do sweet little things that float your ego, power, prestige….  It is ever present till your last breath. I believe Jesus had to live it every waking moment.

But maybe that still doesn’t draw a clear picture. Imagine a superman comic where superman did not use his superpower at all. The comic wouldn’t sell too well, nor would the fictitious character of superman. We like superman because he draws out the innermost yearning of each one of us. The flawed agent with incredible power  and greatness. We yearn for acceptance and so would have Jesus. Yet he knew that he couldn’t draw on the conventions of the world. Jesus would go on to flout convention, but right now he is pausing for the  surge ahead. The surge that would potentially kill him and worst of all, the one thing that scared him the most. Separation from his father.

Mary knows the “One” purpose that Jesus was born to live out. Jesus is either approaching thirty or in  his early thirties. Mary is wondering, when Jesus would start his ministry. Much like all parents, she probably has started to doubt herself. Was she a good parent? Did she raise Jesus well? She is probably tormented by the approach of potential failure. Did she fail to launch Jesus? Maybe she had conversations with her son, egging him on to start his ministry, never completely realizing what she would unfurl on her son. It’s palpable that she wanted to jump start her sons mission. She had to, else she would have failed too…

Jesus listened to his mother, but not before putting up a little resistance. Was he reacting to her like a normal human child. May be he was indirectly saying “Stop telling me what to do!!!”

The wedding started a chain reaction. The rest is history. But you have to stop and ask what Mary was thinking at the foot of the cross as Jesus bled to death like a common criminal.  In the midst of the heart break and agony, did jesus feel proud of having completed his life’s work, just like a child before his mother. Did Mary wish that she should never have asked him to turn the water into wine?

We will never know…Jesus was the personification of GOD, but in order to fulfil his purpose, he had to go through all of the emotions that men were used to. That means he would have probably laughed at a bawdy joke while in the company of sinners. If he were alive today, he would probably turn all of our ideas of virtue on its head.

Just thinking loudly… as I stated… pure conjecture… not based on reality

[Update: Edit]

I am surprised that no one ever commented on my observation that Jesus would laughed at a bawdy joke made by a potential sinner in his company. Would that constitute to a sin?

I thought about it and realized that most of Jesus’ ministry was directed towards reaching out to the poor, sick and needy in spirit. I don’t think they would have been in the mood to crack a dirty joke. The Bible never hints at Jesus going out of his way to enjoy the company of sinners