An Open Letter to my Muslim Friend…. Part 2

 


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“I and the Father are one.”

(John 10:30 ESV)

 

Dear Muslim Friend,

I did have a digital copy of the Koran (I probably still do on my tablet)….but I read very little of it because all of my roads have always (and continually) led back to Christ.  As a Christian, I do believe that Jesus Christ is the Messiah.  The Bible was written over a span of 1,500 years ….by almost 40 authors and these authors, we (the Christian faith) believe, were inspired by God.  Over this large span of 1,500 years, there is only one central theme which the bible reveals…that is Jesus.  The bible is very unique among all other sacred texts…and has never been disproven….or proven….but Christians are told to live by faith.

I realize you probably believe the bible has been corrupted.  You have read both Sacred Scriptures….and I truly respect you for that!  You have mentioned words that are not found in the bible….Trinity… Bible….Original Sin …. But that does not disprove that Jesus is God.  I ask you to show me historical evidence to back up the claim that the bible has been corrupted if you believe it is?

And you haven’t answered my earlier question…. Do you know for sure you will go to paradise when you die?  I am really interested in finding out your views of salvation…….

We do not have different versions of the Bible in the sense of having different Bibles….rather we have different English translations as well as various translations in other languages from the same basic set of Hebrew and Greek manuscripts.  Did you know that when the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947, there were Old Testament manuscripts that date to about a thousand years earlier… that is 150 BC which predates Muhammad?  Two copies of Isaiah discovered in Qumran Cave 1 proved to be word for word identical with our standard Hebrew Bible in more than 95 percent of the text.

I have quickly researched “begotten”   Please correct me if I am wrong….Muslims view Allah as being absolutely one…he was not begotten by anyone, nor did he beget anyone.   People… like myself who believe Jesus is the Son of

God are viewed as being deluded (Sura 9: 30) by saying Jesus was the Son of God implies that Allah had sexual relations with a female partner.  Yet the Christian bible does not imply or state any sexual union took place either….

You mention the word begotten many times so I would like to explain how Christians view this.  Begotten in the Greek word (monogenes) does not mean that Christ was procreated but rather means unique or one of a kind.   As a Christian….the belief is that Jesus is the Son of God in the sense that He uniquely has the same nature as the Father…a divine nature.  In the bible, whenever Jesus claimed to be the Son of God, His Jewish critics tried to stone Him.  They understood Him as claiming to be God….because He was and is….The Father/Son relationship existed before time began.

I also researched and found instances where people often argue there are some 200,000 variants or mistakes in the manuscript copies of the New Testament…and out of these 200,000 mistakes…more than 99 percent hold virtually no significance whatsoever.  Many of them involve a missing letter in one word or the absence of one insignificant word.

Thank you for sharing your ancestral stories with me.  I find that so fascinating!  Yet, it saddened me!  It also made me sad to find you are not sure of your salvation!  My salvation is secured in the One who died for me!  I like to tell non-Christians….that it was nothing I did to earn salvation….But only what Christ did for me!!  Bless you Muslim friend….. and I truly hope you have happiness and prosperity!  AND…I hope you find your paradise!!!

Peace,

Kathy

 

“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 1:14 ESV)

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Jesus’ Candidate

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“Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world.  If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews.  But my kingdom is not from the world.”

(John 18: 36 ESV)

Once again, we are witnessing increasing divide, more inflammatory and incendiary rhetoric, more hatred, more vulgarity, more insults, and even more vicious name calling from both sides….

We proudly burn the stars and stripes and we blatantly spit on our American Democracy…

We pledge allegiance to a rainbow…..

 Yet we currently know not the strife of those who walked before us….

American Prime-time TV has become 24 hour news programming where journalists have stopped reporting the news in order to create the news

Scandalous the stories in every way they create to win the audience they greatly desire…

They have become reality stars peddling their private agendas in order to sell their books…and their star-studded images…..

Their golden pockets are filled by the blind and weary who purchase the rhetoric they create…..

Rights were given and rightfully so… BUT now we want more…

And nothing will ever stop us….

Shaming our ancestors and spitting on the graves who victoriously fought and lost their lives

We won’t stop till we demand and get our way….

Our path of destruction is evil in intent…..smothering…..crippling…ending….

And there is no evil in the world?

So….we now denigrate those who oppose our own worldview…our own opinions…our lifestyles…our livelihoods….our political parties…

Yet… we proudly say we live in a politically correct America……

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I sadly grieve the growing divide erupting in my great country ….

A systematic divide which will continue to fuel…..

Fear…

Unrest…

 Hatred…

Further division…

Outright anarchy….

A growing divide which could ultimately conquer the greatest and strongest world power of all time…

A division brought about by a fallen pride….for nothing has changed.

And once again…

We continue to use the name of Christ for our political agendas…for our livelihoods…. for our opinions… for our political parties….

Democrats and Republicans alike…..

Christians and non-Christians alike…..

Protestors Rally Outside Republican National Convention In Cleveland

….Contrary to current popular belief….God is neither a Republican nor a Democrat….and

Political parties are and will always be…

 Fallen man-made institutions…..

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“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.”

(John 5: 24 ESV)

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The hopeless state of my country…how very disheartening it truly is to me… and our world is in complete disarray…a vast multitude of empty voices crying from within a deepened and divided bottomless pit of pure helplessness….revenge and sorrow add additional hot flamed fuel which is poured over long existing festering wounds of past wrongs and wrongful undoing… of unpaid vendettas…. seemingly only to be paid in full from the current lives of complete innocence…

The constant bloodshed in our inner- city streets… the increase of anarchy and civil disorder….the ever- threatening global terrorism… and now sadly, a new domestic terrorism… a killing machine of extreme militancy outside our borders and now even within ….and the endless debates and political rhetoric….existing everywhere…a constant reminder of the sinful hearts which exists in all of us…it exists within me! It also exists within you!  It knows no color barrier…no ethnicity or racial barrier…. Prideful sin forcing sides in shameless conceit and wanting its own way….insisting on strict conformity and nothing else will please… and this results in even further division…and further unrest…..civil unrest… racial unrest….

I will continue cling to Jesus’ promise…that’s really all I have… for there is no other promise so fulfilling….so real…so gratifying….so complete!

  Jesus promised….For those who believe…they will be given eternal life….

From death to complete paradise… where no color exists….no racial disparity exists…no discrimination exists… no hatred…no sorrow…and every tear (from every skin color) will be wiped dry…

“…Truly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in paradise…”

(Luke 23: 43 ESV)

In honor of some racially diverse, Christian… and unfortunately… forgotten martyrs of the American Civil Rights Movement….

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Clyde Kennard

Wanting admission to the all-white Mississippi Southern College…he faced roadblock after roadblock…but Clyde, a devout Baptist man had an impeccable life and school record…they couldn’t dissuade him. So they framed him with a felony…convicted by an all-white jury…he was sentenced to seven years of hard labor…while incarcerated, he became seriously ill and was denied medical treatment…he died six months later of an intestinal cancer… but died never bitter or angry…

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Rev. James Reeb

A white Unitarian minister who answered the call of Dr. King’s call for clergy to join him in Selma… he left for a diner and was accosted by a trio of white men…he was beaten with a club and slipped into a coma, dying the following day.

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Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley

These children were getting ready for church services when a bomb exploded at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, killing all four of the school-age girls.

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Johnathan Myrick Daniels

An Episcopal Seminary student, he came to help with black voter registration….he was arrested…jailed… and then released…moments after his release from confinement, he was shot to death by a deputy sheriff.

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Christ’s sacrificial death paid the penalty for sin….

It guarantees the final escape from the very presence of sin…

These Christian Civil Rights Movement martyrs instantly awoke into the arms of their Savior!! 

We Must believe this!

Sin exists!

…and sin will continue to exist!

may I ask …What really has changed over the years?