Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Responses to the Deen Show
11/18/2009 - James White
I have put together a YouTube playlist of the sixteen videos I have done providing response and refutation to what is promoted on The Deen Show. If you have Muslim friends, they might find the following to be of interest.
Help Us Get the London Debates!
11/17/2009 - James White
Here's what happened. Last year another ministry offered to pay for the video taping of the debates I did in London. They had likewise taped the debates in Southern California earlier in the year, and in Durham with Zulfiqar Ali Shah. We have received two of the eight debates (both with Osama Abdullah). However, they took too much on, and with the economic collapse of last fall, they have been unable to pay the videographers. After a lot of trying, I have been able to determine that we need to raise $500/debate for the four debates in London (I really don't have details on any of the others). Already today someone gave one video's worth ($500) since I mentioned this on the DL, so we are down to $1,500 to ransom the other three from the videographer. Yes, my new video camera and tripod is a lot cheaper, however, I have seen the finished product of the debates that have already been sent to us, and it is pretty impressive in quality, too. For those who know how much videography normally costs, this is pretty cheap. In any case, we have set up a donation item for anyone who would like to help us get the debates with Shabir Ally, Adnan Rashid, and Sami Zaatari that took place in London. To help out, click here.
Zakir Naik's Claims on Muhammad in the Bible
11/16/2009 - James White
Here is my third and final response to Zakir Naik's appearance on The Deen Show. What I did was take my opening statement from my debate with Shabir Ally on this topic from London in November of last year, along with my comments on Deuteronomy 18:18 from the preceding debate, and put that audio under the KeyNote slides I used.
Let me take this opportunity to note that we have been informed that in essence we need to raise $500 for each of the four debates I did in London to get the video tapes. This includes the two debates with Shabir Ally, one with Adnan Rashid, and one with Sami Zaatari. We will either put an item in the shopping cart to directly raise funds to ransom those tapes, in essence, or, maybe we will do pre-sales and give the opportunity to add a small donation on top of the regular costs to help defray this unexpected cost.
Responding to Zakir Naik on the Deen Show, Pt. 1
11/14/2009 - James White
Jesus in the Bible and the Qur'an Part 3
11/10/2009 - James White
Jesus in the Bible and the Qur'an Part 2
11/09/2009 - James White
Update: New rendering that fixed the audio problems YouTube had in converting the video.
Jesus in the Bible and the Qur'an Part 1
11/08/2009 - James White
Listen Live to the Debate Today at 7pm EST!
11/07/2009 - James White
This is New York, and the debate is in Queens, so the chances of starting on time are just about nill, but, sometime around 7pm, and probably a bit before, I will start live streaming at the regular DL link here. Remember, this will be a raw feed straight from the debate, so you will hear audience noise, conversations during the breaks, etc. and etc. Hope you will "tune in" and pray for the presentation of the gospel here in New York.
When Islam Becomes the Majority Religion
11/02/2009 - James White
Over the weekend this news story came out:
(CNN) -- Authorities in Malaysia have seized more than 20,000 Bibles in recent months because they refer to God as "Allah," Christian leaders said Thursday.
The seizures have fed fears among minority groups, which see signs of encroaching Islamic fundamentalism in the predominantly Muslim but multi-racial country.
"There is a growing sense of Islamic assertion, yes," said the Rev. Hermen Shastri, general-secretary of the Council of Churches of Malaysia. "There is some concern."
The Bibles were written in the country's official language, Malay -- in which the word for God is "Allah," as it is in Arabic.
However, Malaysia's government says the word is exclusive to Islam.
Its use in Christian publications is likely to confuse Muslims and draw them to Christianity, the government says. So it has banned use of the word in Christian literature.
"Malay has borrowed from Arabic, just as it has from Sanskrit and Portuguese," Shastri said. "We have maintained the community has the right to use the word.
"But I think this has ignited a cause in the Muslim communities, who are interpreting it as a siege on Islamic beliefs."
A Home Ministry official directed requests for comment to the ministry's Publications and Quran Text Control Department, which enforces the ban. An employee there redirected calls to a spokeswoman, who in turn asked CNN to call the Home Ministry back. Calls to other departments were similarly redirected.
A Roman Catholic weekly newspaper, The Herald, is challenging the ban in court after the government threatened to revoke its license for using the word in its Malay edition. Hearings on the case have gone on for two years.
"We quote it as it is. We cannot change the text of the Scripture," Herald editor Father Lawrence Andrew told CNN last year. "I cannot be the editor of the Bible."...
Can you imagine the uproar if 20,000 Qur'ans had been seized by a "Christian" government? And for what? Using the common word "God"! In Malaysia the courts have ruled that only Muslims can use the word Allah, even though the standard word for God in their language is...Allah! Ostensibly the reason given is that Muslims might be "confused" by non-Muslim use of "Allah." Imagine that!
Meanwhile, if you support and subscribe to such organization as Voice of the Martyrs, and Barnabas Aid (as I do!), you hear daily of those being imprisoned, beaten, wounded, and killed, for the name of Christ. Yes, sometimes those being imprisoned are imprisoned by Communists, as in Vietnam, for example, and South Korea. Sometimes Hindus are doing the attacking, as in portions of India. There is persecution of evangelicals by Roman Catholics in southern Mexico. But the vast majority of the time those beheading, slashing, raping, and imprisoning, say the five daily prayers and loudly scream "Allahu Akhbar!" while engaging in these activities. I am thankful for those Muslims who condemn these things, but I have noticed something that is frightening, sad, and instructive: those voices are found only in nations with the smallest Muslim minorities, such as the US. Once Islam becomes the predominant religious and political system in a culture (and make no mistake, it is both), the calls for moderation and freedom become silent. In fact, those who would dare to call for such things find themselves imprisoned, or worse. Where are the voices in Saudi Arabia today? Egypt? Pakistan? Can "moderate" Islam survive Islam's rise to power in a culture? These are vital questions.