Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Is Mohammad Prophesied in the Bible? London Debate with Shabir Ally, 2008
07/26/2010 - James White
Is Jesus Prophesied in the Old Testament? Parts 1 and 2 vs. Shabir Ally, London, 2008
07/24/2010 - James WhiteHere is the YouTube video of the first of two debates between myself and Shabir Ally that took place in London in November of 2008. We are thankful to those who made it possible for us to finally have this footage.
Abdullah al Andalusi Debate from London
07/20/2010 - James WhiteRich Pierce has been working hard to get certain video projects completed. Here is my debate with Abdullah al Andalusi from February of this year in London, "The Great Trinity Debate."
Sharia Love? What is That?
07/17/2010 - James WhiteThe following video was posted two weeks ago. It is titled, "Arrested in Dearborn? Not! Sharia Love in Dearborn 2010." It was posted by Josh McDowell's ministry.
Let's leave aside, for the moment, the inappropriateness of the background music. The accusation that has been repeated for the past number of weeks is simple. How can folks like Josh McDowell get along just fine at the Arabic Festival but Nabeel Qureshi and David Wood can't? I mean, they are all Christians, and clearly, since we have video and audio, even Josh McDowell had cameras and recording equipment, just like David and Nabeel. So how come David, Nabeel, Paul, and Nageen ended up in the slammer, and nobody else did? They must have done something wrong!
I found this video interesting for many reasons. At the end you have a number of stills that, seemingly, are meant to communicate the idea that a lot of witnessing was going on. But, if you look carefully, you will see one man in three of the shots: Nadir Ahmed, sometime Islamic apologist (if you need a reminder about Nadir, click here). I do not know if McDowell's folks know Nadir Ahmed, but I would love to have heard those conversations. Remember, Nadir even showed up at PRBC one Sunday night demanding I debate him.
The second thing I found interesting was the books being given away free. They are not, of course, specifically on the subject of Christianity and Islam. They are fictional novels, as I understand it. While there is nothing wrong with that, I do have a hard time equating distribution of fictional literature with gospel proclamation. The video ends with the saying, "Until the whole world hears." Hears what, specifically? Well, the gospel of course. But what is involved in making sure Muslims "hear" the gospel? Well, let's step away from this immediate context for a moment and answer the question in another context, then come back to Dearborn.
For years we have stood outside the Mesa Easter Pageant in Mesa, Arizona, witnessing to Mormons. If you want the Mormons to "hear" the gospel, what must you do? Well, you have to know what Mormons believe. They think they know the gospel better than anyone else. They believe they alone possess the gospel in its fulness. And their gospel finds its origination in an exalted man from another planet who became a god. The end of their gospel is a ritualized system of works righteousness that leads to exaltation to godhood. In other words, there are a whole host of foundational issues that must be addressed with Mormons before they will have "heard" the gospel. Simply telling them, "Believe in Jesus!" is insufficient. They already think they do. Telling them to repent does no good, since they think they already have. No, to attempt to get the Mormons to "hear" the gospel requires very specialized discussion about specific issues. ...
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More on "How to Lie in a Police Report"
07/17/2010 - James WhiteAnd we wondered why the Dearborn PD held onto those cameras for so long....
I sure hope there is a means of remedying the filing of simple lies in police reports.
The Arrest of Nabeel Qureshi and David Wood
07/17/2010 - James WhiteWe finally have video of the arrest of David Wood and Nabeel Qureshi in Dearborn. I am truly incensed. I am incensed, of course, at the grossly unconstitutional actions of the Dearborn PD (and the clearly politically based cover up by the Dearborn city government, especially the chief of police and the mayor, that has followed). I am not really upset with certain Muslim rabble-rousers who have been attacking David and Nabeel: they are only showing their hearts by their behavior. But I am most incensed at the Christians who have borne false witness, to me personally, about the behavior of David and Nabeel. I have known David and Nabeel for a few years now. Before I post the video, let me give you some context.
I had spent about an hour with Nabeel, David, and Nageen (I am uncertain if Paul was with us at lunch) the afternoon they were arrested at the ABN studios. I was talking with the head of ABN when they came in (we had gotten some burritos for them at a local restaurant). As soon as Nabeel came in he told me he had just finished a class on systematic theology, said he thought he had a good grip on the issues relating to Reformed theology, and launched a series of good questions for me. This led to a discussion on the key elements of my beliefs as a Calvinist. It was not an argument, it was a good period of questions on Nabeel's part, answers on mine. And Nabeel was listening carefully to my replies. This is how I know Nabeel...as an honest hearted young man, brilliant (a medical doctor!), teachable, intense. I have tried to be a good example of a more mature believer for him, as little contact as we have had. And I hope I have done the same for David (this was the first time I met Nageen).
In any case, when I had people telling me about bad behavior of Nabeel and David, I was immediately suspicious. But why would Christian groups bear false witness about them? Well, why has Hussein Wario become a wild-eyed defender of Ergun Caner? I do not know, but it happens. But I have said to a number of folks, "How about we just wait for the video footage?" And now we have it.
Please note something: every objection these kids (and they are kids Nabeel is talking to---Nabeel attracts young people) are throwing at Nabeel are standard, every-day Islamic objections to the Christian faith. I have answered every single one of them many, many times, during debates, after debates, in all sorts of contexts. And Nabeel answered every single one exactly as I would have. He was bearing witness to a relatively small group of young people exactly as I have done literally hundreds of times over the years in places like Salt Lake City and Mesa, Arizona. And in the vast majority of those instances, officers of the law were nearby. And I have never been arrested, because, obviously, there is absolutely, positively nothing illegal about what Nabeel was doing, or what David was doing, or what Paul was doing, or what Nageen was doing. And every single person in the Dearborn PD and city government knows it. Or, they will, after the courts get done explaining the Constitution to them, anyway. Nabeel Qureshi was arrested for presenting the Christian faith clearly and openly in the face of Islamic objections. The video proof now exists. I think a lot of Christians owe Acts 17 major apologies. I hope they offer those apologies, publicly.
Pray that this case will be handled correctly. Our Constitutional rights are at stake here. The arrest report is clearly fraudulent, as this evidence demonstrates. The parties responsible need to be held accountable to the law. Not Sharia, to the Constitution of the United States of America, where this took place.