Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
12/29/2010 - James WhiteJust a few items in the Islamic realm I wanted to take note of, but I will have to be brief. Polemics class looming, I'll be at the Deep South Founder's Conference the following week (even doing a debate there on the freedom or bondage of the will), and then off to the UK...much to do! So quickly....
Some may have seen the news coverage of this poster showing up in England. It is a tremendous example of the massive gulf of ignorance that exists between Christians and Muslims. Those who produced this item seriously think the degradation of Western Society is due to Christianity. How they cannot see that it is the abandonment of Christian values that leads to STDs, rape, etc., is truly beyond imagination. Such people are not thinking rationally, and it is often difficult to even attempt to reason with such people. But notice the conjunction of "claiming God has a Son" with "night clubs." Truthful people do not think in such a muddled way, and one can hardly have much hope that the Muslims who produced this propaganda actually know what Christians believe about the sonship of Jesus Christ. But the muddled thinking represented in this kind of rhetoric should be of concern not only for Christians who have to endure such things, but it should likewise be a great concern to Muslim leaders who proclaim the need for honesty and accuracy in their own community's preaching. To put it mildly, this is dawah that is repulsive rather than attractive.
So here is another image I was linked to that likewise focuses upon the ignorance of many Muslims about that which they so confidently abhor. The slanderous phrase "cross worshippers" is constant on the lips of many Muslims, but it is placed there in ignorance by their own religion, and again shows a horrific willingness to insult and degrade based upon arrogant ignorance.
While many of these people would continue to speak untruthfully even if corrected, I am still left to wonder how many have ever had any serious proclamation of the Lordship of Christ, our commitment to purity of worship, monotheism, etc.? Surely the idolatries of Rome lead to confusion that many evangelicals, hobbled by shallow theology and an unbiblical ecumenical spirit, struggle to dispel. Oh may the Lord raise up a mighty army of witnesses who will with clarity confess that we do not worship the cross, we worship the Lord who endured the wrath due to us on that cross, was buried, and rose again the third day, Lord of all, Lord of life, Lord of salvation!
Finally, one of the blogs I follow in my RSS feeds is called Muslim Matters. Today this article appeared: The Lives and Stories of Ergun “Mehmet” Caner. I have lost track of how many times I have pointed to the fact that Ergun Caner's refusal to openly and honestly admit his lies and exaggerations (along with the willful assistance he has received in continuing to refuse such repentance, given by such men as Norman Geisler) is not only a blight upon Christian apologetics in general, but is well known in the Muslim community, and in particular in what is known as the "Dawah" community, those who seek to evangelize/refute Christians. This article makes that point rather plainly, written, as it is, from a Muslim perspective. I was even mentioned briefly, and have submitted a comment to correct the impression given in the article (relating to why I would be involved in calling for Caner's confession and repentance). Clearly, Liberty University considers this a dead issue, as Caner is back to a full time teaching schedule in the Spring, even teaching a class on Eastern Religions! They are counting on the short attention span of evangelicals, and, they are probably right that "nobody cares" anymore. Well, nobody in their circle. Meanwhile, the Muslims laugh. Thanks, Ergun. You too, Norm.
Toronto Muslim Writes Again
12/21/2010 - James White
Name: TORONTO MUSLIM
Message: Greetings Cross worshiper,
Congratulations on your new upcoming failure with your new book this time on Islam. I will buy one, read it, and debunk all lies in it. After that I will post all refutations online and wil even try to print a hard copy and give it out for free. Once again, congratulations on your new path to disaster. Your words in print will forever brand you as a liar and a heretical cross worshiping christian.
If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also.But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me.”
(John 15:18–21 NASB)
This Muslim is referring to the fact that I just signed a contract with Bethany House Publishers to write a new work, What Every Christian Should Know about the Qur'an. Unlike this hate-filled radical, I will be seeking to honor the Lord Jesus Christ by 1) speaking the truth about His Person and His message, and 2) honoring His claim to be the Truth by handling the text of the Qur'an in an honest and accurate way. I intend to use particular Qur'anic texts to introduce and explain the key issues that Christians must understand so as to be able to proclaim the gospel to Muslims and to pray for the persecuted church that seeks to do that each and every day in the midst of the kind of mindless hatred expressed by "Toronto Muslim." We cannot return this man's hatred, because we have been given new hearts by God's Spirit. Pray that God will reveal Himself to this young hate-filled radical, and pray that the Lord will grant me clarity of thought and expression so as to bless the people of God with this work.
The Qur'anic Test of Muhammad as a Prophet
12/18/2010 - James WhiteI will join Chris Arnzen tonight on Iron Sharpens Iron (http://sharpens.blogspot.com/) to discuss the Qur'anic test of Muhammad as a Prophet. Listen in!
Muhammad's Mistaken Jesus
12/14/2010 - James White
Can Muhammad Save You?
12/12/2010 - James WhiteBelow this video clip from ABN (thanks to Bassim Gorial for the permission to post this on my own YouTube site) I am posting the specific hadith from Sahih Al Bukhari (Volume 6, Book 60, number 3). A vitally important discussion of the role of Muhammad in Islamic theology, contrasted with the role of Jesus in Scripture.
Volume 6, Book 60, Number 3:
The Prophet said, "On the Day of Resurrection the Believers will assemble and say, 'Let us ask somebody to intercede for us with our Lord.' So they will go to Adam and say, 'You are the father of all the people, and Allah created you with His Own Hands, and ordered the angels to prostrate to you, and taught you the names of all things; so please intercede for us with your Lord, so that He may relieve us from this place of ours.' Adam will say, 'I am not fit for this (i.e. intercession for you).' Then Adam will remember his sin and feel ashamed thereof. He will say, 'Go to Noah, for he was the first Apostle, Allah sent to the inhabitants of the earth.' They will go to him and Noah will say,
'I am not fit for this undertaking.' He will remember his appeal to his Lord to do what he had no knowledge of, then he will feel ashamed thereof and will say, 'Go to the Khalil--r-Rahman (i.e. Abraham).' They will go to him and he will say, 'I am not fit for this undertaking. Go to Moses, the slave to whom Allah spoke (directly) and gave him the Torah .' So they will go to him and he will say, 'I am not fit for this undertaking.' and he will mention (his) killing a person who was not a killer, and so he will feel ashamed thereof before his Lord, and he will say, 'Go to Jesus, Allah's Slave, His Apostle and Allah's Word and a Spirit coming from Him. Jesus will say, 'I am not fit for this undertaking, go to Muhammad the Slave of Allah whose past and future sins were forgiven by Allah.' So they will come to me and I will proceed till I will ask my Lord's Permission and I will be given permission. When I see my Lord, I will fall down in Prostration and He will let me remain in that state as long as He wishes and then I will be addressed.' (Muhammad!) Raise your head. Ask, and your request will be granted; say, and your saying will be listened to; intercede, and your intercession will be accepted.' I will raise my head and praise Allah with a saying (i.e. invocation) He will teach me, and then I will intercede. He will fix a limit for me (to intercede for) whom I will admit into Paradise. Then I will come back again to Allah, and when I see my Lord, the same thing will happen to me. And then I will intercede and Allah will fix a limit for me to intercede whom I will let into Paradise, then I will come back for the third time; and then I will come back for the fourth time, and will say, 'None remains in Hell but those whom the Quran has imprisoned (in Hell) and who have been destined to an eternal stay in Hell.' " (The compiler) Abu 'Abdullah said: 'But those whom the Qur'an has imprisoned in Hell,' refers to the Statement of Allah:
"They will dwell therein forever." (16.29)
Does Muhammad's Name Appear in Song of Solomon 5:16?
12/11/2010 - James WhiteThe answer, of course, is "no." But how would you respond to the bright-eyed, confident, convinced Islamic college student who told you that surely Muhammad's name does appear in the Bible, and the renowned Bible scholar Ahmed Deedat had proven it to be so? Dr. Bassim Gorial gave me permission to post material from my last appearance in the Jesus or Muhammad Marathon on ABN (www.abnsat.com), for which I am very grateful. Included in this video is a Muslim caller who, well, changed her mind halfway through the call.
Yasir Qadhi Lectures on the Hadith
12/10/2010 - Tur8infanOn the Tuesday Dividing Line, Dr. White alluded to some lectures on the hadith literature. These were lectures, as I (TurretinFan) understand, by Yasir Qadhi. For those interested in listening to those lectures (which, of course, we don't endorse from a theological perspective) they may be found at the following link (link). Thanks to Rhology for pointing me to these lectures.
Listen in to ABN Tonight...Through Wednesday Night!
12/06/2010 - James WhiteThe Jesus or Muhammad Marathon continues tonight at http://abnsat.com/webcast_channels/wc_live.html, so make sure to tune us in! In fact, I know where we will be starting tonight. Brother Joseph said a Muslim had just today sent him an e-mail promising absolute proof of Muhammad appearing in the Bible, and provided the following video as evidence. We will be examining this claim and demonstrating that it is utterly and completely without merit. But note the fine quality of the presentation! See, utter falsehoods can be made to sound, or look, like the truth! All the more reason to be prepared and to pray for discernment!
We start at 6:30 pm EST, less than two hours from now!