Answering Islam with Questions
When it comes to answering Islam, compare the Ten Commandments of the Bible to the commandments of Mohammed in the Koran!
Commandment #1: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.”
The word translated “LORD” in English is YHWH, in the original language of the Old Testament. It’s not a title, it’s a proper name. It literally means, “The eternal, self-existent One,” The God who is, the God who was, and the God who always will be, from eternity past to eternity future, without beginning, and without end.
YHWH comes from the same root as the word used in Exodus 3:14 where God said of Himself to Moses, “I Am, that I Am. Tell them, I Am sent you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.” This is the most holy and proper name of God. The name Allah is not found in the Bible.
More than 2,000 years after God personally revealed His proper name to Moses at Mt. Sinai, Mohammed is quoted in the Hadith as saying, “I have been commanded that I should fight these people till they bear witness that there is no god but Allah. When they do this, their blood and their property shall be safe with me except as Islam requires.”
Commandment #2: “You are not to worship or bow to any created thing.”
The greatest act of worship in Islam is the required once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to Mecca. The highpoint is the ceremony at the religious shrine known as the Ka’aba. Muslims must run around the building counterclockwise seven times, and each time pause to kiss a black rock that supposedly fell from heaven!
Kissing a rock in a religious ceremony is a blatant act of idolatry clearly forbidden by the second commandment. We are not even to bow to any created thing, let alone kissing it!
Commandments #3: “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD in vain.”
Did you know that in Islam, Surah 53:19 says Allah has three daughters? Why does the Koran say, “God forbid that Allah should have a son,” and then say he has three daughters?
Will Durant in his secular classic, The Story of Civilization, writes,
“Within the Ka’aba, in pre-Moslem days, were several idols representing gods. One was called Allah; three others were Allah’s daughters, al-uzza, al-Lat, and Al-Manat. We may judge the antiquity of this Arab pantheon from the mention of At-il-Lat by Herodotus [a fifth century B.C. Greek historian] as a major Arabian deity. The Quraish (Mohammed’s tribe) paved the way for monotheism by worshiping Allah as the chief god.”
Archaeological evidence discovered in Arabia proves that the dominant pre-Islamic religion was the worship of the moon-god, Allah. Mohammed simply eliminated the other 359 idols, including Allah’s daughters. That is why you see the crescent moon on the Islamic flag and above Islamic temples.
The God of the Bible is not the god of the moon; He is the Creator of the moon! To refer to a pagan deity as God is to disobey commandments 1, 2, and 3.
Commandment #4: “Remember the Sabbath to keep it holy.”
Originally on Saturday, it was changed to Sunday to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Since the penalty for sin is death, true believers find the ultimate spiritual rest in the finished work of Christ who sacrificed Himself to pay for the sins of the world. Muslims worship on Friday.
Commandment #5: “Honor your father and your mother.”
The primary application here is to give honor to whom honor is due. However, it is also true that women are to be honored, and are of equal value with men in the sight of God.
But, in Islam, Sura 4:38, the Koran says, “Men are superior to women,” and gives men permission to “remove them unto their beds, and beat them….” However, in Eph. 5:28, the Bible says, “So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church.”
And, in 1 Peter 3:7, the Bible also says,
“You husbands likewise, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with a weaker vessel, since she is a woman; and grant her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.”
In other words, if you’re not right with your wife, you’re not right with God! Following the Koran, regarding the disrespect and the physical abuse of women, disobeys the clear teaching of Scripture. Jesus said: “Whatever you do to the least of these my brethren, you do to Me” (Matt. 25:40).
Commandment #6: “Thou shalt not murder.”
There are 123 verses in the Koran that call for fighting and killing anyone who does not believe the statement, “There is no God but Allah and Mohammed is his prophet.” Jews and Christians are specifically named and targeted as “infidels.”
In Islam, Sura 5:37 says,
“…they (the infidels) shall be slain or crucified, or have their hands and feet cut off.”
In Islam, Sura 9:5 says,
“Wage war against the infidels, as are your neighbors…,”
I Sura 47:3-9, a Muslim who cuts off the head of an “unbeliever” is promised paradise!
Ironically, Sura 2:256 says,
“Let there be no compulsion in religion.”
This is an obvious contradiction. And, according to the Koran, what awaits the men who are admitted to Paradise? Two things that are forbidden as sinful in this life, wine, and women! What do the women get? Sadly, no one knows. This is how to answer Islam.
Commandment #7: “Thou shalt not commit adultery.”
In Matthew 5:28 Jesus said, “But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” In 19:5 Jesus (quoting Moses) said, “…. a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” The grammar is clear—one man has one wife.
But, in Islam, Sura 4:2, the Koran says,
“….of other women who seem good in your eyes, marry two, or three, or four; and if ye still fear that ye shall not act equitably, then one only; or the slaves you have acquired.”
Nature itself proves that the doctrine of polygamy cannot be divinely inspired since the ratio of men to women has always been 50/50. If there were four (or more) women to every man in the world, this doctrine might not be so obviously false.
The Koran goes on to say that the owner of any female slave can sell her into prostitution or rape her anytime he wants to, and Allah will forgive him! Don’t believe it?
In Islam, Sura 24:33 says,
“Force not your female slave into sin in order that you may enrich yourselves in this world if they wish to preserve their modesty. Yet if any of you do compel them, afterward, God will forgive you.”
This is a classic example of “Doublespeak.” That is language that deliberately disguises, distorts, or reverses the meaning of words or phrases.
Commandment #8: “Thou shalt not steal.”
Yet, in Islam, Sura 24:29 the Koran says,
“There shall be no harm in your entering houses in which no one dwells, for the supply of your needs.”
In other words, as long as no one is home, go in and take whatever you need! The Bible says, “Thieves shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Commandment #9: “Thou shalt not lie.”
But, in Sura 5:91, the Koran says,
“God will not punish you for a mistake in your oaths, but he will punish you for an oath taken seriously.”
The word “oath” means a solemn appeal to God for the truth of what is affirmed. In Matthew 5:33-37 Jesus said, “But I say to you, make no oath at all,… let your yes be yes and your no is no; anything beyond this is of evil.”
Commandment #10: “Thou shalt not covet.”
To covet is to desire something that belongs to someone else, or something forbidden. That is what wars are made of. Obeying these commandments is not difficult, it’s impossible.
Fortunately for critical thinkers, there are only 5 major religions in the world, and they are mutually exclusive. The only thing they have in common is the fact that they have almost nothing in common, most importantly with respect to the nature of God:
- Christianity teaches that God is: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Three distinct persons make up the one God.
- Islam teaches the strictest form of Unitarian monotheism and the Trinity is polytheistic blasphemy, a damnable heresy, and an obvious contradiction.
- Hinduism says there are 330 million gods.
- Buddhism doesn’t believe in God at all!
- Judaism rejects the deity of Jesus Christ–the foundation of Christianity.
Logically, they are either all wrong or one is right, and the others are wrong. If we can discover the true nature of God then we will know the truth and be free.
PRACTICAL ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE TRINITY IN NATURE
Einstein’s Theory of Relativity proved mathematically (math being a perfect science) that we live in a three-dimensional world: Time, space, and matter (which is energy). Interestingly, Einstein’s Theory of Relativity fits the Biblical account of creation perfectly. The very first verse in the Bible says, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth.”
In the beginning (that’s time), God created (that’s energy), the heavens (that’s space), and the Earth (that’s matter).
That’s quite a coincidence! Einstein’s mathematical equation is a trinity of trinities!
- Time is a trinity: The past, the present, and the future. The past is not the present, the present is not the future, and the future is not the past. One is not the other, all are part of the same, none can exist without the other, and yet each one is distinct.
- Space: We live in a three-dimensional world: Height, width, and depth. Height is not width, width is not depth, depth is not height. One is not the other, all are part of the same, none can exist without the other, and yet each one is distinct.
- Matter is made up of atoms, and atoms have three basic components: protons, neutrons, and electrons. One is not the other, all are part of the same, none can exist without the other, and yet each one is distinct.
One molecule of water consists of three atoms—two hydrogen and one oxygen. Pure hydrogen is highly flammable, and pure oxygen is also highly flammable. Combine them in a 2 to 1 ratio and you have a third substance which you can use to extinguish a fire! Can you rationally understand that? As you can see, whether or not you can rationally understand something does not preclude you from believing it. Can you fully comprehend God?
The human brain is the most complex thing known to science. The brain houses the mind which is a trinity; the mind, will, and emotions. The mind (intellect) is not the will, the will is not emotion, and emotion is not the intellect. One is not the other, all are part of the same, none can exist without the other, and yet each one is distinct!
As you can see, the Trinity is not an unfathomable, irrational contradiction. There are many more “tri-unities” all around us. A good case can be made for: Earth, wind, fire, light and many more. There is no logical or theological reason whatsoever, that Almighty God cannot sit on the throne in heaven, come to Earth as a sinless man, born of a virgin, and fill the world with His Spirit—all at the same time. God is not limited. Nothing is impossible for Him!
ONLY THE TRUE AND LIVING GOD CAN PREDICT THE FUTURE WITH PERFECT ACCURACY
According to Ph.D. astrophysicists and qualified scientists, the odds of the Bible’s more than 2,500 predictions being fulfilled by chance is one out of a number expressed as 1 with 2,000 zeros after it! According to the mathematical science of probability, if a number has more than 50 zeros after it, the odds of that happening by chance make it virtually impossible. Here is one example of Bible prophecy you can see right before your eyes.
In Ezekiel 36-39 (written 2,500 years ago) God revealed that the Jews would be exiled from Israel (because of their sin), the land would remain desolate for a long period of time, and in the latter days, He would bring them back as a nation. He then says, “These things were written so that the nations may know that I am the LORD.” In A.D. 70, the Roman Empire fulfilled biblical prophecy, the Jews were exiled and had no homeland for nearly 1,900 years. Then, on May 14th, 1948, after Hitler was finally stopped, the Jewish people returned to establish a 2nd Jewish state; another fulfillment of Bible prophecy (also see Jeremiah 31:35-36).
WHAT THE KORAN SAYS ABOUT THE BIBLE
In 3:3, 4:163, 5:46, 6:34, 6:115, 10:37, and 10:64, the Koran says the Bible was written by Allah and cannot be changed. In Genesis 17 the Bible says, “And as for Ishmael, I have heard you. Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall beget twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this set time next year.”’
More than 2,600 years later, Mohammed claimed Ishmael, not Isaac, was the rightful heir, and therefore the land belongs to the Arabs. That is why Muslims believe they must destroy Israel and take the land. As long as Israel prevails (or even exists), they are forced to the inescapable conclusion that Allah is not God, Mohammed was not a prophet, the Koran is false, and the Bible has not been corrupted!
Islam teaches that if your good works outweigh your bad works, Allah may have mercy on you. Yet, in Romans 3:20 the Bible says, “For by the deeds of the law no man will be justified in His sight, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin.” The moral law proves we are guilty, and cannot save ourselves.
When Adam and Eve sinned, they covered themselves with fig leaves, but God slew an animal to cover their sin. Cain brought his own offering, but Able brought a blood sacrifice. Able’s was accepted, Cain’s was rejected. In Exodus, the angel of death passed over God’s people by the blood of a lamb. God is trying to tell us something.
In Leviticus 1-17, God instructed Moses that only a blood sacrifice could atone for sin. Leviticus says, “Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin.” Symbolic of sinless perfection, the sacrifice had to be perfect, without spot or blemish. The sacrificial system provided the world with 1,500 years of literal, historical, and theological context, so when John the Baptist saw Jesus and said, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world,” this would all make sense. The sacrificial system ended when Jesus fulfilled this prophetic picture of salvation. He satisfied God’s perfect justice once and for all who truly repent and believe!
Simply stated, it’s because we have broken God’s law that we need His grace. Since the penalty for sin is death (all men die because all men sin), in order for a savior to save you, he would have to be sinless and die for you. This is how God can legally forgive sin without compromising His justice. Justice and mercy were reconciled when Jesus Christ died on the cross. Three days later, He took authority over sin and death by raising Himself from the dead—by His own power! If you come to God without the prescribed blood sacrifice, you die in your sin and your own life will be required. Revelation 21:8 calls it, “the second death.”
How do you get saved from sin and death (separation from God)? Repent (change your mind and direction) and believe the Gospel. In 1 Cor. 15:3-4 the Bible says, “…Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.” Christianity is not a religion, it’s a revelation, and once you’ve had the revelation it leads you to a personal relationship with God based on love, not law. God is personal and you can know Him personally. “We love Him because He first loved us and gave Himself for us that we might become children of God” (I John 4:19).
The Bible says,
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
This is the definitive apologetic argument against Islam.
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Is the Bible Corrupted?
A Muslim may say:
Christians believe in a corrupted scripture. The Quran is the only preserved scripture and the Bible is corrupted.
Do you believe that the Torah, Zabur, Injil (all part of the Bible) and the Quran are all the word of God?
If so, it is a confusing statement to say that God’s previous words (the Bible) were corrupted, while God’s last word (the Quran)-according to Islamic beliefs-were preserved.
In a way, you are saying that some of God’s words could be preserved, while others could be corrupted? (read my article “Is the Quran Preserved?“)
In other words we accuse God of being powerless (unable to protect His previous words) and/or unfair (for not caring to preserve His previous words and letting people be misled while preserving the last word He sent).
We need to choose, is God mighty and just or is He powerless and unfair?
We believe God is mighty and just, and whatever message He sends He is able to protect and preserve. Any tampering with this message is an insult to Him.
We also have to ask ourselves. When did this alleged corruption happen?
Was it before the time of Muhammad?
Well, that is impossible since the Quran refers to Bible as a true scripture in a lot of verses. For example, God says to Muhammad in the Quran regarding the Jews:
But how do they come to you for decision while they have the Torah, in which is the Decision of God? (Quran 5:43)
If the Torah (the first five books of the Bible) were corrupted, then why does the Quran refers to it as an authentic carrier of God’s decision?!
Therefore, we cannot say the Bible was corrupted before the time of Muhammad.
Was it corrupted after Muhammad claimed to be a prophet?
If the Quran accused the people of the book of corrupting their scripture (e.g. Quran 4:46; 5:13; 5:41), it might have been an accusation to a local group but not to the entire Jewish and Christian world. The Jewish and Christian world was thousands of times bigger than the village of Medina in the desert of Arabia where this accusation occurred.
In order for the Jews and the Christians to corrupt their scripture, they would have had to call a universal conference (bring all the leaders of their religion from all the known world at that time, Asia, Europe, and Africa) to meet in one place and decide what to remove. Then they would have had to burn thousands or even hundreds of thousands of books of scripture from all around the world; and then produce thousands of modified books of scripture to be re-distributed back to the entire known world.
This is logistically impossible, even in our current time. It is also morally difficult, because thousands of religious leaders would have had to choose to tamper with their God’s word knowingly. Is it not conceivable that at least a few of the leaders would have rejected such tampering? Furthermore, would not some of these scriptures have escaped these modifications and we would have found them by now?
We are also talking about two adversaries, Jews and Christians. They were not good friends of each other at the time.
If the Jews corrupted the Jewish scripture, then the Christians who believed in it would not be silent. On the other hand, the Jews would not keep quiet if the Christians tampered with the Jewish scripture, as it is their scripture; and they (the Jews) would defiantly find something against the Christians if they (Christians) tampered with the Christian scripture.
Again you would have to get these two adversarial groups together and then get them to agree on changing their own scripture. Do you think there were no believers who considered God’s command?
You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you. (Deuteronomy 4:2)
God is good, honest, mighty and just. He would not let His word be tampered with and allow people to be led astray, while He did nothing for 600 years until He sent a new prophet with a new scripture.
I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book. (Revelation 22:18-19)
Nobody can tamper with God’s word without experiencing God’s wrath.
I invite you to read the word of God (the Bible) for yourself.
Frequently Asked Questions from Muslims about Jesus Christ:
Here are some frequently asked questions about Christianity. If you would like more information on the responses to any of these questions, please click here to download this free book.
– How do I know that Jesus is the Son of God?
– How can I know that Jesus was raised from the dead?
– What is the nature of God?
– Why do I need to believe in Jesus?
– What does it mean to be “born again”?
– Is Jesus the only way to God?
– How do I get to heaven?
– What is prayer?
– Does God have a plan for my life?
– What is baptism of water?
– Who is the Holy Spirit?
– How can I have the Holy Spirit in my life?
– What is the Bible?
– What makes the Bible so special?
– Why is reading the Bible important?
How do I know that Jesus is the Son of God?
The Old Testament of the Bible is filled with prophesies about a Messiah that would come one day. While He would come from the Jewish people, He would be a light for the people of all races, so He could “bring salvation to the end of the earth” (Isaiah 49:6).
Jesus was born to a mother who was a virgin by the power of the Holy Spirit. He lived a sinless life but was nailed to a cross until He died. While Jesus was on the cross, the sins of the whole world were on Him. But then wonderfully, miraculously, God raised Jesus from the dead after He had been buried for three days!
During His time on earth, Jesus was rejected by some people was because they were expecting an earthly king with political or military power. But Jesus tried to make it clear that He came to bring about a spiritual change and bring people into the kingdom of God. When Jesus was on trial, He told the Roman governor, Pilate, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm” (John 18:36).
Yet even in His death and rejection, He was fulfilling prophecy. About Jesus, Isaiah prophesied, “He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him” (Isaiah 53:3). In fact, Jesus fulfilled every prophecy.
Apostle Paul was one of those who, at one time, doubted that Jesus was the Son of God, but He changed His mind after encountering Jesus through a bright light on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:3). Paul dedicated his life to tell others that Jesus was the Son of God. In one of his letters, Paul wrote that God highly exalted Jesus, “and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:8-11).
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How can I know that Jesus was raised from the dead?
The Bible is filled with the testimony of people who saw Jesus after He rose from the dead. The Apostle Paul refers to more than 500 people who saw Him after His resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:6). Many of these same apostles watched as Jesus ascended into heaven (Acts 1:9).
Yet, there were many people in Jesus’ time that doubted His resurrection, including Thomas, who was one of His disciples. But, when Jesus personally appeared to him, Thomas believed. Jesus told him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed” (John 20:24-29).
Many of the Jewish leaders refused to believe that Jesus rose from the dead. But the Apostle Peter told them, “We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him” (Acts 5:30-32).
Paul was like many Christians who did not see Jesus while He was alive, but knew He had arisen because He came to know the risen Jesus. Paul also knew the importance of faith to having a relationship with Him. The Bible says that “without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). Paul knew that “by his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also” (1 Corinthians 6:14).
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What is the nature of God?
The Bible speaks about God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), and God the Holy Spirit. Christians refer to them as the “Trinity.” There is only one God (Deuteronomy 6:4-5), but He is embodied in three Persons.
Jesus called God “the Father” and taught us to call Him our “Father in Heaven” (Matthew 6:9). Jesus lived in communion with his heavenly Father, always doing his will and recognizing him as truly and eternally God. Before his ascension, Jesus said he was going to his Father. Jesus was God in the flesh. He came to reveal God’s nature by showing us how to live. He was loving, kind, and filled with God’s wisdom. He revealed how the power of God was available to answer prayer and solve problems.
Jesus died as a man, but God raised Him from the dead, to prove that He was the Son of God. When Jesus was baptized, “the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, ‘You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased’” (Luke 3:22).
After Jesus died and was raise from the dead, He sent the Holy Spirit to be present in the lives of people who believed in Him. The Holy Spirit guides us, leads us, empowers us, and is God’s presence with us in our daily lives.
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Why do I need to believe in Jesus?
God loves you so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to Earth in the form of a man to pay the penalty for the sins and disobedience of the entire world. When God created mankind in His own image, He made us perfect. He created us to have a relationship and perfect fellowship with Him.
But something happened that changed all that. He had created the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, and gave them free will. Sadly, they made a choice to disobey God. Because Adam and Eve decided to disobey God, all of us are separated from Him. And their decision condemned us all to spiritual and eternal death.
Yet, God loves us so much that He made a plan to bring us back into fellowship and restore our relationship with Him. The plan is simple: God sent His perfect Son, Jesus Christ, to earth as a man to be punished for our sins in our place.
When you believe that Jesus is God’s Son and that He was punished for your sins in your place; when you believe that God raised Him from the dead; when you accept Jesus as your Savior and make Him the Lord of your life; and when you choose to walk in obedience to God and His Word, then you receive the right to spend a glorious eternity in heaven with Him!
You exchange your will for His. You exchange eternal condemnation without Him for eternity in heaven with Him.
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What does it mean to be “born again”?
The Bible says that all of us need to be “born again.” This does not mean that you experience a second physical birth! Being born again is a spiritual birth. When you pray and ask God to forgive your sins and for Jesus to be the Lord of your life, you started that new life!
There was a man in the Bible who had a hard time understanding this truth. His name was Nicodemus, and he was a Jewish leader in Jesus’ day. When Nicodemus comes to Jesus with questions, Jesus told him, “Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus was explaining that when you are born again, God’s Holy Spirit breathes new life into your spirit. Christ is then born in you spiritually.
When you ask Christ to come into your heart, He gives you a fresh start in life. In fact, the Bible calls you a “new creation” (II Corinthians 5:17). The Spirit of God, Himself, has now come to live inside of your heart. This is the mystery and wonder of the Gospel!
When you pray and make a decision to invite Jesus Christ into your life, you have made the most important decision of your entire life.
The Bible says, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation” (Romans 10:9-10). If you want to be “born again,” just ask Jesus to come into your life and forgive you for all of your sins. Ask Him to wipe away your past and be the Lord of your life.
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Is Jesus the only way to God?
If you want to please God, it is important that you do not think you can go your own way. It must be God’s way. Jesus says, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me” (John 14:6). In the world, other people may say that they can lead us to God, but the Bible makes it clear that Jesus is the only true way.
God loves you so much! He has so many wonderful blessings, promises, and gifts He wants to share with you. He has chosen you to be a part of His family forever. But you must choose Him. He will not make up your mind for you, nor will He force Himself on you. If there were 100 steps between you and God, He would take 99, but He would leave that last step to you.
He has given you a free will so that you can make your own choices. You must choose whom you will serve: Yourself or God.
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How do I get to heaven?
All of us are sinners, but God loves us enough to offer us the gift of eternal life by allowing Jesus to die for our sins and offer us the gift of life. All we have to do is confess that we are sinners and believe in Him!
No one will get to heaven because they are a good person. There is no good deed you can do to earn your salvation. Not even following God’s law or believing that there is a God can get us into Heaven.
There is only ONE way to Heaven, and it is by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone that we are saved for eternity. The Bible says, “There is salvation in on one else; for there is no other name under Heaven given among men, by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
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What is prayer?
Prayer is simply talking to God. You can talk with Him anytime, day or night. You can talk with Him whether you are alone, or with other people. You can talk with Him as you would with a close friend. And you can be honest with Him, and speak to Him about anything.
The Bible has many stories of individuals who prayed for many different reasons and in many different ways. Many people think that you only can prayer on your knees with hands folded, head bowed, and eyes closed.
But the Bible makes it clear that there is no right or wrong way to pray. You can stand or kneel, have your eyes open or shut, and speak audibly to God or talk silently to Him in your heart. Prayer is not bound by tradition or position. It means talking with God from your heart.
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Does God have a plan for my life?
God loves you so much! He has designed a special plan for your life…a plan for His special purpose for YOU! The plan God has for your life is to prosper you and not to harm you in any way. His plan is to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11). The Bible says, “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:13-14).
As you walk with Him every day, God will begin to reveal His plans and purposes for your life. Don’t be afraid of what the Lord has in store for you. God’s plan for your life is exciting and good!
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What is baptism of water?
Once you have decided to follow Jesus, you now have an exciting opportunity to let others know about your new faith. Water baptism is the Scriptural example that God gave us of how to publicly declare your relationship with Jesus.
There are several reasons why Believers are baptized with water. The first is obedience. Before Jesus began His public ministry, He declared His total allegiance to God by submitting to water baptism at the hands of a John the Baptist (Matthew 3:17). Jesus also commanded His disciples to go and teach the world what He had taught them, and He specifically told them to baptize those who believed (Matthew 28:18-20).
Baptism is also an outward expression of an inward experience. When you are baptized with water you are making the statement to all those around you that you are a new creation, that you love the Lord, and that He is the Lord of your life.
Baptism is a symbol. As you go under the water, it is as though you are laying down your old life. You are, in a sense, dying as Christ died on the cross for your sins. Then you rise up washed and cleansed, resurrected to a new life. You are a new person by the faith you have in God. Colossians 2:12 says that we have “been buried with Him (Jesus) in baptism in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.” The act of water baptism is a symbol of your repentant heart and your conversion into Christianity.
If you read throughout the book of Acts in the Bible, you would see that as people accepted the message of Jesus Christ, they were baptized with water as an outward demonstration of their new faith.
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Who is the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit is a vital part of the Trinity. The Bible says that the Holy Spirit is our teacher who “guides us into all truth” (John 16:13). He is our Comforter and our Teacher (John 14:26.)
To understand the Holy Spirit it is best to study the book of Acts. Throughout this book you will see the roles that the Holy Spirit plays in the lives of Believers. When the Holy Spirit is mentioned, many times He is giving instruction and guidance to the disciples. Some examples are found in Acts 1:2 and Acts 10:9-22.
The Holy Spirit also strengthens and encourages the churches. For example, in Acts 9:31 we read, “So the church throughout Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase.” This verse shows how the Holy Spirit helped people after the outpouring of His Presence as recorded in the second chapter of the book of Acts.
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How can I have the Holy Spirit in my life?
With the resurrection of Jesus and His return to Heaven, came the “permanent” ministry of the Holy Spirit—literally taking up residence within each Believer. Your body is now the “temple of the Holy Spirit.” He is our Guide and our Counselor. He leads us into all Truth. He interprets Scripture for us, and He empowers us, just as He empowered Jesus for His earthly ministry.
God wants us to reach out and take hold of His promise: the blessed Holy Spirit to equip and empower us to do His will! God said that in the last days He would pour out His Spirit on all people (Acts 2:17-18). God is looking for those who are hungry for Him. He is seeking those who are willing to obey Him with boldness.
With the power of the Holy Spirit you CAN make a difference! If you have not already been filled with the Holy Spirit, you can invite Jesus to fill you with His Holy Spirit and power. Pray right now and ask to be filled with His Holy Spirit and receive all the fullness of His power.
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What is the Bible?
The Bible is a collection of books recognized and used by the Christian church as the inspired by God. This is divided into the “Old Testament” and the “New Testament.”
The Old Testament is composed of books that tell about creation, God’s call on Abraham, and the experiences of his ancestors. Most of the Old Testament was written in Hebrew, but some of this is in Aramaic.
The New Testament focuses on the life and teachings of Jesus, and contains writings of men who followed Him. This tells the story about how these men (His “disciples”) spread the word about His life and ministry. Except for a few words and sentences, the New Testament was written in Greek, the language that most people spoke at that time in that part of the world.
The Bible we read today is based on writings that go back 2,000 years. Until the invention of printing in the middle of the 15th century, all copies of the Scriptures were made by hand. Today, there are more than 4,500 manuscripts available, some dating from A.D. 125.
The Bible, in whole or in part, is now available in more than 1,100 different languages and dialects.
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What makes the Bible so special?
You have a physical body that you feed every day. In the same way, you have a spirit that needs to be fed healthy spiritual food on a daily basis. Think about it this way. How long could you go without eating? A day? No problem. But how would you feel at the end of that day? How about a week? How long would it be before your body gave out completely and you died?
God established this “Principle of Self-Preservation” to keep us alive and healthy: we must eat to live. Now, you don’t need to believe in this principle if you don’t want to; just violate it see what happens. After a length of time, you will die.
The same holds true spiritually. What is our spiritual nourishment? The Bible (which also is called “The Word of God”). The longer we go without the life it contains, the weaker our spirits become. The life of Christ within your spirit must be fed in order to grow strong and stay healthy. Reading the Bible is nourishment to your spirit.
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Why is reading the Bible important?
Spending time talking with God is an essential ingredient in developing a strong and meaningful Christian life. This means spending time praying as well as reading the Bible. As you read the Bible, you will find that, although written thousands of years ago, its words are still so very relevant to your life today. Within its pages you will find stories of people with whom you can identify, lessons to learn, refreshment for your soul, and comfort in your times of need.
Jesus prayed, “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11). It’s so important for you to find time when you can read the Word of God and eat “spiritual bread” every day. Christians often refer to this time as “having devotions.”
Devotions are simply a quiet time of the day devoted to talking with God, worshipping Him, and learning what His Holy Spirit has to teach you. God will speak to you through His Word, and you will find that it gives you strength for your day.
This quiet time can be in the morning or in the evening. The time that works best for you is not important; what is important is the quality of time you spend.
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