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Introduction
This title is not meant to offend anyone. It is my
own personal feeling. I was a Christian for 40 years and still
could not understand what the Minister was saying. I was
reading the Bible, sometimes. Like most Christians I didn’t
understand it. I kept telling myself I want to go to Heaven.
What do I have to do? I believed I had done what God
wanted me to do. My family was teaching me from the
Bible. When I read on my own I couldn’t understand it. I
was going to Sunday school every week, Bible Study on
Wednesday, Revival Meetings with my uncle, and Bible
camp in the summer. I can still remember waking up crying
in the middle of the night. Dreaming I was going to go to
Hell. I called my uncle on the telephone and woke him up. I
really wanted to know the truth and I couldn’t find it. I just
couldn’t understand from the teaching of the Bible.
Looking back I now realize why I was so confused.
Because as a Christian, I never believed I would go to
heaven. This hopelessness led me to ask questions that no
Christian could answer.
Why “In Jesus Name” We Pray?
When I was about sixteen years old I heard the Minister say;
“In Jesus name we pray” I was in shock. My whole life I had been
taught to pray to God. Now they say we are supposed to pray in
Jesus name?
I went and ask the Minister why he said “In Jesus name we
pray”? He showed me in the Bible the verse he was using for
reference. In Colossians 3: 17 ” And whatever you do, in word or
deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to
God the Father through him.”
This went against what I was taught by my family and I
couldn’t accept it. In the Bible it says; Exodus 20:3-6 God said to
Moses; “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me. Thou shalt not
make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that
is in the heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in
the water under the earth:
Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the
Lord thy God am a Jealous God,”
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As a young man it seemed to me that praying in Jesus
name was going against God.
The other point is, this is not the way Jesus told us to pray. In
Mathew 6:9 “Pray then like this; Our Father in Heaven, hallowed
be your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as
it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our
debts, as we have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into
temptation, but deliver us from evil.” Nowhere in the Bible did he
say pray in my name. I later found out this was the teaching of
Paul not Jesus.
My true intention is to reach heaven. I had to find the right
way. All through my life as a Christian I became more curious and
as the title of this story says; I’m concerned with honesty, after all,
our eternal life will be based on honesty. In the Old Testament,
Deuteronomy 5: 19-20, two of the Ten Commandments, “And you
shall not steal. And you shall not bear false witness against your
neighbor”.
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Both of these verses deal with honesty. Honesty must be very
important to God.
Honesty & Truthfulness
Webster’s New World Dictionary’s definition of honesty can be
summed up as “The state or quality of being honest; refraining from
lying, cheating, or stealing; being truthful, trustworthy, or upright;
sincere; fair; straight forward” .
The Muslims give a good example of honesty, although some of
them don’t follow it, it is still a good example.
In Islam, “Truthfulness leads to piety. Piety leads to Paradise. A
Man continues to speak the truth until he is recorded in the sight of
God as a sincere lover of truth. Falsehood leads to iniquity. Iniquity
leads to Hell. A Man will continue to speak falsehood until he is
recorded in the sight of God as a liar”. This hadeeth came from the
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) as reported by Bukhari and Muslim.
I have decided to start at the very beginning and do my own
research to find out where the truth is and who is being honest about
the teachings of Jesus?
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Christianity & the Teaching of Jesus (pbuh)
The definition of a Christian can be found in the Webster’
New World Dictionary, it says;
“A Christian is a person professing belief in Jesus as the Christ or
in the religion based on the teachings of Jesus.”
From the definition, we learn that a Christian is a person who
follows the teachings of Jesus Christ.
The next question is where do you find the teachings of Jesus
Christ?
There must be a book without contradictions and half truth that I can
understand. In my heart, I believed God wouldn’t make it difficult for
me to find the truth if I was really looking for it.
Myself as a Christian, I believed the Bible was a Holy Book of God
with all the correct teachings of Jesus. The Bible I bought to do my
research is the 2001 English Standard Version of “The Holy Bible.” It
is divided into two Parts
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called “The Old Testament” and “The New Testament”.
“The Old Testament” has 39 books and “The New Testament” has 27
books. This version of the Bible has 66 books written by forty
different authors.
The Original Sin
As a Christian we are taught that Jesus died on the cross so that
God would take away our original sin. What original sin?
Genesis 3: 1-16. “Now the snake was wiser than any beast of the
field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, Has
God truly said that you may not take of the fruit of any tree in the
garden? And the woman said we may take of the fruit of the trees in
the garden:
But of the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God has said; if
you take of it or put your hands on it, death will come to you. And the
snake said death will not certainly
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come to you: For God sees that on the day when you take its fruit,
your eyes will be open, and you will be as gods having knowledge of
good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for
food and a delight to the eyes, and to be desired to make one wise,
she took of its fruit, and gave it to her husband. And their eyes were
open and they were conscious that they had no clothing and they
made themselves coats of leaves stitched together.
And there came to them the sound of the Lord God walking in the
garden in the evening wind: and the man and his wife went to a
secret place among the trees of the garden, away from the eyes of
the Lord God. And the voice of the Lord God came to the man,
saying, Where are you? And he said, Hearing your voice in the
garden I was full of fear, because I was without clothing: and I kept
myself from your eyes. And he said, who gave you the knowledge
that you were without clothing? Have you taken of the fruit of the
tree which I said you were not to take? And the man said, the
woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me
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the fruit of the tree and I took it. And the Lord God said to the
woman, what have you done? And the woman said, I was tricked
by the deceit of the snake and I took and the Lord God said to the
snake, because you have done this you are cursed more than all
cattle and every beast of the field; you will go flat on the earth, and
dust will be your food all the days of your life. And there will be
war between you and the woman and between your seed and her
seed: by him will your head be crushed and by you his foot will be
wounded.
To the woman he said, Great will be your pain in childbirth; in
sorrow will your children come to birth; still your desire will be
for your husband, but he will be your master”.
Who Was The Snake?
Right away I had a question. Why was the snake talking? I did
some research and found out the snake was Satan. In the Bible it
says;
Revelations 12:9 “And the great dragon was forced
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down, the old snake, who is named the Evil One and Satan by
whom all the earth is turned from the right way; he was forced
down to the earth, and his angels were forced down with him.”
In the Bible God punished Adam, Eve and the Devil in
Genesis 3: 14 God cursed the Snake for his sin to crawl on the
earth, Genesis 3: 16 God cursed the woman to have pain from
childbirth and in Genesis 3: I 9 By the sweat of your face you shall
eat bread till you return to the ground.
Did Jesus (pbuh) Really Die for the Original Sin?
I understand now where they got the idea of original sin but did
Jesus really die so God would forgive us for Adam
and Eve’s sin?
If Jesus died on the cross and now we are forgiven for the
original sin, then why is Man still working for food, Women still
screaming from childbirth and Snakes don’t; have legs. As these
three are still cursed I guess we haven been forgiven or the book
is wrong.
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I personally believe the book is wrong because in the Bible,
Ezeiekel18:20 it says:
“The soul which does sin will be put to death: the son will not be
made responsible for the evil-doing of the father, or the father for
the evil-doing of the son; the righteousness of the upright will be
on himself, and the evil-doing of the evildoer on himself.”
Who is The Only Begotten Son?
Another questions I had as a Christian was Jesus really the only
Begotten Son? John 3: 16 “For God so loved the world, that he
gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish, but have everlasting life”.
I found another who was begotten. David said in Psalm
2:7 “I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou
art my Son; this day have I begotten thee”.
Was Jesus the only Miracle Birth?
How about Adam, he had no Mother or Father and he
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was made by the hands of God from clay.
How about Eve she had no Mother or Father and made
by the hands of God from a single rib of Adam.
Did Jesus Call Himself the Son of God, Son of
Man, or Son of David?
Harper’s Bible Dictionary, under the heading ‘Son of man,’
points out that, “With one exception Acts 7:56 …the term (Son
of man) is used exclusively by the earthly Jesus reference to
himself.”
The New Catholic Encyclopedia, under the heading ‘Son of
man,’ complements this view by stating, “This title is of special
interest because it was the one employed by Jesus by
preference to designate Himself and His mission.
Jesus described himself as ‘son of man’ a total of 88 times in
the New Testament, it is doubtful that he ever called himself ‘son
of God.’ The term ‘son of God’ is encountered 47 times in the New
Testament, but always 0 the lips of others.
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Jesus is identified as ‘son of David’ 14 times in the New
Testament, starting with the very first verse, of the book of
Matthew.
What Message was Jesus Sent to Give?
We know the message Jesus brought because he told us.
He said in Mathew 5:17&18 Jesus said, “think not that I come to
destroy the law (Torah) or the Prophets: I come not to destroy but
to fulfill. I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass one jot or tittle
shall in no wise pass from the law, till all is fulfilled.”
Why are Christians Allowed to Eat Pork and
Muslims are not?
I found Christians are not allowed to eat it either.
Leviticus 11: 7 “And the swine, though he divides the HOOF, and
be CLOVEN footed, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to
you”.
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Deuteronomy 14:8 “And the swine, because it divideth
the HOOF, yet cheweth not the cud, it is unclean unto you ye
shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcass”.
So if Jesus Came to Reaffirm the Message Given to Moses.
What message was Moses Given?
The message Jesus came to confirm, not to change was
simple, as we see here, in Exodus 20:3-6 God said to Moses
“Thou shalt have no other gods before Me. Thou shall not
make unto thee any graven image, or any Iikeness of anything
that is in the heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or
that is in the water under the earth: Thou shall not bow down
thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a
jealous God,”
Isaiah 46:9 “I am God unrivalled, God who has no like.’
Isaiah 40:18 “To whom could you liken God? What image
could you contrive of him?” Isaiah 40:25 “To whom could you
liken me and who could be my equal?” Says the Holy One.
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What was the Law Jesus was Supposed to Follow?
Exodus 19:5 The Law or Ten Commandments were a covenant
between God and his people. God told Moses to tell his people,
“Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My
covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all
people.”
Mark 12:29-31, Jesus was asked by a scribe what was the
first commandment Jesus said, “The first of the commandments
is, Hear O Israel; The Lord thy God is One Lord; and thou shall
love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul,
and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength, this is the first
commandment”.
Where did Trinity Come from?
History indicates that the word ‘Trinity’ was first proposed
by Tertullian, a third-century lawyer in Carthage, who put forth his
theory on co-sharing of Divinity between God, Jesus, and the Holy
Spirit.
The formal doctrines of the Trinity and Divine sonship
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of Jesus collectively sprung from the interpretation of the
council of Nicea in the year 325 CE.
It may have come from the Gospel of Mark 16:9-1 where it
says: “in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy
Ghost.” While it is generally admitted Mark’s Gospel is the
oldest of the four Gospels. All the ancient Greek manuscripts do
not contain the last twelve verses.
Did Jesus Believe in the Trinity or Three God’s to Make One
God?
The Encyclopedia of Catholicism admits, “The doctrine of
the Trinity as such is not revealed in either Old Testament or
the New Testament”
The New Catholic Encyclopedia observes that devotion to
the Trinity was delayed until as late as the 8th century which
time it began to take hold in monasteries at Aniane and Tours.
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Jesus himself said on his Sermon on the Mount: “No grace”. I know all children in the Philippines are
man can serve two Masters”. (Yet Paul wants us to serve
three).
With lack of Biblical evidence to substantiate the Trinity, some
have asserted that Jesus taught this element of creed to his disciples,
but in secret. Even this claim has an answer, for Jesus presented his
message for all to hear, stating in John 18:20, “I spoke openly to the
world. I always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where the
Jews always meet, and in secret I have said nothing”
Is this the Only Time Paul Goes Against the Teachings of the
Prophet Jesus?
No as we see in Galatians 5:2 “Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if
ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing”. Galatians 5:3 “for I
testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do
the whole law”. Galatians 5:4 “Christ is become of no effect unto you,
whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from
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circumcised as this was an order from God to the Prophet
Abraham and all the people after him. Jesus himself was
circumcised 8 days after birth, as was Paul and all the 12
disciples.
Did Jesus foretell of a Prophet to Come after him?
In the New Testament, John 14:16 When Jesus found out
about the plan to have him killed he told the people n worry” And
I will pray to the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter
that he may abide with you forever’ .
John 16:7 Jesus said “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to
your advantage that I go away, the Comforter will not come to you;
but if I depart, I will send him to you”.
John 20:21-22 “But when the comforter comes, who I will send
to you from the Father, the spirit of truth proceeds from the
Father, he will testify of me”.
John 16: 12-14 “I still have many things to say to you, but you
cannot bear them now. However, when the spirit of
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truth (or Comforter) comes, he will guide you into all truth, for he will
not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears, he will speak;
and he will tell you things to come.”
Are There Other Places in the Bible Where They Talk About
another Prophet Who Will Come?
In the Old Testament, Deuteronomy 18:15 “The LORD thy God
will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy
brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; “
Deuteronomy 18: 18 “I will raise them up a Prophet from among
their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and
he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.”
Who was That Prophet?
John I: 19-25 “The rabbis and Levites went to visit John and they
ask him are you the Messiah? He said no, are you Elijah? He said no,
are you that Prophet? No”. Who was
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that Prophet? Muslims and common sense say he is but
Muhammad (pbuh).
Was Jesus a Prophet?
We know Jesus (pbuh) was the Messiah.
Jesus said John was Elijah in Mathew 11: 1314, “For all Prophets
and the Law prophesied until John, and if you willing to accept it, he
is Elijah who is to come”, I do know why John denied he was Elijah
in the gospel of John. The Rabbis and Levis foretold of three
Prophets first Elijah, then Messiah, and that Prophet. You must
believe John is Elijah, because if you don’t then Jesus is not Messiah.
The choice is yours as Jesus said are you willing to believe?
Are There Other Books or Gospels Besides the Bible?
Up until the council of Nicea in 325 AD, there were m than 300
Gospels all were destroyed by the Catholic Church and Romans. If
you were found with one of these books you were killed. There were
the Gospels of Hebrews, The Gospel
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of James, Timothy, Barnabas and many more. The only ones accepted
are the four we have today written by people who never met or knew
Jesus. The Gospel of Barnabas was accepted as canonical in the
Church of Alexandria up until 325 A.D.
Christian Scholars Becoming Muslim?
(1) (Abu Yahya) Jerald F. Dirks, M. Div, Psy. D. Dr.
Dirks is a former minister (deacon) of the United Methodist Church.
He holds a Master’s degree in Divinity from Harvard University and a
Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Denver. Author of
“The Cross and the Crescent: An Interfaith Dialogue between
Christianity and Islam” (2001), and “Abraham: The Friend of God”
(2002).
(2) In 2001, Father Stall Soria, who had served as parish
priest in various cities and towns in Metro Manila after taking his
college and theology studies at Xavier University and Loyola School
of Theology, both of the Jesuit run Ateneo de Manila University,
reverted to Islam. He has since been known as Muhammad Soria, but
many,
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including his Muslim friends, still call him “Father The 64-yearold Soria said his decision was met with condemnation and
disgust by most of his relatives and former parishioners, an
experience similar to what many of the Muslim reverts, locally
known as Balik Islam go through. This, however, did not deter
him from leaving the priesthood after 14 years and embracing
Islam.
(3) Before he became a Muslim and changed his
to Abdul-Ahad Dawud, Rev. David Benjamin Keldani. B.D was a
Roman Catholic priest of the Uniate-Chaldean sect. He was born in
1867 at Urmia in Persia; educated from early infancy in that town.
From 1886-89 (three year) was on the teaching staff of the
Archbishop of Canterbury Mission to the Assyrian (Nestorian)
Christians at Urmia. In 1892 he was sent by Cardinal Vaughan to
Rome, where he underwent a course of philosophical and
theological studies at the Propaganda Fide College, and in 1895 was
ordained
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Priest.
(4) My name is Yusuf Estes now, but in years past my friends
used to call me Skip. I have preached Christianity and worked in the
entertainment and music industry since I was a boy in the 1950’s. My
father and I have established music stores, TV and radio programs and
outdoor entertainment for fun (and profit). I was a music minister and
even used a pony ride and entertained the children as “Skippy the
Clown.”
(5) My name is Julianne (Noora) Scasny. I was born in the United
States to a mother who is Syrian (Arab) Christian and a father who is
white European descent. Both are Catholic. When I was 15 years old I
wanted to be a nun in the Roman Catholic Church. So I was close in
relationship to God – or so I thought – and never really had this socalled personal relationship with Jesus (peace be upon him). I told
myself, “I don’t care what my parents say. I don’t care what anyone
says! I want this feeling. I want to be a practicing
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devout Muslim! I am sick of trying to do things my way: submit to
the will of Allah Almighty.” AI-hamdu Iillah, that Ramadan I
made Shahadah in the back of the masjid in front of a group of
women because the imam was afraid of what my parents would do if
I made Shahadah out loud front of everyone. I started wearing hijab
that Ramadan.
These are only five examples; I’m sure by now you understand
how I believe I have been lied to. I don’t think it was on purpose but
once a lie has been told many times, it becomes fact.
I eventually did what I would ask all of you to do. I read the
Qur’an. I found it to be the Truth. It did not ask me to stop believing in
Jesus it said all Muslims must believe in him as a Prophet, if they do
not they are not Muslims. I finally said my testimony of faith or
Shahada on April 16, 2000.
Since I said there is only One God and Muhammah (pbuh) is His
last messenger, I don’t have any of the confusion or questions about
God, the prophets, or how to
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get to heaven.
If you are seeking real Truth and Salvation like many
others before you, give Islam a try.
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