Why I Came To Islam? (Susie Brackenborough)

One trend you’ll find among Muslims is pretending to be Christian, saying they “reverted” (converted) to Islam, in order to dupe people into believing in Islam. Once you start to examine if this is true you’ll soon realise that it’s a farce. Susie Brackenborough is one such person who’s written an article for Islamonline.net claiming to have been a follower of Christ only to leave and become a Muslim. Either she’s being deceptive or just really ignorant of what true Christianity is, you can be the judge.

I Couldn’t Actually Say Why I Was Christian?

Being a practicing Christian for almost 16 of my 22 years of life, it may seem strange as to why I have turned to Islam. Not so I say! I was asked one day to “prove Christianity and why you are a Christian and not a Muslim” by a Muslim friend at university. I thought that this was going to be an easy task, but I couldn’t actually say why I was Christian, only this is the way that I had been brought up by my family. My research needed extensive reading and questioning. I would say to everyone who reads this whether Muslim or not – ‘ASK YOURSELF WHY YOU BELIEVE WHAT YOU DO.’

Why I Came To Islam?

There’s a huge red flag, Susie said she was a “Christian” for 16 years, yet she was only “Christian” by name being brought up by her family. This is not what constitutes being a Christian, being born into a family which professes to be Christian doesn’t make a person Christian. It’s like saying sleeping in an air hanger would make someone an aeroplane. It’s quite telling that someone who would make this statement knows absolutely nothing about Christianity.

To answer her question of why I believe what I do, is that the Death, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the best historically attested event which stands against every criticism. There’s no one who has been able to debunk the Death and Resurrection of Christ.

The next few quotes from Susie prove she has no idea what Christianity teaches about Jesus Christ or any of the fundamental doctrines we hold.

So why wasn’t I satisfied with Christianity? Anybody who is going to really believe in something must know something about it. If I said to someone that a Porsche could go faster than a Skoda, for them to accept that fully they must have knowledge of what a Porsche and a Skoda are, otherwise if they accept what I say without knowledge they are living a life of ignorance and/or arrogance. Anybody who wanted to know the truth and why they agree to or follow a particular way would seek out why. So for me to accept Christianity I needed the knowledge about the fundamentals – the belief that Jesus (AS) was the son of God and that the Trinity existed are two fundamental points. It is not good enough just to accept this, as you believe what has been taught to you. For someone without knowledge about cars, the Porsche may indeed go faster than the Skoda in reality, but if I was a so called knowledgeable and respected person and I taught them that the Skoda is faster than the Porsche, then I would be believed by people who have not questioned what these two cars are really like and they take my word as they think that I have knowledge. But they would not be believing the truth.

Why I Came To Islam?

She admits she lacks knowledge about the Lord Jesus or the Trinity, these are the 2 biggest points of contention when Christians engage with Muslims. The issue is that the Qur’ān gets both wrong here are past articles that explain how Islam gets it wrong.

The Poo Poo of Allah and Muhammad (Trinity)

Jesus is God According to Qur’ān

We’re going to clear up Susie’s confusion starting with her first question.

The Son Of God And The Trinity … Is It Not Made Explicitly Clear In The Bible?

I believe that religion is not here to confuse us in any way and the message of Allah (SWT) is very clear; so my first question is – if Jesus (AS) is the son of God and the Trinity was what Christian people believe it to be, why is it not made explicitly clear in the Bible?

Why I Came To Islam?

While the word Trinity is not in the Bible, the word Tawhid is not in the Qur’ān, but the teachings/concept of the Trinity is certainly in the Bible. In the Gospel of Matthew chapter 3 John the Baptist was asked by Jesus Christ to baptise Him. John shocked by the request immediately says “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” (Matthew 3:14).

Jesus tells Him that it’s necessary to fulfill all righteousness (Matthew 3:15), John then baptises Him and we’re introduced to the Trinity.

Matthew 3:16–17

Notice in one moment in time we have all 3 Persons of the Trinity present (1), Jesus Christ, in the water (2) the Spirit of God also known as the Holy Spirit (3) a voice from heaven which is God the Father. How can Susie claim to have been a Christian for 16 years have she never seen this passage before? There are others, but let’s go to the Qur’ān to further prove our point.

In the Qur’ān we have a Trinity a false one but 3 nonetheless who are creators. Muslims agree that Allah is the creator, but what do they say to the fact that Allah admits he’s not the only creator.

23:14 sūrat l-mu’minūn (The Believers)

This verse according to their own book claims that Allah is not the only creator, what do I mean by creator? Just to make it clear we’re not talking about someone making a painting or building a table etc. Muslims try to claim Allah is comparing himself to humans as “creators”. No! This is not what’s being spoken of here in this ayat. Allah is saying there are other creators (gods) but Allah is the best of all the other gods.

Additionally, the word l-khāliqīna as a genitive masculine noun showing possession. The genitive case focuses on the active participle “of” is what’s important, in this context Allah being the best of the creators.

23:14 Arabic grammar, syntax and morphology

So this means Susie’s god is not the only god according to the confession of Allah which makes Islam a polytheistic religion.

Was Jesus The Only Begotten Son Of God?

Was Jesus (AS) the only begotten son of God? No, quite clearly not. Long before Jesus (AS) was born, David (AS) said in Psalm 2:7, ‘I will declare the decree, the Lord hath said unto me, Thou are my Son; this day have I begotten thee.’ So, David (AS) is also God’s begotten son??!!!

Why I Came To Islam?

David is not “the only begotten son of God” and neither was anyone else called the Only begotten Son of God as Jesus Christ is. Just for your own perusal, these are some translations of Psalm 2:7 and in none of these translations will you see the word “only”.

I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. (KJV)

“I will declare the decree: The LORD has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. (NKJV)

The king proclaims the LORD’s decree: “The LORD said to me, ‘You are my son. Today I have become your Father. (NLT)

I will proclaim the LORD’s decree: He said to me, “You are my son; today I have become your father. (NIV)

I will tell of the decree: The LORD said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you. (ESV)

I will declare the LORD’s decree. He said to me, “You are my Son;[fn] today I have become your Father. (CSB)

Notice in none of the translations provided will you find the words “the only begotten son of God” in Psalm 2:7. But the Bible does say about Jesus Christ that He alone is the only begotten son of God. These are the relevant verses.

John 3:18

The Greek used for Jesus is τοῦ μονογενοῦς υἱοῦ τοῦ θεοῦ let’s break it down. The word τοῦ is a variation of the article and is a genitive singular masculine which means (of the) showing possession. The following word μονογενοῦς is also an adjective genitive singular masculine word which means (only begotten). We then have υἱοῦ a noun genitive singular masculine and means (Son), lastly, we have θεοῦ which is in the genitive case and means God.

The two following verses also say Jesus is the only begotten Son of God, so where is Susie getting her information from? It’s certainly not from the Bible.

John 1:18
1 John 4:9

Seems like Susie either never read the Bible or she lied claiming that there were others called the only begotten Son of God. But we’ve just proven that her statement is untrue.

He’s not the Son of God?

What is this?!! Jesus (AS) himself made clear that he is not the son of God. For example, Matthew 5:48, ‘Be ye therefore perfect, even as your father which is in heaven is perfect.’ So God is everyone’s father. Luke 4:41, ‘And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered not to speak for they knew that he was Christ.’ Luke 9:20-21, Jesus (AS) said to his disciples, ‘But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, “The Christ of God! And he straightly charged them, and commanded them to tell no man that thing.’ If Jesus (AS) was the son of God, then why should he tell his disciples not to tell anyone this if everyone is to know and learn and believe this? The only explanation is that they were wrong to call him this and he was telling them so.

Why I Came To Islam?
Matthew 5:48

Seems like Susie is going against the Qur’ān using Matthew 5:48 to say that God is everyone’s Father. According to her Qur’ān, it says Allah is not the father of anyone, we can find this in Surah 19:88-93; 112:3

sūrat maryam 19:88-93
sūrat l-ikhlāṣ 112:3

Why did she say Allah is everyone’s father when the Qur’ān says he’s not father to anyone is it out of ignorance or deception? Also, Jesus said He came down from heaven and He’s the Son which speaks of the deity of Christ.

John 3:13
sūrat āl ʿim’rān 3:52-55

Susie makes the claim that Jesus was telling the disciples not to tell people He’s the Son of God, but that’s not true. Jesus was saying not to let people know because it was not His time to come as King even though He already was. Jesus knew He had to come as the Lamb of God who would give His life on the cross for the sins of the world, that was His main purpose for His first advent.

If the people knew He was the Christ (Messiah) they wouldn’t have crucified Him. And if He was not crucified then there would be no salvation for anyone. The second point is that if the disciples were wrong according to Susie, then Allah’s message was corrupted. Let’s not forget the Qur’ān says the followers of Jesus would be superior until the day of judgement. If the message of Jesus was corrupted then Allah failed in making the believers of Jesus superior until the day of judgement as 3:52-55 says.

In the words of Jesus Christ, He said that He’s the Son of God, read and laugh Abdoola. Why did she not read this verse, I thought she was a Christian for 16 years and she never read these verses?

John 10:36

Associating others with God

Secondly the concept of the Trinity. Associating others with God, i.e. to believe in the Trinity has no foundation whatsoever in Islam. In Mark 12:29 Jesus (AS) himself said, The first of all Commandments is, Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord.’ 1 Corinthians 8:4 ‘there is none other God but one.’ The truth about this mater is that the word ‘Trinity’ is not Biblical at all. The Canon’s answer was as follows: ‘The New Testament writers did not create the doctrine of the Trinity. It is an attempt, admittedly human (how could it be otherwise?), to express in words something of the inexpressible.’ This just sums it up. A human attempt to describe something inexpressible because it doesn’t exist!! Perhaps the clearest indication we have that Jesus (AS) and God are not equal, and therefore not one and the same, comes from John 14:28 when Jesus (AS) is quoted as saying: “My Father is greater than I.” When someone referred to him as good master in Luke 18:19 Jesus (AS) responded, “Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is God.” Furthermore, Jesus (AS) drew clear distinctions between himself and God when he is quoted to have said, John 8:42 “I proceeded forth and came from God, neither came I of myself but He sent me.’ Jesus (AS) gave clear evidence of his subordination to God, rather than his equality with God, when he said in Luke 22:42, “not my will but Thine be one” and in John 5:30, ” I seek not mine own will but the will of the Father which has sent me.” That Jesus (AS) would admit that he did not come into the world on his own initiative but was directed to do so, that he would acknowledge another being as greater than himself, that he would negate his own will in deference to affirming the will of another gives clear proof that Jesus (AS) is not the Supreme One and therefore Jesus (AS) is not equal to or even God.

Why I Came To Islam?

It’s sad these arguments Brackenborough is spouting are the same weak arguments from dawah missionaries. Let us go through each to show how flawed Islam is.

Mark 12:29

Christians believe in 1 God (Deuteronomy 6:4) not 3 as Muslims set up Red Herrings and bring fallacious arguments, all Christians affirm belief in 1 God. All 3 Persons (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) are the 1 God as they are of the one essence of God. They are co-equal in Genesis the word Elohim (אֱלֹהִים) which is a plural word.

We’re in agreement that God created the world spoken of in the first verse of Genesis, in the second verse the Holy Spirit was also involved in the making of creation “the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters” (Genesis 1:2). Lastly in John 1:1 the Word (Jesus Christ) also created the world, the proof is in verse 3 “All things were made by him” that is all things were made by Jesus Christ. All 3 were involved in the creation of the world.

We substantiate that Jesus is the Word of Allah in the Qur’ān [4:171] “The Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, was but a messenger of Allah and His word”.

sūrat l-nisāa 4:171

There you go the Qur’ān says Jesus is the Word of Allah, Muhammad copied this from the Bible without knowing what the Word of God meant.

She mentioned 1 Corinthians 8:4, let’s point out her hypocrisy. This goes against the Muslim belief as they claim that Paul was a liar, saying he changed the teachings of Jesus Christ.[1] Yet here she’s taking one of Paul’s writings and saying she agrees with Paul that God is one. This is what Paul said, that is the height of hypocrisy.

1 Corinthians 8:4

Muslims say that Paul is the one who created Christianity and made up a lie about Jesus being God, but this Muslima is using Paul to claim what he’s teaching is correct.

John 14:28 “my Father is greater than I” Muslims love this quote but fail to understand it, Jesus Christ is God in the flesh, He became a real Man who was surrounded by people who were trying to kill Him. This verse is not speaking of the deity of Christ as being “lesser” than the Father.

John 14:28

The Father was in heaven, therefore, technically speaking the Father was in a greater position than the Son as He (the Father) is untouchable in heaven. While Jesus was on Earth as a real Man surrounded by enimies and subjected Himself to everything humans would be subjected to.

She then assumes in Luke 18:19 that Jesus Christ is saying He’s not good? Talk about not knowing the scriptures, if you read again Christ is asking the rich young ruler a question. In essence He’s asking the rich young ruler a rhetorical question “are you calling me God because only God is good”[2]

Luke 18:19

This verse actually goes against the Islamic claim and rejection of the deity of Christ, even though in their own Qur’ān Jesus can do things only Allah can do. First, Jesus is called pure in other words he’s Holy, in the Arberry translation he translates it “a boy most pure”.

sūrat maryam (Mary) 19:19

In case there’s any doubt that this is what the verse says here’s the word for word syntax of this particular verse. Notice it says speaking of Isa “a son pure”.

19:19 Arabic grammar, syntax and morphology

So Jesus is pure and Holy, additionally he was able to speak from the cradle in the Qur’ān, no one else was able to accomplish this, the verse I’m referring to is Chapter 3 sūrat āl ʿim’rān. Not only is he pure, Holy and will speak from the cradle but he’s also called righteous.

sūrat āl ʿim’rān 3:45-46

Unfortunately, Muhammad is never spoken of in the same way as Jesus even in the Qur’ān. Let’s not forget that Jesus in the Qur’ān is the word of Allah, a spirit from Allah, Muslims cannot give an answer for 4:171 as Jesus is a spirit from Allah and his word. There’s also a verse that says Jesus heals the blind and lepers and is raising people from the dead.

sūrat āl ʿim’rān 3:49

That’s not all he also knows the unseen and can tell you what you hide in your house. This means Jesus has the same ability as Allah as in verse 2:33 Allah sees the unseen.

sūrat l-baqarah 2:33

How is it Isa knows the unseen just like Allah, Isa can create life like Allah, he’s a word and spirit from Allah, and has the ability to speak from the cradle and is called Holy. These are all traits or attrubutes of God.

In John 8:42 Jesus Christ says He came from God, meaning He (Jesus) came from heaven, this corresponds to 4:171 in the Qur’ān which says Jesus is a spirit from Allah. Even though we don’t believe Isa is the true Jesus but Muhammad didn’t know what he was saying.

sūrat l-nisāa 4:171

The Qur’ān says Jesus is a spirit from Allah, and he is a word from Allah sent to Mary, some of the other Muslim translations read:

Sahih International “His word which He directed to Mary

Pickthall “His word which He conveyed unto Mary

Yusuf Ali “His Word, which He bestowed on Mary

Shakir “His Word which He communicated to Marium

Muhammad Sarwar “His Word, and a spirit from Him whom He conveyed to Mary.

Mohsin Khan “His Word, which He bestowed on Maryam

Arberry “His Word that He committed to Mary

Here’s the verse in John where Christ says He came from God, providing evidence that Jesus Christ is eternal. No one else can make this same claim.

John 8:42

This ties in with another verses where the Lord Jesus said He came down from heaven. I wonder how Abdoools would respond to these words from Jesus Himself?

John 6:38

John 6:38 proves that Jesus preexisted His incarnation this is why He can say He existed before Abraham. It’s a hard pill for Muslims to swallow. She mentioned Luke 22:42 and misquoted it, the word is “done” not “one”. She assumes that because the Father sent the Son that this somehow discredits Jesus Christ being God.

Luke 22:42

Let’s think about this logically, if a father told his son to go to the store for him does this in anyway indicate that the son is no longer human because the father sent him? No! That would be insane and silly to claim such. This is what Muslims do, they think because Jesus was sent by the Father this means He’s not God. As we’ve just showed this has nothing to do with the deity of Christ.

She mentioned John 5:30 indicating that Christ sought the Father’s will. The will of the Father is not different from the will of the Son as they are the One God, they work in complete union together.

John 5:30

Therefore, it’s not strange for Christ to say He wants to do the will of the Father. Jesus Christ is not rebellious and never sinned and will do what He was sent to do. This verse corresponds with Luke 22:42.

The Bible is a collection of 66 Books

The Bible is a collection of 66 Books covering two thousand years of history written over nearly a thousand years. Inaccuracies and contradictions are likely to occur as it was not kept pure and the language changed. It could be said that the Bible is a book of ‘Chinese Whispers’ in that the message had been passed on, in some cases, from eyewitnesses to their associates. Original manuscripts can change as they are copied out. Existing original material is almost non-existent. No entire original documents have survived. The language is untranslatable as time has changed the language and so earlier languages of the Bible cannot fully be understood. All there are are copies of the Gospels written hundreds of years after the original writing.

Why I Came To Islam?

It’s funny that Susie says the Bible has “inaccuracies and contradictions” yet her prophet said he believes in the Bible, which means Muhammad believes in the inaccuracies and contradictions according to her.

Sunan Abi Dawud 4449

I would like her to answer when was the Bible corrupted, was it before Muhammad’s time or during his time? Her claim of corruption goes against Allah, as he said none can change his words, as the Torah and Injil according to the Qur’ān are Allah’s words.

sūrat l-anʿām 6:34

Other verses which speak no one being able to change Allah’s words are surah 6:115, 10:64, which means Allah is incapable and not powerful enough to protect his books. Let’s not forget all of the contradictions found in the Qur’ān, I’ll link to some articles which lays this argument.

Qur’ān Contradiction How many Angels Appeared to Mary?(Q19:17, 3:42)

Comparing Arabic Qur’ān Versions Verse 9:66 (Hafs, Qaloon, Al-Bazzi)

Allah doesn’t know what he created first (Quran contradictions)

Just like every other Muslim Susie speaks of something she has no knowledge of, in order to change an ancient manuscript the process would be impossible as we would be able to detect where those “changes occurred”.

In order for this to happen they would have to gather all existing manuscripts in the entire world. Not an easy task as they were distributed to different churches (Antioch, Corinth, Ephesus, Thessalonica, Rome, Colosse) not to mention any other place not recorded.

We’re talking about thousands upon thousands of manuscripts. Then in order to change the text, a pumice stone would be used. Using a pumice stone would cause damage to the manuscript itself. Lastly, we would be able to make out what text was laid down before the pumice stone was used. It’s just not physically possible.[3]

The nail in the coffin is that the Qur’ān was the book not preserved, we have up to 40 different Arabic Qur’āns with different words and meanings. Plus there are missing verses in the Qur’ān like the breastfeeding verse eaten by a goat. Here’s the article speaking of the unpreserved Qur’ān.

The Qur’ān is Not Preserved According To The Qur’ān!

Conclusion

Here’s the sum Susie Brackenborough has no clue what she’s talking about just like every Muslim. She has learned these nonsensical arguments and is parroting them. According to what we learned she was never a born-again Christian. While the word Trinity is not found in the bible the teaching is, but the word Tawhid is not found in the Qur’an.

The Lord Jesus is the ONLY Begotten Son of God and He is the Son of God. He’s called the Word of God found in both the Bible and Qur’an meaning He’s eternal. And the Bible has been preserved as we have plenty of manuscript evidence while the Qur’an has none! We’re calling Susie to come to Jesus Christ for salvation as He is the Living Word of God.

Footnotes

[1] Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allah have mercy on him) said: The first one to introduce the innovated view that ‘Ali was infallible and that he should have been the caliph on the basis of religious texts was the leader of these hypocrites, ‘Abdullah ibn Saba’, who was originally Jewish, then pretended to be Muslim and aimed to corrupt the Islamic religion as Paul had corrupted the Christian religion.

[2] Ironically, Jesus withholds the anticipated answer. Does Jesus sense that the questioner, like the Pharisee in the previous parable (18:11-12), is overconfident or disingenuous? “Why do you call me good?” responds Jesus. “No one is good — except God alone.” The Greek me (v. 19, “me”) in the rhetorical question is positioned emphatically at the front of the sentence, “Why do you call me good?” Plummer calls the ruler’s address of Jesus “extraordinary,” for in Judaism God or Torah are rightly called good, but not rabbis. Jesus does not affirm his goodness but implies that his goodness is the goodness of God, the source of all goodness, working in him: “The Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees the Father doing” (John 5:19). Given Jesus’ servant posture and reticence regarding his messianic status, he directs the ruler unambiguously to God. “No one is good — except God alone” could also be translated “except the one God,” thus directing the ruler to the Shema (Deut 6:4). Edwards, James R. The Gospel According to Luke. William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company/Apollos, 2015.

[3] To begin, we must emphasize that out of these 150,000 variants, 99 percent hold virtually no significance whatsoever. Many of these variants simply involve a missing letter in a word; some involve reversing the order of two words (such as “Christ Jesus” instead of “Jesus Christ”); some may involve the absence of one or more insignificant words. Really, when all the facts are put on the table, only about 50 of the variants have any real significance– and even then, no doctrine of the Christian faith or any moral commandment is effected by them. For more than ninety-nine percent of the cases the original text can be reconstructed to a practical certainty. Ron Rhodes (2022). Manuscript Evidence for the Bible’s Reliability. Retrieved from https://www.ronrhodes.org/manuscript-support-for-the-bible-s-relia

Silly things Muslims say # 2 (Shan Khan)

One of the most ridiculous arguments from Muslims is the claim that the authors are “unknown”, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. There are liberals who claim the writers of the Bible are unknown and Muslims and other enemies of the Gospel use this to discredit the Bible.

Unknown Authors?

First let’s prove how silly this argument is, from the Muslim’s perspective their own sources say the Torah and Injil are from Allah. That would make Allah the author of the Torah and Injil which makes up the Bible, of course, we don’t believe Allah sent us the Bible as we don’t believe he exists. But for Muslims, they’re against Allah saying those books have unknown authors. Wouldn’t the author be Allah?

3:3 At-Talaq

To answer the Abdool we do know who wrote the books of the Bible, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John wrote the Gospels, the text of the Bible attests to this fact. Paul wrote Romans, Ephesians and others. Peter wrote 1st and 2nd Peter, James and Jude. We also have the five books of Moses Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, Leviticus and Deuteronomy. David wrote the Psalms as well as a few others. We actually have names of authors who wrote these books.

If we ask Muslims who wrote the Qur’an, they say, Allah, so Allah came into his creation and wrote a book called Qur’an? We’re told that Allah cannot enter his creation, therefore, it’s not logical to claim Allah wrote the Qur’an. The question remains who wrote the Qur’an we need names but of course, they cannot provide any.

Mark 7:27

Another false claim is that Jesus in Mark 7:27 was somehow disrespecting a woman, just as this Abdool stated in his comment. Let’s get him busted to prove Muslims don’t know anything about the Bible, they don’t even know their own book. In the Gospel of Mark Jesus was approached by a woman Syrophenician by nation, she asked Jesus to cast out devils from her daughter.

Mark 7:26

This Muslim tried to focus on Jesus saying “dog” to this woman in verse 27, let’s bust this Abdool. This is an English translation, in Greek, the word used by Jesus was not one of insult, in reality, it was a word of endearment.

The word used in the text is κυναρίοις and the root word is κυνάριον (kynarion), this is a neuter noun. And the immediate context of the word is generated puppy or little dog. Nowhere in this verse is Jesus Christ insulting this lady as this Abdoool would like for us to believe.

κυνάριον (kynarion)

This was an endearing term used by Christ toward the Syrophenician woman. The reason and context of the word used here are to contrast the relationship between the Jews and the Gentiles. The Jews were the first to receive the grace and revelation from God, their Messiah was there in their midst and they failed to realise Him.

Then we have a Gentile woman who exercised faith in the Lord Jesus asking Him to heal her daughter from demonic possession. The Gentiles were to receive the message of salvation after the message was relayed to the Jews. This is why the bread and table are mentioned, the dog receives food from the table after those who are at the table eat.[1]

This lines up with what Paul the apostle wrote in the book of Romans, how the Jews were given the message and God then had the message brought to the Gentiles. We can find this in Romans chapter 1 verse 18.

Romans 1:16

Mark 7:26-30 is a picture of salvation for all who trust in Jesus Christ. But where’s the compassion for women in Islam? Unlike Muhammad who said the majority of women will be in hell fire.

Sahih al-Bukhari 3241

Here we have Muhammad saying the majority of women will be in hell, which means all the Muslima will end up in hell-fire according to their prophet. What’s the point in following Islam if you’ll end up in hell anyway?[2]

To further prove the point that women have no place in Islam we’ll include a quote from Shaykh Assim Al Hakeem who has his show Ask Zad.

“The concept of equality is also something that we have a lot of the women and the men thinking that this is a prime concept in Islam, women and men are equal. This is totally unIslamic, this is totally wrong it’s not even logical how can they be equal? In Islam in the Qur’an Allah says clearly and a male is not similar to a female, they’re different.” — Ask Zad

Are men & women equal in Islam? – Assim al hakeem

Conclusion

As you see this is how Muslims who don’t even know their own religion try to twist the scriptures of the Bible when they speak with Christians. All one has to do is know the surrounding context of the verse and get them busted every time. Jesus Christ never insulted the Gentiles but Muhammad indeed said most women will be in hell. I wonder how Muslimas feel about that?

Footnotes

[1] Jesus’ reply and the woman’s repartee each contain a metaphor. The first is the metaphor of the children and the little dogs. That the girl is likened to a little dog— the similarity in sound between the two words may have led to the comparison— has everything to do with the fact that the episode is about the relation between Jews and Gentiles, and that dogs, particularly stray dogs, are despised and regarded as unclean. 106 Along with the pig, the dog is symbolic of the Gentile, who is often referred to as living like a dog. 107 To call up that image in the presence of a Gentile woman is unfriendly, even crude, but the use of the diminutive relativizes this. These little dogs are not stray or watch dogs but well cared for pets that share the life of the family. The suggested image is that of a well-to-do family, as is confirmed by the circumstance that meals are not served on a floor mat but on a real table, under which the little dogs can find a spot for themselves. 108 The ‘children-little dogs’ relation is a metaphor for the relation between Jews— the children of Israel— and Gentiles. The second metaphor is that of the bread and the crumbs. With this the story remains in the sphere of food and eating that has been so prominent in the two preceding episodes, and also remotely recalls the thematics of the mass meal related in 6.35-44. The metaphor of the bread and the crumbs is an equivalent of the (in comparison with the metaphor, material) loaves and leftovers from that meal. 109 In this sharp verbal exchange Jesus employs this metaphor in an attempt to shrug the woman’s request off with a joke. The Jews come first (πρῶτον). Roman readers who remember what Paul wrote to them will recall Rom. 1.16 in which he says of his ‘gospel’ that it is a power for every one who has faith, ‘to the Jew first and also to the Greek’, words that are repeated twice in the same letter (2.9 and 10). The time of the Gentiles has not yet come. Jesus still has too much to do in Galilee to attend to them. The woman accepts Jesus’ metaphor but adds one of her own, saying that the little dogs are content with the crumbs from the children’s table. What she asks of Jesus— to free her daughter from her demonic obsessions— is so little that the Jews need not miss anything. Jesus recognizes the sharpness and aptness of her retort and gives in. Iersel, B. van. (1998). Mark : a reader-response commentary (Ser. Journal for the study of the new testament. supplement series, 164). Sheffield Academic Press. pp250, 251

[2] “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) went out to the musalla (prayer place) on the day of Eid al-Adha or Eid al-Fitr. He passed by the women and said, ‘O women! Give charity, for I have seen that you form the majority of the people of Hell.’ They asked, ‘Why is that, O Messenger of Allah?’ He replied, ‘You curse frequently and are ungrateful to your husbands. I have not seen anyone more deficient in intelligence and religious commitment than you. A cautious sensible man could be led astray by some of you.’ The women asked, ‘O Messenger of Allah, what is deficient in our intelligence and religious commitment?’ He said, ‘Is not the testimony of two women equal to the testimony of one man?’ They said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘This is the deficiency in her intelligence. Is it not true that a woman can neither pray nor fast during her menses?’ The women said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘This is the deficiency in her religious commitment.’” Shaykh Muhammad Saalih al-Munajjid (2022, June 10). More Women in Hell Than Men? Retrieved from https://islamqa.info/en/answers/21457/more-women-in-hell-than-men

Arabic Contradictions in the Qur’ān Hafs Vs Hishām ibn ‘Ammār (Surah Al-Kahf 18:36 )

Our Muslim friends have been lied to whether they have been born into a Muslim family, or were a “revert” to Islam. The lie of the Qur’an’s perfect preservation and that all Muslims around the world read the same Qur’an.

This claim couldn’t be further from the truth as I personally own 3 Arabic Qur’an’s, those being Hafs, Warsh and Qaloon. Not to mention that there are about 30 different Arabic Qur’an’s that you can purchase. In this article, we’re asking the question which Qur’an is the correct one?

Hafs Qur’ān: Menha “better than this” 

“And I think not the Hour will ever come, and if indeed I am brought back to my Lord, (on the Day of Resurrection), I surely shall find BETTER THAN THIS when I return to Him.” 

Hishām ibn ‘Ammār Qur’ān: menhumaa “better than both of them” 

“And I think not the Hour will ever come, and if indeed I am brought back to my Lord, (on the Day of Resurrection), I surely shall find BETTER THAN BOTH OF THEM when I return to Him.” 

Conclusion

Question for our Muslim friends, will the companion find a better place or a place better than two others? Who are the two others (Hishām ibn ‘Ammār) of whom he will be better?

As we can see both Qur’an’s don’t have the same words, and this is only comparing 2 Qur’ans out of 30 different Arabic versions. The question needs to be answered why are Muslims still peddling the lie of 1 Qur’an perfectly preserved? It’s because their entire religion stands upon this one point. Islam is a house of cards and is already falling apart.

Breaking News: MAN OUTRUNS BEAR

Breaking news:

Never before seen or heard of in all of human history: man outruns bear and survives!!!

A New York man was hiking in the wilderness, with just the clothes on his back, a peanut butter sandwich and a water bottle. He said he had escaped the hustle and bustle to go catch frogs. He enjoys frogs and has found a lovely pastime of catching them and keeping them as pets. After spending some time in the great outdoors, he said, “I had just had half my peanut butter sandwich after catching frogs, and was about to preach the gospel to the bears…” the man said it had been approximately 2:52pm when he looked and saw a black bear in the woods eyeing him. “I’ve always been told I should play dead,” the man said with a chuckle, “but I know my running capabilities and that I could easily outrun this bear!” The man started running, dropping the other half of his peanut butter sandwich. “That’s when I looked behind me, and saw the bear charging at me with so much force it was unbelievable!” The man said he kept running and running believing he could outrun the bear. “I had outrun my girlfriend many times while we were trying to snatch a bus, so I know I’m pretty fast” he said. All his time running after busses has paid off, because after a few miles, the bear got tired and turned around to scratch his back on a tree. The man finally made his way back to the city and back home. “It was thrilling to outrun this bear. I know I could outrun the rest! Bears, if you’re reading this, just know you can’t outrun me!” The man is gleaming from his achievement. The government is considering him for the best runner award. Way to go, running man! Way to go. You’ve done what no other can do. Amazing. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” said the man who outran a bear.

Take Everything to God

[Psalm 55:22]
Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”

[1 Peter 5:7]
“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

God doesn’t want just some of our cares and burdens, He wants everything. The big things, the little things–He wants us to rely on Him more than our next breath. He wants us to cling to Him for direction and protection with all of our might. He wants to be the One we talk to first, the One we run to first, the One we cry to first. He desires to be our Father: loving, caring, and strong.

Run into the arms of Jesus with every little thing. Pour out your heart before Him constantly. Let Him take your cares and replace them with His peace. 

He Gives and Takes Away

If He tells you to drop it, drop it. If He tells you to pick it up, pick it up. With every step and every move you take, look up to the One who is your Lord. He’s not just the God who saved you, He’s your Lord. He’s your Father. He’s your Master. And He knows what’s best. Better than  y o u  know what’s best.

Trust Him and obey Him. Love Him more than anything on this earth, and being obedient to His voice will be natural even when it’s difficult. And know that goodness is written all over not only what He gives, but also what He takes away. Praise and love Him through it all.💕

{Job 1:21}
And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

Getting Lost in Him

I love getting lost in You. In Your Word. In Your presence. In Your love. I love hiding away with you in that secret place only meant for us. I love being with You. I love being Yours. I love crying to You, with all of my cares and burdens. I love telling You how much I love You. I didn’t know my heart could love this much, until you swept me off my feet like the King You are. I’m so in love with you and I’m so glad You’ll be mine forever. I’m going to hold on to you tightly for the rest of my life. So tight that nothing could possibly get between us. So tight that we’re one. I love You so much, I desire You more than life itself, and I want You more than all the treasures this world has to offer. You are so worthy! I adore you! Thank You for Your passionate love – the love that saved my life.♥️

Chase After God

Chasing hard after God is the greatest romance.

[Song of Songs 1:2-4]
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine. Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee. Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee.

If you haven’t experienced the deep and magnificent love of God in your heart, then you haven’t truly experienced real love. Chase Him and seek Him with all of your heart, asking Him to pour His love into you by His Holy Spirit.

[Romans 5:5]
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

Without His love, nothing even matters. W i t h His love, everything makes sense. With His love…

colours are brighter,
food tastes better,
your heart is full,
your spirit has life,
your joy is long-lasting,
your eyes are opened,
your mind understands,
and your very life has purpose.

His love is e v e r y t h i n g.

Lover Of My Soul

I can’t get enough of Him. I need Him more than life.

If someone asked me to choose between Him and my next breath, I would choose Him a hundred times over without batting an eyelash.♥️

He belongs to me, and I belong to Him. No one will e v e r be able to take me away from Him.

[Isaiah 43:10,11,13]
Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour. Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?
♥️

WHEN YOU’RE THE ONLY CHRISTIAN IN THE FAMILY

family

What should Christians do when they’re not only surrounded by unbelievers but live under the same roof? Perhaps you’ve been raised in a secular home, Jewish, Muslim or another religion. It’s difficult enough stepping outside into an unbelieving world, but what if your own enemies are your family?

The Lord Jesus spoke on these issues many times even His own family didn’t believe Him (John 7:5). As believers out in the world if God opens a door to preach Christ there’s always a possibility of them rejecting the gospel and you can walk away. But it’s not that simple when it’s your family denying the only salvation they have.

RAISED CHRISTIAN

There are brothers and sisters who’ve had the privilege of being reared in a good Christian home, where the Word of God resides and parents (father and mother) live by God’s Word, where Jesus Christ is the centre of the home and its doors are open and welcoming to all. I’ve never had the privilege of being raised in such a home and at times wondered what it’s like?

Other times I thank God that while it’s a wonderful privilege being raised by Christian parents and coming from a history of saved family members, the fact that I grew up in a non-Christian home makes me appreciate the Lord Jesus even more. I’ll explain.

UNDER THE SOUND OF THE GOSPEL

We know that God is sovereign and when He determines to pull someone out of the grips of death and have true love flow forth from that soul He just saved it’s a beautiful thing to behold. True conversion! There are children who are from Christian families who pray at every meal, talk about the Lord, have members of the family that are concerned with their salvation bring them up in the ways of God. And they’ve attended assembly and Sunday school.

That said because God has always been prevalent in their lives they might take the things of God for granted. A bible on the dining room table has always been “normal” for them. Hearing about Jesus Christ dying on the cross for them because they’re sinners is everyday life. And we have unconverted children living among these wonderful truths and maybe believe because they come from such a home are saved. Hence the reason why parents continuously ask their children who is Jesus Christ to them, praying that they get saved one day. How tragic it would be having being raised under the sound of the gospel and never getting saved.

GROWING UP WITHOUT THE GOSPEL

Then there’s the other side those who’ve been raised with other beliefs, who have absolutely no idea what’s the gospel. Either they’ve been raised in a works based religion or worse they’ve been brought up in a secular humanistic world view. I myself fall into that second category.

Walk around and ask someone who’s Jesus Christ and what does He mean to you and you’ll get mixed reactions. They might say “Jesus I love Jesus” and with the same breath will blaspheme His precious name. If Muslim will say “He’s only a profit”. If Atheist will say “there is no God”. Maybe they worship a false Jesus like the JW’s or Mormons. Others will give you a look as if you’re completely nuts or just don’t know who Jesus really is.

The sad thing is this is the majority of people. For the majority of my life I grew up without God on my way to a lost eternity and I thank the Lord every day that He saved a wicked sinner like myself by reaching out and lighting my dark soul. And many who grow up like me never do come to know the Lord and are in hell wishing they did. That’s why it’s so important for Christians to share the gospel anyway they can.

WHEN THE HOUSEHOLD IS AGAINST YOU

The question remains if you’re the only Christian in the family and they’ve resisted the gospel or reject the only salvation in Jesus Christ how do we respond? This is assuming you’ve already presented the gospel to your family. There are a few ways we can still proclaim the gospel, we can give to prayer that God will open a door for you to share the gospel.

Ask God to intervene in our family members lives and put another believer in their path, in the workplace or a stranger walking by. We also have to be aware that unbelievers are always watching us even when we think their not. And if our priorities are right they’ll see fruit in our lives, reading our bibles and living a godly life (1 Peter 3:1). We believe that because our families know us best and have seen a radical change in us that would be enough to make them believers. The bible says that those who know you best are the ones who will be the hardest to reach (Matthew 13:57, Mark 6:4, Luke 4:24).

I’m learning this myself being surrounded by unbelievers who say eat, drink and be merry (1 Corinthians 15:32), this is how the world thinks, they’re looking at the world through secular glasses. They believe in slogans like “just do it ” the “now” generation of secular humanism. Living without any hope beyond the grave and if that’s the view they take then what meaning will they have in life? Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die.

Thank the Lord that He’s faithful and true and pulls us out of a dark lost world and into light. Being that we’re children of light living in a dark world we can expect friction, we are the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13). When salt gets into a wound it aggravates and stings! This doesn’t mean go around purposefully aggravating people it simply means that by your testimony and presence you’ll have an effect on those who’re in darkness.

Amos 3:3 “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”

PRAYER

We have to keep our families in prayer asking God to soften their hearts to the gospel. Relying on the Father and remaining faithful is key, the Lord knows what’s best and how to approach all situations. We would love to see our loved ones become saved today homeward bound for Heaven but we also have to remember it needs to be according to God’s timing, His timing is always perfect. God bless.

The Secret to Happiness…

Take it all to Him, and don’t be shy to pour it all out into His hands. He’s our loving, protective Father. Don’t hold back your real, raw emotion. Don’t be shy to tell Him your worries, anxieties, needs, hurts, disappointments, wants, and fears. Don’t be scared to tell Him your circumstance and ask for help. He’s our Father, He cares, and He loves us. He loves us so much.

We can’t have true joy and peace inside unless we’re in constant communion with Jesus. Unless we have the close companionship with Him where we do not shy away from being honest and giving it all to Him. Our souls and hearts desperately need fellowship with the living God. When that happens, we experience a deep joy that surpasses all and every problem.

In that deep place with Jesus there is power and freedom. Power to overcome every obstacle and freedom to be happy despite any hardship.

[John 14:27]
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

[Psalm 27:8]
When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.”

You Have One Chance

Never forget you were created by an all-powerful, Almighty God who loves you more than you could ever comprehend. He was watching you while you were in your mother’s womb. You’re special and you’re here for a reason. Not by accident – because God Himself wanted you.

You have ONE chance. You have one chance in your existence, in this world, to follow Jesus and give Him glory with the breath that He gave you.

You can search, and search, and search for answers and things to fulfill your life and satisfy you. I’ve done it too, and it always lead me in emptiness and running in exhausting circles. But when Christ saved me, He opened my eyes to the truth and I came to realize that Jesus is the Most High – nothing higher than Him exists. There is no greater truth, greater power, or any other way to live aside from living for Him. All other ways is meaningless and falls short and leads to death.

Your last breath could be tomorrow. Be wise with who and what you set your heart upon. The most dreadful realization will be dying and seeing His glorious face, and realizing you spent your life loving and chasing everything else but Him – the only One that truly matters.

Trust in Christ for eternal life.

For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.
[Psalm 139:13-18]

That grand word “whosoever” is ringing thro’ my soul,

cross

That grand word “whosoever” is ringing thro’ my soul,
Whosoever will may come;
In rivers of salvation the living waters roll,
Whosoever will may come.

O that “whosoever”!
Whosoever will may come;
The Saviour’s invitation is freely sounding still,
Whosoever will may come.

Whenever this sweet message in God’s own word I see,
Whosoever will may come;
I know ’tis meant for sinners, I know ’tis meant for me,
Whosoever will may come.

I heard the loving message, and now to others say,
Whosoever will may come;
Seek now the precious Saviour, and he’ll be yours today,
Whosoever will may come.

To God be all the glory! his only Son he gave,
Whosoever will may come;
And those who come believing, he’ll to the utmost save,
Whosoever will may come.

The Gospel

Romans 1:18–25 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Acts 13:26–30 Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent. For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him. And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain. And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre. But God raised him from the dead:

Romans 10:9–10:13 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Our Daily Struggles

Our daily struggles teach us to bend our knees – because we realize, through our own frailty, weakness, and shortcomings, that we are nothing without Him, and we need Him more desperately than we could ever need any other thing.

Our struggles humble us and pulls us deeper into relying on Him and His strength instead of our own.

Daily trials, big and small, make a saint’s arms clasp all the more tightly to our Saviour, our God–and that’s exactly what He desires from His sheep that He shed His blood for. He’s a jealous God and wants us to rely not on our own selves, but Him. For anything and everything we could possibly need.

He will see us through every struggle. Every time.

“Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities. For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
‭‭[2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:5-10‬]

Everything I’ve Ever Done

Jesus, my King: I don’t want to do a single thing in my life without You! I want to experience it all with You, and can’t imagine my life without Your love. I’m so glad I get You for the rest of my life, every single moment. I’m so in love with You that I just don’t even know what to do with myself half the time. I love you so deeply that I feel weak.

[Hebrews 13:5]
“For he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee

[Song of Songs 2:5]
“Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples: for I am sick of love.”