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The Bible

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Source: http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/bible-interpretation/the-virgin-mary-and-the-prophet-muhammad/?mqsc=E3784904&utm_source=WhatCountsEmail&utm_medium=BHD+Daily%20Newsletter&utm_campaign=E4BD18 ( I have also printed the article below my comment)

I read this article this morning on a site called “Bible History Daily” and well as you can see by its content that there are some references which are disturbing to say the least; especially when it’s supposed to be about the history of the bible… Muhammad was not in the bible and the idea of comparing Mary to Muhammad is absurd. Not to mention the woman writing the article is a teacher of the qur’an. I commented on the article however they removed my comment. I am not usually one for commenting, however I was led by the Spirit on this one…  So here is my comment for this article:

Well just to clear things up a little….Mary is the “Mother of Jesus”, who is the Son of God and honoured as such. She is not a mediator! She was chosen for this divine purpose because of her “lineage and purity”. (Luke 1:26-29) She comes from the line of Abraham and David, which is the promised lineage of the Son of God. Yes, Jesus is the word made flesh and He came to reveal the Kingdom of God; as Only a Son can do! He is the way, the truth and the life and no one can obtain salvation or eternity expect by Jesus (Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6) Muhammad who claims to be a prophet of God and supposedly received the qur’an through divine revelation is in fact a false prophet that the bible warns us about (Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. -Matthew 7:15) Muhammad who was said to receive the qur’an around 609 AD. which was long after the written word of God was already made known, and Muhammad would have been exposed to it; took the Word of God (The Holy Bible) and changed it to suit his vision and purpose to create the qur’an….. Even the adversary knows the word of God and uses it for his purpose (Luke Chapter 4) I don’t doubt that Muhammad had an encounter; I do doubt that he interpreted that encounter correctly. (No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:14) Muhammad was deceived and used by Satan because He was unable to discern the spirit behind the vision. (1 Corinthians 2:14 & 11:29) and today many are still deceived because of the veil of these false teachings.
Knowledge and theology will never expand beyond revelation and truth; to receive that truth you must receive Jesus into your heart and have a relationship with Him. He is not a religion, philosophy or theology …He is the Son of the living God!!… Giving over for the sacrifice of our sins, so that we will not experience death but have everlasting life!! For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

That is Biblical History…..
With respect, Rev. C.A. Livingstone

The Article

The Virgin Mary and the Prophet Muhammad
Mediating the Word of God in Christian and Islamic tradition
Mary Joan Winn Leith • 12/16/2014
With another Christmas season upon us and Christmas carols in the air, I am struck anew at how much, within their respective traditions, the Virgin Mary and the prophet Muhammad have in common. I hasten to note that I am not suggesting that Mary and Muhammad are of equal importance in their traditions—just that there are some interesting commonalities; and, of course, both Islam and Christianity honor Mary as the virgin who miraculously conceived and gave birth to Jesus, but I want to pursue a different angle here. The similarities I have in mind first occurred to me when I was teaching the Qur’an’s Sura 97 (al-Qadr, “Destiny”). This is the Sura that extolls the holiest night of the Muslim calendar, the Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny) when Muhammad received the first revelation of the Qur’an. The connection I see between Mary and Muhammad centers on the significance of the Word of God in Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Basic to all three religious traditions is the understanding that God, impelled by compassion, reveals to humans the way to salvation. The traditions use different theological terminology (redemption, salvation, eternal life, etc.), but in essence, God’s revelation gives humans the knowledge and means to overcome the sorrow, pain and death that constitute the human condition. All three traditions describe this revelation as the Word of God.From the Jewish and Muslim perspective, this is quite straightforward. Both the Torah, given by God to Moses on Mt. Sinai, and the Qur’an, disclosed by God in visions to Muhammad, are literally words from God. The Christian revelation is also the Word of God, but in Christianity the Word of God happens not to be a text but a person—Jesus. For example, the Gospel of John famously opens with the explanation, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God … and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:1, 14). For Christians, Jesus is the “Word” that became flesh, or, to use another Christian term, Jesus is the “incarnation” (the “enfleshment”) of God. In a very real sense, then, both Mary and Muhammad are the mediators, the “middle person” (“middleman” doesn’t work here) between God and humanity. Both are the bearers of a message from God that cannot be delivered to humans on earth without the agency of a human body. Mary literally bears the Word of God in her womb and—to use the archaic sense of the word—Mary is “delivered” of the Word of God when she gives birth to Jesus. Similarly, the earthly human capacity for hearing and speech allows Muhammad to bear and deliver the Word of God to the people of Mecca and Medina. It is significant, I think, that neither “deliverer” is considered to be divine, yet, from the earliest centuries of their respective religions, each was accorded a unique status hovering in the liminal area between human and divine.
Because Mary and Muhammad in their roles as mediators by definition experienced a direct encounter with the divine, both faiths came to believe that they must have enjoyed an exceptional degree of purity. Mary’s purity of course, is her virginity, a physical state which Christians, under the influence of Greco-Roman thought, associated with spiritual perfection and sinlessness. As for Muhammad, his purity had nothing to do with sexuality; after all, he married a number of wives, including even some widows. Muhammad’s exceptional purity has to do with knowledge, which initially may seem to be a peculiar form of purity. However, it is an article of faith in Islam that the words of the Qur’an are God’s, not Muhammad’s, and the proof of this among Muslims is the conviction that Muhammad could not read or write; he was, so to speak, a virgin from the point of view of education. No human father contributed to the incarnation of Jesus, and no human artistry had any role in the creation of the Qur’an. Beyond the complexities of theology and belief, surprisingly similar legends—neither story is in the Bible or the Qur’an—arose around Mary and Muhammad stemming from the fact that both had to flee for their lives. According to medieval tradition, as Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus fled from King Herod barely ahead of his soldiers, they came upon a farmer sowing his field. “Please don’t tell the soldiers you saw anyone come by,” they begged. The farmer, however, was too frightened to help them. When the soldiers arrived and asked whether the farmer had seen the fugitives, the farmer told the truth; “I saw them as I was sowing this field.” The soldiers, seeing the field, turned back. The wheat field was ready for harvest so they concluded that no one could have passed by anytime recently (see image above). Muhammad had to elude Meccan authorities who wanted to prevent him from making the Hijra (emigration) to Medina where he would found the first fully Muslim community (and whose date serves as the zero point on the Muslim calendar). Muslims love to tell the story of Muhammad and his companion Abu Bakr who had scarcely entered a cave to hide when the Meccans rode up. Having inspected the cave entrance, the pursuers rode on; the huge spider web across the mouth of the cave told them that no one had entered it in years.

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14 comments on “The Bible

  1. Amen Cindy! Nothing Holy that speaks unto or through a human being will cause the individual to become ill with headaches and vomiting. I even learned in Islamic Studies that Mohammad was angry with God because either his grandmother or mother was sick (I do not know which one so you would have to do the research, because I forgot – it was many years ago when I leaned this in school). Anyway, he had left in disgust stating he was going to begin his own religion. Well, what do you think Satan would do? Jump right into that individual to grab that power – and now look! They are in bondage – and in accordance to scripture – it is them that:

    Galatians 4:21-31 Amplified Bible (AMP). I am using the Amplified version just to teach – but the Word states the same entire thing no matter which version a person uses. I teach both KJV and Amplified for those who are unable to interpret God’s Word through the KJV because they do not pray for interpretation, because they try to interpret in their own ability and with their own understanding. Anyway, God tell us about the heritage of Ishmael.

    21 Tell me, you who are bent on being under the Law, will you listen to what the Law [really] says?
    22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the bondmaid and one by the free woman.
    23 But whereas the child of the slave woman was born according to the flesh and had an ordinary birth, the son of the free woman was born in fulfillment of the promise.
    24 Now all this is an allegory; these [two women] represent two covenants. One covenant originated from Mount Sinai [where the Law was given] and bears [children destined] for slavery; this is Hagar.
    25 Now Hagar is (stands for) Mount Sinai in Arabia and she corresponds to and belongs in the same category with the present Jerusalem, for she is in bondage together with her children.
    26 But the Jerusalem above (the Messianic kingdom of Christ) is free, and she is our mother.
    27 For it is written in the Scriptures, Rejoice, O barren woman, who has not given birth to children; break forth into a joyful shout, you who are not feeling birth pangs, for the desolate woman has many more children than she who has a husband.
    28 But we, brethren, are children [not by physical descent, as was Ishmael, but] like Isaac, born in virtue of promise.
    29 Yet [just] as at that time the child [of ordinary birth] born according to the flesh despised and persecuted him [who was born remarkably] according to [the promise and the working of] the [Holy] Spirit, so it is now also.
    30 But what does the Scripture say? Cast out and send away the slave woman and her son, for never shall the son of the slave woman be heir and share the inheritance with the son of the free woman.
    31 So, brethren, we [who are born again] are not children of a slave woman [the natural], but of the free [the supernatural].

    The conflict between the Middle East, Central Asia, etc is a family fight that has begun since the birth of both Ishmael and Isaac.

    Anyway, back to Mohammad and his illnesses during what he called were prophesies directly from God – the are

    clearly a spirit of Satan or one of his dimenion. You are very correct, and we know which religions are of the ones that God states will deceive the whole earth. It is New Age, Islam and even Catholic (i.e. telling their followers to pray to angels and saints who are just human beings). Better yet, they do not tell their followers that once a child of God becomes born again, they are in fact – considered Saints by God Himself as it is written. So many people will be disappointed when it comes down for judgement and they are not able to ascend because the only way to get home is through Christ, and without Him as it is stated, the individual will not get to the Father above. Think about all who deny Jesus as the Lord thy God. The Word of God in the flesh. He took of Himself (beget), to create Himself so He could save man because all of humans would be in hell without Him. He was born under the law through woman (Mary) to release us from the law as it is written. Too many have been chosen to be deceived.

    Solael

    • Amen and as always I welcome your knowledge and insight. In the end we know who every knee will be bowing too. I pray for the salvation of these lost souls often….I really would love it if everyone would come to the truth in Christ. I know it is God’s will that none shall perish, however we know that some people are so filled with pride and self-actualization that their conscious have become seared and their free will has been given over to the deceit of the enemy.

      God Bless and Have a Merry Christmas!!

  2. I just received revelation knowledge – did you catch it Cindy? Read vs. 21 and then read vs 24. My reply was “wow!” G-O-T IT!!! :):):)

    John 15:18-19

    18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
    19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

    So, Islam hates us because Mohammad hated Christ first through his denial that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God and that He is the begotten of the Father (taken from the Father).

    • Wow that is great revelation…its the Issac and Ismael of today’s world!! Issac represents the true lineage of Christ and Ismael was always trying to claim that right as his own; as being the promised son. Abraham sent Ismael and his mother into the wilderness because of his deceptive nature toward his brother…just like God sent Lucifer out of heaven for trying to take the throne. As you mentioned Mohammad hates us because of being taken from the father; He is a reflection of hatred toward the true authority, pure love and all wisdom and knowledge of an omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent God…. Just like Ismael and Lucifer, same spirit, different person.

      • Yes, that and if you live under the law you are in bondage.

        Amen, Amen. I enjoy speaking to you. No butting of heads because you and I live by the Grace and God and know we have been released from the law, but also, I do not have to argue with a fellow Christian about the truth of the anointing of Apostleship. God edifies through you as well and I enjoy our online time together. The judgement against unbelivers is not just those who follow pagan gods or no gods, but the Unbelieving Christian as well. I can understand why God has it written that they are the absolute worst! (not exact words of course). At times, you just want to literally ‘vomit” or what God calls spew from your mouth. Nothing angers Him more than an unbelieving Christian. They are supposed to know better.

        Like the person on my website the other day who literally took scripture out of context, purposely misinterpreted the scripture to form it in order to teach with the verse so it will fit his own goals, plans, desires and beliefs of what he believes that scripture meant because of his own unbelief. I had to pray for God to hold my tongue = literally.

        • Thank God we are not in bondage anymore…I know I need His grace everyday. I also enjoy our conversations, it is great to have someone who is both strong in the word, anointed and filled with great knowledge to share the Word and Spirit of Christ with. I appreciate you taking the time to share your wisdom with me. Yes there are many Christians who are asleep, but a day of reckoning is coming. No one wants to be in a lukewarm relationship, including God. We are called to walk by faith not by sight…which means we our to live in the realm of the Spirit, even through we live in a fallen world. God is Spirit and Truth, you cannot sustain yourself in His truth in you are too far into the world.

          Yes some people are frustrating and it is difficult to deal with them sometimes…This could be a test or a trial, I have found that the enemy uses Christians to irritate others…Always reciprocate in love and pray that God reveals their error. If they do not listen when the Spirit speaks, God may bring about a season of chastisement to correct their behaviour. Don’t let anyone steal your peace!! God Bless and Enjoy your holiday!

  3. May your Christmas be blessed as well.

  4. The aforementioned article in BHD is a great example of what our society has become. Some try so hard to legitimize falsehoods that they fall victim to corruption. It never ceases to amaze me the stock given to “experts” with degrees on matters so easily researched and verified. Today we seemed besieged by an academia who bend over backwards trying not to offend anyone while promoting their own agenda. They teach a rationalization of everything to the point that all things are actually the same. You all know the drill, good isn’t really that good and bad isn’t really that bad, we are all really just the same…While in truth they are exposing the differences and give rational and intelligent people the opportunity to verify the truth. James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of GOD , that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. I take most all articles in BA with a grain of salt but where I seem to really learn a great deal is from the comments posted at the end, that’s what bears the most fruit, the article is just fertilizer. I seem to remember an old Hebrew proverb that says, “When you are wrong and everyone says you are right, you are still wrong and when you are right and everyone says you are wrong, you are still right”…God Bless and enjoy a Merry Christmas.

  5. God bless you that you share this all with us, I know that as well as others, and I will include myself that we are praying hopefully thery will accept the truth before the Great Judgment Day. I’m Thankful that I know the TRUTH. And as you, as many other believes will STANDING boldly , and continue Minister, Teaching the WORDS of God (TRUTH) as He Spoke in MATTHEW 28:19-20 Amen!! God Bless Us All! Shalom! /

  6. Reblogged this on Sistertosister53's Blog and commented:
    “PSALM 27:1 Praise You that You are my Light. Amen!! \O/

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