15 December 2020

there is a difference between arguing from authority and using authority as an argument. There are many Muslims who have been taught the Bible is full of errors and the New Testament corrupt. They are wrong. Greivously so. Howvver, if you make this precise argument in -- say Pakistan -- you will be torn apart by the mob or arrested and tried for Blasphemy.

No I'm not slagging off the Pakistanis (apart from the cricket team). Our local hate speech laws will deem this offensive.

Put simply, the idea that the Koran was perfectly preserved is arrant nonsense. The challenge to Muslims is straightforward:

If you claim that your Koran was perfectly preserved from 634 AD onwards, then SHOW IT TO US. Show us ONE Koranic manuscript, dating back to the time of Uthman – we’ll give you Uthman, we won’t even make you go to the time of Abu Bakr – that consists of 114 surahs, that is exactly the same in every way as your current Hafs text.

If you cannot do this – then stop making this absurd claim.

And if you find yourself questioning your faith – come on home. We have exactly what you’re looking for. You want a revelation that is eternal, sent down, complete, and unchanged.

We Christians have Him. His name is Jesus Christ, King of Kings and LORD.

So come on back. Come on home. Come to Jesus Christ.

Amen. There are many people who are seeking faith but looking in the wrong places. The correct place is Christ.

Psalm 125

A Song of Ascents.

125 Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so the Lord surrounds his people,
from this time forth and forevermore.
3 For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest
on the land allotted to the righteous,
lest the righteous stretch out
their hands to do wrong.
4 Do good, O Lord, to those who are good,
and to those who are upright in their hearts!
5 But those who turn aside to their crooked ways
the Lord will lead away with evildoers!
Peace be upon Israel!

Acts 3:17-4:4

17 “And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. 18 But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled. 19 Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, 20 that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, 21 whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago. 22 Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you. 23 And it shall be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people.’ 24 And all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and those who came after him, also proclaimed these days. 25 You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed.’ 26 God, having raised up his servant, sent him to you first, to bless you by turning every one of you from your wickedness.”

4 And as they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them, 2 greatly annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 3 And they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. 4 But many of those who had heard the word believed, and the number of the men came to about five thousand.

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When you have neither the facts, nor logic, nor truth, nor beauty, nor honour, you argue with the jackboot. Your power comes from the barrel of a gun, and you don't care about it. You have embraced evil.

And in doing so, more people will turn to Christ.

You arrest those who preach the gospel, and the church will divide and grow. There ar stories out there of Muslims who are confronted by Christ in dreams, or fund an Arabic New Testament (there are plenty of Arab Catholic and Orthodox and Pentecostal and Protestant Christians) and are converted. Some of them are counted among the neo-martyrs. You cannot stop the spirit of God.

So ignore the social media. Read old books. Embrace your wife, Make babies. Homeschool. Walk, run, lift weights, fish and hike together.

Let those who would be evil, be evil. But do not be part of them. We were saved not for the slavery of evil, but to do the good needed in this world, at this time.

For that Christ needs free men.