Archive for July 31st, 2011
pls make a post about the ‘prophet’ mention in John 1:19-21.
I know its out of the main topic of this thread/post, but please do. please.
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Dr. Jamal Badawi has written a piece entitled, Muhammad in the Bible. He claimed the Prophet mentioned in Deut 18 was Muhammad. Let us look at the verse:
2 “A prophet like me will the LORD, your God, raise up for you from among your own kinsmen; to him you shall listen.16 This is exactly what you requested of the LORD, your God, at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, ‘Let us not again hear the voice of the LORD, our God, nor see this great fire any more, lest we die.’17
And the LORD said to me, ‘This was well said.18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their kinsmen, and will put my words into his mouth; he shall tell them all that I command him.19 If any man will not listen to my words which he speaks in my name, I myself will make him answer for it. 20 But if a prophet presumes to speak in my name an oracle that I have not commanded him to speak, or speaks in the name of other gods, he shall die.’ (Deut 18:15-20)
But the Christian Bible does not mention Muhammad. The Prophet is Christ, for Christ said:
I came in the name of my Father, but you do not accept me; yet if another comes in his own name, you will accept him.44How can you believe, when you accept praise from one another and do not seek the praise that comes from the only God?45Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father: the one who will accuse you is Moses, in whom you have placed your hope.46For if you had believed Moses, you would have believed me, because he wrote about me.47But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?” (John 5:43-47)
Moses is gave the law from God to the Israelites. The prophet like Moses should also be an Israelite. Jesus, unlike Muhammad, is an Israelite. Muhammad did not come to perfect the law of Moses. Jesus came to perfect the law of Moses. And this is seen in many examples:
- Greatest commandment. “Teacher, 21 which commandment in the law is the greatest?”37He said to him, 22 ”You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.38This is the greatest and the first commandment.39The second is like it: 23 You shall love your neighbor as yourself.4024 The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.” (Mt 22:36-40)
- Law against divorce. Some Pharisees approached him, and tested him, 4 saying, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause whatever?”45 He said in reply, “Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female’5and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?6So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate.”76 They said to him, “Then why did Moses command that the man give the woman a bill of divorce and dismiss (her)?”8He said to them, “Because of the hardness of your hearts Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.9I say to you, 7 whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful) and marries another commits adultery.” (Mt 19:3-9)
- Law against adultery. You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’28But I say to you, everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. (Mt. 5:27-28)
- Law against murder. ”You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, ‘You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.’2217 But I say to you, whoever is angry 18 with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, ‘Raqa,’ will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna. (Mt 5:21-22)
- Feeding of the Multitudes. One of his disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to him,9″There is a boy here who has five barley loaves 6 and two fish; but what good are these for so many?”10Jesus said, “Have the people recline.” Now there was a great deal of grass 7 in that place. So the men reclined, about five thousand in number.11Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to those who were reclining, and also as much of the fish as they wanted.12When they had had their fill, he said to his disciples, “Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted.”13So they collected them, and filled twelve wicker baskets 8 with fragments from the five barley loaves that had been more than they could eat.14When the people saw the sign he had done, they said, “This is truly the Prophet, 9 the one who is to come into the world.” (Jn 6:8-14).
- Jesus is the true Bread from Heaven. I am the bread of life.49Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died;50this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die.51I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”52The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us (his) flesh to eat?”53Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.54Whoever eats 19 my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.55For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.56Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.57Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me.58This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.” (Jn 6:48-58)
Moses went up the mountain to God. Then the LORD called to him and said, “Thus shall you say to the house of Jacob;4tell the Israelites: You have seen for yourselves how I treated the Egyptians and how I bore you up on eagle wings and brought you here to myself.5Therefore, if you hearken to my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my special possession, dearer to me than all other people, though all the earth is mine.61 You shall be to me a kingdom of priests, a holy nation. That is what you must tell the Israelites.” (Ex 19:3-6)
- Institution of the New Covenant. While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, “Take and eat; this is my body.”27Then he took a cup, gave thanks, 16 and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you,28for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins.2917 I tell you, from now on I shall not drink this fruit of the vine until the day when I drink it with you new in the kingdom of my Father.” (Mt 26:26-29)
- Jesus as the High Priest of the New Covenant. When every commandment had been proclaimed by Moses to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves (and goats), together with water and crimson wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people,20saying, “This is ‘the blood of the covenant which God has enjoined upon you.’”21In the same way, he sprinkled also the tabernacle 16 and all the vessels of worship with blood.2217 According to the law almost everything is purified by blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.2318 Therefore, it was necessary for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified by these rites, but the heavenly things themselves by better sacrifices than these.24For Christ did not enter into a sanctuary made by hands, a copy of the true one, but heaven itself, that he might now appear before God on our behalf.25Not that he might offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters each year into the sanctuary with blood that is not his own;26if that were so, he would have had to suffer repeatedly from the foundation of the world. But now once for all he has appeared at the end of the ages 19 to take away sin by his sacrifice.27Just as it is appointed that human beings die once, and after this the judgment,28so also Christ, offered once to take away the sins of many, 20 will appear a second time, not to take away sin but to bring salvation to those who eagerly await him. (Hebrews 9:19-28)