Let’s Consider The Qur’an and the Lord Jesus Christ


Keeping in mind that the Qur’an was written over 600 years after the life of Christ, let’s compare what Jesus said with what Muhammad said later, then make some conclusions.

The Qur’an says that as a husband I may beat my wife if she displeases me: “As to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them first, next, refuse to share their beds, and last, beat them lightly” (Surah 4:34).

But Jesus says to love my wife as Christ does the church, his wife (Ephesians 5:23ff). Jesus would never condone beating my wife or any other woman.

The Qur’an says that all those who “reject Faith”, that is, turn away from Islam, are to be killed: “But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them” (Surah 4:89)

But Jesus says that we are to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us (Matthew 5:44).

The Qur’an says that Jesus was not killed by crucifixion: “. . . they said, ‘We killed Christ Jesus The Son of Mary, The Messenger of Allah’ – but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no certain knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not” (Surah 4:157).

But Jesus said to Thomas after his death on the cross, burial, and resurrection, “put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe” (John 20:27).

The Qur’an says that Jesus was only a messenger sent from God, not God’s Son: “We have sent the inspiration, as we sent it to Noah and the messengers after him: We sent inspiration to Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob, and the tribes, to Jesus, Job, Jonah, Aaron, and Solomon, and to David we gave the psalms . . . Christ Jesus the son of Mary was no more than a messenger of Allah, and his word, which He bestowed on Mary . . . Say not “Trinity”: desist: It will be better for you: For Allah is One God: Glory be to Him: Far Exalted is He above having a son” (Surah 4:163, 171).

But Jesus not only said that he was God’s son, and that God was his Father, but Jesus accepted the identity of “God became flesh,” and not merely a messenger sent from God (John 1:1, 14; 17:1-5). This is the reason why he was crucified, not because he was just another messenger out of many, but because Jesus claimed full deity with his Father.

Jesus uses persecution to identify sides: Those who are persecuted for following Jesus will reign forever (Matt. 5:10; 10:16-23), but those who are doing the persecution will be reigned upon forever in hell (Matt. 23:15; 24:24-28; Luke 19:27; John 8:37, 43, 44) . When Paul was persecuting followers of Christ, Jesus said, “Why do you persecute me” (Acts 9:4)? To persecute a Christian is to persecute Christ. Jesus and Muhammad can’t both be prophets sent from God for that would mean that God is against himself. You cannot say you are from God and then persecute his Son. Those who love his Son and believe what the Son says over Muhammad, especially those who leave Islam for Christ, are persecuted the most. Tens of thousands of Muslims have turned away from Islam and turned to Christ – and they are some of the most persecuted Christians today.

I conclude then:

Someone is not telling the truth.

Someone is telling a lie.

Someone is a false prophet – and it’s not Jesus!


How to Read the Whole Bible in 2014

Below is Justin Taylor’s post today on “thegospelcoalition” website. I heartily encourage you to seek the Lord in the Word, and if you do, you will find him. Enjoy!

How to Read the Whole Bible in 2014

esvdrbDo you want to read the whole Bible?

The average person reads 200 to 250 words per minute; there are about 775,000 words in the Bible; therefore it takes less than 10 minutes a day to read the whole Bible in a year.

(For those who like details, there’s a webpage devoted to how long it takes to read each book of the Bible. And if you want a simple handout that has every Bible book with a place to put a check next to every chapter, gohere.)

Audio Bibles are usually about 75 hours long, so you can listen to it in just over 12 minutes a day.

But the point is not merely to read the whole thing to say you’ve done it or to check it off a list. The Bible itself never commands that we read the Bible through in a year. What is commends is knowing the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27) and meditating or storing or ruminating upon God’s self-disclosure to us in written form (Deut. 6:732:46Ps. 119:1115239399143:5).

As Joel Beeke writes:

As oil lubricates an engine, so meditation facilitates the diligent use of means of grace (reading of Scripture, hearing sermons, prayer, and all other ordinances of Christ), deepens the marks of grace (repentance, faith, humility), and strengthens one’s relationships to others (love to God, to fellow Christians, to one’s neighbors at large).

Thomas Watson put it like this: “A Christian without meditation is like a solider without arms, or a workman without tools. Without meditation the truths of God will not stay with us; the heart is hard, and the memory is slippery, and without meditation all is lost.”

So reading the Bible cover to cover is a great way to facilitate meditation upon the whole counsel of God.

But a simple resolution to do this is often an insufficient. Most of us need a more proactive plan.

One option is to get a Bible that has a plan as part of its design. For example, Crossway offers the ESV Daily Reading Bible (based on the popular M’Cheyne reading plan—read through the OT once and the NT and Psalms twice) or the One-Year Bible in the ESV (whole Bible once in 364 readings). [For multiple bindings of the ESV Daily Reading Bible, go here.]

Stephen Witmer explains the weaknesses of typical plans and offers some advice on reading the Bible together with others—as well as offering his own new two-year plan. (“In my opinion, it is better to read the whole Bible through carefully one time in two years than hastily in one year.”) His plan has you read through one book of the Bible at a time (along with a daily reading from the Psalms or Proverbs). At the end of two years you will have read through the Psalms and Proverbs four times and the rest of the Bible once.

The Gospel Coalition’s For the Love of God Blog (which you can subscribe to via email, but is now also available as a free app) takes you through the M’Cheyne reading plan, with a meditation each day by D. A. Carson related to one of the readings. M’Cheyne’s plan has you read shorter selections from four different places in the Bible each day.

Jason DeRouchie, the editor of the new and highly recommended What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Jesus’ Bible, offers his KINGDOM Bible Reading Plan, which has the following distinctives:

  • Proportionate weight is given to the Old and New Testaments in view of their relative length, the Old receiving three readings per day and the New getting one reading per day.
  • The Old Testament readings follow the arrangement of Jesus’ Bible (Luke 24:44—Law, Prophets, Writings), with one reading coming from each portion per day.
  • In a single year, one reads through Psalms twice and all other biblical books once; the second reading of Psalms (highlighted in gray) supplements the readings through the Law (Genesis-Deuteronomy).
  • Only twenty-five readings are slated per month in order to provide more flexibility in daily devotions.
  • The plan can be started at any time of the year, and if four readings per day are too much, the plan can simply be stretched to two or more years (reading from one, two, or three columns per day).

Trent Hunter’s “The Bible-Eater Plan” is an innovative new approach that has you reading whole chapters, along with quarterly attention to specific books. The plan especially highlights OT chapters that are crucial to the storyline of Scripture and redemptive fulfillment in Christ.

For those who would benefit from a realistic “discipline + grace” approach, consider “The Bible Reading Plan for Shirkers and Slackers.” It takes away the pressure (and guilt) of “keeping up” with the entire Bible in one year. You get variety within the week by alternating genres by day, but also continuity by sticking with one genre each day. Here’s the basic idea:

Sundays: Poetry
Mondays: Penteteuch (Genesis through Deuteronomy)
Tuesdays: Old Testament history
Wednesdays: Old Testament history
Thursdays: Old Testament prophets
Fridays: New Testament history
Saturdays: New Testament epistles (letters)

There are a number of Reading Plans for ESV Editions. Crossway has made them accessible in multiple formats:

  • web (a new reading each day appears online at the same link)
  • RSS (subscribe to receive by RSS)
  • podcast (subscribe to get your daily reading in audio)
  • iCal (download an iCalendar file)
  • mobile (view a new reading each day on your mobile device)
  • print (download a PDF of the whole plan)
Reading Plan Format
Through the Bible chronologically (from Back to the Bible)
RSS iCal Mobile Print Email
Daily Light on the Daily Path
Daily Light on the Daily Path – the ESV version of Samuel Bagster’s classic
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Daily Office Lectionary
Daily Psalms, Old Testament, New Testament, and Gospels
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Daily Reading Bible
Daily Old Testament, New Testament, and Psalms
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ESV Study Bible
Daily Psalms or Wisdom Literature; Pentateuch or the History of Israel; Chronicles or Prophets; and Gospels or Epistles
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Every Day in the Word
Daily Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, Proverbs
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Literary Study Bible
Daily Psalms or Wisdom Literature; Pentateuch or the History of Israel; Chronicles or Prophets; and Gospels or Epistles
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M’Cheyne One-Year Reading Plan
Daily Old Testament, New Testament, and Psalms or Gospels
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Daily Old Testament, Psalms, and New Testament
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Outreach New Testament
Daily New Testament. Read through the New Testament in 6 months
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Through the Bible in a Year
Daily Old Testament and New Testament
RSS iCal Mobile Print Email

You can also access each of these Reading Plans as podcasts:

  • Right-click (Ctrl-click on a Mac) the “RSS” link of the feed you want from the above list.
  • Choose “Copy Link Location” or “Copy Shortcut.”
  • Start iTunes.
  • Under File, choose “Subscribe to Podcast.”
  • Paste the URL into the box.
  • Click OK.