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Christianity Islam

Jesus or Muhammad?

— Did they preach the same message?

Let us examine the words of these two men, Muhammad of Mecca (Arabia) and Jesus of Nazareth (Israel). We’ll contrast what each taught while they lived on Earth. Jesus lived between 1 BC and 30 AD, while Muhammad lived between 570 AD and 632 AD.

The Lord Jesus Christ, through the Apostle Peter, warned us that there will be false prophets, and false teachers, who will teach damnable heresies and will even deny that He is the Lord. (All bold are my emphases added. Square brackets [ ] indicate meanings of words. King James Version Easy-Reading Bible (KJVER) is used.)

2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who secretly [craftily] shall bring in damnable [destructive] heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

quran72Is Islam essentially the same as Judaism? Does Islam have the same teachings as Christianity? Don’t all three religions believe in the same God and teach the same truths? In particular does the Quran contain the same message as the Bible?

Muslim scholars teach that the patriarch Abraham was really a Muslim and therefore Islam is really the same as or the true basis for Judaism, in fact, that all religion is really Islam but that Jews and Christians corrupted the Book. The writings of Moses and Jesus are called the Book. Hence Jews and Christians are called the people of the Book.

Q 3:67 Abraham was not a Jew nor yet a Christian; but he was true in Faith, and bowed his will to Allah’s which is Islam, and he joined not gods with Allah.

Q 2:135 They say: “Become Jews or Christians if ye would be guided to salvation.” Say thou: “Nay! I would rather the Religion of Abraham the True, and he joined not gods with Allah.”

So Muhammad’s message is that originally Abraham had the true religion, Islam, and that Allah says that no one should follow Jews or Christians. (Unless otherwise stated the Quran translation used here is by Abdullah Yusuf Ali.)

The Muslim scholars claim Islam preceded both Judaism and Christianity.  They teach that God really gave the Tawrat (the Torah, the first five book of the Old Testament) to Musa (Moses) who was a really Muslim. They also teach that Jesus was really a Muslim, a prophet, not God, but because Jews and Christians have corrupted the original writings of Moses (the Tawrat) and also the writings of Jesus, the Injil (the gospels to Muslims), God had to send Muhammad to get the pure religion sorted out.

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Belief in God salvation testimony Witnessing

Sunny tells her story

About a year ago in a classroom at her university in China was the first time Sunny heard about Jesus Christ. Listen to her inspiring testimony. Sunny describes the circumstances of her salvation. She explains what the Lord Jesus Christ did for her when He chose her in that classroom.

You too can know Jesus Christ. No Jesus no life! Know Jesus know life!

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:13)

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Belief in God salvation testimony

Wonderful Works of God: Sunny’s testimony

On December 13, 2015 Sunny Dong shared her personal salvation testimony at the Church at Moonta (South Australia). This was part of several testimonies at the event entitled “The Wonderful Works of God” (Acts 2:11). Her testimony tells us of the amazing power of God to transform lives. God is not limited by language or geographical boundaries. He works His wonderful works everywhere.

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Belief in God Biblical doctrines Christianity

The great I AM born in a manger

burning-bushIn the book of Exodus chapter 3 we read about when God called Moses to lead the children of Israel out from under the oppression of the Pharaoh of Egypt.  The following is the English translation of the Hebrew text Exodus 3:13,14 (King James Version Easy-Reading (KJVER) Bible used. Bold are my emphases.)

13  And Moses said to God, Behold, when I come to the children of Israel, and shall say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you; and they shall say to me, What is His name? what shall I say to them?
14  And God said to Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and He said, Thus shall you say to the children of Israel, I AM has sent me to you.

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Belief in God Biblical doctrines

Weak in faith?

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17 KJVER

glasses_on_bible_smWeak faith arises from a defect in our knowledge of God’s word. Many of the Lord’s people have an imperfect acquaintance with the gospel. They know but little of God’s real character, or of the nature and design of the Saviour’s work, or of what really constitutes Christian salvation, because they have not studied God’s word. Consequently they are full of fears, and are often assailed with doubts, whereas if well informed in the Scriptures, they would be rejoicing in hope of the glory of God. They think they must do something, besides believing in Christ, in order to gain acceptance with God; or they must feel something, more than they have, before they are entitled to peace with God. Such do not perceive that they are putting what they do or what they feel in the place of Christ; or they are adding these things to Christ, as if He alone were not sufficient. They are doing what the Galatians did, who made circumcision necessary to salvation; and to whom Paul said, “Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law, ye are fallen from grace.” Beloved, grace alone must form the ground of our acceptance with God. Works only follow as the fruit of faith and grace.

Blest soul that can say, “Christ only I seek!”
Wait for Him alway, be constant though weak;
The Lord whom thou servest, will not tarry long,
To Him e’en the weakest is dear as the strong.

DAILY REMEMBRANCER OCTOBER 3 EVENING

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Belief in God Biblical doctrines

Does God love or hate sinners?

“Who loved me” Galatians 2:20

…is the verse from the Daily Remembrancer this morning February 23.1 It reminded me of what one of my sons once asked in an email:


Does God love or hate sinners?
These verses2 seem to indicate that He hates sinners (emphases in original email):

Psalm 5:4-6 For You are not a God that has pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with You. The foolish shall not stand in Your sight: You hate all workers of iniquity. You shall destroy them that speak leasing [lies]: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.

Psalm 11:5 The LORD tries the righteous: but the wicked and him that loves violence His soul hates.

Leviticus 20:23 And you shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them.

Proverbs 6:16-19 These six things does the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 An heart that devises wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, 19 A false witness that speaks lies, and he that sows discord among brethren.

Hosea 9:15 All their wickedness is in Gilgal: for there I hated them: for the wickedness of their doings I will drive them out of mine house, I will love them no more: all their princes are revolters [rebels].

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Belief in God salvation testimony worldview

Deeper meaning than pop culture

Katharine describes her journey from a shallow fashionista existence to one with depth of character and purpose in Jesus Christ. Read her story as published in

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Belief in God New Age religions Testimonies Trials and temptations

Delusions of Reprieve

Ryan12by Ryan Eamer

I wrote the following piece called Delusions of Reprieve in late 2008 in a mental hospital in Subiaco, Western Australia. The place served as a revolving door for me from 2007 through to 2013, sometimes seeing me admitted for months at a time. At this stage the only diagnosis of my condition was major depressive disorder with chronic insomnia. Ironically, I wrote this piece sitting up in bed on my laptop at 4 am.

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Bible prophecy The Papacy Trials and temptations

Matthew 24 prophecy

In recent years I have read and studied the eschatological beliefs of the Reformers and of Sir Isaac Newton (1643 – 1727) as well as Henry Grattan Guinness (1835 – 1910). As a result I have changed my view of Bible prophecy from the futurist view to that of a historical view, where I now see that a lot of prophecy has already been fulfilled.1

A lot of Matthew chapter 24 has been fulfilled but one very important aspect–the Return of Christ in final judgment–still remains unfulfilled. (All bold are my emphases added. Square brackets [ ] indicate meanings of words. King James Version Easy-Reading Bible (KJVER)2 used.)

Matthew 24:1,2 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and His disciples came to Him for to show him the buildings of the temple.  2 And Jesus said to them, See you not all these things? verily I say to you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. (All bold are emphases added)

Here Christ predicts the destruction of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, around which all Jewish life revolved. This was fulfilled exactly in 70 A.D., which is 40 years after His death on the Cross and is within what we could call the generation of those He was speaking to—His disciples.

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Belief in God salvation testimony Trials and temptations

Overcoming demons through Jesus’ Name

Kyle’s testimony of his salvation and overcoming fear from demons at night through the power of Jesus’ Name.

Kyle PellerinI was born and raised in a Christian family, as a young child the idea of heaven and the life after death was a great fantasy I wished would be fulfilled. Although my parents were never forceful of attending Church nor reading the Bible, I fully was convinced that Jesus and God was real. Although later in life, this idea was only reassured as the only possibility. In my life I’ve experience a lot of spiritual warfare but it’s only brought myself closer to Jesus.

Ever since I’ve been young, I’ve been able to sense if something is with me or close to me in the current room. It’s difficult to describe, although this feeling is associated with fear and that someone is watching you. When I was young, this feeling scared me. I would only get it when I was alone and when I didn’t feel safe. Now, I’ve come to realise this feeling was me sensing the presence of a demon.