What happened last night in Lafayette, LA is just a symptom of what is wrong with America. Our nation becomes more anti-God every day. One thing we can be sure of is that the liberals will blame guns. Jesus said:
When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: Luke 11:21
Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one. Luke 22:36
There is a place for weapons, but we must take care in our use of them.
The more godless our nation becomes, the more wicked and violent it will become. We pray for those who were injured and the families of those who were killed last night.
Today we are continuing our series from the Answering Muslims Conference in Charlotte, NC.
How To Engage Muslims With The Gospel
There are three major objections that Muslims have to Christianity.
- The Bible is corrupt
- Jesus was just a man
- Jesus didn’t die on the cross and did not raise from the grave
I want to start by dealing with the second of these three objections; Jesus is not God.
Muslims claim that we blaspheme when we say that Jesus is God. When you say things like “God the Father” you are suggesting to Muslims that God had sex. One of the main tenants of Islam is that “Allah hath no son.”
The Temple Mount in Israel is controlled by Muslims. The Dome of the Rock was built there in 690 AD. There are Arabic inscriptions inside and outside citing verses of the Qur’an. One verse that is repeated again and again, both inside and out, says that Allah has no son.
Shrk is the greatest sin within Islam. This is taking something and making it a partner with Allah. They believe we have done this by making a man, Jesus, a partner with God. Muslims believe that Christians take a man and elevate Him to the level of God. Christians would consider this heresy also. Christianity does not teach that a man became God, it teaches that God became man.
Satan doesn’t what us to believe that Jesus is God because if He is not God it removes the perfect blood sacrifice.
Here is an answer to this objection, it works equally well with Mormons and JW’s.
Jesus was accused of blasphemy 5 times. This is a serous crime which, according to the Old Testament law, is punishable by death. Why would the Jewish leaders have accused Jesus of blasphemy? It was because he was trying to communicate to them that He was God.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) Mark 2:5-10
They understood that by forgiving this man’s sins, Jesus was making Himself God. This is exactly what He was trying to communicate.
Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God. John 5:18
Again, the Jews understood exactly what He was saying. As a result they sought to kill Him.
Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by. John 8:58-59
In this passage Jesus applied the term “I am” to Himself, This is a title reserved for God. They sought again to kill Him.
I and my Father are one. Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. John 10:30-33
They wanted to kill Jesus because they thought that, being a man, He made Himself God.
But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy. Matthew 26:63-65
Jesus’ clam to deity could not be any more clear. The High Priest understood and ended the trial, accusing Jesus of blasphemy.
The next passage is what I believe to be the most clear on the deity of Christ.
The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. John 20:25-29
This shows the importance of being in church. When you are not there you don’t know what you might miss.
The response of Thomas is significant. He said “My Lord and my God.” This would have been a great opportunity for Jesus to correct misunderstanding. Instead of correcting Thomas, He affirmed what Thomas said.
The third objection is a denial of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. This comes the Qur’an:
They are saying, surly we have killed the Messiah, Isa (Jesus), son of Miriam (Mary), the apostle of Allah, and they did not kill him, nor did they crucify him, but it appeared to them like Isa, and they killed him not for sure, nay, Allah took him up to himself.
The story, according to Islam, goes like this: Allah could see that Jesus was in trouble so he rescued him and took him into heaven. Allah took the image off Jesus and p it upon another, most believe it was Judas, and that person went to the cross to fool everyone into thinking that Jesus died on the cross. They believe that the disciples took the body to create the hoax that Jesus rose from the dead. If Jesus is not God, and if Jesus didn’t die on the cross, then you don’t have the resurrection, you don’t have the atoning blood, you don’t have the Gospel.
1.7 people in the world are following this lie. That means that 1 out of 4 people in the world today are caught up in this. You can see why Muslims think their time has come, they have 1/4 of the world’s population under their control. They believe they have enough people to go from the house of war to the house of Islam.
I could make a secular argument for the crucifixion, because there is much secular evidence, but I won’t because I believe that the best argument comes from the disciples of Jesus Christ. Jesus appeared to His disciples 8 times after His resurrection. They saw the risen Christ and nothing, including death, could get them to recant. To suggest that the disciples made this up and were willing to go to the horrible deaths that they suffered is unbelievable.e to me.
Let me close with the following testimony from the Holy Scriptures.
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.3 1 Corinthians 15:3-8
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