Khalil of Egypt – True life experience on encounter with Jesus in a vision
Khalil repented, washed himself, and pulled his rug out to pray, but he couldn’t bend his knees nor open his mouth to say one word of the Qur’an. He sat down and said, “God you know that I love you, and I know that you want me on the right path. God, I can’t resist anymore. All that I did, I did trying to please you. Please pull me out of this darkness.”
That night, Khalil slept in a way he hadn’t slept for years. In a dream, he saw a man, who came to him and told him that he was the one for whom Khalil had been searching. Khalil didn’t know who the man was. The man told him to look in the Book (the Bible). Khalil said the Book and all his papers were lost, to which the man replied, “The book never gets lost. Get up and open your closet and you will find it. The rest of your papers will be returned to you by the end of the week.”
Khalil woke up from the dream and opened his closet. His very own copy of the Bible was inside the closet on a shelf. Knowing that he had seen Jesus, he hurried to his mother’s room, awoke her, and begged her forgiveness for his years of harshness and ill treatment of the family. His search for reconciliation didn’t end with his family either. As the sun rose that same morning, Khalil took to the streets, greeting friends and strangers alike. He sought out the Christian owners of businesses whom he had robbed, or mistreated, and begged their forgiveness too.
Over the ensuing months, Khalil grew in his new faith, gradually winning the confidence and trust of local Christians and finding fellowship at a church. He was baptized and continues to brave physical attacks and threats against his life, because he feels that no price is too great to pay for the One who gave everything for him.
Sura 3:55 says
(And remember) when Allah said: “O Jesus! Lo! I am causing thee to die and causing thee to ascend unto Me, and am cleansing thee of those who disbelieve and am setting those who follow thee above those who disbelieve until the Day of Resurrection. Then unto Me ye will (all) return, and I shall judge between you as to that wherein ye used to differ.”
The direct interpretation of the verse is that faith in Christ is superior than disbelievers. Christian faith is above all who disbelieve.
Khalil of Egypt – True life experience on encounter with Jesus in a vision
Khalil started memorizing the Qur’an at a very early age and developed what he called a love for the word of Allah. Upon reading an article in the Cairo newspaper about Christians arrested in Egypt for proselytizing, Khalil and his group decided that it was “past time” to do something for the sake of Islam. Given their small numbers, however, they decided their battle would be an intellectual one, researching and writing a book proving that Mohammed is the True Prophet of God, and that the Bible of the Christians and Jews is a corrupted text. He was chosen by his Emir, the leader of the Islamic Group, to do the research and write the book. He objected strenuously at first, but eventually took on the job, which he described as the “most distasteful thing” he had ever done.
When he had completed reading the Bible and cross-referencing what he had read with numerous Islamic books, Khalil was astonished to discover the truth. Watch the movie and find out the answer.
The Cross is the Bridge to Life
Though we find ourselves in the seemingly impossible situation of being doomed in a cesspool of sin & death, there is still hope.This is where we come to see the vital importance of Principle 4 – God has provided a solution to our dilemma.
Realize that your destiny does not rest in you abilities but solely on what God has done for you.Our only hope when we’re in an impossible situation is to turn to the only One who can do the impossible.The following explains what God has done for all of us.
One of the reasons why God created the universe was that He wanted to commune with creature who were like Himself, who bear His very image.God cared so much about us that even after Adam and Eve ushered us into the darkness of sin, He worked out His own plan to save us since we couldn’t save ourselves.There are many passages in both the Bible and the Qur’an that emphasize the fact that God did for us what we couldn’t do for ourselves:He solved our sin problem—but at great cost to Himself.
TowrahIsaiah 19:20—When they cry out to the LORD because of their oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and he will rescue (Deliver) them.
Zabur Psalm 49:7-8—No man can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for him—the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough.
Isn’t it interesting that it is impossible for a person to do enough to ransom oneself from the just punishment for his sins?It’s too big a job.(see also Romans 3:20)
InjeelEphesians 2:8-9—It is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.
Qur’anRangers 37:107—We (God) ransomed him (Abraham’s son) with a mighty sacrifice.
The term “mighty” is Arabic also means priceless without any limit.Since God is the only one able to provide for man’s ransom, man must look to God in order to be saved.Can you think of a way in history that God has provided this ransom for us?When I survey history from the Far East to the West I don’t find but one example of how this ransom might have been accomplished.
Listen to this story.A man was brought to court for stealing money from his company.As the judge asked him the usual questions, he discovered that this man had been his childhood friend.That put the judge in a predicament.The tender spot in his heart for his friend made him want to not condemn the man to the imprisonment he deserved.But to free him would be unfair to his employer,who had been wronged.
After much thought, the judge himself repaid the company all the money the man had stolen.The representatives of the company were satisfied.The man himself was freed, and was grateful to the judge for the rest of his life.
In the same way,although we stand rightly condemned for our sins, God, in His love for us, took our punishment by giving Himself as a mighty sacrifice for us at the cross.
It is vitally important to recognize the significance of the Cross.The underlying concept is one of paying a ransom for another person.A ransom is the necessary price to pay for the release of a captive.We are all captives of our own sins.We need to be set free but that is only accomplished by having the ransom paid for our sins and as Rangers 37 stated the ransom MUST BE a “mighty” / priceless sacrifice.
The following verses from the Bible and the Qur’an further document that God should be trusted to provide man’s ransom from his sin.
TowrahGenesis 22:13 – Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he was a ram caught by its horns.He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.
Exodus 12:13—“The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you.No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.”
Notice in these verses that just as God designated that the blood of a pure lamb (Without defect) would be a sign to protect the Jews in Egypt from being destroyed by a plague of death, so trusting in the pure blood of God’s mighty sacrifice at the cross protects us from being destroyed in hell because of our sins.
Leviticus 17:11—“It is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.”
Pure blood is necessary for our sins to be sufficiently paid for in God’s sight—life for life.Pure blood covered the sin of Adam and Even when God killed an animal and used its skin to cover their nakedness (see Genesis 3:21).
Isaiah 63:8—(God)said, “Surely they are my people, sons who will not be false to me;” and so he became their Savior.
The point here is that God Himself is the savior of His people.
ZaburPsalm 34:22—The LORD redeems his servants; no one will be condemned who takes refuge in him.
Psalm 31:5—Into your hands I commit my spirit; redeem me, O LORD, the God of truth.
Psalm 56:13—You have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.
We see in psalm 34 that taking refuge in God will save you from condemnation.In other words, God alone can redeem and deliver us, which we see clearly in Psalm 31 and 56.We can’t redeem ourselves by trying to make our good deeds outweigh our bad ones.Since God Himself is singled out as the One who redeems and delivers, obviously He recognizes that we need that for our lives—being delivered from the power of sin, from having to continue sinning.
Psalm 107:6-7—Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.He led them by a straight way.
Many Muslims ask God to lead them in a straight path at least five times a day.Psalm 107 shows that the bible agrees with this prayer, and that indeed we have to look to God alone for our salvation and not trust in ourselves.
InjeelMatthew 26:28—“This is my blood (Isa’s blood) of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
Romans 3:23-25—All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement through faith in his blood.He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished.
In Matthew 26:28, Isa Himself explains that pure blood is necessary for forgiveness (That concept is fully explained in Hebrews 9.)
Romans 3:23-25 goes on to emphasize that we are all fallen sinners who need the redemption that is available in Jesus not in our own efforts.The necessity of Pure blood is mentioned again.This shows how amazing God’s plan for us really is,for because of His might sacrifice of Himself through Christ, He cancels out our past sins so that we do not have to pay for them.Why?Because Isa (Jesus) had already done so. (See also I Peter 1:18-19)
Qur’anStory 28:16—He (Moses) said, “My Lord, I have wronged myself.Forgive me!” So God forgave him, for He is the All-forgiving, the All-compassionate.
Some people say that prophets (like Moses) do not sin.But this verse shows that even a prophet needs to be rescued from sin.
Cow 2:38—“There shall come to you (Adam and Eve) guidance from Me (God), and whosoever follows My guidance, no fear shall be on them, neither shall they sorrow.”
There was guidance even for Adam and Eve when they sinned—if they looked to the Lord for it.‘That is, the Lord Himself was their salvation.They couldn’t depend on their own works.
Women 4:110—Whosoever does evil, or wrongs himself, and then prays God’s forgiveness, he shall find God is All-forgiving, All-compassionate.
People often believe that their good deeds must outweigh their bad deeds to win God’s favor and to go to heaven.This verse says they must repent and ask for God’s forgiveness of their bad deeds.
Here’s a story that can bring this point home.To get rid of her anger every time her son hurt her, a widow pounded a nail in the back of her kitchen door.One day the son opened the door and saw all the nails.“What is the meaning of these?”he asked her.Reluctantly, she told him. Amazed that he had hurt her so much, he asked her to forgive him.And he removed all the nails.
But the holes remained, reminding him that he had hurt her so much.The nail prints served as a sign to keep him from hurting her again.
We have to come to God ourselves for forgiveness, according to Cattle 6:69.Even when He forgives us, we still have the memory of what we have done to be a deterrent to repeating the same sins.
I know that some of the verses may seem to be repetitive to you and that is for a purpose.They are all to drive home the point that God’s plan for mankind is revealed through the Bible and the Qur’an. That we must submit to God’s plan for us to have salvation and to be delivered from our sin.
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God’s Provision is a Person
Principle 5:The solution is not just the Cross but a divine person, Isa, who was anointed by the Holy Spirit and called the Word of God.
Exactly who was—and is—Jesus, the Christ (Isa)?I understand what Muhammad was trying to counter in his day.But based on the best research available today, the Jewish/Christian concepts of God in Saudi Arabia in Muhammad’s day differed greatly from what is presented in the Towrah and Injeel.Realize that there was not a translation of either Towrah or Injeel in Arabic at the time of Muhammad (MHRIP).(Allah, Allat and Ba’al (Lord) or son—separate vid)
Let’s look at what is revealed in the Bible and the Qur’an about Jesus.Both say Isa is the Word of God, who is anointed and aided by the Holy Spirit.
It’s interesting—and very logical –that God’s provision is not a philosophical or a religious idea, not a list of rules to follow or a way of life.It’s a person.
Isaiah 61:1—The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor…to proclaim freedom for the captives.
Here the prophet Isaiah talks about the coming Christ, or Messiah.Isaiah prophesied that the Messiah would come to proclaim freedom to the captives.
Psalm107:20—He sent forth his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.
God sent Christ—the Word—to the world to heal us from sin and so deliver us from sin’s destruction.
John 1:1, 14—In the beginning was the Word, and the Ward was with God, and the Word was God…The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only…full of grace and truth.
God’s Word was with Him for all eternity.After all, He was always able to speak. He sent this Word to us as a flesh-and-blood person to save us from our sins.
House of Imran 3:45—When the angels said, “Mary, God gives thee good tidings of a Word from Him whose name is Messiah, Isa, son of Mary; high honored shall he be in this world and the next, near stationed to God.”
Christ is the Word of God.He was highly honored when He was in this world and that now He is in the closest possible position with God, or, as the Injeel puts it, “at the right hand of God” (Hebrews 10:12).
Gabriel came to the Virgin Mary to tell her she would bear God’s Word, Christ.What other prophet has ever been born of a virgin?Pause.Chits is holy, He was placed on this earth in a holy fashion.It was foretold by God in the Towrah (Genesis 3:15) immediately after Adam and Eve’s disobedience.God said the seed of the woman—not the seed of the man—shall crush Satan’s head.
When a word is uttered by God, it has not been severed from God.In this case we are talking about the Word of God.There is something extremely unique about Christ.As a “word,” He is an embodiment of what God wants to communicate to us.As an eternal person, He is now right next to God, never apart from God, and thus a part of God.
A man once asked his friend, “Which came first:God or His Word?”“God obviously came first,” said his friend.“Oh, was God dumb at the beginning and unable to speak?” “No, He could speak,” the friend insisted.
“Of course, because God is perfect.So at no time was He unable to speak and be without His Word.So Christ, the Word of God, has always been with God.”
(I know it is difficult for you to believe that Christ, who came in the flesh to our world, is the same God as the one God.This is because theologians who were commentators of the Qur’an legitimately hated the idols that were worshiped along with God (Allah) many centuries ago.As a result, they fell in the trap of building their theology on the doctrine that God is a monolith who cannot be explained or defined because nothing is like Him.In this way they present God as unfree, unable to do what He wants or to appear to His creatures in the form He chooses.)
Let’s continue by plowing through some verses that speak to who Christ is.
TowrahMicah 3:8—AS for me (the Messiah), I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the LORD, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin.
Zabur Psalm 139:7—Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?
InjeelRevelation 19:13—He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.
Acts 20:28—“Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers.Be shepherds of the church of God which he bought with his own blood.”
Here we see that God purchased believers with His own blood.Can God bleed?That shows the oneness of God, His Word, and His Spirit.
Qur’anCow 2:87—We (God) gave Isa son of Mary the clear sings (miracles and God’s words), and confirmed (sustained) him with the Holy Spirit.
In other words, God gave Jesus His words and sustained Him always with His Holy Spirit.
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