Muhammad’s Fly-Wing Medicine

Muhammad’s Fly-Wing Medicine

The Hadith is the collection of the sayings of Muhammad throughout his life which are authoritative for Sunni Muslims. Not only are the sayings of Muhammad filled with historical errors, but they contain many scientific ones that are completely absurd.

To give one example of this, I encourage you to watch this video by David Wood on Muhammad’s fly-wing medicine:

The rest of his “Fun Islamic Facts” videos are both hilarious and tragic at the same time. They are hilarious because these beliefs are so utterly contrary to what we know about the world and they are tragic because there are over 1.6 billion Muslims in the world who are heading for hell believing in a false religion that is so easy to disprove. But Muslims cannot see this because they are blinded to the truth by Satan and their own hearts (2 Cor 4:4). Their problem is not merely a lack of evidence, but the lack of a new heart. Let’s pray that God would use us to be his instruments to bring the gospel to Muslims and others who need to hear the message we have.

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Sunday Meditation – He Is Mine

Sunday Meditation – He Is Mine

“It does not matter where He places me or how. That is rather for Him to consider than for me. For the easiest positions, He must give grace; and in the most difficult, His grace is sufficient. So, if God places me in great perplexity, must He not give me much guidance? In positions of great difficulty, much grace? In circumstances of great pressure and trial, much strength? As to work, mine was never so plentiful, so responsible, or so difficult; but the weight and strain are all gone. His resources are mine, for He is mine!”

Hudson Taylor

Historical Errors in the Quran

Historical Errors in the Quran

The Quran is the holy book of Islam which Muslims believe is the revelation of Allah given to Muhammad through the angel Gabriel. While the Quran has many problems with it demonstrating that it does not come from God, I want to focus here on the most glaring historical errors in the Quran which contradict the Bible and known history:

1. Mary, the mother of Jesus, was the same individual as Miriam, the sister of Moses and Aaron and daughter of Amram:

“Then she brought him to her people, carrying him. They said, ‘O Mary, you have certainly done a thing unprecedented. O sister of Aaron, your father was not a man of evil, nor was your mother unchaste’” (Surah 19:27-28).

“And [the example of] Mary, the daughter of ‘Imran, who guarded her chastity, so We blew into [her garment] through Our angel, and she believed in the words of her Lord and His scriptures and was of the devoutly obedient” (Surah 66:12).

‘Imran is an alternate spelling of Amram who is the father of Moses, Aaron, and Miriam according to the Bible:

“Amram took as his wife Jochebed his father’s sister, and she bore him Aaron and Moses, the years of the life of Amram being 137 years” (Exod 6:20).

“[Mention, O Muhammad], when the wife of ‘Imran said, ‘My Lord, indeed I have pledged to You what is in my womb, consecrated [for Your service], so accept this from me. Indeed, You are the Hearing, the Knowing.’ But when she delivered her, she said, ‘My Lord, I have delivered a female.’ And Allah was most knowing of what she delivered, ‘And the male is not like the female. And I have named her Mary, and I seek refuge for her in You and [for] her descendants from Satan, the expelled [from the mercy of Allah]’” (Surah 3:35-36).

This mistake is understandable given that the name Mary comes from the Hebrew name Miriam.

2. Haman lived at the same time as Moses and was a servant to Pharaoh:

“And We did certainly send Moses with Our signs and a clear authority to Pharaoh, Haman and Qarun [Korah]; but they said, ‘[He is] a magician and a liar’” (Surah 40:23-24).

“And Pharaoh said, ‘O Haman, construct for me a tower that I might reach the ways – the ways into the heavens – so that I may look at the deity of Moses; but indeed, I think he is a liar.’ And thus was made attractive to Pharaoh the evil of his deed, and he was averted from the [right] way. And the plan of Pharaoh was not except in ruin” (Surah 40:36-37).

3. The water test of Judges 7:1-8 was commanded by Saul instead of Gideon:

“And when Saul went forth with the soldiers, he said, ‘Indeed, Allah will be testing you with a river. So whoever drinks from it is not of me, and whoever does not taste it is indeed of me, excepting one who takes [from it] in the hollow of his hand.’ But they drank from it, except a [very] few of them. Then when he had crossed it along with those who believed with him, they said, ‘There is no power for us today against Goliath and his soldiers.’ But those who were certain that they would meet Allah said, ‘How many a small company has overcome a large company by permission of Allah. And Allah is with the patient’” (Surah 2:249-250).

4. Alexander the Great was a Muslim:

According to Surah 18:83-98, Alexander the Great was a follower of Allah. But we know from history that Alexander was a polytheistic pagan. For more information on this error, go to 36:30 in this helpful documentary.

5. Jesus was never crucified:

“And [for] their saying, ‘Indeed, we have killed the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, the messenger of Allah.’ And they did not kill him, nor did they crucify him; but [another] was made to resemble him to them. And indeed, those who differ over it are in doubt about it. They have no knowledge of it except the following of assumption. And they did not kill him, for certain” (Surah 4:157).

This is the greatest historical error of all in the Quran since the extra-biblical evidence for the crucifixion of Christ is overwhelming. In addition, the Quran confirms the accuracy of the Gospel which teaches that Jesus was crucified:

“And We sent, following in their footsteps, Jesus, the son of Mary, confirming that which came before him in the Torah; and We gave him the Gospel, in which was guidance and light and confirming that which preceded it of the Torah as guidance and instruction for the righteous. And let the People of the Gospel [Christians] judge by what Allah has revealed therein. And whoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed – then it is those who are the defiantly disobedient” (Surah 5:46-47).

Other places in the Quran which affirm the truthfulness of the Gospel and Torah include Surah 2:136; 3:3; 5:110; 7:157; 16:43; 20:133; 21:7; and 40:53-54. According to the Quran, Christians are commanded to judge by the Gospel. But since the Gospel teaches that Jesus was indeed crucified, the Quran is in error. Muslims try to get around this objection by saying that the Gospel we have today has been corrupted. But this is impossible, not only because we have many complete New Testament manuscripts which predate the Quran, but also because the Quran tells Christians to judge by the Gospel. But how can they judge by the Gospel if it had been corrupted by the time of Muhammad when Surah 5:46-47 was given?

Sunday Meditation – If God Be Our Father

Sunday Meditation – If God Be Our Father

“If God be our Father, He will take notice of the least good He sees in us; if there be but a sigh for sin, God hears it. God spies the least good in His children; He can see a grain of corn hid under chaff, grace hid under corruption. If God be our Father, He will take all we do in good part. A father takes a letter from his son kindly, though there are blots or bad English in it. What blottings are there in our holy things? If God be our Father, then He will correct us in measure. “I will correct thee in measure”; and that two ways: First, It shall be in measure, for the kind; God will not lay upon us more than we are able to bear. He knows our frame. He knows we are not steel or marble, therefore will deal gently. Second, He will correct in measure for the duration; He will not let the affliction lie on too long. If God be our Father, He will intermix mercy with all our afflictions; if He gives us wormwood to drink, He will mix it with honey. In every cloud a child of God may see a rainbow of mercy shining, As the limner mixeth dark shadows and bright colours together, so our heavenly Father mingles the dark and bright together, crosses and blessings; and is not this a great happiness, for God thus to chequer His providences, and mingle goodness with severity?”

Thomas Watson

False Prophecies of the Jehovah’s Witnesses

False Prophecies of the Jehovah’s Witnesses

The Jehovah’s Witnesses have a long history of giving false prophecies about the end of the world. Because they have been wrong so many times about the return of Christ, it is amazing how many people still believe that the Watchtower organization speaks for God. The reason why so many people remain in it is partially due to the fact that they are completely unaware of the large body of primary source material documenting their false predictions that is out there on the internet. They are told to avoid websites, articles, and books that criticize what they believe so they are left in the dark about these revelations that would shake their confidence in their faith.

While the Jehovah’s Witnesses are best known for predicting the second coming of Christ in 1914, 1925, and 1975, their date setting actually began in the nineteenth century. According to C. T. Russell, the last days began in 1799, then 1874 was the beginning of Jesus’ invisible presence, 1878 was when Jesus became the king of heaven, and 1914 would be the date of Christ’s second coming. When this failed to take place, his successor, Samuel Rutherford, claimed that 1914 was actually the beginning of Jesus’ heavenly reign and 1925 would be the real date of Christ’s return. When that failed to take place, the Watchtower organization claimed that 1975 would be the date of Christ’s return. After that failed to take place, the leadership of the Jehovah’s Witnesses finally appeared to learn their lesson and stop setting dates when a large portion of their members left in disillusion. While the Jehovah’s Witnesses are no longer setting dates, their failed predictions demonstrate that they cannot be trusted to accurately handle God’s Word since Jesus taught that no one will know the date of his coming (Matt 25:13). This is all in addition to their many false beliefs which include the denial of the deity of Christ and the bodily resurrection of Christ.

One of the signs of a cult is that they control what information you have access to or discourage you from researching the criticisms that exist about what they believe. This is because those who are in control of the cult want to remain in a position of power and influence and they fear that their followers will leave when they are exposed to the truth about what they really believe. Since knowledge is power, knowledge about their organization must be controlled by those in authority. But with the advent of the internet, anyone can read the primary source material for themselves and find out the truth. This is why some cults require their adherents to install internet filters which block out information critical to what they believe.

Sunday Meditation – The One Who Knocks

Sunday Meditation – The One Who Knocks

“Consider who is knocking at the door of hearts: he who is the mighty God, Lord of lords, and King of kings (Rev. 3:20). There is not the least merit in us to engage him to knock. Here is an amazement, he does this when man is so far from deserving it. He is found by those who are not seeking him. He condescends and stoops so low when there is no necessity to do so. His sovereignty makes this low when there is no necessity to do so. His sovereignty makes this a wonder. Christ could annihilate all mankind if they had continued innocent upon the mere account of his sovereignty. After the fall, he might have executed the sentence of death upon the sons of men almost the very moment they received life. What a wonder that Christ should choose rather to offer salvation! Consider also to whom Christ condescends. It is to contemptible man, and not angels. Behold and wonder, consider and be astonished! He stoops to dust and ashes, to man is who is a worm. Will Christ wait upon dust and ashes? Will he stand and knock at the door of a worm? O what a wonder is this, that infinite glory, the mighty God of hosts should stoop so low! Man is but dust, and this is contemptible enough; but he became polluted dust. Is it a wonder that he will stand and knock at the door of such a leper, so deformed, so loathsome, and so infectious? Not only this, but we were enemies in heart and mind. He comes, knocks, stands, entreats, importunately, compassionately, and again and again. O the wonder of Christ’s patience! When he does not prevail by knocking, waiting, beseeching, why this is his grief, his sorrow, and he vents his sorrow in tears. Behold it, and wonder! Behold as sinners provoke him to depart – the wonderful compassion of a dear Saviour, as he stands, knocks, and waits.”

David Clarkson

The Truth about Horatio Spafford

The Truth about Horatio Spafford

Horatio Spafford is best known for being the author of the famous hymn “It Is Well with My Soul.” While the hymn may be beautiful, Spafford’s theology was not. You see, Spafford was a universalist who believed that hell was only purgatorial in nature and that eventually all created beings, including the devil, would be reconciled to God. After the tragedy of losing his daughters, he and his wife Anna split from their Presbyterian church, started a cult, and then moved to Jerusalem where they forcibly took children away from their parents and abolished marriage (1 Tim 4:2-3). Every aspect of life was controlled by them as Anna claimed to receive new revelations from God telling them how to live. As Kate Uttinger documents in her article on the Jerusalem Colony:

“Mothers were separated from their children, and those who dared leave the Colony were publicly shamed and excommunicated, cut off without a penny of the wealth they’d help earn. And, ironically, when Anna saw an opportunity to make an advantageous match for one of her daughters, she had another vision: Marriages could resume. Yet only Anna could make matches and ratify the marriages.”

But Spafford is not the first or the last hymnist to have terrible theology. Harry Emerson Fosdick, who wrote the well-known hymn “God of Grace and God of Glory,” denied the virgin birth of Christ, the existence of hell, the deity of Christ, and the bodily resurrection of Christ. One of my favorite hymns is “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” by Isaac Watts. But sadly, Watts questioned the doctrine of the Trinity toward the end of his life and tried to create a middle path between trinitarianism and unitarianism that might be called semi-Arianism.

So, should we sing worship songs written by heretics? Would you sing a worship song written by a Mormon as long as everything in the song was biblically true? I would not because the “God” of that song is not the God of Scripture, but of the imagination of Joseph Smith who taught that God is an exalted man who had to become exalted to Godhood by his God. And if we would not sing worship songs written by Mormons, why would we sing songs written by any person who denies the doctrine of the Trinity or who is not saved?

But what if a hymnist believed in the Trinity when he wrote the song and then rejected it later in life? In the case of Isaac Watts, he was a trinitarian at the time he wrote his hymns so I can see how a person could use that to justify singing his hymns in worship. If it was up to me, I would avoid singing any hymn written by a person with heretical theology. There are more than enough hymns to choose from so if we jettison the hymns of Spafford, Fosdick, and Watts, we will not be missing much. If we do feel like we are missing something by not singing questionable hymns, then there’s always the book of Psalms which is the only hymn book that contains perfect theology and has God for its author.