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The true God, the Creator of the universe, is righteous and holy in all that He does. Psalms 145:17 KJV The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. Yet the god of the heathens, according to their own words, is not. Surah 03:54 – “And they (the disbelievers) schemed, and Allah schemed (against them): and Allah is the best of schemers.” The Arabic word used here for scheme (plot) is makara, which literally means deceit. The word makara always means to deceive, scheme, or plot and defeating a victim by deceit. The person who is a Makir (Same form as the word Kafir) is sly, cunning, wily, a person who would outwit someone else to cause them harm. It means to trick, outwit and deceive for the purpose of overpowering and conquering the victim and it is always used in a negative sense. The word for scheming (makr) always means an act of deception for causing evil to another. With this being stated, we will dive a little deeper to make sure we are not misrepresenting their god. Surah 03:54 "... and (they) Deceived and Allah Deceived and Allah is the deceivest of deceivers" In Arabic: "Wa makaru wa makara Allah wa Allah khayru^l Makireen. The context of the story is very important since Sura 3 is regarded to be Muhammad's understanding of Christian beliefs. Al Tabari states that the deceit of Allah applies to the time when the Jews wanted to kill Isa the son of Miriam [Mary]. In order not to have Jesus killed, someone else had the face of Isa put on him so he was killed instead of Isa the son of Miriam [Mary]. This is how Allah deceived the Jews. Not only does this god deceive, but by the context in which the deception is stated, it teaches a complete rejection of the death and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah. Therefore, this god as outlined in Surah 3:54 cannot be the one true God, the creator of the universe, for the true God does not lie, nor deceive. Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie (kazab; piel, imperfect); neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? The word lie is an imperfect verb which means the action has never completed. For God cannot lie, so therefore the action cannot be completed.
1. to lie, tell a lie, tell a lie with, deceive 2. to disappoint, fail
This root and its derivatives occur forty-nine times in the Old Testament. The basic meaning is to speak that which is untrue and therefore false to reality. It is often used in connection with shāw’ “vanity, emptiness.” In distinction from words translated “deceive, lie,” etc., kāzab stresses the actual act of lying. The cognate is found in Aramaic, Arabic, and Akkadian. Fundamental to the concepts of truth and falsehood in the Old Testament is the understanding that the God of Israel does not lie (Num 23:19; Ps 89:35 [H 36]). He is faithful to all that he has said and expects his followers to do the same. This is why false witness was such a serious offense (Prov 6:19; 19:5, etc.). Not only was a person denying the truth, but he was calling the God of Truth to be a witness to his crime. God is not a man that he should lie, yet the heathen god does through pure deception and trickery. The question then must be asked, where does this god (allah) of the heathens derive? The word allah derives from the word allon which means oak, a tree god. Allah was and is a tree god who was also represented as the crescent moon. In ancient times the moon god numbered the seasons (Gen 1:14, Ps 104:19), and many also worshipped it, including Israel. Moon The great brilliance of the moon in Eastern countries led to its being early an object of idolatrous worship (Deu_4:19; Deu_17:3; Job_31:26), a form of idolatry against which the Jews were warned (Deu_4:19; Deu_17:3). They, however, fell into this idolatry, and offered incense (2Ki_23:5; Jer_8:2), and also cakes of honey, to the moon (Jer_7:18; Jer_44:17-19, Jer_44:25). ref Easton moon (yareach; meaning obscure--probably "wanderer"; by some given as "paleness"; selene): The moon was very early worshipped by the nations of the Far East as a divinity or the representative of one or more deities. These deities were both masculine and feminine. In Assyria and Babylonia the most common name for the moon-god was Sin or Sen. In Babylonia he was also called Aku and Nannara. In Egypt the moon was representative of several deities, all masculine. The chief of these was Thoth the god of knowledge, so called because the moon was the measurer of time. Babylonia has, also, Aa, the goddess of the moon, as the consort of the sun, while her equivalent was known in Phoenicia as Ashtaroth-karnaim. This personification and worship of the moon among the nations who were neighbors to Palestine was but part of an elaborate Natureworship found among these people. Nor was this worship always separated from Palestine by geographical lines. It crept into the thought and customs of the Hebrews and in a sense affected their religious conceptions and ceremonies. They fell into the habit of making direct homage to sun, moon and stars, as is evidenced by Job 31:26; Job 31:27; Jer 44:17, and even Isa 8:18 (see CRESCENTS). Moses seems to have forewarned his people against the danger of this form of worship (De 4:19).
The actual worship of the moon and the idolatry consequent thereon seems to have touched the Hebrews, though this is disputed by some. It would seem difficult to explain 2Ki 21:3 upon any other supposition, and in 2Kgs 23:4; 2Kgs 23:5 we have a clear statement that Josiah put down the worship of the moon among the people and silenced the priests of this form of worship. Certain forms of the adoration of the moon, or superstitious fear of baneful influences as coming from the moon, still abound in some sections of the world. In fact in nearly all sections modified forms of old superstitions still hold sway and yield but slowly to scientific knowledge. The eclipses of the moon were naturally given a religious significance inasmuch as the Hebrew knowledge of them did not rise much above awe and wonder (Isa 13:10; Joel 2:31; Matt 24:29; Mark 13:24). Other passages causing interference with the constancy of the moon to foreshadow great events can be found in Jer 13:16; Ezek 32:7; Ezek 32:8; Rev 8:12. An interesting passage and most difficult of interpretation is Re 12:1. It is frequently interpreted as a revelation in symbolism of the glory of the church clothed with the light and radiating the truth of God. C. E. Schenk ref. ISBE And due to Israel's idolatry God scattered them: he put them in bondage under great affliction for their transgressions, their idol and nature worship; their Baal and grove worship , and the high places. Isaiah 65:11 But ye are they that forsake the LORD, that forget my holy mountain, that prepare a table for that troop (the Babylonian god of fortune, the distributor of fortunes), and that furnish the drink offering unto that number (meni - numberer; their idols; god of fate who the Jews worshipped in Babylonia). Isaiah 65:12 Therefore will I (God) number (manah - count) you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter: because when I called, ye did not answer; when I spake, ye did not hear; but did evil before mine eyes, and did choose that wherein I delighted not. Unless we repent and seek that which is true by the grace of God, we will be destroyed and blinded so that we will continue to worship the same gods as the heathen. May the veils be lifted from our eyes, and the deafness of our ears be cured. Let he who has ears, let him hear. Luke 14:34 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? Luke 14:35 It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. Amen
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