Confirming the Glory of the Everlasting Gospel

After various distortions of Messiah's teachings plunged Christianity into the Dark Ages, Allah Most High graciously rekindled His Light of Revelation for all mankind through the Prophet Muhammad!

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Contents
Chapter One: The Everlasting Gospel Chapter Two: The Straight Way Chapter Three: As the White Garment is Made Clean from Soiling Chapter Four: A Whirlwind Tour of Christian History Chapter Five: The LORD hath His Way in the Whirlwind Interlude to An Open Heart to Islam Chapter Six: The Only True God Chapter Seven: The Nature of Messiah Chapter Eight: Salvation by Faith Chapter Nine: The Comforter, the Spirit of Truth Chapter Ten: Prophetic Parallels/ Objections Answered Appendix One: Stewards of Forgiveness Appendix Two: The Most High: What is His Name? Afterword: If the Light that is in Thee be Darkness!

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Chapter One: The Everlasting Gospel

Throughout the history of mankind upon earth our Maker has sent Prophets and Messengers to establish Truth among men and to let right conduct in respect to Him be known. One of the first Prophets He spoke to and through was Noah, as is recorded in the Book of Genesis. By speaking to Noah, He informed man that his lawful food would be every moving creature, but that the blood of any creature was not to be eaten. He also stipulated that murder was to be punished by the death of the murderer. With those few stipulations and instructions, the Creator promised not to again destroy man from the earth with a flood and He gave the rainbow as a sign of "the everlasting Covenant" that He made at that point in time with all creation. Since that point in time, our Maker has always kept that covenant with mankind. Even though He also made covenants with various individuals and nations giving further details of the righteous behavior He expected of them, He never countermanded or removed the everlasting covenant He made with all men through Noah. It is well known that He spoke to Abraham and made a covenant with him, which covenant He developed further through Isaac and Jacob, and finally, through Moses, He made a Covenant with all the Tribes of Israel. Yet that Covenant did not annul the one He'd made with all mankind through Noah. The Most High continued to speak to the tribes of Israel on an ongoing basis, rebuking them for their sins and continuing to instruct, exhort, and correct them in the way of righteousness. Kings David and Solomon, the Prophets Samuel, Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel and many others spoke to the children of Israel. Finally the Messiah of Israel, known to most people now as "Jesus Christ", was sent to end the system of animal sacrifices incorporated into the Law of Moses and institute what the Prophet Jeremiah proclaimed as "the New Covenant".

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Yet long after Jesus had come and gone, the Book of Revelation refers to "the everlasting gospel" in these words: And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, saying with a loud voice, "Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgement is come: and worship Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters". Revelation 14:6,7 This is a highly significant passage of Scripture, yet it has hardly been noticed among the partisans of Christianity, for any mention of "the gospel" is automatically interpreted as being in reference to the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, which Paul declared to be "my gospel" in several of his epistles. The Greek word translated as gospel is euaggelion (pronunced yoo-angghel-ee-on) meaning good news, and though Paul in Galatians 1:8 & 9 pronounced a curse on anyone preaching another gospel, any serious Bible student knows that the angel of Revelation 14:7 is not accursed! Rather the message of this book is that the everlasting gospel the angel preached has, since the beginning, pervaded the message of every Messenger and Prophet sent by the Most High. Just as His Covenant with Noah was for all men, so this everlasting gospel is for all men to obey. The everlasting gospel, far from being accursed, is actually what brought pagan Arabia out of heathen darkness and into the worship of the only true God. Islam is the primary vehicle of faith that is now making the everlasting gospel known throughout the earth, so that all men may Fear God, give Him glory and worship Him together in respect of His marvellous works of Creation!

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Chapter Two: The Straight Way
Consider the work of God, for who can make that straight which He hath made crooked? Ecclesiastes 7:13 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the Arabah a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight and the rough places plain. Isaiah 40:3,4 Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth... Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar doth inhabit...And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do and not forsake them. ! Isaiah 42:10,11,16 And Jesus said, For judgement I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. And some of the Pharisees which were with him said unto him, Are we blind also? Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth. John 9:39-41 Because thou sayest, I am rich and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. Revelation 3:17,18 Praise be to Allah, Who hath sent to His Servant (Muhammad) the Book (Quran), and hath allowed therein no crookedness: He hath made it Straight (and Clear) in order that he may warn (the wicked)

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of a terrible punishment from Him and that He may give Glad Tidings to the Believers who work Righteous deeds, that they shall have a goodly Reward. Surah Al-Kahf (the Cave) 18:1,2 Is then one who doth know that that which hath been revealed unto thee (Muhammad) from thy Lord is the Truth, like one who is blind? It is those who are endued with understanding that receive admonition. Surah Al-Ra'd (Thunder) 13:19 The above verses contain one of the most startling Revelations ever given to man and I pray that I write this chapter succinctly to make that Revelation abundantly clear! Notice first of all, in the opening passage from Ecclesiastes that something is expressed that runs far contrary to the assumptions of most people, Who can make straight that which He hath made crooked? People assume that our Wise Creator doesn't make things crooked, but that is not the case! Consider the covenant He made through Moses with the people of Israel-any follower of any religion loves to believe and proclaim that his religion makes perfect sense and is easily understandable and such is certainly the stance of religious Jews, yet as we shall see, the Most High made some crookedness in that religion for His own purposes! In recounting His favors to Israel and their treachery towards Him, the LORD (YHWH) said through the Prophet Ezekiel: Because they had not executed my judgements, but had despised my statutes, and had polluted my sabbaths, and their eyes were after their fathers' idols, wherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good and judgements whereby they should not live... Ezekiel 20:24,25 There is much in the religion of Judaism today that outsiders can identify as not good-- Talmudic traditions that make odd nitpicking considerations of rabbis more important than the principles established by the Law of Moses, resulting in the manufacture of numerous manmade statutes that add to the Law and make it far more of a burden than it should be. Yet we need not even consider all those traditions as being the not good statutes that YHWH gave Israel, for even the sacrificial system of the book of Leviticus was flawed in its stated function!

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Leviticus 17:11 says: For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. Yet as common sense dictates and experience proves, the blood of animals cannot actually wash away a perpetrator's sins, especially when the sacrifices become institutionalized to the extent that sin and sacrifice become a matter of course in which the priesthood makes profit! Long before the time of Jesus, the sacrificial system had denigrated to just that, an ongoing business establishment by which men made profit, even selling animals for sacrifice in the Temple and setting up tables there for money exchangers to profit in converting foreign coins into Israeli shekels. How could anyone believe that such polluted practices were an actual means of cleansing man of sin?! Not only that, but as the New Testament points out, it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins (Hebrews 10:4). That is a primary facet of the theology that Jesus came to shed his own blood to take away the sins that animal blood could not take away. However, even that reasoning is flawed when men come to take it as a matter of course that they can continue to sin, yet have their sins forgiven because of Jesus' sacrifice. Hopefully, any serious Christian reading this rejects the abominable practice of coupling willful ongoing sin with automatic forgiveness provided by Jesus' blood, yet no one can deny that Christianity in principle has promoted such a perverse idea to some extent. Here, for instance, is a quote from Martin Luther, a leader of the supposed Reformation intended to make Christianity valid again after a thousand years of the pollutions of Roman Catholicism had corrupted it: If you are a preacher of mercy, do not preach an imaginary but the true mercy. If the mercy is true, you must therefore bear the true, not an imaginary sin. God does not save those who are only imaginary sinners. Be a sinner, and let your sins be strong (sin boldly), but let your trust in Christ be stronger, and rejoice in Christ who is the victor

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over sin, death, and the world. We will commit sins while we are here, for this life is not a place where justice resides. (from a letter to his friend Philip Melanchthon, on August 1, 1521) So we can see that just as Israel corrupted their practice of religion by sinning wantonly and trusting in the system of animal sacrifice, so Christianity corrupted the practice of the religion of Jesus through an inaccurate trust in his sacrifice, thereby negating the primary teaching of Jesus: submission to the Will of God. If a man truly submits to his Maker, that man will NOT presume to continue in sin, but rather will emulate the Prophets to worship and serve the Most High in Truth. That is the essence of the Everlasting Gospel, which was in all the Revelations sent to mankind, but after men wandered away from the right principles of Revealed Faith, "God made crooked" their forms of religion.

Nevertheless, and thankfully, The LORD promised in Isaiah 40:3,4 that the crooked shall be made straight via a highway for our God in the Arabah, and Isaiah 42:10-16 identifies the descendants of Kedar, son of Ishmael, as the people among whom a new song of praise would flow to the ends of the earth, by which the blind would be led in a way which they knew not, making darkness light and crooked things straight! All of that amazing prophecy has been fulfilled through the Revelation of the Quran which is stylishly recited or sung by believers and has been ever since it was revealed to Muhammad, a descendant of Kedar who dwelt in the cities of the Arabah!
But, who are "the blind to be led in a way which they knew not", spoken of in that prophecy? Jesus identified as blind the church of Laodicea (Revelation 3:17), which is generally recognized by students of prophecy as being a reference to the Christian church of the end times! It is certain that the general attitude of today's Christian church is that of "I

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am rich and increased in goods and have need of nothing" even though material prosperity and pride have, to a large extent, rendered Christians lukewarm to the purposes of Yah. Jesus rebuked the religious leaders of his day for claiming to have spiritual vision, saying that because they claimed to see, know, and teach the Truth, their sins remained upon them. So it is with today's Christians, by and large, they claim to have spiritual insight even to the exclusion of all other religious people among mankind, yet they have overall failed to recognize the God-given religion of Islam through which praise to our Maker has flowed to the ends of the earth, establishing worldwide a people who pray together 5 times a day, singing the new song as was foretold! Yet our Blessed Creator has promised that He will not forsake these blind ones, but will lead them by a way they knew not, and that IS the Straight Way of Islam!

Come and see as darkness is made light and crooked things are made straight; join in the new song of praise to our Maker as Muslims fulfill the everlasting gospel, fearing God, giving glory to Him and worshipping Him that made the heavens and the earth, the seas and the fountains of water!
May those endued with understanding receive this admonition that the Quran revealed to Muhammad is the Truth from our Lord!

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Chapter Three: As the White Garment is made Clean from Soiling
HalleluYah: for the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! Let us be glad and rejoice and give honor to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. Revelation 19:6-8 These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Revelation 7:14 O Allah, keep me far away from my sins as you have kept away the distance between the East and the West, O Allah, cleanse me of my sins as the white garment is made clean from soiling . . . (translation of the opening supplication of the prayers repeated 5 times each day by Muslims) In Biblical Christianity, cleansing from sin is accomplished by two necessary actions on the part of the believer: first, he must repent of his sins (grieving over the offense, changing his mind to henceforth be against sin, and resolving to commit that sin no more), and then, he must have faith in the Mercy of God which provides the Hope of forgiveness and cleansing. God's Great Mercy is exemplified in Christianity by the historical scene of Jesus dying on the cross to provide forgiveness for the sins of his people, ending the law of insufficient animal sacrifices and providing a new and living way of Life: denying one's self to take up the cross and follow Jesus. Yet sin in the life of a believer is not overcome by once believing in Jesus' sacrifice, but by an ongoing process of God's chastening (corrective punishment) for any present sin, spiritual growth in the discipline of godly sorrow over sin, and active faith in striving against sin:

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My little children, these things I write unto you that ye sin not. And if any man sin we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 1John 2:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the Fear of God. 2Corinthians 7:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaks unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loves he chastens, and scourges every son whom he receives. If ye endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chastens not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Hebrews 12:1-11 The blueness of a wound cleanses away evil, so do stripes the inward parts of the belly. Proverbs 20:30

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Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better. Ecclesiastes 7:3 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. 1Peter 4:1 So, from the above verses we see the process by which Christians cleanse themselves from sin: patiently bearing the chastisements of correction received from the LORD, departing from sin and every hindrance, and persevering to live a righteous life despite whatever suffering in the flesh must be endured for the Faith. The following Quran verse shows that Islam also teaches that believers must overcome their sins: Verily, he who comes to his Lord as a sinner (at Judgement Day) for him is Hell, therein shall he neither live nor die. Surah Ta-Ha 20:74 The following hadiths show the principle that Allah's chastisements work to cleanse believers from sin: Allah's Messenger said, "When Allah has a good purpose towards His servant He gives him punishment beforehand in this world, but when He has an evil purpose towards His servant He refrains from dealing with his sin till He takes from him full payment for it on the Day of Resurrection." Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 1565 Narrated by Anas ibn Malik "No tiredness, illness, difficulty, sorrow, harm or sadness afflicts a Muslim, even to a thorn pricking him, without Allah wiping away his errors through it." [Recorded by Bukhari and Muslim, from Abu Sa'id and Abu Hurayra] Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) said, "The magnitude of the reward goes along with the magnitude of the affliction. When Allah who is Great and Glorious loves people He afflicts them, and those who accept it gladly receive Allah's good pleasure, but those who are

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displeased receive Allah's displeasure. Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 1566 Narrated by Anas ibn Malik [Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah transmitted it.] Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) said, "The believing man or woman continues to have affliction in person, property and children so that they may finally meet Allah, free from sin." Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 1567 Narrated by Abu Hurayrah So the actual process for believers being cleansed from sin is the same in both Christianity and in Islam: our Cherisher and Sustainer chastises us and afflicts us for our sins so that we turn away from them, overcome our weaknesses, and become pure. It is true of course, that Christianity stresses the role that Jesus' sacrifice played in providing cleansing for sin, whereas Islam does not promote the idea of vicarious atonement, yet the actual process of cleansing the believer is the same in both faiths: believers in Jesus who sin will be chastised because of their sins, and their perseverance in faith, despite the chastisement, works to cleanse them. Take, my brethren, the Prophets who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. Behold, we count them happy which endure. James 5:10,11 As opposed to modern Christian theological teaching that faith in Jesus alone is what makes a man righteous, the New Testament says, Little children, let no man deceive you, he that doeth righteousness is righteous. He that commits sin is of the devil... 1John 3:7,8 Thus, Christian emphasis on Jesus' atonement is just as misplaced as Old Testament Israel's trust in atonement made by the blood of animals, when neither of those systems of atonement result in righteousness in the life of the believer. The ideal of course, and the intention of the Revealer of Truth in those systems of atonement was that faith would be coupled with sincere repentance resulting in devoted lives of obedience such as those lived by Joseph, Moses, Joshua, the Prophets, Jesus, the Apostles, and other New

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Testament saints. However, when Judaism at large and Christianity in general had become rampant in sin, more concerned with trifling disputations of dogma rather than with actual righteousness in their societies, Allah Most High brought about the dawn of Islam through His Revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad. The Straight Way revealed in the Quran affirms that which was straight in previous Revelations, the Torah and Gospel, yet it corrects man from the erroneous traditions which Christians and Jews had evolved in diverting mankind from the Straight Way that both Moses and Jesus taught. If you can receive it, the phrase “cleanse me from my sins as the white garment is made clean from soiling” found in the opening supplication of Muslim prayers is what we now call an embedded link for the people of Islam to receive the cleansing provided by Messiah’s Atonement, without of course, necessitating their belief in all the additions to Faith made by Christian tradition. Now anyone who has truly received Mercy, Forgiveness, and Cleansing from their sins purely feels an obligation to help other men to receive that same Mercy, Forgiveness, and Cleansing. However the course of Christian History shows that, instead of making Clear the abundant Mercy revealed through the Gospel of Jesus, Christians fell into dispute among themselves so horribly that they actually gave precedence to their own doctrines and stunted the Flow of Mercy intended to be channeled through them. The next chapter will elaborate on that awful course of events, but may Allah be universally thanked that He still bestows His Mercy upon whom He pleases and He is not defeated by the willful diversions of men!

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Chapter Four: A Whirlwind Tour of Christian History
For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind... Hosea 8:7 Let no man deceive you by any means, for that day (of Christ's return) shall not come, except there come a falling away first... For the mystery of iniquity (anomia = lawlessness) doth already work... 2Thessalonians 2:3,7 The apostle Paul in the verses above prophesied of a falling away from the faith that would come in connection with what he called "the mystery of iniquity". It is important to realize that the Greek words Paul used there indicate that an initiation of religious rites would usher in this falling away from the faith. As church history shows, from the time of Paul, Christians steadily moved away from observance of the Law of Moses as more non-Israelite people came into the faith. They began to rely upon receiving spiritual life from a reenactment of the crucifixion combined with believing they were actually eating the flesh and drinking the blood of Jesus by partaking of bread and wine mysteriously transformed during that reenactment ceremony! Thus, instead of living lives of righteousness in accord with the Law revealed through Moses and highly commended by Jesus, Christians began to promote an imputed righteousness received via the mystery of communion by which they thought to partake of Jesus' righteousness while he took upon himself their sins on an ongoing basis. As mentioned before, New Testament Scripture warned Christians that only "he that doeth righteousness is righteous", yet nevertheless the mystery of iniquity swept Christianity to fulfill the falling away that Paul foretold. Jesus had specifically stated "if you will enter into Life, keep the commandments" and he had even prophetically warned his followers that one day he would say to many who claimed his name, "depart from me, ye

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workers of iniquity (lawlessness), for I never knew you", yet for all that, Christianity followed after the “new Jesus" of the mystery of iniquity. As this mysterious process was taking place, Christians fell into awful disputes as to the nature of Christ and of God, with most of them eventually arriving at belief in "the Holy Trinity", a co-equal, co-eternal Godhead nowhere mentioned in Scripture. According to this "doctrinal mystery", God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit comprise One God, despite the fact that Jesus called the Father "the only true God", and called the Father "my God and your God" (John 17:3, 20:17). There was MUCH squabbling among Christians over this dogma and eventually the Roman emperor Constantine intervened in an attempt to settle the dispute. At the council of Nicea he convened in 320 AD, it was decided by the majority of bishops that the trinitarian position was true. From that point in time (though with a few subsequent steps in the opposite direction), the Roman government began to persecute any who did not hold to the trinity doctrine. Before 500AD, Christians had come up with the Athanasian Creed, which formally stipulated that believing in trinity doctrine and thus in the Deity of Christ was the most important point of Faith, without which belief no man could be saved! By the time of the Emperor Justinian (527-565 AD), the policy of Rome towards anti-trinitarians was officially encoded in the following edicts: THE CODE OF OUR LORD THE MOST SACRED EMPEROR JUSTINIAN. SECOND EDITION. BOOK 1. TITLE 1. CONCERNING THE MOST EXALTED TRINITY AND THE CATHOLIC FAITH AND PROVIDING THAT NO ONE SHALL DARE TO PUBLICLY OPPOSE THEM. 1. The Emperors Gratian, Valentinian, and Theodosius to the people of the City of Constantinople. (367-395 AD)

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We desire that all peoples subject to Our benign Empire shall live under the same religion that the Divine Peter, the Apostle, gave to the Romans, and which the said religion declares was introduced by himself, and which it is well known that the Pontiff Damascus, and Peter, Bishop of Alexandria, a man of apostolic sanctity, embraced; that is to say, in accordance with the rules of apostolic discipline and the evangelical doctrine, we should believe that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit constitute a single Deity, endowed with equal majesty, and united in the Holy Trinity. (1) We order all those who follow this law to assume the name of Catholic Christians, and considering others as demented and insane, We order that they shall bear the infamy of heresy; and when the Divine vengeance which they merit has been appeased, they shall afterwards be punished in accordance with Our resentment, which we have acquired from the judgment of Heaven. Dated at Thessalonica, on the third of the Kalends of March, during the Consulate of Gratian, Consul for the fifth time, and Theodosius. 2. The Same Emperors to Eutropius, Praetorian Prefect. Let no place be afforded to heretics for the conduct of their ceremonies, and let no occasion be offered for them to display the insanity of their obstinate minds. Let all persons know that if any privilege has been fraudulently obtained by means of any rescript whatsoever, by persons of this kind, it will not be valid. Let all bodies of heretics be prevented from holding unlawful assemblies, and let the name of the only and the greatest God be celebrated everywhere, and let the observance of the Nicene Creed, recently transmitted to Our ancestors, and firmly established by the testimony and practice of Divine Religion, always remain secure. (1) Moreover, he who is an adherent of the Nicene Faith, and a true believer in the Catholic religion, should be understood to be one who believes that Almighty God and Christ, the son of God, are one person, God of God, Light of Light; and let no one, by rejection, dishonor the Holy Spirit, whom we expect, and have received from the Supreme Parent of all things, in whom the sentiment of a pure and

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undefiled faith flourishes, as well as the belief in the undivided substance of a Holy Trinity, which true believers indicate by the Greek word homoousios (meaning "of the same substance"). These things, indeed do not require further proof, and should be respected. (2) Let those who do not accept those doctrines cease to apply the name of true religion to their fraudulent belief; and let them be branded with their open crimes, and, having been removed from the threshold of all churches, be utterly excluded from them, as We forbid all heretics to hold unlawful assemblies within cities. If, however, any seditious outbreak should be attempted, We order them to be driven outside the the walls of the City, with relentless violence, and We direct that all Catholic Churches, throughout the entire world, shall be placed under the control of the orthodox bishops who have embraced the Nicene Creed. Given at Constantinople, on the fourth of the ides of January, under the Consulate of Flavius Eucharius and Flavius Syagrius. Source: Corpus Juris Civilis (The Civil Law, the Code of Justinian), by S.P. Scott, A.M., published by the Central Trust Company, Cincinnati, copyright 1932, Volume 12 [of 17], pages 9-12, 125. So, from the pure religion taught by Jesus, Christianity had evolved into a Beast (governmental force) enforcing worship of a trinity image among men: "The medieval church taught Justinian's Code to the barbarian nations of Europe. Central and Northern Europe were christianized to a large degree through the enforcement of Justinian's Corpus Juris Romani. During the Protestant Reformation, the Reformers used the laws of Justinian to justify persecution and capital punishment of Anabaptists and Anti-Trinitarians." (from Christian Faith & Religious Freedom by Viggo Norskov Olsen) Now you should be able to see how Christians have "sown the wind and reaped the whirlwind": Many wars of human history for over a thousand years have been fought directly or indirectly because of trinitarian doctrine. Even today, the United States is engaged in a War against

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Terrorism because of prevailing trinitarian influence among Christians causing them to reject the Message of the Prophet Muhammad uniting all men in the worship of the only true God Whom Jesus worshipped! Enforcing worship of the trinitarian "image to the Beast" and approval of that enforcement are practices which damn men's souls and the religion which promotes such enforcement has rightly been called "Mystery Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth". That mystery religion has ridden upon the back of every Kingdom of World Dominion since the dawn of time, and its pollutions are rampant among the people of Christianity to this present hour. Echoing the Voice from Heaven, this is written to implore men of good faith to "COME OUT OF HER, MY PEOPLE, that ye be not partakers of her sins and that ye receive not of her plagues". And as you come out of that darkness, rejoice in the Light of Islam uniting all men in the Faith of the Everlasting Gospel!

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Chapter Five: The LORD hath His Way in the Whirlwind...

The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath His Way in the whirlwind, and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of His Feet. Nahum 1:3 There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise is health. Proverbs 12:18 (The Quran) is a plain statement to men, a guidance and instruction to those who fear Allah! So lose not heart, nor fall into despair: for ye must gain mastery if ye are true in Faith. 3:138,139 Because of the unreasoning intractability of men in general it is certain that awful judgements are yet to take place on this earth as our time winds down to its conclusion, yet that is no reason for people of Faith to despair. It has been affirmed again and again that our Maker is Most Gracious, Most Merciful and as we submit our wills to His Will, there is peace and enduring hope for the believer. I will be the first to admit that the understanding about Islam conveyed in this little book seems entirely foreign to Christian reckoning on the subject. I have no doubt that there are many sincere Christian people who are rightly upset about terrorism committed in the name of Islam, and so, they have rejected the notion of any Truth being in the religion taught by Muhammad. Yet there is a golden concept in Islam that will comfort sincere hearts: Let there be no compulsion in religion! Just as it was wrong for Christians to compel people to believe in the trinity, persecuting and even killing those who did not believe, so it was and is wrong for any Muslim to persecute or otherwise try to force belief in Islam upon others. The whole concept of "no compulsion in religion" is expressed like this in the Quran:

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Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error : whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks. And Allah heareth and knoweth all things. Surah Al-Baqarah 2:256 Truth stands out clear from error. It is the believers' duty only to proclaim the Truth and make it known as clearly as is possible.

The simple fact is, even as you read these words, there are millions of people bowing before our Creator and celebrating His praises. Hour after hour, day after day, around the globe, Muslims are all together worshipping the One whose Hand holds your very soul, the One who gave you the Breath of Life! This worship will go on from now until the End of Time and such worship will continue forever as Allah wills. If you are True in Faith, the only question is: When will you join us?
As Scripture states, these are perilous times; evil spirits are gathering men together to War in the name of patriotism, faith, and financial prosperity, but ultimately, men are gathering only to battle against Jesus when he returns! The outcome of that battle will be a river of blood flowing to the height of a horse's neck as the enemies of Truth are slain and Jesus begins his reign on earth by the Will of Allah Most High. The rule for Christians is If it be possible, as much as lies in you, live peaceably with all men (Romans 12:18), but those who will not heed these words of wisdom will surely be drawn into the war being promoted by the Beast against Islam. In any event, the LORD will have His Way in the Whirlwind! The return of Christ will bring an end to the errors of Christianity as well as putting a final stop to anything false done in the name of Islam, bringing in the incontrovertible Peace of the universal Triumph of the Everlasting Gospel. May this book help to dissolve the error that has men fighting against that Peace even now, and may it bear with it a mighty witness to the Peace that is to come.

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Interlude to An Open Heart to Islam
This book is written from the perspective of a person who came to repentance and faith through the Gospel of Jesus Christ as recorded in the New Testament. After over ten years of devoutly studying the books of the whole Bible and obeying the Truth therein, I was challenged by a statement found in the Quran: ...Let the People of the Gospel judge by what Allah hath revealed therein. If any do fail to judge by what Allah hath revealed, they are those who rebel. (5:47) Surah Al-Ma'ida (The Table Spread) Accordingly, I continued to read and study the Quran, praying first and constantly to be led by the Spirit of Truth as I did so. I was surprised and made glad to find in the Quran a simple declaration of an understanding I had already arrived at by years of studying the Scriptures while striving for Truth among fellow-believers: ...O People of the Book! Ye have no ground to stand upon unless ye stand fast by the Torah, the Gospel, and all the revelation that has come to you from your Lord. (5:68) The Table Spread I realized that in these two verses and in many more besides, the Quran confirms the Revelations that the Almighty gave to man through the Torah and the Gospel. Indeed, that is the penultimate test of every alleged revelation: Does it confirm the previous revelations or not? As the Prophet Isaiah wrote, "To the Law and to the Testimony (the writings of the prophets): if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." (8:20) Considering that so many who claim to be Christians utterly fail to satisfy this qualification from the Book of Isaiah-- yet they point to New Testament Scriptures to justify their beliefs-- does that mean that the New Testament is not an authentic Revelation from the Most High? No, just because the majority of those who claim to be believers have failed to rightly divide (understand) the New Testament Scriptures, that does not mean the New Testament is fraudulent.

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The MAJOR contradiction between the faith revealed in the writings of the apostles and the manner of living shown by most Christians throughout history is in regard to lack of respect and obedience to the Laws of God. As recorded in Matthew 5:17-19, the Messiah himself stated that those of his followers who kept and taught even the least commandments of the Law would be great in the Kingdom of heaven. However, some of the translations of the writings of the apostle Paul seem to almost if not entirely do away with Messiah’s instructions above. In fact, it takes diligent heart-rending study for a New Testament believer to discern that Paul’s writings do not contradict Messiah Yahshua’s instructions. Likewise, there are several verses of the Quran that APPEAR to contradict much in the New Testament and it takes diligent heart-rending study to discern the Truth of the matter. How then can we know that the Quran is indeed a true Revelation from the Most High? Because it tells us to judge by the things revealed in the gospel! This I have done and I hereby present my findings to all people of Faith. The title of this section of my book is taken from two Quran verses: Those whom Allah wills to guide, He opens their heart to Islam; those whom He wills to leave straying, He makes their heart close and constricted, as if they had to climb up to the skies: thus doth Allah lay abomination on those who refuse to believe. 6:125 And that those on whom knowledge has been bestowed may learn that the Quran is the Truth from thy Lord, that they may believe therein, and their hearts may be made humbly (open) to it: for verily Allah is the Guide of those who believe to the Straight Way. 22:54 As Messiah Yahshua promised, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth will guide you into All Truth. (John 16:7-14), therefore let all doubt, ignorance, and rebellion be swept away from those who read these words and may all people of Faith receive the Supernal Peace and Blessed Comfort and Wonderful Guidance of the Spirit of Truth (the same Spirit which revealed the Truth to all the prophets, apostles, messengers, and servants of the only True God).

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Chapter Six: The Only True God
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is ONE LORD: and thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. Deuteronomy 6:4,5 In the Law given through Moses, great emphasis is placed on the fact that there is only ONE God. For further emphasis, Messiah stated that this is part of the first and greatest commandment of all: our Lord is ONE Lord (Mark 12:29). Muslims also accept this truth-- so much so that in Islam, worshipping anyone else besides the One True God is the only sin for which there is no forgiveness. However, according to predominant Christian theology, the “trinity” doctrine is postulated whereby men have theorized that the One God is composed of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Any schoolchild can count three Gods in that formula, yet Christian scholars throughout the ages allege that this refers to only One God! The words of Messiah Yahshua himself, even as recorded in the Gospels of the present New Testament, affirm that there is only ONE True God. Since Christians are supposed to believe the words of Jesus, there should be no difficulty for Christians to wholly worship the same God that Jesus worshipped, the One whom Jesus said is my God and your God. However, as any studied Christian reading this will be quick to point out, there are several verses in the New Testament that SEEM to give indications of Jesus also being God, in addition to the Father being God! Some verses which are claimed to give such indications are John 1:1, John 8:24, 28, 58, John 10:30-38, John 14:9,10, and John 20:28. A little study and prayer will show most of these verses to have their answer in Messiah’s statement recorded in John 14:10 that the Father “IN” him, did the mighty miracles that caused men to wonder if Jesus were God himself. The Quran expresses the same idea of God being “in” man this way:

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Allah comes between a man and his heart (8:24) and Allah is nearer to a man than his own jugular vein (50:16). That does not mean that the Most High is physically present inside the bodies of men, He “dwelt” IN Messiah by means of His All-Awareness, Infinite Care, and All-encompassing Nearness; Yahshua said that “his Father” (Allah) performed the miracles and the Quran says that Messiah did the miracles by Allah’s Permission. Here is a second witness to Jesus’ statement that the Father was IN him: All things are of God, Who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given unto us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit, that God was IN Christ reconciling the world unto Himself. 2Corinthians 5:18,19 To absolutely settle the matter from the Christian point of view, there is one simple statement spoken out of the mouth of Messiah Yahshua that overturns every doubt and contention offered by those who suggest that Jesus is God: It is recorded in John 17:3 in which Jesus is addressing the Almighty in prayer: “And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only True God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent.” The Only True God! Four absolute superlatives in a row from Jesus himself emphasizing the Truth of the matter such that it cannot be gainsaid! Here are other statements made by Messiah as recorded in the Gospel of John which show that he did not by any means present himself as God (my comments on these scriptures are in parenthesis): Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself... I can of mine own self do nothing... John 5:19,30 (The only True God is omnipotent and selfsufficient, He CAN of His own self do as He wills) (When the Jews accused him of making himself out to be God) Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the

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scripture cannot be broken; Say ye of him whom the Father hath sanctified and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?” (John 10:33,34) (Luke 3:38 also figuratively identifies Adam as “the son of God”, yet no one believes that Adam is part of the only True God or in any way equal to Him.) If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. John 14:28 (He refutes co-equality with God.) Now that we have taken hold of Messiah’s declaration of the only True God, let us look at Quran quotes bearing witness to the same Truth: O people of the Book! Commit no excesses in your religion; nor say of Allah aught but the Truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was a Messenger of Allah, and His Word which He bestowed on Mary, and a Spirit proceeding from Him: so believe in Allah and His Messengers. Say not "Three" --desist! It will be better for you: for Allah is One God... 4:171 Surah An Nisa (The Women) Certainly they disbelieve who say: “Allah is Christ the son of Mary”. But said Christ: “O Children of Israel! Worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord.” Whoever joins other gods with Allah, Allah will forbid him the Garden, and the fire will be his abode. There will, for the wrong doers, be no one to help. They disbelieve who say: Allah is one of three (in a trinity) for there is no god except One God. If they desist not from their word (of blasphemy), Verily a grievous chastisement will befall the disbelievers among them. Why turn they not to Allah and seek His forgiveness? For Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful. 5: 72-75 Surah Al-Ma'ida Please take much time in prayer before proceeding to the next chapter, you must decide who is correct: Messiah Yahshua and the Quran in teaching men to worship the only True God, or Christian traditions which variously teach men to worship either the trinity as God, or Jesus as God, or the Father and Son both as God? May Allah the Most High, the Exalted One, direct your heart and mind into the Peace reserved for those who submit themselves to Him in Truth.

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Chapter Seven: The Nature of Messiah
Since Messiah’s words as recorded in the New Testament deny the assertions of Christianity that he is God, what then IS the nature of Messiah as taught by the Bible and Quran? In the New Testament, a passage in the Book of Hebrews best describes his nature: “Forasmuch then as the children (of Israel) are partakers of flesh and blood, Messiah also himself took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him (the nature of) the seed (offspring) of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour (help) them that are tempted.” Hebrews 2:14-18 Pay very close attention to the bold portions of the above verses: the first bold portion makes plain that Messiah was not any sort of angel, but he had the nature of a man: in ALL things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren. The second bold portion shows that Messiah suffered being tempted! That in itself is another solid proof against the notion of Messiah being God, for according to James 1:13, God cannot be tempted with evil. In all things, Messiah was made like unto any other man, suffering temptation as any other man, yet he was without sin by the power of the Almighty. The New Testament shows this same picture in 1Timothy 2:5, For there is One God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. Though, of course, his conception in the womb of the virgin Mary was

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miraculous, as a child Messiah Yahshua is said to have “increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man”(Luke 2:52). Philippians 2:5-7 is a controversial passage even among Christians and cannot be ignored in consideration of the nature of Messiah. It was very clumsily translated in the King James Version but best sums up the New Testament’s view of Messiah’s nature when translated: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus, who subsisting in the nature of God, thought not to grasp at equality with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men.” The key word in that passage is translated as subsisting, and is derived from the Greek word huparcho, meaning to begin under, i.e. to come into existence, to exist as subordinate to God! (see Strong’s Greek Lexicon, word #5225) Most English translations of the New Testament leave out the clear implications of the word huparcho in this verse, causing many believers to experience confusion as to the nature of Messiah. Finally, let us consider John 1:1, 3, 14 (KJV): In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God… all things were made by him, and without him was not anything made that was made… and the Word became flesh… According to Joseph Thayer, the Greek word translated as God, "Theos is used of whatever can in any respect be likened to God, or resembles Him in any way: Hebraisticly equivalent to God's representative or vicegerent". Understanding that the Word was God's vicegerent in the beginning, but was not God Himself solves the dilemma of juxtaposition present in the above translation as a vicegerent cannot be WITH God and yet BE God at the same time. The Word made flesh in Jesus manifested delegated power from the Most High as a vicegerent does, as also did all the Prophets in varying degrees, who came in the same Spirit of Messiah. The following verses after John 1:1 relate the Truth that the Most High

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created all things by the power of His spoken Word. The Quran teaches very much the same, both as to Allah bringing all things into being by only speaking the Word and as to the human nature of Messiah: It is He who gives life and death; and when He decides upon an affair, He says to it, “Be” and it is. 40:68 Surah Al-Mumin (The Believer) They say: “Allah hath begotten a son Glory be to him.” Nay, to Allah belongs all that is in the heavens and on earth: everything renders worship to Him. The originator of the heavens and the earth: when He decreeth a matter, He saith to it “be” and it is. 2:116,117 Surah Al Baqarah (The Heifer) It is not befitting to (the majesty) of Allah that He should beget a son. Glory be to Him! When He determines a matter, He only says to it, “Be” and it is. 19:35 Surah Maryam (Mary) (These verses, and all others like them, are affirmations of the miraculous conception of Messiah in the womb of Mary, and are strong declarations of the fact that the Most High does not “beget” children through the process of procreation with a woman. Only pagans believe such as that of their gods. “Son” in the Bible and in common usage is also a term of endearment used in addressing a young man, not just a title applied to one’s own physical offspring. In the New Testament it is recorded that a voice from heaven declared of Jesus: “this is My Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, hear ye him” Matthew 17:5. Just as no Christian would even think to suggest that this statement means that the Most High carnally begat Jesus, no Muslim would even think to suggest that Messiah was not greatly beloved of Allah and sent by Him with the Gospel in Truth.) Behold! The angels said: “O Mary, Allah giveth thee Glad Tidings of a Word from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus (Masih Isa, Messiah Yahshua) the son of Mary, held in honor in this world and the Hereafter, and of those nearest to Allah. Surah Al Imran (The Family of Imran) 3:45 Christ Jesus the son of Mary was a Messenger of Allah, and His Word which He bestowed on Mary, and a Spirit proceeding from

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Him: so believe in Allah and His Messengers. 4:171 Surah An Nisa (The Women) There are also historical documents recording the words of the Prophet Muhammad which affirm this Truth:

2nd letter to Ashama Negus King of Ethiopia Peace be on him who follows the guidance. I praise Allah Who alone is to be worshipped. He is the Master of the entire universe. He is Sublime. Only He is the haven of peace and security. I testify that Isa (Jesus) son of Mariam (Mary) is the spirit of Allah and His word, which He communed to Mariam the pious, and thus she became the mother of Allah's Prophet Isa. Thus Allah created him from His spirit and infused it into Mariam just as He made Adam with His powerful hand. Now I invite you to accept the obedience, sympathy, and love of Allah Who is One and Who is without an associate. You should follow me and should believe in the message of Allah which I have brought. I call you and your army towards Allah Who is worthy of all respect and esteem. I have thus discharged my duty of conveying His message and advice. You should accept it, May peace be on the followers of the guidance. Letter to the Pope of Rome Peace be on him, who believes in Allah. I am of the faith that Isa (Jesus) son of Mariam was the Spirit of Allah and His Word! Allah infused him in the pious Mariam. I believe in Allah, all His Books and His Commands which he sent to Me and which He sent to Ibrahim, Ismail, Ishaq and Yaqub and their descendants. I also believe in what was given to Musa and Isa and other prophets by Allah! In faith and belief, we do not differentiate in accepting any of the prophets. We are Muslims (meaning obedient to

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Allah). Peace be on him who follows the guidance. Sahih Bukhari Volume 4, Book 55, Number 652: Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah's Apostle said, "Both in this world and in the Hereafter, I am the nearest of all the people to Jesus, the son of Mary. The prophets are paternal brothers; their mothers are different, but their religion is one." (This term “paternal brothers” only means that all the prophets are of the same Spirit, not that Allah "begat" them.) From his letter to the Chiefs of Aqaba: I assure you that I am a true Prophet of Allah. I believe in Allah, and His Books, and His Prophets and am of the faith that Maseeh (Messiah) son of Mariam is a Prophet of Allah and His Word. Ubadah bin Al-Samit reported: Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) observed: He who says, "There is no god but Allah, He is One and there is no associate with Him, that Muhammad is His servant and His messenger, that Christ is His servant and the son of His maidservant and he is His word which He communicated to Mary and is a spirit from Him, that Paradise is a fact and Hell is a fact, Allah will make him enter Paradise through any of its eight doors which he would like." [Hadith Sahih Muslim] ---------------- End of quotes from letters and sayings of Muhammad ---------

Sometimes Christians will object to the term “Prophet” being applied to Messiah--as though that honored title is somehow demeaning to Yahshua! However, in Luke 24:19, it is recorded that Messiah’s own disciples identify him as “a Prophet mighty in deed and word, before God and all the people”. Indeed, Jesus also referred to himself as a Prophet in Matthew 13:57, Mark 6:4, Luke 4:24, & John 4:44.

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As in the previous chapter, again I ask that the reader coming from a Christian point of view would take some time to pray and meditate upon the things written in this chapter before proceeding to the next chapter. There is indeed a great difference between Christian traditional teachings on this subject and the Truth as recorded in the Bible and Quran. Indeed, there is even a great difference between some of the descriptions of Jesus in the Epistles of the New Testament and the Quran’s statement that Jesus was only the servant, Apostle, Messenger, Word and Spirit of Allah. Such phrases applied to Jesus as “the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature” (Colossians 1:15) and “in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9) do exalt Messiah moreso than does the Quran. However, all such titles and phrasings are encompassed in the fact that Yahshua is the Word and Spirit of the Most High. Though most Muslims see this as only meaning that the man Christ Jesus was created by a Word spoken by Allah, the fact is that a Word of Allah is indeed very great! In the book of Revelation 5:12, his greatness is voiced by a multitude of angels in the heavens: Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing! Yet even in the same book of Revelation where such praise is given to him, Messiah's name is called "the Word of God", he is not exalted as the Almighty Himself, yet is more highly honored than any earthly king. Only when Messiah returns to Reign in the Power of Allah and the Glory of the Word of Allah is fully seen by all - only then will there be perfect harmony in understanding the exact nature of Messiah. At that time Messiah will still be faithful and true to the Only True God. Until then, let us rejoice in the fact that Messiah will return and all evil will be obliterated, including the evil that keeps people of Faith from loving and understanding one another. Let us follow Jesus in his worship of and devotion to the only True God and submit our selves to Him as he did-- for surely that is the best kind of Christian one can be, following Jesus' example in every respect. Let your heart be comforted and strong in faith through the Counsel and Mercy of Allah.

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Chapter Eight: Salvation by Faith
Christians generally believe that Islam is a religion teaching salvation by works, but that Christianity teaches salvation by faith. This chapter will briefly touch upon Scriptures from both the Bible and Quran proving that both religions teach that true salvation by faith produces good works in the life of the believer. Additionally, we will see that the object of faith is -- or at least should be -- the same in both religions. There are three major passages on this subject in the New Testament: Ephesians 2:8-10, James 2:14-26, and Galatians 5:6. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:8-10) What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, 'Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled'; not withstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

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Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified and not by faith only. Likewise also, was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. (James 2:14-26) For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. (Galatians 5:6) All three of the above passages show how faith and love work together in a believer’s life to produce good works (acts of obedience to the known will of God) either by way of kindness in helping someone in need or by way of steadfastness in refusing to do evil. These scriptures, however, are often neglected in view of another passage in the book of Romans 3:20-28, which many Christians throughout history have used to almost if not entirely do away with New Testament believers’ obligation to obey the law of God! Without going into a detailed analysis of these Scriptures, let us come to the only sensible conclusion: anyone who truly loves God will do everything he can to please Him, especially by obeying His written commandments. One does so, not in an effort to earn salvation, but rather to please the One who has shown him Grace, Mercy, and forgiveness. The Quran likewise in many places emphasizes that only those who have faith AND good works will be granted salvation. Here are some of those verses: But give glad tidings to those who believe and work righteousness that their portion is Gardens, beneath which rivers flow. Surah Al Baqarah 2:23 Those who believe (in the Qur'an), and those who follow the Jewish

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(scriptures), and the Christians and the Sabians, any who believe in Allah and the Last Day, and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord; on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve. 2:62 It is not righteousness that ye turn your faces Towards east or West; but it is righteousness to believe in Allah and the Last Day, and the Angels, and the Book, and the Messengers; to spend of your substance, out of love for Him, for your kin, for orphans, for the needy, for the wayfarer, for those who ask, and for the ransom of slaves; to be steadfast in prayer, and practice regular charity; to fulfill the contracts which ye have made; and to be firm and patient, in pain (or suffering) and adversity, and throughout all periods of panic. Such are the people of Truth, the Allah-fearing. 2:177 Those who believe, and do deeds of righteousness, and establish regular prayers and regular charity, will have their reward with their Lord: on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve. 2:277 As to those who believe and work righteousness, Allah will pay them (in full) their reward; but Allah loveth not those who do wrong. 3:57 Now that we have acknowledged that faith and good works are required by both religions, more important to the discussion at hand is the object of saving faith: what must a man believe in order to be saved from hellfire and enter paradise? While many will point out that the major difference between Christianity and Islam is that Christians believe that the blood of Jesus Christ was shed to make atonement for the sins of the world, whereas Muslims have no faith in blood atonement, it will be shown below that the Ultimate Object of saving faith in both religions is the Almighty Himself. Jesus said, He that believes on me, believes NOT on me but on Him that sent me. John 12:44 Romans 3:24,25 sums up those Christians’ position very well: Being justified freely by His (God’s) grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood..." See there, they say, it is faith in the blood of Jesus that saves men! Such

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Christians however need to take another look at the first clause in those verses: Being justified freely by God’s Grace… The Mercy and forgiveness that was offered to man through Messiah was given by God’s Grace FREELY, and He extends that Grace, Mercy, and forgiveness to whomsoever He wills. As we will see, He has chosen to extend His Grace to the people of Islam, not by negating the Truth of Messiah’s Gospel, but by circumventing the manipulations that traditional Christian theology added to the Gospel. Messiah himself accused the Pharisees of making the Word of God of none effect by their traditions (Mark 7:5-13). However, several centuries after Messiah Yahshua left this earth the same charge could effectively be leveled against Christian churches: by teaching the three-in-One trinity doctrine, they had made the greatest commandment of the Law of none effect! As the Most High said through the Prophet Isaiah, “Howbeit in vain do they worship Me, teaching for commandments the doctrines of men.” Christians in general are so unfamiliar with the Old Testament that they are unaware that the whole idea of blood atonement is written in the Law of YHWH (Yahuwah), which was given through Moses to the Children of Israel. Thus all people to whom the Law of Moses was not given should not be expected to see the necessity of blood being shed for their sins. To be sure the idea of a Holy and innocent person willingly suffering death to pay the penalty for the sins of man is very moving, however even in Christianity it is not just the death of Jesus which provides the forgiveness of sins, but the subsequent repentance of the sinner and his calling upon the Name of the LORD in order to be converted (changed from being a sinner to being a righteous man). The Quran also teaches the necessity of conversion by the Grace of God: Verily he who comes to his Lord as a sinner (at Judgment), for him is Hell: therein shall he neither die nor live. But such as come to Him as Believers who have worked righteous deeds, for them are ranks exalted, Gardens of Eternity, beneath which flow rivers: they will dwell therein for aye: such is the reward of those who purify themselves (from evil). Surah Ta Ha 20:74-76

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Now, let not my Christian friends stumble on the idea of sinners “purifying themselves from evil”. Truly it is only possible by the Grace God bestows for any man to be purified from evil, but the Bible also declares that man has a part to play in his cleansing: Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he (Jesus) shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope purifies himself, even as he is pure. 1John 3:2,3 These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Revelation 7:14 Of course, it is not possible for anyone to literally wash his robes in Jesus' blood! The language used by the Bible here is symbolic of the ongoing work of repentance and reformation that the Almighty bestows upon those who humbly seek His forgiveness and lovingly seek grace to obey Him in full submission to His Will. And here is where the vital link between Christianity and Islam comes in! The New Testament teaches that Messiah sweat great drops of blood in the Garden of Gethsemane as he prayed to fully submit his will to the Father’s Will (Luke 22:40-44). He was in intense agony and Hebrews 5:7 says “he offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto Him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared”. Though Muslims do not believe in blood atonement, and most don’t even believe that Jesus died upon the cross (believing the Almighty saved him from death even as Hebrews 5:7 infers), they DO believe that Messiah fully submitted his will to the Father! Surely, it was for the people of Islam that Jesus blood was shed in the garden of Gethsemane, as he submitted himself to Allah's Will! Yahshua’s submission to the Will of the Father is in fact what made the offering of his blood acceptable to cleanse men from sin, if he had refused to submit to the Father’s plan there would have been no value in him being forced to go to the cross against his will. Now, as to Muslims’ belief about the crucifixion and death of Messiah, here are two passages from the Quran on the subject:

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Behold! Allah said: “O Jesus, I will cause thee to die and raise thee to Myself and clear thee of those who blaspheme; I will make those who follow thee superior to those who reject faith, to the Day of Resurrection: then shall ye all return unto me, and I will judge between you of the matters wherein ye dispute. 3:55 (The Jews have incurred divine Displeasure) in that they broke their Covenant: that they rejected the Signs of Allah; that they slew the Messengers in defiance of right; that they said…(in boast) : “We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah”, but they killed him not, nor crucified him, only a likeness of that was shown to them. And those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not. Nay, Allah raised him up unto Himself; and Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise. 4:155-158 In response to these Quran verses, anyone familiar with the Gospel of John will immediately think of Messiah’s words recorded there: No man takes my life from me, but I lay it down of myself. (John 10:18) The Jews were not the ones ultimately responsible for Messiah’s death on the cross, even though they did plot to have him put to death, what happened on the cross was due strictly to Jesus’ surrender to the Will of the Most High. Even as Isaiah 53:10 says, it was YHWH (Yahuwah) Most High who "made his (Messiah’s) soul an offering for sin", the Jews certainly had no intention of Jesus being put to death for the sins of the world through their evil assassination attempt. This fits perfectly with the Quran’s statement wherein Allah said, “O Jesus, I will cause thee to die…” What happened on the cross was accomplished by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God (Acts 2:23), not the puny plans of wicked men. Some will object that 3:55 in the Quran is not usually translated into English as “O Jesus I will cause thee to die”, nevertheless that is the wording of several English Quran translations. Other English translations of that verse are along the lines of “O Jesus, I will take thee and raise thee to Myself.” --

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in which the phrase "take thee" can certainly be understood as a euphemism for death. It is not my purpose in quoting the above translation to make the Christian reader think that Muslims believe in the crucifixion and death of Jesus as Christians do. However, I am pointing out that the Christian view IS encompassed within the apparent range of meaning in the Quran. Considering the Key Passage in the Old Testament concerning the Day of Atonement for Israel, Leviticus 16, we also see the necessity for Jesus to go free if he was to bear away the sins of Israel: And Aaron shall take of the congregation of the children of Israel two kids of the goats for a sin offering... And he shall take the two goats, and present them before the LORD at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats: one lot for the LORD, and the other lot for the scapegoat. And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the LORD's lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering. But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make an atonement with him, to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness. And when he hath made an end of reconciling the holy place, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar, he shall bring the live goat: And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited (Hebrew a land of separation) : and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness. Leviticus 16:5-22 We know that Yahshua (Jesus) made the atonement for Israel, but how could the ritual of the Day of Atonement-- the scapegoat and sacrifice-- possibly be fulfilled by him, since he was only one person? There is no sufficient answer to that question within the present Christian understanding. However, there are verses of the New Testament that throw some light upon the subject, which has hardly been considered. Awareness of Messiah’s nature is central to understanding the fulfillment of the scapegoat &

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sacrifice: John 1:14 teaches that "the Word was made flesh", the only Word of God in existence at that time, of course, was the Law (Torah) and the Writings of the Prophets, so we can see that Yahshua was the fulfillment & embodiment of the Law and Prophets in human flesh. When he returns to earth, he will still be the Word of God, as shown in Revelation 19:13. However, some New Testament verses "stand out like a sore thumb" in describing what was slain on the cross, in opposition to the Word-madeflesh PURE nature of Yahshua, these verses describe a definite change in identity that took place on or before the cross: 2Corinthians 5:21 "God made Yahshua to be SIN" (If Allah made Jesus to BE sin, then it was not the holy prophet Jesus who died on the cross, but the body of sin.) Romans 6:6 "our old man is crucified with, that the body of sin might be destroyed" Colossians 2:14 ~"the writ (legal document) of our transgressions against the Law was nailed to the cross"~ Ephesians 2:16 "enmity to the law was slain on the cross" Romans 8:3 "God sending His own son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh" (The first Adam was made in the likeness of Yah, the second Adam was made in the likeness of sinful flesh, which is what perished on the cross.) All of those verses indicate that it was NOT the Word made flesh that died on the cross, but something else entirely: sin, enmity, transgression against the Word, the old fallen nature of man, the likeness of sinful flesh. Most Muslims believe that there was some sort of substitution that took place before the cross such that it was one of Jesus' disciples that was crucified, or Judas, Barabbas, or Simon of Cyrene. There are several Nag Hammadi manuscripts that make mention of a spiritual substitution:

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The Apocalypse of Peter (excerpts) http://www.gnosis.org/naghamm/apopet.html As the Savior was sitting in the temple …he said to me, "Peter, blessed are those …who are built on what is strong, that they may hear my word, and distinguish words of unrighteousness and transgression of law from righteousness…” And as he was saying these things, I saw the priests and the people running up to us with stones, as if they would kill us; and I was afraid that we were going to die. And he said to me, "Peter, I have told you many times that they are blind ones who have no guide…” "Come therefore, let us go on with the completion of the will of the incorruptible Father. For behold, those who will bring them judgment are coming, and they will put them to shame. But me they cannot touch...” When he had said those things, I saw him seemingly being seized by them. And I said "What do I see, O Lord? That it is you yourself whom they take, and that you are grasping me? Or who is this one, glad and laughing on the tree? And is it another one whose feet and hands they are striking?" The Savior said to me, "He whom you saw on the tree, glad and laughing, this is the living Jesus. But this one into whose hands and feet they drive the nails is his fleshly part, which is the substitute being put to shame, the one who came into being in his likeness. First Apocalypse of James (excerpts) http://www.gnosis.org/naghamm/1ja.html It is the Lord who spoke with me: "See now the completion of my redemption. I have given you a sign of these things, James, my

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brother... Behold, I shall reveal to you everything of this mystery. For they will seize me the day after tomorrow, but my redemption will be near." James said, "Rabbi, how, after these things, will you appear to us again? After they seize you, and you complete this destiny, you will go up to Him-who-is." The Lord said, "James, after these things I shall reveal to you everything, not for your sake alone but for the sake of the unbelief of men, so that faith may exist in them. For a multitude will attain to faith and they will increase… (The narration continues after the crucifixion scene at which James was not present.) ...And the Lord appeared to him. Then he stopped (his) prayer and embraced him. He kissed him, saying, "Rabbi, I have found you! I have heard of your sufferings, which you endured. And I have been much distressed...” The Lord said, "James, do not be concerned for me or for this people. I am he who was within me. Never have I suffered in any way, nor have I been distressed. And this people has done me no harm.” These considerations, of course, are extremely foreign to modern day Christianity by virtue of the fact that the predominant form of Christianity, before and through the Dark Ages, was the trinitarian tradition established by Constantine and those who followed him. Their intolerance towards any thing that countered their teachings led them to destroy any Scriptures that they viewed as "unorthodox". The Nag Hammadi manuscripts were hidden ~400AD to keep them from being destroyed by totalitarian trinitarians and were only found in 1945; as such they present clear evidence of the Christian understanding of the substitutionary atonement which was recorded in writing centuries before the Quran was revealed. Besides all that, have you ever really thought about the crucifixion? The idea the Bible expresses is that Jesus was offered as a sacrifice for the sins of the

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world. Why then does the New Testament present him as dying such a gruesome death? All of the animal sacrifices in the Law --which prefigured Jesus' sacrifice-were slain as gently and humanely as possible, by having their throats slit so they'd quickly bleed to death with minimal pain. Jesus on the other hand, according to the gospels, was first mocked, spat upon, slapped, had his beard pulled out, had a crown of thorns stuck onto his head, was beaten savagely, then made to carry a heavy cross uphill, then nailed to that cross through his hands and feet, then suspended on the cross until he died. What is WRONG with this picture? Did God have more regard for the animals he ordered slain as sacrifices according to the Law, than He did for His own Son? If Jesus' blood just had to be shed, why didn't the Almighty have Jesus' enemies to humanely slit his throat? His ordeal would have been over with in a few minutes with relatively little pain! The picture of the crucifixion drawn by the New Testament is NOT so much of Messiah fulfilling the Law of blood atonement by shedding his blood for the sins of the world, but is rather a picture of God pouring out His Wrath on the body that was nailed to the cross. That is why it is so important for believers to understand that Yahshua was made to be sin before the crucifixion (2Corinthians 5:21). To any thinking person, it is totally unacceptable for the Almighty to show such wrath against His precious Prophet, the Messiah. Understanding, however, that He wanted to show His wrath against sin makes perfect sense. He so despises the sins of mankind that He has allowed the grievous scene of the crucifixion to be presented before the eyes of the world as a major consideration for nearly two thousand years now. Yet Christianity hardly seems to have made the right application of that scene in all that time! The major lesson to be drawn from the crucifixion is not how nice it was for Jesus to die for our sins, it is BEHOLD the awful wrath that the Almighty poured out on that body nailed to the tree: that's how He feels about your sin! For any who would object that it was only Yahshua's enemies and not Yah who showed His wrath on the cross, remember that Isaiah 53 foretold that YHWH Himself would "make Jesus' soul an offering for sin" and "it pleased the LORD to bruise him".

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The understanding of the fact that Jesus was somehow made to be sin is the only plausible explanation for such wrath and woe to fall upon him. Though it is far beyond us to determine how Jesus became sin, it should be a major article of the Christian faith to believe and understand that he DID! After the crucifixion, according to the gospels, Jesus was resurrected in the same (yet glorified) body that was nailed to the tree, but that takes nothing away from the fact that spiritually or figuratively that body had become sin before being crucified. Jesus certainly submitted himself to the Will of God prior to the crucifixion, his enemies certainly intended to crucify him and to all appearances they did so. However, in the eyes of the Almighty it was SIN that was nailed to the tree, so that the body of sin might be destroyed among those who were to believe and follow Jesus. For a Bible believer, that is the only possible way to interpret the Wrath of God that was poured out upon the body that was crucified. The main lesson of Calvary is that all believers are to DIE TO SIN, or else they will eternally experience the same Wrath shown on Calvary. Also, deeply consider the words of Hebrews 5:7 describing Jesus: in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto Him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared. Being "heard in that he feared" most logically means that he WAS somehow saved from death! The key to understanding that is in the fact that Jesus' life wasn't limited to or bound in the body that was made to be sin, so that he was lifted up above the pain and shame his enemies thought to put upon him. In John 3:13, Jesus stated that he was IN heaven at that time-- not bound to life in the body here upon earth. Why should Christians insist upon the necessity of death for Jesus anyway? The penalty for sin is NOT just death, but eternity in hellfire! If Jesus had to pay the full penalty for the sins of the world, he would not just have to die vicariously, but to burn eternally!

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Remember what Jesus said in John 6:53, "except ye eat my flesh and drink my blood ye have no life in you"? He meant that figuratively, not literally or physically, and he stressed that it was of the utmost importance. So if eating his flesh and drinking his blood is figurative, why do people object to his offering of himself on the cross being figurative as well?

Christians eat bread as a figurative substitute for Messiah's physical body to receive his spiritual life, and drink wine as a figurative substitute for his physical blood for the same reason, so why is a figurative substitution on the cross objectionable and not rather to be expected and accepted?
According to Luke's gospel, Jesus sweat blood in the Garden of Gethsemane as he submitted himself to the Will of Allah while facing the threat of death on the cross. His submission to Allah then and there accomplished all that was necessary to follow, and submission to Allah's Will is what all believers must necessarily actualize in their own lives as well. Jesus' literal, physical, flesh and blood are not what is important, but the spiritual life derived from his submission to Allah IS important. The Bible teaches that "the soul (life) of the flesh is in the blood" (Leviticus 17:11) and that "the soul that sins shall die" (Ezekiel 18:4), BUT Jesus never sinned so how could his soul die? His soul didn't die, but the soul of Jesus (his life=submission to Allah's Will) was transferred into the souls of those who believe in him, just as the sins of those who believe on him were transferred into the body of sin destroyed on the tree. There is a definite transfiguration which took place both on the cross AND which takes place in the lives of those who truly follow Jesus! From the viewpoint of these Revelations in the New Testament and Quran, people of faith can see beyond all that appeared to happen on the cross, into the reality of what all was accomplished there: Allah’s Will triumphed as the schemes of the wicked failed. (1Corinthians 2:8) One final and significant question needs to be addressed here: WHY would the Almighty allow mankind in general to believe that Jesus was crucified and died for their sins for over 600 years and then suddenly give implication

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via the Quran that Jesus did not die on the cross? I believe that happened because the bulk of Christianity historically misrepresented the crucifixion as giving man an ongoing pardon for sin, instead of being the ultimate illustration of how necessary it is for man to DEPART from sin in this life in order to attain salvation. In fact, by the seventh century AD, historical Christianity had departed so far from the truth as to actually make an IDOL of Christ on the cross, using it in their system of worship and even bowing down before it, as if such worship would free them from sin instead of utterly condemning them! The Crucifix is still used in the worship services of many Christians today, as it still occupies the dominant position of the central altar in Catholic churches. For that matter, its Protestant counterpart, the cross idol, likewise occupies the dominant position of the altars of many non-Catholic Christian churches. That explains why Jesus will "break the cross" when he returns. Thus the Most High treated institutional Christianity according to Proverbs 21:22: The Wise scales the City of the mighty, and casts down the

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After the first three centuries A.D. it was well established that Christianity as a whole would continue its downward spiral of worldly compromise and spiritual error, therefore Yah cast down the strength of the confidence of that false religious system by casting down the strength of its confidence in the cross! Though He did so in an offhand way, in denying that the Jews accomplished their boast of killing Messiah, He also cast down the strength of the confidence of carnal Christianity by giving Islamic forces victory in battle against them. Though Christians and Muslims have been at extreme odds ever since over just what happened on the cross, thinking Christians should have understood what the Quran means and promoted the right view of Calvary: that according to the Law, the holy prophet Yahshua went free as the Atonement scapegoat and that according to New Testament Revelation, the body of sin was instead nailed to the tree. I realize that the above viewpoints are difficult for a traditional Christian to

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accept or even consider, however we are promised in these last days that "the wise shall understand" (Daniel 12:10), and I present this writing as the only possible comprehensive solution of the whole dilemma. As ever, Allah knows best: any errors here are mine, and the whole Truth is His alone. No matter what you believe happened on Calvary, Jesus' part was only to submit himself to the Father, anything else that took place there was due to the subsequent actions of others rather than him. So faith in Jesus' Atonement is faith in his submission-- not necessarily in his death. As mentioned before, since Muslims fully believe in the submission of Yahshua, and they fully believe in submitting their wills to the Most High as well, Christians should understand how the Atonement is applied to Muslims who ask Him to forgive and cleanse them from sin! Here is a prayer from the Quran: "Our Lord! We have heard the call of one calling us to Faith, 'Believe ye in the Lord', and we have believed. Our Lord! Forgive us our sins, blot out from us our iniquities, and take to Thyself our souls in the company of the righteous. Our Lord! Grant us what Thou didst promise unto us through Thy Messengers and save us from shame on the Day of Judgement: For Thou never breakest Thy promise." 3:193,194 Here again, faith in ALL the Messengers of the Most High is shown to be part of Islamic faith, Muslims believe in and cry out in prayer to receive what Allah promised through ALL His Prophets: among those promises are the ones made through Yahshua for forgiveness, cleansing, and freedom from sin. Who can deny that the Almighty, the Most Gracious, Most Merciful, Cherisher and Sustainer of the Worlds is well able and willing to cleanse and forgive the sins of those who repent and believe in the Revelations He sent to man through His servants the prophets? Remember, God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2Peter 3:9). Ultimately, it is even as YHWH (YaHuWaH) told Moses:

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I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy to whom I will show mercy. Exodus 33:19 (repeated by Paul in Romans 9:15). In the Quran, the same thought is expressed like this: …All bounties are in the hand of Allah: He grants them to whom He pleases: and Allah cares for all, and He knows all things. For His Mercy He specially chooses whom He pleases: for Allah is the Lord of bounties unbounded. 3:73 74 Especially considering the fact that historical Christianity misled mankind away from the Truth of the Only True God by the confusing trinity doctrine and other traditions which make the Word of God of none effect, the Most High was fully just and extremely Merciful to open up Islam as another testimony of His Mercy: Islam acknowledges the Truth of the Gospel Jesus preached, thus faith in Messiah’s Gospel is inherent in Islam. However Muslims are directed by the Quran not to compromise with Christians, so that they do not go astray as Christians did: To thee (Muhammad) We sent the Scripture in Truth, confirming the Scripture that came before it, and guarding it in safety: so judge between them by what Allah hath revealed, and follow not their vain desires, diverging from the Truth that hath come to thee. To each among you have We prescribed a Law and an Open Way. If Allah had so willed, He would have made you a single People, but (His Plan) is to test you in what He hath given you: so strive as in a race in all virtues. The goal of you all is to Allah; it is He that will show you the Truth of the matters in which ye dispute; and this (He commands): Judge thou between them by what Allah hath revealed, and follow not their vain desires, but beware of them lest they beguile thee from any of that (teaching) which Allah hath sent down to thee. 5:48,49 The Table Spread Thus there is a clear line of demarcation between Muslims and Christians as far as the details of salvation by faith, but it can also be seen that, at heart

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the two religions are One: both calling for repentance from sin, reformation of character, utter dependence upon the precious Grace of the Most High, belief in His Prophets and total submission to His Will. Indeed none of this can be accomplished by man without the Help of Him who cares for All, yet He is faithful to GIVE us His Grace in accord with all the promises He made in the Revelations He has sent to man. At this point, it is my prayer that the Christian reader may now see Light in the Quran which he had previously never imagined to be there! Again I ask that you carefully consider the words you’ve read and submit yourself to the Truth even as the Spirit of Truth guides you: always remember His precious promise to guide you into all Truth! Those whom Allah wills to guide, he opens their heart to Islam; those whom He wills to leave straying, he makes their heart close and constricted, as if they had to climb up to the skies: thus doth Allah lay abomination on those who refuse to believe. Surah Al An'am (Cattle) 6:125 Once Allah opened up my heart to Islam, I realized that a true Christian is submitted to the Most High as Jesus was and that makes him a Muslim! I could easily say that I am both Christian and Muslim in that I continue to follow Jesus in submission to Allah, yet I believe it necessary to proclaim the clear truth of Islam and proclaim myself a Muslim in order to stand clear from the historical confusion of Christian dogma. The last thing this world needs is yet another Christian denomination! May all who read this make the same realization and find Peace in the same understanding. May Peace be with you!

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Chapter Nine: The Comforter, The Spirit of Truth
What a great promise was made through Messiah Yahshua : When the Spirit of Truth is come, he will guide you into all truth (John 16:13)! Many Muslims believe that Jesus’ words here and the term Paraclete refer to the coming of Muhammad, and if Christians applied to him the same sort of “out of context” interpretations of prophecy as are applied to Jesus in the New Testament, there would be no objections to passages such as Isaiah 21:13-17, 29:12, & John 16:13-15 being applied to the Prophet Muhammad. (As for Jesus prophesying specificly to the coming of Ahmed in the Quran 61:6, the best remaining text of Christian scripture bearing witness to his words is the Coptic Apocalypse of Peter, mentioned earlier. There Muhammad is referred to as “the one who gives praise” and Jesus says further of him, “he whom you saw coming to me is our intellectual completion which unites the perfect light with my Holy Spirit”) Though Muslims also view “Spirit of Truth” as a reference to the angel Gabriel, overall the term generally includes all the spiritual workings of the Most High to reveal Truth to man through the ages. My own experience with the Spirit of Truth has given me an open heart to Islam and in this chapter I will share the Scriptural reasoning that convinced me of the Truth of Islam. The first consideration, of course, for anyone coming from a Christian perspective, is “How can we know that the religion of Islam is of God?” 1John 4:2 provides the answer to that question: Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God. As seen already, the Quran confirms that Jesus Christ came in the flesh, so Islam is "of God" according to 1John 4:2! The peace that this confirmation of Truth bestows upon the seeker should not be taken lightly; indeed it is most precious and wonderful. Now, if Christians have been faithful throughout the ages to be guided by the

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Spirit of Truth into all Truth, why is it that there have been such awful contentions, persecutions, and warfare among the Christian people? Jesus himself had prayed that those who believed on him would be one- united in truth, yet that is NOT the history of Christianity at all. Considering the changes made in the teachings of Messiah by Christian theologians it is no wonder that Messiah’s prayer for his followers seems to have gone unanswered! The Quran states that fact of history very plainly: From those, too, who call themselves Christians, We did take a Covenant, but they forgot a good part of the Message that was sent them: so We stirred up enmity and hatred between the one and the other to the Day of Judgment. And soon will Allah show them what it is they have done. 5:14 The awful glaring Truth of the verse above should cause the hearts of all who love Scripture to tremble: when men reject any part of the Message given to them by Revelation, they make themselves enemies of the Spirit of Truth and are given to wander in error! The New Testament states this same principle in different words. Writing about the Enemy of Truth, the anti-Christ (Dajjal), the Apostle Paul wrote: “…whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the Truth that they might be saved . And for this cause, God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believed not the Truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2Thessalonians 2:9-12 It is not my intent that any reader should be overwhelmed by the grievousness of these passages of Scripture just quoted, especially considering the fact that there is such wonderful Mercy with the Most High that He has fully answered Messiah’s prayer that his followers all be one! As Christian history shows, for the most part, Christians are NOT united as one, but in Islam the followers of Messiah have been united! That may seem a very strange statement to someone unfamiliar with Islam, for Christians do not at all consider Muslims to be followers of Messiah!

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However, let us realize that Muslims worship the Same God that Messiah Yahshua worshipped (see Appendix 2) and they are seeking to fully submit their wills to Him even as Messiah did! That fact should greatly gladden the hearts of anyone who truly loves Messiah. Anyone coming from a Christian perspective has surely been grieved over the years by the lack of unity and the variance of opinion among those who call themselves Christians. Consider the earnest exhortations written by Paul to the effect of calling Christians to unity: Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment… that ye stand fast in one Spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the Gospel. 1Corinthians 1:10 & Philippians 1:27 Surely the Spirit of Truth HAS worked among Christians to make them one ever since Messiah uttered the words of that precious prayer, but the historical fact of enmity and hatred among those who profess to follow Christ is a very convincing proof of the veracity of the Quran. And it is very comforting to understand that the servants of the Most High ARE united as one in Islam! Indeed, Islam is a religion built upon the principle of Unity. First of all, by placing great emphasis on the Truth that there is Only One True God, it follows that all men who were made by Him are equal, each one wholly dependant upon Him for the Grace to live righteously. Muslims are beautifully united as one by the daily prayers prescribed for us in the Quran and illustrated by the life of the Prophet Muhammad. Here is a short article which was written by a Christian describing the worldwide prayers of Muslims, see now what a Beautiful thing it is that we can join together praying with fellow believers worldwide: If it were possible to take a spaceship and fly high above the earth and observe mankind with a powerful telescope, we could see the prayer ritual of Islam sweeping across our globe like a mighty wave five times a day as millions of Muslims bow to

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the ground in worship. At dawn, as soon as one can distinguish between a white and a black thread, the prayer of the Muslim begins in the Philippines. The first wave of worship surges over Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, India, then Iran and Turkey. Finally it reaches Europe, at which time the second wave of worship begins at noon for the Muslims in China. This new wave will have reached India and the 45 million Muslims in Central Asia just as a third wave will have started at 3 p.m. for afternoon prayers in the Far East. These three waves of worship follow each other successively, moulding and determining life under the Islamic culture. At this time, as dawn is breaking on the east coast of America with its morning prayer, Muslims in the Nile Valley are bowing down in the heat of their noon prayer and in Pakistan men are gathering in their mosques for afternoon prayer. When the final wave of the Muslim night prayer begins in the Far East two hours after sunset, simultaneously the rays of the setting sun touch the worshippers in the Ganges Delta, while pilgrims in Mecca bow down for afternoon prayer before the black stone in the Ka'ba. At that moment the second prayer wave has already reached faithful Muslims in the high Atlas Mountains in Morocco, while the first waves breaks with the early morning dawn in the Rocky Mountains of America. These five prayer waves unite millions of Muslims in worship of their God. Islam is a religion of adoration and worship. Many Muslims pray earnestly and with great reverence, disciplining themselves by repeating their liturgical prayers 17 times a day. Very early in the morning, the muezzins call from the minarets of the mosques, often through loudspeakers, over the roofs of the houses to all the people: "Arise to prayer! Arise to success! Prayer is better than sleep!" Unless Christians rethink their prayer practices and discipline themselves into regular and intensive prayer for Muslims, they should not be astonished that Islam defies the attempts of

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mission societies and rises to challenge a tired Christianity. Another wonderful facilitation of unity among Muslims is the month of Ramadan, in which all Muslims are commanded to fast together during the daylight hours, giving special emphasis during the whole month to reading the Quran, prayer, and effectively working out their faith. Perhaps the best witness available from the Spirit of Truth is for us to consider the actual daily prayer of Muslims. Let me stress from the outset that this is the outward form of the prayer only which I’m presenting here. Many Christians would unjustly characterize these prayers as “vain repetitions”; however let all realize that the heart of these prayers is in the “many personal supplications” that are made during the time of prostration. While praying together with other Muslims, of course, there are some time constraints limiting the amount of personal supplications one can make. However, the Prophet Muhammad spent hours praying alone and his example is what Muslims follow: they also spend time making personal supplications, they don’t just repeat the words of these prayers as ritual. That said, here is the outline of the prayers of Islam: (Translation of Islamic prayers) Raise hands and say "Allaahu Akbar, O Allah, keep me from my sins as far as You have separated the east from the west. O Allah, cleanse me of my sins as the white garment is cleansed from soiling. Wash off my sins with water, snow and hail.” or say instead: "O Allah, You are free from imperfection, and I begin with praising You. Blessed is Your Name, Exalted is Your Majesty and Glory. There is no true God but you." "I seek protection of Allah against the accursed Satan." Recite Al-Fatihah (1st chapter of Quran): "In the name of Allah, Most gracious, Most merciful. Praise be to Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds: Most gracious, Most merciful. Master of the Day of Judgement. Thee do we worship, and Thine aid we seek. Show us the straight way, the way of those

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on whom Thou hast bestowed Thy grace, those whose portion is not wrath, and who go not astray." (Recite at least three other Quran verses) Rukuu (hands on knees, bowing) "Allaahu Akbar, my LORD, the Greatest is free from imperfection" (three times). (stand & raise hands) "Allah hears the one who praises Him." (place arms over chest, right over left) "Our LORD, praise is for You, praises plentiful and blessings as to fill the heavens, the earth, and what is between, and to fill that which pleases You besides them." "You deserve all praise and all glory. Your praising is the best and most true of whatever Your servant can say, we are all your servants. O Allah, there is none to withhold what You give and there is none to give what You withhold. Riches and worldly fortune will not suffice the one who owns it in lieu of You." "Allaahu Akbar" (kneel and bow face to ground) "My LORD, the Supreme is free from imperfection" (three times) Make many personal supplications, such as "O LORD, give my soul devoutness and purify it, for none other than Thou can purify it. Thou art its LORD and Master." "Allaahu Akbar" (sit on feet, palms on knees) "O my LORD, forgive me, have mercy on me, guide me, console me, provide me with sustenance, and render me healthy and strong." "Allaahu Akbar" (kneel and bow face to ground) repeat praises: "My LORD, the Supreme is free from imperfection" (3 times) "Allaahu Akbar" (sit on feet) "The endless existence of Allah, prayers and good deeds are all due to Allah. May Allah grant the Prophet safety from derogatory things and grant him mercy and honor. May security from evil be granted to us and to all the righteous servants of Allah. I testify that there is no true God except

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Allah, and I testify that Muhammad is the servant of Allah and His Messenger. O Allah, honor Muhammad and his household as you honored Abraham and his household. Verily You are the Praised and the Glorified." "You are most praised, most glorious my LORD, I seek your protection from the torment of Hell, from the torment of the grave, from the trials of life and after death, and from the imposter Masihi dajaal (antiChrist). " "Assalaam Aleykum" (to right and left) (end of prayer) I ask here that Christian readers would carefully consider the words of this prayer: can you see that these words express the desires of your own heart towards worship as well? In the light of the prayer of Islam, take a fresh look at the prophetic utterances of Psalm 50: Al Allahum, He Who Is Exalted, hath spoken and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof. Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty Allahum hath shined. Our Allahum shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before Him, and it shall be very tempestous round about Him. He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that He may judge His people. Gather My saints together unto Me; those that have made a Covenant with me by sacrifice. And the heavens shall declare His righteousness: for Allahum is Judge Himself. Selah. Hear, O My people, and I will speak; O Israel, and I will testify against thee: I am Allahum, thy Allahum. I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices or thy burnt offerings continually before Me. I will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he goats out of thy folds. For every beast of the forest is Mine, the cattle upon a thousand hills. I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine. If I

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were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is Mine, and the fullness thereof. Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats? Offer unto Allahum thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the Most High: And call upon Me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify Me. But unto the wicked Allahum saith, What hast thou to do to declare My statutes, or that thou shouldest take My Covenant in thy mouth? Seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest My Words behind thee. When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentest with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers. Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit. Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother's son. These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was as thyself : I will reprove thee and set them in order before thine eyes.

Now consider this, ye that forget Allah, lest I tear you in pieces and there is none to deliver: Whoso offers praise glorifies Me: and to him that orders his conversation aright will I show the salvation of Allahum.
Islam is all about offering praise to Allah Most High and ordering our whole lifestyle aright! Be careful lest you be torn in pieces for speaking against and slandering Muslims who praise our Maker and order their lives to His Will! FOR INDEED, ISLAM IS THE FULFILLMENT OF THE EVERLASTING GOSPEL MENTIONED IN REVELATION 14:7:

"Fear God and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgement is come: and worship Him that made heaven and earth and the sea and the fountains of waters."

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May we all drink of those fountains of living water as the Spirit of Truth leads us into a perfect heart of worship and praise to the Most High!

Chapter Ten: Prophetic Parallels/Objections Answered
(The words in this chapter came forth in Ramadan 2003, during a debate with Christians about Islam. The constant theme is that history has been foretold within the pages of Scripture and that any objections against Islam can be answered thereby.) And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:14 John 8:28 Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. John 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. ===================================================== It is very significant that this passage begins with the type and shadow from the Old Testament, the brazen serpent mentioned in Numbers 21:4-9 And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way. And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread. And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned,

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for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived. ===================================================== 2Kings 18:3-4 And Hezekiah did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David his father did. He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brazen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan (a piece of brass). ==================================================== Jesus said that he, the Son of man, must be lifted up just as Moses lifted up the serpent of brass in the wilderness. I've always had trouble with the symbolism of Jesus being foreshadowed by a serpent, but nevertheless the rest of the parallel is exact: those who believed enough to look upon the serpent of brass were saved from death and those who believe in the name of Jesus Christ are saved from death unto eternal life. So just how has Jesus been lifted up? He was lifted up upon the cross (tree) to die, he was lifted up from the grave, he's been lifted up in the preaching of the gospel unto all the world such that all men are drawn unto him. Most significant to our considerations though, in gory fulfillment of Numbers 21, a bloodied image of his body has been lifted up on a cross as the central feature above the main altar in Catholic churches for ~1500 years and incense has been burned before that image as well! Once the cross was idolized—as the brazen serpent was idolized—it had to be destroyed. That will finally be accomplished upon the return of Jesus, when the Glory of Allah fills the earth. When men entirely disregarded the instructions and commandments of the Almighty to make that crucifix idol

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(among all their other violations of His Word), Yah brought their European civilization into the Dark Ages. About the same time, He brought Arabia out of paganism through the teachings of the Quran and raised them from being scattered nomadic tribes into a mighty nation. It was even as John the Baptist prophesied: God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. Matthew 3:1-9 Sure enough, after the bulk of the children of Israel rejected their Messiah and after most of those who said they were Christians rejected the Laws of the LORD and set up their own traditions opposed to His Word, the Almighty DID raise up children to Abraham from the stones! He visited the Arabian people-- natural descendants of Abraham through Ishmael-- who in times past had made for themselves idols of stone and by doing so had been made like unto stones themselves (Psalm 115:8). He delivered them from their idolatry to worship the One True God and gave them a certain faith in the Messiah of Israel along with Laws and guidance by which to live. At the time the Quran was given to the Prophet Muhammad, Christianity worldwide was a scattered religion made up of mostly Catholic idolaters and diverse varying sects. The Quran didn't point the Muslims back to try to reclaim the original purity of Christianity; it pointed them back to Abraham who was justified by faith in obedience to the Most High. Muhammad acknowledged that Jesus is the Messiah of Israel, the Word of God supernaturally conceived in Mary's womb, whose Gospel is Truth but whose followers forgot a good portion of what they were taught (like the prohibition against making idols). Muslims DO believe in the name of Jesus Christ, that he came in the flesh, lived in obedience to the Almighty, departed this world in His Will, and shall return to reign on earth. That's not enough to satisfy most Christians I realize, since Muslims don't believe in blood atonement at all (that is a feature of the Law of Moses, which they were never under) and most don't even believe that Jesus’ blood was shed. Is it so horrible to believe that Muslims could receive forgiveness for their sins if they live faithfully after turning to the Most High in repentance and

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subsequent submission to His will? No more horrible than to believe that Abraham was justified by faith without specific belief in the shed blood of a future Messiah. Are Christians really justified in believing that the Muslims only hope is to accept the whole of Christian theology --considering the mess that Christians have made politically as well as theologically throughout the earth for the last 1700 years??? Christian history shows that there was a great falling away from the Biblical faith and a religion of superstition and idolatry was set up instead of the authentic faith taught by Jesus of Nazareth. That superstition and idolatry is still the most prominent witness of Christianity in the whole earth. Yet it still disturbs some to think that the Almighty would actually extend His forgiveness to people without making them conform to all the details of Christian dogma! Yes, the scriptures of the New Testament make it clear that the blood of Jesus was shed to make propitiation for the sins of the whole world. Yet it about blows some Christians out of the water to think that even the One who caused that blood to be shed could impute righteousness to Muslims, who don't have faith in that blood even though they believe that Jesus is the Messiah who came in the flesh, preached the Truth, and submitted himself to the Will of the Most High! Christians understand that because the Jews failed to live up to (Torah) the revelation they had from Yah, it opened the door of faith for the "Gentiles" in order to provoke the Jews to jealousy. But for the most part, Christians have yet to grasp the fact that because "Gentile" Christians failed to live up to the revelation they received from Yahshua, it opened up the door of faith to Muslims: they were given a revelation from the Most High in order to provoke Christians to jealousy! The whole New Testament is a type and shadow for us to consider: the Jews had been given the Truth in the Torah revealed through Moses, yet their traditions had made it of none effect to a very large extent. They trusted in the Temple worship system as their pride and joy. Jesus was then sent by the Most High to preach against their traditions (though he honored and magnified the Law).

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He purposely offended them by saying, Destroy this temple and I will raise it up in three days, without bothering to explain that he was referring to the temple of his body and not the actual Temple building. He further offended them by saying that the Temple would be destroyed and the Kingdom of God would be taken away from them and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. Flash forward 600 years: Christians had been given the Truth in fulfillment of the Law through the Gospel revealed through Jesus, yet their traditions had practically made it of none effect. The Prophet Muhammad was sent by the Most High into pagan Arabia to teach against Christian traditions (though he honored and magnified the words of Christ). He foretold that Jesus would return to destroy Christian idolatry and that the Kingdom of God would fill the earth. As a result of Muhammad's preaching, Arabia came out of paganism into a faith acknowledging Jesus as the Messiah, yet doesn't require faith in blood atonement because Christian tradition had made it of none effect. King David got the revelation about blood atonement not being what Yah really desired: Sacrifice and offering Thou didst not desire: mine ears hast Thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast Thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the Book it is written of me, I delight to do Thy will, O my God, yea, Thy law is within my heart. (Psalm 40:6-8) Yah doesn't want ANY people stuck in a religion that teaches that the blood of Jesus washes away their sins even as they continue daily to commit those sins! Face the fact that Christianity, to a large extent, HAS taught that error! Yah wants a people who delight to do His Will and He opened up the Way for all people to do so: justification by faith in His Word producing a life of righteousness. Stop trying to suggest that it is some "other way": it's the ONLY WAY YAH EVER MADE, despite many other differences in His various covenants with man. "God" hasn't been off in the clouds daydreaming for the last two thousand years, He's been paying close attention. In response to historical Christian idolatry, He visited the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the

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third and fourth generation of them that hate Him. (Though He has shown Mercy to those who love Him and keep His commandments.) Those that worship blind idols become like the idols they worship, so that blindness in part came upon the people of Christianity, even as blindness in part came upon Israel. Even as gentiles obtained mercy through Jewish unbelief, so Muslims obtained mercy through Christian unbelief: Yah extended His mercy to them by circumventing the corruptions of Christian tradition that presented the Blood of the Covenant as an unholy thing. I'm not suggesting at all that Jesus' Blood has lost its power to cleanse the soul of sin, Yah is ever faithful to His Word and He still imputes that Blood and the righteousness of Christ to those who walk worthy of it. But how can anyone think that He's bound to enforce Christian dogma upon all people when Christians throughout history have so corrupted Pure Religion? "Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the LORD will not impute sin and in whose spirit there is no guile." Psalm 32:1,2 If you've freely received mercy and forgiveness through the Blood of Jesus, your priestly duty is to freely give: "sprinkle" that blood upon all people by prayer and offering spiritual sacrifices to the effect that they will also receive mercy and attain to righteousness through faith in the Life of Jesus (1Peter 1:2; 2:5). Since the Life is in the Blood, faith in Christ's Life IS faith in his Blood. May Yah be pleased to extend that Life to all who believe on the name of Jesus Christ. I believe that the Most High looks into the heart of each man to decide if he is worthy to receive eternal life through his faith, so I believe that the Most High is able to extend His mercy and forgiveness to Muslims who truly submit their lives to Him. Considering how He feels about a "holier-than-thou attitude", I won't condemn anyone who has any degree of belief in Jesus Christ, unless his works are not in accord with his professed faith. Just like Christians, Muslims will be judged eternally as to whether the life they live is in accord with their faith or not.

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Christian debaters have pointed out that some Islamic nations are poverty stricken and have oppressive governments ruling them and these Christians insist that such Islamic nations are cursed because of Islam. Yet I believe such Muslim nations are cursed because of their governments practicing oppressions forbidden by true Islam, such as unjust persecution of Christians and other people. The Quran only justifies punishing evildoers and forbids compulsion in matters of religion. Specificly, Muhammad prohibited unjust persecution of Christians:

THE CHARTER OF PRIVILEGES This is a message from Muhammad ibn Abdullah, as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, near and far, we are with them. Verily I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them, because Christians are my citizens; and by Allah! I hold out against anything that displeases them. No compulsion is to be on them. Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks from their monasteries. No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims' houses. Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil God's covenant and disobey His Prophet. Verily, they are my allies and have my secure charter against all that they hate. No one is to force them to travel or to oblige them to fight. The Muslims are to fight for them. If a female Christian is married to a Muslim, it is not to take place without her approval. She is not to be prevented from visiting her church to pray. Their churches are to be respected. They are neither to be prevented from repairing them nor the sacredness of their covenants.

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No one of the nation (Muslims) is to disobey the covenant till the Last Day (end of the world)." (Such were the memorable words of Prophet Muhammad in the year 628 CE, when he granted this historic document, also known as the Charter of Privileges, to the monks of St. Catherine Monastery in Mt. Sinai. It consisted of several clauses covering all aspects of human rights including such topics as the protection of Christians living under Islamic rule, freedom of worship and movement, freedom to appoint their own judges and to own and maintain their property, exemption from military service, and the right to protection in war. The English translated text of the Charter of Privileges was extracted from the Book 'Muslim History: 570 - 1950 C.E.' by Dr. A. Zahoor and Dr. Z. Haq, ZMD Corporation. P.O. Box 8231 - Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8231 - Copyright Akram Zahoor 2000.)

Some Muslim nations have allegedly violated that covenant by forcing Christians and others to convert to Islam or die, yet there is also something in this matter that Western Christians have failed to consider: Biblical Christianity enforces laws of righteousness in the nations where it is espoused! Both Jesus and Moses expected their followers to keep and teach the Laws which ordain that blasphemers, sabbath breakers, worshippers of other gods, etc. are to be put to death by the government. While in some cases professing Muslims have evidently violated the principle of "no compulsion in religion", Islamic governments DO have the right and duty to forbid evil within the borders of their countries. I don't blame them at all for guarding against the "anything goes" sort of Christianity that resulted in current "Western Civilization": the failure of Christianity in general to uphold the standards of righteousness ordained by Scripture has directly contributed to Muslim persecution of Christian missionaries! May the Almighty grant both Muslims and Christians wisdom and insight with respect towards each other.

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(Again though, Islamic nations being cursed because of their violations against the covenant that the Prophet Muhammad made with Christians exactly parallels Christian history and Biblical history: when Roman Catholic Christianity enacted unjust persecution against other Christians, the Dark Ages blighted European civilization as a result. And when Ahab, King of Israel persecuted Yah's prophets unjustly, his kingdom was stricken with three years of drought. Even more so, because of Israel's sins against their covenant with Yahuwah, their whole nation was carried away into Assyrian and Babylonian captivity from which they have never recovered!) Yes, even in the name of Islam, there are transgressions against the Quran practiced in some Muslim nations, yet that does not invalidate the Quran any more than transgressions against the Bible practiced in America and other "Christian nations" invalidate the Bible. The history of Christian nations is rife with incidents of some who claimed to be Christians torturing and killing other Christians, and practicing all manner of evil against them. There were times in early Muslim history when they were tortured and killed just for being Muslims, and there is still such persecution against Muslims going on in the world today. (Have you never heard the patriotic sentiment, "let's kill ALL them ragheads"?) The sword of war between Christian and Muslim nations is to some extent a judgement from the Almighty against them both for their transgressions against the Books of Revelation they've been given, yet those who unjustly wage war will receive a far worse judgement. In Romans 12:18, Christians are commanded: "If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men" And Christians are likewise commanded to: "Take heed what ye hear, with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: unto you that hear shall more be given". Mark 4:24 Accordingly, I investigated the Quran to see what it says and to find out if it could be true such that there was any possible way I could live peaceably with Muslims. Applying to Muslim nations and Muslim individuals the same

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measure of grace that I extend to Christian nations and Christian individuals, I believe I can be at peace with them and that there can be peace between us all, IF we all truly live up to what has been revealed to us. The only other alternative is all out war between Christians and Muslims. I'm trying to make peace between us, if it be possible, and taking note of and speaking against both Christian and Muslim hypocrisy when I see it. The Quran says Muslims worship the same God as the People of the Book do, and the Bible says that every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh IS of God: no one can deny that the spirit of Islam does make that confession. Islam was sent by Yah to be an adversary to worldly Christianity and a mercy to mankind to give all access to the Mercies of the Most High apart from the convolutions of Orthodox Christian theology. Jesus IS the way, the truth and the life and Muslims are expecting him to return and set things in order worldwide, settling once and for all the differences between the two faiths. I'm looking forward to that day as well, and striving in accord with the Spirit of Truth until then. I'm convinced that the "us against them" mentality is wrong. I've been told all my life that "The LORD makes a way where there is no way" and I believe He HAS made a way for the people of Islam to come under the reign of Jesus Christ without them having to swallow the traditions of Christianity. HalleluYah! Surely He will judge ALL nations for their every injustice against the Revelations He has given to mankind, yet all people of faith need to make sure that we don't practice injustice against His Revelations either. I welcome correspondence from people of faith and ask that you use this writing to promote understanding and good will among all. Eldon Orr RR 9 Box 1237 Gatewood, Missouri 63942 eldonorr@hotmail.com http://www.angelfire.com/ar2/spiritoftruthacademy

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Muhammad said: He who refuses to accept an invitation to a marriage feast, verily disobeys Allah and His Prophet. (Ahmad & Abu Dawood)

You are hereby cordially invited to the Marriage feast of Messiah Yahshua to be held upon his return to take a bride from among his people!

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Appendix One: Stewards of Forgiveness
Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you (assalaam aleykum): as my Father hath sent me, even so I send you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Spirit: Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained. John 20:21-23 And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods. And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward. Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed. I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses. So he called every one of his lord's debtors [unto him], and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord? And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty. Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore. And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.

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(Luke 16:1-10) According to the verses above, disciples of Jesus were given authority to remit or retain the sins of men. Historical Christianity has proven itself to be an unjust steward of this great treasure. Most specifically the injustice of Christianity is codified in the Athanasian Creed which declares that man cannot be saved, thus cannot be forgiven for past sins, unless he believes in the trinity doctrine AND believes that Jesus was both "Perfect God and Perfect man". These ideas are foreign to the teachings of Jesus himself, nor were they put forth by his immediate successors, the apostles, as beliefs necessary for forgiveness, rather they taught that all men everywhere should repent and believe in the Good News of the Kingdom of God which Jesus preached. Often in times past and even still today, various forms of Christianity have even attached a monetary price to the hope of having sins forgiven! For instance, the Catholic Church actually sold indulgences to men with the promise that their loved ones would thereby be released from Purgatory. This practice is still in effect today through donation sponsored Mass offered for the souls of the departed. The preaching of many, if not most Protestants amounts to much the same thing, except in their case, it is through tithes and offerings given TO THE MINISTRY that temporal and eternal blessings are promised to flow in the lives of those who pay them. The church through the ages has been an unjust steward of the doctrine of Jesus as well, particularly so with the doctrine of blood atonement. In effect, much of historical and present day Christian teaching on the subject amounts to making the Blood of the Covenant an unholy thing: a license to sin. This treachery has been accomplished through the teaching of such heresies as "unconditional Love", "once saved, always saved", "sin every day in thought, word, and deed", "we're all sinners saved by grace", "God loves you just as you are", "God is all-loving, all-forgiving, all-merciful", etc. Through the prevalence of such teachings, despite has been done to the Spirit of Grace and the Son of God has been trampled underfoot. Meanwhile, consideration needs be given to the reason why Jesus shed his

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precious Blood in the first place: was it because he wanted to do so? No, he prayed, Abba Father, all things are possible unto Thee; take away this cup from me, nevertheless not what I will, but what Thou wilt. Mark 14:36 So, the Blood of the Covenant was shed, not by the will of Jesus, but by his submission to the Will of the Father. Thus, the essence of the shed Blood of Jesus is submission to the Will of the Most High. essence a: the permanent as contrasted with the accidental element of being b: the individual, real, or ultimate nature of a thing c: the property necessary to the nature of a thing d: the most significant property of a thing It is not the fact that Jesus shed his Blood that saves men, the most significant property of his shed Blood is that it was shed in submission to the Will of the Father. For us to attain eternal Life, we must likewise partake of that same submission so that we receive Mercy and Grace from the Most High and thus live a life that pleases Him. The unfaithful steward (Christianity) was notified during the Dark Ages that it had to give account of its stewardship because it had failed to teach mankind the most significant property of the Blood of Jesus: full submission to the Will of the Most High! True to the prophetic form, carnal Christianity since that time has made friends with the world by unjustly reducing the amount the LORD's debtors owe Him, and has thereby gained worldly riches and comforts. For the most part, today's Christians are saying, I am rich and increased with goods, and have need of nothing, yet the Word of the Most High is calling them to understand that they are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked! (Revelation 3:17,18) His counsel is to buy of him Gold made pure by Fire (proven Faith)-- that they may be rich, and clean garments befitting Salvation-- that they not stand naked, and eyesalve-- to open their blinded eyes. These things are available to those who will humble themselves, repent, and overcome Christian traditions of error.

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Those who refuse to humble themselves belong to the Harlot church foretold in Revelation 17 & 18: drunk with fornication and abomination, glorifying herself and living luxuriously, thinking to reign as the earthly Queen of the Heavenly King, when in fact she is a widow whose husband is twice-dead. The Harlot church's end is to be burned with Fire. True riches of Faith are found in humble submission to the Most High: doing Justly and loving Mercy is the course of His Will in all His Revelations to man. May all the People of the Book follow that course, in righteousness making peace until the return of Messiah, who in righteousness will judge and make War against all the wicked.

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Appendix Two The Most High: What is His Name?

In the books of Ezra and Daniel, the Chaldean word rendered by Hebraists as "Elaah" is translated into English as "God" 92 times. In the Hebrew text the name is spelled "Aleph, Lamed, He" (ALH). As the Hebrew "Aleph" is equivalent to "A" in English, ALH is equal to "Allah" when used as a name. The exact references are, in the book of Ezra: from 4:24 to 6:18 every time the word "God" appears in the English text (27 times), the Hebrew word is ALH. And again, from 7:12 to 7:26 every time the English text has "God" (16 times) the Hebrew word is ALH. This same Chaldean word, spelled in Hebrew ALH, is used from Daniel 2:18 to 9:26 a total of 35 times, translated as "God" each time. A Hebrew word spelled "ALH" but rendered "Eloah" by Hebraists, is used 40 times in the book of Job in reference to the Most High, is translated as "God". ALH rendered by Hebraists as "Eloah" is also used in Deuteronomy 32:15,17, Nehemiah 9:17, Psalm 18:31, 50:22; 114:7; 139:19; Proverbs 30:5, Isaiah 44:8; Daniel 11:37,38,39; and Habakkuk 3:3 {Additional evidence of ALH being properly pronounced as "Allah" is in the Hebrew word "alah" (meaning 'to ascend', spelled "Ayin, Lamed, He" ~ALH) pronounced as aw-law from which is derived the Hebrew words: ~Al (Ayin, Lamed--pronounced as awl) meaning 'most High' translated twice in the book of Habakkuk as 'most High', and

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~Aly (Ayin, Lamed, Yod pronounced as Al-lah-ee) meaning 'Supreme, most High': this word is used 10 times in the book of Daniel from 3:26 to 7:25 translated each time as "most High". } Even going beyond what is written above, the word "Elohim" (pronounced by Hebrew speakers as al-lah-ym) is used daily in prayer by every Muslim on earth, since they call on Allah in Arabic addressing Him as "Allahum" ! At long last, the Aramaic text of the New Testament (Matthew through Acts at least) is online with a concordance and lexicon at http://www/peshitta.org <http://www.peshitta.org> The following page from their Aramaic Lexicon shows that Messiah Yahshua, speaking Aramaic, used the name of AaLaHaA (Alah): LexiconWord : 0hl0 (ALHA read right to left) Root : hl0 Word Number : 905 Meaning : God Pronunciation : (Eastern) AaLaHaA (Western) AaLoHoA Part of Speech : Noun Gender : Masculine Number : Singular Seeing that every time the word "God" is used in the English New Testament, in Aramaic it is Alah or some derivative of Alah, Christians can now read their English Bible translations and everytime they see the word "God" they can read aloud the name Allah, the name Yahshua used in reference to the Most High! In the Arabic Quran, the word HUWA is used extensively referring to ~He who IS~ and is intimately connected with Allah : 2:163 And your Allah is One Allah. there is no god but He, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. Wailahukum ilahun wahidun la ilaha illa huwa alrrahmanu alrraheemu 2:255 Allah. there is no god but He,-the Living, the Self-subsisting, Eternal. Allahu la ilaha illa huwa alhayyu alqayyoomu 40:65 He is the Living (One): there is no god but He: Call upon Him, giving Him sincere devotion. Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds!

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Huwa alhayyu la ilaha illa huwa faodAAoohu mukhliseena lahu alddeena alhamdu lillahi rabbi alAAalameena 59:23 Allah is He, than Whom there is no other god; the Sovereign, the Holy One, the Source of Peace (and Perfection), the Guardian of Faith, the Preserver of Safety, the Exalted in Might, the Irresistible, the Supreme: Glory to Allah. (High is He) above the partners they attribute to Him. Huwa Allahu allathee la ilaha illa huwa almaliku alquddoosu alssalamu almuminu almuhayminu alAAazeezu aljabbaru almutakabbiru subhana Allahi AAamma yushrikoona (la ilaha illa huwa is the most common rendering of the first part of shahada in the Quran which proves just how intimately HUWA is connected with Allah.) The name Yahuwah in Hebrew is in the third person, meaning He Who IS. When He spoke to Moses, He said: I Am that I Am (AHYH ASHR AHYH) but when He told him to speak to Israel He said "Tell them that He Who IS (YHWH = Yahuwah ) sent you." For verification see: http://www.onhigh.org/ExlainYourName2.htm Thus, you can see that the "name" YHWH is actually a description of Him: He is He Who IS. In the Quran, the name Huwa is also part of Allah’s description: He who IS. He revealed Himself to Muhammad as Allah, the Highest, and that name is right in accord with every other name given Him in the Bible. As you can see from the Aramaic link posted earlier, Yahshua also used that name: Allah.

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Afterword: If the Light that is in thee be Darkness

Three years after I became a born-again, Spirit-filled Christian, I began traveling with The Campus Ministry USA, an organization devoted to publicly preaching on college campuses throughout the United States. Its founder is Brother Jed Smock, who preaches a strong message against sin-- the correct Biblical standard-- and for that message he is often mocked and scorned by hedonistic college students. That is understandable, but every day we were on the campuses, Christians would publicly oppose his preaching as well, because his preaching condemned THEM in their sins, even more so than it condemned the unbelievers on campus! The VAST majority of campus Christians opposed the truth that the Bible commands believers to overcome sin and to be sure, the vast majority of America's Christian churches also oppose that message, preferring such unscriptural mottos as "Christians aren't perfect, just forgiven" to the Biblical Truth that authentic Faith delivers us from sin. Though this state of affairs in latter-day Christianity was prophesied by Jesus in Matthew 24:12, (And because iniquity (lawlessness) shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold), it still is VERY DISTURBING to see hostility and outright hatred among professing Christians both towards one another and towards the holy standards of living revealed in the Scriptures. It was several years after I had finished traveling with the CMUSA that I found the Quran's analysis of the lack of love among Christians: From those who call themselves Christians, We did take a covenant, but they forgot a good part of the message that was sent them: so we estranged them, with enmity and hatred between the one and the other, to the Day of Judgement. And soon will Allah show them what it is they have done. 5:14 The Truth of the Quran's assessment above is overwhelming! Every sincere Christian has been grieved over hatred among fellow believers, but to understand that the Most High Himself ordained that hatred among

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Christians—that SHOULD motivate true believers to seek to discover what it is that historical Christianity has neglected of the Truth it was given. There again, the Quran provides the answer to that question: Say: "O People of the Book! Ye have no ground to stand upon unless ye stand fast by the Law, the Gospel, and all the revelation that has come to you from your Lord." It is the revelation that cometh to thee (Muhammad) from thy Lord, that increaseth in most of them their obstinate rebellion and blasphemy. But sorrow thou not over (these) people without Faith. 5:68 Most of present day Christianity can rightly be categorized as antinomian (anti-Law); even the portion of mainstream Christians who would most vehemently object to being labeled as antinomian HAS disregarded MOST of the laws given through Moses, from financial and agricultural commands down to health matters, they consider themselves "free from the Law". Yet Jesus said that man was to live by EVERY word that proceeds out of the Mouth of God: how far have those who claim to be his followers fallen from that important stipulation! The title of this article is taken from another sentence uttered by Jesus: If the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! Jesus gave his followers great light to walk by, yet through disregard of his teachings, Christian civilization has become a stronghold for much darkness in the whole earth. May all his true followers soon turn away from that darkness to walk in the light of Islam. 2:257 Allah is the Protector of those who have faith: from the depths of darkness He will lead them forth into light. Of those who reject faith, the patrons are the evil ones: from light they will lead them forth into the depths of darkness. They will be companions of the fire, to dwell therein (For ever). 24:35 Allah is the light of the heavens and the earth. The Parable of His light is as if there were a Niche and within it a Lamp: the Lamp enclosed in Glass: the glass as it were a brilliant star: Lit from a blessed Tree, an Olive, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil is well-nigh luminous, though fire scarce touched it: Light upon Light! Allah guides whom He will to His light: Allah sets forth Parables for men: and Allah knows all things.

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