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Vol. 3 / Issue 19 / June 14 2001

Contents of this issue

Editorial
Allah and Elohim - Are they same God? part 15
15th CSI family and youth Conference

News Items (Common to all issues) :
Through the Valley of Death & other Books
Download Articles in Handheld Computers
Kids Page - Free Tutorials
Hindi / Malayalam/Tamil Bible Online
Your Spam Folder
Your Feedback

Editorial

Psalms 103:13, "As a father pities his children, So the LORD pities those who fear Him."
Deuteronomy 32:11-12, "As an eagle stirs up its nest, Hovers over its young, Spreading out its wings, taking them up, Carrying them on its wings, So the LORD alone led him, And there was no foreign god with him."


The above verse tells us that God cares just as a loving parent cares for their children. When the Israelites were in wilderness there was no one to help them and lead them except God who took care of all their requirements as a father and mother. They did not lack anything during the forty years when they were in the wilderness. Few days back I got this article in my mailbox which describes how much God cared for them...

Mathematical Miracle Moses and the people were in the desert, but what was he going to do with them? They had to be fed, and fed, that is what he did, according to the Quartermaster General in the Army.

It is reported that Moses would have to have had 1500 tons of food each day. Do you know that to bring that much food each day, two freight trains, each a mile long, would be required! Besides you must remember, they were out in the desert, so they would have to have firewood to use in cooking the food.

This would take 4000 tons of wood and a few more freight trains, each a mile long, just for one day. And just think, they were forty years in transit. And oh yes! They would have to have water. If they only had enough to drink and wash a few dishes, it would take 11,000,000 gallons each day, and a freight train with tank cars, 1800 miles long, just to bring water! And then another thing!

They had to get across the Red Sea at night. (They did?) Now, if they went on a narrow path, double file, the line would be 800 miles long and would require 35 days and nights to get through. So, There had to be a space in the Red Sea, 3 miles wide so that they could walk 5000 abreast to get over in one night. But then, there is another problem. Each time they camped at the end of the day, a campground two-thirds the size of the state of Rhode Island was required, or a total of 750 square miles...think of it!

This space just for nightly camping. Do you think Moses figured all this out before he left Egypt?

I think not! You see, Moses believed in God. God took care of these things for him. Now do you think God has any problem taking care of all your needs?

The same God who took care of Israelites in the wilderness wants to care for you. That is the reason the Bible says in 1 Peter 5:7, "casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you." Are you afraid of your future. Are you thinking how you are going to feed your family, how you are going to move any single day without any help? But there is a God who wants to care for you just like His child. Cast all your burden, all your tears and all your needs on Him and He will help you.

In this father's day I wish every father a very happy and blessed father's day and happy holidays. May God remove every worry from your heart and help you to trust on Him as a child trust on his father.

Allah and Elohim - Are they same God? part 15

By Sherly Isaac

As we saw last week that Jesus is called "Word of God". Today we will see what are the qualities of "Word of God"?

Word of God is pure:
The Bible says in Psalms 119:140, "Your word is very pure; Therefore Your servant loves it."
And also in Proverbs 30:5, "Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him."


Purity is the quality of God. God is holy so is His word which is pure and holy. There is no one who can claim that he/she is holy or pure but only God is absolutely holy. And not only the Bible but Quran also tells us that Jesus is holy as we read in Quran,

Mary
Sura 19:19 He said: "Nay, I am only a messenger from thy Lord, (to announce) to thee the gift of a holy son.

The Bible says in Hebrew 4:15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

Yes, Jesus went through all the temptations and faced sin but came out victorious. It could not defile Him nor could sin corrupt His holiness. And He is able to forgive our sins and give us holy life. That is the reason why David says in Psalms 119:9, "How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word." Also in Psalms 119:11, "Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You!"

His Word is not only pure but gives us purity in our lives. But contrary to it, Quran does not claim whether Quranic verses cleanse our lives. But whenever you ask a Muslim about their sins, they simply say that we can not achieve a holy life and that on the Day of Judgement, Allah will give reward according to their works. But no, you can achieve a holy life in this world itself. You can live a holy life by the power of the shed blood of Jesus who took all our sins on Himself and died on our behalf. And the Bible says in 1 John 1:7, "and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin."

Word of God is perfect:
Psalms 19:7-8, "The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;" The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;

Word of God is also known as law of the LORD and is perfect which means that there is no defect or fault in it. And the Bible tells us that Jesus is perfect without blame without any sin. Quran also says that Jesus is pure then it also declares that He is faultless or without any defect. And the perfect quality of Jesus (Word of God) makes Him God. But contrary to it Quran does not say that Quranic verses or Allah's word is perfect but the Quran says that religion of Islam is perfect as we read in -

Al-Ma'idah (The Table Spread)
Sura 5:3 ....This day have those who reject faith given up all hope of your religion: yet fear them not but fear Me. This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion....

But we all know that Islam is not a perfect religion. Not only Islam but no religion is perfect because religion and religious rituals can not give us forgiveness of sin. Religious rituals can not pull us out of our sinful nature. Religion can not give us peace, joy and happiness and eternal life but only God who is perfect. Only God who is perfect can forgive our sins and pull us out of our sins and sinful nature. That is the reason why Jesus says in John 8:36 "Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed."

Word of God is settled in heaven forever:
Psalms 119:89, "Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven."

This verse shows the immutability of God's Word that it shall stand forever or that there is no change in His word. His Word is unchangeable, undefiled, pure and stands forever. The above verse also says that God's Word is not variable. It can not change but it has to be just as it is written or revealed in the beginning. For example if God gave Ten Commandments and proclaimed you should not do this and this then we should not. These commandments are not changing at all. Jesus also said in Matthew 5:18, "For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled."

But when we come to the Quran we see different set of laws. For example the Bible tells us in Exodus 20:13 "You shall not murder." But Quran says that you can kill those who stand again Allah as we read in -

Al-Ma'idah (The Table Spread)
Sura 5:33 The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter;

And the Bible tells us in Exodus 20:14 "You shall not commit adultery." But when we come to the Quran, Allah says in -

Al-Baqara (The Cow)
Sura 2:230 So if a husband divorces his wife (irrevocably), He cannot, after that, re-marry her until after she has married another husband and He has divorced her. In that case there is no blame on either of them if they re-unite, provided they feel that they can keep the limits ordained by Allah. Such are the limits ordained by Allah, which He makes plain to those who understand.

Does not it say to commit adultery? Can Holy God give this type of command to anybody? And the Bible says in Jeremiah 3:1, "They say, 'If a man divorces his wife, And she goes from him And becomes another man's, May he return to her again?' Would not that land be greatly polluted?"

If the commandments of God and His Law are changing in Quran which means that Allah is not the God of the Bible nor his message the message of the Bible. So he can not be the same God whom Abraham, Isaac and Jacob worshipped. And if Allah is not the same God of the Bible then Muslims are breaking the very first commandment of God by taking a new god called Allah in the place of Al-Mighty God.

15th CSI family and youth Conference

The 15th Annual C.S.I. Family and Youth Conference of North America will be held from August 9 - 12, 2001 at Camp Allen Retreat and Conference Center Houston TX. For more info click here

Through the Valley of Death & other Books

As many of you know that in the year 2005, our dad was very sick even unto death. God miraculously healed him. We have compiled it in a book form. I sure believe that it will inspire you and encourage you greatly.

This book is available for purchase at JasmineCorp Store

Also read these two books by Sherly Isaac "Allah and Elohim - Are they the same God" Available at JasmineCorp Store, and "Is Jesus God?" Available at JasmineCorp Store,

Both books compares the Bible and the Quran and read eye opening facts about Jesus, God of the Bible, Allah and Islamic faith. I am sure that you want to read this.

Download Articles in Handheld Computers

You can now download articles in Palm Doc format for your palm handheld computer. It will work with any devise that has Palm OS and Palm Doc Reader installed. To download click on the link named "Palm Doc Format" i.e. at the top of this page by the side of each articles.

Kids Page - Free Tutorials

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Hindi / Malayalam/Tamil Bible Online

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Your Feedback

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