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Vol. 4 / Issue 39 / November 7 2002

Contents of this issue

I am the Alpha and Omega
Oh Jesus, Son of Maryam heal me - 12 (Life Story)
Prayer Request
Allah and Elohim - Are they the same God? New Book

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


By Sherly Isaac

Christianity has come through a long way. Today there are many sects and many denominations all over the world. Many have different beliefs and different opinions about Jesus, God and the Bible. I was watching some movies on the biography of Church fathers like Martin Luther and William Tyndale. I was surprised seeing that Christian Churches themselves persecuted Christians because they tried to translate the Bible to English or to other languages and tried to show the world the truth that God is the supreme authority and that we have to follow the Bible not Church leaders. Even at that time many were burnt alive including William Tyndale because they raised their voices against the wrong policies of Church leaders. Those leaders believed and insisted that common people should not read Bible and so they tried their best to prevent the translation of scriptures to any commonly used languages. So when the translated copy of the Bible reached in England, authorities burnt it at St. Paul's Cross. I could not believe when I saw all these things in movie. I wondered this is how our earlier churches functioned?

And these types of wrong policies are still prevalent among us in our Churches. Even many pastors believe in druidism, witchcraft and sorcery and they practice these things themselves. Many believe that when problems come they could turn to psychic hotlines and ask them about their future. How sad it is that we have forgotten the biblical truth that God of the Bible is more than enough to tell us our future, He is more than enough to heal our sicknesses and solve our problems. You do not need the power of demons but you need the power of God who is above all.

One of the groups believe that, "once saved always saved" means once you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior then no matter in how much sin you live, you are still going to heaven. They think that this is the grace period, so no matter what they do, God will eventually forgive and forget all their sins and take them into heaven. But is it true belief?

Let us look from the Bible where Paul says in Hebrew 10:26-29 like this, "For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. Anyone who has rejected Moses' law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?"

Strong words!! I myself did not know this till a few days back. But while I was fasting for fifteen days on Sep. God told me to read the book of Hebrews. From that time to till this time I read this tiny book of the Bible several times and when I read the above passage, I was astonished. Yes, I agree that this is grace period; I agree that by the great sacrifice of Jesus we can get salvation very easily but don't take this experience lightly. If you are saved, if you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior in your life, you are obligated to live a holy life as your Savior is Holy. If you deliberately live a sinful life you will be thrown into hell fire one day. But if you are willing to walk in His holiness, He will give you strength and protect you from all evil.

If you believe that when you are once saved you are always saved, then you are mistaken. Once saved is not always saved. When a person is saved, his/her sins are forgiven up to the day of his/her confession. But he/she has to live in this world for many more days and sin, temptations and problems will come. That's why David says in Psalms 119:11, "Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You!" Yes, word of God protects us from falling in to sin. Read the word of God, pray every day and apply the blood of Jesus in your life everyday and you will be protected by God almighty.

I am the Alpha and Omega

By Sheela Isaac

Rev 1:8 "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End," says the Lord, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty."
(Rev 1:11, 1:17, 21:6, 22:13, 22:16)
All these verses also say the same thing. Lord Jesus said, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, I am the first and the last, I am the beginning and the end.”

Again Lord Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” John 14:6, “Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Yes Jesus is the way, He is not a way as many think and say. Many think that there are hundreds of religions and gods. Many think that you can reach to God through any of the said ways or religions. Hinduism talks about many gods and many ways. They say that you can reach to God through any of the paths. Once a so-called Christian said, “the people who believe in Brahma will reach heaven through Brahma. If you believe in Allah you will reach heaven through Allah and if you believe in Jesus you could reach heaven through Jesus. So do not disrespect any religion because you could reach heaven through your belief.”

I want to ask this question to so-called Christians, where does Bible say so? Have you ever read Bible? Do you know what Bible teach us? Bible says very clearly that under heaven there is only one name given for salvation i.e. Jesus Christ. We receive many emails from so-called Christians saying, “Jesus taught about love, so love all the religions.” “I am a Christian so I don’t want to hear about Israel.” “Don’t talk about heaven all the time and so on.”

I want to tell these people, “read your Bible carefully and find out what Bible teaches us.” What type of Christian are you when even you do not know that the major portion of the Bible speaks about Israel. Yes, you love all the people of other religion but do not follow them. Don’t say that all the religions could lead you to heaven. Once I asked my Hindu friend, “how could you reach heaven when your gods are not holy? How can you call Krishna or Ganesh as your god when they were stealing food? How can you call Krishna god when he does not show any moral value? Do you want to call this fellow god who had 16,000 lovers. He is dating with these many women, where is any moral standard? How can you call kali as your goddess when she was shown as blood drinker.” She had no reply for that but just smiled and later said, “I also think about Ram that when he could not even trust his own wife and sent her away to wilderness for 14 years (vanwas). How could he be a roll model when he failed in his own personal life.”

Before you call somebody God, think about it, do they have moral values? Are they holy to be called God, do they reflect qualities of God. Look about Goutam Buddha he searched all through his life about the mystery of death and about what would happen to human soul after death, where does soul go and so on. Can you call such a person god when he himself is confused about life and death? No!!!

But Bible speaks about one who is all knowing all powerful, omnipotent, omnipresent. One who lived a perfect life. One who is 100% holy in word, deed and thought. His name is Jesus. Now let us look at some of the divine qualities of Jesus?

1. He is holy:
1 Pet 1:16, “because it is written, "Be holy, for I am holy."
1 Pet 1:15, “but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,”
Rev 3:7, “…….. He who is holy, He who is true, "He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens":

2. Blameless:
1 Pet 2:22, "Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth";
1 Pet 2:23, who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously;

3. He has power and authority to forgive sins:
Mat 9:6, "But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins";
Eph 1:7, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”
Acts 5:31, "Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.”

4. Savior:
John 4:42, “Then they said to the woman, "Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world."
Acts 13:23, "From this man's seed, according to the promise, God raised up for Israel a Savior; Jesus;”

Bible speaks about Jesus that He is holy, blameless, perfect, sinless and so on. All these and many more qualities show that He is God. Only God can forgive sins. Only God can save a person from hell fire. Only God can give holy life. Only God can have authority over all the creation and universe. We find all these qualities in Jesus. That is why Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” He has authority to give life or take it away. There is none who can save you from eternal damnation but Jesus. There is none who can heal your broken heart but Jesus. There is none who can heal your broken body but Jesus.

Do you believe in Jesus? If not look toward Him and He is able to take you out of any difficult situation. You might be broken today. You might have lost all the hope. You might have gone too far in sin. You might be at the brink of disaster. You might have lost everything in your life. But Jesus can help you out. He is able to take you out of miry clay and is able to place you on solid rock. Are you willing to say to this Jesus, yes I am in need of you. Yes I’ve done every things myself but it has been a failure, today I need you. I tried to row my boat myself, but reached nowhere, I need the help of a savior. If yes, please pray this prayer from the bottom of your heart.

Lord Jesus, today I admit that I failed in my life. My life is miserable. I wandered for peace but could not find. I wandered to get joy but did not find it anywhere. Please come into my heart. Forgive and forget all my sins. I am a sinner. I longed to receive peace and happiness but nothing could satisfy me. Please forgive my sins. Wash away my sins with your precious blood. Cleanse my life today itself. Come into my heart right now. Make me a new creation. I receive you today as my personal Lord and Savior. I surrender my whole life at your feet. I surrender my wretched and filthy life. Be my God and my master. Take control of my life and lead me in your path. Lord I praise you for listening to this prayer. I pray in Jesus name. Amen

Oh Jesus, Son of Maryam heal me - 12 (Life Story)

Till this time you have read that, Gulshan Fatima was paralyzed at her left side when she was only 6 months old. Her mother died when she was an infant. Her father loved her so much that he took her to England for treatment but when they heard the disappointing words of doctor, "it has no cure", their hearts broke down. Her father encouraged her and said, "We will go to Mecca and knock the door of Allah, and he will heal you." So they went to Mecca and visited Ka'aba - the house of Allah. Even she kissed the cubical shape of ka'aba but to their utter despair nothing happened. To avoid her father's troubled look, she kept her face down. Then they visited Safa and Marva from where they bought Zamzam water. She bathed with that water but nothing happened. She and her father returned home heart broken. Next blow for her was, her beloved father's death!! But while she was so disturbed, she heard a low, gentle voice telling her to read about Jesus in Quran Sura Maryam. She started reading Urdu Quran and started praying, "O Jesus, Son of Maryam, heal me!! Three years later her prayers were answered with a marvelous vision of Jesus. Jesus personally came and healed her. From the very first day, she realized the growing opposition from her relatives and acquaintance. Three weeks later she got a Bible. While reading the Bible she discovered the amazing fact that the Lord's Prayer which was taught by Jesus to her in her vision was found in the Bible word by word. Later she realized that baptism was necessary according to the Bible, so she took baptism and she was given the new name Gulshan Esther. She was rejected by her family members. Then she heard that her sister was dying. She went to see her but by that time she was dead. But God had told her that her sister will not die but will live. The miracle happened exactly. She came back to life after 14 hours.

Gulshan's sister who came back to life wanted to know more about Jesus. So Gulshan gave her a copy of New Testament. When she started reading from the Gospel of Matthew, she explained to her about the birth of Jesus and other things. Five days later she was returning to her blind school again. Her sister told her, "My home is open for you anytime and you can come and stay with me." As she settled in bus, her mind was thinking about the series of things which happened in the past and her heart longed to go and tell others about these miraculous things.

When she reached the sunrise school she found that she had lost her job. The authorities told her that, she took two days leave but came five days later. She had no chance to explain her position but she left her defense in the hands of God and within few moments later she was standing outside of the school not knowing where to go next. She stood by an electric light poll at Ravi road. Her heart was aching. She was hungry and though the lunch time had passed, she had nothing to eat. Her clothes which were given to washer has not yet returned. When she remembered the faces of small blind boys, her eyes were filled with tears. She had only little money that her sister gave her. She was aware that it was a cold cloudy day and it will be soon dark. She knew that it was not a safe place to stand alone there.

She cried out to God, "Father, is there any place for your daughter in this city, where should I go now?" And she knew the answer immediately, "Go back to Gujerat". She had enough money for fare so she took the 2 O'clock bus and reached her sister's home and surprised her. Her sister was very happy to see her and said, "I am glad to see you back, now you will help me to understand the Bible." Even Anis' husband Blund Shah was very happy to see her back. Both Gulshan and Anis had much time to read the Bible and study it. Anis' behavior had drastically changed. She became an angel to her servants; she made her servants to eat first before she ate anything. When Gulshan asked why she was doing all these things Anis replied, "I want to make sure about my destiny that if I die tomorrow, where will I stand."

One day Anis asked her about Baptism and expressed her strong desire to take baptism. But Gulshan knew the danger and the hard way ahead if she takes baptism. But Anis insisted that she wanted to become full Christian as she had accepted Jesus and wanted to walk with Him. But there was no chance that a pastor could come and baptize her. One day Gulshan and Anis ordered their maid to fill water in cement tub of bathroom and to lay outside some towels and clean clothes. Maid's curious eyes followed their actions as they went inside and closed the door of bathroom. Both Anis and Gulshan stood in the water and Gulshan asked, "Do you believe that Jesus died for you and would you confess your sins and accept Jesus in your life?" Anis replied, "Now I bury my old self with Christ and am new in Jesus, I will be faithful to Christ." At that moment Gulshan immersed her in the water and baptized her in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." Later Anis told her that she saw a vision that, she was carried in angels wings and saw many people were standing around and glorifying God.

It was a moment of triumph but Gulshan knew that whenever she felt much joy, she had to beware and watch for the activity of dark forces. And the same thing happened this time too. Anis' husband was told about her baptism and he got very angry and he was looking for a chance of argument with Gulshan. Finally one day Gulshan was challenged to tell him about the difference of reading the Bible and the Quran. Gulshan told him that, "Bible is different because of Jesus as Jesus is the way, the truth and the life." Blund Shah told her, "reading the Bible is all right but about the cross is not right. Bible itself says that the cursed person should be crucified on the cross, so how Jesus who was crucified on the cross being cursed person, can save you?" He had a victorious look in his face as if he had trapped Gulshan but he had little idea that she got an opening to speak about her faith. Gulshan opened 1Corinthians 1:18, " For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." When she saw that he is not saying anything so she boldly read another passage from the Bible, "The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!"(John 1:29)

She told him about Abraham that how God gave the option of sacrifice to Abraham in Torah. But after Jesus gave Himself for us, there is no need of any sacrifice. She also showed him from Genesis 22:11-12, "But the Angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" So he said, "Here I am." And He said, "Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me." And from John 12:32 "And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself." She explained that because of Jesus' great sacrifice our sins are forgiven and explained that Jesus was a perfect and complete substitute.

She said further that all these things are mentioned in the Quran which she read first in the Quran and later found fuller meaning of these passages from the Bible. She also told about the predictions of Jesus' coming in this world as told by prophets. She said, "Bible is not the mere book but it is the living word of God." She finished with Acts 4:11-12, "This is the 'stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone. Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."

He listened very carefully and it seemed as if he was convinced by her words but then he said, "Do you want to make me a Christian too? You are staying here, eating from my table and enjoying everything of my home and still degrading our Muslim belief in this way? Get out, now, and this time don't come back." Her sister gave her some money and told her not to go back to Lahore but to go to Rawalpindi where one of Anis' friends lived whose husband was in a high position in Govt. Anis told her that she will find some job for her.

Three and a half hours later she was in the home of Anis' friend trusting that there would be good outturn for her. The lady came and received her with a big smile on her face. They had tea together while talking about her health and how she traveled from Gujerat to Rawalpindi etc. After finishing their tea she took Gulshan to her bedroom, closed the door and started asking many questions like, "why she came without veil, why alone as no girls come out from their family like this?" She also asked, "Are you in any trouble?"

Gulshan asked her, "You were surprised to see me not wearing burkha but aren't you surprised seeing me walking? I was invalid and on my bed for nineteen long years." She said, "Yes I know that you were crippled but which doctor treated you that you got healing?" Gulshan took out her Bible and said, "I will show you which doctor treated me and she read from Mark 2 : 9-11 where the Bible talks about a crippled man whom four of his friends carried to the place where Jesus was and completely healed by Jesus. She gave her Urdu Bible to that lady so that she could see herself. She took the book as if she caught a snake, looked in it for a moment and gave it back to her. She said, "this is a Christian book." Gulshan said, "Yes, it is and I myself is a Christian now. " She got very angry and said, "What am I hearing this?" Gulshan said, "Yes, it is true, it is Jesus who healed me. So I belong to Him." And she told her the whole story of her conversion to Christian faith.

The lady looked very restless then she said, "If Jesus healed you then too why you needed to become a Christian?" Gulshan told her about the new life which was given to her by Jesus and how she became a Christian and that because of that her family stood against her and threw her out of her home. Then she said, "I did not come here to argue about religion with you but I came here to ask, if you can help me to get a job?" She did not say anything for a moment then she laughed and said, "I thought someone has kidnapped you from your home and you escaped and came here to ask help." "I will give you a room for tonight then let me see if I can do anything for you next morning", she said. Gulshan went to her room, said a short prayer and rested as she was tired of her journey.

Next morning on the breakfast table her husband politely asked her to renounce Christianity and come back to Islam. He also told her that, if she renounce Christianity, he will help her to reconcile with her family members but Gulshan refused to do the same. She told the words which she did not think of, "I have no quarrel with anybody, I am at peace with everybody. I believe in the Prince of Peace who can give you the peace to you too." He was losing his patience and said, "Why don't you leave Christianity. If you do not want to live with your brothers or sisters, stay with me for the rest of your life." She said, "Christianity is not a religion that anybody can leave it and adopt any other when they want, but it is an experience which I had in my life. If I leave Christ, I will die." She then said, "Please, if you can arrange a job for me please do so or let me go and never bother you again." For a moment he did not say anything then he winked to his wife and said, "Oh, yes we can arrange a job for you."

His wife asked her to follow her and then they got in a car and they went to central jail. Driver called to the guard and asked him to open the gate and the lady took her to the office of superintendent. She spoke to him something in English, obviously about Gulshan. Then the superintendent rang a bell and an old woman came with a bunch of keys in her hand. Superintendent told her something which Gulshan could not hear. Then the woman said to her, "come". Gulshan's kind friend told her, "you go with her, this place would be better for you." She thanked her for her kind help and followed the woman. The woman unlocked the gate of one big hall where ten women were sitting on dirty floor. The room had high ceiling, without windows. As she was standing there the gate banged shut and locked her behind. She looked toward the nearest woman and said, "What's going on, what is the job I have to do?"

To be continued...

Prayer Request

Please pray for me. I need the deliverance from sin....

Allah and Elohim - Are they the same God? New Book

"Allah and Elohim - Are they the same God?" is now available in amazon.com , bn.com and as well as with my publishers at:
ISBN: 1403353425

About the Book:
On 11 September 2001, the whole world watched the most horrific and painful event taking place before their eyes. Terrorists attacked the United States' World Trade Center and the Pentagon by using planes as guided missiles. Both of the 110-story buildings of World Trade Center collapsed within one hour, and more than 3,000 people died.

These events have raised many serious questions about the religion of Islam, Allah, Mohammed and Muslims because all the 19 hijackers were Muslims, and they did this horrible act purposely, to kill thousands of people. Many are looking for answers and many are curious to know more about Islam...the world's second largest religion. Many are curious to know what Jihad is and why Muslim young men behaved like this. Many are asking, "are not Allah and
Elohim/Yahweh God same? Are the Muslims worshipping the God of Abraham, God of Isaac and God of Jacob?

In this book I have tried to delve into the scriptures of both the Quran and the Bible to find out answers to the questions.

I hope you will find this book interesting!!

You may also be interested to read my other book "Is Jesus God?" This book compares the Bible and the Quran and gives more than 75 reasons why Jesus is God. I am sure that you want to read this. Here is the link for both books: http://csinewsletter.org/books.htm

Book Title: Is Jesus God?
Author: Sherly Isaac
ISBN: 0759628092

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.

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