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Vol. 6 / Issue 10 / April 15 2004

Contents of this issue

Editorial
Holy Spirit in the Quran
OFFICIAL 18th Annual CSI Family & Youth Conference in New Jersey

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

By Sherly Isaac

Psa 27:5 For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.

God wants to protect His people. He is the God who delights in providing security and protection to His people. Bible tells us how miraculously God protected those who walked in His ways and those who looked toward Him in the times of trouble. God's protection comes in many ways.

1. Protection form enemies:

David walked in the ways of God and because of that God promised to exalt him and make him king over Israel. Young David was not in the spotlight till he killed Goliath and gave victory to the Israelites. When Saul saw David progressing in his fame, name and getting support of many people it alarmed him greatly. He became David's enemy. Soon David had to flee for his life. He went to caves, woods and in jungles to hide.

One side there was the promise of God to make him king over Israel and on the other side he was running for his life. There were many disappointing experiences in David's life when he saw that Saul and his army were pursuing him. He says to Jonathan in 1 Sam 20:3 Then David took an oath again, and said, "Your father certainly knows that I have found favor in your eyes, and he has said, 'Do not let Jonathan know this, lest he be grieved.' But truly, as the LORD lives and as your soul lives, there is but a step between me and death."

But God never allowed David to fall in the hands of Saul and his army. Can you imagine a king and his large army searching for a man with just a handful of soldiers when both the parties came dangerously close to each other on several occasions. But Saul could never catch David or kill him. The reason is very simple, David sought God's guidance in every step. He asked God for guidance whether he should continue to stay in a particular place or to move out and where to go.

My dear friend, enemies might have surrounded you and they may want to kill you but if you walk in the ways of God and seek His guidance, He will protect you and fulfill the promise which He gave to you. He will not allow you to fall in the hands of the enemy.

2. Protection from curse, witchcraft and spell:

In the book of Numbers we read that when the Israelites came out of Egypt and when they camped in the plains of Moab, the Moabites were dreadfully afraid of them. The Bible says in Num 22:4-6, "So Moab said to the elders of Midian, "Now this company will lick up everything around us, as an ox licks up the grass of the field." And Balak the son of Zippor was king of the Moabites at that time. Then he sent messengers to Balaam the son of Beor at Pethor, which is near the River in the land of the sons of his people, to call him, saying: "Look, a people has come from Egypt. See, they cover the face of the earth, and are settling next to me! Therefore please come at once, curse this people for me, for they are too mighty for me. Perhaps I shall be able to defeat them and drive them out of the land, for I know that he whom you bless is blessed, and he whom you curse is cursed."

The princes of Moab asked Balaam to go with them and to curse the Israelites. But God said to Balaam in Num 22:12, "You shall not go with them; you shall not curse the people, for they are blessed." Still Balaam went with them later on and still tried to curse the Israelites but God did not allow him to do that. Every time Balaam opened his mouth and blessed the Israelites instead of cursing them. Bible says in Num 23:7-8, "And he took up his oracle and said: "Balak the king of Moab has brought me from Aram, From the mountains of the east. 'Come, curse Jacob for me, And come, denounce Israel!'" How shall I curse whom God has not cursed? And how shall I denounce whom the LORD has not denounced?

Even today when people try to curse, do witchcraft against you and cast spells you need not to fear because there is a God who protects you from all these things. If your life is in the mighty hands of God, God will protect you from all the demonic powers as He protected the Israelites from all harm when they were in the wilderness.

3. Protection from illness:

God promised the Israelites to protect them from all illness. We read in Exo 23:25, "So you shall serve the LORD your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you." And also in Deu 7:15, "And the LORD will take away from you all sickness, and will afflict you with none of the terrible diseases of Egypt which you have known, but will lay them on all those who hate you."

God fulfilled His promise and gave them good health and protected them from fiery serpents and all kinds of sicknesses. The promise is for you too. You can be protected by God's mighty power if you look to Him and seek His will for your life.

Holy Spirit in the Quran

By Sherly Isaac

2 Tim 3:16-17, "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work."

Before we explore whether Quran was given by Holy Spirit or not let us find out who Holy Spirit is. The whole Bible tells us that Holy Spirit is none other than the Spirit of God.

Holy Spirit has all the qualities of God for example: Holy Spirit gives life - as we read in Job 33:4 The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life." Holy Spirit is Spirit of Truth(God) - John 14:17, "the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you." Holy Spirit is resurrection - Rom 8:11, "But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you." Grieving Holy Spirit is sin and Holy Spirit dwells in those who walk in the ways of God as we read in Isa 63:10-11, "But they rebelled and grieved His Holy Spirit; So He turned Himself against them as an enemy, And He fought against them. Then he remembered the days of old, Moses and his people, saying: "Where is He who brought them up out of the sea With the shepherd of His flock? Where is He who put His Holy Spirit within them."

But Quran has confused so much regarding Holy Spirit. Quran says that Holy Spirit is called angel Gabriel and Muhammad. Let us look why angel Gabriel and Muhammad could not be Holy Spirit.

Angel Gabriel cannot be Holy Spirit:

1. Angels are creation of God but Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God whom God never created. Bible tells us that Holy Spirit is life giving. Not only the Bible but Quran also tells us that Holy Spirit breathed in the nostril of Adam and he became a living creature. But angel Gabriel is only an angel and he is not God. Angels do not have the power to create or give life to anybody. God alone can give us life.

God cannot be brought low to the level of angels or God's creation. It is blasphemy to say that angels are God or Holy Spirit.

2. When God breathed in the nostril of Adam and when he became a living creature, does it mean that God breathed angel Gabriel in Adam's nostril? I do not think so. Bible tells us that Holy Spirit came and dwelt in the lives of prophets and those who walked in the ways of God. They got filled with the Holy Spirit or Spirit of God. We do not read in the Bible as if God filled people with angel Gabriel.

3. Angels have limited power but God has unlimited power. Holy Spirit has all power as the Bible tells us that Holy Spirit raised Jesus from the dead, (Romans 8:11). Angels do not have power over life and death but God has.

Muhammad cannot be Holy Spirit:

1. Bible tells us that Spirit of God is the creator as we read in Job 33:4, "The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life." Spirit of God has made us but we all know that Muhammad was just a human being. Muhammad cannot create anybody.

2. Jesus said in John 14:17, "the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you."

In this verse Jesus clearly spoke that Spirit of Truth is invisible and that the world does not know Him. Muhammad was visible to people and Muhammad was not with Jesus or His disciples and Muhammad did not live in them after the ascension of Jesus.

Holy Spirit lived in and with the people not only in New Testament times but also in the days of Old Testament. Joseph, Moses, David, Saul, Samson, Daniel and all the prophets were filled with Holy Spirit. Dan 4:8 tells us that Daniel had the Spirit of the Holy God in him. When David sinned against God he prayed in Psa 51:11, "Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me." When Saul sinned against God, God's spirit left him as we read in 1 Sam 16:14, "Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul."

So we can understand that Muhammad is not Holy Spirit or Spirit of God.

3. Holy Spirit is the living water Himself as we read in John 7:37-39, "On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

In Old Testament we read that God is the Living Water in Jer 2:13, "For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, And hewn themselves cisterns; broken cisterns that can hold no water." And in Jer 17:13, "O LORD, the hope of Israel, All who forsake You shall be ashamed. "Those who depart from Me Shall be written in the earth, Because they have forsaken the LORD, The fountain of living waters."

Jesus was ofering Living Water to the woman whom He met on the well in John 4th chapter. John 4:10 Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink,' you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water."

God, Jesus and Holy Spirit all are mentioned as Living Water. But Mohammad was a mere man, he wasn't Holy Spirit.

4. Jesus said in John 14:26, "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you."

God the father never sent Muhammad as he denied the fatherhood of God. Jesus called God, Father and Jesus told His disciples, "when Holy Spirit will come, He will bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you." But Muhammad's teachings were entirely different from the message of Jesus. Jesus also said in John 16:13-14, "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you."

Muhammad never glorified Jesus but tried to distort the message of Jesus, the work of Jesus on the cruel cross and His shed blood for mankind for the remission of sin. So of course Muhammad was not Holy Spirit.

All these things prove that angel Gabriel and Muhammad have no qualities of God or Holy Spirit and they are not Holy Spirit or Spirit of God.

OFFICIAL 18th Annual CSI Family & Youth Conference in New Jersey

Official 18th Annual CSI Family & Youth Conference of North America will be conducted from July 1 to 4, 2004 in New Jersey under the direction of the Council of CSI Congregations in North America.

From: July 1-4, 2004
Theme: "That they all may be one" John 17:22
Place: Dolce Hamilton Park Executive Conference Center
Morristown, New Jersey
Leaders: Moderator, Church of South India
The Rev. Dr. Martin Alphonse
The Rev. Dr. Valson Thampu
The Rev. Eric Bryant
Mr. Prabhu Singh

For more information please visit:
http://csinewsletter.com/18th-conference.htm

Conference Convener:
Rev. Dr. Jacob David
(201) 935-2011 - JacobDavid@juno.com

And to register online

visit: http://www.csiconference.com
Email inquires to: info@csiconference.com

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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