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Vol. 6 / Issue 14 / May 13 2004

Contents of this issue

Editorial
Why Quran is not the Word of God? Part 4
CSI Congregations list updated
Prayer Request
KUVBS (Kuwait United Vacation School) - 2004
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

Now elections in Indian are over and the results are before us. We know that Vajpayee's ruling Hindu nationalist-led coalition has lost in this election. His party ruled for nearly six years and I can say that within this six years, India has changed a lot. When I left India in the year 1996, I had no idea that Christians in India will ever see such persecution and violence as they saw during these years.

Many Christians were killed and many were burnt alive. Of many, their hands and legs were chopped off. Many of them were made to walk naked on the streets and were beaten up severely. Many were told that either they should renounce their religion and join Hinduism or face death. Many Churches were demolished, burnt down or were converted to Hindu temples. The whole world was stunned when the Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two young sons were burnt alive in January 1999. Since then hundreds of cases of murder, torture and discrimination took place. Christians from all around the world made many appeals but the Vajpayee Govt. gave a deaf ear on this issue. Not only that, but some of the states passed unrealistic religious conversion laws that added more evil against Christians. Christians had no other choice except to pray, and to ask for God's divine intervention.

Not only were Christians persecuted, but wide spread violence had taken place against Muslims, Dalits and minorities.

A few months back when assembly elections were held, the same party had won that election with great margin. A few weeks back the exit poll predicted major victory for this same party in the recent election . But now they have lost their majority as well as the election. Of course this is the time to celebrate and to rejoice and give thanks to God.

But will this change in Government bring about any reduction in the severity of persecution which is going on against Christians? Can this seed of hatred sown during these years be removed overnight? When we were in our family prayer, God spoke to us that, "No matter what the election results would be, persecution will not stop but will increase."

We Christians should not relax seeing the defeat of Vajpayee Govt., but we need to be on our knees and praying so that God may protect innocent lives. We need to cover our whole country with the precious blood of Jesus so that devil may not touch those who preach the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. Yes, it is the most crucial hour of our country when our country needs more prayer. Bible says in 1 Pet 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

Why Quran is not the Word of God? Part 4

By Sherly Isaac

Last week we discussed whether Muhammad was a prophet or not. We studied the lives of Bible prophets who exhibited identical qualities which a prophet should have, but was missing from the life of Muhammad. Though Muslims have claimed that Muhammad was the last prophet etc. but we do not see the basic qualification of a prophet in his life.

3. Was Muhammad foretold in the Bible?:

Muslim Scholars have tried their best to convince the world that Muhammad was the prophet spoken of in the Bible. In their desperate attempts to prove their point, they did not even have any fear to equate Yahweh God - to Muhammad. Dr. Jamal Badawi the Islamic Scholar wrote in his article, "Muhammad in the Bible" like this, "One of the signs of the prophet to come from Paran (Mecca) is that he will come with "ten thousands of saints" (Deuteronomy 33:2 KJV). That was the number of faithful who accompanied Prophet Muhammad to Paran (Mecca) in his victorious, bloodless return to his birthplace to destroy the remaining symbols of idolatry in the Ka'bah."

Now if you have not read Deuteronomy 33:2, from Bible you will think that Dr. Jamal Badawi is right. But let me quote the whole verses here from KJV Bible:

Deu 33:1 And this is the blessing, wherewith Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death.
Deu 33:2 And he said, The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them.


The above verses are very clear in speaking that LORD came down from Sinai... shined forth from mount Paran. Verses 1-2 of Deuteronomy 33rd chapter clearly says that Moses spoke about his experience that God came down when they camped in the place called Paran. You can also look at Numbers 10:12 where it says, "And the children of Israel set out from the Wilderness of Sinai on their journeys; then the cloud settled down in the Wilderness of Paran."

If you read further you will know that God used to come down in a cloud and pillar of fire among the Israelites in their wilderness journey. And Moses is referring to that experience before his death as we read in

Deu 33:1 And this is the blessing, wherewith Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death.
Deu 33:2 And he said, The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them..


So we know that Moses was not talking about the coming prophet using the most respected name of God "LORD" but he was simply sharing his experience that God came down in their midst.

Dr. Jamal Badawi also claimed that, "Habakkuk 3:3 speaks of God (God's help) coming from Te'man (an Oasis North of Medina according to J. Hasting's Dictionary of the Bible), and the holy one (coming) from Paran. That holy one who under persecution migrated from Paran (Mecca) to be received enthusiastically in Medina was none but prophet Muhammad."

No matter how the dictionary twist this verse and make 'God' to appear as "God's help", Bible is very clear in Habakkuk 3.3 that, "God came from Teman as we read, "God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise(Hab 3:3)." If you read further the 4th to 6th verses make it very clear that these verses are talking about God and not about any human being.

Not only that, Dr. Jamal Badawi claimed that the "Parakletos" which was spoken in the book of John 14, 15 and 16 was Muhammad. But is it true? The Greek term Parakletos is used to refer to "Holy Spirit" or "Spirit of Truth". Bible says in John 14:16-17, "And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever; 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."

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."

As we looked in our previous issues, "Holy Spirit" or "Spirit of Truth" will come and dwell in us and will be a helper, comforter and advocate for us. When Jesus promised to give another Helper, He did not say that Muhammad (or a man) will DWELL IN YOU but He said that "Holy Spirit" or "Sprit of Truth" will come and live in you and guide you, lead you and teach you all things. Spirit of Truth means Spirit of God or Spirit of Jesus as we read in 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." Jesus or God is the Truth and Spirit of truth is called Holy Spirit. These verses do not talk about Muhammad or an ordinary prophet but these verses talk about God's Spirit.

All these interpretations of Islamic scholars tell us that they are desperate to prove Muhammad's identity by twisting the Bible verses. But they forgot that equating an ordinary person called Muhammad with God or Holy Spirit is a great sin. It is very clear that Bible does not talk anything about Muhammad.

CSI Congregations list updated

We have updated the information of various churches at:
http://csinewsletter.com/congregations.asp

Please take a look and see if we have missed anything. Any new links need to be added/updated.

Prayer Request

Please I request your prayer for my life and my family, mainly I need a good job to settle in life.
Theophilus

KUVBS (Kuwait United Vacation School) - 2004

(C.S.I & Mar Thoma )

Theme : "YOU ARE MY FRIENDS " (John(15:14) )

The C.S.I and Mar Thoma parishes in Kuwait, have decided to conduct jointly this year’s KUVBS(Kuwait United Vacation School) – 2004. All children between the age group of 5 – 17 years (Beginners to Senior II) are eligible to attend.

Venue : National Evangelical Church, Kuwait

Date : June 11th – 25th, 2004 (except Sundays)
Final Day on July 02nd, ž2004
Time : 3:30pm – 6:30pm

Director : Rev. Biju George
(Trivandrum)

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.

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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So please enroll your kids by going to http://kids.csinewsletter.org/member/join.asp

And visit CSI Kid's page at http://kids.csinewsletter.org

Hindi / Malayalam/Tamil Bible Online

Now you can read Bible in Hindi online at http://www.hindibible.org
in Malayalam online at http://www.malayalambible.org
in Tamil online at http://www.hindibible.org?ver=tamil

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Your Feedback

Your feedback and comments are Welcome. Please send your Parish news & articles to Editor (Sherly N. Isaac) at this address News@csinewsletter.comThe messages submitted will be checked whether they are correct according to the word of God. Editor reserves the right to accept, reject or edit the messages. The writers are responsible for the contents of their writings.



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