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Vol. 6 / Issue 8 / April 1 2004

Contents of this issue

Editorial
Is Quran the word of God? Part 2
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

Once I was playing with one of our neighbor's daughter, who was ten months old. I made her to sit on the bonet of our car. I held my arms towards her indicating a welcoming pose asking her to fall on my arms. She smiled, bent a little and fell on my arms. Second time I stood one step away from her and did the same thing. She laughed, bent down and fell on my arms again. Third time I went five or six steps away from her and as I was standing there I threw my hands toward her. What she did next was just unthinkable for me. To my surprise and utter shock, she giggled and bent herself down as if she was trying to come down to my arms. I ran to catch her and while running I could hear the screams of her mother. Thank God that I could reach her in time and catch her before she could hit the ground. I never thought that she will try to come down and at that time I had no idea that a ten month old child not have that much reasoning power to estimate the distance between me and her. She only knew one thing that she could trust me as I was able to catch her previous two times. So she thought that this time also I will be able to catch her no matter how far I was standing. She had no idea that between me and her there was so much distance that I may not be able to reach her in time.

The characteristic of a child is its profound trustfulness. God expects the same trustfulness from us. He wants us to completely surrender to Him. Jesus said in Mat 18:3, "Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven." But oh, well, the very first thing we do is much reasoning and instead of trusting the mighty hands of God, we first look down and see the gap between us and God. Because of this very reason many of us are unable to get mighty things which God has kept for us.

Peter did the same thing. When Peter saw Jesus walking on water, he got excited and he wanted to do the same. Jesus said to him, "come" and Peter came out of his boat and could walk on sea water without stumbling. But soon he got afraid as he looked at the raging sea and when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he started sinking. Peter lost his trust somewhere on mighty Jesus who is able to save him from sinking. Very often we do the same thing. Instead of focusing on the mighty hands of God we are so concentrated toward our problem that we lose our trust in Him and feel dejected and afraid. We pray one or two times but deep inside we feel that our situation is so impossible that nothing could be done for that. We pray for healing, we pray for financial breakthrough, we pray for our situations to be turned around but when nothing happens we think that God is not in His miracle business anymore. Today many churches teach it and preach it because we do not trust on Him completely.

Bible says in Heb 11:6, "But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him."

If we trust in Him like a child and if our focus is on Him then we can achieve mighty things. Paul and Peter were ordinary fishermen but they put their complete trust in God and God used them to not only shake Israel but the neighboring countries. I was looking at the Biblical maps of Paul and Peter's missionary trips and I was so amazed seeing how they traveled so many miles to preach the Gospel in those days when there was no plane or train.

Yes, trust in Him with all your heart and He can do mighty things for you. There is no situation impossible for Him and there is nothing too hard for Him that He cannot do. He can do all things and deliver you out of all your dread problems.

Is Quran the word of God? Part 2

By Sherly Isaac

Last week we saw that Bible was given by Holy Spirit and Holy Spirit is Holy and so He cannot give an unholy command. We also looked at the unholy marriage between Muhammed and Zainab the wife of his adopted son.

Can Holy God command to commit adultery or sin?

History tells us that once Zainab was tanning leather in her home when Muhammed came to her house. Zaid her husband was not at home at that time. Muhammed saw her when she was not in her proper clothing and he was stunned seeing her beauty. The day he saw her, he wanted to marry her. When Zaid the adopted son of Muhammed knew the will of Muhammed, he divorced his wife Zainab. Quran 33:36-40 says that Allah gave permission to Mohammed for this marriage.

We read almost similar incident in Bible when David the king of Israel saw a beautiful woman taking bath in her house. David asked about her and people told him that she was Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite. David committed adultery with her, used his power to kill Uriah and later Bathsheba became his wife. David was doing all these things in secret but Bible tells us in 2 Sam 11:27, "the thing that David had done displeased the LORD." God sent Nathan to expose his sin and to face the consequences of his sin.

God is Holy and the whole Bible tells us that God cannot tolerate sin. One of the commandments of God which was given to Moses was, "You shall not commit adultery." God who gave this commandment cannot contradict Himself and why He will tell Muhammed to go ahead and commit adultery? Yes, God cannot do that.

Not only this but when we read in Surah 4:3 og Quran it says, "If ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly with the orphans, marry women of your choice, Two or three or four; but if ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly (with them), then only one, or (a captive) that your right hands possess, that will be more suitable, to prevent you from doing injustice."

If you show these Surahs of Quran to Muslims they will tell you immediately that Allah has limited the number to four which was one thousand in the Bible. They will show you the example of Solomon who had many wives. But God of the Bible never commanded Solomon or any other prophet to marry as many as they wanted. Those who married many wives did so according to their own will. In fact Solomon's wives became the reason of his fall. They made him to commit sin against God who gave him wisdom and made him this great. Nehemiah says about Solomon in Neh 13:26, "Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things?" Further the verse tells us that there was no king like him among many nations who was beloved of his God and God made him king over all Israel. But those women whom he married caused him to sin.

Solomon the wisest man, the beloved of God but in his last days fell in sin. 1 Ki 11:6 says, "Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and did not fully follow the LORD, as did his father David." God Himself warned him but he did not listen to God and did not turn from his evil ways. Then prophet Ahijah prophesied and said to Jeroboam that because Solomon did not walk in the ways of God, God was about to take ten tribes of Israel from him and give it to Jeroboam. When Solomon knew this he sought Jeroboam to kill him. But Jeroboam arose and fled to Egypt, to Shishak king of Egypt, and was in Egypt until the death of Solomon.

All these things tell us that God cannot command evil thing to be committed by anybody. When you read something called Scripture or Word of God, you must be very careful. If those so called word of God is not helpful in making you a better person but push you in more sin then it cannot be from God. Bible says in Jer 29:11, "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope."

God wants to give you a better future and a hope. He wants to fill your life with peace and joy not with evil things. The whole Bible is designed to make us better people by giving solution for the problem of sin. David says in Psa 119:11, "Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You!" Word of God protects us from sinning against God. But contrary to it Quran does not give any solution for coming out of sin.

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

Now you can learn Graphics and web designing online at Kid's page. These tutorials are free for kids who subscribe for CSI Kids Newsletter. Currently tutorials for Paint Shop Pro, HTML and Dreamweaver are available.

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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