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Author's Journal Transcripts for Dr. L. Wesley Jones

Dr. L. Wesley Jones has served as the KNLS Director of Follow Up Teaching since the late 1980's. Dr. Jones brings a great deal of experience to his ministry, having served for many years as a Christian evangelist throughout the United States and Canada. He also served extensively as an overseas missionary, most notably in the world's most populous Muslim nation, Indonesia. Following the September 11 attacks on the United States by Islamic militants, Mr. Jones began writing a series of messages that are designed to promote greater understanding and respect between Muslims and Christians.



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Index of Transcripts:


A New Beginning

A Common Golden Rule

Tradition Or Revelation?

Religious Sectarianism

Distorting Sacred Writings

The Question Of Conversion

Hypocrisy And Extremism

What Place Mercy?

Sin And Salvation

John The Baptist

Biblical Prophecy For Mohammed?



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A New Beginning


Greetings to Muslim friends around the world from KNLS. In my copy of the Qur'an, Surah 2, Ayat (verse) 190, I read:

  • "And fight in the way of God with those who fight with you, but aggress not: God loves not the aggressors." (Qur'an 2.190).
Of course, I must read from an English translation of the Qur'an and I apologize to any Muslim who is offended by this. Or, to my many Muslim friends in Indonesia, I may humbly read the same reference in Qur'an in bahasa Indonesian:

  • "Dan perangilah dijalan Allah orang orang yang memerangi kamu, jaganla kamu melampaui batas, karena sesungguhnya Allah tidak menjukai orang orang yang melampaui batas."
These teachings of the Qur'an that a Muslim is not to be an aggressor are not read to instruct you, my Muslim friends, nor to scold you. These verses are read so that you may know that we understand the difference between Islam as taught in the Qur'an and the perversions of Islam sometimes practiced in the world.

We understand that Islam means surrender and that Islam is a way of peace. We pray for those who pervert Islam as well as we pray for those who pervert Christianity. There are those who twist the words of the Bible, just as there are those who twist the words of the Qur'an. As an example from the Bible, here is a statement from the Apostle Peter regarding the writings of the Apostle Paul:

  • "His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction." (2 Peter 3:16).
My message today is simply this: Let us make honest, sincere attempts to understand each other.

My impressions of Islam must not be based on the cruel, hypocritical actions of a few who call themselves Muslims. I pray your impressions of Christianity will not be based upon the dishonest and hypocritical actions of some who call themselves Christians.

So, neither Christian nor Muslim is to be an aggressor, but each is taught to walk with God, to walk with Allah. Each is taught to be kind. Each is taught to be a good neighbor. For the glory of God, for the glory of Allah, let us be kind to one another.

If you want to write me about this message or others, please write to

KNLS, Anchor Point, AL 99556 USA

Salam Aliakum

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A Common Golden Rule


Greetings to Muslim friends around the world from KNLS. In the Qur'an, Surah 83, Ayat (verses) 1 and 2, we have this reading:

  • "Woe to those who deal in fraud, those who when they have to receive by measure, from men, exact full measure, but when they have to give by measure or weight to men give less than due." (Qur'an 83.1,2).
There are those in all nations who are unfair to others. They do not treat others as they want to be treated, in business or in relationships. They are overcome with selfishness and greed. The Qur'an says they will be brought into the judgement.
These verses teach the same lesson as the Bible teaches, reading Matthew 7:12:

  • "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets." (Matthew 7:12).
These lessons as found in the Bible and in the Qur'an are called "the golden rule." If the human race begins to practice this golden rule, the world will become an amazing place of peace and goodwill. There would be no stealing among humans; there would be no lying or cheating; murder and warfare would disappear; families would be strong because marriage vows would be honored. No Muslim would be unkind to a Christian because he wishes to be treated kindly himself. Every Christian would treat every Muslim the way he himself wants to be treated.

These principles apply even to those points of teaching in which Christians and Muslims disagree. When I, as a Christian, speak of the teachings of Islam, even of those teachings with which I disagree, I will speak of them respectfully. I will not pervert the teaching of the Qur'an or anything which Muslims teach because I want them to speak honestly about Christianity and those points with which they disagree. If we each study what the other believes with respect and open minds we will learn so much more than if we are ready to destroy each other.

Muhammad Ashraf of Pakistan has made this comment concerning the golden rule and the way we treat each other, with which we close today's comment. He wrote:

  • "With what face can a man ask for Mercy or Love from God when he is unwilling to give it to his fellow man."
Amen.

I am L. Wesley Jones, Director of Follow-up Teaching for KNLS. If you want to write me about this message or others, please write to:

KNLS, Anchor Point, AL 99556 USA
Salam Aliakum

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Tradition Or Revelation?


In an English translation of the Qur'an I read these valuable lessons about tradition:

  • "When it is said to them, Follow what God has revealed; they say Nay, we shall follow the ways of our fathers. What! Even though their fathers were void of wisdom and guidance?" (Qur'an 2.170.
This quote is from Surah 2, Ayat (verse) 170.

There is great wisdom in this statement. All of us have forefathers whom we respect and admire. From them we have learned much to guide us on our way. But there may come a time when the word of our forefathers is contrary to what God has revealed.

The Bible has a similar message:

  • Jesus replied, "And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? For God said, 'Honor your father and mother' and 'Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.'" (Matthew 15:3-4).
This is in Matthew chapter 15. Jesus teaches that some were dishonoring the commandments of God because of certain religious traditions. "Honor your father and mother" were among the famous ten commandments of the Old Testament, yet some were setting that aside for their own selfish benefit.

As our listeners will note, in both the Qur'an and the Bible, it is the Revelation of God which is supreme. Even though we do not agree on the content of God's Revelation, we both believe that an almighty God has revealed himself to the human race and that the most important thing in the world is to know that revelation and be obedient to the God who spoke.

We are indebted to our ancestors for their achievements in so many things, like language and libraries, for example. But we are not to worship them. It is written in the Bible,

  • "And God spoke all these words: 'I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me.'"

    "You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below."

    "You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God..."
Thank you for listening. I am L. Wesley Jones, Director of Follow-up Teaching for KNLS. If you want to write me about this message or others, please write to:

KNLS, Anchor Point, AL 99556 USA

Salam Aliakum

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Religious Sectarianism


Greetings to our Muslim friends around the world from KNLS. Our subject today is Religion. Many of you to whom we speak on these broadcasts live in the East. We are speaking to you from the West, from North America, in fact. It is sad to say, but some speak of Eastern Religion and some of Western Religion with great pride. It is along these geographical and historical lines that religion is divided.

But religion is divided in other ways, too. There are sects or sectarian groups among Christians and among Muslims. Notice what the Qur'an says about such divisions:

  • "As for those who divide their religion and break up into sects, thou has no part in them in the least: their affair is with Allah; he will in the end tell them the truth of all they did."
This is Surah 7, Ayat (verse) 159.

Again, I apologize if it is offensive to any of you that I am reading from a translation of the Qur'an. I think it will be clear to all that the message of the Qur'an is, that religious division is wrong.

The Bible certainly teaches the same lesson:

  • "I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought." (1 Cor. 1:10).
And yet, the reality is this: There are sectarian groups among both Christians and Muslims. We are not only divided by East and West, but also by doctrines and interpretations. Perhaps you would agree with me that much of this is a problem of attitude. Both the Bible and the Qur'an teach humility. If humility is truly practiced we would be listening to one another, learning from one another, and much less likely to divide. If you think this is right, I would like to hear from you. If you have other suggestions about unity in religion, I would like to hear from you, too.

Before I close let me return to the East-West division in religion. I hope it will not sound defensive when I say to you, Christianity is not a Western Religion. Christianity did not begin or grow at first in the West. Christianity is named for Jesus Christ who was born in the East, in what is now called Palestine. Bible writers were eastern men. Christians should be thankful for that Eastern history and heritage, and we must cleanse our hearts of pride in that which is Western.

Thank you for listening. I am L. Wesley Jones, Director of Follow-up Teaching for KNLS. If you want to write me about this message or others, please write to:

KNLS, Anchor Point, AL 99556 USA

Salam Aliakum

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Distorting Sacred Writings


In my copy of the Qur'an, Surah 2, ayat (verse) 190; I read:

  • "And fight in the way of God with those who fight with you, but aggress not: God loves not the aggressor." (Qur'an 2.190).
Of course, I must read from an English translation of the Qur'an and I apologize to any Muslim who is offended by this. Or, to my many Muslim friends in Indonesia, I may humble read the same reference in the Qur'an in bahasa Indonesian:

  • "Dan perangilah jalan Allah orang orang yang memerangi kamu, jangalanla kamu melampui bata, karena sesungguhnya Allah tidak menjukai orang orang yang melampui batas."
These teachings of the Qur'an that a Muslim is not to be an aggressor are not read to instruct you, my Muslim friends, nor to scold you. These verse are read so that you may know that we understand the difference between Islam as taught in the Qur'an and the perversions of Islam sometimes practiced in the world.

We understand that Islam means surrender and that Islam is a way of peace. We pray for those who pervert Islam as well as we pray for those Christians who pervert Christianity. There are those who twist the world of the Bible, just as there are those who twist the word of the Qur'an. As an example from the Bible, here is a statement from the Apostle Peter regarding the writings of the Apostle Paul:

  • "His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction." (2 Peter 3:16).
My message today is simple this: Let us make honest, sincere attempts to understand each other.

Let us not make assumptions about each other based on hearsay and rumor. Let us together realize there are those who pervert the Scriptures we each consider sacred. Together we can make a contribution to community peace, to family peace and world peace. But we can do much more - we can together know the will of God more clearly and give praise to Allah is so doing.

Thank you for listening. I am L. Wesley Jones, Director of Follow-up Teaching for KNLS. If you want to write me about this message or others, please write to:

KNLS, Anchor Point, AL 99556 USA

Salam Aliakum

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The Question Of Conversion


Muslims and Christians throughout the world are now looking at Christian and Muslim teachings through the prism of international events. The worst result of this close look at each other is that some called Christians have hatred in their hearts for the Muslim; and some called Muslim have hatred in their hearts for Christians. The best result is that each is studying the content of the faith of the other.

Some fear that Christians will become Muslims and some fear that Muslims will become Christians. This concern introduces the subject of conversion. Should Christians try to convert Muslims? Should Muslims try to convert Christians? This message is our response to those concerns.

Above all, let us acknowledge that true conversion is the work of God, not the work of human beings. Let us honor Allah by leaving the work of conversion to him. Now what does that mean? God has spoken to the human race. He has revealed himself to us. Christians and Muslims do not agree on the content of the revelation, but they agree that God has spoken to us.

If the Qur'an is God's revelation, then let it be studied. If it is the voice and power of God, then those who read it will be directed to do Allah's will. If the Bible is God's message to man, let it be studied and God's powerful voice will be heard and lives will be changed. There is little use for a war of words, which may belittle each other or create ill will.

We must not play games of pretense. Let us not pretend that Muslims do not expect Christians to be converted. Let us not pretend that Christians do not expect Muslims to be converted. The fact is that each has expectations of the other. Those expectations need not create an atmosphere of bitterness in Muslim Christian relationships. Such bitterness would be totally contrary to the teachings to which each, Muslim and Christian, has pledged loyalty.

The Qur'an clearly declares the desire for Christians to become Muslims. Let's read Surah 5, Ayat (verse) 85,86:

  • "Strongest among men in enmity To the Believers wilt thou find the Jews and the Pagans; and nearest among them in love to the Believers wilt thou find those who say, 'We are Christians'; because among these are men devoted to learning and men who have renounced the world, and they are not arrogant. And when they listen to the revelation received by the Apostle [Muhammad], thou wilt see their eyes overflowing with tears, for they recognize the truth..." (Qur'an 5.85,86).
Now let us note what the Bible says about the Christian mission in the world:

The Gospel of Luke 24:44-47

  • "He [Jesus] said to them, 'This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.' Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, 'This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.'" (Luke 24:44-47).
Christian and Muslim may address the message each believes to be from God, to each other, and trust that Allah will bring about his will. In such an arrangement there is no excuse for either Muslim or Christian to become hateful or vengeful. Whether you agree with me or not I would like to hear from you.

Thank you for listening. I am L. Wesley Jones, Director of Follow-up Teaching for KNLS. If you want to write me about this message or others, please write to:

KNLS, Anchor Point, AL 99556 USA

Salam Aliakum

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Hypocrisy And Extremism



As we search for understanding between Christians and Muslims we notice a very prominent feature of Muslim life: everything a Muslim does, says or thinks is part of Islam. Islam, which means surrender, that is surrender to Allah, is all-encompassing. No part of a Muslim's life is outside his faith. He is encouraged to continually repeat or think.

There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is his prophet.

If one is getting his first glimpse of Islam it may seem this is a form of extremism. One may react by saying, "All of the Muslim's life is his religion, his total life is his relationship with Allah?" Yes, that is what Islam teaches. Home, family, professional life, education and entertainment are all included in the Muslim's faith. Hummm.

Well, why should a Christian find that so strange? The Christian is taught to pray without ceasing. That whatever he does in word or deed is in the name of Christ.

These are all encompassing. The Christian's citizenship, his family, his daily work are all to be done with an attitude of prayer and in the name of Christ!

As I ponder these things I wonder how many Christians know this about Muslims and how many Muslims know this about Christians. Would it not be good if we each knew this about each other? But I think we would all agree there is a problem: In each religion, Christianity and Islam, there are so many of us who do not live up to this ideal.

Some of us have pledged our loyalty to God who do not live as if we had made that pledge.

I believe that is true of some Muslims and some Christians. There are some called Christians whose behavior is very different from their founder, Jesus Christ. Some of these amass wealth and depend on material things for their security. Some of these dishonor the name of Christ with alcohol and gambling and still call themselves Christians. There are groups of people called Christians who are at war with each other as in Northern Ireland.

Regarding Muslims there are some who are brutal. Some extremists among Muslims will destroy lives and property in the name of their religion. Some will supply financial support to their religion by growing poppies from which comes Opium, by which many become addicted to drugs for life.

Some of us who are Christians are embarrassed by the behavior of some who are called Christians. I believe there must be some Muslims who are embarrassed by the behavior of some of their Muslim brethren.

What is the answer? I would like to know what you think is the answer, dear listener. I have studied both the Bible and the Qur'an and I do not believe this hypocrisy and extremism is justified by either. I do believe that Christians and Muslims should be in a dialogue with each other, getting to know each other and studying the true and faithful ways to God.

If you want to write me about this message or others, please write to:

KNLS, Anchor Point, AL 99556 USA

Salam Aliakum



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What Place Mercy?



As we greet our Muslim friends today from KNLS our theme is mercy. Such mercy is one of the characteristics of Allah or God. While we seek his mercy, and mercy from one another in daily life, it is in the final judgement we will all throw ourselves on the Mercy of God. The Qur'an says:

  • "On that day if the penalty is averted from any, it is due to Allah's Mercy, and that would be (Salvation), the obvious fulfillment of all desire."
Or as the Indonesian Qur'an reads:

  • "Barangsiapa yang dijauhkan azab daripadanya pada hari itu, maka sesungguh Allah telah memberikan rahmat kepadanya, dan itulah keberuntungan yang nyata."
It is obvious that none of us is worthy to be in the presence of God, whether now or in the final day. It is clear therefore that we must depend on the mercy of God.

Both the Qur'an and the Bible tell us of the great flood in the days of Noah. The Qur'an gives a story of one son of Noah who refused to come into the ark. He told his Father that he would go on a high mountain away from the flood. Noah told his son,

  • "On this day nothing can save from the command of God , any but those on whom He hath mercy."

    "Tidak ada yang melundungi hari ini dari azab Allah selain Allah saja, yang Maha Penyayang."
The old hymn to which we were listening at the beginning is entitled, "O God, Our Help in Ages Past, Our Hope for Years to Come." As God was merciful to those who entered the ark before the flood, so he will be merciful to us who enter his way today.

There are two other things about Mercy we should notice: First, Mercy means we have hope without having performed perfectly. If we did everything perfectly God requires of us we would have no need for Mercy. God is our hope for years to come, even in the judgement, because he is a God of Mercy. The New Testament says,

  • "Mercy triumphs over judgement."
A second thing to be noted as we conclude today is that, while Mercy is a gift from God, and we depend on his Mercy for our salvation, Mercy is also something we must practice with each other. What right do I have to ask God for His Mercy if I am not ready to be Merciful to each of you, to my family members, my neighbors and all the citizens of the world? This is not to say it does not matter what one believes as long as he is peaceful. It is rather to say, if we are peaceful and respectful, if we show mercy to one another we may join in the pursuit of truth, and if you and I are merciful with each other, we can make a giant step toward creating a peaceful world in which to learn more about Allah. Allah Ahkbar.

If you want to write me about this message or others, please write to:

KNLS, Anchor Point, AL 99556

Salam Aliakum



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Sin And Salvation



Greetings Muslims Friends. Among the those to whom Allah has spoken, as recorded in the Qur'an and the Bible, is Adam. The Qur'an records the Adam story at creation in Surah 2:30-39. Allah said to Adam:

  • "O Adam, dwell thou and thy wife in the Garden; and eat of the bountiful things therein as where and when ye will, but approach not this tree, or ye run into harm and transgression."
This language of the Qur'an is very similar to what we read in the Bible in Genesis 5:17:

  • "(15) The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. (16) And the LORD God commanded the man, 'You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; (17) but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.'"
Thus the Bible and the Qur'an record the story of the first human pair, the temptation by Satan, (he is called Iblis in the Qur'an), and the entrance of sin into the world. The story of the two sons of Adam and Eve is recorded in Genesis chapter 4, and in the Qur'an in Surah five. Both proclaim the creation story and the entry of sin into the world.

In the Bible there are further references to the story of Adam. Hosea 6:6-8, for example. God is rebuking his children for their unfaithfulness in actions as well as attitudes, and refers to Adam as an example of their unfaithfulness:

  • "(6) For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings. (7) Like Adam, they have broken the covenant-- they were unfaithful to me there. (8) Gilead is a city of wicked men, stained with footprints of blood."
Adam's sin is key to understanding the new story, the good news of salvation. In Rom 5:12-15:

"(12) Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned-- (13) for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. (14) Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come. (15) But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God's grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!" The effects of the sin of Adam were far reaching. Death entered into the world and reached us all. The effects of the grace of Christ are "much more" and they overflow to many. That gift does more for us than simply erasing the effects of physical death. That gift provides eternal life.

It is for this reason that the Apostle Paul writes further:

  • "(17) And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. (18) Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. (19) If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. (20) But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. (21) For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. (22) For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. (23) But each in his own turn: Christ, the first fruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. (24) Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. (25) For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. (26) The last enemy to be destroyed is death."
This is in 1 Corinthians 15:17-26. It is because of this declaration that Christians begin with the story of Adam in Genesis and continue with it through the story of the Second Adam in whom all are made alive.

If you want to write me about this message or others, please write to:

KNLS, Anchor Point, AL 99556 USA

Salam Aliakum



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John The Baptist



Greetings, muslim friends. Allah Akbar! God is great!

From KNLS we greet you once again. In this series we are addressing our Muslim friends with respect. It is our opinion that dignity and respect should characterize all of the relationships between in Muslims and Christians.

Today I share a story from the Qur'an Sura 19, and from the Gospel of Luke chapter 1. Zakariya and Maryam are both old, and Zakariya desires for someone to carry on his mission in life.

Qur'an, sura 19, ayat 4 and 5, record Zakariya's prayer. Here is a portion of it.

  • "O my Lord! Infirm indeed are my bones, and the hair of my head doth glisten with grey; but never am I unblest...so give me an heir as from thyself.
In response God promised Zakariya a son whose name would be John or Yahya Both the Gospel and the Qur'an tell us that Zakariya questioned God. How would he know this promise would be fulfilled? The Indonesian New Testament reports the following in the Gospel of Luke 1:18:

Lalu kata Zakaria kepada malaikat it:

  • "Bagaimanakah aku tahu, bahwa hal ini akan terjadi? Sebab aku sudah tua dan isteriku sudah lanjut umurnya."
Jawab malaikat itu kepadanya:

  • "Akulah Gabriel yang melayani Allah dan aku telah diutus untuk menyampaikan kabar baik ini kepadamu."
When God promises a son to Zakariya and Maryam he gave Zakariya a sign. He would lose his ability to speak and hear until the child was born. The couple need not have doubted, just as we need not doubt the promises of God when he works out our problems.

If we are guilty of fretting about someone to carry on the work we are doing, our professional work, our ministry, our trade, our family future, these can be committed to God and he will provide.

When the child was born to Zakariya and Maryam, he was named John or Yahya and, as you may know he was the great John the Baptist. Jesus said of him, in the Gospel of Luke 7:28:

  • "Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist..."
We should also notice what John or Yahya said of Jesus in the Gospel of John 1:29:

  • "Pada keesokan harinya [Yahya] melihat Yesus datang kepadanya, dan berkata: 'Lihatlah Anak domba Allah, yang menhapus dosa dunia.'"
In the English Bible,

  • "The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, 'Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!'"
We notice in closing what the Qur'an says about the character of John the Baptist. Allah is the speaker in sura 21:90 . Of John or Yahya Allah said,

  • "[He] was ever quick in emulation, in good words; [he] used to call on us with love and reverence and humble [himself] before us."
At the beginning of today's Greetings to Muslim Friends, we spoke of Christians and Muslim regarding each other with respect and dignity. In that spirit we have today studied the story of Zakariya and Maryam and Jesus. We have taken note of the character of John as recited from the Qur'an - he was a man of reverence and respect for the way of God. It was such a one as John who proclaimed Jesus as the Lamb of God who had come to take away the sins of the world.

Safe to say that all of us, speaker and listeners, are in need of the removal of sins, that is, sins taken away. Please write to me about today's program and this subject of sins to be removed. Let me know if I have correctly represented the Qur'an and if I have spoken with respect for my Muslim Friends.



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Biblical Prophecy For Mohammed?



Greetings muslim friends. In this series we have spoken of Muslim beliefs and Christian beliefs. Usually we have turned to the Qur'an to discuss Muslims beliefs and to the Bible to discuss Christian beliefs. Sometimes we have emphasized beliefs held in common. Sometimes we have described differences.

As always we are eager to know what you as a listener are thinking. Today is no exception. This will be one of those times when we speak of differences between Muslims and Christians. It would be unfair for me to present a Christian viewpoint without inviting you to present your viewpoint. Listen for my address at the end and write to me, if you choose. As this series continues we want to have your thoughts.

Very special people called PROPHETS are important in both the Bible and the Qur'an. Both Christians and Muslims consider PROPHETS to be special messengers of God -- those who speak the message of God. Moses was one such PROPHET, highly regarded by both Christians and Muslims. In his old age he said,

  • "The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him." From Deut 18:15.
That verse in the Indonesian Bible reads as follows:

  • "Seorang nabi dari tengah-tengahmu, dari antara saudara-saudaramu, sama seperti aku, akan dibangkitkan oleh Tuhan Allahmu; dialah yang harus kamu dengarkan."
If we are good students of this sacred literature we must ask, Of whom did Moses speak?

The apostles of the New Testament stated clearly that Moses was speaking of Jesus. You may read in Acts of Apostles 3:19-26:

  • "(19) Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, (20) and that he may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you-even Jesus. (21) He must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets. (22) For Moses said, 'The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you. (23) Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from among his people.'"
The credible PROPHET Moses passed the mantle of prophetic authority to Jesus. Of course, there were other PROPHETS, trusted and honored. Just now we speak of Moses and Jesus.

The question arises, was there another such PROPHET to follow Jesus? Was there to be another divine revelation through another PROPHET, from God, from Allah, to the human race?

Muslims say that Mohammad was such a PROPHET who brought further revelation from heaven, revelation beyond the New Testament. The Muslim view is that one cannot know the complete will of Allah without that further revelation which the Muslim reveres as the Qur'an.

Furthermore, Muslims say that Jesus himself promised another PROPHET. He was one who would guide us into all truth. Jesus is quoted in the Qur'an in the following manner, reading first from the English translation and then from Indonesian:

  • "And remember Jesus, son of Mary, said: O children of Israel! I am the Apostle of God sent to you confirming the law which came before me, and giving glad tidings of an Apostle to come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad."
This is found in Surah 61:6.

Now the Indonesian rendering of the same passage from the Qur'an:

  • "Dan ingatlah ketika Isa putra Marjam berkata: "Hai Bani Israel, sesungguhnya aku adalah utusan Allah kepadamu, membenarkan kitab yang turun sebelumku , yaitu Taurat dan memberi chabar gembira dengan datangna seorang Rasul yang akan datang sesudahku, yang namanya Ahmad."
In fairness to Christians, is there any such promise from the lips of Jesus in the New Testament? Does Jesus anywhere say that another Apostle or teacher would follow him? All of these are opinions based on such verses as the gospel of John 14:16, 17. In English these verses are as follows:

  • "(16) And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever- (17) the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you."
Who is this Spirit promised by Jesus? The Greek word which is used in the original New Testament manuscript is paracletos. Here is an opinion offered by the Muslim scholar, Muhammad Yusuf Ali. This scholar says,

"Ahamad or Mohammad, the Praised One, is almost a translation of the Greek word paraclytos." He continues that Muslims scholars "contend that Paracletos is a corrupt reading for Paraclytos, and that in the original saying of Jesus there was a prophecy of our Holy Prophet by name."

So, lest I confuse you, let me rehearse: Jesus promised a paraclete to follow him. In Greek, a paracletos. Muslims believe Christians have allowed the Scripture to be corrupted and that Jesus actually said Paraclytos which is a word which "almost" means Mohammad.

What do Christians believe about the promise of Jesus? That Jesus was speaking of the Holy Spirit, sometimes called the Spirit of Truth. They believe that world renowned Greek scholars have translated the Spirit from paracletos. They believe the text is not a corruption, but a glorious truth which honors Allah. In fact in these passages from the gospel of John, Jesus spoke of this Holy Spirit in the following manner in chapter 14:26:

  • "But the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have said to you."
The Holy Spirit , the paracletos, was sent by Allah. The Indonesian New Testament says,

  • "Roh Kudus, yang akan diutus oleh Bapa dalam namaku…"
Here is indeed a matter requiring careful study. Christians must continually examine the Bible text to be sure of its integrity. Muslims must look carefully at Bible texts when the texts are quoted by the Qur'an and Qur'anic scholars. Christians feel a great need for the help of the Holy Spirit as promised by Jesus, and as coming from Allah. Thank you for listening so carefully, and remember I will be blessed if you will write to me.

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