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  1. 1. Christianity<br />Separating Myth from Reality<br />Part-1<br />
  2. 2. Is Jesus (peace be upon him) God?<br />Do we have scriptural evidence to CONFIRM that Jesus (peace be upon him) God?<br />Let us examine the Holy Bible to SEPARATE the MYTH from the REALITY<br />
  3. 3. Mark 10:18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.<br />John 20:17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.<br />
  4. 4. John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.<br />Acts 2:22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:<br />
  5. 5. Acts 3:13 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his servant Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.<br />29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:<br />30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. (Mark 12: 29-30)<br />
  6. 6. Mathew 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.<br />23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.<br />24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John (4:23-24)<br />
  7. 7. 16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?<br />17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. <br />(Mathew 19:16-17)<br />
  8. 8. 25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?<br />26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?<br />27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.<br />28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. (Luke 10:25-28)<br />
  9. 9. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.<br />16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.<br />17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.<br />18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.<br />19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.(Mathew5:15-19)<br />
  10. 10. 1 And God spake all these words, saying,<br />2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.<br />3 Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.<br />4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:<br />5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me;<br />6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep my commandments.<br />7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain. (Exodus-20:1-7)<br />
  11. 11. 12 Then beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.<br />13 Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.<br />14 Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you;<br />15 (For the LORD thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the LORD thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth.<br />16 Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God, as ye tempted him in Massah.<br />17 Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, and his testimonies, and his statutes, which he hath commanded thee.<br />18 And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the LORD: that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest go in and possess the good land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers,<br />19 To cast out all thine enemies from before thee, as the LORD hath spoken.<br />20 And when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD our God hath commanded you?<br />21 Then thou shalt say unto thy son, We were Pharaoh&apos;s bondmen in Egypt; and the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand:<br />22 And the LORD shewed signs and wonders, great and sore, upon Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his household, before our eyes:<br />23 And he brought us out from thence, that he might bring us in, to give us the land which he swore unto our fathers. (Deuteronomy 6:12-23) <br />
  12. 12. What the Qu’ran says about Jesus (peace be upon him)<br />(Remember) when the angels said: &quot;O Maryam (Mary)! Verily, Allâh gives you the glad tidings of a Word [&quot;Be!&quot; - and he was! i.e. &apos;Iesa (Jesus) the son of Maryam (Mary)] from Him, his name will be the Messiah &apos;Iesa (Jesus), the son of Maryam (Mary), held in honour in this world and in the Hereafter, and will be one of those who are near to Allâh.“ &quot;He will speak to the people in the cradle and in manhood, and he will be one of the righteous.“ (3:45-46)<br />
  13. 13. And will make him [&apos;Iesa (Jesus)] a Messenger to the Children of Israel (saying): &quot;I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, that I design for you out of clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, and breathe into it, and it becomes a bird by Allâh&apos;s Leave; and I heal him who was born blind, and the leper, and I bring the dead to life by Allâh&apos;s Leave. And I inform you of what you eat, and what you store in your houses. Surely, therein is a sign for you, if you believe. (Qu’ran 3:49)<br />
  14. 14. Acts 2:22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:<br />5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:<br />6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. <br /> (Mathew 10:5-6)<br />22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.<br />23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.<br />24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. (Mathew 15:22-24)<br />
  15. 15. Why only one God<br />If there were more than one God then different parts of the universe would not have worked with such uniformity as they did and as is always the case (when two or more create something), parts of the matter in the universe would have originated at different times. Yet scientists and laws are in agreement that the Big Bang was when all energy and matter originated in the universe.<br />Qur’an 23:91&quot; There has never been any other god besides Allah. Otherwise, each god would have declared independence with their creations, and they would have competed with each other for dominance. Allah be glorified; far above their claims.&quot; <br />Qur’an 21:22. &quot;If there were in them (the heavens and the earth) other gods beside Allah, there would have been confusion in both.&quot; <br />
  16. 16. More Info<br />So He said about Himself<br />Qur’an: 112: &quot;Say: He is Allah the One. Allah, the eternal, absolute. He begets not, nor was He begotten and there is nothing like Him.”<br />Logically if Allah were like us, <br />why would we worship Him?<br />
  17. 17. Qur’an:3:190-91 Behold! in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of night and day there are indeed Signs for men of intelligence/understanding. Men who celebrate the praises of Allah standing sitting and lying down on their sides and contemplate the (wonders of) creation in the heavens and the earth (with the thought): &quot;Our Lord! not for nothing have you created (all) this! Glory to You! give us salvation from the penalty of the fire.<br />Invitation to intelligent people<br />The first sign of intelligence is to recognize our Creator<br />
  18. 18. The Qur&apos;an is an eternal miracle. It was revealed to Prophet Muhammad who was unlettered. Yet it is acclaimed as the finest example of Arabic literary excellence of all time. <br />It also contains information about the universe that was not discovered by science until several centuries after the revelation. <br />It is the last Book of Allah sent for the guidance of all humanity through His last Prophet, Muhammad <br />What is the Qur’an?<br />
  19. 19. How was it revealed?<br />The Qur&apos;an was revealed in stages through a period of about 23 years. <br />The Prophet received the first revelation in 610 CE, in the Cave of Hira in the Mountain of Light (Jabal-an-Noor), two and a half miles away from the city of Makkah<br />The Angel Jibraeel (Gabriel) used to come <br />with the Word of Allah<br />
  20. 20. The first verses<br />The first revelation was the first 5 verses of Surah (chapter) Al-Alaq (96:1-5)<br />&quot;Read in the name of your Lord who created, created man from a clot. Read, for your Lord is most Generous, Who teaches by means of the pen, teaches man what he does not know.&quot; <br />Allah invites mankind to ‘read’ His signs <br />in the Universe around us<br />
  21. 21. For whom is the Qur’an?<br />The teachings of the Qur&apos;an are universal, addressed to all people throughout the world until the end of time, regardless of their tribe, race, gender, nationality, creed or color. <br />They enlighten the soul, condemn all wrongs, order good deeds and call for the establishment of justice and fraternity through obeying Allah to whom we will all return and account for our actions.<br />
  22. 22. How was the Qur’an preserved?<br />Memorization<br />From the earliest revelation it was memorized by the Prophet himself as well as by many of his companions<br />Writing<br />Scribes (there were 42, under Zaid bin Thabit) wrote down the revelation, which they read out to the Prophet to verify its correctness. <br />As a source of the Shari`ah (Islamic Law)<br />The Qur’an and the Sunnah are the sources of Islamic law and this has helped in preserving both through practicing the principles enshrined therein.<br />
  23. 23. The Qur’an and Science<br />An Inherent Compatibility<br />
  24. 24. Divine origin of the Qur’an<br />The Qur’an is not the words of Prophet Muhammad . The author of the Qur’an is Allah himself<br />There are many proofs of this, some of which are mentioned in the following slides<br />
  25. 25. Our Universe<br />Signs of the Creator all around us<br />
  26. 26. Qur’an 31:20 Do they [the disbelievers] not see that Allah has subjected for them whatsoever is in the heavens and on earth <br />Qur’an 54:49 &quot; Indeed We have created everything with a set measure<br />Compare these statements in the Qur’an to what the physicist Paul Davies writes in his book, The Accidental Universe (1982): &quot;The numerical values that nature has assigned to the fundamental constants, such as the charge on the electron, the mass of the proton, and the Newtonian Gravitational constant, may be mysterious, but they are critically relevant to the structure of the universe that we perceive. As more and more physical systems from nuclei to galaxies have become better understood, scientists have begun to realize that many characteristics of these systems are remarkably sensitive to the precise value of the fundamental constants. Had nature opted for a slightly different set of numbers, the world would have been a very different place and we would not be here to see it.&quot; (Davies 1982) <br />The ‘Fundamental Constants’<br />
  27. 27. Qur’an: 21:30 &quot;Do not the unbelievers see that the Heavens and the earth were joined together, then We split them apart.&quot;<br />Professor Alfred Kroner, chairman of the Department of Geology at the Institute of Geosciences, Johannes Gutenburg University, Mainz, Germany stated about this verse in the Qur’an: &quot;Somebody who did not know something about nuclear physics 1400 years ago could not, I think, be in a position to find out from his own mind for instance that the earth and the heavens had the same origin, or many others of the questions that we have discussed here. (Rehaili 1995)&quot; <br />The ‘Big Bang’ theory<br />
  28. 28. The Expanding Universe<br />Qur’an:51:47 &quot;And the firmament, We constructed with power and skill and verily We are expanding it.&quot; <br />The Protective Atmosphere<br />Qur’an:21:32 &quot;And We have made the atmosphere a protective roof, yet do they turn away from the Signs which these things point to.&quot; <br />The Expanding Universe<br />
  29. 29. Movement of the Sun<br />The sun&apos;s movement is not something that is evident to our eyes but requires specialized equipment to observe. <br />Qur’an: 21:33 &quot;It is He who created the night and the day, and the sun and the moon, all (the celestial bodies) swim along, each in its orbit with its own motion.&quot; <br />Qur’an: 36:39 “And the sun constantly journeys towards a homing place for it and for the moon, We have determined phases.”<br />Modern science discovered that the sun rotates around its axis every 26 days . The Qur’an mentions the movement of the sun, with its own motion, signified by the verb ‘Yasbahoon’ in Arabic. Thus according to the Qur’an the sun is not just flying through space but moving on its own, i.e. rotating. The sun is also continually on a journey in space towards its homing place, the solar apex, as mentioned in the Qur’an. <br />
  30. 30. Death of Stars, Phases of Moon<br />The Death of Stars<br />Qur’an: 77:7-8 Assuredly what ye are promised must come to pass. Then when the stars become dim;<br />Phases of the Moon<br />Qur’an:36:38-39 And the Sun runs his course for a period determined for him: that is the decree of (Him) the exalted in Might the All-Knowing. And the Moon We have measured for her phases (to traverse) till she returns like the old (and withered) lower part of date-stalk.<br />
  31. 31. Origin of all life from water<br />Qur’an:21:30 Do not the Unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined together (as one unit of Creation) before We clove them asunder? We made from water every living thing. Will they not then believe?<br />Qur’an:25:54 It is He Who has created man from water: then has He established relationships of lineage and marriage: for thy Lord has power (over all things).<br />Qur’an:24:45 And Allah has created every animal from water: of them there are some that creep on their bellies; some that walk on two legs; and some that walk on four. Allah creates what He wills: for verily Allah has power over all things. <br />
  32. 32. Queen ant & Queen bee<br />Qur’an:68-69 And thy Lord taught the Bee to build its cells in hills on trees and in (men&apos;s) habitations; Then to eat of all the produce (of the earth) and find with skill the spacious paths of its Lord: there issues from within their bodies a drink of varying colors wherein is healing for men: verily in this is a Sign for those who give thought. (The Qur’an uses the female verb in describing the bee, in Arabic faslukee.)<br />Qur’an:27:18-19 At length when they came to a (lowly) valley of ants one of the ants said: &quot;O ye ants get into your habitations lest Solomon and his hosts crush you (under foot) without knowing it.&quot; So he smiled amused at her speech; and he said: &quot;O my Lord! so order me that I may be grateful for Thy favors which Thou hast bestowed on me and on my parents and that I may work the righteousness that will please Thee: and admit me by Thy Grace to the ranks of Thy righteous Servants.“ (The Qur’an uses the female verb Qalat to refer to the speech of the ant)<br />It is known only in modern times that in bee and ant colonies, it is the female queen that is the only one who gives directions to the entire colony.<br />
  33. 33. Invisible barrier between seas<br />Qur’an:55:19-20 He has let free the two bodies of flowing water meeting together. Between them is a Barrier which they do not transgress:<br />The French scientist Jacques Yves Cousteau conducted various undersea investigations at the Strait of Gibraltar and explaining these phenomena concluded: &quot;Unexpected fresh water springs issue from the southern and northern coasts of Gibraltar. These mammoth springs gush towards each other at angles of 45 degrees forming a reciprocal dam. Due to this fact the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Oceans cannot intermingle (as quoted by Nurbaki).&quot; <br />
  34. 34. Isostacy & Mountain roots<br />Qur’an:78:6-7 &quot;Have we not expanded the earth and made the mountains as tent pegs&quot; <br />Qur’an:31-10 &quot; We have cast into the earth anchors lest it shake with you&quot; <br />This fact was discovered less than 150 years ago by scientists and now accepted as a fundamental law in geology, the concept of Isostacy. M. J Selby in a standard-text on the subject entitled &quot;Earth&apos;s Changing Surface (Clarendon Press, Oxford 1985) states: &quot;G.B Airy in 1855 suggested that the crust of the earth could be likened to rafts of timber floating on water. Thick pieces of timber float higher above the water surface than thin pieces and similarly thick sections of the earth&apos;s crust will float on a liquid or plastic substratum of greater density. Airy was suggesting that mountains have a deep root of lower density rock, which the plains lack. Four years after Airy published his work, J.H Pratt offered an alternative hypothesis...By this hypothesis, rock columns below mountains must have a lower density, because of their greater length, than shorter rock columns beneath plains. Both Airy and Pratt&apos;s hypothesis imply that surface irregularities are balanced by differences in density of rocks below the major features (mountains and plains) of the crust. This state of BALANCE is described as the concept of ISOSTACY (Selby1985:32) .&quot; <br />
  35. 35. Within Ourselves<br />Qur’an:55:18<br />Then which of the favors of your Lord will you deny?<br />
  36. 36. Qur’an 41: 53: “We will show them Our Signs in the universe and in their own selves, until it becomes manifest to them that this (Qur’an) is the truth. Is it not sufficient in regard to your Lord that He is a Witness over all things?”<br />The challenge of the Qur’an<br />
  37. 37. Qur’an:16:4 “Allah fashioned man from a small quantity (of sperm”<br />Qur’an:23:13-14 “Then We placed him as a drop in a place of rest. Then We made the drop into a leech like structure...&quot; <br />Qur’an:32:9 “And He (Allah) gave you hearing and sight and feeling and understanding.&quot;<br />Dr. E. Marshall Johnson Professor of Anatomy, concluded after studying verses from Qur&apos;an: <br />&quot;The Qur&apos;an describes not only the development of external form but emphasizes also the internal stages - the stages inside the embryo of its creation and development, emphasizing major events recognized by contemporary science... so I see nothing in conflict with the concept that divine intervention was involved...&quot;<br />Embryology<br />
  38. 38. Testimony of scientists<br />Keith Moore, head of the department of anatomy, at the University of Toronto, was shown verses of the Qur’an dealing with the microscopic stages of the human embryo. He was so surprised at what he found that he went back and revised the history of embryology in his standard texts on the subject. The books that Keith Moore authored are used at prestigious institutions like Yale and at universities all around the world. He stated, after being unable to provide an explanation on how microscopic details of the embryo could be accurately described in a book written before the discovery of the microscope: &quot;It is clear to me that these statements (in the Qur’an on embryology) must have come to Muhammad from God. This proves to me that Muhammed must have been the Messenger of God or Allah.&quot; (Rehaili 1995) <br />
  39. 39. Circulation of blood & food<br />Qur’an:16-6 &quot;And surely in the cattle, there is a lesson for you. We give you to drink of what is inside their bodies, from between digested food and blood, pure milk, pleasant to those who drink it.&quot;The above verse of the Qur’an calls our attention to the food distribution function of blood. It should be kept in mind however that this information was made known to the west by William Harvey, 1000 years after the Prophet’s death. If he was the author of the Qur’an (as his enemies claim) how would he have known, at the time that he lived that digested food is transported via blood and then becomes the constituent of milk secreted by the mammary glands? <br />
  40. 40. Maurice Bucaille<br />Maurice Bucaille, one of the first to popularize the linking of the Qur’an and Science, in his best selling books, The Bible, the Qur’an and Science, and What is the Origin of Man, concluded that given the history of the origin of the Qur’an, it could not have been the work of a man or group of men living in Arabia or anywhere else at that time, considering the nature of the scientific information in the Qur’an. Lecturing at the French Academy of Medicine, he concluded on the subject: &quot;It makes us deem it quite unthinkable for a man of Muhammad&apos;s time to have been the author of such statements on account of the state of knowledge in his day. Such considerations are what give the Qur’anic revelation its unique place and forces the impartial scientist to admit his inability to provide an explanation which calls solely on materialistic reasoning.” (Bucaille 1985)<br />
  41. 41. Resurrection of the dead<br />Qur’an: 75:1-6 I do call to witness the Resurrection Day; And I do call to witness the self-reproaching spirit; (eschew Evil). Does man think that We cannot assemble his bones? Nay We are able to put together in perfect order the very tips of his fingers. But man wishes to do wrong (even) in the time in front of him. He questions: &quot;When is the Day of Resurrection?<br />Qur’an: 75:36-40 Does Man think that he will be left uncontrolled (without purpose)? Was he not a drop of sperm emitted (in lowly form)? Then did he become a leech-like clot; then did (Allah) make and fashion (him) in due proportion. And of him He made two sexes male and female. Has not He (the same) the power to give life to the dead<br />So why then will we still not believe?<br />
  42. 42. And on the Day of Judgment?<br />Qur’an:32-10-12 And they say: &quot;What! when we lie hidden and lost in the earth shall we indeed be in a creation renewed?&quot; Nay they deny the meeting with their Lord! Say: &quot;The Angel of Death put in charge of you will (duly) take your souls: then shall ye be brought back to your Lord. If only thou couldst see when the guilty ones will bend low their heads before their Lord (saying:) &quot;Our Lord! We have seen and we have heard: now send us back (to the world): we will work righteousness: for we do indeed (now) believe.<br />But on that day nothing can be changed<br />
  43. 43. All that we need to do today…<br />Accept in our heart that there is nobody worthy of worship except Allah who created us and sustains us and who will kill us and resurrect us and who we will stand before to be judged.<br />And accept that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger<br />Its as simple as that to become a Muslim!!<br />
  44. 44. And what will happen then??<br />Qur’an:25;70-1 But if he repents, believes and works righteous deeds, Allah will change the evil of such persons into good and Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful. And whoever repents and does good has truly turned to Allah with an (acceptable) conversion<br />The Mercy of Allah is such that not only will he forgive our sins but will change them into good deeds. If only we are ready t accept and obey Him.<br />
  45. 45. Thank You Very Much<br />