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Christian Deceptions â€“ An Example
I received the following message in my e-mail inbox a few days back, from a person calling himself â€œIlahi Noorâ€ (My God is Light). It seemed like a Muslim person, and it had been forwarded to a friend of mine who is a Muslim, and who periodically sends me and other people matters related to Islam. Below I will put the message, plus my own opinions at relevant passages.
My dear friend, I am sending you a beautiful passage which contains three stories told by Isa (pbuh) about lost things and people. These stories summarize the purpose for which Isa (pbuh) came into the world to seek and to save that which was lost. As you read may the loving heart of Allah Ta'ala be unveiled to you. Noor
Note how the Christian charlatan uses Isa for Jesus, and even puts (pbuh) in his sentences. Also, we see him using phrases such as â€œAllah Taâ€™alaâ€ and â€œNoorâ€ to try to wield in the unsuspecting Muslim. I suppose my other Muslim friend did not notice what was going on, so he probably sent me the message unaltered. Even I thought initially that perhaps there is going to be narrations from some of the Ahadeeths of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Salla Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) about the life of Isa (Alayhi Salaam).
Here the fraud is revealed for any Muslim who has some idea about Christianity. However, both â€œIlahi Noorâ€ and his type now that many Muslims do not know what â€œLuke 15â€ is, and will keep on reading. However, if this Christian fraud had been even more clever, he/she would have taken out the chapter and sub-chapter names and numbers, and would have confused the Muslims for even a longer time.
The Parable of the Lost Sheep
1Now the tax collectors and "sinners" were all gathering around to hear him. 2But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them." 3Then Jesus told them this parable: 4"Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.' 7I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
The Parable of the Lost Coin
8"Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins[a] and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? 9And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.' 10In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."
The Parable of the Lost Son
11Jesus continued: "There was a man who had two sons. 12The younger one said to his father, 'Father, give me my share of the estate.' So he divided his property between them.
13"Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. 17"When he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.' 20So he got up and went to his father. "But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. 21"The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' 22"But the father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. 24For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate. 25"Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27'Your brother has come,' he replied, 'and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.' 28"The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29But he answered his father, 'Look! All these years I've been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!' 31" 'My son,' the father said, 'you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32But we had to celebrate and
be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' "
The stories seem good in and of themselves. However, I feel that the sender is beginning with these types of benign tales in order to lead us to a fundamental questioning of our Islamic religion. (Again, if this person had been smarter, maybe they would have shifted the â€œJesusâ€ found in these Biblical passages for â€œIsaâ€ in order to continue the farce). For the strong Muslim, these would not be a problem, since the Quran and Ahadeeth contain parables and lessons better than the ones this Christian is bringing from his Bible. But as the moral of the passages above goes, they will try to convert all Muslims to Christianity, even if they are successful in one of two cases, or one out of ten, or one of hundred.
Now the sender moves into more dogmatic terrain. He/she says:
Here is how Isa described himself as recorded in the Holy Scriptures:
1. I am the bread of life (Injil, John 6:35). Bread was an essential of life in Isaâ€™s culture. No meal was complete without bread. Are you spiritually hungry? Has life left you feeling empty? Consider the words of Isa: â€œI am the bread of life.â€
2. I am the light of the world (Injil, John 8:12). Sin brings spiritual darkness into our lives. Isa is the antidote. Let him light up your life. Let him dispel the darkness of sin.
3. I am the gate (Injil, John 10:9). A gate is an entryway. Isa is the entryway, the gate or door, to spiritual life. No man can come to full spiritual understanding--except through him. Will you step through the door today?
4. I am the good shepherd (Injil, John 10:11). Isa is not just any shepherd, he is the Good Shepherd. He loves his sheep and they know his voice. Are you spiritually exhausted? Come to the Good Shepherd.
5. I am the resurrection and the life (Injil, John 11:25). If you are spiritually dead, you need nothing less than spiritual resurrection and new life. Isa said, â€œCome to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you restâ€ (Injil, Matthew 11:28).
6. I am the way and the truth and the life (Injil, John 14:6). Have you lost your direction? Are you groping for truth? Has all spiritual life been drained from you? Isa is your answer. He will point you in the right direction, supply truth for your error and give you a new life.
7. I am the Alpha and Omega [the beginning and the end] (Injil, Revelation 1:8). Isa will bring completeness to your life. Nothing is lacking in him.
As expected, we have the normal trick of calling the New Testament as the â€œInjilâ€, with the Christian missionary trying to tie certain Biblical passages with fundamental questions about the (supposedly divine) nature of Isa (Alayhi Salaam).
The statements above are the answers Isa gave about himself! Only you can answer the critical question posed by Isa: â€œWho Do You Say I Am?â€
This is the final shot in order to confuse the masses of the Muslims. I am certain that at least a few of the Muslims who may have read this e-mail message as it was sent still do not have an idea as to what the purpose of this e-mail was, do not know this was a piece of Christian propaganda, and would happily accept new messages from â€œIlahi Noorâ€ without any hesitation.
I have put this passage up, not because I think it is something new, but because every personal experience with these sorts of people shows their utter determination to use every possible tool to reach the Muslims, and their knowledge that enough Muslims are out there who will not know what is happening to them even while the tricksters are at work.