Islamic Doctrine: Five versus Three Equals One?

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DANIEL JANOSIK: Director of Islamic Studies, Adjunct Professor of Apologetics, Historical Theology, and Islamic Studies at Southern Evangelical Seminary, and the adjunct professor in Apologetics at CIU Columbia International University (A.B., College of William and Mary; M.Div., Columbia International University; M.A., Columbia International University; Ph.D., London School of Theology) Dissertation: John of Damascus, First Apologist to the Muslims.

In some ways, Islam is a complex, multi-layered religion that mixes politics, economics, and social dynamics within a religious structure. The structure itself is based on the Qur’an’s pronouncements from Allah, the words of the prophet Muhammad recorded in the Hadith and a complicated system of jurisprudence. On the other hand, the basic doctrines are quite simple, and initiation into the religion calls for only the recitation of one particular phrase with sincerity. In fact, the religious studies author Reza Aslan states, “Contrary to perception, the Pillars are not oppressive obligations – quite the opposite. These are highly pragmatic rituals, in that the believer is responsible only for those tasks that he or she is able to perform.” Aslan also reminds his readers that the “primary purpose of the Five Pillars is to assist the believer in articulating, through actions, his or her membership in the Muslim community.”[1]

These practices are what make Islam very much a religion of orthopraxy, a religion of action rather than of doctrine. The Pillars make Islam a relatively easy religion to follow because everything is laid out in advance, and the many routines only solidify the actions. Ergun Caner, a former Muslim, remarks, “The devout Muslim must unite belief (imam) with practice (din). The combination of right principles with dedicated performance will guide the Muslim through the course of his life into the hereafter.”[2] These “pillars” are not found specifically in the Qur’an, but Muhammad supposedly specified the practices, and they can be found in the various Hadith collections.

This chapter will provide an introduction to the Five Pillars and the Six Beliefs of Islam so that the reader will gain a general understanding of the core doctrine of Islam. There are a number of similarities in the beliefs of Islam and Christianity, but there are also some very important differences. For example, while Islam shares a strong view of monotheism, the belief in one God, it also adamantly rejects the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, the deity of Christ, the historicity of the crucifixion, and the accuracy of the Bible. These major differences are important enough to devote a later chapter to their in-depth discussion, but this chapter focuses on explaining the beliefs and outlining a Christian response to each of the six major beliefs of Islam. Hopefully, this will help the reader better assess the distinctions between Islam and Christianity.

Five Pillars of Islam

The Pillars

While these five “pillars” are not specifically laid out in the Qur’an, there is an early Hadith tradition that Muhammad had stipulated five practices to guide his followers in fulfilling their obligations to Allah.[3] They are called “pillars” because they are the five religious duties that form the foundation of every believer’s faith.

Shahadah

This is the recitation of the creed of Islam – “there is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is his prophet (rasul).” The recital of the creed is performed multiple times a day as part of the required prayer obligations, and it emphasizes the belief in the absolute oneness of God (the tawhid). A person becomes a Muslim by reciting the Shahada in Arabic with a sincere heart: “La ilaha illa Allah wa-Muhammad Rasul Allah.” Reza Aslan comments, “This deceptively simple statement is not only the basis for all articles of faith in Islam, it is in some ways the sum and total of Islamic theology. This is because the Shahada signifies recognition of an exceedingly complex theological doctrine known as tawhid.”[4] All of Islam, in actuality, revolves around this concept of absolute monotheism. Even the second half of the creed, focusing on the prophet, still emphasizes the centrality of Allah. It contains two notable elements: first, that Muhammad is the prophet of Allah but not his associate or any kind of deity to be worshipped; and second, the word “Islam” or “submission” is drawn from this core idea that everything is about the ultimate reality of Allah and humanity’s duty to submit to him. The person who recognizes these twin realities and reacts by submission to Allah is thus called a “Muslim,” or literally “one who submits.”

Salat

The second Pillar is the practice of prayer, called Salat, which is a ritualized and obligatory act performed five times per day while facing Mecca. These times are also fixed as being sunrise, noon, afternoon, sunset, and evening. They typically take place in the context of communal prayer at the mosque, as men line up in rows, with the edges of their feet touching the feet next to them and perform a series of movements in unison while chanting specific Qur’anic verses. A qibla, or notch in a building, shows the direction of Mecca towards which Muslims should pray. The direction was originally toward Jerusalem, but this was later changed to Mecca (see Sura 2:144-50).

Zakat

This is the practice of giving a 2.5% tithe to the mosques for distribution to the needy. It is obligatory for faithful Muslims to contribute. The word “zakat” literally means “purification,” and it is intended to remind Muslims of their obligations to the sovereign will of Allah (another aspect of submission). In addition to this mandatory tithe, additional money can also be contributed for the poor, an action which will bring merit to the giver from Allah and contribute to the Muslim’s store of good deeds.

Sawm

This is an observance of fasting during the Arabic month of Ramadan (9th month of the Islamic year), intended to commemorate the time of Muhammad’s first revelation (according to tradition). During this month, Muslims are not allowed to eat or drink during the day, but once night falls they may eat and drink as they desire. The meal before sunup is known as the suhoor, and the iftar meal is eaten after sundown. The focus of this ritual is intended to be the purification of one’s life for the service of Allah, and to aid in this goal, a practice of reading through the Qur’an during the 30-day period is advocated. The end of the month of fasting is marked by “Eid al-Fitr,” or the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast, which is the most widely celebrated holiday in the Muslim world.

Hajj

The Hajj is the pilgrimage to Mecca. It takes place during the last month of the Islamic year, and all Muslims hope to make the journey at least once in their lifetime. Such a pilgrimage is supposed to be a privilege and an honor to the pilgrim, but it is not actually obligatory to those who cannot afford to make the pilgrimage. In reality, most Muslims never fulfill this pillar due to the lack of finances, time, or opportunity. When a Muslim pilgrim does reach Mecca, he performs certain rituals such as walking around the Ka’aba seven times, kissing the black stone, and “stoning Satan” by throwing stones at three masonry pillars that represent Satan and two of his helpers. Other events revolve around certain traditional activities performed by Muhammad while he was on his pilgrimage, such as praying at the Grand Mosque, as well as emulating the panicked search Hagar made for water by running between the hills of Safa and Marwa and then drinking from the well of ZamZam. As with the other four pillars, fulfilling the Hajj is meant to solidify a Muslim’s devotion to Allah. This is perhaps why Reza Aslan says, “More than anything, the Five Pillars are meant as a metaphor for Islam; they are a summary not just of what is required to be a member of the Umma, but also of what it means to be a Muslim.”[5]

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 Implications

For Muslims, the focus of the Pillars is to remind them of Allah and his will in the midst of sin and the present world – he is “the one who is greater.” However, the spiritual growth from this view of God is dynamically different from the Christian understanding of spiritual growth. Whereas Muslims see external actions and ritual as a way of achieving inward purification, Christians believe that the process of becoming holy must begin inwardly, in the attitude of the heart towards God. This heart attitude transforms the whole man, extending to the external actions and practices of life. Some Muslims may object and say that Christians can live an insincere religious life by sinning freely and then asking for forgiveness without repentance. However, the Christian doctrines reflect this transformational concept by emphasizing that faith and works are both needed to demonstrate that a believer’s life has been truly transformed.

To understand the core theological differences between Islam and Christianity requires an understanding not only of the five pillars of Islam but also of the six beliefs. In this next section, a summary of each belief will be given from the Muslim point of view, and then a Christian response will be given. This critique is not meant to denigrate Islamic doctrine, but to help the reader understand that there are core differences between Islam and Christianity that must be taken into account in order for fruitful conversations to take place.

The Six Beliefs of Islam and How they Compare to Christianity

As discussed in the chapter on the Qur’an, the traditional Muslim view holds that Islam is the final revelation of the Abrahamic scriptures. Thus, Muslims believe that Islam is both similar and superior to Christianity since the Qur’an corrects textual corruptions and discrepancies that have crept in over time and distorted the Bible from its original purity. The original version of the Jewish and Christian scriptures are believed to have matched the accounts of the Qur’an exactly since all scriptures from Allah are said to have derived from the same eternal written source in heaven, but over time Muslims believe that Jews and Christians allowed their scriptures to become corrupted.[6] Thus, a final revelation given to a final prophet was necessary to restore Allah’s plan for mankind. The core doctrine of Islamic life can be summarized in the six beliefs taught by Islam.

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Belief in one God

The Traditional Muslim View:
Say: He is Allah, the One and Only;
Allah, the Eternal, Absolute;
He begetteth not, nor is He begotten;
And there is none like unto Him. (Q. 112)

For Muslims, Allah is not only the one who is, and was, and always will be, but, as al-Ghazali opined, “God is the First, before whom there is nothing, and the Last after whom there is nothing.” (Aslan, 151; Q. 57:3) Belief in one God is the core belief of Islam. Muslim doctrine states that everything derives from the understanding that there can only be one god in the universe, and, in a sense, God is the only reality or “the only being with real existence.”[7] This is the concept of “tawhid,” the unity of God, which Muslims believe to be the foundation of Islam. Reza Aslan even goes so far as to say that this concept goes beyond monotheism. “Tawhid means that God is Oneness. God is unity: wholly indivisible, entirely unique, and utterly indefinable. God resembles nothing in either essence or attributes.”[8]

For Muslims, all things exist by the will of Allah, and Allah can have or do anything he desires. However, there is one thing that Islamic doctrine teaches that Allah cannot have: he cannot have any partners or any equals. Surah 3:64 says, “People of the Book, let us arrive at a statement that is common to us all: we worship God alone, we ascribe no partner to Him, and none of us takes others beside God as lords.” Thus, for Muslims, Allah is totally “other” from mankind or creation, and so cannot be a father, or have a son, or have any associates. This is the reason that Muslims have such difficulty with the Christian concept of the Trinity. If Allah is an absolute unity, then how could the one God also be three Gods? For Muslims, this belief in the Trinity adds something “other” than God to God, which is blasphemy. In fact, to claim that Jesus Christ is God’s son is the greatest of all sins in Islam and is known as “shirk,” or the worship of anyone or anything other than the one God. Some Muslims even believe that anyone who commits shirk will not be able to receive forgiveness from Allah. This is supported by Sura 4:48, which states, “Lo! Allah forgives not that a partner should be ascribed unto Him. He forgives (all) save that to whom He will. Whoso ascribes partners to Allah, he hath indeed invented a tremendous sin.” Thus, according to Islam, Christians are the greatest of all sinners since they worship Jesus Christ as God the Son, the second person of the Trinity.

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A Christian Response

It is very important for Christians to assure their Muslim friends that the fundamental belief of Christianity is that there is only one God. As Moses stated in Deuteronomy 6:4-5, “The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.” This is the one God who appeared to Moses at the burning bush and called himself “Yahweh,” or “I am that I am” in Hebrew (Exodus 3:15-16). This is also the same God who appeared earlier to Abraham.

However, it is also important to explain to Muslims that Yahweh is a triune God. Muslims frequently have misunderstandings about the Trinity that need to be dealt with. For one thing, many Muslims believe that the Trinity is made up of God, Jesus, and Mary.  Often, they also believe that Jesus was born biologically through sexual relations between God and Mary. Muslims do not seem to understand how the one essence of God is different from the three persons of the Trinity. Christians do not say one God and three Gods, or one essence and three essences, but rather one essence and three persons. This may be a mystery, but it is not illogical.

In addition, if Allah is a distant, remote being who reveals his will but not himself (Q. 67:12), then it is impossible to know him in a personal way. In Allah’s monadic oneness, his attributes stem from his powerful Will, which, because it provides no basis for relationship, often promotes capriciousness. Also, since his power is more important than his other attributes, there is an unequal emphasis on power over his other attributes. Therefore, a follower cannot know Allah or even be sure of the consistency of his attributes. In his absolute oneness there is unity but not the community of the trinity, and because of this lack of relationship, love is not emphasized.

On the other hand, because Yahweh, the God of the Bible, is by nature a triune unity, his attributes stem from his nature. The eternal relationship between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit within the Trinity promotes love within the Godhead and extends to his creation. Also, since his attributes are based on his unchanging nature rather than his powerful will, all his attributes are equal and promote trustworthiness rather than capriciousness. This means that believers can know God and be sure of his attributes.

In addition, the only way that Jesus Christ, as the second person of the Trinity, could die on the cross to pay for our sins is because God’s nature is triune. If Jesus were not God himself, then his death on the cross would be meaningless. Only a triune God, defined as one essence and three persons, could become incarnate in the world through the person of the Son, and still remain the one God of the universe. Yet, this is the God that Muslims reject. For them, Jesus cannot be God nor can God be a Father, for he cannot have a son. Therefore, if Muslims reject God as the Father of Jesus, then Allah cannot be the same as the God of the Bible.

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Belief in the Prophets

The Muslim View

In order for Allah to make his will known to the people, he sent prophets (alnabi) and messengers (rasul). A prophet (nabi) is a messenger of God who delivers a new scripture, while a messenger (rasul) is commissioned by God to confirm and teach existing scripture. Muhammad and Jesus are considered to have had the roles of both a messenger and a prophet. However, since Muhammad received the Qur’an, and the Qur’an is considered to be the final revelation of Allah, he is considered the final and greatest of all prophets, or the “seal of the prophets.” 124,000 prophets are supposed to have existed according to the Hadith, though the Qur’an mentions only 25 specifically. A number of these prophets are known from the Old and New Testaments: Adam, Nuh (Noah), Ibrahim (Abraham), Isma’il (Ishmael), Ishaq (Isaac), Ya’qub (Jacob), Yousef (Joseph), Ayyub (Job), Musa (Moses), Harun (Aaron), Dawud (David), Sulaiman (Solomon), Al-Yasa (Elisha), Yunus (Jonah), Yahya (John), and ‘Isa (Jesus). Messengers who are not also prophets can be anyone speaking Allah’s word, such as imams today. The prophets were to focus on the same fundamental message: reminding people of Allah’s existence, the reward for a good life, and a day of judgment and punishment for unbelievers. This message was not always well received, but Allah promised to protect his prophets from any harm (Q. 17:94). Thus, Muslims have a hard time accepting the crucifixion of Christ, as this would go against the principle of God protecting his prophet from a humiliating death.

A Christian Response

According to the Bible, God’s purpose for the use of prophets was to tell the people the story of his redemptive acts in history through preaching, teaching, and writing. The ultimate story is the one about the Son of God coming into the world and dying in order to redeem his followers. Muslims, however, believe that Muhammad fulfills the position of the prophet to come mentioned in Deuteronomy 18:15, where Moses says to the people, “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen.” Muslims also claim that the “unlettered prophet written about in the Torah and the gospel” in Surah 7:157 refers to Muhammad as the fulfillment of Deuteronomy 18:15. However, the prophet written about in this passage was to have come from among the Jews, not the Arabs, nor even from among the descendants of Ishmael. The word “brothers” in this passage refers to Jews, or fellow Israelites. In addition, Genesis 17:21 states that God’s covenant was established with Isaac, not Ishmael: “My covenant I will establish with Isaac.” Even the Qur’an establishes this point (Q. 29:27): “And We gave to Him Isaac and Jacob and placed in his descendants prophethood and scripture.” (This verse does not mention Abraham, so Muslims cannot claim that since they are descendants of Abraham through Ishmael then they should be included). In fact, Muhammad would not fulfill the biblical requirements of a prophet of God.

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18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him.19 And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him. 20 But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’

Muhammad contradicted the Bible in a number of places: he denied the deity of Christ, taught that the doctrine of the Trinity was wrong, and called for the destruction of Jews and Christians. Muhammad also taught “in the name of other gods,” namely Allah. Deuteronomy 18:21-22 states that a true prophet of the true God can be known by whether the prophecy is fulfilled or not, and if it is not fulfilled, then the one who spoke that word is not a true prophet.  According to the Bible, then, Muhammad fails in all these tests and therefore could not have been a true prophet of God.

And if you say in your heart, “How may we know the word that the Lord has not spoken?” — When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him.

However, Jesus does fit the requirements of Deuteronomy 18:15-18. Jesus came from a Jewish background (Matt. 1:1-16), spoke the words that God commanded him to speak (John 12:49), claimed to be a prophet (Luke 13:33), and verified this claim by having his prophecies fulfilled (John 2:19). Muhammad also claimed to be a prophet who spoke the word of God, but he was not Jewish and did not fulfill any prophecy. Therefore, he could not be the prophet who was to follow Moses and fulfill the words of Deuteronomy 18:15.

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Belief in the Holy Books

The Muslim View

According to the Muslim view, whenever there was chaos or confusion on earth, Allah sent scripture through his prophets to guide the people. Over time there were probably many books written, but only five holy books are recognized or accepted by Muslims today. These include the Suhuf (revealed to Abraham, but now lost), the Taurat (the Torah, given to Moses), the Zabur (the Psalms of the Old Testament), the Injil (the Gospels of Jesus Christ), and the Qur’an (Allah’s final message to mankind through Muhammad). Each of these scriptures is supposed to have supported and informed the scripture given before it, so that collectively they form a body of work that saves and benefits mankind. For example, Muslims believe that the Taurat, Zabur, and the Injil were sent down to the Jews specifically to guide the people of Israel through various stages of their history. However, Muslims believe that, over time, Jews and Christians mixed the truth with error, and these scriptures became so corrupted by the ideas of men that it could no longer be trusted. Therefore, it was necessary for Allah to send down the Qur’an to Muhammad and the Arabs in order to provide a correct and ultimate revelation of Allah’s word for all mankind (Q. 3:3-4a). If the Qur’an is the final word of Allah, and the Christian scriptures have been corrupted, then Muslims argue that Christians cannot know anything about the actual life of Jesus Christ or even the true nature of God.

A Christian Response

The central critique of the Muslim view focuses on the question of the authenticity of the scriptures. Muslims explain the differences between the Bible and the Qur’an by claiming that there are transmission errors and textual corruption in the Bible, while the Qur’an has been perfectly preserved and represents the final corrected revelation from Allah. However, if it can be shown that historical and literary evidence supports a fully preserved Christian scripture (and not a fully preserved Qur’an), this argument becomes untenable. In addition, there is no physical evidence to support Muhammad’s denunciation of the Christian scriptures as being riddled with error, since the only differences between the copies in Muhammad’s time (the 7th century) and the original texts from the 1st century AD have been shown to be minor copying errors.

There are several tests used for confirming the veracity of ancient documents that demonstrate the reliability of the Christian Bible as an unaltered and uncorrupted document: the bibliographic test, the internal witness test, and the external witness test.[9] The bibliographic test determines whether the current version of a text is consistent with the original version, and uses the time between the first extant (existing) copies and the date of the actual writing. The shorter the gap is, the more reliable the accuracy. While the earliest date for a complete Greek copy of the New Testament, called the Codex Sinaiticus, is in the mid-4th century, almost 300 years after the original text was written down, papyrus fragments of the New Testament are as close as 25 or 35 years after the original writing.[10] In contrast to the close proximity of dates for the earliest copies of the New Testament, most ancient documents only exist through copies that were written almost 1,000 years after the original document. For example, the second closest text to the Bible in the ancient world in terms of accuracy is Homer’s Iliad, for which the earliest known copy only dates to about 500 years after the writing of the original. This makes the New Testament a far more verifiable text than any other in the ancient world by far, outstripping contemporaneous texts by hundreds of years (for example, Tacitus —1,000 years — and Caesar — 1,000 years).[11] In addition, the existence of over 5,800 Greek copies and 18,000 early copies of the New Testament in other languages make it much less susceptible to textual suspicion than Muslims would claim. This large number of early manuscripts allows scholars to compare the various copies for accuracy of transmission and makes it easier to reconstruct the original New Testament text.

The internal and external witness tests are tests that examine whether an ancient document is verified by outside contemporary sources or archeological evidence (external test) as well as whether the authors claim to be eyewitnesses of the events they transcribe (internal test). Up to the present time, no archeological discovery has yet contradicted the Old or New Testament references, and textual support for its veracity has been discovered in everything from Egyptian carvings and Assyrian cylinder rolls to the first-century works of Josephus. Of these discoveries, archaeologist Nelson Glueck has confirmed,

It may be stated categorically that no archaeological discovery has ever controverted a Biblical reference. Scores of archaeological findings have been made which confirm in clear outline or exact detail historical statements in the Bible. And, by the same token, proper evaluation of Biblical descriptions has often led to amazing discoveries.[12]

In comparison, the earliest copy of the complete Qur’an has been dated to around 150 years after the death of Muhammad. If the Qur’an had been completed within 20 years of Muhammad’s death, then there should be numerous copies of the Qur’an by the end of the 7th century, given the availability of parchment and even paper (which had been invented in China around 105 BC). The absence of manuscripts of a completed Qur’an, except for fragments, strongly suggests that the Qur’an is not a perfect revelation from Allah transmitted without variation from the lips of Muhammad to the written words on parchment within the lifetime of his followers. If this is a correct assessment of the situation, then Christians should be more confident to ask “when” and “where” questions when Muslims claim that the New Testament has been corrupted and is therefore an unreliable source for contradicting Islamic theology. Indeed, if the New Testament in the time of Muhammad was in the same form as it was in the first century AD, then Muslims would have no basis for the argument that the Bible was corrupted, and the world needed a new revelation from Allah. The evidence tells a very different story from that traditionally believed by Muslims.

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Belief in Angels

The Muslim View

Muslims believe in an entire supernatural realm, with a particular focus on angels. They believe these beings were created by Allah and, like men, will one day die and be resurrected. However, they do not eat or drink, have no determining gender, and are considered sinless except for those who have fallen away and followed Satan. The angels have different ranks, but the four most important angels are called archangels and are the most powerful in heaven. These mighty angels, according to Islam, are Gabriel, Allah’s chief messenger, Michael, Allah’s chief warrior, Izrail, the angel of death, and Israfil, who will blow the last trumpet on the Day of Judgment.  The fall of Satan (another one of Allah’s mighty angels) and his followers resulted in the formation of the demons and the evil jinn, who continually torment and tempt humans. The reason for Satan’s banishment from heaven was apparently due to his pride, which is similar to the view that Christians hold. However, the details of the account are quite different. According to the Qur’an, Allah had all the angels come and bow out of respect before Adam when he was first created, but Iblis refused to kneel before a mere created being. Iblis declared with pride, “He was made of clay, but I was made of fire, so I am better than he.” For this rebellion, Allah doomed Iblis to live outside of paradise. From then on, Iblis, or Satan, became the chief of all who oppose Allah and his creation, mankind (Q. 15:28-46).

In general, angels were created to praise Allah and watch over mankind, as well as to carry out the will of Allah. Muslims believe that sometimes they were even involved in some of the great battles Muslims had with their adversaries. One of the more interesting beliefs that Muslims have about angels is that they believe that each person has two angels, named Raqib and Atib, one on the left shoulder and one on the right shoulder, to record each human’s good and bad deeds (Q. 50:16-18). Some Muslims believe that during the Day of Judgment these angels will then verify whether a believer’s good works will outweigh their bad works. There are also those who believe that there are two fierce angels that visit each corpse in the grave and ask them a series of questions concerning their beliefs in Allah, Islam, and Muhammad. Depending on the response, the angels will transport the souls either to the fiery pit (Gehenna) or to paradise. Overall, there are some similarities between the Christian/Jewish view of the angelic realm and the Islamic view, but there are two particularly strong differences: Muslims believe in the alternate explanation of Satan’s rebellion against God, and that the role of the angels in a person’s eternal destiny is much more pronounced in Islam.

A Christian Response

As the book of Hebrews explains, holy and elect angels are “all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation” (Heb. 1:14). Their purpose is to serve God by watching over humans and working for the good of Christian believers. It is doubtful, however, that each person has been assigned an individual “guardian angel.” It is more likely that all Christians are surrounded by a host of angels that guard them against the dangers of this world and the temptations of Satan and his followers (Psalm 91:11).

There are a number of beliefs about angels in the Qur’an and the Bible that appear to be very similar, but each of them also features some very important differences. First of all, both scriptures portray angels as messengers of God who bring timely messages upon special occasions, such as the announcement to Mary that she would give birth to Jesus. However, the Bible does not indicate that angels have the primary role of relaying the exact word of God to his followers. Yet, according to the Muslim account, the angel Gabriel recited the Qur’an to Muhammad over a 23-year period. There was never a direct word from Allah to Muhammad. That means that the accuracy of the revelation was dependent on the angel Gabriel. This is similar to the Book of Mormon, which was supposedly revealed by an angel called Moroni. In both cases, there is no way to verify that what was revealed by these angels was actually from God, especially since Muhammad and Joseph Smith were the only ones who were present.

Another similar belief about angels in Islam and Christianity is that there are good angels and evil angels and that Satan, who rebelled against God due to his pride, leads the evil angels. However, the reasons for this rebellion are different. Rather than linking Satan’s fall to a failure to bow before Adam, the Bible teaches that Satan had already rebelled against God before the creation of man, and he was in the garden to tempt Adam and Eve to disobey God and follow him instead. This represents the cosmic battle for power between Satan and God over the soul of man. Satan has been granted power by God and seeks to destroy Christians; however, his power over believers is limited, and Jesus Christ has already defeated him through his death and resurrection (Col. 2:14-15). Christians, therefore, have the power, through Christ, to resist and repel Satan and his demons.

There is one other important distinction between the Muslim belief in angels and the way that Christians view angels. In Islam, there was never a direct word from Allah to Muhammad. Allah is considered too far above man to communicate personally. The Bible, however, reveals a very personal God who is willing to incarnate in a human body so that he can personally redeem his followers. This love was clearly demonstrated in the angelic realm when God the Son revealed himself in a pre-incarnate body as the Angel of the Lord and physically interacted with Adam in the garden (Gen. 3:8), with Abraham in a visit (Gen. 18:2), and with Jacob in a struggle (Gen. 32:22-31). The Allah of Islam would never stoop so low to raise man up so high, but the God of the Bible does because he loves his people with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3).

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Belief in the Day of Judgment

The Muslim View

Muslims believe that after death, there will be a day of judgment when everyone will be resurrected and then judged according to their works (Q. 39:68). Believers who have more righteous deeds than evil ones hope to be rewarded with entrance into Paradise (Q. 23:102-4). Their hope is based on the promises of Allah in the Quran such as can be found in the following verses:

And those who believe and do righteous deeds – We will surely remove from them their misdeeds and will surely reward them according to the best of what they used to do. (Q. 29:7).

And those whose scales are heavy [with good deeds] – it is they who are the successful. But those whose scales are light – those are the ones who have lost their souls, [being] in Hell, abiding eternally. (Q. 23:102-4)

On the final Day of Judgment, then, the scales will be brought out and Allah will weigh these works based largely on how faithfully Muslim believers have followed the Five Pillars of Islam. Good and evil deeds are examined, but even if the scales are judged favorably, Allah in his sovereignty can arbitrarily decide to reject the evidence and send the individual to hell.[13] On the other hand, some Muslims believe that Allah will rescue undeserving Muslims from hell in order to demonstrate his grace and mercy. In addition, some Muslims believe that Muhammad himself will intercede for his followers who fall short on their record of good deeds and rescue them from the horrors of hell. Non-believers, however, will not be shown any mercy, and their only destination will be the fires of hell.

A Christian Response

Muslims believe in sin, like Jews and Christians, but reject the idea of original sin, or Adam’s sin nature being passed down to every living human. Instead, they believe that all sins are forgivable by Allah except the sin of blasphemy or associating Allah with anyone or anything else (shirk). Sin is also considered a private matter, and each person must pay for their own sins. Therefore, Muslims consider the substitutionary death of Christ on the cross for a Christian’s sins to be unjust. Muslims will say that salvation is achieved by a combination of Allah’s grace and their good works, but in the end, Islam can only logically be viewed as a religion of salvation by works: if Allah’s grace is dependent on a person’s good works outweighing the bad works, then a person’s works still determine their destiny. On the other hand, Christians believe that they will never have enough good works to be righteous before God. This is why the Bible teaches that believers are not saved by works, but by grace through faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9).

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Belief in the Decrees of Allah (or Predestination)

The Muslim View

Islam holds strongly to the belief of Allah’s sovereignty over all things. For Muslims, everything exists by the will of Allah, and since Allah can do anything he desires, it logically follows that he has full control over all the actions of mankind. We can see this view described in Surahs 74:31 and 35:8, which state, “Allah leads astray those he wills, and also guides those whom he wills.” If this is true, then what role does man have in his own destiny? This question of balance between Allah’s predestination and man’s free will, or sovereignty and responsibility, as Christians usually put it, was divisive in the early Islamic theological debates. As described in the chapter on theology, the Mu’tazilites believed that everybody had been given power by Allah to make choices regarding how to live, while the traditionalists argued that this doctrine limited Allah because he predestined all things, including the actions of individuals. In the end, the traditionalists won the debate because most people agreed that Allah would not have true control if he allowed people to choose as they desired. If Allah can do anything, they reasoned, he could not be disobeyed or rejected. Even today most Muslims believe that Allah is in control of all history and that their own personal lives are predestined in terms of everyday circumstances as well as ultimate salvation. This is the reason for the common use of “in sh’allah,” or “if Allah wills it,” which suggests the idea that Allah has total control over all people and events. For many, this belief leads to fatalism and passivity, while others find that it frees them from worries about matters outside their control. For the latter, this belief may give them great courage in times of hardship or when things go wrong. The former, however, may try to escape their fate by seeking the protection of Qur’anic charms or trusting in the intercession of Muhammad in the Last Day. Muslims call this resignation to fate kismet. One writer describes Allah’s complete control over everything in this way: “Kismet makes the Muslim fanatically self-sacrificing in war, resigned in defeat, in bereavement and disaster, and inactive in the presence of preventable evil, such as epidemics, because these could be called the ‘Will of Allah.’”[14]

A Christian Response

In regard to the way they respond to the belief in predestination, Muslims and Christians differ in significant ways. For a Muslim, Allah only loves those who do his will, and thus he does not love the unbelievers (Q. 3:31-32; 30:43-45). On the other hand, while the God of the Bible loves those who are good, he also loves sinners and gave his life for them (Romans 5:1-10). In addition, the Allah of the Qur’an is a distant God with whom man cannot have a relationship (Q. 112:1–4), while the God of the Bible is one who wants to have a relationship with man (John 1:11-14; 15:9-15). Furthermore, Allah is portrayed in the Qur’an as the best of deceivers (Q. 3:54, 4:142) as well as the author of evil (Q. 113:1-2). Since Muslims believe that by nature Allah’s sovereignty is unlimited, he is under no obligation to be good, or just, or righteous. In the Bible, however, God is infinitely righteous and holy (Psalm 77:13; 99:9). God doesn’t seek blind obedience, but rather a relationship. Relationships require trust and free will. Therefore, because of God’s own nature, he created man with a nature that has free will so that humans can love God based on their own free choice rather than because of a resignation to his will. The Bible also teaches that man is created in God’s own image (Genesis 1:27); this is in contrast to the Muslim view that man is created as Allah’s slave (Q. 25:63). True love requires free choice. Finally, the God of the Bible is holy and cannot tolerate evil (Habakkuk 1:13). This is why he cannot allow anyone to be in heaven no matter how many good works they perform. Only perfection is acceptable. However, the Bible teaches that no human being is perfect. This is why Jesus Christ had to take our place and die for the sins of mankind. He was the only one holy enough to satisfy the requirement of perfection.

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Implications

If scholars such as Yehuda Nevo,[15] Karl-Heinz Ohlig, and Volker Popp[16] are correct in their presupposition that Islam is a man-made religion, then a logical deduction from studying its theological tenets may be that Islam could have been created in part due to the rejection of what was taught about Jesus (that he was God himself), and also in part because of many things that were not known concerning Christian teaching (such as the role of grace and the full plan of salvation by grace rather than by works). The Muslim rationale for this rejection is that the Biblical scriptures taught these controversial doctrines only out of a corruption of the original text. If it had been understood during the early days of Islam that the Christian and Jewish scriptures were, in fact, accurate, then the premise that the Qur’an was necessary to correct the error would not have been tenable. This incorrect assumption about the errors of the earlier scriptures means that many claims of the Qur’an, and thus of Muslims, are misleading statements.

There are a number of areas where a more accurate understanding of Christianity on the part of Muslims would help Christians be more persuasive in their defense of their own beliefs. Therefore, it is important for Christians to respond to the core Muslim beliefs with the following responses. First of all, it is important to point out that Christians believe in one God and not three separate gods. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three persons that make up the one God – three persons in one essence. This may be a difficult concept to grasp, but it is not contradictory nor illogical. Moreover, because the Christian God is a unity within the community of the Trinity, this explains why God desires his followers to love him and worship him through a relationship. It explains why God could come to the earth as a man and personally take the place of sinners on the cross. The Trinity also explains why God did not have to create a universe to be love. In contrast, Allah is so transcendent and remote that Muslims cannot know him personally or have a relationship.

In regard to the prophets, according to Deuteronomy 18, which Muslims claim prophesies the coming of Muhammad as the prophet that God will raise up, Muhammad actually must be considered as a false prophet because he is not able to pass the tests of a true prophet of God.

In regard to angels, there are similarities between the two religions such as the understanding that angels are messengers of God who also guard humans from temptation and danger. There is also the shared belief in Satan as a fallen angel who is bent on the destruction of mankind. However, the Bible does not indicate that angels would be the ones to reveal the Word of God to the people, as the Gabriel of the Qur’an was tasked. In fact, at one point in the Bible (Gal. 1:8) God warns his people to be on guard so that they would not be deceived even if an angel came and revealed to them a different gospel than what they find in the New Testament. When the Qur’an is compared with the Bible, this is exactly what we see with the core contradictions in regard to doctrine. Therefore, the Gabriel of the Qur’an, and of Islam, cannot be a true angel of God.

Muslims, like Christians, believe in a Day of Judgment when everyone will be resurrected and then judged by God to determine whether they will enter heaven or hell. However, there are a number of ways that the Muslim beliefs deviate from the Biblical account, and ultimately Muslims believe that they will be saved if their good works outweigh their bad works.

Finally, Muslims believe that since Allah can do anything he desires, he, therefore, predetermines all the actions of individuals. This means that man does not have free will, but rather is a slave to Allah, and Allah controls all man’s actions. Ultimately, this may lead to a sense of fatalism and passivity since there is little hope that a person’s actions can change his or her destiny. This is ironic in a system where people hope that by their actions they will achieve salvation, since, if an omnipotent force already determines all their actions, they really don’t have any control over their future. In this way, Islam presents the ultimate system of fatalism.

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Apologetic Conclusions

It would be helpful in conversation with a Muslim friend to first bring up a number of similar beliefs in order to demonstrate that both Christianity and Islam support beliefs that are generally beneficial to society. However, it would also be important to demonstrate that there are some very important differences which highlight how unlikely it is that Christianity and Islam come from the same religious background. These topics would include the Trinity, the crucifixion (and therefore substitutionary death), original sin, the deity of Christ, and the historicity of the New Testament.

Building Bridges to Understand

Probably the best bridge that can be built in this area would be to demonstrate that the whole focus of Christianity is that Jesus Christ is God himself and that his substitutionary death provides the only way to heaven. This would clarify the main differences between Christian and Islamic beliefs and provide a basis for further discussion.

Here are some ways that Christians can reach out to Muslims in regard to their beliefs:

  • Listen: One of the most important things a Christian can do in order to effectively reach out to a Muslim is to listen carefully to their explanations of their beliefs. All Muslims believe in the same six central doctrines, but their interpretations can be very different. It is important to make sure that the individual’s particular views are addressed.
  • Understand: It is also essential that Christiansunderstand the beliefs of Muslims, not only from a scholarly point of view, but also on a cultural level. Beliefs are passed down from one generation to another through actions and expectations more than through doctrinal explanations. When Christians demonstrate an interest in knowing more about Islam, then the Muslim is often more open to listening to what the Christian has to say.
  • Compare: Muslimshave many misconceptions about Christianity, which form barriers that separate them from knowing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. It is therefore important to point out and correct these misconceptions with well-reasoned arguments so that Muslims can have the opportunity to more clearly understand the claims of Christianity about sin and salvation.
  • Persuade: The worldviewof Muslims is based on presuppositions that support their beliefs and also filter the way that they understand the evidence for Christianity. By recognizing a Muslim’s presuppositions, Christians can assess Islam’s foundational beliefs and provide reasonable arguments to support the Bible’s truth. Muslims are more willing to explore the inconsistencies of their own beliefs when counter-arguments are presented in a winsome, rational, and loving way.

Pray: It is crucial that prayer is involved throughout the whole process since this is ultimately a spiritual battle and must be fought with spiritual weapons (Ephesians 6:10-18). It is also important to provide hope for Muslims since their religion cannot provide the assurance that many are seeking. These longings are only satisfied through Jesus Christ, which is why it is so important to make sure that every bridge that is constructed links to Jesus Christ on the other side.

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THERE IS A GENUINE HAPPINESS, contentment, and joy, which come from reading, studying and applying God’s Word. This is true because the Scriptures offer us guidance and direction that aids us in living a life that coincides with our existence as a creation of Almighty God. For example, we have a moral law that was written on our heart. (Rom. 2:14-15) However, at the same time, we have a warring against the law of our mind and taking us captive in the law of sin, which is in our members. (Rom. 7:21-25) When we live by the moral law, it brings us joy, when we live by the law of sin; it brings about distress, anxiety, regrets to both mind and heart, creating a conflict between our two natures. In our study of the Bible, we can interact with a living God who wants a personal relationship with us. And in APPLYING GOD’S WORD MORE FULLY, we will learn how to engage His words like never before. Andrews helps his readers …

Put Off the Old PersonPUT OFF THE OLD PERSON: Put On the New Person [Second Edition]

THERE IS ONE MAJOR DIFFERENCE between Christian living books by Andrews and those by others. Generally speaking, his books are filled with Scripture and offer its readers what the Bible authors meant by what they penned. In this publication, it is really God’s Word offering the counsel, which is “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.” (2 Tim. 3:16-17) From the moment that Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden, humans have been brought forth in sin, having become more and more mentally bent toward evil, having developed a heart (i.e., inner person) that is treacherous, and unknowable to them, with sin’s law dwelling within them. Sadly, many of us within the church have not been fully informed …

Walking With Your God_Second EditionWALK HUMBLY WITH YOUR GOD: Putting God’s Purpose First in Your Life [Second Edition]

A clean conscience brings us inner peace, calmness, and profound joy that is seldom found in this world under the imperfection of fallen flesh that is catered to by Satan, the god of the world. Many who were formerly living in sin and have now turned their life over to God, they now know this amazing relief and are able today to hold a good and clean conscience as they carry out the will of the Father. WALK HUMBLY WITH YOUR GOD, has been written to help its readers to find that same joy, to have and maintain a good, clean conscience in their lives. Of course, it is incapable of covering every detail that one would need to consider and apply in their lives …

Wives_02WIVES BE SUBJECT TO YOUR HUSBANDS How Should Wives Treat Their Husbands?

This book is primarily for WIVES, but husbands will greatly benefit from it as well. WIVES will learn to use God’s Word to construct a solid and happy marriage. The Creator of the family gives the very best advice. Many have been so eager to read this new publication: WIVES BE SUBJECT TO YOUR HUSBANDS. It offers wives the best insights into a happy marriage, by way of using God’s Word as the foundational guide, along with Andrews’ insights. WIVES learn that marriage is a gift from God. WIVEStake in information that will help them survive the first year of marriage. WIVES will be able to make Christian marriage a success. WIVES will maintain an honorable marriage. WIVES will see how to submit correctly to Christ’s headship. WIVES will learn how to strengthen their marriage through good communication. 

HUSBANDS - Love Your WivesHUSBANDS LOVE YOUR WIVES: How Should Husbands Treat Their Wives?

This book is primarily for HUSBANDS, but wives will greatly benefit from it as well. HUSBANDS will learn to use God’s Word to construct a solid and happy marriage. The Creator of the family gives the very best advice. Many have been so eager to read this new publication: HUSBANDS LOVE YOUR WIVES. It offers husbands the best insights into a happy marriage, by way of using God’s Word as the foundational guide, along with Andrews’ insights. HUSBANDS learn that marriage is a gift from God. HUSBANDS take in information that will help them survive the first year of marriage. HUSBANDS will be able to make Christian marriage a success. HUSBANDS will maintain an honorable marriage. 

Technology and Social Trends-1TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIAL TRENDS: A Biblical Point of View

Technological and societal change is all around us. What does the future hold? Trying to predict the future is difficult, but we can get a clue from the social and technological trends in our society. The chapters in this book provide a framework as Christians explore the uncharted territory in our world of technology and social change. Some of the questions that Anderson will answer are: What are the technological challenges of the 21st century? How should we think about the new philosophies like transhumanism? Should we be concerned about big data? What about our privacy in a world where government and corporations have some much information about us? How should we think about a world experiencing exponential growth in data and knowledge? What social trends are affecting baby boomers, baby busters, and millennials?

Christians and GovernmentCHRISTIANS AND GOVERNMENT: A Biblical Point of View

Government affects our daily lives, and Christians need to think about how to apply biblical principles to politics and government. This book provides an overview of the biblical principles relating to what the apostle Paul calls “governing authorities” (i.e., government) with specific chapters dealing with the founding principles of the American government. This includes an examination of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Federalist Papers. The thirteen chapters in this book not only look at the broad founding principles but also provide an in-depth look at other important political and governmental issues. One section explains the history and application of church and state issues. Another section describes aspects of political debate and discourse. A final section provides a brief overview of the Christian heritage of this nation that was important in the founding of this country and the framing of our founding documents.

Christians and EconomicsCHRISTIANS AND ECONOMICS A Biblical Point of View

Economics affects our daily lives, and Christians need to think about how to apply biblical principles to money, investment, borrowing, and spending. They also need to understand the free enterprise system and know how to defend capitalism. Chapters in this book not only look at broad economic principles, but a section of the book is devoted to the challenges we face in the 21st century from globalization and tough economic times. A section of the book also provides an in-depth look at other important social and economic issues (gambling, welfare) that we face every day …

A Dangerous JourneyA DANGEROUS JOURNEY: Those Who Become Jesus’ Disciples

Do you desire to follow Jesus Christ and transform the culture around you? Are you sure you know what it means to be a disciple and follow a dangerous revolutionary who often comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable? Jesus Christ is not the mild status quo rabbi you may have been taught in your local church. He is dangerous and anyone who follows him is on a dangerous journey. The demands he places upon you and the challenges you will encounter are necessary on the journey. The journey with Jesus Christ is not for the fainthearted. If you are really serious about joining Jesus Christ in the transformation of the culture around you, here is a raw outlook on what to expect on this DANGEROUS JOURNEY.

Prayer Life

Power Through PrayerPOWER THROUGH PRAYER A Healthy Prayer Life

Each of the twenty-five chapters in the POWER THROUGH PRAYER provides helpful methods and suggestions for growing and improving your prayer life with God through the power of prayer.  So, what can we expect if we make prayer a part of our life? Prayer can give you a peace of mind. Prayer can comfort and strength when facing trials. Prayer can help us make better life choices. The Bible says: “If any of you lacks wisdom [especially in dealing with trials], let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” (James 1:5) Prayer can help to avoid temptation. Prayer is the path yo forgiveness of sins. Your prayers can help others. You will receive encouragement when your prayers are answered.

Powerful Weapon of PrayerTHE POWERFUL WEAPON OF PRAYER: A Healthy Prayer Life

DOZENS OF QUESTIONS WILL BE ANSWERED: Why is prayer necessary? What must we do to be heard by God? How does God answer our prayers? Does God listen to all prayers? Does God hear everyone’s prayers? What may we pray about? Does the Father truly grant everything we ask for? What kind of prayers would the Father reject? How long should our prayers be? How often should we pray? Why should we say “Amen” at the end of a prayer? Must we assume a special position or posture when praying? There are far more than this asked and answered.

How to Pray_Torrey_Half Cover-1HOW TO PRAY: The Importance of Prayer [Updated and Expanded]

What forms of prayer do you personally need to offer more often? Who benefits when you pray for others? Why is it important to pray regularly? Why should true Christians pray continually? To whom should we pray, and how? What are proper subjects for prayer? When should you pray? Does God listen to all prayers? Whose prayers is God willing to hear? What could make a person’s prayers unacceptable to God? When Jesus says, “whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive if you have faith,” an absolute guarantee that we will receive it? HOW TO PRAY by Torrey and Andrews is a spiritual gem that will answer all of these questions and far more. HOW TO PRAY is a practical guidebook covers the how, when, and most importantly, the way of praying. An excellent devotional resource for any Christian library.

Christian Apologetics and Evangelism

HOW RELIABLE ARE THE GOSPELSHOW RELIABLE ARE THE GOSPELS?

Was the Gospel of Mark Written First? Were the Gospel Writers Plagiarists? What is the Q Document? What about Document Q?  Critical Bible scholars have assumed that Matthew and Luke used the book of Mark to compile their Gospels and that they consulted a supplementary source, a document the scholars call Q from the German Quelle, or source.  From the close of the first century A.D. to the 18th century, the reliability of the Gospels was never really brought into question. However, once we enter the so-called period of enlightenment, especially from the 19th century onward, some critical Bible scholars viewed the Gospels not as the inspired, inerrant Word of God but rather as the word of man, and a jumbled word at that. In addition, they determined that the Gospels were not written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, saying the Gospels were written after the apostles, denying that the writers of the Gospels had any firsthand knowledge of Jesus; therefore, for these Bible critics such men were unable to offer a record of reliable history. Moreover, these critical Bible scholars came to the conclusion that the similarities in structure and content in the synoptic (similar view) Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke), suggests that the evangelists copied extensively from one other. Further, the critical Bible scholars have rejected that the miracles of Jesus and his resurrection ever occurred as recorded in the Gospels. Lastly, some have even gone so far as to reject the historicity of Jesus himself.

REASONABLE FAITHREASONABLE FAITH: Saving Those Who Doubt

Inside of some Christians unbeknownst to their family, friends or the church, they are screaming, “I doubt, I doubt, I have very grave doubts!” Ours is an age of doubt. Skepticism has become fashionable. We are urged to question everything: especially the existence of God and the truthfulness of his Word, the Bible. A SUBSTANTIAL PORTION of REASONABLE FAITH is on healing for the elements of emotional doubt. However, much attention is given to more evidenced-based chapters in our pursuit of overcoming any fears or doubts that we may have or that may creep up on us in the future.

JesusJESUS CHRIST: The Great Teacher

How can you improve your effectiveness as teachers? Essentially, it is by imitating JESUS CHRIST The Great Teacher You may wonder, ‘But how can we imitate Jesus?’ ‘He was the perfect, divine, Son of God.’ Admittedly, you cannot be a perfect teacher. Nevertheless, regardless of your abilities, you can do your best to imitate the way Jesus taught. JESUS CHRIST The Great Teacher will discuss how you can employ all of his teaching methods. What a privilege it is to be a teacher of God’s Word and to share spiritual values that can have long-lasting benefits!

PaulTHE APOSTLE PAUL: The Teacher, Preacher Apologist

How can you improve your effectiveness as teachers? Essentially, it is by imitating THE APOSTLE PAUL: The Preacher, Teacher, Apologist. You may wonder, ‘But how can we imitate Paul?’ ‘He was an inspired author, who served as an apostle, given miraculous powers.’ Admittedly, Paul likely accomplished more than any other imperfect human. Nevertheless, regardless of your abilities, you can do your best to imitate the way Paul taught. THE APOSTLE PAUL: The Preacher, Teacher, Apologist will discuss how you can employ all of his teaching methods. When it comes to teaching, genuine Christians have a special responsibility. We are commanded to “make disciples of all nations . . . , teaching them.” (Matt. 24:14; 28:19-20; Ac 1:8)

DEFENDING OLD TESTAMENT AUTHORSHIPDEFENDING OLD TESTAMENT AUTHORSHIP: The Word of God Is Authentic and True

How true is the Old Testament? For over two centuries Biblical scholars have held to the so-called documentary hypothesis, namely, that Genesis – Deuteronomy was not authored by Moses, but rather by several writers, some of whom lived centuries after Moses’ time. How have many scholars questioned the writership of Isaiah, and are they correct? When did skepticism regarding the writership of Isaiah begin, and how did it spread? What dissecting of the book of Isaiah has taken place? When did criticism of the book of Daniel begin, and what fueled similar criticism in more recent centuries? What charges are sometimes made regarding the history in Daniel? Why is the question of the authenticity of the books of Moses, the Book of Isaiah and the Book of Daniel an important one? What evidence is there to show that the books of Moses, the Book of Isaiah and the Book of Daniel is authentic and true? Do these critics have grounds for challenging these Bible author’s authenticity and historical truthfulness? Why is it important to discuss whether Old Testament Aurhoriship is authentic and true or not?

Mosaic AuthorshipMOSAIC AUTHORSHIP CONTROVERSY: Who Really Wrote the First Five Books of the Bible?

Who wrote the first five books of the Bible? Was it Moses or was it others centuries later? If Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible, then how was his own death and burial written in Deuteronomy Chapter 34? Many mainstream Bible scholars argue that Moses could not have written the Pentateuch since he likely existed many centuries earlier than the development of the Hebrew language. When was the origin of the Hebrew language? Popular scholarship says that if Moses had written the Pentateuch, he would have written in the Egyptian language, not the Hebrew. Moreover, most of the Israelites and other people of the sixteenth century B.C.E. were illiteral, so who could have written the Torah, and for whom would it be written because the people of that period did not read?

Finally, analysis of the first five books demonstrates multiple authors, not just one, which explains the many discrepancies. Multiple authors also explain the many cases of telling of the same story twice, making the same events appear to happen more than once. The modern mainstream scholarship would argue that within the Pentateuch we see such things as preferences for certain words, differences in vocabulary, reoccurring expressions in Deuteronomy that are not found in Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers, all evidence for their case for multiple authors.

What does the evidence say? What does archaeology, linguistic analysis, historical studies, textual analysis, and insights from Egyptologists tell us? Again, who wrote the first five books of the Bible? Was it Moses or was it others centuries later? Andrews offers his readers an objective view of the evidence.

Agabus CoverDEFENDING AGABUS AS A NEW TESTAMENT PROPHET: A Content-Based Study of His Predictions In Acts by Sung Cho

Agabus is a mysterious prophetic figure that appears only twice in the book of Acts. Though his role is minor, he is a significant figure in a great debate between cessationists and continualists. On one side are those who believe that the gift of prophecy is on par with the inspired Scriptures, infallible, and has ceased. On the other side are those who define it as fallible and non-revelatory speech that continues today in the life of the church. Proponents of both camps attempt to claim Agabus as an illustration of their convictions. This study defends the position that Agabus’ prophecies are true in every detail. Beginning with a survey of major figures in the debate, the author conducts an exegetical analysis of passages where Agabus appears in defense of the infallible view.

UNDERSTANDING ISLAM AND TERRORISM-1UNDERSTANDING ISLAM AND TERRORISM: A Biblical Point of View

Islam is making a significant mark on our world. It is perhaps the fastest-growing religion in the world. It has become a major obstacle to Christian missions. And Muslim terrorists threaten the West and modern democracies. What is the history of Islam? What do Muslims believe? Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God? Why do we have this clash of civilizations? Is sharia law a threat to modern democratic values? How can we fight terrorists in the 21st century? These are significant questions that deserve thoughtful answers. This book provides practical, biblical answers so Christians can understand Islam, witness to their Muslim friends, and support efforts by the government to protect all of us from terrorism.

is-the-quran-the-word-of-godIS THE QURAN THE WORD OF GOD?: Is Islam the One True Faith?

IS THE QURAN THE WORD OF GOD? Is Islam the One True Faith? This book covers the worldview, practices, and history of Islam and the Quran. This book is designed as an apologetic evangelistic tool for Christians, as they come across Muslims in their daily lives, as well as to inform them, as a protection again the misleading media. The non-Muslims need to hear these truths about Islam and the Quran so they can have an accurate understanding of the Muslim mindset that leads to their actions. Islam is the second largest religion in the world. Radical Islam has taken the world by storm, and the “fake media” has genuinely misled their audience for the sake of political correctness. This book is not a dogmatic attack on Islam and the Quran but rather an uncovering of the lies and describing of the truths. The reader will be introduced to the most helpful way of viewing the evidence objectively. We will answer the question of whether the Quran is a literary miracle, as well as is there evidence that the Quran is inspired by God, along with is the Quran harmonious and consistent, and is the Quran from God or man? We will also examine Islamic teachings, discuss the need to search for the truth, as well as identify the book of truth. We will look at how Islam views the Bible. Finally, we will take up the subjects of Shariah Law, the rise of radical Islam, Islamic eschatology, and how to effectively witness to Muslims.

the guide to answering islamTHE GUIDE TO ISLAM: What Every Christian Needs to Know About Islam and the Rise of Radical Islam by Daniel Janosik

The average Christian knows somewhat how dangerous radical Islam is because of the regular media coverage of beheadings of Christians, Jews, and even young little children, not to mention Muslims with which they disagree. However, the average Christian does not know their true beliefs, just how many there are, to the extent they will go to carry out these beliefs. Daily we find Islamic commentators on the TV and radio, offering up misleading information, quoting certain portions of the Quran while leaving other parts out. When considering Islamic beliefs, other Islamic writings must be considered, like the Hadith or Sunnah, and the Shariah, or canon law. While Islam, in general, does not support radical Islam, the vast majority do support radical beliefs. For example, beheadings, stoning for adultery or homosexuality, suicide bombings, turning the world into an Islamic state, and far too many other heinous things. THE GUIDE TO ISLAM provides Christians with an overview of Islamic terminology. The reader will learn about Muhammad’s calling, the history of the Quran, how Islam expanded, the death of Muhammad and the splinter groups that followed. In addition, the three sources of their teaching, six pillars of belief, five pillars of Islam, the twelfth Imam, and much more will be discussed. All of this from the mind of radical Islam. While there are several books on Islam and radical Islam, this will be the first that will prepare its readers to communicate effectively with Muslims in an effort toward sharing biblical truths. …

Reasons for FaithREASONS FOR FAITH: The First Apologetic Guide For Christian Women on Matters of The Heart, Soul, and Mind

If you have the desire to become better equipped to reach others for the lost or to strengthen your faith, Judy Salisbury’s guide—written specifically to meet the needs of Christian women today—offers you a safe, practical, and approachable place to start. In her lively, … If you have the desire to become better equipped to reach others for the lost or to strengthen your faith, Judy Salisbury’s guide—written specifically to meet the needs of Christian women today—offers you a safe, practical, and approachable place to start. In her lively, straightforward style, Salisbury covers such issues as: Does God exist? Can I trust the Bible? Does Christianity oppress women? Can we know truth? Why would God allow evil and suffering? Was Jesus God and did He really rise from the dead? How does or should my faith guide my life?

a-time-to-speak-judy-salisburyA TIME TO SPEAK: PRACTICAL TRAINING for the CHRISTIAN PRESENTER Authored by Judy Salisbury, Foreword by Josh McDowell

A Time to Speak: Practical Training for the Christian Presenteris a complete guide for effective communication and presentation skills. Discuss any subject with credibility and confidence, from Christian apologetics to the sensitive moral issues of our day, when sharing a testimony, addressing a school board, a community meeting, or conference. This exceptional training is the perfect resource for Christians with any level of public speaking ability. With its easy, systematic format, A Time to Speak is also an excellent resource for home-schooled and college students. The reader, in addition to specific skills and techniques, will also learn how to construct their presentation content, diffuse hostility, guidance for a successful Q&A, effective ways to turn apathy into action, and tips on gaining their speaking invitation.

BIBLICAL CRITICISMBIBLICAL CRITICISM: What are Some Outstanding Weaknesses of Modern Historical Criticism

Historical Criticism of the Bible got started in earnest, known then as Higher Criticism, during the 18th and 19th centuries, it is also known as the Historical-Critical Method of biblical interpretation. Are there any weakness to the Historical-Critical Method of biblical interpretation (Historical Criticism), and why is historical criticism so popular among Bible scholars today? Its popularity is because biblical criticism is subjective, that is, based on or influenced by personal feelings or opinions and is dependent on the Bible scholar’s perception. In other words, biblical criticism allows the Bible scholar, teacher, or pastor the freedom to interpret the Scriptures, so that God’s Word it tells them things that they want to hear. Why is this book so critical for all Christians? Farnell and Andrews will inform the reader about Biblical criticism (historical criticism) and its weaknesses, helping you to defend God’s Word far better.

BIBLICAL CRITICISM - Beyond the BasicsBIBLICAL CRITICISM: Beyond the Basics

Biblical criticism is an umbrella term covering various techniques for applying literary historical-critical methods in analyzing and studying the Bible and its textual content. Biblical criticism is also known as higher criticism, literary criticism, and historical criticism. Biblical criticism has done nothing more than weaken and demoralize people’s assurance in the Bible as being the inspired and fully inerrant Word of God and is destructive in its very nature. Historical criticism is made up of many forms of biblical criticism that are harmful to the authoritative Word of God: historical criticism, source criticism, form criticism, redaction criticism, social-science criticism, canonical criticism, rhetorical criticism, structural criticism, narrative criticism, reader-response criticism, and feminist criticism. Not just liberal scholarship, but many moderate, even some “conservative” scholars have …

APOLOGETICSCHRISTIAN APOLOGETIC EVANGELISM: Reaching Hearts with the Art of Persuasion

APOLOGETICS: Reaching Hearts with the Art of Persuasion by Edward D. Andrews, author of over seventy books, covers information that proves that the Bible is accurate, trustworthy, fully inerrant, and inspired by God for the benefit of humankind. The reader will be introduced to Christan apologetics and evangelism. They will learn what Christian apologetics is. They will be given a biblical answer to the most demanding Bible question: Problem of Evil. The reader will learn how to reach hearts with are the art of persuasion. They will use persuasion to help others accept Christ. They will learn to teach with insight and persuasiveness. They will learn to use persuasion to reach the heart of those who listen to them.

REVIEWING 2013 New World TranslationREVIEWING 2013 New World Translation of Jehovah’s Witnesses: Examining the History of the Watchtower Translation and the Latest Revision

REVIEWING 2013 New World Translation of Jehovah’s Witnesses is going to challenge your objectivity. Being objective means that personal feelings or opinions do not influence you in considering and representing facts. Being subjective means that your understanding is based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes, or ideas. If the reader finds these insights offense, it might be a little mind control at work from years of being told the same misinformation repeatedly, so ponder things objectively. We can also have preconceived ideas that have been a part of our thinking for so long; we do not question them. Preconceived is an idea or opinion that is formed before having the evidence for its truth. If we are to be effective, we must season our words, so that they are received well. Then there is the term preconception, which means a preconceived idea or prejudice. Seasoned words, honesty, and accuracy are distinctive features of effective apologetic evangelism.

REASONING FROM THE SCRIPTURESREASONING FROM THE SCRIPTURES: Sharing CHRIST as You Help Others to Learn about the Mighty works of God

Use of REASONING FROM THE SCRIPTURES should help you to cultivate the ability to reason from the Scriptures and to use them effectively in assisting others to learn about “the mighty works of God.” – Acts 2:11. If Christians are going to be capable, powerful, efficient teachers of God’s Word, we must not only pay attention to what we tell those who are interested but also how we tell them. Yes, we must focus our attention on the message of God’s Word that we share but also the method in which we do so. Our message, the Gospel (i.e., the good news of the Kingdom), this does not change, but we do adjust our methods. Why? We are seeking to reach as many receptive people as possible. “You will be my witnesses … to the End of the Earth.” – ACTS 1:8.

REASONING WITH OTHER RELIGIONSREASONING WITH THE WORLD’S VARIOUS RELIGIONS: Examining and Evangelizing Other Faiths

Why should we be interested in the religion of others? The world has become a melting pot of people, cultures, and values, as well as many different religions. Religion has the most significant impact on the lives of mankind today. There are only a few of the major religions that make up billions of people throughout the earth. According to some estimates, there are roughly 4,200 religions in the world. God’s will is that “all sorts of men should be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of truth.” (1 Tim. 2:4) God has assigned all Christians the task of proclaiming the Word of God, teaching, to make disciples. (Matt. 24:15; 28:19-20: Ac 1;8) That includes men and women who profess a non-Christian religion, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam to mention just a few. If there are Hindus, Buddhist or Muslims are in your community, why not initiate a conversation with them? Christians who take the Great Commission seriously cannot afford to ignore these religions. …

CONVERSATION EVANGELISMCONVERSATIONAL EVANGELISM, [Second Edition]

Evangelism is the work of a Christian evangelist, of which all true Christians are obligated to partake to some extent, which seeks to persuade other people to become Christian, especially by sharing the basics of the Gospel, but also the deeper message of biblical truths. Today the Gospel is almost an unknown, so what does the Christian evangelist do? Preevangelism is laying a foundation for those who have no knowledge of the Gospel, giving them background information, so that they can grasp what they are hearing. The Christian evangelist is preparing their mind and heart so that they will be receptive to the biblical truths. In many ways, this is known as apologetics. Christian apologetics [Greek: apologia, “verbal defense, speech in defense”] is a field of Christian theology which endeavors to offer a reasonable and sensible basis for the Christian faith, defending the faith against objections. It is reasoning from the Scriptures, explaining and proving, as one instructs in sound doctrine, many times having to overturn false reasoning before he can plant the seeds of truth. …

THE CHRISTIAN APOLOGISTTHE CHRISTIAN APOLOGIST: Always Being Prepared to Make a Defense [Second Edition]

MOST Christian apologetic books help the reader know WHAT to say; THE CHRISTIAN APOLOGIST is HOW to communicate it effectively. The Christian apologist’s words should always be seasoned with salt as he or she shares the unadulterated truths of Scripture with gentleness and respect. Our example in helping the unbeliever to understand the Bible has been provided by Jesus Christ and his apostles. Whether dealing with Bible critics or answering questions from those genuinely interested, Jesus referred to the Scriptures and at times used appropriate illustrations, helping those with a receptive heart to accept the Word of God. The apostle Paul “reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving” what was biblically true. (Ac 17:2-3) The material in THE CHRISTIAN APOLOGIST can enable us to do the same. Apologist Normal L. Geisler informs us that “evangelism is planting seeds of the Gospel” and “pre-evangelism is tilling the soil of people’s minds and hearts to help them be more willing to listen to the truth (1 Cor. 3: 6).”

THE EVANGELISM HANDBOOKTHE EVANGELISM HANDBOOK: How All Christians Can Effectively Share God’s Word in Their Community, [SECOND EDITION]

THE EVANGELISM HANDBOOK is a practical guide (for real-life application) in aiding all Christians in sharing biblical beliefs, the Good News of the Kingdom, how to deal with Bible critics, overturning false beliefs, so as to make disciples, as commanded by Christ. (Matthew 24:14; 28:19-20; Ac 1:8) Why do Christians desire to talk about their beliefs? Jesus said, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed in the whole inhabited earth for a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.” (Matt 24:14) This is the assignment, which all Christians are obligated to assist in carrying out. Jesus also said, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matt. 22:39) Jesus commanded that we “go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them” and “teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matt. 28:19-20) If one failed to be obedient to the great commission of Matthew 28:19-20, he or she could hardly claim that they have genuine faith. All true Christians have a determination to imitate God, which moves us to persist in reflecting his glory through our sharing Bible beliefs with others.

divine-appointmentsDIVINE APPOINTMENTS: Spontaneous Conversations on Matters of the Heart, Soul, and Mind

“Absorbing, instructional, insightful. Judy Salisbury’s book Divine Appointments embodies examples of truly speaking the truth in love. The stories she weaves together provide perfect examples of how to relate to others through conversational evangelism… Divine Appointments is an apt companion to any apologetics book, showing how to put principles into practice. It’s an apologetics manual wrapped in a warm blanket. Snuggle up with it.”— Julie Loos, Director, Ratio Christi Boosters

YOUR GUIDE FOR DEFENDING THE BIBLE_Third EditionYOUR GUIDE FOR DEFENDING THE BIBLE: Self-Education of the Bible Made Easy [Third Edition]

The reader will receive eight small introductory books in this one publication. Andrews’ intention is to offer his reader several chapters on eight of the most critical subject areas of understanding and defending the Word of God. This will enable the reader to lay a solid foundation for which he can build throughout his Christian life. These eight sections with multiple chapters in each cover biblical interpretation, Bible translation philosophies, textual criticism, Bible difficulties, the Holy Spirit, Christian Apologetics, Christian Evangelism, and Christian Living.

“‘Deep’ study is no guarantee that mature faith will result, but shallow study guarantees that immaturity continues.”(p. xiii)—Dr. Lee M. Fields.

THE CULTURE WAR-1THE CULTURE WAR: How the West Lost Its Greatness & Was Weakened From Within

The Culture War. How the West lost its greatness and was weakened from within outlines how the West lost its values, causing its current decline. It is a forceful attack on the extreme liberal, anti-religious ideology which since the 1960’s has permeated the Western culture and weakened its very core. The West is now characterized by strict elitist media censorship, hedonism, a culture of drug abuse, abortion, ethnic clashes and racial divide, a destructive feminism and the dramatic breakdown of the family. An ultra-rich elite pushes our nations into a new, authoritarian globalist structure, with no respect for Western historical values. Yet, even in the darkest hour, there is hope. This manifesto outlines the remedy for the current malaise and describes the greatness of our traditional and religious values that once made our civilization prosper. It shows how we can restore these values to bring back justice, mercy, faith, honesty, fidelity, kindness and respect for one another. Virtues that will motivate individuals to love one another, the core of what will make us great again.

EARLY CHRISTIANITY-1EARLY CHRISTIANITY IN THE FIRST CENTURY Jesus’ Witnesses to the Ends of the Earth

EARLY CHRISTIANITY IN THE FIRST CENTURY will give its readers a thrilling account of first-century Christianity. When and how did they come to be called Christians? Who are all obligated to be Christian evangelists? In what way did Jesus set the example for our evangelism? What is the Kingdom of God? What was their worship like and why were they called the Truth and the Way? How did 120 disciples at Pentecost grow to over one million within 70-80-years? What was meant by their witness to the ends of the earth? How did Christianity in its infancy function to accomplish all it did? How was it structured? How were the early Christians, not of the world? How were they affected by persecution? How were they not to love the world, in what sense? What divisions were there in the second and third centuries? Who were the Gnostics? These questions will be answered, as well as a short overview of the division that grew out of the second and third centuries, pre-reformation, the reformation, and a summary of Catholicism and Protestantism. After a lengthy introduction to First-Century Christianity, there is a chapter on the Holy Spirit in the First Century and Today, followed by sixteen chapters that cover the most prominent Christians from the second to fourth centuries, as well as a chapter on Constantine the Great.

CRISIS OF FAITH_PaperbackCRISIS OF FAITH Saving Those Who Doubt

Inside of some Christians unbeknownst to their family, friends or congregation, they are screaming, “I doubt, I doubt, I have very grave doubts!” OURS is an age of doubt. Skepticism has become fashionable. We are urged to question everything: especially the existence of God and the truthfulness of his Word, the Bible. A half brother of Jesus warned us against doubting: “the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.” (Jam. 1:6) When insidious doubts begin to creep into the mind and the heart, it is only a matter of time before a CRISIS OF FAITH gives way spiritual shipwreck. Since we have been warned that “some will fall away from the faith,” we should be ready “to save some,” even ourselves. …

INVESTIGATING JEHOVAH'S WITNESSESINVESTIGATING JEHOVAH?S WITNESSES: Why 1914 Is Important to Jehovah?s Witnesses

The intention of this book is to investigate the biblical chronology behind Jehovah’s Witnesses most controversial doctrinal position that Jesus began to rule invisibly from heaven in October 1914. This biblical chronology of the Witnesses hinges upon their belief that the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians, which they say occurred in 607 B.C.E. The Witnesses conclude that Chapter 4 of the book of Daniel prophesied a 2,520 year period that began in 607 B.C.E. and ended in 1914 C.E. They state, “Clearly, the ‘seven times’ and ‘the appointed times of the nations’ refer to the same time period.” (Lu 21:24) It is their position that When the Babylonians conquered Jerusalem, the Davidic line of kings was interrupted, God’s throne was “trampled on by the nations” until 1914, at which time Jesus began to rule invisibly from heaven. …

THE CHURCH CURETHE CHURCH CURE: Overcoming Church Problems

In order to overcome and church problems, we must first talk about the different problems of the church. Many of the church problems today stem from the isms: liberalism, humanism, modernism, Christian progressivism, theological liberalism, feminism, higher criticism, and biblical criticism. Moreover, many are simply not a biblically grounded church regardless of how much they claim to be so. The marks of a true Christian church would be like the different lines that make up a church’s fingerprint, a print that cannot belong to any other church. The true Christian church contains their own unique grouping of marks, forming a positive “fingerprint” that cannot belong to any other church. William Lange Craig wrote, “Remember that our faith is not based on emotions, but on the truth, and therefore you must hold on to it.” What truth? Jesus said to the Father in prayer, “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” (John 17:17) Are you doing the will of the Father? Is your church doing the will of the Father? – Matthew 7:21-23; 1 John 2:15-17.

FLEECING THE FLOCK_03FLEECING THE FLOCK: Setting the People of God Free From the Lies of Tithing

Evangelist Norman Robertson claims that “Tithing is God’s way of financing His kingdom on the earth.” He asserts that “It is His system of economics which enables the Gospel to be preached.” Not bashful about telling his followers of their duty to give, he flatly states: ‘Tithing isn’t something you do because you can afford it. It is an act of obedience. Not tithing is a clear violation of God’s commandments. It is embezzlement.’ Most likely you accept that giving should be part of Christian worship. However, do you find continuous demanding appeals for money disturbing, perhaps even offensive? FLEECING THE FLOCK by Anthony Wade is an exhaustive examination of all of the popular tithing arguments made from the pulpit today. …

Deception In the ChurchDECEPTION IN THE CHURCH: Does It Matter How You Worship?

DECEPTION IN THE CHURCH by Fred DeRuvo asks Does It Matter How You Worship? There are 41,000 different denominations that call themselves “Christian” and all would claim that they are the truth. Can just any Christian denomination please God? Can all be true or genuine Christianity if they all have different views on the same Bible doctrines? DeRuvo will answer. He will focus on the largest part of Christianity that has many different denominations, the charismatic, ecstatic Signs and Wonders Movements. These ecstatic worshipers claim … DeRuvo will answer all these questions and more according to the truth of God’s Word.—John 8:31-32; 17:17.

LEARN TO DISCERNLEARN TO DISCERN: Recognizing False Teaching In the Christian church Today

Plunkett exposes the errors corrupting the Christian church through the Word of Faith, New Apostolic Reformation, and extreme charismatic movements. LEARN TO DISCERN, by author Daniel Plunkett highlights how an encounter with a rising star in the Word of Faith / “Signs and Wonders” movement was used by God to open his eyes to the deceptions, false teachings, and spiritual abuses running rampant in the charismatic movement today. These doctrines are thoroughly explored as taught by some of today’s most prominent speakers and evangelists and contrasted with the clear teachings of Scripture. LEARN TO DISCERN is an invaluable resource …

Translation and Textual Criticism

King James BibleTHE KING JAMES BIBLE: Do You Know the King James Version?

The King James Bible was originally published in 1611. Some have estimated that the number of copies of the King James Version that have been produced in print worldwide is over one billion! There is little doubt that the King James Version is a literary masterpiece, which this author has and will appreciate and value for its unparalleled beauty of expression. This book is in no way trying to take away from what the King James Version has accomplished. The King James Version is a book to be commended for all that it has accomplished. For four centuries, when English-speaking people spoke of “the Bible,” they meant the King James Version. The question that begs to be asked of those who favor the King James Bible is, Do You Know the King James Version? What do most users of the King James Bible not know about their translation? Whether you are one who favors the King James Version or one who prefers a modern translation, Andrews will answer the questions that have long been asked for centuries about the King James Bible and far more.

The Complete Guide to Bible Translation-2THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO BIBLE TRANSLATION: Bible Translation Choices and Translation Principles [Second Edition]

THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO BIBLE TRANSLATION (CGBT) is for all individuals interested in how the Bible came down to us, as well as having an insight into the Bible translation process. CGBT is also for those who are interested in which translation(s) would be the most beneficial to use. The translation of God’s Word from the original languages of Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek is a task unlike any other and should never be taken lightly because it carries with it the heaviest responsibility: the translator renders God’s thoughts into a modern language. It is CGBT’s desire to take challenging and complex subjects and make them easy to understand. CGBT will communicate as clearly and powerfully as possible to all of its readers while also accurately communicating information about the Bible. …

DO WE STILL NEEDA LITERAL BIBLE_DO WE STILL NEED A LITERAL BIBLE?: Discover the Truth about Literal Translations

We have come a long, long way from the time that the KJV was The Bible in English and the many translations available today. Finding the right Bible for the right person can be daunting, with almost too many choices available. However, it is still possible to divide the options into two broad categories: literal translations and dynamic equivalents. What is the difference, and why should you care? Bible publishers used to say that literal translations are good for study purposes, and dynamic equivalents are better for reading. So literal translations were advertised with terms like “accurate,” “reliable,” and, of course, “literal.” For dynamic equivalent translations, terms like “contemporary,” “easy to read,” and “written in today’s English” were used. Naturally, publishers do not advertise the negatives, so they did not point out that the literal translations might be a little harder to read, or that the dynamic equivalents might not be entirely faithful to the original languages of the Bible. However, more recently, some scholars have been taking this analysis in a new direction, assessing literal translations as less desirable than dynamic equivalents even for accuracy and reliability.

Choosing Your BibleCHOOSING YOUR BIBLE: Bible Translation Differences

There are more than 150 different Bible translations in the English language alone. Some are what we call literal translations, which seeks to give the reader the exact English equivalent of what was written in the original language text, thus allowing the reader access to the actual Word of God. Then, there are dynamic equivalents, where the translator determines what the author meant by the original language text, and this is what they give the reader. There is also a paraphrase translation, which is an extremely interpretive translation. Exactly what are these differences? Are some translations better than others? What standards and principles can we use to determine what makes a good translation? Andrews introduces the readers to the central issues in this debate and presents several reasons why literal translations are superior to dynamic equivalent and paraphrase translations. We do not need to be a Bible scholar to understand these issues, as well as the importance of having the most accurate and faithful translation that is reflective of the original text. …

THE TEXT OF THE NEW TESTAMENTTHE TEXT OF THE NEW TESTAMENT: The Science and Art of Textual Criticism

THE TEXT OF THE NEW TESTAMENT (TTNT) is an introduction, intermediate and advanced level coverage of the text of the New Testament. Andrews introduces the new and relatively new reader to this subject in the first few chapters of the TTNT. Andrews deepens his handling of the material, while still making it easy to understand in the next few chapters of the TTNT, all the while being very informative in both sections. All of this prepares the reader for Wilkins’ advanced chapters. THE TEXT OF THE NEW TESTAMENT was copied and recopied by hand for 1,500 years. Regardless of those scribes who had worked very hard to be faithful in their copying, errors crept into the text. How can we be confident that what we have today is the Word of God? Wilkins and Andrews offer the reader an account of the copying by hand and transmission of the Greek New Testament. They present a comprehensive survey of the manuscript history from the penning of the 27 New Testament books to the current critical texts. What did the ancient books look like and how were documents written? How were the New Testament books published? Who would use secretaries? Why was it so hard to be a secretary in the first century? How was such work done? What do we know about the early Christian copyists? What were the scribal habits and tendencies? Is it possible to establish the original text of the NewTestament? …

Introduction to New Testament Textual CriticismINTRODUCTION TO THE TEXT OF THE NEW TESTAMENT: From The Authors and Scribe to the Modern Critical Text

INTRODUCTION TO THE TEXT OF THE NEW TESTAMENT is a shortened 321 pages of Andrews and Wilkins 602 page TEXT OF THE NEW TESTAMENT without losing the value of content. The foremost thing the reader is going to learn is that the Greek New Testament that our modern translations are based on is a mirror-like reflection of the original and can be fully trusted. The reader will learn how the New Testament authors made and published their books, the secretaries in antiquity and their materials like Teritus who helped Paul pen the epistle to the Romans, and the book writing process of the New Testament authors and early copyists. The reader will also discover the reading culture of early Christianity and their view of the integrity of the Greek New Testament. The reader will also learn how textual scholars known as paleography determine the age of the manuscripts.

The reader will learn all about the different sources that go into our restoring the Greek New Testament to its original form. Then, Andrews will cover the ancient version, the era of the printed text, and the arrival of the critical text. After that, the reader will be given a lengthy chapter on examples of how the textual scholar determines the correct reading by his looking at the internal and external evidence. Finally, and most importantly, the reader will find out the truth about the supposed 400,000 textual errors within the Greek New Testament manuscripts. The last chapter will be faith-building and enable you to defend the Word of God as inerrant.

The Reading Culture of Early ChristianityTHE READING CULTURE OF EARLY CHRISTIANITY: The Production, Publication, Circulation, and Use of Books in the Early Christian Church

THE READING CULTURE OF EARLY CHRISTIANITY provides the reader with the production process of the New Testament books, the publication process, how they were circulated, and to what extent they were used in the early Christian church. It examines the making of the New Testament books, the New Testament secretaries and the material they used, how the early Christians viewed the New Testament books, and the literacy level of the Christians in the first three centuries. It also explores how the gospels went from an oral message to a written record, the accusation that the apostles were uneducated, the inspiration and inerrancy in the writing process of the New Testament books, the trustworthiness of the early Christian copyists, and the claim that the early scribes were predominantly amateurs. Andrews also looks into the early Christian’s use of the codex [book form], how did the spread of early Christianity affect the text of the New Testament, and how was the text impacted by the Roman Empire’s persecution of the early Christians?

MISREPRESENTING JESUS_Third EditionMISREPRESENTING JESUS: Debunking Bart D. Ehrman’s “Misquoting Jesus” [Third Edition]

Edward D. Andrews boldly answers the challenges Bart D. Ehrman alleges against the fully inerrant, Spirit-inspired, authoritative Word of God. By glimpsing into the life of Bart D. Ehrman and following along his course of academic studies, Andrews helps the reader to understand the biases, assumptions, and shortcomings supporting Ehrman’s arguments. Using sound reason, scholarly exegesis, and the Historical-Grammatical method of interpretation, as well as New Testament textual criticism, Andrews helps both churchgoer/Bible students, as well as scholars, overcome the teachings of biblical errancy that Ehrman propagates.—Easy to read and understand. …

Biblical Studies

CALVINISM VS. ARMINIANISMCALVINISM VS. ARMINIANISM: The Bible Answers

CALVINISM VS. ARMINIANISM goes back to the early seventeenth century with a Christian theological debate between the followers of John Calvin and Jacobus Arminius, and continues today among some Protestants, particularly evangelicals. The debate is centered around soteriology, that is, the study of salvation, and includes disputes about total depravity, predestination, and atonement. While the debate has developed its Calvinist–Arminian form in the 17th century, the issues that are fundamental to the debate have been discussed in Christianity in some fashion since the days of Augustine of Hippo’s disputes with the Pelagians in the fifth century. CALVINISM VS. ARMINIANISM is taking a different approach in that the issues will be discussed as The Bible Answers being that it is the centerpiece.

How to Study Your BibleHOW TO STUDY YOUR BIBLE: Rightly Handling the Word of God

A comprehensive book on HOW TO STUDY YOUR BIBLE by observing, interpreting, and applying, which will focus on the most basic Bible study tools, principles, and processes for moving from an in-depth reading of the Scriptures to application. What, though, if you have long felt that you are not studiously inclined? Realize that the primary difference between a serious Bible student and a less serious Bible student is usually diligence and effort, not being a gifted student. Being a gifted Bible student alone is not enough. Efficient methods of Bible study are worth learning, for those seeking to become serious Bible students. The joy missing from many Bible students is because they do not know how to study their Bible, which means they do not do it well. Perhaps you dislike Bible study because you have not developed your study skills sufficiently to make your Bible study enjoyable. Maybe you have neglected your Bible study simply because you would rather be doing something else you enjoy.

How to Study by TorreyHOW TO STUDY: Study the Bible for the Greatest Profit [Updated and Expanded]

How can we find more enjoyment in studying the Bible? How can we make our study periods more productive? What circumstances contribute to effective personal study? How can we derive real benefit and pleasure from our Bible reading? From what activities can time be bought out for reading and studying the Bible? Why should we watch our spiritual feeding habits? What benefits come from reading and studying the Scriptures? There is a great and constantly growing interest in the study of the English Bible in these days. However, very much of the so-called study of the English Bible is unintelligent and not fitted to produce the most satisfactory results. The authors of this book already have a book entitled “HOW TO STUDY: Study the Bible for the Greatest Profit,” but that book is intended for those who are willing to buy out the time to put into thorough Bible study.

Deep Bible Study Cover_Torrey-1DEEP BIBLE STUDY: The Importance and Value of Proper Bible Study [Updated and Expanded]

Why is personal and family Bible study so important in our life now? How can we apply the Word of God in our lives? How can we use the Bible to help others? How can we effectively use the Scriptures when teaching others? How can we make decisions God’s way? How can Bible principles help us to decide wisely? Why should we have faith in God and his word? The Psalmist tells us, God’s Word “is a lamp to my foot, and a light for my path.” (Psalm 119:105) Since the Bible is a gift from God, the time and effort that we put into our personal Bible Study is a reflection of how much we appreciate that gift. What do our personal Bible study habits reveal about the depth of our appreciation of God’s Word? Certainly, the Bible is a deep and complex book, and reading and studying are not easy at times. However, with time and effort, we can develop a spiritual appetite for personal Bible study. (1 Peter 2:2)

THE NEW TESTAMENTTHE NEW TESTAMENT: Its Background, Setting & Content

Correctly interpreting the Bible is paramount to understanding the Word of God. As Christians, we do not want to read our 21st-century worldview INTO the Scriptures, but rather to takeOUT OF the Scriptures what the author meant by the words that he used. The guaranteed way of arriving a correct understanding of God’s Words is to have an accurate knowledge of the historical setting, cultural background, and of the people, governments, and religious leaders, as well as the place and time of the New Testament writings. Only with the background, setting, and context can you grasp the author’s intended meaning to his original readers and …

THE LIFE OF JESUS CHRIST by Stalker-1THE LIFE OF JESUS CHRIST: What Do You Know About Jesus? [Updated and Expanded]

The life of Christ is an exhaustless theme. It reveals a character of greater massiveness than the hills, of a more serene beauty than the stars, of sweeter fragrance than the flowers, higher than the heavens in sublimity and deeper than the seas in mystery. As good Jean Paul has eloquently said, “It concerns Him who, being the holiest among the mighty, and the mightiest among the holy, lifted with His pierced hands empires off their hinges, turned the stream of centuries out of its channels, and still governs the ages.” …

THE LIFE OF Paul by Stalker-1THE LIFE OF THE APOSTLE PAUL: The Apostle to the Nations [Updated and Expanded]

Stalker’s Life of St. Paul became one of the most widely read and respected biographies of the Apostle to the Gentiles. As an insightful compendium on the life of Paul, this work is of particular interest to pastors and teachers who desire to add realism and vividness to their account of one of the greatest Christians who ever lived. Stalker’s work includes a section at the back entitled “Hints for Teachers and Questions for Pupils.” This supplement contains notes and “further reading” suggestions for those teaching on the life of St. Paul, along with a number of questions over each chapter for students to discuss. In addition, seventeen extra chapters have been added that will help the reader better understand who the Apostle Paul was and what first-century Christianity was like. For example, a chapter on the conversion of Saul/Paul, Gamaliel Taught Saul of Tarsus, the Rights, and Privileges of Citizenship, the “Unknown God,” Areopagus, the Observance of Law as to Vows, and much more.

The TRIAL and Death of Jesus_02THE TRIAL AND DEATH OF JESUS CHRIST: Jesus’ Final Ministry at Jerusalem [Updated and Expanded]

With solid scholarship and exceptional clarity, beginning in Gethsemane, Stalker and Andrews examine Jesus’ trial and crucifixion. Their work is relevant, beneficial and enjoyable because they cover this historical period of Jesus’ life in an easy to understand format. Stalker’s expressive and persuasive style provides a great resource to any Bible study of the events leading to the death of Jesus Christ. THE TRIAL AND DEATH OF JESUS CHRIST is an academicish book written with a novelish style.

INTERPRETING THE BIBLEINTERPRETING THE BIBLE: Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics

Delving into the basics of biblical interpretation, Edward D. Andrews has provided a complete hands-on guide to understanding what the author meant by the words that he used from the conservative grammatical-historical perspective. He teaches how to study the Bible on a deep, scholarly level, yet making it understandable to all. He has sought to provide the very best tool for interpreting the Word of God. This includes clarification of technical terms, answers to every facet of biblical interpretation, and defense of the inerrancy and divine inspiration of Scripture. Andrews realizes that the importance of digging deeper in our understanding of the Bible, for defending our faith from modern-day misguided scholarship. Andrews gives the reader easy and memorable principles and methods to follow for producing an accurate explanation that comes out of, not what many read into the biblical text. The principal procedure within is to define, explain, offer many examples, and give illustrations, to help the reader fully grasp the grammatical-historical approach. …

How to Interpret the Bible-1HOW TO INTERPRET THE BIBLE: An Introduction to Hermeneutics

Anybody who wants to study the Bible, either at a personal level or a more scholarly level needs to understand that there are certain principles that guide and govern the process. The technical word used to refer to the principles of biblical interpretation is hermeneutics, which is of immense importance in Biblical Studies and Theology. How to Interpret the Bible takes into consideration the cultural context, historical background and geographical location in which the text was originally set. This enables us to obtain clarity about the original author’s intended meaning. Linguistic and literary factors are analyzed so that the various genres of Scripture are examined for their true meaning. The importance of having sound principles of interpretation cannot be overstated as …

The Church Community_02THE CHURCH COMMUNITY IN CONTEMPORARY CULTURE: Evangelism and Engagement with Postmodern People

Once upon a time, Postmodernism was a buzzword. It pronounced Modernism dead or at least in the throes of death. It was a wave that swept over Christendom, promising to wash away sterile, dogmatic and outmoded forms of church. But whatever happened to postmodernism? It was regarded as the start of a major historical transition to something new and promising and hailed as a major paradigm shift. Is it a philosophy that has passed its “sell-by” date? No! The radical fringe has become the dominant view and has been integrated into all aspects of life, including the Christian church. With the emergence of multicultural societies comes interaction with different belief systems and religions. Values like tolerance and a dislike of dogmatism have become key operating concepts, which reflect a change in worldview. …

Developing Healthy ChurchesDEVELOPING HEALTHY CHURCHES: A Case-Study in Revelation

In an age obsessed with physical and psychological health the author emphasizes the importance of spiritual well-being as an essential element of holistic health for the individual Christian and for Christian communities. This work constitutes a template for a spiritual audit of the local church. It offers an appointment with the Great Physician that no Christian can afford to ignore. Developing Healthy Churches: A Case-Study in Revelation begins with a well-researched outline of the origins and development of the church health movement. With that background in mind the author, aware that throughout the history of the church there have been a number of diverse views about how Revelation ought to be interpreted, presents the reader with four distinct interpretive models. These are the idealist, preterist, historicist, and futurist. Beville explains these interpretive approaches simply and critiques them fairly.e …

Dying to KillDYING TO KILL: A Christian Perspective on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

This is a comprehensive study of euthanasia and assisted suicide. It traces the historical debate, examines the legal status of such activity in different countries and explores the political, medical and moral matters surrounding these emotive and controversial subjects in various cultural contexts. The key advocates and pioneers of this agenda-driven movement (such as the late Jack Kevorkian, popularly known as “Dr. Death” and Philip Nitschke, founder of Exit International) are profiled. Not only are the elderly and disabled becoming increasingly vulnerable but children, psychiatric patients, the depressed and those who are simply tired of life are now on a slippery slope into a dystopian nightmare. The spotlight is brought to bear on the Netherlands, in particular, where palliative care and the hospice movement are greatly underdeveloped as a result of legalization. These dubious “services” are now offered as part of “normal” medical care in Holland where it is deemed more cost-effective to be given a lethal injection. The vital role of physicians as healers in society must be preserved and the important but neglected spiritual dimension of death must be explored. Thus a biblical view of human life is presented. …

journey-with-jesus-through-the-message-of-mark_ebook-onlyJOURNEY WITH JESUS THROUGH THE MESSAGE OF MARK

Journey with Jesus through the Message of Mark is an insightful and engaging survey of Mark’s Gospel, exploring each major section of the text along with key themes. It is a work that can be enjoyed by laypersons as well as pastors and teachers. Pastors will find the abundant use of illustrations to be helpful in preparing their own messages and as such, it will find a welcome place in the preacher’s library. Simply, powerfully, with great precision, and exegetical accuracy, Kieran Beville masterfully brings us on a life-transforming journey. Readers will be both inspired and challenged as they hear the words of Jesus speaking afresh from the page of Scripture and experience the ministry of Jesus in a spiritually captivating way. The author has a pastor’s heart, a theologian’s mind, and a writer’s gift. His style is gripping, as he beautifully explains and illustrates Mark’s Gospel. Kieran Beville has done a great service to the church, and especially to true believers, who desire to grow in grace, increase in their knowledge of truth, and experience the intimacy, joy, and underserved and unspeakable privilege of walking, as disciples, with Jesus. This book is ideal as a study companion for Mark’s Gospel. One can read a section from the gospel and then read the corresponding section to receive a fresh viewpoint and a practical application.  …

ANGELSANGELS & DEMONS The Bible Answers

What are angels & demons? Can angels help us? What does the Bible say about angels? What is the truth about angels? Can Angels affect your life? Who were the “sons of God” in Genesis 6:2? Who were the Nephilim in Genesis 6:2? Who is Michael the archangel? Can Satan the Devil control humans? How can we win our struggle against dark spiritual forces? How can you resist the demons? Do evil spirits exercise power over humankind? Is Satan really the god of this world and just what does that mean? What did Jesus mean when he said, “the whole world lies in the power of the evil one [i.e., Satan]”? Andrews using the Bible will answer all of these questions and far more. …

AN ENCOURAGING THOUGHT_01AN ENCOURAGING THOUGHT The Christian Worldview

Donald T. Williams learned a lot about the Christian worldview from Francis Schaeffer and C. S. Lewis, but it was actually Tolkien who first showed him that such a thing exists and is an essential component of maturing faith. Not only do explicitly Christian themes underlie the plot structure of The Lord of the Rings, but in essays such as “On Fairie Stories” Tolkien shows us that he not only believed the Gospel on Sunday but treated it as true the rest of the week and used his commitment to that truth as the key to further insights in his work as a student of literature. “You can do that?” Williams thought as a young man not yet exposed to any Christian who was a serious thinker. “I want to do that!” His hope is that his readers will catch that same vision from this book. An Encouraging Thought elucidates the ways in which Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are informed by and communicate a biblical worldview. This book will help readers appreciate the ways in which a biblical worldview informs Tolkien’s work, to the end that their own faith may be confirmed in strength, focused in understanding, deepened in joy, and honed in its ability to communicate the Gospel.

Bible Doctrines

ezekiel, daniel, & revelationEZEKIEL, DANIEL, & REVELATION: GOG OF THE LAND OF MAGOG, KINGS OF THE NORTH AND SOUTH, & THE EIGHT KINGS OF REVELATION

The Bible describes the events that will occur before and after the destruction of Gog of Magog. Who is Gog of Magog mentioned in the book of Ezekiel? Why should we be interested in the prophecy recorded in Daniel chapter 11? Find out in a verse-by-verse explanation of Daniel Chapter 11, as you discover who the kings of the North and the South are from before Jesus’ day throughout the last days. You will benefit from paying attention to Daniel’s prophecy about the battle between the two kings? Taken together, the Bible books of Daniel and Revelation not only identify eight kings but also show the sequence in which they would appear. We can explain those prophecies.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF YOU DIEWHAT WILL HAPPEN IF YOU DIE?: Should You Be Afraid of Death or of People Who Have Died?

People grow old, get sick, and die. Even some children die. Should you be afraid of death or of anybody who has died? Do you know what happens if we die? Will you ever see your dead loved ones again? “If a man dies, shall he live again?” asked the man Job long ago. (Job 14:14) Did God originally intend for humans to die? Why do you grow old and die? What is the Bible’s viewpoint of death? What is the condition of the dead? Are the dead aware of what is happening around them? What hope is there for the dead?

Identifying the AntiChristIDENTIFYING THE ANTICHRIST: The Man of Lawlessness and the Mark of the Beast Revealed

Herein Andrews will give the reader exactly what the Bible offers on exposing who the Antichrist and the Man of Lawlessness are. If we look at the texts that refer to the antichrist and the man of lawlessness, we will have lines of evidence that will enable us to identify them. Why is it important that we know who the antichrist and the man of lawlessness are? The antichrist and the man of lawlessness have had a greater impact on humanity and Christianity over the past centuries than many know. Moreover, the influence on the true worshipers of Christianity today has been even more significant and will only go from bad to worse as we come closer to the second coming of Christ. …

Understaning Creation AccountUNDERSTANDING THE CREATION ACCOUNT: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian Faith

Throughout the Scriptures, God is identified as the Creator. He is the One “who created the heavens (He is the God who formed the earth and made it, He established it.” (Isa 45:18) He is the One “who forms mountains and creates the wind” (Am 4:13) and is the One “who made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and all that is in them.” (Ac 4:24; 14:15; 17:24) “God . . . created all things.” (Eph. 3:9) Jesus Christ tells us that it is the Father who “created them [humans] from the beginning made them male and female.” (Matt. 19:4; Mark 10:6) Hence, the Father is fittingly and uniquely called “the Creator.” (Isa 40:28) It is because of God’s will that we exist, for He has ‘created all things, and because of his will they existed and were created.’―Revelations 4:11 …

Explaining the Doctrine of the Last ThingsEXPLAINING the DOCTRINE of LAST THINGS Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian Faith

Eschatology is the teaching of what is commonly called the “Last Things.” That is the subject of Andrews’ book, which will cover, Explaining Prophecy, Explaining Clean and Pure Worship, The New Testament Writers Use of the Old Testament, Explaining the Antichrist, Explaining the Man of Lawlessness, Explaining the Mark of the Beast, Explaining Signs of the End of the Age, Explaining the Rapture, Explaining the Great Tribulation, Explaining Armageddon, Explaining the Resurrection Hope, Explaining the Millennium, Explaining the Final Judgment, Explaining the Unevangelized, Explaining Hell

second coming CoverThe SECOND COMING of CHRIST: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian Faith

The information herein is based on the disciples coming to Jesus privately, saying, “Tell us, (1) when will these things be, and (2) what will be the sign of your coming, and (3) of the end of the age?” (Matthew 24:3) What will end? When will the end come? What comes after the end? Who will survive the end? These questions and far more will be answered as Andrews delves into The SECOND COMING of CHRIST. In chapters 1 and 2, we must address why Jesus is saying there would be an end to the Jewish age. In chapter 3, we will take a deep look at the signs that establish the great tribulation is closing in, and when is it time to flee. In chapter 4, we will go over the signs of the end of the Jewish age. In chapter 5, we will walk through the events leading up to the end of the Jewish age from 66 – 70 C.E., and how it applies to our Great Tribulation in these last days. In chapter 6, we will cover the second coming of Jesus where the reader will get the answers as to whether verses 3-28 of Matthew Chapter 24 apply to Christ’s second coming. We will close out with chapter 7, and how we should understand the signs, and how we do not want to be led astray, just as Jesus warned even some of the chosen ones would be misled. We will also address what comes after the end.

What Is HellWHAT IS HELL? Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian Faith

What Really Is Hell? What Kind of Place is Hell? What Really Happens at Death? What Did Jesus Teach About Hell? How Does Learning the Truth About Hell Affect You? Who Goes to Hell? What Is Hell? Is It a Place of Eternal Torment? Does God Punish People in Hellfire? Do the Wicked Suffer in Hell? What Is the Lake of Fire? Is It the Same as Hell or Gehenna? Where Do We Go When We Die? What Does the Bible Say About Hell? Andrews Shares the Truth on WHAT IS HELL From God’s Word.

miraclesMIRACLES – DO THEY STILL HAPPEN TODAY? God Miraculously Saving People’s Lives, Apparitions, Speaking In Tongues, Faith Healing

Miracles were certainly a part of certain periods in Bible times. What about today? Are miracles still taking place? There are some very important subjects that surround this area of discussion that is often misunderstood. Andrews will answer such questions as does God step in and solve every problem if we are faithful? Does the Bible provide absolutes or guarantees in this age of imperfect humanity? Are miracles still happening today? Is faith healing Scriptural? Is speaking in tongues evidence of true Christianity? Is snake handling biblical? How are we to understand the indwelling of the Holy Spirit? The work of the Holy Spirit. Andrews offers his readers very straightforward, biblically accurate explanations for these difficult questions. If any have discussed such questions, without a doubt, they will be very interested in the Bible’s answers in this easy to read publication.

Homosexuality and the ChristianHOMOSEXUALITY – The BIBLE and the CHRISTIAN: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian Faith

Today there are many questions about homosexuality as it relates to the Bible and Christians. What does the Bible say about homosexuality? Does genetics, environment, or traumatic life experiences justify homosexuality? What is God’s will for people with same-sex attractions? Does the Bible discriminate against people with same-sex attractions? Is it possible to abstain from homosexual acts? Should not Christians respect all people, regardless of their sexual orientation? Did not Jesus preach tolerance? If so, should not Christians take a permissive view of homosexuality? Does God approve of same-sex marriage? Does God disapprove of homosexuality? If so, how could God tell someone who is attracted to people of the same sex to shun homosexuality, is that not cruel? If one has same-sex attraction, is it possible to avoid homosexuality? How can I as a Christian explain the Bible’s view of homosexuality? IT IS CRUCIAL that Christians always be prepared to reason from the Scriptures, explaining and proving what the Bible does and does not say about homosexuality, yet doing it with gentleness and respect. Andrews will answer these questions and far more.

Daily Devotionals

40 day devotional (1)40 DAYS DEVOTIONAL FOR YOUTHS Coming-of-Age In Christ

If you’ve struggled in the world of difficulties that surround you, you’re not alone. Maybe you have looked for help, and you have been given conflicting answers. 40 DAYS DEVOTIONAL FOR YOUTHS: Coming-of-Age In Christ, can help you. Its advice is based on answers that actually work, which are found in the Bible. God’s Word has helped billions over thousands of years to face life’s challenges successfully. Find out how it can help you! 40 DAYS DEVOTIONAL FOR YOUTHS includes seven sections, with several chapters in each. It includes the following sections: Sexual Desires and Love, your friends, your family, school, recreation, your health. You need advice you can trust! 40 DAYS DEVOTIONAL FOR YOUTHS will give you that. This author has worked with thousands of youths from around the world. The Bible-based sound advice helped them. Now you can discover how it can help you.

DEVOTIONAL FOR YOUTHSDEVOTIONAL FOR YOUTHS: Growing Up In Christ

Young ones and teens, you are exposed to complex problems that your parents may not understand. Young Christians, you are bombarded with multiple options for solving everyday problems through social media. Where do you turn to find answers? Where can you look to find guidance from Scripture? In order to provide a Christian perspective to problem-solving, the author of this devotional book decided to take a different approach. Terry Overton was determined to find out what problems middle school children and teens were worried about the most. While visiting her grandchildren one weekend, she asked her granddaughter to send topics to her so that she could write a devotional about the topic. In a matter of weeks, not only did her granddaughter send her topics, but the other grandchildren and their friends sent topics of concern. Once the author wrote a devotional for a topic, it was sent to the teen requesting the devotional. Soon, these requests were happening in real time. Students sent text requests about problems happening in school and asked what the student should do? How should this be handled?

DEVOTIONAL FOR TRAGEDYDEVOTIONAL FOR THOSE COPING WITH TRAGEDY: A Journey Back to God

This devotional book follows the author’s own faith journey back to God. Significant life events can shake our world and distort our faith. Following life’s tragedies, a common reaction is to become angry with God or to reject Him altogether. Examples of tragedies or traumas include life-changing events such as physical or sexual assault, destruction of one’s home, the tragic death of a loved one, diagnoses of terminal diseases, divorce, miscarriages, or being a victim of a crime. Tragedies or traumas can cause feelings of anxiety, depression, shame, and guilt.

DEVOTIONAL FOR CAREGIVERSDEVOTIONAL FOR CAREGIVERS: Finding Strength Through Faith

Throughout the book, common themes emerge to support caregivers. The reader will find interesting Bible Scriptures, offering a Christian perspective, for handling issues that may arise. These inspiring passages will assist the caregiver in finding peace and faith as they travel their journey as a caregiver. Although caregivers may not know how long they will play this role, they take on the responsibility without any question. Taking care of others is often mentioned in the Bible and, as noted in this devotional, this self-sacrificing, highly valued, and often challenging service will ultimately be rewarded.

Daily_OTDAILY DEVOTIONAL Daily Musings From the Old Testament

Humans must breathe in the air of our atmosphere to survive. Many cities because of pollution face a dangerous level of contamination in their air. However, an even more deadly air affects both Christians and nonChristians. Ordinary methods or devices cannot detect this poisonous air. The apostle Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, spoke of the “air,” when he said that Satan was “the ruler of the authority of the air.” (Eph. 2:2) In that, very same verse Paul said the “air” is “the spirit now working in the sons of disobedience.” If we breathe in this “air,” we will begin to adopt their attitude, thoughts, speech, and conduct.

Daily Devotional_NT_TMDAILY DEVOTIONAL: Daily Musing From the New Testament

Humans must breathe in the air of our atmosphere to survive. Many cities because of pollution face a dangerous level of contamination in their air. However, an even more deadly air affects both Christians and nonChristians. Ordinary methods or devices cannot detect this poisonous air. The apostle Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, spoke of the “air,” when he said that Satan was “the ruler of the authority of the air.” (Eph. 2:2) In that, very same verse Paul said the “air” is “the spirit now working in the sons of disobedience.” If we breathe in this “air,” we will begin to adopt their attitude, thoughts, speech, and conduct.

Daily Devotional_DarkerBREAD OF HEAVEN: Daily Meditations on Scripture

BREAD OF HEAVEN helps the reader to have a greater understanding of the timeless truths of Scripture and a deeper appreciation of the grandeur of God. It offers meditations on selected Scriptures which will draw the reader’s attention upwards to the Savior. Kieran Beville’s daily devotional combines down-to-earth, unstuffy humanity in today’s world with a biblical and God-centered approach, and draws on rich theology in a thoroughly accessible way. He addresses not just the intellect and the will but gets to the heart, our motivational center, through the mind. If your Christian life could benefit from a short, well-written daily blast of Christ’s comfort and challenge, get this book and use it!  These short Bible-based meditations are fresh and contemporary. Beville gives to the twenty-first-century reader what earlier authors have given to theirs. Here is practical wisdom that is a helpful guide to stimulate worship and set you thinking as you begin each day with God.

theconversationcoverTHE CONVERSATION: An Intimate Journal of the Emmaus Encounter

The Conversation: An Intimate Journal of the Emmaus Encounter is a unique and riveting reconstruction from the unnamed disciple’s account found in Luke 24 regarding his journey with Cleopas on the road to Emmaus after witnessing Jesus’s crucifixion and burial, along with hearing claims of His empty tomb. Suddenly, a Stranger begins walking with them. With their eyes “prevented” from recognizing Him as the risen Lord Jesus Christ—Yeshua the Messiah, their new, wise Traveling Companion correlates the Old Covenant Scriptures, by way of Moses and the prophets, with what they witnessed.
This “journal” is your opportunity to eavesdrop and learn what that conversation might have been like, as pertinent prophecies unfold revealing evidence that the Messiah’s suffering, death, burial, and resurrection were, in fact, specifically foretold.

More Than DevotionMORE THAN DEVOTION: Remembering His Word, Apply It to Our Lives

Unique and life-changing, More Than Devotion, through a melding of accounts from both the Old Covenant and New, proves that our trustworthy God truly is the same yesterday, today, and forever. All fifty convicting devotions draw from a rich scriptural context, concluding with a practical, achievable call to action, plus journaling space for personal reflection. New believers and veteran followers of our Lord can grow in the innermost areas of their lives and enjoy a more intimate walk with the Savior.

Christian Fiction

02 Journey PNGTHE ROAD TO REDEMPTION: A Young Girl’s Journey and Her Quest for Meaning

Stella Mae Clark thought she had a wonderful life. She idolized her father, a military man who raised her to love Christ with all of her heart. She had a mother who loved her father and their example of true love gave her the sparkle in her eyes. That is until the unimaginable happens and her life is completely shattered. One decision at the age of sixteen would again turn her world completely upside down. Stella Mae makes the decision to leave her life and her family behind to seek refuge from her painful past. She desperately seeks solace, answers, and for something to fill the aching void within her heart. Just as she thinks she has settled into a new life with Christ, tragedy once again strikes and shatters any hope she had for a normal life. She abandons Christ and turns to a life of sin before it ultimately consumes her and breaks her down. Will it take nearly losing her life to find her way back to God or will her shame and regret keep holding her back? Join Stella Mae on her journey to find meaning and purpose in the midst of all her tragedy as she seeks to find the One her heart has been missing. The story of her past is one of loss, shame, heartbreak, and fear. With the help of those who see her for more than her past, she is able to become the person she always wanted to be and a new creature.

Oren Natas_JPEGOREN NATAS: Satan Incarnate As the Antichrist

AN APOCALYPTIC NOVEL: As you are no doubt are aware, Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye in 1995 wrote a novel entitled “Left Behind.” Jerry and Tim had some prior success with a major publisher and were able to get their novel published. The Left Behind novel was published by Tyndale House beginning in 1995 within a multiple volumes Left Behind series resulting in sales exceeding 60 million books. In 1992 Don Alexander wrote the storyline embedded in Left Behind. He copyrighted the novel in 1992 under the title “Oren Natas” [who is the Anti-Christ in his storyline]. The entire novel is contained in a single volume. It is a novel written depicting a colorful and witty cast of characters who live through all the “end time” Bible prophecies.

Sentient-FrontTHE SENTIENT a Novel

A routine classified telepathic interrogation of a potential terrorist, followed by an assignment that doesn’t go as planned thrusts Tabatha – the world’s only telepathic human – into the public eye. The exposure leads an evil neuro-scientist requesting a meeting with her in hopes of luring her to his cause as well as unveiling a deadly creative work that has spanned three decades of research and development.

ONLINE REVIEW: “Very fun read. Fast paced and honest. Tons of evolution occurs during the process thru the story. Wonderful girl trying to become an adult Christian in a world that also pits her superpowers against terrorists with the help of her own special forces team. Buy this book and just enjoy!”

Judas DiaryTHE DIARY OF JUDAS ISCARIOT: How to Keep Jesus at Arm’s Length

In June 1985, an excavation project was undertaken by The British Antiquities Volunteers (BAV) at a plot of rocky land where the Kidron and Hinnom Valleys meet near the eastern side of Old Jerusalem. That year many hundreds of (mostly redundant) ‘small finds’ were recovered in the Judean desert but none of such significance as a handful of scrolls retrieved from a buried Roman satchel (presumed stolen) at this site. The discovery has since come to be known as ‘The Diary of Judas Iscariot.’ In The Diary of Judas Iscariot Owen Batstone relates the observations and feelings of Judas, a disgruntled disciple, as he accompanies Jesus of Nazareth during His ministry, and uses this fable and allegory to explore some of the ways a person might resist becoming a Christian.

The RaptureTHE RAPTURE: God’s Unwelcomed Wrath

Kevin Trill struggles with the notion that he may have missed the Rapture. With nothing but the clothes on his back and a solid gold pocket watch, he sets off towards Garbor, a safe haven for those who haven’t yet taken the mark of the beast. While on his way to Garbor, he meets up with an unlikely trio who befriends him. Together, they set out towards Garbor. Unfortunately, however, they are soon faced with their first major catastrophe, which sparks debate among them as to whether or not they really are in the Great Tribulation. On their journey, the group meets up with many people, some of them good and some of them evil. …

Seekers and DeceiversSEEKERS AND DECEIVERS: Which One are You? It Is Time to Join the Fight!

There grew an element in the valley that did not want to be ruled by the Light of the Word. Over time, they convinced the people to reject it. As they started to reject this Light, the valley grew dim and the fog rolled in. The people craved the darkness rather than the Light because they were evil. They did not want to embrace the Light because it exposed their wickedness. They rejected the Light of the Word and ruled themselves. Those few who had embraced the Light and hated the darkness were killed. Since that time anyone who embraced the Light of the Word, pursued or talked about it were arrested. Those arrested were sentenced to death by stoning. The last prophet gave a prophecy before he was martyred. “The whisperer will come and empower three witnesses that will make manifest the works of darkness and destroy it, and deliver my people from the grip of darkness to the freedom found in the light.” All the Children of the Light were killed off or went into hiding living among the Children of Darkness in secret, not mentioning the Light for fear of death. Generations grew up being ignorant of the Light of the Word and never knowing the difference. No one ever mentioned the Light or dared to even talk about the Light. …

[1] Reza Aslan, No god but God, 145.

[2] Ergun Caner and Emir Caner, Unveiling Islam (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2002), 122-23.

[3] Bukhari, Sahih, I, II, chapter 2, no. 7, 17.

[4] Reza Aslan, No god but God, 150.

[5] Ibid., 145.

[6] Riddell, Islam in Context, 48.

[7] Reza Aslan, No god but God, 151 (emphasis his).

[8] Ibid., 150.

[9] Ken Boa, I’m Glad You Asked: In-Depth Answers to Difficult Questions about Christianity (David C. Cook, 1995), 90-93.

[10] The John Rylands fragment of the gospel of John (18.31-33; 37-38) is dated around 125 AD, around 25-30 years after the original document was completed. https://www.challies.com/articles/the-history-of-christianity-in-25-objects-rylands-library-papyrus-p52/ (accessed January 1, 2019).

[11] Ken Boa, I’m Glad You Asked, 93.

[12] Nelson Glueck, Rivers in the Desert, (New York: Farrar, Strous and Cudahy, 1959), 136.

[13] Riddell, Islam in Context, 48-9.

[14] Jay Smith, 1995 Article: http://www.debate.org.uk/debate-topics/theological/6belief/

[15] Nevo, Crossroads to Islam.

[16] Ohlig, Early Islam.

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