Answering Islam - A Christian-Muslim dialog

  • Serpent to Savior

    The enigmatic medical emblem of an uplifted serpent on a pole can be traced back 2400 years to Asclepius, the Greek god of healing. In the final analysis, this intriguing logo calls to mind the snake Moses lifted on a pole as taught by Jesus in John 3:14-15. Curiously, this symbol also features in Yezidi religion – a spin-off from Sufi Islam in the 12th century. In order to gain a fuller understanding of this redemptive analogy one needs to examine the backstory. Interestingly, during the time of Moses the Egyptians and a number of Canaanite cities venerated snakes. In fact, snake cults have persisted through history (Yezidism is a modern example). Not long ago ISIS launched genocidal attacks against Yezidis. They accused Yezidis of worshiping the Devil because they venerated a mythical Black Serpent and the Peacock Angel (Satan) as divine manifestations. Christians, however, do not despise Yezidis. We earnestly seek to free them from Satan's snare, knowing God's Messiah fulfilled the ancient promise to crush the serpent's head! (Genesis 3:15)
  • Was Jesus Crucified?

    This is a question Christians and Muslims often discuss. What is not often discussed is the variety of explanations that Muslim scholars give as to what the verses in the Qur’an mean and what exactly happened to Jesus. Most Christians have no idea that there are so many different explanations, some of which say that Jesus was crucified. Likewise, most Muslims are unaware of these different explanations and have not weighed up personally which one is best. In this article we will survey these explanations and consider what the Qur’an, the Bible, and History actually say.
  • Jesus rose from the dead - Historians agree!

    It is common knowledge that professional historians are virtually unanimous in affirming Jesus' death on the cross as fact. However, not many people know that some of them also argue convincingly that he rose from the dead! They are using the established historical methodology to reach that conclusion. Therefore, the resurrection of Jesus can rightly be added to the six other arguments against the religion of Islam mentioned in this article.
  • The Rich Man and Lazarus

    Christians and Muslims firmly believe in the resurrection and the after life. Also the Bible and the Qur'an teach that Jesus the Messiah miraculously raised the dead. Interestingly, Jesus told a parable contrasting a rich man and a poor man which communicates a heart-felt warning about death and hell.
  • The Cross at the Kaaba

    At the heart of Easter is the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. According to the Bible he was sent by God from heaven to save his people from their sins. Astonishingly, a similar story is found in Mecca at the Kaaba, the holiest site in Islam. The Black Stone (Hajre Aswad) is located at its eastern corner. Authentic Islamic traditions report that it was sent by God from paradise. Whoever touches it would have their sins forgiven. This is an amazing illustration of the Christian Gospel message right in what for Muslims is the most sacred place on earth! It deserves closer scrutiny.

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