Remember the former things of old,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like Me,
Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things that are not yet done.
Thank you for all your letters. Only now I can reply to you. Sorry for delay.
“… I don’t know where did you get the idea of that Jesus saved Arabs while he said many times (according to your bible) that he came to the sons of Israel.”- Mohammed’s Arab lifestyle and cultural background have profoundly influenced Islam. The Bible is a major source of Arab genealogies. We know that there are at least three types of Middle-Eastern Arabs: the Joktanites, the Ishmaelites and the Keturahites.
The Descendants of Joktan:
Many Arabs see themselves as descendants of Joktan. The Arabs call him “Kahtan.” One of the very famous tribes descending from Joktan was Sheba whose descendants founded the kingdom of the Sabeans in Yemen. The Arabs call the famous queen of Sheba by the name “Bilquis.” Her visit to Jerusalem during king Solomon’s reign is an example of how God’s people had an influence on Arabia even in Old Testament times. Solomon writes one of the so called “Messianic Psalms” (Psalm 72) partly with Sheba in mind (see verses 10 and 15). Jesus speaks very positively concerning the Queen of Sheba (Matthew. 12:42). It would appear that at least some of the Semitic tribes worshipped the God of Shem even if they did not know him fully.
The Descendants of Ishmael:
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.” Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying: “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. (Genesis 17: 1-4). Father of many nations literally means father of Arabs and Jews. But there is also another meaning. Look: descendants of Abraham(or Ibrahim) are included in God’s promise to bless all the nations (all ethnic groups around the world) through the Seed of Abraham- JESUS CHRIST (See Genesis 12:1-3; 18:18; 22:18; 24:4; and 28:14). This promised blessing was eventually fulfilled in Jesus.
God made promises to Abraham concerning Ishmael that he would bless him exceedingly (Genesis 17:18-27). If you will see in the Old Testament then you will find that God’s blessings for Ishmael are almost the same for Isaak. God said that He will make great nation of Ishmael. So it means that God called Arabs – GREAT NATION! “And as for Ishmael, I have heard you. Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall beget twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation.” (Genesis 17:20)
The descendants of Ishmael seem to have settled predominately in northern Arabia. One of Ishmael’s twelve sons named Nabajoth (Nebaioth) fathered (See below) the tribe which eventually became the head of the Nabatean kingdom. The kingdom’s famous capital, Petra, is in present day Jordan. Muslims believe that Mohammed was descended from Nabajoth.
The Descendants of Abraham through Keturah:
After Sarah’s death Abraham took another wife (or concubine) named Keturah (Genesis 25:1-3). Abraham had six other sons through Keturah after the birth of Isaac (Zimran and Jokshan and Medan and Midian and Ishbak and Shuah). All of Keturah’s sons eventually became the heads of Arab tribes. Later Moses married Zipporah the daughter of Jethro the priest of Midian, (Exodus 2:16-22). Jethro recognized the true God and even gave Moses good advice which apparently pleased the Lord (Exodus 18). Certainly the Midianites had some revelation of God through their father Abraham. Some members of the tribe also strongly opposed Israel.
The Arabs were involved in gross idolatry for many centuries. In a similar way Jews were also involved in idolatry and God gave them scriptures and prophets to bring them back to repentance. Mohammed (570 – 632 AD) eventually sought to turn the Arabs from their idolatry to worship the God of Abraham, Moses and Jesus but he did not have a full revelation of God. His distorted understanding led his people into error and this has resulted in present day Islam.
Hope of Salvation for Arabs
Millions of Arabs around the world already identify themselves with the Messiah. Many are in the ancient churches of the Middle East in Lebanon, Egypt and Iraq. Isaiah the prophet speaks of a time when the glory of the Lord will be manifested among the Arabs (Isaiah 60:1-7).
For your light has come!
And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you.
For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
And deep darkness the people;
But the LORD will arise over you,
And His glory will be seen upon you.
The Gentiles shall come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising.
“ Lift up your eyes all around, and see:
They all gather together, they come to you;
Your sons shall come from afar,
And your daughters shall be nursed at your side.
Then you shall see and become radiant,
And your heart shall swell with joy;
Because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you,
The wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you.
The multitude of camels shall cover your land,
The dromedaries of Midian and Ephah;
All those from Sheba shall come;
They shall bring gold and incense,
And they shall proclaim the praises of the LORD.
All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together to you,
The rams of Nebaioth shall minister to you;
They shall ascend with acceptance on My altar,
And I will glorify the house of My glory.
We also find encouragement to believe God for the salvation of a multitude of Arabs from the story of Pentecost. On the day of Pentecost some of those who were filled with the Spirit spoke of the mighty deeds of God in Arabic (see Acts 2:11). The praises of God were proclaimed in Arabic before they were ever proclaimed in English, French, German or Spanish! Arabs can also be blessed with Abraham through Christ.
“… may be you don’t know how to talk to a thoughtful one … someone who respects his mind and can’t just ignore it for an (unlogical base of rule) which is what priests called the Trinity theory.”– I know how to talk to you sister and Lord please save Nancy and all my brothers Arabs who are reading this message.
Nancy said: “Well I think you don’t answer my questions …. you didn’t reply to what I said about the missing verses from some bibles … verses that are associating the Trinity theory … you didn’t reply to the Idea of that Jesus said we all are in each other which means we all are God … All I feel is that you keep sticking to a book that is not divine and you don’t even tell me How do you consider those differences in the bibles, or how do you justify it … it is of no use to keep quoting for me from a book that I don’t believe in and I told you the changes and problems in it expecting some help and some justification from you … but you didn’t do anything about that, and still expecting me to accept its quotes as Divine!!! … you just keep rounding around the same concept of love to the extent that makes me think there is nothing in Christianity to be told but that … you make Christianity seem so shallow or like a big balloon which is empty from inside … the love that you talk about which is against justice and can’t work together with it.”
I tried to reply to you that Bible was never corrupted! God says that He is protecting His Holy Scriptures. You just mentioned one verse in Bible about Trinity and you asked why this verse was different in translation of Bible into English. But I tried to show you before that the Old Testament clearly speaks that God=Holy Spirit=Son of God Jesus (or Issa al Massih). I will give you all explanation of the word “begotten Son of God” below .I am praying that you Nancy and all brothers will clearly see that Issa Al Massih is God.
Here is question of Nancy about word “begotten”: …” I just noticed one sentence that you copied and pasted from the Bible “He gave His only begotten Son” … “I just have some information to add here. As I told you before about the Church history … that Arius (the priest who lead the Christians who believed in the oneness of God and that Jesus was a human prophet … against those who claimed the Trinity theory after Paul ‘who never saw Jesus’ has invented it) … this man was faught hard and the Church of Alexandria was against him … ONLY them the word BEGOTTEN son was created in translations to support their theory …. and these are not my words … Dr. Raymond Brown, the ‘Anchor Bible’ Volume 29 and Dr. Paul B. Duff, Chair, Department of Religion at the George Washington University.”
It is reasonable for Muslims who have not read the Bible to have certain pre-conceived ideas and expectations about how the Bible describes Jesus using the words begottenson. There is only one well-known verse in the Bible that discusses begotten and son in the context of Jesus.
This article talks about the meaning of these words in that context.
For God so loveth the world,
that he hath given his only son,
that none that believe in him,
but should have everlasting life.
—John 3:16, Tyndale translation, 1534 version (modern spelling).
In the original Greek, this emphasized word “only son” that’s μονογενης υιος, or monogenes huios, transliterated.
It is not generally known that ninety percent of the 1611 King James Version is from Tyndale’s translation, which I quoted from above. Now, it just so happens that part of the ten percent where they differ is here in the words only son.
For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son
that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish
but have everlasting life.
—John 3:16, King James Version (KJV), 1611.
The King James Version (KJV) was so influential that it became the standard translation for the next 300 years. And it is still in widespread use.
So where did this word begotten come from? The word that is being translated as only begotten by the KJV is monogenes. The KJV translators liked to translate word-for-word when it was possible. So when they came to monogenes they translated mono as only and genes as begotten. That is easy.
Can the word Son have a symbolic meaning? Yes. The word υιος (or huios, word #5207 in Strong’s Concordance) has been used in a symbolic sense in these passages, among others:
to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means Sons of Thunder
Adam, the son of God.
You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus
Currently the best-selling English translation of the Bible is the New International Version (NIV). Here is how the NIV renders John 3:16:
For God so loved the world
that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him
shall not perish
but have eternal life.
—John 3:16, New International Version (NIV), 1973.
The NIV adds as a footnote,
3:16 Or his only begotten Son
So now begotten is in the footnote and not in the main text. Why?
Begotten Or Not Begotten, That Is The Question
Reasons why monogenes should not be translated as only begotten:
The word monogenes also appears elsewhere in the New Testament:
By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had received the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only [monogenes] son, even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death.
—Hebrews 11:17-19 (NIV)
This time the NIV does not have a footnote with that only begotten as it does for John 3:16, but it’s the same Greek word monogenes. To say Isaac was Abraham’s only-begotten son would make no sense since according to the Bible, Abraham begat Ishmael as well as Isaac. But “one of a kind”, “one and only”, or “unique” would fit because Isaac was special. Abraham’s wife, Sarah, was too old to have a child but she nevertheless became pregnant.
Dr. James R. White notes,
The key element to remember in deriving the meaning of monogenes is this: it is a compound term, combining monos, meaning only, with a second term. Often it is assumed that the second term is gennasthai/gennao, to give birth, to beget. But note that this family of terms has two nu’s, νν, rather than a single nu, ν, found in monogenes. This indicates that the second term is not gennasthai but gignesthai/ginmai, and the noun form, genos. G. L. Prestige discusses the differences that arise from these two derivations in God in Patristic Thought (London: SPCK, 1952), 37-51, 135-141, 151-156.
Genos means “kind or type”, ginomai is a verb of being. Hence the translations “one of a kind,” “one and only,” “of sole descent.” Some scholars see the –genes element as having a minor impact upon the meaning of the term, and hence see monogenes as a strengthened form of monos,thereby translating it “alone,” “unique,” “incomparable.”
An example of this usage from the LXX is found in Psalm 25:16,
turn to me and be gracious to me,
for I am lonely (monogenes) and afflicted: (NASB)
(White, The Forgotten Trinity [Minneapolis, MN, Bethany House Publishers, 1998], pp. 201-202, fn. 27)
Note that the so-called LXX (mentioned above) is a Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Testament that existed in Jesus’ day. Sometimes we can gain insight into Greek New Testament words by how Hebrew words were translated into Greek by the Jewish scholars. In this case, the Hebrew word for lonely was translated into Greek as monogenes. So this helps us justify that monogenes means “alone,” “unique,” or “incomparable.”
Reasons why monogenes may be translated as only begotten:
From the discussion above, we see that the seemingly obvious translation of monogenes to only begotten may not be the most accurate. However, the Greek word monogenes does not have a single equivalent corresponding word in English.
I personally used to think that only begotten was just a reference in passing to the virgin birth. That surely makes Jesus special, unique, one-of-a-kind. So in a round-about way, only begotten may be as good as any other translation, for those who interpret these words in the context of the Bible, without pre-conceived ideas.
What Makes Jesus Unique?
There are three reasons given above why monogenes should be translated unique, or some similar word. So why is Jesus unique?
Jesus is The Way
“I am the way
And the truth
And the life.
No one comes to the Father
except through me.”
If you don’t know why Jesus is called unique, then I would suggest you should go read the Bible for yourself.
Whether you go to heaven or hell is more up to you than it is up to God:
God provided the way (Jesus said I am the way), but He can’t make you take the way. God gave the gift of life (He gave His only begotten son, so that you should not perish, but have eternal life), but He cannot make you receive the gift. You must take it for yourself. God is not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.(2 Peter 3:9). Nevertheless, people do perish in hell. But it is not God’s will.
If I were in a tall building and I heard someone shout “Fire! Fire! Fire!”, then, well, I would not believe it just because someone said it, but I nevertheless would walk down the stairs and look around and convince myself that there is, or is not, a fire.
But you, and I, are in danger of a fate that is worse than a burning building. Jesus, the main prophet of the world’s largest religion, warns of hell,
the eternal fire
prepared for the devil and his angels,
where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth,
where their worm does not die,
and the fire is not quenched.
Therefore I would suggest you read the Bible for yourself.
Jesus was tempted, yet without sin
The Bible says that Jesus was
tempted in every way,
just as we are—yet was without sin.
In fact, Jesus probably faced greater temptation than anyone else. He was hungry but refused to eat a bite of bread outside the will of God. He refused the riches of this world, and the adoration of men, that God did not provide. Jesus was tempted, yet was without sin because of his determined attitude of obedience to God.
The devil could find no fault in Jesus, although he tried:
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone.’ “
The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. So if you worship me, it will all be yours.”
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’ “
The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. For it is written: ” ‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ “
Jesus answered, “It says: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ “
When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.
Jesus’ opponents, the religious leaders, could find no fault in Jesus, although they tried:
The teachers of the law and the chief priests looked for a way to arrest [Jesus] immediately, because they knew he had spoken this parable against them. But they were afraid of the people. Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be honest. They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said so that they might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor.
They were unable to trap him in what he had said there in public. And astonished by his answer, they became silent.
And no one dared to ask him any more questions.
The temple guards found no fault in Jesus:
Finally the temple guards went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, “Why didn’t you bring him in?”
“No one ever spoke the way this man does,” the guards declared.
Judas, a close associate who betrayed Jesus for money, declared him innocent:
When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders. “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.”
Pontius Pilate could find no fault with Jesus:
“Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.
But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!” When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!”
God was pleased with Jesus:
When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven:
“You are my Son, whom I love;
with you I am well pleased.”
While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said,
“This is my Son, whom I love;
with him I am well pleased.
Listen to him!”
- neither God,
- nor man,
- nor the devil,
could find fault with Jesus.
That makes Jesus unique!
Jesus humbled himself, and became obedient
Finally, I would like to leave you with the passage from the Bible that most clearly describes the relationship between God and Jesus.
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God
something to be grasped, but
made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him
to the highest place
and gave him the name
that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Why was Jesus exalted to the highest place? Because he was a special person?
No. Jesus is a special and unique person, but was exalted to the highest place because
he humbled himself,
and became obedient.
But the purpose of these verses is to instruct you to be as Jesus was. As it says,
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.
Therefore you should humble yourself, and become obedient to God, as Jesus did. You should live blamelessly before God, man and the devil, as Jesus did. You should be steadfastly determined to resist temptation and sin, as Jesus did.
We may fail, but we must try and keep trying.
Jesus never failed, because Jesus is unique!
Will you not acknowledge God of Ibrahim who said that He loves Arab nation and Egyptians?
In that day
there will be a
Egypt to Assyria.
The Assyrians will
go to Egypt and
the Egyptians to Assyria.
In that day
along with Egypt
on the earth.
The LORD Almighty
will bless them,
Egypt my people,
Bible, Isaiah 19
Jesus as the Issa Al Massih
and submit to God’s Supreme Anointed One
who once appeared to die for your sins and who will appear a second time to save those who are eagerly waiting for him (Hebrews 9.28)?
Will you not believe in him as your Lord and Savior and be saved?
More over it is now rime for you to be adopted by God and be His son!
Do you want to be God’s inheritance? God desires it!
If you want to be saved by Issa Al Massih- God- then pray this prayer right now!
Be saved right now and let God cleanse you from blood of your sins right now!
Jesus, my Lord, Issa Al Massih, I know that I am a sinner.
I know now that You are God.
Forgive me that I didn’t believe in You and sinned all my life.
And thank You for diying on the cross for my sin
and paying prize for it and risen again from the dead.
I am turning from my sin now.
And I am making choice to believe in You all my life
and follow You as my Savior and Lord.
Thank You for calling me and forgiving me, and receiving me, and loving me.
Thank you Lord that You adopted me through my Faith into YOU.
Help me to follow You from this day forward.
In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
If you prayed this prayer
then know that God promised if we confess our sins then He is faithful and just to forgive us through faith into Jesus Christ and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,
the Beginning and the End,”
says the Lord,
“who is and who was and
who is to come, the Almighty.”
And when I saw Him,
I fell at His feet as dead.
But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me,
“Do not be afraid;
I am the First and the Last.
I am He who lives,
I am alive forevermore.
And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.
God has so much more for you,walk in His plan, and you will fulfill His great commission for your life just believe in Him.
To believe in Him means to believe in His Son God Jesus, repent and live as God says in Bible. Because God is ONE and He is worthy to be praised….
if You prayed this prayer, then contat me. People who believe in ONE TRUE God should be together to support each other.
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