Will The Real God of Creation Please Stand Up!!!

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There are many in the world today that make the claim that the God of the Bible and Allah are the same deity. There are even those that identify with the Christian faith that make the claim that when Muslims pray to Allah they are really just praying to the God of the Bible; they are just confused. These claims mostly come from those involved in interfaith dialogues with followers of Islam. Some of those involved try to show similarities between the two faiths in an effort to demonstrate that we are all the same and can get along; after all, we even worship the same god…but do we really?

The word for “god” in Arabic is allah. Arabic speaking Christians refer to the God of the Bible as Allah. Allah is not His name, but his position or title. The Allah “God” of the Bible is called Yahweh. That is much different than the god of Islam. Allah is the name of the Islamic deity.

The God of the Bible makes some very bold claims about His creation and His character. Genesis 1:1 states “In the beginning God (Elohim) created the heavens and the earth. John 1:1-3 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.” Revelation 19:13 says, “His name is called The Word of God.” John 1:14 states, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.

Yahweh is the God of Israel. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The same cannot be said for Allah. Allah is just one of the deities the pagans in Arabia worshipped.

The Bible makes the claim that God cannot lie. Jesus is identified as the way, the Truth, and the life. In Revelation 19:11, John identifies the one riding on the white horse (Jesus) as being called Faithful and True. The Bible forbids lying and Revelation 21:8 identifies the lake that burns with fire as the final dwelling place of all liars.

The Bible identifies Satan as the father of lies who was a liar from the beginning. He is a liar, deceiver, and schemer. The Qur’an teaches in 3:54 that Allah is the best of deceivers. 1 John 2:22 asks, “Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. “ The Qur’an teaches in 9:30 that the Christians call Christ the Son of God…God’s curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the Truth. Surah 19:92 says, “It is not consistent with the majesty of Allah most gracious that He should beget a son.”

Here we have a problem. The foundation of the Christian faith is based upon the Biblical teaching of the Deity of Jesus, His death by crucifixion, and His resurrection. The Qur’an denies each of these foundational elements. We need to remember that it is alleged that Allah transmitted the information for the Qur’an directly to Muhammad.

It does not seem that the Muslims that worship Allah are confused. I would say they are deceived. The ones that are confused are those that claim Allah and Yahweh are the same deity. But, if they are not the same deity than who is Allah?

Muhammad was from the Quraysh tribe in the area of which is now known as the Arabian Desert. The moon god, Allah, was just one of the many gods the pagans worshipped before Muhammad arrived on the scene and demanded that Allah should reign supreme. This moon god had been worshipped for more than 1,500 years and those that worshipped it are even referenced in the book of Judges. Judges chapters seven and eight tell the story of Gideon’s conquest of the worshippers of the moon god. These worshippers had killed some kinsmen of Gideon. These men wore pendants and their camels wore crescent ornaments. This false deity has been around for thousands of years. The followers of this moon god have always been at opposition with the God of the Bible.

Consider this, the Bible identifies Israel as the specific location for God to fulfill his promise to Abraham and his descendants. God promised the land to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Jacob’s sons became the tribes of the land of Israel. They were Jewish. Jesus, our Savior, descended from the tribe of Judah and from the line of David the second king of Israel. Esau, Jacob’s brother, sold his birthright and was not from the line that would give birth to the Messiah. Genesis 16:12 says that Esau would dwell to the east of all his brothers. Ishmael as well, was not the heir of choice chosen by God through which our Messiah would come. Yet, Islam teaches that the line of promise went through Ishmael.

If the Jewish people are God’s chosen people to bring about the birth of the Messiah, if they are the ones that were promised the land of Israel as an everlasting possession, then why does the Qur’an teach that Jews descended from apes and pigs? Why do the Islamists promise to push the Jews in Israel into the sea? Why do the Islamists look to dominate all other religions? Why do the Islamists behead Christians? Why do the Islamists burn down churches? Why do the Islamists deny the cross? Why do the Islamists demand that we silence our criticism about Muhammad? Why does Shariah law call for the death of Muslim apostates?

Revelation 12:17 declares that the dragon (Satan) was enraged with the woman (Israel) and went off to make war with the rest of her offspring (Christians), who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. Who hates Israel, Jews and Christians more than any other group on earth? Islamists that want to dominate the globe, deny the death and resurrection of Jesus, and want to establish Islamic law across the globe. It would serve us well not to side with the enemies of the one TRUE God.

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One Verse That Explains A Lot

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Can one verse in the Bible give clues to how the flood of Noah could have been a global event, how groups of people settled on different continents, and how nearly every culture has a worldwide flood story? The answer to this question may surprise you.

Let’s go all the way back to the creation account in Genesis to lay the foundation work. Let’s look at Gen 1:9-10:

9 Then God said, “Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. 10 God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw that it was good.

The Bible explains in chapter 6 that all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. God chose to destroy the earth using a flood. Scholars have debated whether or not the flood was a global event or just a localized flood. I am of the opinion that the flood was a global event, more on that later.

God told Noah to build an ark and get his family and a whole bunch of animals and get in the ark. So, Noah and his sons, Ham, Shem, and Japheth, grabbed their wives and climbed aboard the ark for the first ever-Mediterranean cruise. Apparently, it was a pretty big event.

Check out these verses from chapter 7:

19 The water prevailed more and more upon the earth, so that all the high mountains everywhere under the heavens were covered.

20 The water prevailed fifteen cubits higher, and the mountains were covered.

21 All flesh that moved on the earth perished, birds and cattle and beasts and every swarming thing that swarms upon the earth, and all mankind;

God gave Noah and his sons very specific instructions upon disembarking from their cruise. God Blessed Noah and his sons and told them to be “fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.” God established a covenant with them and gave them the sign of the covenant. God’s bow (rainbow) is a sign for all creatures for all successive generations that He will not destroy the earth with a flood ever again.

Genesis chapter 10 breaks down the descendants of each of the sons of Noah. The descendants of Shem ultimately brought forth Abraham the father of the Jews. But a little incident happened between the flood and the call of Abraham that had profound effects on the world. The results of this event are evident even today.

A group of descendants from Ham traveled to Babel and settled in Shinar. They either forgot, ignored, or didn’t get the memo that they were supposed to be fruitful and multiply and “fill the earth.” Genesis chapter 11 records the story:

4 They said, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”

I thought that was the whole idea. Needless to say, God was not happy about the turn of events and decided to do something about it.

7 Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.” 8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city. 9 Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of the whole earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth.

Here is where it gets kind of interesting. The descendants of Shem are listed in Verses 10 through 26 of Genesis chapter 11. Remember, the line goes from Shem down to Abraham, or Abram as he was know before God gave him his walking papers. Abram’s great, great, great, grandfather was a man named Peleg. Not much is known about Peleg, but he is listed in another verse, Genesis 10:25, with a very interesting comment associated with him.

25 Two sons were born to Eber; the name of the one was Peleg, for in his days the earth was divided; and his brother’s name was Joktan.

The Hebrew word for divide is palag. It is a verb that means, “to divide or split apart.”

So let’s summarize. When God created the world he gathered the water in one place, and then dry land appeared. God called the dry land earth. God instructs Noah and his sons to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. Some descendants of Ham decided to stay put and build a city and skyscraper, lest they be scattered over the face of the earth. God confuses their language and sends them over the face of the whole earth. At some point between the Tower of Babel and the birth of Abram, the earth was divided.

 

Several items seem very obvious to me. If there was one giant hunk of land (the face of the earth), it only makes sense that it was a global flood. If the waters rose above the highest mountains, it would have to cover the land entirely. Also, God instructed Noah to fill the earth. They would be unable to accomplish this if oceans already separated the large pieces of landmass. It would be much easier to fill the earth if the entire earth was accessible. It would be easy for various people groups to relocate and settle. These cultures would begin to develop independently once the land divided and they were unable to have close contact with others. It is interesting to realize that many of these generations of people overlapped due to the long lives that they lived during that time. Stories would have been passed down to each generation through oral story telling. There is no doubt that the integrity of the story was changed over time, but it is interesting to see how the information would have been passed down.

Some might argue that continental drift at the present rates would have taken millions of years. I would argue that it is a huge assumption to make that the rates have remained constant. If one pushes a raft away from the shore of a lake it initially moves rather quickly. Over a period of time it slows down and drifts rather slowly. I contend that the division of the land was conducted in a similar fashion. I believe the initial separation happened at a mush faster rate than the current rates of continental drift, after all, the Bible says the division of the earth happened during the time of Peleg’s life. I am always amazed at God’s appreciation for scientific detail.

WHY I BELIEVE THE BIBLE, AND WHY YOU SHOULD TOO.

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The Bible makes the claim that, at the very beginning of time, God created the heavens and the earth. The first chapter of Genesis gives a day-by-day account of what was created and describes how God made the earth and populated it with plants, animals for the land, seas, and sky, and then human beings. Genesis specifically credits God with the creation of the Sun, Moon, and stars. The Bible gives credit for the creation in its entirety to God alone.

David writes about the creation in Psalm 19:1-4.

The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. Day to day pours forth speech, and night-to-night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard.Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their utterances to the end of the world. In them He has placed a tent for the sun,”

David’s words indicate that the cosmos itself declares God’s glory. Job too credits God with creating the stars and constellations in Job 9: 9-10.

“Who alone stretches out the heavens 
and tramples down the waves of the sea; Who makes the Bear, Orion and the Pleiades, and the chambers of the south;”

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These two were not unique in giving credit for the creation to God though. Jeremiah wrote in 10:12, 16:

 “It is tHe who made the earth by His power,
 who established the world by His wisdom;
 and by His understanding He has stretched out the heavens. The portion of Jacob is not like these; for the Maker of all is He, and Israel is the tribe of His inheritance; the Lord of hosts is His name.”

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David and Jeremiah also acknowledge the handiwork of God in the creation of their physical beings as well. David writes in Psalm 139:13-16:

“For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s wombI will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, 
and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
and in Your book were all written 
the days that were ordained for me,
 when as yet there was not one of them.”

Jeremiah also records his understanding of this fact when he details God’s conversation with him in Jeremiah 1:5:

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.” 

It is clear that the writers of the Old Testament understood that God alone is the Supreme Creator of the universe and all it contains. This information about the creation is seen in the New Testament as well. John begins his Gospel by crediting all of creation to Jesus, the second person of the trinity.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being (John 1:1-3).”

Paul writes in his letter to the Colossians (Col. 1:15-17) that not only did Jesus Create everything, but He also holds the creation together by His power.

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” 

This idea that God is responsible for the creation is so understood by the writers of the Bible, that the writer of the book to the Romans explains that God’s attributes are so obvious through His creation that there is no excuse for unbelief.

“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.”

IMG_0467Think about that for a moment. God can be seen throughout His creation; His attributes are clearly seen. They are self-evident. There is no excuse for those who choose to ignore the evidence of God throughout His creation.

Scientists, unwilling to confront their own sinful natures, have come up with theories about the existence of the creation. They present their theories as fact. They discount the Biblical account as fantasy without ever applying the scientific method to the creation. They say the universe and all it contains burst into existence by chance. They also say that evolution is responsible for the dawn of animals and man; again, this too happened by chance. These very educated individuals spend so much contributing the handiwork of the Creator to chance. They should give the God of all creation a chance; the very Creator that loved them before the foundation of the world.