Why does the Quran direct Muslims to Bible?

November 26, 2015 by admin  
Filed under newsletter-miscellaneous

quran and bibleThis is a question for the muslim posters mainly but others may join in. I have noticed that a lot of muslims posters seem to be of the opinion that the bible (hebrew and greek scriptures) are not to be viewed as the Word of God…that the text is compromised and untrustworthy.

However, i’d like to ask what the opinion is on these verses from the Quran which encourages the use of the bible?

Āl ‘Imrān [3]:3, 4, NJD: “He has revealed to you the Book with the truth, confirming the scriptures which preceded it; for He has already revealed the Torah and the Gospel [Injīl in Arabic] for the guidance of men.”

Al-Mā’idah [5]:46, 47: And in their footsteps, We sent ‘Iesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), confirming the Taurat (Torah) that had come before him, and We gave him the Injeel (Gospel), in which was guidance and light and confirmation of the Taurat (Torah) that had come before it, a guidance and an admonition for Al-Muttaqun (the pious)

Yūnus [10]:94.“If thou wert in doubt as to what We have revealed unto thee, then ask those who have been reading the Book from before thee.”

quran and bibleIt seems to me that the Quran is endorsing the use of the holy bible rather then trying to correct its teachings. I’d like to know where this idea that the bible needed correcting comes from?

And if the bible was falsified ‘later’ as muslims claim, then when is ‘later’?

It must have been before Mohammads time, otherwise he would not have come and declared that it had been changed… but then if it was before Mohammad, why would the Quran (which was written AFTER Mohammads time) direct people to the bible?

This all seems very contradictory to me.

- fb post

The guest

November 25, 2015 by admin  
Filed under newsletter-miscellaneous

A few months before I was born, my dad met a stranger who was new to our small Tennessee town.

From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer and soon invited him to live with our family.
The stranger was quickly accepted and was around to welcome me into the world a few months later.

As I grew up, I never questioned his place in our family. Mom taught me to love the Word of God. Dad taught me to obey it.
But the stranger was our storyteller. He could weave the most fascinating tales. Adventures, mysteries and comedies were daily conversations.
He could hold our whole family spellbound for hours each evening.

Family Spellbound

He was like a friend to the whole family. He took Dad, Bill and me to our first major league baseball game.
He was always encouraging us to see the movies, and he even made arrangements to introduce us to several movie stars. The stranger was an incessant talker.

Dad didn’t seem to mind but sometimes Mom would quietly get up – while the rest of us were enthralled with one of his stories of faraway places – and go to her room and read her Bible and pray. I wonder now if she ever prayed that the stranger would leave. My Dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions. But this stranger never felt an obligation to honor them.

Profanity was not allowed in our house – not from us, our friends, or adults.
Our longtime visitor, however, used occasional four-letter words that burned my ears and made Dad squirm.

To my knowledge, the stranger was never confronted. Dad didn’t permit alcohol in his home.
But the stranger enlightened us to other ways of life. He often offered us beer and other alcoholic beverages.

He made cigarettes look tasty, cigars manly, and pipes distinguished.
He talked freely about sex. His comments were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive, and generally embarrassing.


I know now that my early concepts of the man/woman relationship were influenced by the stranger.

I believe it was only by the grace of God the stranger did not influence us even more.
Time after time he opposed my parents’ values. Yet he was seldom rebuked and never asked to leave.

More than thirty years have passed since the stranger moved in with the young family on Morningside Drive.
But if I were to walk into my parents’ home today, I would still see him sitting over in a corner, waiting for someone to listen to him talk and watch him draw his pictures.

His name? We always called him TV.


- fwd: samuel machado

Money is yours but resources belong to the society

November 24, 2015 by admin  
Filed under newsletter-miscellaneous

Ratan Tata Tweet…

GermanyGermany is a highly industrialized country. In such a country, many will think its people lead a luxurious life.

When we arrived at Hamburg , my colleagues walked into the restaurant, we noticed that a lot of tables were empty. There was a table where a young couple was having their meal. There were only two dishes and two cans of beer on the table. I wondered if such simple meal could be romantic, and whether the girl will leave this stingy guy.

There were a few old ladies on another table. When a dish is served, the waiter would distribute the food for them, and they would finish every bit of the food on their plates.

As we were hungry, our local colleague ordered more food for us. When we left, there was still about one third of un-consumed food on the table.

When we were leaving the restaurant, the old ladies spoke to us in English, we understood that they were unhappy about us wasting so much food.

“We paid for our food, it is none of your business how much food we left behind,” my colleague told the old ladies. The old ladies were furious. One of them immediately took her hand phone out and made a call to someone. After a while, a man in uniform from Social Security organisation arrived. Upon knowing what the dispute was, he issued us a 50 Euro fine. We all kept quiet.


The mindset of people of this rich country put all of us to shame.

WE REALLY NEED TO REFLECT ON THIS. We are from country which is not very rich in resources. To save face, we order large quantity and also waste food when we give others a treat.
(Courtesy: A friend who is now changed a lot)


Motivating love

November 23, 2015 by admin  
Filed under newsletter-miscellaneous

Richard was the second-youngest of nine children.

child polishing shoesOne Saturday afternoon, three days before Christmas, his mother was in her usual rush to get everything done. She asked Richard to go upstairs and polish her Sunday shoes.

After awhile Richard brought down the shoes, obviously proud of the job he had done. Mother was so pleased that she reached into her purse and handed him a quarter.

A quarter was quite a treasure, especially three days before Christmas, but Richard looked puzzled. He took the money, picked up the shoes, and quietly went back upstairs. In a few minutes, his mother rushed up to change her clothes.

LoveAs she slipped her feet into the shiny shoes, her right foot hit a lump in the toe. She was half-annoyed and hurriedly pulled out a wad of paper. She unwrapped it and out fell a quarter.

Written in a seven-year-old scrawl were the words, “I done it for love.”

- reuben tellis

Steve jobs’ last words

November 22, 2015 by admin  
Filed under newsletter-miscellaneous

God and moneyI reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In others’ eyes, my life is an epitome of success.
However, aside from work, I have little joy. In the end, wealth is only a fact of life that I am accustomed to.
At this moment, lying on the sick bed and recalling my whole life, I realize that all the recognition and wealth that I took so much pride in, have paled and become meaningless in the face of impending death.

In the darkness, I look at the green lights from the life supporting machines and hear the humming mechanical sounds, I can feel the breath of god of death drawing closer…

Now I know, when we have accumulated sufficient wealth to last our lifetime, we should pursue other matters that are unrelated to wealth…

Should be something that is more important:

Perhaps relationships, perhaps art, perhaps a dream from younger days

Non-stop pursuing of wealth will only turn a person into a twisted being, just like me.

God's LoveGod gave us the senses to let us feel the love in everyone’s heart, not the illusions brought about by wealth.

The wealth I have won in my life I cannot bring with me. What I can bring is only the memories precipitated by love.

That’s the true riches which will follow you, accompany you, giving you strength and light to go on.

Love can travel a thousand miles.  Life has no limit. Go where you want to go. Reach the height you want to reach. It is all in your heart and in your hands.

What is the most expensive bed in the world?  Sick bed…

You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone to bear the sickness for you.

jesus in the familyMaterial things lost can be found. But there is one thing that can never be found when it is lost – Life.

When a person goes into the operating room, he will realize that there is one book that he has yet to finish reading – Book of Healthy Life.

Whichever stage in life we are at right now, with time, we will face the day when the curtain comes down.

Treasure Love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends.

Treat yourself well. Cherish others.

- fwd: vathan shettigar

Do you feel useful?

November 21, 2015 by admin  
Filed under newsletter-miscellaneous

Ask a flower in the field:
‘Do you feel useful? After all, you do nothing but produce the same flowers over and over?’

And the flower will answer:
‘I am beautiful, and beauty is my reason for living.’

Ask the river:
‘Do you feel useful, given that all you do is to keep flowing in the same direction?’

And the river will answer:
‘I’m not trying to be useful, I’m trying to be a river.’

Nothing in this world is useless in the eyes of God.
Not a leaf from a tree falls, not a hair from your head, not even an insect dies because it was of no use.

Everything has a reason to exist.

Even you, the person asking the question. ‘I’m useless’ is the answer you give yourself.
Soon that answer will poison you and you will die while still alive, even though you still walk, eat, sleep and try to have a little fun whenever possible.

Don’t try to be useful.
Try to be yourself: that is enough, and that makes all the difference.

- paulo coelho

Learn to wait

November 20, 2015 by admin  
Filed under newsletter-miscellaneous

The word ‘wait’ can give us a picture of two things.
The first is of a waiter at your table attending to your needs.

The second is making a request of a judge or someone in power.
Your success depends on approaching them the right way, and on their willingness to grant your request.

Waiting for God
Since they hold the power, you must be patient and wait for them.
Are you getting the idea? Our problem is twofold.

First, we want God to wait on us, instead of the other way round.

Second, we don’t want to wait for anything!

We drive to work listening to the radio and talking on the phone; some of us even put ourselves and others at risk by text-messaging.

Vance Havner points out that in the Old West if someone missed a stagecoach they said,
‘That’s okay, another one will come around in three or four weeks. Now we don’t even want to wait for a revolving door.’

What God does in you while you are waiting is often more important than what you’re asking God to do.

Waiting on God brings rewards that nothing else will.

Here are a few of them:

1) Vindication.
‘Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong…
Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart’
(Psalms 37:1-4 NIV).

2) Strength.
‘Wait on the Lord…and He shall strengthen your heart…’
(Psalms 27:14 NKJV).

Strength in God
3) Deliverance.
‘I…waited for God…He lifted me out of the ditch…’
(Psalms 40:1-2 TM).

So relax, wait on God and He will come through for you.

- fwd: samuel machado

A tale of two conquerors

November 19, 2015 by admin  
Filed under newsletter-miscellaneous

Jesus and Alexander died at thirty-three!
One lived and died for self; one died for you and me.

The Greek died on a throne; Christ died on a cross;
One’s life a triumph seemed; the other but a loss.

One led vast armies forth, the other walked alone;
One shed a whole world’s blood; the other gave His own.

One won the world in life and lost it all in death;
The other lost His life, to win a whole world’s faith.

Jesus and Alexander died at thirty-three.
One died in Babylon, and one on Calvary.

One gained all for himself; and one Himself gave.
One died to conquer, and one the world to save.

The one made himself God; and God made Himself less;
The one lived but to blast; the other but to bless.

When died the Greek, forever fell his throne of swords;
But Jesus died to live forever, King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Jesus and Alexander died at thirty-three!
The Greek made all men slaves; Christ made all men free!

One built a throne on blood; the other built on love.
The one was born of earth; the other from above.

One conquered all the earth, to lose all earth and heaven;
The other gave up all, that all to Him be given.

The Greek forever died; Christ forever lives!
He loses all who gets, and wins all things who gives!

jesus ascension

- fwd: samuel machado

Characteristics of Pharisee

November 18, 2015 by admin  
Filed under newsletter-miscellaneous

Pharisees neglect their family responsibility in the name of religion

Jesus replied,
“And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?

For God said,
‘Honor your father and mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’

But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is ‘devoted to God,’ they are not to ‘honor their father or mother’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition (Matthew 15:3-6)

The Pharisees invalidated God’s commandment to honor parents by saying that a person need not support his needy parents if he had given his money in the temple treasury box.

Let the poor father be sick and die, because his “holy” son has given his money for missionary work.
A modern-day equivalent would be something like this:

The Pharisee would say to his wife,
“I have to go to the church meeting this evening. So I cannot help you with the work at home.”

Or he could be sitting with his bible in the morning, studying the tabernacle asking God to speak to him, while his wife is struggling to get the children ready for school, preparing breakfast or lunch for the family, and looking after a crying baby.

Pharisee Ministry
The Lord will be trying to tell this Pharisee,
“Shut your Bible, forget about your ‘tabernacle-study’ and go help your wife in the kitchen”!

But he cannot hear God, because his Pharisaical ears have become deaf to God’s voice.

A major part of our being spiritual is to take responsibility for any work that needs to be done at home.
“If a man does not care for his family needs, he is worse than an unbeliever”
(1 Timothy 5:8)

- fwd: samuel machado

Are you being tempted?

November 17, 2015 by admin  
Filed under newsletter-miscellaneous

You’ll never be exempt from temptation.

Each season of life just brings temptation in a different form.

When you’re young you’ll struggle with the need for companionship and sexual fulfilment.

In business you’ll be tempted to distort the truth, cheat and pocket the money.

When you become successful, if you’re not careful you’ll become ego-driven, controlling and opinionated.

The truth is, you never become so spiritual as to be exempt from temptation.

After forty days of prayer and fasting, Satan tempted Jesus.

Jesus Satan
So you are as vulnerable to attack after a great spiritual experience as you are in your lowest moments.

Satan understood Jesus’ assignment and he was out to stop Him from accomplishing it.

And he is out to stop you too!

The battle you’re in is not over the past, it’s over the future.
In the face of repeated temptation Jesus defeated Satan by using the Word of God, and you must too.
Without it you have no defence.

In what specific areas do you struggle?
What’s your strategy for victory?
What percentage of the time are you successful?
Which Scriptures have you memorised to help you conquer the tempter when he comes against you?

Look at Samson, God’s champion: blinded, chained, grinding corn like an ox in a Philistine dungeon.

Sin has a blinding effect, a binding effect and a grinding effect.

Prisons are filled with people who were too weak to stand up against Satan. Dreams crash daily on the rocks of temptation. Move the ship of your life away from those rocks while you still can.

- fwd: samuel machado

Next Page »