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Donkey or Donkeys

دوشنبه 18 بهمن 1395 09:54 ب.ظ   نویسنده : Seyed Ali Morakkabi      


Donkey or Donkeys



Jesus Entered Jerusalem on One or two Donkeys? Matthew says: TWO!(21:7),Mark and Luke say: ONE! (Mark 11:7, Luke 19:35)

Here I want to talk about some scholars’ Opinion about the reason of this contradiction. 

Some scholars believe that the writer of the Gospel of Matthew, Unfamiliar with the structure of Hebrew poetry, simply misunderstood the parallelism in the original statement of Zechariah (that he was quoting), so this resulted in a misquotation: 

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy king cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, even upon a colt, the foal of an ass (Zech. 9:9, ASV). 

Parallel emphasis was used extensively in Hebrew literature, and that was all that Zechariah was doing in this text. The ass was a colt, the foal of an ass, and this was all that Zechariah meant. Certainly, he did not mean for his readers to understand that this king (whoever he was) would ride on both an ass and her colt, as Matthew interpreted the statement to mean. (Incidentally, this mistake constitutes implied proof that whoever wrote the gospel of Matthew was non-Jewish and therefore unfamiliar with a Hebraic literary form that the real apostle Matthew would probably have known had he been the actual writer.) 

The misinterpretation resulted in an absurdity that is missing from Mark's and Luke's versions of the story, because they correctly understood the original statement.




آخرین ویرایش: دوشنبه 18 بهمن 1395 10:12 ب.ظ
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Contradiction in Flood story

دوشنبه 18 بهمن 1395 09:09 ب.ظ   نویسنده : Seyed Ali Morakkabi      


Flood story and Source Criticism


At first glance, the flood story itself impresses us as a single, coherent story. Nevertheless, a close inspection reveals different inconsistencies in its narration. For example Gen 7:1-5, 10 tells us that Noah brought seven pairs of each clean animal onto the ark. He and the animals entered the ark seven days before the flood began because Yahweh commanded them to do so: “Go into the ark. . . . Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth. . . . And Noah did all that the Lord commanded. . . . And after seven days, the floodwaters came on the earth” (see 7:1–5, 10 NIV).

but on the contrary, Gen 7:11,13 tells us that Noah does not enter the ark seven days before the flood but rather on the same day in which the flood began.

Moreover, Gen 6:19 is not talking about “Seven pairs”, but only two of all living creatures: “You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you” (6:19 NIV).

How we should understand contradictory narration of Genesis about flood story?



آخرین ویرایش: دوشنبه 18 بهمن 1395 09:20 ب.ظ
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Paul and ressurection of Christians

دوشنبه 18 بهمن 1395 08:50 ب.ظ   نویسنده : Seyed Ali Morakkabi      


WHAT is the teaching of Paul about the ressurected Christians?


When we read  1 Corinthians 15, it tells us that the resurrection is not something that has happened yet. It is a future physical event yet to occur. Christians have not yet been raised with Christ.

But Ephesians in contrast says: "Even when we were dead through our trespasses, God made us alive together with Christ...and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places" (2:5-6). Here believers have experienced a spiritual resurrection and are enjoying a heavenly existence in the here and now. This is precisely the view that Paul argued against in his letters to the Corinthians!

Isn’t it a kind of contradiction? Some scholars, on the basis of this kind of contradictions, believe that Ephesians is not written by Paul. (and there are other evidences for this that we will talk about.)




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Paul and other apostles

دوشنبه 18 بهمن 1395 08:35 ب.ظ   نویسنده : Seyed Ali Morakkabi      


 Apostles credibility for Paul?

In Galatians, Paul Emphasizes that he did not get his message from those who were apostles before him, Peter, James, and the others. In fact, he stresses, after the vision of Christ that converted him, he did not even go to Jerusalem to talk with the apostles. He went away into Arabia, then back to Damascus, and did not go to Jerusalem for another three years (Galatians 1:15-19)

But when we read acts, Here we are told that Paul is blinded by his vision of Jesus on the road to Damascus; he then enters the city and regains his sight. And what's the very first thing he does when he leaves town? He makes a beeline straight to Jerusalem to see the apostles (Acts 9:1-26). Well, which is it? Did he stay away from Jerusalem, as Paul himself says, or did he go there first thing, as Acts says?



آخرین ویرایش: دوشنبه 18 بهمن 1395 08:49 ب.ظ
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Deuteronomy 18:18; Muhammad or Jesus

دوشنبه 18 بهمن 1395 08:29 ب.ظ   نویسنده : Seyed Ali Morakkabi      


Deuteronomy 18:18; Muhammad or Jesus

 Quran explicitly pronounce that Christians and Jews, can recognize prophet Muhammad (pbuh) by reading their scriptures. the reason for this claim is that even the bible, has Some prophecies about Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). For example look at Deuteronomy 18:18:

I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him.

Muslims believe that the promised prophet, is Muhammad, Not Jesus!

Why?!

Deuteronomy 18:18 is talking about “a prophet like you” but Jesus was not like Moses, but Muhammad was!

Jesus was Not simply a HUMAN (in Christians belief), had no father, had no book (in Christians belief), didn’t have sharia, didn’t fight with enemies, and finally, he was crucified.

On the contrary, Moses and Muhammad were merely human and a PROPHET, Had father, Had Holy book (Torah and Quran), had sharia, fought with their Enemies, and passed away in peace.

So it is up to you to decide: whom Deuteronomy 18:18 is referring to? Jesus or Muhammad?


آخرین ویرایش: دوشنبه 18 بهمن 1395 08:34 ب.ظ
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Fully God, Fully Human!

دوشنبه 18 بهمن 1395 08:40 ق.ظ   نویسنده : Seyed Ali Morakkabi      


Fully God, Fully Human


Facing with some verses which implies Jesus’ humanity, Christians tell you that Jesus had two essence and being: he was totally God and in the same way, he was totally human. So he was both God and human. 

But let’s talk about the possibility of this excuse that is on the lips of Christians. if we assume that Jesus at the same time is God and human, the natural conclusion will be that Jesus has self contradictory characters.

Example

A. if Jesus is God, he should be a self-existencebeing. 

if Jesus is human, he can't be a self-existence being. Because all beings, need God, and have received their existence, from God.

But Christians tell you that Jesus is God and human and it means that in the same way that Jesus is a self-existence being, he is NOT a self-existence being!!!

The same story is true about the knowledge of Jesus:

If Jesus is God, he should have independent knowledge.

If Jesus is Human, he cant have independent knowledge.

But Christians tell you that Jesus is both of them: he has independent knowledge in the same way that he doesn’t have independent knowledge!!

 

That is why I say that the current Christianity, is against human logic. 




آخرین ویرایش: دوشنبه 18 بهمن 1395 11:30 ب.ظ
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John 1:1 and Jesus' deity

دوشنبه 18 بهمن 1395 08:25 ق.ظ   نویسنده : Seyed Ali Morakkabi      


The Word was with God

A lot of Christians believe that the beginning a John’s Gospel, is a clear reason for divinity of Jesus and the doctrine of trinity. But let’s examine this verse. 

In John 1:1 we read:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” 

Some scholars believe that if the “word” that is named here is really “God”, actually we should have two Gods, because John 1:1 is clearly talking about a Word that was WITH God.

So if we assume that the “word” was God Almighty, this verse will tell us that “God was with God” and this is a blasphemy and no Christian will accept it, because it is polytheism!

SO here, I demand all Christians not to use this verse to prove jesus’ deity.




آخرین ویرایش: دوشنبه 18 بهمن 1395 11:29 ب.ظ
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Quran, Bible, and Science

دوشنبه 18 بهمن 1395 08:09 ق.ظ   نویسنده : Seyed Ali Morakkabi      


Holy Quran and Origin of the Iron


One of my interesting fields in comparing Quran and the Bible, is the comparison of their data about astronomy and science. I have seen some people converted to Islam, simply because of scientific data they found in the Quran which could not be known by Bedouin Arab or any other human at 600 A.D.

Dr. Keith Moore and Maurice Bucaille are two of many.

Some days before, my uncle was talking about Quranic data about science. When talking about “IRON” Quran tells us that “ And We sent down iron”(Quran 57:25)

Amazingly, astronomers these days believe that the iron of the earth, has been sent to the earth.

Only compare Quranic data about creation with Biblical data which tells us that the earth is created before the space. While Quran clearly says that the earth is created after the heavens (79:30)





Watch Clip     http://www.namasha.com/v/dLWylvWe


آخرین ویرایش: دوشنبه 18 بهمن 1395 11:28 ب.ظ
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Pentecostal Christianity

یکشنبه 17 بهمن 1395 02:15 ب.ظ   نویسنده : Seyed Ali Morakkabi      


Pentecostal Christianity

When you turn on your TV, you see that there are a lot of people talking in tongues and others think that it is a gift of Holy Spirit. But let’s look more carefully at what is happening in Pentecostal churches, are they really baptized in Holy spirit or they are just pretending to have Holy Spirit? In the bible, Paul tells his followers some instructions about how they should act in regard of speaking in tongues:

 

If anyone speaks in a tongue, two--or at the most three--should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. 28 If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and God. (1 Corinth 14: 27-28)

 

Why most of our churches don’t follow biblical instructions about this Gift? Why they make such chaos in the church and try have attractive (rather than instructive and informative) congregation? Are we supposed to bring people inside the church by ignoring biblical teachings and making a fun time for people?

Absolutely Not, so those who do this things, I call them WRONG TEACHERS that should not be followed. (but unfortunately, these days, they have the most followers! So the most of Christians are not following orthodox Christianity)



آخرین ویرایش: دوشنبه 18 بهمن 1395 11:35 ب.ظ
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Jesus in the Bible

شنبه 16 بهمن 1395 07:50 ب.ظ   نویسنده : Seyed Ali Morakkabi      


Jesus in the Bible


Christians today, believe in Jesus as their God, but let's see whether this belief is Biblical or non-biblical.

   A.    Jesus called himself as a prophet:

   And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, "Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honor."   Matt 13:57

B.   Disciples called Jesus as a prophet:

"What things?" he asked. "About Jesus of Nazareth," they

replied. "He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. Luke 24:19 

  C. The people of Jerusalem, the eyewitnesses, called Jesus as a prophet:

The crowds answered, "This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee."   Matt 21:11

 


آخرین ویرایش: دوشنبه 18 بهمن 1395 11:22 ب.ظ
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