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  •   The Allah of Islam says in his Quran that he "sent down" the Torah and the Injil. But when you quote the Jewish Torah and the Christian Gospels to them, Muslims of today claim that these books no longer exist. 

      So Allah says, "I sent down those books."

      But Muslims say, "They're gone for good!"

      Their belief is that, somehow, the books that Allah said he sent are now lost forever.

    By: Mari Kaimo
    Posted: July 9, 2018, 12:19 pm

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      • The badly charred scroll found in an ancient synagogue in Ein Gedi, Israel
      • Measuring three inches long, the parchment looked like a lump of charcoal 
      • 3D CT scans revealed the burned parchment was covered in ancient text
      • It was found to contain the first eight verses of the Book of Leveiticus 

      Israeli archaeologists said on Monday they had discerned biblical writing on a charred 1,500-year-old parchment with the help of digital imaging and described the text as the oldest found since the Dead Sea Scrolls.

      U.S. and Israeli researchers made the discovery using advanced medical and digital technology to examine the object, first unearthed 45 years ago when then-standard forensics could not decipher any script on the scroll.

      "This is a really big discovery," Pnina Shor, curator at the Israel Antiquities Authority, told a news conference where the five-centimeter-long (two-inch) cylindrical object was put on display.

      "After the Dead Sea Scrolls, this has been the most significant find of an ancient Bible," said Shor, referring to hundreds of ancient texts found in the late 1940s near the shores of the inland sea for whom the scrolls were named.

      Scientists estimate that the Dead Sea Scrolls, widely considered the oldest written biblical fragments ever found, date to between the third century B.C. and 70 A.D.

      The scroll presented on Monday was uncovered in 1970 at Ein Gedi, about 40 km (25 miles) south of the caves of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.

      Archaeologist Sefi Porat, 75, co-director of the dig, said the scroll dated to around the year 600 and turned up inside the remains of an ancient synagogue, which he chanced upon while exploring ceramic tiles at the beachside site.

      At the time it was found, forensics technology then used to analyze ancient finds could not discern any writing on the badly charred scroll, he said. But a few years ago he sought more help from Israeli experts handling the Dead Sea Scrolls.

      Merkel Technologies, an Israeli company specializing in high-tech medical equipment, helped in the deciphering by providing micro C-T scanning, Shor said.

      These findings were sent to Brent Seales, a computer expert at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Seales said he used digital imaging software to "virtually unwrap" the scroll and visualize its text, discerning what experts said were the first eight verses of the Bible's Old Testament book of Leviticus.

      Shor said more research was needed to determine the full extent of text on the scroll and what lessons it might hold for biblical scholars. But she said the findings had already turned out to be far more significant than anticipated.

      "The discovery absolutely astonished us. We were certain this was a shot in the dark," Shor said.


    •   A Muslimah in one debate group challenged a Christian to read the Aramaic Bible because she said we would find her Allah there. Or in Aramaic, "Alaha."

        What happens when we take up the challenge? This is John 20:

        Further we find:

        John 1

      ܒܪܫܝܬ ܐܝܬܘܗܝ ܗܘܐ ܡܠܬܐ ܘܗܘ ܡܠܬܐ ܐܝܬܘܗܝ ܗܘܐ ܠܘܬ ܐܠܗܐ ܘܐܠܗܐ ܐܝܬܘܗܝ ܗܘܐ ܗܘ ܡܠܬܐ

      1 In the beginning there was The Miltha {The Word}, and He, The

      By: Mari Kaimo
      Posted: June 28, 2018, 10:28 pm

    •   To the people of the Jewish Messiah in 1st century Israel who were awaiting the coming of the Anointed One, He was known as Yeshua, a very popular name in His time. A name with a very important meaning.

        With thousands of years of history as His backdrop, Yahweh God had finally sent His Messiah to the children of Abraham to whom He had been promised. But just as that history had recorded,

      By: Mari Kaimo
      Posted: May 7, 2018, 10:34 am

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            Another false claim that Muslims make about the Lord Jesus is that He was a sinner while He was on the earth.

            One example they use to assert this is Jesus' response to Mary His mother when she appeals to Him to help the wedding party in Cana. Muslims call Jesus rude and disrespectful of His mother because He calls her "woman."

          4 “What has this concern of yours to do with Me, woman?” Jesus

          By: Mari Kaimo
          Posted: May 4, 2018, 3:38 pm

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                Many Muslims have no problems with taking a single verse from the Gospels and creating entire false narratives out of them. For example, they take this part of a verse:

              56 Then all the disciples deserted Him and ran away.
              Matthew 26

                ... and turn it into the false teaching that none of the disciples was around to see Jesus tortured, crucified and die (we have covered that claim in a

              By: Mari Kaimo
              Posted: April 8, 2018, 2:56 am

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                    Muslims proudly proclaim themselves to be "the slaves of Allah" while their book calls the Bible teaching of sonship through Christ a terrible sin against the god of Muhammad.

                    What Muslims do not know is that this is more proof that the god of Muhammad is not the loving and compassionate Father God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Allah is not the Yahweh God Who adopts us as His spiritual

                  By: Mari Kaimo
                  Posted: March 18, 2018, 1:48 pm

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                •   Muslims claim an unbreakable connection to the prophets and servants of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. They say they believe all the teachings of these prophets and hold them in equal esteem with Muhammad.

                    But do they really? Let's see.

                    Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, Hagar, Jacob, Manoah, Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, 70 of Israel’s elders and Joshua all saw Yahweh God.

                  By: Mari Kaimo
                  Posted: March 15, 2018, 5:31 pm

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                    Researchers confirm age of Jesus Christ’s tomb

                    Archaeologists have finally discovered the age of the tomb of Jesus Christ.

                    According to various beliefs, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is believed to contain the final resting place of Jesus Christ.

                    The tomb has been desecrated over the years by violent attacks, natural disasters, and of course centuries of wear and tear. This has led to a number of reconstructions over the centuries, reason why modern scholars have had a tough time proving or disproving this is the tomb of Jesus Christ.

                    Now, to solve the mystery from a scientific point of view, researchers analyzed the original limestone surface of the tomb and a marble slab hoping to establish a time frame when the tomb was created.

                    As noted by the National Geographic, researchers believe the tomb dates back to around 345 CE.

                    “Obviously that date is spot-on for whatever Constantine did,” archaeologist Martin Biddle, who published a study on the tomb in 1999, told National Geographic. “That’s very remarkable.”

                    Led by experts from the National Technical University of Athens and to calculate the age of the materials of the tomb, a technique called “optically stimulated luminescence” (OSL) was used, which revealed when the material was exposed to light for the last time.

                    While the study has failed to establish whether or not Jesus was actually buried there, the date obtained by experts is consistent with historical accounts that the tomb was found by the Romans and enshrined around 326 CE.

                    Curiously, this fits the time of Emperor Constantine, Rome’s first Christian emperor.

                    According to legend, Helena, the mother of the Roman emperor Constantine (reigned ca. 306-337), discovered the tomb of Jesus around the year 327.

                    Constantine legalized Christianity throughout the Roman Empire and supposedly became Christian little before dying.

                    The Romans would have protected the tomb by building a sanctuary on it, as well as a church.

                    The church was destroyed, renovated and rebuilt several times in the past 1,700 years.

                    Before this new research, the oldest piece of architectural evidence at the site was traced back to the time of the Crusades, which means it was only around 1,000 years old.

                    Despite the fact that there are many who doubt that Jesus Christ existed, there is enough historical evidence to support the fact that Jesus of Nazareth was a real man and not a mythological figure.

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                      Christmas story begin in the little town of Bethlehem in Israel over 2,000 years ago, a baby was born whose life was destined to affect countless millions. Many people down through the ages have asked this question: “Who is Jesus?” The night God became flesh and walked among men ranks as one of the greatest moments in human history. This birth was so monumental that it became the high point of history, the peak, the apex. All history before this birth is B.C., Before Christ. All history since is A.D., Anno Domini, Latin for "the year of our Lord." The birth of God in human form then is the most important moment in all of history.

                      Did you know there are more than 300 prophecies in the Old Testament about the coming Messiah? Fulfilled prophecy is one of the great proofs of the divinity of Jesus Christ. God began to prepare the world for the coming of Jesus with a multitude of prophecies in the Old Testament concerning Him. There can be no mistake that Jesus is the Messiah. The prophet Isaiah wrote more than 700 years before the birth of Jesus. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Here we see the Majesty and the glory of the Christmas story. As Isaiah also wrote of the event: “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. [Isaiah 9:2]

                      The Bible says He was "in the world" (John 1:10), but He was not of this world. Jesus did not have His origin here. Think about this: His birth in Bethlehem was not the beginning of His life! For in eternity past, God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit always were. There was never a time when “God in three Persons, Blessed Trinity…” did not exist. He has no beginning and no end. John 1:1-5, one of the richest passages of Scripture, explains that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness overcame it not.”

                      No matter where you turn in God's Word, you’ll find that Christmas is about light, for Jesus is the Light of the world! We love to sing "Silent Night, Holy Night," but this great carol is not about night or darkness. It's about the light. "Son of God, Light has come into the world, and we need never walk in darkness again. Light and life are inextricably interwoven. You cannot have life without light. When God brought life out of chaos in Creation, He said, “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3), and the seas began to swarm with life. The seeds of earth began to bud and blossom. Light — photosynthesis — causes plants to produce food. Life itself is built on sunlight. Without it, our world would become cold, dark and dead.

                      When we think of light, we right away think of the sun. We’ve been taught that the sun is the center of the solar system and thus it is the light of the world. Some figures reveal the sun’s greatness. For instance, the sun is 93,000,000 miles from the earth. Also, astronomers estimate that the diameter of the sun is 109 times that of the earth. Its output of energy is 70,000 horsepower per sq. yd. per minute. Lastly, the temperature at the sun’s surface is about 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit. But the sun, in spite of its greatness, is not the "Light of the World." The "Light of the World" is the Son of God. He is the one who made the sun, for he existed with the Father in creation. He is also the one who declared, "I am the light of the world."

                      The life and the light went out of Adam's race when he sinned in the Garden of Eden. But Jesus is the Light of the world. When we make Jesus Christ both Lord and Savior, the One who entered time and space as that little Babe in Bethlehem comes in, turns the light on, and life begins for us. He gives eternal life. Jesus makes it clear who He is to all who really want to know. He is described as being the Word of God become flesh (John 1:1, 14). He is the Creator of the world (John 1:2-3). He is Immanuel, God with us (Matthew 1:23). He is the great “I AM” of the Old Testament (John 8:58). Light is life, and life is light. "He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life." He brought life and immortality to light, and by faith they are communicated to men.

                      The entrance of Jesus into the Earth was fascinating. On the night Jesus was born something spectacular took place. As the choir were so beautifully singing that very well-known melody to Silent Night! Holy Night…., Christ the savoir is born... It is unfathomable what it meant for our transcendent Creator God to become finite man. He came in the quiet of the night, in the meridian of time, He who was Immanuel, the Rod of Jesse, the Dayspring, the Key of David, the very Lord of Might. His birth marked the promised visitation of the Creator to earth. It is one of the greatest events to occur in the history of the universe. It is without parallel.

                      Jesus has come to earth, the Almighty has entered our world, the infinite has become finite, and the eternal has invaded time. He did not come to a palace with marble halls and carpeted stairs. No luxurious bed chamber was prepared for His birth. Cathedral bells failed to toll; bands were silent; no royal choruses burst forth in song. Only the music of Heaven was heard. Mary wrapped Jesus in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Lord Jesus came to a stable, and was laid in a manger. His mother had only the straw for a bed and animals were her companions. He was born into the most humble circumstances imaginable.

                      The shepherds are minding their business, tending their sheep, when a mighty angel appears with a remarkable message. The angelic visitor was surrounded by the glory of God. “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. ………” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests” (See Luke 2:8-14.)

                      When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, He came to give us life. The Light, Jesus, has come into the world: not to bring condemnation, but to bring salvation. Bible says “The entrance of Your words gives light.” (Psalm 119:130) Jesus is the Light. Do you know that everywhere Jesus went during His earthly ministry, He brought life? Jesus said, "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10). This means he brought hope and restoration to a world of hopelessness, brokenness, ignorance and darkness. The world of humanity lay in the darkness of sorrow and death; the Lord Jesus brought to it the light of life. Jesus Christ is the light of joy that dispels the darkness of sorrow. Jesus Christ is the light of life that dispels the darkness of death. When the Holy Spirit shined the light of the Gospel into our hearts, a divine photosynthesis took place, producing life where before there was only death.

                      Jesus is the real light, the genuine light who transforms things. He is what you need to lighten your personal darkness. He is the light that dispels the darkness of guilt with his forgiveness and the darkness of fear when we take our last breath. He is the light of life, eternal life. Jesus exposed sin, but He was never contaminated by sin. He could touch sinners, but sin never touched Jesus. He was undefiled. When the Bible calls Jesus the "light of the world," it's a reminder of the sinless, stainless purity of the Son of God. Because Jesus was not of this world, He is the pure, incorruptible Light. Jesus was the only Person who could look others in the face and say, "Which of you convicts Me of sin?" (John 8:46). The baby born in Bethlehem was the "true Light" (John 1:9), the pure light of heaven.

                      Jesus said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."(John 8:12) This implies: That the world was morally dark and Christ is its Light. Light implies knowledge and awareness, while darkness is ignorance. Light reveals truth. It reveals truth about ourselves. We never see ourselves truly until we see ourselves in the context of Christ. The light reveals truth about Christ himself. The light also reveals the truth concerning the way of salvation.

                      When Jesus claimed to be the light of world, He was making a claim to be the Messiah. Jesus then went on to describe something about recognizing Him as Messiah: "whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." The world of humanity is in darkness and danger; the Lord Jesus brings the light of safety. Light is the active power that dispels darkness. And Jesus Christ is the light of truth that dispels the darkness of falsehood. Jesus Christ is the light of wisdom that dispels the darkness of ignorance. Praise God for the changeless, constant light of the Lord Jesus Christ! No matter how cold and dark your world may seem, it can be brought back to life when the glorious light of the Son of God shines into your heart.

                      There is no life without light. Christ is the source of all light. To the Jewish mind this was significant because the word light is especially associated with Jewish thought. Look at the Psalms. "The Lord is my light." Psalm 27:1. That identifies Him as source. "The Lord will be your everlasting light." (Isaiah 60:20) In Isaiah's words you'll find something much like a sermon. If you give your heart to God, if you'll put your faith and your trust in Him, you'll discover He goes before you and lights your path. By His light I walk through darkness. (Job 29:3). Micah said, "Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light" (Mic. 7:8). Jesus is the perfect representation of that. His name is Immanuel, God is with us.

                      God himself is described as light, like in Ps. 104:2, “The LORD wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the heavens like a tent." With Moses, God shows him his glory but hides him in a rock so that he is only allowed to see God’s back (Ex. 33). In the book of Revelation, Jesus, the Son of Man, is described in this way, "His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance" (Rev. 1:16). In addition, Jesus’ coming to earth was certainly accompanied by light. Concerning the angel that came to the shepherds announcing Jesus’ birth, Luke says, "and the glory of the Lord shone around them"(Lk. 2:9). A star shone over Bethlehem where Jesus was born. During Jesus’ life, his glory was revealed in the transfiguration experience when he became dazzling white. (Mk. 9) Paul said: "At midday, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun". And He ought to shine brighter than the sun, because He created the sun.

                      So when Jesus said, "I am the Light of the World," it was a statement about his glory, but it was also more than that. It was about what he came to do. John declared, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world" (Jn. 1:29). And Jesus says of himself, "For the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many" (Mk 10:45). Jesus came to display all the goodness of God through his caring acts toward people. He came teaching truth. And he came to bear the punishment for our sin. In all these ways, Jesus is the light of the world because he comes from the Father and speaks for the Father and is going to the Father and is one with the Father.

                      Christ is the Source of light. What would the world be like without the sun? -- Cold, dark and dead, wandering aimlessly about the universe with no hope of ever having life. That's what people are like without Jesus. As the Light of the world, Jesus is the light of life. He is the Revealer of God and man, their mutual relationships, and the way of access to and peace with him. He sheds full light upon every subject which pertains to the highest well being of the human race. He came to show us who we really are and to expose the enemy’s false kingdom. To put it another way, Jesus came to introduce us to ourselves and to call us to become the people God always knew we could be. He came to invite and receive us in His kingdom.

                      The world of humanity is in the darkness and the Lord Jesus brings to it heavenly light. Light is an emblem of purity. Jesus is the Source of man's sanctification. His life was an embodiment of purity. His character was spotless, his doctrines and Spirit are sanctifying, his example is pure and leads the soul upwards, and his life is still like the perfume of heavenly roses, making even the air of our world fragrant. The world of humanity is in the darkness of sin, and the Lord Jesus brings to it the light of forgiveness and holiness. Jesus Christ is the light of holiness that dispels the darkness of impurity.

                      In whatever way the darkness shows itself in our lives, Christ has come to be a light for us. Wherever there is darkness in our family, in our friendships, in our community, Christ has come to shed light on all those areas of our lives to restore peace and harmony and joy. Wherever there is darkness in our nation or in the world at large, Christ has commanded us to let our light shine before men, to use whatever means we have at our disposal to relieve the suffering of others and drive out the darkness that shrouds the lives of so many. We are to let the light of Christ shine through us so that the darkness of despair and hopelessness might be dispelled.

                      1 John 1:5 says, “God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.” In the natural world, the speed of light is a constant. Albert Einstein said the reason he was able to construct his famous Theory of Relativity was because there is one thing in the world that is constant — the speed of light. Everything else is relative. Jesus Is Our Constant in the Spiritual Realm. The sun will not shine for eternity. Its energy is slowly being used up. Even the sun will one day cease to shine, but the light of Jesus will illumine heaven throughout eternity. Bible says “The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb [the Lord Jesus Christ] is its lamp. (Revelation 21:23)

                    •   In one of his popular teaching videos on YouTube, a young Muslim sheikh tells his followers that they really shouldn't call their book "the holy Quran" just because Christians call their book "the Holy Bible." The sheikh goes on to say that, based on the teachings of the Islamic god Allah in his Qur'an:

                        "In Islam, we don't have (sic) holy prophet, holy quran or holy other things."  


                      By: Mari Kaimo
                      Posted: February 27, 2018, 10:45 am

                    •   Who is the "ruler of this world" that Jesus is talking about in John 12:31 and John 14?1) Jesus defeated him 2,000 years ago   "Now is the judgment of this world. Now the ruler of this world will be cast out." John 12:31

                      2) This ruler had no power over Jesus 2,000 years ago

                        "I will not talk with you much longer, because the ruler of the world is coming. He has no power over Me." John 14:30

                      By: Mari Kaimo
                      Posted: February 7, 2018, 1:21 am

                    •   Day in and day out, Muslims keep asking Christians, "Where in the Bible is the word 'Bible?' Where in the Bible does God call you 'Christians?' Where in the Bible is the word 'Christianity?'"

                        These questions all presuppose that such laws actually exist in the Bible, and so we would like to ask our Muslim friends... 

                        where in the entire Bible of both Old and New Testaments does Yahweh God

                      By: Mari Kaimo
                      Posted: January 26, 2018, 5:25 am

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                          In Mark 7, we read that keeping the dietary laws is insufficient to make a man pure in the eyes of God:

                        17 When [Jesus] went into the house away from the crowd, the disciples asked Him about the parable.

                        18 And He said to them, “Are you also as lacking in understanding? Don’t you realize that nothing going into a man from the outside can defile him?

                        19 For it doesn’t go into his heart but

                        By: Mari Kaimo
                        Posted: November 29, 2017, 11:11 am

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                            More proof that Yahweh of the Bible did not send Muhammad...

                            Yahweh God is big on writing while Allah of the Quran depended fully on the fallible memories of men (and they failed him big-time!). 

                            Here are some of the facts.

                            The Lord Himself writes:

                            When He finished speaking with Moses on Mount Sinai, He gave him the two tablets of the testimony, stone tablets inscribed by the

                          By: Mari Kaimo
                          Posted: November 28, 2017, 6:30 am

                        • Researchers may have found the home town of Peter and two other apostles of Jesus near the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel, an archaeologist said Monday.

                          Israeli and American archaeologists have likely uncovered the lost Roman city of Julias near the banks of the lake, also known as Lake Tiberias, Mordechai Aviam of Kinneret Institute for Galilean Archeaology said. First century Roman historian Flavius Josephus wrote that Julias was built around 30 AD on the ruins of Bethsaid, a fishing village where Peter was born according to the Gospel of John.

                          Christians recognise Saint Peter, originally a fisherman, as one of the first followers of Jesus and the leader of the early Church following the ascension. The Catholic church also venerates him as its first pope.Two other apostles -- Philip and Peter's brother  Andrew -- are also believed to have been born or lived in Bethsaida.

                          Archaeologists have long sought to locate Julias, focusing their search on three different sites. Aviam told AFP that one of the sites, the only one so far excavated, was believed to be the correct site.    

                          "We have uncovered fragments of pottery, coins, and the remains of a public bath, which tends to prove that it was not a small village, but a town which may correspond to Julias," he said. "Based on these findings, we believe this site is likely to be located at the site of Bethsaida."     

                          The site, not far from the Jordan River, is a few hundred meters from Lake Tiberias. Water levels would have been far higher during the first century.

                          Work is also being carried out on another site a few kilometres away, Aviam added.  He said he hoped further excavations would reveal evidence from pre-Roman times, including ancient Jewish remains, which could help verify whether the site is Bethsaida. The site will not immediately be opened to the public, he said.

                        •   Muslims make many claims. Some claim that they pray just as Jesus did. Others claim that they are better followers of Jesus than Christians.

                            But to follow Jesus means to follow His commands. Do Muslims pray as Jesus commanded?

                            No, they do not.

                            Instead, they do the exact opposite.

                            Jesus commanded,

                            "Whenever you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites, because they love to

                          By: Mari Kaimo
                          Posted: April 22, 2017, 8:04 pm

                        •   Since Jesus never said the exact words, "I am God. Worship Me," Muslims say Jesus cannot be God.

                            Apparently the problem is one of a lack of logic in the thinking of the Muslim who first posited this argument. He was the Muslim showman named Ahmed Deedat, now deceased.

                            If we follow Deedat's logic, a fire truck cannot be a fire truck unless it says "fire truck" on its side. It can contain

                          By: Mari Kaimo
                          Posted: March 10, 2017, 7:31 pm

                        • It’s one of those first things that you memorize in 2nd grade or in religious education: the names of the 12 Apostles of Jesus. We’ve all heard their names in Scripture and in prayers countless times. Also, they are probably some of the most commonly given names in the world! But Jesus would not have called them John or Thomas or Andrew or Peter, etc… those are all Anglicized version of the names of the Apostles. The English language didn't even exist at the time of the Apostles!

                          So what would their names have sounded like when spoken by Our Lord and what did those names mean? Here are the original forms of the names of the 12 Apostles and their meanings: 

                          Peter The name Peter is derived, via Latin "petra", from the Greek word πέτρος (petros) meaning "stone" or "rock". According to the New Testament, Jesus gave Saint Peter (whose given name was Simon) the name Kephas or Cephas meaning "stone" in Aramaic.

                          Andrew English form of the Greek name Ανδρεας (Andreas), which was derived from ανδρειος (andreios) "manly, masculine", a derivative of ανηρ (aner) "man".

                          James the Greater & James The Lesser English form of the Late Latin name Iacomus which was derived from Ιακωβος (Iakobos), the New Testament Greek form of the Hebrew name Ya'aqov.  The name comes from the Old Testament figure, Jacob (later called Israel) who was born holding his twin brother Esau's heel, and his name is explained as meaning "holder of the heel" or "supplanter", because he twice deprived his brother of his rights as the firstborn son (see Genesis 27:36).

                          John English form of Iohannes, the Latin form of the Greek name Ιωαννης (Ioannes), itself derived from the Hebrew name יוֹחָנָן (Yochanan) meaning "YAHWEH is gracious".

                          Philip From the Greek name Φιλιππος (Philippos) which means "friend of horses", composed of the elements φιλος (philos) "friend, lover" and ‘ιππος(hippos) "horse"

                          Bartholomew From Βαρθολομαιος (Bartholomaios), which was the Greek form of an Aramaic name meaning "son of TALMAI".

                          Matthew English form of Ματθαιος (Matthaios), which was a Greek form of the Hebrew name מַתִּתְיָהוּ (Mattityahu) meaning "gift of YAHWEH".

                          Thomas Greek form of the Aramaic name תָּאוֹמָא (Ta'oma') which meant "twin". (Apparently Thomas looked very much like Our Lord).

                          Jude (Thaddeus) & Judas Iscariot From the Hebrew יְהוּדָה (Yehudah) which meant "praised". From Ιουδας (Ioudas), the Greek form of JUDAH.

                          Simon The Zealot From Σιμων (Simon), the New Testament Greek form of the Hebrew name שִׁמְעוֹן (Shim'on) which meant "he has heard". This name is spelled Simeon, based on Greek Συμεων, in many translations of the Old Testament

                        •   Was Jesus sent only to the Lost Sheep of Israel, as He said? Yes, of course He was. But there is a bigger picture we all need to see. We need to read Jesus' own words within the context of the whole story, which goes back to a promise God made about 2,000 years before Messiah:

                            In Genesis 12, Moses writes about what Yahweh God told Abram, a man from Ur of the Chaldeans, or what is

                          By: Mari Kaimo
                          Posted: January 18, 2017, 12:04 am