Avi Lipkin, the Five Deceptions of Islam

Avi Lipkin, the Five Deceptions of Islam (YouTube Link):

1. Islam is a religion of Love.

2.Islam is a religion of Peace.

3. Allah is just another name for [the Judeo-Christian] God.

4. We worship Jesus just like you do.

5. The Koran is the divine word of Allah.

If you have a spare 30minutes, this is an interesting look into Islam from a Jewish perspective, though it doesn’t fully cover all 5 points in this clip. I would recommend his other lesson for a more indepth study: The Two Houses of Islam. Unfortunately I could not find a YouTube link for that one. Certainly it is worth buying the DVD or downloading the MP3 of this.

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Ishmael “mocking” or “molesting”?

Was Ishmael expelled for making fun of his younger brother Isaac, or was his offense far more serious to the point of molesting him?

Avi Lipkin in his lessons from The Two Houses of Islam suggests that Ishmael’s conduct was sexually inappropriate.

Genesis 21:9 – 11

9 But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham was mocking, 10 and she said to Abraham, “Get rid of that slave woman and her son, for that slave woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac.”  11 The matter distressed Abraham greatly because it concerned his son.

The word “mocking” is derived from the Hebrew word “tsâchaq” (צחק). In English this word is often translated as “laugh, mock, play, and make sport.”

In Hebrew however, the word has the possibility of having a “sexual” connotation.

The word “tsâchaq” is mentioned 13 times in the bible.

8 times it is clear that the meaning is to “laugh” or “make sport”.  E.g. Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed… Gen 17:17

A further 4 times it is clear to have a sexual connotation. E.g. And it came to pass, when he had been there a long time , that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out at a window, and saw, and, behold, Isaac [was] sporting with Rebekah his wife.

Come to your own conclusion.

For further research:

Definitions and Instances of the word tsâchaq: http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H6711&t=KJV

A good easy read on the topic: http://graspingmashiach.wordpress.com/2007/02/20/a-laughing-matter/

A interesting read on the topic: http://www.biu.ac.il/JH/Parasha/eng/vayera/maoz.html

Anyone with any Rabbinical sources please feel free share. Thanks.

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Islam and Peace

1.  Islam is a religion of peace.

The following excerpt is taken from the Sahih Muslim, Book 019, Number 4294.

“Fight against those who disbelieve in Allah. Make a holy war…
…If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands…
If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah’s help and fight them.”

From this, a non-Muslim must either pay a Jizya (tax) or fight (die).

2. Islamic nations are peaceful.

“The list of Muslim-on-Muslim violence in recent history is endless, and it predates the events of 9/11. For instance, in the case of Pakistan, we can go back to early 1990s to see scores of instances of violence between rival militant organizations of the Sunnis and Shias. For eight years, Iran and Iraq, the two Muslim countries, fought a full-fledged war. Whether Iraq enjoyed the backing of the West for the purpose is a different thing, and it cannot evade the bitter fact that the victims in both cases were Muslims. Similarly, the intra-Afghan fighting that has gone on in Afghanistan since the late 1980s has also claimed primarily Muslim lives. In the process of spreading a bigoted Hanafi Sunni creed throughout Afghanistan, the Taliban victimized not only fellow Sunnis but also Shia Hazaras and Tajiks.” Muslim-on-Muslim Violence, Ishtiaq Ahmad, Weekly Pulse April 8-14, 2008
“In the 1990s violence occurred between Muslims and non-Muslims in Bosnia,  Kosovo, Macedonia, Chechnya, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Kashmir, India, the  Philippines, Indonesia, the Middle East, Sudan and Nigeria. Mujahedin fighters from  the Afghanistan war were central participants in many of these conflicts as well  as in Muslim terrorist organizations in countries throughout the world. In  the mid-1990s, roughly half the ethnic conflicts in the world involved Muslims  fighting each other or non-Muslims…According to the International Institute of Strategic Studies, 32 armed  conflicts were underway in 2000; more than two thirds involved Muslims. Yet  Muslims are only about one fifth of the world’s population.” Samuel P. Huntington, The Age of Muslim Wars

3. Islamic countries are tolerant of other religions.

“Indonesia boasts of being the largest Islamic nation, and from 1995 to this writing, religious jihads have burned and drestroyed 1,000 churches, killed 5,000 Christians, siezed or destroyed 100,000 shops and homes and produced 500,000 Christian refugess… Since 1983, over 1 million Sudanes Christians have been slaughtered in their own country by government-sponsored jihad.” Pray to God: Chapter 4: The Clash of Religion

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Jericho (Bet Yerah, “the House of the Moon God”)

The following excerpt is taken from:  Koinonia House Online

Jericho (Bet Yerah, “the House of the Moon God”) was the capital of the strongest of the seven nations then occupying the land of Canaan.  (It is interesting that it is again, even in our day, the stronghold of Israel’s enemies!)

Despite the declarations of the well-known song, who really “fought the battle of Jericho”?  It wasn’t Joshua!  It was Jesus, in an Old Testament appearance.

What else makes the battle of Jericho so remarkable?  It wasn’t just the walls falling down!  Almost every ordinance of the Torah seems to have been violated.  The Levites were not supposed to go to war, yet they led the march.  The Israelites were supposed to work only six days – and rest on the seventh, the Sabbath.  Yet here they do seven times as much on the seventh day.  And they are not to shout during the various marches, but to keep silent (except for the trumpets) until the seventh time on the seventh day.

Those familiar with their Bible can’t help but notice that preceding the seven trumpet judgments in Revelation, there is silence in heaven for half an hour.Perhaps here’s a clue.

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Islam

“We must be honest and fair in saying that there are many peace-loving Muslims who abhor the violence… What we are not talking about is the Muslim people as a whole, but rather what Islam teaches about itself. A distinction must be made between the belief and the people who believe it. People act out of what they believe; therefore, change the theology and you change behavior.

One of the main goals of Islam is the creation of a single Muslim nation with no geographical borders within it.

…Muslims believe… ‘When you meet the unbelievers strike off their heads until you have massacred the,’ says the Koran. ‘Fight in the cause of Allah!… Kill them wherever you find them.  Until they surrender. ..’

Most Western people do not realize that jihad is not new. From its inception and for 500years thereafter, Islam established itself by the sword. From A.D. 632 until the time Europe responded with the Crusades, Muslim armies wiped out Christian communities from Morocco to Iraq.

Muhammad taught in the Koran “The hour (of Judgement) will not begin until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them. A Jew will hide behind a rock or a tree, and the rock or tree will say ‘O Muslim, o slave of Allah! There is a Jew behind me, come and kill him!'” (al-Bukhari 2926; Muslim 2921-2)” Pray to God: Chapter 4: The Clash of Religion

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Requirement of Water Baptism

Summary based heavily from “Norm’s Notes” +some other sources [This is not an endorsement of his entire site or article, though his article “Born Of Water And The Spirit” I found very good]

Water baptism – ie. full immersion is a requirement for entering the Kingdom of Heaven.

Evidence provided:

  1. Jesus says in John 3:3 “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” [Side note: being “born again” is different to being “water baptised” … however please read on to 2]
  2. Jesus says in John 3:5 “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” [Note: VERILY, VERILY!!!]
  3. Jesus actions in Matthew 3:13-16 “Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptised of him. But John forbade him, saying “I have need to be baptised of thee, and comest thou to me?” And Jesus answering said unto him “Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness.” Then he suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptised, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him…” [Note: If Jesus and John needed to be baptised in water, how much more so do we?]
  4. Saul’s (Paul’s) events in Acts 9:18 “And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptised.” [Note: Saul/Paul wrote most of the New Testament. If he needed water baptism, how much more so do we?]
  5. The new believers in Corinth in Acts 18:8 “many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized.” [Note: The early church promoted water baptism]
  6. After Philip preached unto the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8:38 “…and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptised him.”
  7. Every act of conversion in the book of Acts was followed with water baptism “Acts 2:38-41; 8:12, 13, 38; 9:18; 10:48; 16:15, 33; 18:8”

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Healing

HealingTaken from Kenneth Hagin “How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God – Chapter 15 – Depend on Your Spirit”

James 5:15 “And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise-him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him”

KH “I believe that I receive my healing, I believe that I receive my healing from the top of my head to the soles of my feet.”  Then I began to prause God because I believed that I received my healing.

KH “I want to announce in the Presence of Almighty God, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the holy anges present in this room, and I want to call the devil to record and all eveil spirits that may be present in this room, that according to Mark 11:24, I believe that I receive my healing.”

Have faith in the fact that your faith in God works.

Mark 11:24 “Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”

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