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By Jerry Rassamni

The following is a contrast between the diverse dogmas of Islam and Christianity. I will thus be following the maxim of TV’s Sergeant Friday effectively adopted by Ronald Reagan: “Just the facts, Ma’am”:






Category Jesus Muhammad
Birth Born of a virgin even according to Qur’an.Born around 4 BC in Bethlehem.

Jesus Christ’s (the Messiah’s) birth and coming were foretold in 333 prophecies in the Bible, hundreds of years prior to His birth. Of these prophecies, 456 specific details of His life are given. God gave the Old Testament to the Jews so they would recognize the coming of the Messiah, the Savior of the world. Jesus fulfilled all prophecies foretold of the Messiah in minute detail, during His birth, miracles, crucifixion, death, and resurrection.

The angels announced His birth to the shepherds. John the Baptist (the forerunner) announced His coming. The angel Gabriel announced His birth to Zechariah, Mary, and Joseph. The Magi came from the East with gifts to worship Him.

Born of AminahBorn around AD 570 in Mecca.

There are no prophecies concerning the coming of Islam’s prophet. 


Islam’s prophet did not have a forerunner. His coming was not anticipated. He simply claimed to be a messenger of God.

The Messiah “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel” [God with us] (Isa. 7:14, written around 700 years before Christ).“And the angel [Gabriel] said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God.  And behold, you will conceive in your womb, and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.’  And Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I am a virgin?’  And the angel answered and said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God’ (Luke 1:30–33).

“For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him” (John 1:17, 18).


“And a voice came out of the heavens: ‘You are My beloved Son, in YOu I [God] am well-pleased” (Mark 1:11).

“You are My Son, Today I [God] have begotten You” (Ps. 2:7). “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

“I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming, and He came up to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him. And to Him was given dominion, glory and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations and men of every language might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion which will not pass away; and His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed” (Dan. 7:13, 14, written centuries before Christ.

“I [God] will also make You a light of the nations so that My salvation may reach to the end of the earth” (Isa. 49:6), written centuries before Christ.

“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace” (Isa. 9:6, written around 700 years before Christ).

“For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim. 2:5).

“Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).

“She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21).

“My judgment is true; for I am not alone in it, but I and the Father who sent Me” (John 8:16).

“We gave Jesus the son of Mary clear (signs) and strengthened him with the holy spirit” (Surah 2:87).
“Behold! The angels said:  ‘O Mary! Allah gives you glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name is Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, held in honor in this world and the Hereafter and of (the company of) those nearest to Allah; He shall speak to the people in childhood and in maturity. And he shall be (of the company) of the righteous” (Surah 3:45, 46).

“We (God) sent Jesus the son of Mary, confirming the Law that had come before him: We sent him the Gospel: therein was guidance and light, and confirmation of the Law that had come before him: a guidance and an admonition to those who fear Allah”  (Surah 5:46).

Allah did not confirm Muhammad’s ministry in a public manifestation.

“Christ the son of Mary was no more than a Messenger” (Surah 5:75a).

“(I have come to you), to attest the Law which was before me. And to make lawful to you part of what was (before) forbidden to you; I have come to you with a Sign from your Lord. So fear Allah and obey me” (Surah 3:50).

“To you, We (God) sent the Scripture in truth, confirming the Scripture that came before it” (Surah 5:48).

“And there is none of the People of the Book but must believe in Him before his death; and on the Day of Judgment He will be a witness against them” (Surah 4:159).

The Prophet
There is no mention of another prophet after the Messiah; on the contrary, the Bible concludes with these stern and uncompromising words: “I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophesy of this book: if any one adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book” (Rev. 22:18). “Allah and His Angels send blessings on the prophet: O you that believe! You send blessings on him, and salute him with all respect” (Surah 33:56).
Titles Door to heavenEternal life

Judge of the living and dead

Messiah (Savior)

Prince of Peace

Word of God

King Eternal

First and Last

Bread of Life

Immortal God

An ApostleA Messenger

Son of Abd Allah

A Preacher

Prophet with the Sword

A Warner


Seal of the Prophets

The Prophet of Islam

Mortal Man

Marriage Never married or had relations with any woman. Married 15 women, including the then seven-year-old Ayisha
Worldly desires and riches Jesus was not of this world nor did he have worldly desires or riches. He said in Matthew 8:20, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” The prophet Muhammad was poor but became well-to-do upon marrying Khadija, his first wife who was fifteen years his senior. He also profited from the booties of war. Ayisha, the youngest of the prophet’s wives, used to say that the prophet loved three things: women, scents, and foods. During his wars, the prophet claimed 15 percent of the booty. 
Great Prayers Jesus taught His followers to pray in this way:“Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed  be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen  (Matt. 6:9–13). This prayer is called the “Fatiha,” or the opening of the Qur’an, which is its first chapter:“In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Praise be to Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the Worlds; Most Gracious, Most Merciful; Master of the Day of Judgment. You do we worship, and Your aid do we seek. Show us the straight way. The way of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace, those whose (portion) is not wrath, and who do not go astray” (Surah 1).

Miracles Miraculous birth of Jesus by a virgin as God promised (even acknowledged by the Qur’an). Jesus healed the sick, the blind, and the paralytic, walked on water, rebuked the storms, raised the dead, rose from the dead just as He promised, and as it was foretold by the prophets of old. He appeared to over 500 followers following the resurrection. He performed countless other miracles. Was lifted up into heaven in front of His disciples forty days after His resurrection. The prophet Muhammad claimed that the Qur’an is the Muslim miracle, and issued a challenge in Surah 2:23 for unbelievers to produce a similar Surah to what is in the Qur’an.
War & Peace Never lifted a sword.“Then Jesus said to him: ‘Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword’” (Matt. 26:52).

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God (Matt. 5:9).

“You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matt. 5:43, 44).

“In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the prophets” (Matt. 7:12).

“Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two” (Matt. 5:41).

“You have heard that it was said, ‘an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I [Jesus] say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also” (Matt. 5:39, 40).

“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 5:16).

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you” (John 14:27).

“Behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves” (Luke 10:3).

“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits” (Matt. 7:15).     


“You have heard that it was said, ‘you shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt. 5:43–48).

Proselytized with the sword in sixty-six recorded battles.“Therefore, when you meet the unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks; at length until you have thoroughly subdued them, bind a bond firmly (on them)” (Surah 47:4).

“Fighting is prescribed for you, and you dislike it. But it is possible that you dislike a thing which is good for you, and that you love a thing which is bad for you. But  Allah knows and you know not”  (Surah 2:216).

“And fight them on until there is no more tumult or oppression” (Surah 2:193a).

“Allah only forbids you, with regard to those who fight you for (your) Faith, and drive you out of your homes, and support (others) in driving you out, from turning to them (for friendship and protection). It is such as turn to them (in those circumstances), that do wrong” (Surah 60:9).

“And slay them wherever you catch them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out” (Surah 2:191).

“We ordained therein for them: ‘Life for life, eye for eye, nose for nose, ear for ear, tooth for tooth, and wounds equal for equal.’  But if anyone remits the retaliation by way of charity, it is an act of atonement for himself. And if any fail to judge by (the light of) what Allah has revealed, they are (no better than) wrong-doers” (Surah 5:45).


“Let those fight in the cause of Allah who sell the life of this world for the Hereafter. To him who fights in the cause of Allah, whether slain or gets victory — soon shall We give him a reward of great (value)” (Surah 4:74).

“Fight and slay the Pagans wherever you find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war)” (Surah 9:5).

“Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for Allah does not love transgressors” (Surah 2:190).

“The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter” (Surah 5:33).

Enemies Loved his enemies Killed his enemies
Kingdom Kingdom not of this world Established an earthly empire
Law vs. grace While Jesus was teaching at the temple, the Pharisees brought before Him a woman caught in adultery, and they inquired of Jesus what they should do in order to test Him and find grounds to accuse Him. They reminded Him that the Law of Moses calls for the stoning of such women. This was a classic trap. The Law is formal: it calls for stoning. Jesus did not contradict the law nor approve of the sin. On the one hand, He is scornful of the accusers, who are filled with pride, and says to them: “Let him who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”  And He watched them leave in silence. On the other hand, Jesus calls sin sin and evil evil when he told the woman to sin no more (John 8:1–11).Implication:  Mercy is dispensed resulting in grace, which forgives. Jesus taught His followers in Matthew 7:1 not to judge, lest they be judged. In the Muslim tradition, there is also an incident when an adulteress is brought before the prophet Muhammed as he was in the oasis of Khaybar. Sonic Jews brought before him a woman caught in the act of adultery. They asked him what they should do, so he called for a copy of the Torah. Since the Torah formally stated that the adulteress should be stoned, he ordered her to be stoned. In Islam, obedience to the Law comes before everything.Implication: Judgment is unre-lenting, resulting in the Law which stones.
Foremost Command-ment “One of the scribes came and . . . asked Him, ‘What commandment is the foremost of all?’ Jesus answered, ‘The foremost is, “Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is One Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.”  The second is this, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these’” (Mark 12:28–31). “Say: He is Allah, the One and Only; Allah, the Eternal, Absolute; He begets not, nor is He begotten; And there is none like unto Him” (Surah 112:1–4).
Salvation “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me’” (John 14:6). “Those who believe (in the Qur’an), and those who follow the Jewish (Scriptures), and the Christians and the Sabians, and who believe in Allah and the Last Day, and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord: on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve” (Surah 2:62).
Death Condemned no one to deathDied in Jerusalem at age of 33 by crucifixion

Arose from the dead on the third day as prophesied and appeared to hundreds of witnesses

Condemned many to deathDied in Medina at age 62, due to pneumonia and poisoning

Lingers in his grave

Last words Jesus never asked for forgiveness for His sins for He was perfect. But one of His last statements on the cross was to forgive those who crucified Him: “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). Jesus’ last words on the cross fulfilled a prophesy from Psalm 31:5 when He said: “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit” (Luke 23:46). The last words of the prophet Muhammad in a whisper were, “Lord grant me pardon; eternity, in Paradise! Pardon. The blessed companionship on high.”
Second coming Jesus’ second coming is revealed in both the Bible and the Qur’an. He will come to judge (John 5:25, 27).  “And (Jesus) shall be a Sign (for the coming of) the Hour (of Judgment); therefore have no doubt about the (Hour), but you follow Me: This is a straight Way.” (Surah 53:61)

 The Cycle of Life and Death

By sinning against God in the garden, something fundamental happened to people. They died spiritually as they lost their fellowship with their Maker, and they began to die physically. Both the Bible and the Qur’an agree that God created humans, and they enjoyed a special relationship with the Creator in the Garden, but that relationship was severed. As a result, the quest of religion is how to restore that broken relationship, but religion cannot restore it. Only God can. The Bible says that without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6). We must place our faith in God’s righteousness and promises instead of trusting in our sin-stained hands to save us. 

The following paragraphs offer some insights concerning the creation, degeneration, and regeneration .  

Act I. The Generation of Humanity

Michelangelo’s famous fresco in the Sistine Chapel—known as the Finger of God—which depicts the creation of Adam is one of the most famous images in the world. This fresco can help enhance our understanding of the Christian view of man’s spiritual state.  God is shown as a bearded old man in a swirling cloak next to cherubims (type of angels). He stretches out his right arm to impart the spark of life from His finger into that of Adam, who is earthbound. Adam’s left arm is extended in a pose mirroring God’s to show that God created humans in His own image.

Man enjoyed perfect communion with God in the Garden before sin crept into the world.

This touch or communion between God and people continued until people disobeyed God in the Garden. As a result, they died spiritually since their fellowship with the Creator was severed. A great gulf grew between God and people.  The reason: God is eternally holy and will not allow un-holiness in His presence. However, God in the Garden spoke of a Savior who would bridge that great gulf. Since sinning against a just and holy God is an infinite crime against an infinite God, God said that a Savior would suffer to pay the price for sin. In essence, Michelangelo’s famous fresco of the creation of Adam is the first of three acts in the cycle of life and death. 

Act II. The Degeneration of Humanity

In order to understand the ensuing events after Adam’s creation, we must imagine a second fresco. We would see the same painting with the same set of players but with one stark difference. This time, the slight distance that separated God’s finger from Adam’s finger grew to infinity because God will not allow sin to go unpunished. I would title this the degeneration of humanity. Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden because of their sin, and a great gulf separated them from a holy God who hates sin. Therefore, it became impossible for them to bridge that gulf and renew fellowship with God.  It is interesting to note that man still has a finger pointed toward God trying to reach him on his own terms with his man-made efforts.  God also has a finger pointed toward man lovingly longing to reach Him in the appointed time, and in the only way possible that does not compromise the infinite holiness of God.  

The slight distance that separated God’s finger from Adam’s finger grew to infinity because God will not allow sin to go unpunished.

Act III. The Regeneration of Humanity

The regeneration of humanity is the third act that Michelangelo never drew. Once again, God reached down from heaven to Adam, and Adam reached out to God, but this time, two other personalities appear in the picture, the savior that God promised, and the Holy Spirit.  The savior is nailed to a cross, bridging the gap between man’s sinfulness and God’s holiness.  He is touching Adam’s finger with His human nature, and God’s finger with His divine nature. The great chasm between Adam (man) and God is now bridged by a Savior covered in blood and crowned with thorns. This Savior had to be one with God in order to be a savior for if you were dying of thirst and someone wanted to help you, they would have to have water. Likewise, if you need eternal life, the savior would have to have eternal life. Thus the Savior could not be a mere mortal prophet but he had to be divine. 

The Holy Spirit is also present in this fresco in the form of a dove (Luk 3:22).  The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sins and need for repentance.  The Bible tells us that no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12:3).  The Holy Spirit helps us to see in the spiritual realm.  He helps us realize that our efforts at holiness are feeble.  He enables us to appreciate how holy God is and how sinful we are.  He assists us to grasp that there’s a great gap between us and God that only God can fill and that only God can cleanse us and renew us (Tit. 3:4-6).   He convicts us to humble ourselves before God and enthrone Him in our lives instead of magnifying ourselves.  The Holy Spirit is a gentleman.  He will not force Himself on us and reveal the truth to us against our will, but if we ask Him to reveal the truth to us (1 Pet 1:2), He will.  Hence, the concept of the Holy Trinity is fully manifested when our relationship with God is restored (2 Cor. 13:14, Mat 28:19, Rom 8:9).  The Holy Spirit draws us to the Father, through the Son who is our High Priest (Mat 3:16-17, Jud 1:20-21).          

The great chasm between Adam (man) and God is now bridged by a Savior covered in blood and crowned with thorns.

Judaism, Islam, and Christianity are monotheistic religions, as they believe that God is one.  Muslims however, erroneously denounce the Christian view of the Trinity (Trinitarianism) as polytheism (shirk – associating someone with God).  Trinitarianism is not the opposite of Unitarianism or Monotheism (belief that God is one), but polytheism is (belief that there is more than one God).  Trinitarianism does not contradict monotheism but it asserts it.  Trinitarianism is the belief that God is one what, but three whos – or said differently, one in being, but three in persons or expressions.  It is this concept of the Trinity that enables God to be self-sufficient.  God is not in need of anyone to commune with for He is able to commune with Himself. In the same way that man one, yet he is body, mind, and soul; so is God one, yet he is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God has the ability to have each member of the Holy Trinity or the Godhead or the being of God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) represent themselves distinctly.  Thus, Christians believe that God is one is essence, but He expresses Himself in three persons who share in the one divine being. 

In the same way, that man one, yet he is body, mind, and soul, so is God one, yet He is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.     

The Holy Spirit helps us to grasp spiritual truths that are beyond human understanding. He enables us to appreciate how holy God is and how sinful we are.  He reveals to us that there’s a great gap between us and God that only God can fill (Tit. 3:4-6). However, the Holy Spirit is a gentleman.  He will not force Himself on us and reveal the truth to us against our will, but if we ask Him to reveal the truth to us (1 Pet 1:2), He will. Hence, the concept of the Holy Trinity is fully manifested when our relationship with God is restored (2 Cor. 13:14, Mat 28:19, Rom 8:9).

To Choose or Not to Choose

God gives us a choice of whether to live in the second fresco—degeneration—with no hope of fellowshipping with God, or the third fresco—regeneration—where our fellowship with God is restored. If God did not allow us to choose for ourselves, we would be puppets. God does not want mere puppets to worship Him because they are forced to, but He wants free-will agents to worship Him from their hearts because they want to. If our worship did not come from the heart, it becomes a hollow expression that means nothing to God. “The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.”  (Isa 29:13)

If our worship did not come from the heart, it becomes a hollow expression that means nothing to God. 

In stark contrast to the above, in countries where the Shari’a (Muslim Jurisprudence) is the law of the land, Muslims are forced to worship during prayer time at the risk of being whipped by the muttawa [Islamic morality police]. Incidentally, the shari’a undermines most human rights, particularly freedom of religion, freedom of expression, political freedoms, and women’s rights. The shari’a crushes dissent. They don’t want people to choose for themselves, but they want religion to choose for them.  In essence, Islam emphasizes the external expression of worship instead of genuine heartfelt praise to the Almighty. 

In essence, Islam emphasizes the external expression of worship instead of genuine heartfelt praise to the Almighty. 

We do not serve a vengeful God, but a loving God who walked among us, who understands our tears, our sufferings, and our sorrows. He does not want us to serve Him because we have to but because we want to. “We love because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19). He does not force us to love Him, but He awaits us with nail-scarred hands, saying,

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matt. 11:28–30)

God tells us in His Word that we can try to reach Him with our human efforts and religions, but we will always end up in the second fresco—degeneration—with a great gulf separating us from God. We can never bridge the gap, only God can. Muslims say: “I don’t believe Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead.” Arnold Toynbee puts it best in his astute analysis: “Find the body of that Jew, and Christianity crumbles into ruins.”5 Muslims also say: “I have my own way, for the blood is offensive to me.” God says to them: “Good, now you know how I feel about your sin. Your sin is an offensive stench in My nostrils.” 

Was the Bible Corrupted?

According to the Qur’an itself, biblical sources are held in highest esteem and are the yardstick of veracity by which any other message is measured. “But if thou art in doubt (kunta) as to that which we have revealed to thee, ask those who read the Book before thee. Certainly the Truth has come to thee from thy Lord, so be not thou of the doubters” (Surah 10:94).

It is clear that the above verse was directed at Islam’s prophet, for the verb is in the masculine singular form kunta (you are), instead of its plural form kuntum.  However, if we use the biblical source as a yardstick to measure the Qur’anic scriptures, then simply put, the Qur’an flunks the acid test of veracity since it rejects the fundamental tenets of Christianity, such as the Trinity, the inerrancy of the biblical Scriptures, the deity of Christ, His death on the cross, and His subsequent resurrection.

In comparing the Qur’an and the Bible concerning inerrancy, we will consider the following:

1.     The Qur’an contradicts the Bible concerning fundamental issues. Since they cannot both be right, one of them must be in error.

2.     The Qur’an claims that the Bible is the barometer of truth.

3.     Therefore, the Qur’an must be in error.

1.     The Qur’an contradicts the Bible concerning fundamental issues. Since they can’t both be right, one must be in error:

a.   Regarding the identity of Jesus, the Qur’an says, “They indeed disbelieve who say: ‘Surely, Allah — He is the Messiah.’” (Surah 5:17, see also 5:72)

b.   Regarding the crucifixion of Jesus, the Qur’an says, “They killed him (Jesus) not, nor did they cause his death on the cross, but he was made to appear to them as such.” (Surah 4:157)

2.     The Qur’an claims that the Bible is the barometer of truth.

a.   “But if you are in doubt as to what We have revealed to you, ask those who read the Book [Bible before you.” (Surah 10.94a)

b.   “And that which We have revealed to you of the Book [Bible], that is the truth verifying that which is before it; most surely with respect to His servants Allah is Aware, Seeing.”  (Surah 35.31)

c.   “Say: Who revealed the Book which Moses brought, a light and a guidance to men?” (Surah 6:91b)

d.   “And do not dispute with the followers of the Book except by what is best, except those of them who act unjustly, and say: We believe in that which has been revealed to us and revealed to you, and our God and your God is One, and to Him do we submit.” (Surah 29:46)

3.     Therefore, the Qur’an must be in error.

Since the Qur’an and the Bible disagree on fundamental issues, they cannot both be right. Logic demands that one has to be in error. Muslims claim that since the Bible does not match the Qur’an, the Bible must have been corrupted. However, since the Qur’an instructs us that the Bible is the barometer of truth, this leads us to the inevitable conclusion that whenever the Bible and the Qur’an disagree, the Qur’an must be in error. In other words, the Qur’an is in error concerning a myriad of theological issues such as the Holy Trinity, the identity of Jesus as the Son of God, the sacrificial atonement of Christ, the inerrancy of the Bible, etc. Let us examine some clues in the following vignette to explain why the Qur’an is so vastly different from the Bible.  

“A cartoon shows a line of pews and the same sentence is being passed verbally from one pew to the other: 

First pew:        ‘My ear kind of hurts.’

Second pew:   ‘The pastor has an earache.’

Third pew:      ‘The pastor got a hearing aid.’

Fourth pew:     ‘The pastor is having trouble hearing.’

Fifth pew:        ‘The pastor got a double earring.’

Last pew:        An old lady with a cane is walking out and says, ‘That does it, I’m outta here! The pastor’s got a double earring!’”  

Though it is intended to be satirical, the above vignette brilliantly describes how biblical stories could be altered in the Qur’an. The main reason behind the discrepancies between the Bible and the Qur’an is that Islam’s prophet had to rely on oral information from Christians and Jews concerning the Bible, because the Bible was not yet translated into the prophet’s language of Arabic until approximately three hundred years after his death (AD 900). This further proves that the Qur’an lacks divine origins; otherwise, biblical stories would have been preserved unchanged. Muslims need to make up their minds concerning whether Allah’s word can be altered. If it cannot be altered, then the Bible, which the Qur’an claims to be the word of God, could not have been altered. Muslims cannot vacillate on their beliefs concerning this issue to suit their purposes.  Therefore, if the Bible was corrupted, Muslims must be open to the possibility that the Qur’an itself was corrupted.     

Is Islam a Religion of Peace?

In Islam, the world is traditionally divided into two camps.  Those are Dar Al Islam (literally house of Islam or submission) meaning House of Peace, and Dar Al Harb (House of War).  Although the exact definitions of these terms vary widely, a traditional definition is as follows: Countries that are under Muslim rule are grouped in the House of Peace, whereas countries that are not are grouped under House of War.  Muslim fundamentalists have Islamic world domination in mind.  They are on a jihad until the whole world confesses the Islamic creed which is featured on the Saudi Arabian flag.  The Wahabis are the dominant Islamic sect in Saudi Arabia.  Their war cry was: “kill the infidels.”  The national flag of Saudi Arabia, the religious center of Islam has the words, “La Illaha Illa Allah” (There is no god by Allah).  Beneath those words, is the key to making that happen—a sword. 

About Jerry Rassamni

Jerry Rassamni grew up in Lebanon as a Muslim during its bloody Civil War and became a militia fighter at a young age.  Jerry’s heart burned with hatred against his enemies the Maronite (Catholic) militias.   

After immigrating to the States, Jerry began to study the bible in order to refute it.  Upon examining the scriptures, Jerry was captivated by the love of the God of the Bible who presented Himself not as a distant impersonal God, but as a personal heavenly Father.  Jerry’s heart was subsequently changed as he had a personal encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Jerry, who is fluent in four languages, is a frequent speaker on apologetics



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By Ray Stedman

My home is on the Rogue River in southwestern Oregon. As the river flows by my door it is a quiet, happily murmuring stream. But ten miles downstream it turns into a raging torrent, sweeping through the walls of Hellgate Canyon with unbelievable power and white-capped display. The varied assortment of rafters, kayakers, and boatsmen who challenge its course through the Coast Range have but one thought in mind—survival! A few hardy, experienced souls dare it on their own, but most rely on river-wise guides who thoroughly know the dangers, can instruct in the techniques of survival, and are able to build implicit trust in their knowledge and leadership.

By now you have doubtless discovered that life is very much like that powerful and treacherous river. Who hasn’t felt at times that you are being carried along into unknown dangers quite beyond your control? Who hasn’t breathed a sigh of relief during quiet seasons, only to have sudden intrusions of tragic circumstances press faith to the breaking point? We’ve all known (and perhaps succumbed to) the allure of powerful temptations to wrong-doing that can leave us shattered and disillusioned when they are past. Or thought we were doing okay only to discover that we had badly misjudged our state and woke up too late to recover.

All these perils and more are charted for us in the seven letters to the churches of Asia, found in Revelation 2-3. The encouraging factor is that they come from the great River-Guide himself, Jesus our Lord, who thoroughly knows the dangers which confront us, can advise knowledgably and accurately of the correctives needed to survive, and, in addition, offers incredible rewards to those who make the trip successfully to the end.

Each of the seven letters confronts a different situation and teaches a different lesson. The first, to the church at Ephesus, describes the one absolutely essential motivation to survival. It is to preserve continuously the warm and intimate love for Jesus that we first felt when we learned of that agony of self-sacrifice on our behalf which made salvation possible and brought us out of darkness into his marvelous light. If we lose that love by being drawn into side currents of man-pleasing or self-gratification or personal ambition we are in deadly danger of finding ourselves washed up on the shoals of life with little to show for having lived at all. “Watch your motivation,” says Jesus, “there is only one that can see you safely through the perils of life—a genuine and often-renewed love for Me.”

The letter to Smyrna faces a quite different danger. Here it is the terrible pressure to give up faith because it will mean ridicule, ostracism, affliction and outright persecution even to the point of death. We hate the thought that difficulties and hard trials are to be part of our lot, but Jesus tells us that only these can build the moral strength and trust that is needed to get us through. Modern examples include Alexandr Solzhenitsyn who suffered for years in Russian prisons and detention camps but who was sustained by a deepening devotion to Christ. His sturdy declaration of unpalatable truth has become a model to many of how one man can influence a whole generation. We believe that strong military forces are needed to preserve Christian civilization but Smyrna teaches us that Jesus can keep his church alive and vigorous in the midst of social and political upheaval. “Don’t be intimidated by opposition,” cries Jesus, “just as I died and came to life again, so can you, for the cross always leads to a crown!”

Pergamum stresses the need for integrity. The perils are subtle. One of them is sexual seduction. A young business man once told me of being with associates in a city away from home. His two friends planned to go out and find girls for a sexual party, but being a Christian he demurred and stayed in the room to write letters. After going to bed he was awakened by his two friends returning, accompanied by three girls. One of them promptly climbed in bed with him, awakening strong physical response. But he reminded himself of all he had to lose, and what his Lord would think, and wisely dressed without a word of reproach and went down to get another room. The other peril at Pergamum was to seek for personal power at the price of integrity. This was the doctrine of the Nicolaitans. It is found in many offices today in the lure of The Inner Circle, entrance to which demands some surrender of moral principle.

“But,” says Jesus, “don’t forget that integrity maintained means greater intimacy with Me. Guard your morality with care!”

The letter to Thyatira develops the other side of the same problem. It teaches us that compromise destroys. Under the figure of the Old Testament queen, Jezebel, who introduced idolatry into Israel, a contemporary Jezebel teaches Christians that having another god is necessary to do business in the modern world. It pictures adopting the world’s value system in place of the personal honesty which Christ requires. To lie, to shade principle, to promise what can’t be delivered, is to begin a downward slide into moral disaster. The recent spate of indictments for inside trading on Wall Street is a case in point. Those indicted have testified to the way their moral perceptions were blunted by the lust for easy money–but now prison awaits! So a false god leads to certain destruction. “But remember,” Jesus urges, “faithfulness leads to greater authority. He who overcomes will reign with Me.”

Sardis is the church in deepest trouble. It started well but soon began to lean on a good reputation and that led to inner-coasting till before they knew it they were all but dead. The Lord’s staccato command to them is, “Wake up, strengthen what remains.” The lesson to each of us is clear: words are never enough. A reputation for past success will soon disappear if the deeds that built it are missing. It is a call for consistency. Begin again where you once were. Apathy and lethargy are deadly enemies so recognize them as such and come alive. “Those who do,” says Jesus, “will find security and honor. Limited success is far better than phony achievement.”

Alone among the churches, the church of Philadelphia merits the full approval of its Lord, without reproach of any kind. It is because its members are alert to their opportunities, compassionate to their enemies, and patiently aware that nothing will ever be fully set right till Jesus comes. Read the lives of the heroes and heroines of the Church and see how that pattern is repeated in each life. With the love of Jesus as a continuing motive, and a determination to faithfully reflect his character till he returns, men and women like Mother Theresa, Chuck Colson, Jim Elliott, Amy Carmichael, and thousands unnamed have earned the title, “of whom the world was not worthy.” “I will acknowledge them as my own,” Jesus declares, “in new ways they cannot now imagine!”

Laodicea is the church filled with self-sufficient members. They had two problems. One, there was a lack of full commitment; they were neither hot nor cold. And, two, there was an inaccurate self-image; they thought they were rich when they were really poor. They were both comfortable and complacent. But in the eyes of Jesus they were far from what he wanted his people to be. The church is not a country club, operated for the benefit of its members. It is not a performing arts center, offering high-quality entertainment. It is not a political action group, choosing up sides in the public arena. It is not a protest movement, radically seeking the overthrow of law and order. What it is intended to be is salt, and salty salt at that, flavoring life and arresting its corruption. And light, widely visible light, illuminating a dark and confused world. To be this, Jesus offers himself, in intimate and personal relationship, to be the source of all that’s needed for ministry in this present age. “Nothing else will suffice,” he says, “only my life lived through your life will do the trick. It will bring you through the shoals and rapids of life to share with me in the Final Triumph!”

So, can you make it through the dangers, toils and snares of this dangerous world? Of course you can—if you love your Leader, heed his warnings, and lay hold of his resources. Without him you cannot succeed; with him you cannot fail!


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damarelarge.jpgDamare Garang – Sudan
Damare was captured by Islamic soldiers when his Sudanese village was attacked. Only 7 at the time, he was sold as a slave to a Muslim family. He became a camel boy even though he knew nothing about caring for them. His master enforced his learning with beatings. One day a camel got away. The master threatened to kill Damare for this mistake, but something restrained him. The next day when he found out that Damare had sneaked away to attend a Christian church in the village he became determined to punish this boy.
The master found a large board, several rusty spikes and a hammer and dragged Damare out to the edge of his compound. He forced Damare’s legs over the board and drove the long nails through his knees and feet. Then he turned and walked away, leaving the boy laying in the field screaming from pain. A man passing that way heard Damare’s screams and sneaked into the compound and carried this boy to the local hospital where the nails and board were removed. A year-and-a-half later, Damare and the man who saved him were in a village that came under attack, and they were separated. After the defense forces managed to drive away the Islamic soldiers, Damare was left standing along. When the commander heard him speak, he realized that he was from the Dinka Tribe and took him back to their camp. After hearing his tragic story he tried to locate some of Damare’s relatives. When none could be found, the commander adopted the former camel boy and took him to his home.
Today Damare is 15 and lives in Mario Kong. He cannot run fast like the other boys, but he says he has forgiven the man who nailed his legs to the board. He knows that Jesus was nailed to a cross so all our sins could be forgiven. He asked the Christian children in America to remember to pray for the children of Sudan.
(VOM Newsletter, January 2004)
* Pray for Damare. He has forgiven the man who nailed him to the board but still bears the scars and handicaps resulting from the punishment.
* Pray for the leaders in this violent country that they may reach a just peace and end the civil war.
* Pray VOM’s projects into Sudan will be directed where God is leading.

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By: Herb Denenberg,
The Bulletin 01/18/2008
Why was their more public attention and media coverage of the alleged abuse of Ellen DeGeneres’ doggie placement than there was on the 45 million Christians killed for their faith across the 20th century and still being killed and persecuted at an increasing rate?Why was their more attention on Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and his dog fighting ring than on the 600 million Christians now suffering persecution (bodily harm or the threat thereof) and various forms of harassment because of their religion?

Why has the world, the U.S. and organized religion been relatively indifferent, silent and inactive on doing something to stop religious discrimination of any faith and of any kind, which is rampant in the world, especially in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia?

Are morality, conscience and sanity unraveling worldwide? What is going on? I started focusing on this issue of religious persecution after coming across an article by Lela Gilbert in the Jerusalem Post on the worldwide discrimination against Christians. She is one of the leading experts on the subject and provided the shocking statistics cited above.
After all, Christianity is the majority religion of the world and of the U.S., with about 2 billion members, and yet Christians are now subject to persecution, murder, rape, discrimination and every other form of bigotry. That struck me as bizarre, as we’re used to the persecution of minority religions (most notably the Jews but many others such as the Baha’i), but you would think the Christians would be able to defend themselves.

Then I found one thing more incredible than the worldwide persecution of Christians, and that’s the fact that church leaders and others who should speak up are relatively silent, even almost indifferent. You can give a thousand explanations for this indifference and silence, but you can’t give one grain of justification for it. Isn’t it about time that the world wakes up along with our political leaders, our religious leaders and the public itself?
With that in mind, I decided to make this matter of religious persecution a personal and major project of my writing, and for setting off in that direction I can thank Ms. Gilbert, whose articles and books started educating me on the epidemic of religious persecution now raging across the globe in a gigantic form greater than most would imagine, and to my good friend Mary Rase of Omaha, Neb., who, after reading my columns, demonstrated the power of just one person who sees the extent of religious persecution and is prepared to spread the word and do something about it by mobilizing others to get informed and get involved.We have to take action urgently on religious persecution against all groups, both the majority and minority religions. Consider some of the statistics. It’s hard to believe, but the 20th century saw more Christians die (45 million) just for being Christians than in the first 19 centuries (25 million) after the birth of Christ. That’s one of the conclusions of Nina Shea in her book on Christian persecution, In the Lion’s Den.There’s every reason to believe that the 21st century will be just as bad or worse. We have Islamo-fascism, the voice of religious persecution and genocide, shattering the peace of the world; we have endless anti-Christian and anti-Semitic hatred being spewed by governments, media outlets and mosques in the Middle East; we have an Iranian government doing what even Hitler did not do – loudly announcing and repeating to the world its genocidal intentions. And we have mounting evidence that the cry of “Never again” may be an empty slogan and not a real call to action and to justice for Christians, Jews or any other religion subject to discrimination and persecution.

For more on this grim view of the 21st century and what it might bring, consider some of Ms. Shea’s other conclusions:

* One of the many shocking untold stories of our time is the unprecedented, widespread persecution of Christians. She wrote, “Millions of American Christians pray in their churches each week, oblivious to the fact that Christians in many parts of the world suffer brutal torture, arrest, imprisonment, and even death – their homes and communities laid waste – for no other reason than that they are Christians.

* “They have been persecuted and martyred before an unknowing, indifferent world and a largely silent Christian community.

* “And as their suffering intensifies, our silence becomes more stark. … Western Christians must take the lead in breaking the silence. If they don’t, no one will.”

Well, my friends, apparently no one will. Those words of Ms. Shea, quoted above, were written a decade ago, and yet there has been little or nothing done to correct the problem and end the persecution.
Here’s the way Elwood M. McQuaid put it in an article, “While We Were Sleeping,” which appeared in the magazine of the Ministry of the Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry (January/February 2008):

“Her call [speaking of Shea’s call quoted above] was an urgent appeal for American Christians to wake up to the brutalization of our brothers and sisters who are bleeding their lives out in other lands. Has her call been heeded? Have 10 intervening years made a difference? Have a significant number of us been shaken from our lethargy? You can answer that question yourself.”

Here’s some of the evidence cited by Mr. McQuaid to help you answer the question:
* In September 2007, rampaging Muslims attacked Christians in a town in Nigeria. That attack left 10 Christians dead, nine churches burned, 61 people injured and 500 people displaced from their homes. Pastor Rablu Danbawa saw his home and church going up in flames. When he went to the police station for help, he found that other Christians who fled there for safety were being turned away. He said, “We were told to leave as our safety could not be guaranteed. Women and children all scampered to the brush only to be attacked by the Muslims who already hid themselves there awaiting their Christian prey.”

* Also in September 2007, a suicide bomber killed five young Christians and wounded one at an outdoor church meeting in Khorfulus, Sudan. At the time of the attack, 34 Christian teens were singing worship songs when a terrorist approached and suddenly detonated a grenade attached to his belt.

* In October 2007, Muslim extremists in Kaduna, Nigeria, killed Emmanuel Ogbage, 24, with a sword and beat another young Christian to death with clubs. This attack came right after Sheikh Guml’s televised appeal during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan to wage violent jihad against young Christians. A Nigerian Christian told Compass Direct, a news agency, “He specifically called for a jihad and that when they go killing they should not kill elderly people because the elderly have spent their years already, but the Muslims should kill young Christians.”

* Also during October 2007, police discovered the body of Rama Ayyad, a 29-year-old Christian bookshop proprietor, in Gaza. In addition to his work at the bookshop, Ayyad served as youth leader at the Gaza Baptist Church. Compass Direct reported Muslim extremists had threatened the store many times and bombed it in April.

Mr. McQuaid writes that these and others are just a few of the hundreds of reports of Christian persecution that pour in every week, and these reports easily answer the question of whether Christian persecution has subsided: “Christians as a whole will not break their silence, nor will they take the lead in speaking out against the outrageous slaughter of innocent believers who live outside the circle of Western self-interest.” But here Mr. McQuaid comes up with some devastating comparisons, which I suggested at the outset of this column:

* When Michael Vick was arrested for “owning, financing and participating in a heinous dog fighting operation,” there was nationwide outrage with extensive media attention. Animal lovers called for hard time for Vick his accomplices.

* When TV personality Ellen DeGeneres shed tears after a doggie placement agency confiscated a pooch she had given her hairdresser, the nation exploded in sympathy for the pooch, and the founder of an animal rescue group wrote: “I’m overwhelmed with the e-mails about this. People are so upset. People are asking, ‘What can you do? Please get Ellen’s dog back.'”

* Again, the incident suggested that victimized dogs come before victimized Christians or other victims of religious persecution. Mr. McQuaid concluded, “As far as the world’s suffering saints are concerned, we are fast asleep. And while we sleep, their blood continues to cry out.”

Charles Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship International, wrote, “We must feel a sense of moral outrage that Christians, in this day and age, are being sold into slavery and are being tortured for their faith.” But there is no moral outrage. There is no demand for action. Politicians and religious leaders are content to turn their heads to slaughter and slavery for Christians.
Mr. McQuaid concludes that as long as Christianity, the majority religion, allows Islamists, militant Hindus, communists and assorted others to slaughter Christians, those groups will be delighted to continue to do so.Islamists have made it clear they want to “cleanse” the Middle East of all Christians and Jews and are willing to do whatever it takes, including nuclear genocide, to accomplish their priority mission. Persecuted Christians and Jews are calling for help there, but it is not forthcoming.When Palestinian terrorists seized the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, there was a photograph of an old priest who held up a sign that simply said, “Please help.” Help finally came in the form of the olive green uniforms of the Israeli Defense Force. The old priest could then go back to his church and his duties, knowing it wouldn’t happen again. Why? Mr. McQuaid answers, “Because terrorists learned they couldn’t get away with it.” The world, some major political players in the U.S. and our mainstream media continue to tell the terrorists they can get away with it.

How can this happen? The leading book on the subject by Paul Marshall and Lela Gilbert, Their Blood Cries Out, answers: “They ‘for the most part are not interested in anything that happens outside the boundaries of the United States.’ Coupled with this is the fact that many of the atrocities we have described occur in remote areas. … But beyond these particular reasons is a pervasive cultural mindset that is either ignorant of, or occasionally antithetical to religion – especially Christianity.”

Mr. McQuaid comes up with another devastating observation: “I can attest to the fact that on an average Sunday morning, the average Christian in America will hear many more sermons about how to succeed in relationships, business and society than about what’s going on in the world that directly affects his or her obligation toward others. And these include television and radio sermons. This isn’t a pleasant or easy thing to say, but it is true.”
He suggests everyone put pressure on their religious leaders to take action to end religious persecution. He says that if the public doesn’t seem to care, religious leaders won’t either. He says if you want your public officials to act, too, you better be willing to act to. Change begins with you, and it may not start without you. He ends by saying that “our suffering brothers are out there, and they are waiting to hear from us.” He ends with this passage from

Proverbs 24: “Deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. If you say ‘Surely we did not know this,’ does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will he not render to each man according to his deeds?”

I’d end on a slightly different note. Perhaps if we don’t practice our religious principles we are destined to lose our religions as well as our freedoms and perhaps even our lives. I’d also end on the great note of Pastor Martin Niemoller, a German theologian and Lutheran pastor who put a corollary of the Golden Rule into poetic form:
“When the Nazis came for the communists, I remained silent; I was not a communist. When they locked up the democrats, I remained silent; I was not a social democrat. When they came for the unionists, I did not speak out; I was not a trade unionist. When they came for the Jews, I remained silent; I wasn’t a Jew. When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out.”

We better speak out for all of us, because the Islamo-fascists are coming for all of us, and if we don’t stand together, they will pick us off one at a time. That picking off process has already begun while we still slumber.
Herb Denenberg, a former Pennsylvania insurance commissioner and professor at the Wharton School, is a longtime Philadelphia journalist and consumer advocate. He is also a member of the National?Academy of Arts and Sciences. His column appears daily in The Bulletin. You can reach him at advocate@thebulletin.us.©The Evening Bulletin 2008

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By Peter B. Beita
Christian Post Correspondent
Wed, Jan. 23 2008

Christians in India’s Orissa state who were victims of the recent wave of communal violence are now being told to “covert or die” by Hindu fanatics.

The ultimatum issued by the Hindu extremists has forced some Christians to abandon their religion altogether, reported the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), a Bangalore-based Christian advocacy group.

“I am forced to convert to Hinduism whether I like or dislike; I cannot say further and my life is in danger,” Promond Digal, 32, from the violence-hit Kandhamal district, told GCIC.

A clash over a decorative arch for the Christmas celebrations on Dec. 24 led to large-scale communal violence and attacks against churches throughout the district. Four people were confirmed death while 95 Churches and 730 houses were burnt down or destroyed after several days of violence, according to the All India Christian Council (AICC).

Earlier this month, a fact-finding team from the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) of India accused Hindu fundamentalists of perpetrating “organized and pre-planned attacks” against the Christian community. The commission pointed to possible involvement of organizations including Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Coucil), Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (National Volunteers’ Organization) and their affiliates.

AICC and GCIC, on the other hand, have openly accused the Hindu organizations of being responsible for the attacks on Christians.

Furthermore, although the anti-Christian violence has apparently subsided, ”fundamentalists are going to individual families with guns and threatening them to become Hindus,” according to GCIC.

Christians who have converted to Hinduism expressed their helplessness about changing their religion.

“Fundamentalists came and threatened me and my family and said if you do not change your religion prepare to leave the village or die, there was no other way than to accept Hinduism,” said B. Digal, 60, from Gochhapada village.

Catholic Christian Samonary Digal in the Kandhamal district similarly reported how the members of the RSS “warned me to prepare to die or to leave the place if you do not become Hindu.”

“Finally I had to accept what they say,” he admitted

According to social worker R. Nayak, “25 Dalit families of Mahasingh village under K. Nuagam Block have been converted to Hinduism on Dec. 25.”

“They were forced to drink mixed water of cow dung, ghee and perform the Hindu ritual,” he reported

“They live under threat and convert then. They live under danger and panic.”

Another forced convert, who did not want to disclose his name, said he was told, “If you cannot be a Hindu, we will finish you off and set fire your entire house.”

However, he added, “I and my family have left the faith but God will remain with us.”

Relief organizations, including Christian NGOs, are not yet allowed to go into the violence-struck districts. Food distribution from the state government, meanwhile, seems to be improving, GCIC reported.

Orissa state is often noted as the site of the 1999 slaying of Australian missionary Graham Staines and his sons – Philip, 10, and Timothy, 8 – who were burned to death as they slept inside their vehicle after a Bible study class. It is the only Indian state that has a law requiring people to obtain police permission before they change their religion – a move designed to counter missionary work.

We request your prayers for our brothers & sisters in India.

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