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60 Questions for Christians
1.To be son is to be less than divine and to be
divine is to be no one’s son. How could Jesus have the attributes of
sonship and divinity altogether?
With God, all things are possible. We must understand the complex
character of God’s created creature. Even the Christians are promised a
certain level of divinity—making a distinction between the perishable
body and the eternal soul.)
2.Christians assert that Jesus claimed to be God when
they quote him in John 14:9: "He that has seen me
has seen the Father". Didn’t Jesus clearly say that people have
never seen God, as it says in John 5:37: "And the
father himself which Has sent me, has borne witness of me. You have NEITHER
HEARD HIS VOICE AT ANY TIME NOR SEEN HIS SHAPE"?
3.Christians say that Jesus was God because he was
called Son of God, Son of Man, Messiah, and "savior". Ezekiel
was addressed in the Bible as Son of Man. Jesus spoke of "the peace
makers" as Sons of God. Any person who followed the Will and Plan of
God was called SON OF GOD in the Jewish tradition and in their language (Genesis
6:2,4; Exodus 4:22; Psalm 2:7; Romans 8:14). "Messiah"
which in Hebrew means "God’s anointed" and not
"Christ", and "Cyrus" the person is called
"Messiah" or "the anointed". As for
"savior", in II KINGS 13:5, other individuals
were given that title too without being gods. So where is the proof in
these terms that Jesus was God when the word son is not exclusively used
for him alone?
4.Christians claim that Jesus acknowledged that he
and God were one in the sense of nature when he says in John 10:30
"I and my father are
one". Later on in John 17:21-23, Jesus refers to
his followers and himself and God as one in five places. So why did they
give the previous "one" a different meaning from the other five
5.Is God three-in-one and one in three simultaneously
or one at a time?
6.If God is one and three simultaneously, then none
of the three could be the complete God. Granting that such was the case,
then when Jesus was on earth, he wasn’t a complete God, nor was the
"father in Heaven" a whole God. Doesn’t that contradict what
Jesus always said about His God and our God in heaven, his Lord and our
Lord ? Does that also mean that there was no complete god then, between
the claimed crucifixion and the claimed resurrection?
7.If God is one and three at a time, then who was the
God in heaven when Jesus was on earth? Wouldn’t this contradict his many
references to a God in Heaven that sent him?
8.If God is three and one at the same time, who was
the God in Heaven within three days between the claimed crucifixion and
the claimed resurrect ion?
9.Christians say that: "The Father(F) is God,
the Son(S) is God, and the Holy Ghost(H) is God, but the Father is not the
Son, the Son is not the Holy Ghost, and the Holy Ghost is not the
Father". In simple arithmetic and terms therefore, if F = G, S = G,
and H = G, then it follows that F = S = H, while the second part of the
statement suggests that F ¹ S ¹ H (meaning, "not equal").
Isn’t that a contradiction to the Christian dogma of Trinity in itself ?
10.If Jesus was God, why did he tell the man who
called him "good master" not to call him "good"
because accordingly, there is none good but his God in Heaven alone?
11.Why do Christians say that God is three-in-one and
one in three when Jesus says in Mark 12:29: "The
Lord our God is one Lord" in as many places as yet in the Bible?
12.If belief in the Trinity was such a necessary
condition for being a Christian, why didn’t Jesus teach and emphasize it
to the Christians during his time? How were those followers of Jesus
considered Christians without ever hearing the term Trinity? Had the
Trinity been the spinal cord of Christianity, Jesus would have emphasized
it on many occasions and would have taught and explained it in detail to
13.Christians claim that Jesus was God as they quote
in John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the
Word was with God, and the Word was God". This is John speaking and
not Jesus. Also, the Greek word for the first occurrence of God is HOTHEOS
which means "the God" or "God" with a capital
"G", while the Greek word for its second occurrence is "TONTHEOS",
which means "a god " or "god" with a small
"g". Isn’t this dishonesty and inconsistency on the part of
those translating the Greek Bible? ? Isn’t such quotation in John
1:1 recognized by every Christian scholar of the Bible to have
been written by a Jew named Philo Alexandria way before Jesus and John?
14.Wasn’t the word "god" or "TONTHEOS"
also used to refer to others as well as in II Corinthians 4:4
"(and the Devil is) the god of this world" and in Exodus
7:1 "See , I have made thee (Moses ) a god to Pharaoh"?
If it was agreeable with God’s Majesty to have
sons, He could have created a million sons the like of Jesus. So what is
the big clear deal about this only son?
16.Why does the Bible say that Jesus wanted to die on
the cross, when the one on the cross was shouting "My God, my God,
why have you forsaken me?" according to Matthew 27:45
and Mark 15:33?
If God had wanted to save us, couldn’t He have
done that without sacrificing Jesus?
God is Just, and justice requires that nobody
should be punished for the sins of others, nor should some people be saved
by punishing other people. Doesn’t the claim that God sacrificed Jesus
to save us because He was Just, contradict the definition of justice?
People sacrifice things they have to get something
they don’t have when they can’t have both. Christians say that
"God SACRIFICED His only son to save us". We know that God is
Almighty; to whom did He sacrifice Jesus?
A real sacrifice is when you can’t get back what
you have offered , so what would be the big deal about such a sacrifice if
God could recover the same offering? (according to the Christians’
If all the Christians are saved through Jesus and
are going to Heaven no matter what they do, then the teachings of Jesus
are irrelevant and the definition of good and bad are also rendered
irrelevant. If this is not so, then do Christians who believe in Jesus yet
do not follow his teachings nor repent go to Hell?
How can Christians take deeds as irrelevant after
becoming one when Jesus says in Matthew 12:36; "But
I say unto you that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give
account thereof in the Day of Judgment. For by the words thou shalt be
justified, and by the words thou shalt be condemned"?
Christians say that people go to Heaven ONLY
THROUGH JESUS, yet Paul says in 1 CORINTHIANS 7:8-16 that
the unbelieving husband is acceptable to God because he is united with his
wife and vice versa, and their pagan children are also acceptable to God.
So people can go to heaven without believing in Jesus according to this.
How come the Bible says that ALL Israel is saved
although they don’t believe in Jesus? Doesn’t that contradict the
claim in the Bible that the only way to heaven is through Jesus?
According to Christians, those who have not been
baptized will go to Hell. So even the infants and babies go to Hell if not
baptized, since they are born with an inherited original sin. Doesn’t
this contradict the definition of justice? Why would God punish people for
sins they never committed?
27.In John 16:7-8, it says: "But
if go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the
world of sins and of righteousness and of Judgment". What do
"he" and "him" refer here? Don’t they refer to a
28.Does the Holy Spirit talk to good Christians and
bad Christians as well? Is the Holy spirit with them all the time or just
at certain times? When does it start visiting a person who wants to become
29.How can you as a Christian tell if the Holy Spirit
is inside another Christian? How come many Christians fooled people by
claiming that the Holy spirit was inside them only to be converted to
another religion later on ?
30.Does the Holy Spirit dictate what Christians should
do without choice or freedom at all or does it only guide them and they
have the freedom to follow or not ?
31.If the Holy Spirit dictates what Christian should
do, why do Christians commit sins and make mistakes ? How can you explain
the conversion to other religions and atheism of many Christians? Are they
told to do that by the Holy Spirit?
32.If the Holy Spirit guides Christians only, and they
are free to do what they want, then how do we know that the writers of the
Gospels didn’t make mistakes in writing them?
33.If Christians believe that the Holy Spirit comes
and talks to them everyday, why don’t they ask the Holy Spirit about
which version of the Bible to follow since there are too many versions
34.Why do the Christians say that Jesus came with a
universal mission when he said that he was sent to the Jews only? He said
to the Canaanite woman who asked him to heal her daughter from
demon-possession: "I was sent ONLY to the lost sheep of Israel"
and also said: "It is not right to take the children’s bread and
toss it to their dogs", Matthew 15:21-28.
and John (20) reported that Mary Magdalene and the other
Mary were the first to discover the tomb.
reports that Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome were the
first to discover the empty tomb.
reports that there was an earthquake that removed the rock from over the
tomb. He says that an angel caused it. The other gospels do not mention of
and Mark say that only ONE man in white clothes was sitting on the tomb
when the woman arrived, and that he was an angel.
says that TWO men in white clothes, who were angels, were sitting. Johns
says that the two women did not meet anybody the first time they came to
the tomb, but when they returned, they saw TWO people, ONE was an ANGEL,
and the other was JESUS.
reports that when the guards reported this to the chief priest, the chief
priest paid them a large sum of money, telling them: "You have to say
that his disciples came at night and stole his body." He claims that
the soldiers took money and spread the story around and since then, the
story had been circulating among the Jews until today (according to
Matthew). The other gospels do not report of any such thing.
35. Which narration now is more authentic?
36.Why is the appearance of Jesus after the
crucifixion taken as a proof of his resurrection when there is an
explanation that he was not dead because someone else was crucified in his
place when God saved Him?
37.How did Matthew know of the claimed agreement
between the soldiers and the chief priest? Can’t someone say that
someone paid the women a large sum of money and told them to spread the
word around that Jesus rose from the dead, with the same authenticity as
that of the story of Matthew?
38.Why did they believe that man in the white clothes?
Why did they believe he was an angel? John’s narration is too strange,
since he says that Mary did not recognize Jesus (one of the two) while
talking to him, and she only recognized him when he called her by her
39.How does an empty tomb prove that Jesus was
crucified ? Isn’t it that God is capable of removing another man from
the tomb, and of resurrecting him too?
40.The Gospels are believed to be the verbatim words
of God, they are supposed to be dictated by the Holy Spirit to the
Disciples who wrote them. If the source were the same, why shouldn’t
they correspond with each other in reporting such an important event?
41.How could Matthew, Mark, Luke and John be
considered eyewitnesses of resurrection when the Bible implies that nobody
at all saw Jesus coming out of the tomb?
42.Why doesn’t Mark 16:9-20 exist
in as many versions of the Bible while it exists as a footnote or between
brackets in some other versions? Is a footnote in the Bible still
considered as God’s word, especially when it addresses an important
feature like the Ascension?
43.Why does the Catholic Bible
contain 73 books while the Protestant Bible
has only 66? With both claiming to have the complete Word
of God, which one should be believed and why?
44.Where do those new translations of the Bible keep
coming from when the original Bible is not even available ? The Greek
manuscripts which are translations themselves are not even similar with
45.How can you take two gospels from writers who never
met Jesus, like Mark and Luke?
46.Why is half of the New Testament written by a man
who never even met Jesus in his lifetime? PAUL claimed with no proof that
he had met Jesus while on his way from Jerusalem to Damascus. PAUL was the
main enemy of Christianity. Isn’t that reason enough to question the
authenticity of what he wrote? Why do the Christians call those books of
the Old Testament "God’s Word" when the revisors of the RSV
Bible say that some of the authors are UNKNOWN? They say that the author
of SAMUEL is "UNKNOWN" and that of CHRONICLES is "UNKOWN,
PROBABLY COLLECTED AND EDITED BY EZRA"!
48.Why does Luke in his gospel report the Ascension on
Easter Day, and in the Acts, in which he is recognized as the author,
FORTY days later?
49.The genealogy of Jesus is mentioned in Matthew and
Luke only. Matthew listed 26 forefathers from Joseph to David while Luke
enumerated 41 forefathers. Only Joseph matches with Joseph in those two
lists. Not a single other name matches! If these were inspired by God word
by word, how could they be different? Some claim that one is for Mary and
one is for Joseph, but where does it says Mary in those two Gospels?
50.If Moses wrote the first books of the Old
Testament, how could Moses write his own obituary? Moses died in the fifth
book at age 120 as mentioned in Deut. 34:5-10.
51.In the King James Version, why does it report SEVEN
years of famine in II SAMUEL 24:13 while it reports THREE
years of famine in I CHRONICLES 21:12?
Why did they change both to THREE years in the New International Version
and other versions?
52.Still In the same King James Version, why does it
say that Jehoiachin was eight years old when he began to reign in
II CHRONICLES 21:12, while it says EIGHTEEN years in II
KINGS 24:8? Why did thessey change in both to EIGHTEEN in the new
53.In all versions, why does it say that David slew
the men of SEVEN HUNDRED chariots of the Syrians, and forty thousand
HORSEMEN as evidenced in II Samuel 10:18 while its says
SEVEN THOUSAND men which fought in chariots, and forty thousand FOOTMEN,
in I CHRONICLES 19:18?
54.In all versions, why does it report TWO thousand
baths in I KINGS 7:26 while II CHRONICLES 4:5
reports THREE THOUSAND?
55.In the King James version, why does it report that
Solomon had FOUR THOUSAND stalls for horses in II CHRONICLES 9:25 while
it accounts that Solomon had FORTY THOUSAND stalls of horses in 1
KINGS 4:26? Why did they change both to FOUR THOUSAND in the new
56.In GENESIS 1, God’s creation
progresses from grass to trees to fowls, whales, cattle and creeping
things and finally to man and woman. GENESIS 2, however,
puts the creation of man before cattle and fowl and woman subsequent to
beast. How can this be explained?
QUR’AN AND CHRISTIANS
"Lo! The likeness of
Jesus with Allah is as the likeness of Adam. He created him of dust, then
said unto him: Be, and he was." Al-Qur’an 3:59.
"Say: O People of the
Scripture! Come to an agreement between us and you: that we shall worship
none but Allah, and that we shall ascribe no partner unto Him, and that
none of us shall take others for Lords besides Allah. And if they turn
away, then say: Bear witness that we are they who have surrendered (unto
People of the Scripture! Why will you argue about Abraham, when the Torah
and the Gospel were revealed till after him? Have you then no sense?
was not a Jew, nor yet a Christian; but he was an upright man who had
surrendered (to Allah), and he was not of the idolaters.
Those of mankind who have the best claim to Abraham are those who followed
him, and his Prophet and those who believe (with him); and Allah is the
Protector of the believers.
party of the People of the Scripture longs to make you go astray; and they
make none to go astray except themselves, but they perceive not.
People of the Scripture! Why disbelieve you in the revelations of Allah,
when you (yourselves) bear witness to their truth?
People of the Scriptures! Why confound you truth with falsehood and
knowingly conceal the Truth? (Al-Qur’an 3: 64-71)
And whoever seeks a religion
other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him and in the hereafter,
He will be one of the losers (Al-Qur’an 3:85).
And because of their saying:
We slew the Messiah Jesus, son of Mary, and Allah’s messenger. They slew
him not nor crucified him, but it appeared so unto them, and Lo! Those who
disagree concerning it are in doubt thereof; they have no knowledge
thereof save pursuit of a conjecture; they slew him not for certain:
Allah took him up unto Himself. Allah was ever Mighty, Wise.
O People of the Scripture! Do
not exaggerate in your religion nor utter ought concerning Allah save the
truth. The Messiah Jesus son of Mary, was only a messenger of Allah, and
His word which He conveyed unto Mary, and a spirit from Him, so believe in
Allah and His messengers, and say not "Three"! Cease! (it is )
better for you! Allah is only One God. Far is it removed from His
transcendent majesty that He should have a son. His is all that is in the
heavens and all that is in the earth. And Allah is sufficient as defender.
Messiah will never scorn to be a slave unto Allah, nor will the favored
angels. Whosoever scorns His service and is proud, all such will assemble
as for those who believed and did good works, unto them will He give them
their wages in full, adding unto them of His bounty; and as for those who
were scornful and proud, then He will punish with a painful doom."
"And with those who say
Lo! We are Christians, We made a covenant, but they forgot a part of that
whereof they were admonished. Therefore We have stirred up enmity and
hatred among them till the Day of Resurrection, when Allah will inform
them of their handiwork.
People of the Scripture! Now has our messenger come unto you, expounding
unto you much of that which you used to hide in the Scripture, and
forgiving much. Now has come unto light from Allah and plain scripture:
Allah guides him who seeks His good pleasure unto paths of peace, He
brings them out of darkness unto light by His decree, and guides them unto
a Straight Path.
indeed have disbelieved who say: Lo! Allah is the messiah, son of Mary.
Say: Who then can do aught against Allah if he had willed to destroy the
Messiah son of Mary, and his mother and everyone on earth? Allah’s is
the sovereignty of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them.
He creates what he wills. And Allah is able to do all things. (Al-Qur’an
"They surely disbelieve
who say; Lo! Allah is the Messiah, son of Mary. The Messiah (himself)
said: O children if Israel, worship Allah, my Lord and you Lord. Lo!
Whosoever ascribes partners unto Allah, for him Allah has forbidden
Paradise. His abode is the Fire. For evildoers ,there will be no helpers.
surely disbelieve who say: Lo! Allah is the third of the three; when there
is no God save the One God. If they desist not from so saying, a painful
doom will fall on those of them who disbelieve.
they not rather turn unto Allah and seek forgiveness of Him? For Allah is
oft-forgiving, most merciful.
Serve you in place of Allah that which possesses for you neither hurt nor
use? Allah is the Hearer, the Knower.
O People of the Scripture! Stress not in your religion other than the
Truth, and follow not the vain desire of folks who erred of old and led
many astray, and erred from a plain road." (Al-Qur’an 5:72-77)
"And when Allah says: O
Jesus, son of Mary: Did you say unto mankind: take me and my mother for
two gods beside Allah?, he says: Be glorified! It was not mine to utter
that to which I had no right. If I used to say it, then You Knew it, You
know what is in my mind, and I know not what is in Your mind. Lo! You,
only You, are the knower of things hidden.
spoke unto them only that which You commanded me (saying); worship Allah,
my Lord and your Lord. I witness of them while I dwelt among them, and
when You took me, You were the Watcher over them. You are witness over all
You punish them, Lo! They are Your slaves, and if you forgive them (Lo!
They are Your slaves). Lo! You, only you are the Mighty, the Wise.
says: This is a day in which their truthfulness profits the truthful, for
theirs are Gardens underneath which rivers flow, wherein they are secure
forever, Allah taking pleasure in them and they in Him. That is the great
triumph. (Al-Qur’an 5:116-119)
"And the Jews say:
‘Uzair (Ezra) is the son of Allah’, and the Christians say: ‘The
Messiah is the son of Allah’. That is their saying with their mouths.
They imitate the saying of those who disbelieved of old. Allah fights
against them. How perverse they are!
have taken as Lord besides Allah their rabbis and their monks and the
Messiah son of Mary, when they were bidden to worship only One God. There
is no God save Him. Be He glorified from all that they ascribe as partners
would they put out the light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah
disdains (aught) save that He shall perfect His light, however much the
disbelievers are averse.
it is Who has sent His messenger with guidance and the Religion of Truth,
to cause it to prevail over all religions, however much the idolaters may
you who believe! Lo! many of the (Jewish) rabbis and the (Christian) monks
devour the wealth of mankind wantonly and debar (people) from the way of
Allah. They who hoard up gold and silver and spend it not in the way of
Allah, unto them give tidings (O Muhammad) of a painful doom.
the Day when it will (all) be heated in the fire of Hell, and their
foreheads and their flanks and their backs will be branded therewith (and
it will be said unto them): Here is that which you hoarded for yourselves.
Now taste of what you used to hoard." (Al-Qur’an
MUHAMMAD OR JESUS?
was an Arab, and the Arabs are from Ishmael, son of Abraham, while Moses
was a Jew, and the Jews are from Isaac, son of Abraham. Hence, the term
THEIR BRETHREN refers to the children of the first son being brethren of
the children of the other. This couldn’t apply to Jesus, since he was a
to the Christians, Jesus went to Hell for three days while Moses did not.
Therefore, Jesus is not like Moses. (In Islam, none of the three
Prophets went to Hell)
and Muhammad were born to fathers and mothers while Jesus was born to a
and Muhammad got married and had children, while Jesus did not marry at
and Muhammad got problems and difficulties from their people initially,
but were accepted by them at the end., whereas Jesus was rejected by his
people at the start and is still rejected by the Jews until today.
"He (Jesus) came unto his own, but his own received him not".(
and Muhammad had power, besides being prophets. They both performed some
capital punishments, for example, while Jesus had no power over his
people. "My kingdom is not of this world", Jesus said in
John 18:36 .
and Muhammad brought new laws while Jesus did not.
was forced to emigrate in adulthood to Median while Muhammad was forced to
emigrate at that stage in his life too, towards Madina . Whereas Jesus did
not have such forced emigration in his adulthood .
and Muhammad both died of natural deaths after which they were buried
,while the same could not be said of Jesus. He was neither killed nor
crucified at all, according to the Qur’an and did not die a
‘natural’ death as could be affirmed by Christians who believe in
58.Have you, as a Christian , learned of Islam and if
so, was it from the true Muslims?
59.As a Christian, do you agree that out of fairness
and honesty you must investigate what Islam says about God, Jesus,
including this life and the hereafter?
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