Responding to Answering-Islam's Desperate Propaganda
By Sami Zaatari
It must be said without a doubt that the Answering-Islam is a site filled with full of propaganda, rubbish propaganda it must be said. This is the case with the article that I am about to address, it must be said that the article I am going to address must be without a doubt the most funny piece of propaganda that I have ever read, so kudos to Answering-Islam for giving me such a good laugh. They wrote:
Recently I am getting more and more emails with messages like this one:
I really have to thank you for all that you've written on the myth that
the bible is corrupted! You've done a really great job!! I've never
been as strong a Muslim as I am now, ever since I went through your
entire web-site! The more I read about peoples' attempt to deny and
refute Islam, the stronger a Muslim I become!! You've been a huge
stepping stone for me towards an ever stronger faith in Islam!! I
really have to thank you!! Continue with the excellent work and may
Allah bless you!!
Has your faith in Islam been strengthened by Christian apologetics or by reading the Bible? If so, you have reason to be concerned.
Notice the spin that this Christian missionary does, firstly the Muslim message said that his faith has strengthened as a result of the rubbish answering-Islam site, he did NOT say his faith was strengthened by reading the un-holy Bible. So therefore this Christian propagandist misquotes the poor Muslim, and starts his attack from there! How convenient wouldn't you say? The Christian propagandist then says the Muslim should be concerned! He further goes on to say:
I wish it could be otherwise, but the Bible teaches that its message will have one of two effects on people: Either it will stir their hearts to faith, or it will harden them and drive them away. As the apostle Paul said in II Corinthians 2:15-16:
For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task?
What St. Paul is saying is that the Gospel is not merely information that one can accept or dismiss. It is a living thing that draws some people near and pushes others away.
God recognizes that many people who hear His words will reject them, to their own destruction. As He told the prophet Ezekiel:
"But when I speak to you, I will open your mouth and you shall say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says.' Whoever will listen let him listen, and whoever will refuse let him refuse; for they are a rebellious house."
Jesus Himself warned us that most people will not reach Paradise, and exhorted us in Matthew 7:13-14:
"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."
Does that mean that God's Word is weak, or that it has failed? Not at all. For the Bible is not only a call to belief; it is a discerner, a witness, and a judge. As Hebrews 4:12 tells us:
[T]he word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
How do you respond to the Bible? Do you rejoice at its message, or do you consider it foolish and corrupt? Is it the aroma of life to you, or the smell of dead things? Either way, your heart has been laid bare - and your future has been revealed to you, unless you change.
Moreover, Jesus warns us in John 12:47-48 that this very Word will judge us on the Last Day:
"As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it. There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day."
Therefore, do not think that you have defeated or nullified this Word when you or your fellow Muslims reject it. I tell you, you have not defeated this Word, it has defeated you:
Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength.
I Corinthians 1:20-25
I pray that God's blessing will be upon you as you consider this warning. May He give you eyes to see, ears to hear, that you may understand and turn and He would heal you.
It seems Faruq should have learned how to read properly, or maybe he is being a typical Answering-Islam writer by misquoting the Muslim. Notice the Muslim said his faith strengthened as a result of Answering-Islam's website, NOT AS A RESULT OF READING THE BIBLE, so this Christian propagandist is basically attacking straw man and distorting what the Muslim said, and he then goes on a major Christian rant where he thinks he is making a point yet the only point he makes is that Christianity is so bankrupt because he being a follower of Christianity has to lie and distort what someone says! How sad is that, I mean could not Faruq have been honest enough to not mis-represent the Muslim and attack from there? Why mis-represent the Muslim and attack from there?
To further expose this Faruq, and show how silly he is, we will apply Faruq's criteria with the Quran, because note Faruq says that if a Muslim reads the Bible and has his faith strengthened this then means the Bible is true because the Bible said people will reject it and become hardened after they read it. Hmmmm well how interesting, the Quran also happens to say the same thing:
YUSUFALI: And now they reject the truth when it reaches them: but soon shall they learn the reality of what they used to mock at.
The Quran says that are people who reject the truth i.e. the Quran, and that they mock at it, these are 2 facts, many unbelievers who have read the Quran have disbelieved in its truth and have resorted to mockery. Using Faruq's logic he just claimed the Quran is the word of God! Praise Allah! Faruq now it is time for you to take the next step and that is bear witness that there is no God but God and that Muhammad is his messenger.
To further crush and destroy Faruq's weak argument, I produce more passages from the Quran saying many who read it will not believe and so on:
YUSUFALI: And what is there to keep back men from believing, now that Guidance has come to them, nor from praying for forgiveness from their Lord, but that (they ask that) the ways of the ancients be repeated with them, or the Wrath be brought to them face to face?
YUSUFALI: And who doth more wrong than one who is reminded of the Signs of his Lord, but turns away from them, forgetting the (deeds) which his hands have sent forth? Verily We have set veils over their hearts lest they should understand this, and over their ears, deafness, if thou callest them to guidance, even then will they never accept guidance.
YUSUFALI: We know best why it is they listen, when they listen to thee; and when they meet in private conference, behold, the wicked say, "Ye follow none other than a man bewitched!"
YUSUFALI: But (now that the Qur'an has come), they reject it: But soon will they know!
I think its best that Answering-Islam, specifically Jochen Katz stops hiring clowns to write for him.
And Allah Truly Knows Best!