I think what I'm about to post now have been mentioned by others. I guess I'm just repeating some of it here. But, as they say, repetition is one of the elements in a knowledge acquisition process, and for that let us challenge our logic. I can't wait to have the Malay Bible in my hands. How would it sound like in Malay, the language of the skeptical and the inquisitive, in describing these verses of the Bible.
I've taken them verbatim from the Bible, not based on memory or any non-Christian writings. Without any distortions, editions and manipulations. And I don't think they are from Gnostic's Bible. Correct me if I'm wrong and they are actually considered as part of Gnostic's Bible by certain Christian's domination.
1. The Bible tells that God is not human, so how can he cloth Himself or a part of Himself in human's skin and preach His mere slaves Himself, asking them to believe in Him? Has God been doing that all the time? What are the humans for? Can't any of them be His messenger and prophet to call them to their Creator? Even we ourselves, do not do all the work by ourselves. We let our assistance do them for us. What more God the Almighty?
Numbers 23:19 (New International Version, ©2011)
19 God is not human, that he should lie,
Does he speak and then not act?
Does he promise and not fulfill?
2. No one can deny Jesus since God is with him, supporting him with the truth. That is what I understood from these next verses. And he was referring to himself in the first person - "The works I do in my Father's name". How obvious can it get?
John 10:25-30 (New International Version, ©2011)
3. In the next verses below, Jesus is telling that his teaching is not his own. It comes from the One who sent him.
John 7 (New International Version, ©2011)
16 Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me. 17 Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. 18 Whoever speaks on their own does so to gain personal glory, but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him. 19 Has not Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps the law. Why are you trying to kill me?”
4. In Joshua 22:5, Jesus is reminding the Israelites to remember the law of Moses r.a., who was also like him, a servant to the true one God, for their salvation, to love the Lord their God.
Joshua 22:5 (New International Version, ©2011)
5. In Matthew 22: 37-38, Jesus is telling the Israelites to love their God with all their hearts. He was not asking them to love him with all their hearts. Some say that Jesus was talking about himself in the third person. Well, find one man in the real world that does so. He was delivering a very important message to the Israelites. Can he afford being not specific about those message? As with the other verses.
Matthew 22:37-38 (New International Version, ©2011)
Mark 12:28-30 (New International Version, ©2011)
28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
John 20:16-17 (New International Version, ©2011)
6. Jesus prophesied about his second coming to uphold the truth he was denied of. Muslims are waiting for him. And they were not Christians and yes, this is the same Jesus in the Koran and the Bible. The Muslims believed in him even though his Injeel was gone and little fragments of it were found in the Bible written by thousands of unknown men on the run. The Torah was corrupted since it was dominated exclusively by the Rabbi. It was not read in mass or on daily occasion like the Koran. Everyone reads the Koran daily. No one could ever alter them. Most Muslims began to read and memorise the Koran when they were four years old. And that would be the Opening or Al Fatihah. They would continue to read the verses of the Koran until they die, in 5-time-a-day prayers, mass readings or in solitude. They are just ordinary Muslims. The Koran is not exclusive to certain members of the society. It belongs to all.
John 7:6-8 (New International Version, ©2011)
John 14:6 (New International Version, ©2011)
Exodus 4:22 (New International Version, ©2011)
they will pray as I bring them back.
I will lead them beside streams of water
on a level path where they will not stumble,
because I am Israel’s father,
and Ephraim is my firstborn son.
Psalm 82:6-7 (New International Version, ©2011)
you are all sons of the Most High.’
7 But you will die like mere mortals;
you will fall like every other ruler.”
May we find the truth. But, we can only see what we wanted to see. Only an open mind and an open heart can cure our blindness to the light of truth. We can't if we do not have a grain of sincerity in our hearts. We can't either if we have a grain of arrogance in our hearts. Pride is blinding.