Another article from ‘Abdullah’:
I find it truly amazing at times how people do not know their own religions beliefs yet feel fit to criticize the religious beliefs of others. Many times a person will attack a religion such as Islam for a trivial matter yet do not know that their religion may teach the same thing! The Bible is quite clear to Jews and Christians that a equal standard should be applied to all things, and that if one says that a certain practise make a religion false that same standard should be applied to their religion as well. Let us start off by looking at what the Bible says about the standards we use in the following verse:
A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight. Proverbs 11:1 KJV
Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment, in meteyard, in weight, or in measure. Leviticus 19:35 KJV
A double standard of weights and measures- both are disgusting to the LORD. Proverbs 20:10 GWT
Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights? Micah 6:11 KJVA
Jesus in the New Testament emphasized this message many times to demonstrate that a double standard is not from God and even illuminated us to the fact that the standard that we use for others will be the standard that God will use for us when he judges us.
Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Matthew 7:1-3 KJVA
Paul in the his epistles to the Corinthians specifically tells the Christian congregation to worry about themselves and perfect themselves before they look for the imperfection in non-christians.
In my previous letter I said, “Don’t mix with the immoral.” I didn’t mean, of course, that you were to have no contact at all with the immoral of this world, nor with any cheats or thieves or idolaters – for that would mean going out of the world altogether! But in this letter I tell you not to associate with any professing Christian who is known to be an impure man or a swindler, an idolater, a man with a foul tongue, a drunkard or a thief. My instruction is: “Don’t even eat with such a man.” Those outside the church it is not my business to judge. but surely it is your business to judge those who are inside the church – God alone can judge those who are outside. It is your plain duty to ‘put away from yourselves that wicked person’. 1 Corinthians 5:9 Phillips NT
So now let anyone who claims to be a Christian do as the scriptures say and judge ourselves and use the standard we have applied to others. I shall address a few of the common accusations about prophethood made against Muslims.
(Accusation 1) Islam has to be false because Muhammed claimed to be a prophet and was a Gentile and not a Jew.
(Reply) According to the Old Testament there were many Gentile prophets but only seven are mentioned by name in the Talmud (Baba Bathra 15b), However the story of baalim and Job are two of many stories in the Bible about Gentile prophets.
(Accusation 2) Islam says there was 124,000 prophets sent to all the peoples of the world, is this not a ridiculous number; and how can it be said that all the gentiles were sent prophets? Certainly this proves it is false.
(Reply) First of all the Jews believe there were many many prophets– In fact, the Talmud (Megilah 14a) says that there were twice as many prophets as there were Israelites who left Egypt during the exodus which would place the number at at least 1.2 million prophets. The Bible also records prophets being sent to the gentiles such as when Jonah was sent to the people of Nineveh. The Jewish Sages also believed that the torah had been given to all the people in the world but only Israel accepted it when God forced them to by holding a mountain over their heads (Talmud Sabbat 88a)
Let us therefore use a justice standard in all things whether we are Muslim Christian or Jew.
“O you who believe, you shall be absolutely equitable, and observe Allah, when you serve as witnesses, even against yourselves, or your parents, or your relatives. Whether the accused is rich or poor, Allah takes care of both. Therefore, do not be biased by your personal wishes. If you deviate or disregard (this commandment), then Allah is fully Cognizant of everything you do.” Quran 4:135