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A friend of mine named “Abdullah” wrote a thought-provoking article which I would like to share:
Article written by : “Abdullah”
This article critically examines what we do know of the seven Gentile prophets that are explicitly mentioned by name in the Talmud (Baba Bathra 15b).
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:
1 John 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. (KJV)
(The only EXPLICIT verse spelling out the Trinitarian formula.)
Taken from : Theodore H. Mann, “Textual problems in the KJV New Testament”, in: Journal of Biblical Studies 1 (January–March 2001).
When Erasmus compiled his Greek New Testament for Johann Froben in 1515, he neglected to include the above passage. A firestorm of protest erupted, led by a man called Stunica, who had been one of the editors of the Complutensian Polyglot. Latin versions had included it and it was widely accepted as part of the approved New Testament text.
Erasmus responded that he left the passage out because it did not appear in any of the Greek manuscripts available to him, but that he would include it in future editions of his Greek New Testament if a Greek manuscript could be found which contained it.
I was on a Mainstream Jewish site, called “Judaism 101 and I was surprised to see what they had under the section “What does the Talmud say about Jesus?”:
” Rambam and many other prominent Jewish scholars believed that the stories of Jesus are based on Yeshu ben Pandeira, also known as Yeshu ha-Notzri (”Jesus the Branch,” a reference to Isaiah 11:1, a passage about the messiah).”
The position of the Talmud in the Judaeic tradition:
“The Talmud is probably the most important Jewish book, even more important than the Bible, even though the Bible is older and holier. The Jewish way of doing things (halakhah) is based on the Talmud much more than on the Bible. Many of the ideas and stories of Jewish life come to us from the Talmud.”
(KOLEL: The Adult Centre for Liberal Jewish Learning)
“The Talmud was created by the Jewish people and the Talmud has, in turn, molded them as a nation.”
“… Talmud constitute the backbone of diverse Jewish knowledge..”
(Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz)
Whenever Rab came to Darshi he would announce: Who would be mine for a day?5 Whenever R. Nahman would come to Shekunzib he would have it announced: Who will be mine for a day? But has it not been taught: No man should marry a woman in one country and then go and marry a woman in another country lest they [their children] might marry one another with the result that a brother would marry his sister or a father his daughter, and one fill all the world with bastardy to which the scriptural passage refers: And the land become full of lewdness? — I will tell you: [The affairs of] the Rabbis are well-known. But did not Raba say: If one has proposed marriage to a woman and she has consented then she must await seven clean days? — The Rabbis informed them before by sending their messenger earlier. Or, if you like, say: They only arranged for private meetings with them, because ‘You cannot compare one who has bread in his basket with one who has no bread in his basket’.
Understanding the Above:
Many Christians claim that God can do EVERYTHING and ANYTHING he pleases. The Muslim obviously agrees with this statement. However, the Christian will then claim that God can become a man.
This is where the Muslim disagrees with the Christian and the Muslim has to clarify something which should be apparent to the Christian. God can do sensical things and can’t not do nonsensical things.
For example, can a square-triangle or a triangle-square exist? No. There is no such a thing as four-sided, three-sided figure or a three-sided, four-sided figure. It is a nonsensical statement.
Likewise, is there such a thing as a man-god , or god-man? The answer is no, it is a nonsensical statement.
Now this is not a limitation on God , but this is a limitation on the claimant’s reasoning and intellect.
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