Posts tagged ‘Sam Shamoun’

July 1st, 2011

Does the Bible Condone Rape?

A Muslim on Facebook asks, “hussein is this good treatmen [sic] of wojman [sic]” after quoting Deuteronomy 22:28-29. He quotes a rendering of these verses which is off literal translation. His quote, “If a man is caught in the act of raping a young woman who is not engaged, he must pay fifty pieces of silver to her father. Then he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be allowed to divorce her.”

Muslims have asked this question numerous times to try to portray the Bible as condoning rape and their question has been answered. I am not going to reinvent an answer to this question but enlist a friend, Sam Shamoun, who has already answered the same question.

Sam is an Iraqi Christian who is a Christian apologist at Answering Islam. The following is what he wrote HERE in response to Muslims:

Some Muslims claim that the following passage from the Holy Bible condones rape:

“If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, he shall pay the girl’s father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the girl, for he has violated (anah) her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives.” Deuteronomy 22:28-29 NIV

There are two points to note here. First, even though the verse may seem to be instructing the rapist to marry the victim the passage nowhere sanctions, condones or even approves of rape. This is simply a gross misreading of the text. The injunction is intended to instruct the Israelites on how to deal with and address a rape situation if and when it occurs.

Second, by taking a careful look at the context and consulting the original languages of the Scriptures a strong case can be made that this is citation isn’t even addressing a rape case at all. We must remember that the Holy Bible was not written in English. The OT was written in Hebrew, with parts of it being written in Aramaic. The NT was written in Koine or common Greek. This means that if we want to know whether an English translation has faithfully and accurately translated the inspired author’s intended meaning we must turn to the original language of the sacred text. Once this is done, it will become quite apparent that the Holy Bible does not sanction rape at all.

With this just said, the word which the NIV translates as rape comes from two Hebrew words, taphas and shakab. Here are the meanings listed by the Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew Lexicon in reference to these two words:

Continued

May 11th, 2011

Jesus Prayed to the Father; to Whom Did Allah Pray?

What started out as a simple tweet of what I was doing, turned it into a conversation. Thanks to a Qur’an advocacy group. I was texting back and forth with a friend of our family yesterday evening when I tweeted, “Conversing with a dear friend and sister in Christ who is of Muslim background. Praying the Lord’s direction for her and her family.” Within 5 minutes @Get_a_Quran_Day on Twitter responded with:

@HusseinWario is becoming brother in Christ by worshiping the prophet of God instead of God?

And I responded including his or her quotes:

RT @Get_a_Quran_Day @HusseinWario is becoming brother in Christ by worshiping the prophet of God instead of God? //Jesus is God ->John 10:30

The Muslim responded:

@HusseinWario so Jesus is God u’re saying, r u absolutely sure? Did Jesus create heaven and earth?

To which I responded:

@Get_a_Quran_Day Yes, I am absolutely sure Jesus is God and He created heaven and earth. John 1

The Muslim responded:
@HusseinWario and to whom did Jesus pray?

And I responded with his quotes included:
RT @Get_a_Quran_Day @HusseinWario and to whom did Jesus pray? // Jesus prayed to the Father. To whom did Allah pray in Surah 33 ayah 56?

The Muslim responded:
@HusseinWario that’s salat ‘Ala, upon & not 2! Allah, the creator Blesses his prophets & orders us 2 send blessing upon them not pray 2 them

@HusseinWario so u were saying Jesus IS God & now that Jesus prayed to the Father??!! we pray to the One that Jesus & all prophets prayed 2

My response:
@Get_a_Quran_Day  In Surah 33:56 Allah prayed blessings upon his prophet. Even Tafsir Ibn Kathir shows. I know you don’t want to admit.
@Get_a_Quran_Day If you admit Allah prayed blessings in Surah 33:56, then you have to answer “to whom did Allah pray?”

@Get_a_Quran_Day No prevaricating whether Jesus prayed in the Bible. The Jesus of Islam was not divine is not the same the one of the Bible.

@Get_a_Quran_Day The Jesus of the Bible came to show us the Way to the Father. He was God and Human. Now that He is in Heaven, He is GOD!

I haven’t heard from this Muslim since my final response. I would like to continue discussing with him or her. There is no doubt Allah prayed in Surah 33 verse 56. Even Islam’s premier commentary of the Qur’an Tafsir ibn Kathir admits Allah prayed. It doesn’t answer to whom Allah prayed though. You can access it here.

If you would like more details about whether Allah prayed in the Qur’an, Sam Shamoun of Answering Islam website has some detailed articles. He goes into details using authentic and authoritative Islamic sources. You can find his articles here and here.

Muslims employ every scheme they stumble upon and attempt to use it to discredit the Jesus of the Bible. One of their arguments, since Jesus prayed He couldn’t be God. Little do they know even Allah prayed for Prophet Muhammad. Please, pray for Muslims, especially this person who is behind this Tweeter account, so that their quest to discredit Jesus Christ leads them to the Truth.

 

Hussein Wario is a former Kenyan Sunni Muslim. He is the author of Cracks in the Crescent.