November 20, 2012

شَهَادَةُ اللهِ

إِذَنْ مَنْ يُؤْمِنُ بِابْنِ اللهِ تَكُونُ هَذِهِ الشَّهَادَةُ مَوْجُودَةً فِي قَلْبِهِ. أَمَّا مَنْ لا يُصَدِّقُ اللهَ، فَهُوَ يَتَّهِمُ اللهَ بِأَنَّهُ يَكْذِبُ، لأَنَّهُ لا يَقْبَلُ شَهَادَةَ اللهِ عَنِ ابْنِهِ وَشَهَادَةُ اللهِ هِيَ أَنَّهُ أَعْطَانَا حَيَاةَ الْخُلُودِ، وَأَنَّ هَذِهِ الْحَيَاةَ هِيَ بِوَاسِطَةِ ابْنِهِ. مَنْ لَهُ الابْنُ، لَهُ الْحَيَاةُ. وَمَنْ لَيْسَ لَهُ ابْنُ اللهِ، لَيْسَتْ لَهُ حَيَاةُ الْخُلُودِ

November 18, 2012

millions who NEVER got the memo

This week Shi'ite muslims are commemorating the martyrdom of Hussein (the grandson of Muhammad, Islam's prophet).  Even tonight as I was out for a run, hundreds of Shi'ites are attending special services as what are known as Husseiniyas (which are different than their mosques).  This will culminate in a few nights with bloody rituals with chains and even swords as they seek to identify with the death of their martyr.

Although more Orthodox Shi'ites will take issue with what I am about to say, essentially many Shi'ites believe that Hussein died as an atonement for their sins.  I've had Shi'ites friends tell me this directly and when I have sat down and read Isaiah 53 with them, one thought that it was referencing Hussein.  The recognition of a need for a savior is indeed universal – even if it is hidden deep in the hearts of men and women. 

How tragic that more than 600 years after the God/Man, Jesus Christ came to earth to die as the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the world, a false savior appeared to deceive millions named Hussein and that today millions of Shi'ite muslims are looking to him, a mere man, a sinful man, to somehow help atone for their sins?  To think that they NEVER got the memo!  Even tonight I am wondering about the thousands gathering literally within a mile of my house in a series of Husseiniyas who have no genuine understanding of who Christ is and what He did on their behalf.  

Blood will be spilt again in a few nights all over the Shi'ite muslim world because they never heard that "It is finished" from the One who died "once for all" - the Son of God, Jesus Christ, Savior of mankind – including the Shi'ites.