Lee Strobel – Answering Islam: Jesus is the Son of God

17 Mar

Ray: Like most people who think, I often struggle with religion and concepts presented by different religions. Growing up Christian, I was taught the Bible and that Jesus was the ONLY way to God. As I grew older and learned about other cultures and their beliefs, I began to grow suspect of different elements of my own fundamental beliefs. After discussing some of these thoughts with my aunt, she introduced me to a pastor names Lee Strobel. Not physically, but YouTubely.

From LeeStrobel.com:

Atheist-turned-Christian Lee Strobel, the former award-winning legal editor ofThe Chicago Tribune, is a New York Times best-selling author of nearly twenty books and has been interviewed on numerous national television programs, including ABC’s 20/20, Fox News, and CNN…

Lee was educated at the University of Missouri (Bachelor of Journalism degree, 1974) and Yale Law School (Master of Studies in Law degree, 1979). He was a professional journalist for 14 years at The Chicago Tribune and other newspapers, winning Illinois’ top honors for investigative reporting (which he shared with a team he led) and public service journalism from United Press International.

After a nearly two-year investigation of the evidence for Jesus, Lee received Christ as his forgiver and leader in 1981. He joined the staff of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL, in 1987, and later became a teaching pastor there. He joined Saddleback Valley Community Church in Lake Forest, CA, as a teaching pastor in 2000. He left Saddleback’s staff in mid-2002 to focus on writing. He is also a contributing editor and columnist for Outreach magazine.

Lee Strobel deals with monumental questions on faith and religion. I thought this was extremely interesting. Check out the clips:

On Evolution (notice the mention of Temple University 🙂

Seeing God in Cosmology

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9 Responses to “Lee Strobel – Answering Islam: Jesus is the Son of God”

  1. adjacent2jason March 17, 2010 at 2:43 am #

    All praise is due to Elohim, the creator. The great “I am” whom spoke, and illuminated the first big ball of matter.The bible is nothing more then a long allegorical narrative demonstrated through stories. It is believed in Jewish mysticism that God created, and left existence to play it’s self out; Not to mention every once in awhile God checks in. So in a sense, we are just a experiment that is ever evolving, and figuring out what the hell the CAUSE is of existences.

    Christianity is so water down, and has venture off from its Judeo-christian roots, that’s its not even funny. Jesus practice traditional Judaism with a few modification. He brought a new consciousness to the biblical Jew, teaching: Humility, Love, and service to other. A lot of leaders at the time were just caught in tradition, and mosaic law. So, in other words,to be christian is to be Jewish, with a hint of Jesus.

    As far as Islam goes, All praise is due to Allah. I think it’s more so a back to Abraham consciousness, if you will.;The men to practices monotheism, proto-Judaism. He submit ted to that entity that place us here, All praise is due to Allah. I think the prophet Muhammad had a lot of great ideas, However he borrow from Judaisms, and Christianity; Put it all together, slight changes, and you get Islam.

    At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what you believed. As long as you submit, and acknowledge that higher power. Live a life of love,humility, and brotherhood. I believed, we’re all going to get to heaven, however some of us will be distance away from the glorify God. To be in the present of God, and be distance from him eternally is hell. All praises is to do the great “I’ am” of the old testament, all praises to due to Allah, and Blessed Yeshua(Salvation) who manifested his essences.

    • amirasam April 29, 2010 at 3:08 am #

      You have a refreshing way at looking at things – not because they are new ideas but because you have a mind open enough to realize the similarities between the great world religions.

      A Jew who believed fully in Moses as a prophet is the first rung of the ladder, followed by a Christian who believed fully in Moses and Jesus as prophets, followed by a Muslim who believed fully in Moses, Jesus and Mohammed as prophets. This is religion in a nutshell.

      Anyway – think how very interesting the Day of Judgement is going to be!

      • Scot Fourowls July 27, 2014 at 5:02 am #

        On the Day of Judgment I will enjoy seeing that the God of the Bible is going to bring His own into the new Jerusalem and eradicate forever the “dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolators, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.” Revelation 22:15 (KJV). By the Bible, marriage is one on one (woman to man), not the four wives per man allowed by the Quran, which would seemingly put polygamists in the “whoremonger” category under Biblical judgment standards. Quran 4:3. Dogs of terrorist war probably don’t need an explanation. As to whether Islam can really claim to be a religion of peace based on conduct (not empty words) after the terrorist violence done in the 21st century by Muslims who keep taking the Quran’s murderous directions seriously — or if instead God sees and abhors Islam as an idolatrous sorcery-invoking rote ritualist incantation sort of abomination that directs immeasurable cruelty to human beings by Quranic principles and Sharia law — we’ll have to leave that up to God!

        As a Christian, I am very glad to have decided to be on the winning side of eternal life.

    • Scot Fourowls July 27, 2014 at 4:45 am #

      Nobody can fairly say that Islam invented in the 7th century largely by one man makes “slight changes” to Judaism and Christianity, or that as based on the Quran it is anything but intolerant and hostile to both Jews and Christians, Indeed, the Quran recommends deception by Muslims of non-Muslims (an Arabic doctrine summed up in the word taqiyya and kitman) wherever physical conquest is not possible, and the Quran’s genocidal passages (there are many) include the following: “… cast terror into the hearts of the infidels. Strike off their heads, smite the ends of their fingers.’ He that defies Allah and His Apostle [Muhammad] shall be sternly punished. (We said to them): ‘Feel our scourge.’ … ” (Quran 8:12 – 15). It’s what Islamic terrorists have done on U.S. soil (death to 3,000 people on 9/11/01, and 260 maimed and injured, with 3 dead, on 4/15/13 at the Boston Marathon bombing) and what Muslim terrorists are doing around the world as I type this note.

      The God of the Bible is greatest, and all praises to the Lord, with no other gods before Him. Moreover, Islam denies both the Father God of the Bible and Jesus Christ as the Son in the co-equal divine relationship of the Trinity, omitting also the Holy Spirit. (Muhammad apparently from the writing of the Quran falsely believed that the Christian Trinity, which he disavowed, was Father, Son and Mary.) Any Bible-believing Christians might want to consider his or her salvation and disdain a false Islamic interfaith “equivalency” according to this verse: “He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.” 1 John 2:22 (KJV).

  2. Jason Hall March 17, 2010 at 1:22 pm #

    First of all here is another non-scientist pretending to know the details of micro and macroevolution. For anyone that wants to actually learn about what it is before they believe a youtube video…read

    “The Greatest Show on Earth” by Richard Dawkins

    released in 2009 and it totally about the proof for both micro and macroevolution with real life examples, number, citations and everything. Let’s see old Lee refute that…

    ..p.s. it blows this idiot out of the water. This is why religion lives because people only learn one side of the argument. Man I’m pissed…

  3. sethandray March 17, 2010 at 6:08 pm #

    I’ll be sure to check out “The Greatest Show on Earth” but Lee does make a good point about the lack of variations if everything evolved from a single organism… Even still, science doesn’t explain life. I don’t believe it can. What it means to exist is not scientific in my opinion. Why things live and why things die is not scientific. Sure we explain the organs and the processes that take place in the body, but there’s never going to be an answer, other than a religious one, for the element of life.

  4. sethandray March 25, 2010 at 6:47 pm #

    I would caution strongly against substituting one’s imagination for the wisdom of God. The Apostle Paul, quoting the prophet Isaiah wrote: “For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate. Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” (First Corinthians 1: 19,20). “Religion” is a man-made institution. The same by which slavery was justified, abortion clinics bombed and the doctors murdered, Catholic priests prohobited from marrying, so on and so forth. The Bible, being the word of God is the only source for knowledge and instruction. There can be no good found in the plans of man, and no trust put in his abilities.

    “How foolish can you be? He is the Potter, and he is certainly greater than you, the clay!” -Isaiah 29:16

    -Seth

  5. sethandray April 2, 2010 at 5:52 pm #

    Good answer Seth.

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