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90 Verses in the Bible say Jesus is not God

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All four Gospels record Jesus as saying, “Blessed are the peace-makers; they will be called sons of God.”

The word ‘son’ cannot be accepted literally because in the Bible, God apparently addresses many of his chosen servants as ‘son’ and ‘sons.’ The Hebrews believed God is One, and had neither wife nor children in any literal sense.  Therefore, it is obvious the expression ‘son of God’ merely meant ‘Servant of God’; one who, because of faithful service, was close and dear to God as a son is to his father.

Christians who came from a Greek or Roman background, later misused this term.  In their heritage, ‘son of God’ signified an incarnation of a god or someone born of a physical union between male and female gods.  This can be seen in Acts 14: 11-13, where we read that when Paul and Barnabas preached in a city of Turkey, pagans claimed they were gods incarnate.  They called Barnabas the Roman god Zeus, and Paul the Roman god Hermes.

Furthermore, the New Testament Greek word translated as ‘son’ are ‘pias’ and ‘paida’ which mean ‘servant,’ or ‘son in the sense of servant.’ These are translated to ‘son’ in reference to Jesus and ‘servant’ in reference to all others in some translations of the Bible.  So, consistent with other verses, Jesus was merely saying that he is God’s servant.

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To a christian, God had to take human form to understand temptation and human suffering, but the concept is not based on any clear words of Jesus.  In contrast, God does not need to be tempted and suffer in order to be able to understand and forgive man’s sins, for He is the all knowing Creator of man.  This is expressed in the verse:

‘And the Lord said: ‘I have surely seen the affliction of My people that are in Egypt, and I have heard their cry because of their taskmasters; for I know their pains.’ (Exodus 3:7)

God forgave sin before Jesus’ appearance, and He continues to forgive without any assistance.  When a believer sins, he may come before God in sincere repentance to receive forgiveness.  Indeed, the offer to humble oneself before God and be saved is made to all humankind.

‘And there is no God else beside Me; a just God and a Savior; there is none beside Me.  Look to Me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is none else.’ (Isaiah 45:21-22, Jonah 3:5-10)

Biblically, people can receive forgiveness of sins through sincere repentance sought directly from God.  This is true at all times and in all places.  There has never been a need for the so-called inter cessionary role Jesus plays in attaining atonement.  The facts speak for themselves.  There is no truth to the Christian belief that Jesus died for our sins and salvation is only through Jesus. What about the salvation of people before Jesus? Jesus’ death brings neither atonement from sin, nor is it in any way a fulfillment of biblical prophecy.

Christians claim that in the birth of Jesus, there occurred the miracle of the incarnation of God in the form of a human being.  To say that God became truly a human being invites a number of questions.  Let us ask the following about the man-God Jesus.  What happened to his foreskin after his circumcision (Luke 2:21)?

Did it ascend to heaven, or did it decompose as with any human piece of flesh?  During his lifetime what happened to his hair, nails, and blood shed from wounds?  Did the cells of his body die as in ordinary human beings?  If his body did not function in a truly human way, he could not be truly human as well as truly God.  Yet, if his body functioned exactly in a human way, this would nullify any claim to divinity.  It would be impossible for any part of God, even if incarnate, to decompose in any way and still be considered God.  The everlasting, one God, in whole or in part, does not die, disintegrate, or decompose: ‘For I the Lord do not change.’ (Malachi 3:6)

Did Jesus’ flesh dwell in safety after his death?  
Unless Jesus’ body never underwent ‘decay’ during his lifetime he could not be God, but if it did not undergo ‘decay’ then he was not truly human.

Bible says that God is not man
‘God is not a man’ (Numbers 23:19)
‘For I am God, and not man’ (Hosea 11:9)

Jesus is called a man many times in the Bible
‘a man who has told you the truth’ (John 8:40)

‘Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know.’ (Acts 2:22)

‘He will judge the world in righteousness through a man whom He has appointed’ (Acts 17:31)

‘the man Christ Jesus’ (Tim. 2:5)

The Bible says that God is not a son of man
‘God is not a man nor a son of man’ (Numbers 23:19)

  • The Bible often calls Jesus ‘a son of man’ or ‘the son of man.’
    ‘so will the son of man be’ (Matthew 12:40)
  • ‘For the son of man is going to come’ (Matthew 16:27)
  • ‘until they see the son of man coming in His kingdom.’ (Matthew 28)
  • ‘But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority’ (Mark 2:10)
  • ‘because he is the son of man’ (John 5:27)
  • In the Hebrew scriptures, the ‘son of man’ is also used many times speaking of people (Job 25:6; Psalm 80:17; 144:3; Ezekiel 2:1; 2:3; 2:6-8; 3:1-3).

    Since God would not contradict Himself by first saying He is not the son of a man, then becoming a human being who was called ‘the son of man’, he would not have done so.  Remember God is not the author of confusion. Also, human beings, including Jesus, are called ‘son of man’ specifically to distinguish them from God, who is not a ‘son of man’ according to the Bible.

    The Bible says that Jesus denied he is God
    Jesus spoke to a man who had called him ‘good,’ asking him, ‘Why do you call me good?  No one is good except God alone.’ (Luke 18:19)

    And he said to him, ‘Why are you asking me about what is good?  There is only One who is good; but if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.’ (Matthew 19:17)

    Jesus did not teach people that he was God
    If Jesus had been telling people that he was God, he would have complimented the man.  Instead, Jesus rebuked him, denying he was good, that is, Jesus denied he was God.

    The Bible says that God is greater than Jesus
    ‘My Father is greater than I’ (John 14:28)
    ‘My father is greater than all.’ (John 10:29)

    Jesus can not be God if God is greater than him.  The Christian belief that the Father and son are equal is in direct contrast to the clear words from Jesus.

    Jesus never instructed his disciples to worship him
    ‘When you pray, say Our Father which art in heaven.’ (Luke 11:2)

    ‘In that day, you shall ask me nothing.  Whatsoever you ask of the Father in my name.’ (John 16:23)

    ‘The hour cometh and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father seeketh such to worship him.’ (John 4:23)

    If Jesus was God, he would have sought worship for himself
    Since he didn’t, instead he sought worship for God in the heavens, therefore, he was not God.

    Jesus worshipped the only true God
    ‘that they might know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.’ (John 17:3)

    ‘he continued all night in prayer to God.’ (Luke 6:12)
    ‘Just as the son of man did not come to be served, but to serve’ (Matthew 20:28)

    How did Jesus pray to God?
    ‘he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, ‘My Father’ (Matthew 26:39)

    ‘During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.’ (Hebrews 5:7)

    Who was Jesus praying to when he fell on his face?
    Was Jesus crying in tears to himself pleading to be saved from death? No man, sane or insane, prays to himself!  Surely the answer must be a resounding ‘No.’ Jesus was praying to ‘the only true God.’ Jesus was the servant of the One Who sent him.  Can there be a clearer proof that Jesus was not God?

    The Quran confirms that Jesus called for the worship of the Only True God:

    “It is Allah Who is my Lord and your Lord; then worship Him. This is a Way that is straight.” (Quran 3:51)

    Disciples did not believe Jesus was God
    The Acts of the Apostles in the Bible details the activity of the disciples over a period of thirty years after Jesus was raised to heaven.  Throughout this period, they never referred to Jesus as God.  For instance Peter stood up with the eleven disciples and addressed a crowd saying:

    ‘Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know.’ (Acts 2:22)

    For Peter, Jesus was a servant of God (confirmed in Matthew 12:18)
    ‘The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus.’ (Acts 3:13)
    ‘God raised up his servant’ (Acts 3:26)

    When faced by opposition from the authorities, Peter said
    ‘We must obey God rather than men!  The God of our fathers raised Jesus’ (Acts 5:29-30)

    The disciples prayed to God just as they were commanded by Jesus in Luke 11:2, and considered Jesus to be God’s servant.

    ‘they raised their voices together in prayer to God.  ‘Sovereign Lord,’ they said, ‘you made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and everything in them.’ (Acts 4:24)

    ‘your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed.’ (Acts 4:27)
    ‘of Your holy servant Jesus.’ (Acts 4:30)

    ‘I am indeed a servant of God.’ (Quran 19:30)

    The Bible says that Jesus was God’s servant
    ‘Behold, My servant, whom I have chosen, in whom My soul is well pleased.’ (Matt 12:18) Since Jesus is God’s servant, Jesus can not be God.

    The Bible says that Jesus could not do anything by himself
    ‘The son can do nothing by himself; he can only do what he sees his Father doing.’ (John 5:19)

    ‘I can of mine own self do nothing.’ (John 5:30)

    The Bible says that Jesus did not consider himself equal with God
    and that God performed miracles through Jesus & Jesus was limited in what he could do:

    ‘But when the crowds saw this, they were awestruck, and glorified God, who had given such authority to men.’ (Matt. 9:8)

    ‘a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst.’ (Acts 2:22)

    ‘he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.’ (Acts 10:38)

    If Christ was God, the Bible would simply say that Jesus did the miracles himself without making reference to God.  The fact that it was God supplying the power for the miracles shows that God is greater than Jesus.

    Also, Jesus was limited in performing miracles
    One time when Jesus tried to heal a blind man, the man was not healed after the first attempt, and Jesus had to try a second time (Mark 8:22-26).

    Once a woman was healed of her incurable bleeding.  The woman came up behind him and touched his cloak, and she was immediately healed.  But Jesus had no idea who touched him:

    ‘At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him.  He turned around in the crowd and asked, ‘Who touched my clothes?’ (Mark 5:30)

    ‘He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them.’ (Mark 6:5)

    Quite obviously, someone with such limitations can not be God.  The power of miracles was not within Jesus.

    The Bible says that at times of weakness angels strengthened Jesus
    God ,however, does not need to be strengthened. Human need to be strengthened; God does not because God is All-Powerful.  If Jesus had to be strengthened, he must not be God.

    ‘An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him – in the garden of Gethsemane’ (Luke 22:43)

    ‘Then the devil left him; and behold, angels came and began to minister to Him’ (Mark. 1:13)

    ‘And he was in the wilderness forty days being tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts, and the angels were ministering to him.’ (Mark 1:13)

    The Bible says that Jesus wanted God’s will to be done
    ‘not my will but Yours be done.’ (Luke 22:42)

    ‘I do not seek my own will, but the will of Him who sent me.’ (John 5:30)

    ‘For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of Him that sent me.’ (John 6:38)

    Are some members of the coequal Trinity subservient, and less than equal, to other members?  Even though they have different wills (‘I do not seek my own will’), do they obey without question the others’ commands (‘the will of Him who sent me’)?  Jesus admits to subordinating his own distinct will, yet according to the Trinitarian doctrine they should all have the same will.  Should one of the triune partners have to forgo his own will in favor of the will of another member of the Trinity?  Should not they all have the exact same will?

    The Bible says Jesus regarded himself and God as two
    ‘I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father.’ (John 8:17-18:)

    ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.’ (John 14:1)

    If Jesus was God, He would have not have regarded God’s testimony as separate from his own.

    The Bible says that Jesus is subordinate to God
    ‘Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.’ (1 Corinthians 11:3)

    ‘When he has done this, then the son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.’ (1 Corinthians 15:28)

    Bible says that Jesus grew in wisdom & learning
    But God is All Wise & does not need to learn: Jesus grew in wisdom, but God is all wise ‘Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite.’ (Psalms 147:5)

    ‘And Jesus increased in wisdom.’ (Luke 2:52)

    God does not need to learn, but Jesus learned: ‘Although he was a son, he learned obedience’ (Heb. 5:8)

    Jesus had limited knowledge, but god’s knowledge is infinite. Since Jesus did not know, he was not all-knowing, and therefore, he cannot be the God whose knowledge is all-encompassing.

    ‘No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the son, but only the Father.’ (Mark 13:32)

    Bible says that Jesus was tempted, but God cannot be tempted
    ’tempted in every way – just as we are’ (Heb. 4:15)
    ‘for God cannot be tempted by evil’ (James 1:13)
    Since God can not be tempted, but Jesus was, therefore, Jesus was not God.

    Bible says that Jesus’ teachings were from God, not from himself
    ‘So Jesus answered them and said, ‘My teaching is not mine, but His who sent me.’ (John 7:16)

    Jesus could not have said this if he were God because the doctrine would have been his.

    Bible says that Jesus died, but God cannot die
    The Bible teaches that Jesus died. God cannot die. Romans 1:23 and other verses say that God is immortal. Immortal means, ‘not subject to death.’ This term applies only to God.

    Bible says that Jesus lived because of God
    ‘I live because of the Father.’ (John 6:57)
    Jesus cannot be God because he depended on God for his own existence.

    Bible says that Jesus’ powers were given to him
    ‘All power is given unto me.’ (Matt 28:18)
    God is all-powerful, no one gives God His powers, otherwise He would not be God because He would be weak.  Therefore, Jesus could not be God.

    Bible says that Jesus was taught & commanded by God
    ‘As my Father hath taught me, I speak these things,’ (John 8:28)
    ‘The Father, who sent me, he gave me a commandment.’ (John 12:49)
    ‘I have kept my Father’s commandments.’ (John 15:10)

    No one can teach God, otherwise God cannot be All-Knowing and would owe His teacher.  Since Jesus was taught and commanded by God, Jesus cannot be God himself.  The teacher and the student, the commander and the commanded are not one.

    Bible says that God made Jesus ‘Lord’!
    ‘God has made this Jesus both Lord and Christ.’ (Acts 2:36)
    ‘Lord’ is used in many ways in the Bible, and others beside God and Jesus are called ‘Lord.’ For example:

    1)    property owners (Matt. 20:8)
    2)    heads of households (Mark 13:35)
    3)    slave owners (Matt. 10:24)
    4)    husbands (1 Pet. 3:6)
    5)    a son called his father Lord (Matt. 21:30)
    6)    the Roman Emperor was called Lord (Acts 25:26)
    7)    Roman authorities were called Lord (Matt. 27:63)

    ‘Lord’ is not the same as ‘God.’ ‘Lord’ (the Greek word is kurios) is a masculine title of respect and nobility used many times in the Bible.  If Jesus was God, then for the Bible to say he was ‘made’ Lord would make no sense.

    Bible says that Jesus was lower than angels
    ‘But we do see him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus.’ (Hebrews 2:9)

    God, the Creator of angels, can not be lower than His own creation, but Jesus was.  Therefore, Jesus was not God.

    Bible says that Jesus called the Father ‘my God’
    ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?’ (Matt. 27:46)
    ‘I ascend to my Father and your Father, and my God and your God.’ (John 20:17)

    ‘the temple of my God the name of my God the city of my God comes down out of heaven from my God.’ (Rev. 3:12)

    Jesus did not think of himself as God, instead Jesus’ God is the same as ours.

    Bible says that God cannot be seen
    But Jesus was seen by others ‘no man has seen God at any time.’ (John 1:18)

    Bible says twice that Jesus was accused of being God
    But he denied it: According to the Bible, on only two instances the Jews opposed Jesus on the basis that he pretended to be God or equal with God. Had Jesus, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, claimed to be God, he is likely to have been opposed on this basis more frequently.

    Because in these two instances, when charged, in the one case, with making himself God, and in the other, with making himself equal with God, he denied the charges.  In reply to the charge of being an equal with God, he says immediately:

    ‘The son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father do’; and directly after ‘I can of mine own self do nothing.’ (John 5:19, 30)

    In answer to the charge of making himself God, he appeals to the Jews in substance thus: Your own Scriptures call Moses a god, and your magistrates gods; I am surely not inferior to them, yet I did not call myself God, but only the ‘son’ of God (John 10:34-36).

    This is unlikely to have been Jesus’ actual response.  Hastings in ‘The Dictionary of the Bible’ says, ‘Whether Jesus used it of himself is doubtful.’ Grolier’s encyclopedia, under the heading ‘Jesus Christ,’ says, ‘it is uncertain whether the Father/Son language (Mark 18:32; Matt. 11:25-27 par.; John passim) goes back to Jesus himself.’ A University of Richmond professor, Dr. Robert Alley, after considerable research into newly found ancient documents concludes that:

    ‘The (Biblical) passages where Jesus talks about the Son of God are later additions. what the church said about him.  Such a claim of deity for himself would not have been consistent with his entire lifestyle as we can reconstruct.  For the first three decades after Jesus’ death Christianity continued as a sect within Judaism.  The first three decades of the existence of the church were within the synagogue. That would have been beyond belief if they (the followers) had boldly proclaimed the deity of Jesus.’

    Assuming Jesus did say that he was ‘son’ of God.  What did it mean?  We first need to know the language of his people, the language of the Jews to whom he was speaking.

    The Bible says God had many ‘sons’
    First, most people think there are no other verses that contradict or give equal divine sonship to other persons in the Old or New Testament.

    For Jesus to be called son of God, does not make him a true son of God, other wise Adam, Jacob, Ephraim and many more should also be considered as been sons of God as such they should be worshiped too according to such method.

    Adam: ‘Adam, which was the son of God.’ (Luke 3:38)
    Jacob is God’s son and firstborn: ‘Israel is my son, even my firstborn.’ (Exodus 4:22)

    Solomon: ‘I will be his father, and he shall be my son.’ (2 Samuel 7:13-14)

    Ephraim: ‘for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.’ (Jeremiah 31:9)

    is God’s firstborn, common people are called the sons of God: ‘Ye are the children of the Lord your God’ (Deuteronomy 14:1)



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Christianity did not bring anything new but copied everything from early pagans.
-we have already known the origin of these Christian names,
1. Christmas, “birth day” of the sun- god, “Sol Invictus” or “Mithras.
2. Jesus comes from Greek name Iesous/IHSOUS,the healing Goddess of the Greek Pagans.
3. SUNDAY, the day of worship of the sun god worshiped by Greek Pagans called Mithra.
4. God,comes from germanic word GUD,used for super human beings believed by the Pagans.
5.Church, comes from Greek word,CIRCE that was the name of the Goddess of the sun the daughter of Helios worshiped by CELTIC Pagans.
6.Christ comes from Greek name,Christos that was the sun God of the Greek pagans.
7. Cross, comes from the Babylonian/Chaldean God of the Sun, TAU AND TAMMUZ.
8. BIBLE, Comes from the Greek word BIBLIS or BIBLOS, That was the Egyptian sun Goddess the Grand daughter of Greek Goddess of APOLLO
9.Angel comes from the Greek word,Angelos, one of the Greek Pagan sun gods.


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gods crucified, resurrected and taken to the heaven, sons of gods dying on the cross to take the sins of the world to save the people.


Horus and the Father are one
*Horus is the Father seen in the Son
*Horus, light of the world, represented by the symbolical eye, the sign of salvation.
*Horus was the way, the truth, the life by name and in person
*Horus baptized with water by Anup (Jesus baptized with water by John)
*Horus the Good Shepherd
*Horus as the Lamb (Jesus as the Lamb)
*Horus as the Lion (Jesus as the Lion)
*Horus identified with the Tat Cross (Jesus with the cross)
*The trinity of Atum the Father, Horus the Son, Ra the Holy Spirit
*Horus the avenger (Jesus who brings the sword)
*Horus the afflicted one
*Horus as life eternal
*Twelve followers of Hours as Har-Khutti (Jesus’ 12 disciples)


Egyptian/Greek godman (combined merely for the similarities of the 3)
*Osiris-dionysus is god made flesh, the savior ‘son of god’
*his father is god and his mother is a mortal virgin
*he is born in a cave or humble cowshed on December 25 before 3 shepherds
*he offers his followers a chance to be born again through the rites of baptism
*he miraculously turns water to win in a marriage ceremony
*he rides triumphantly into town on a donkey while people wave palm leaves to honor him
*he dies at eastertime as a sacrifice for the sins of the world
*after his death he descends to hell, then on the third day he rises from the dead and ascends to heaven in glory
*his followers await his return as the judge during the last days
*his death and resurrection are celebrated by a ritual meal of bread and wine, which symbolizes his body and blood


*was killed to atone for the sins of mankind
* was also the “full measure of the god-head” according to the Ramayana, ~300 years BCE
* was born miraculously by a virgin, his birth attended by shepherds and angels, according to the Bhagavad Gita and in accord with prophecy
* at birth was presented with frankincense and myrrh
* survived a command by Cansa, who ordered all the first born children to be put to death
* wrought many astounding miracles, including healing the sick, restoring the sight of the blind, casting out devils, raising the dead to life
* was baptised (ablution) in the river Ganges
* enabled his disciples to net large amounts of fish
* “transfigured” at a place called Madura
* spoke in parables
* taught that you should forgive your enemies, avoid sexual thoughts, love your neighbor, and condemn material wealth
* ascended back to Heaven in the sight of all men


According to the Book of Origins, the Canon of the Mithrasic faith, “the universe was created through Mithras, and Mithras was born into the world to save humanity from the attacks of the evil one, Ahriman, who was opposed to human beings. Mithras released the goodness Ahriman had stolen from humanity, and then died to the world, going to the underworld to destroy the servants of Ahriman and bind Ahriman there forever. Then He returned to the earth to teach humanity His commandments and begin Mysteries and Rites which would help humans remember His acts on our behalf. Because of His actions, we can choose good without the overwhelming power of evil, even though evil’s influence can still seem powerful because our minds believe it is. Because of His teachings, we know that the purpose of our lives is to serve others in the name of Mithras.”

He was:
* allegedly born on December 25th
* was born of the Sun God and a virgin mother
* created all life by slaying a bull, whose blood gave life to all useful things, hence the song, “Thou hast redeemed us by shedding the eternal blood.” from an Avestan Hymn to Mithras
* considered the saviour of humankind, and stories abound of His healing the sick, raising the dead, and performing miracles (making the blind see and the lame walk)
* protector of human souls, a mediator between “heaven” and “earth” and was even associated with a “holy trinity”
* keeper of the covenant with mankind
* put to death on a cross and buried in a cave (some legends have Him held up in a cave to be reborn once a year)
* took part in a last supper with his 12 disciples (often associated with the 12 signs of the zodiac)
* ascended to the heavens to watch over His “flock” from above.
* was known as “The Way,” “The Truth,” “The Light,” “The Life,” “The Word,” “The Son of God,” and “The Good Shepherd”
* often pictured carrying a lamb on his shoulders
Mithraists believe:
* On judgement day, the faithful dead would be resurrected and light would triumph over darkness. They took part in ritual purification or baptism, held Sundays sacred, drank wine and ate bread as a symbol of the body and blood and even took part in ritualistic purging (purification rites such as flagellation).
* there is a “celestial heaven” and hell

-Other interesting similarities to Christ in Pagan myth:

Quexalcote of Mexico:

He was:
* born of a spotless virgin
* retired to the wilderness and fasted for forty days
* was worshipped as a God
* crucified between two thieves
* was buried and descended into Hell
* rose the third day

Buddha, the ‘Enlightened One’ who spurred a new form of spirituality which is a tangent of Hindusim:

walked on water:

“He (Buddha) walks upon the water without parting it, as if it were solid ground.”
~ Anguttara Nikaya 3.60 (see Mark 6:49 for parallel)

calmed a storm:

“Now at that time a great rain fell, and a great flood resulted. Then the Lord (Buddha) made the water recede all around, and he paced up and down in the middle on dust-covered ground.”
~ Vinaya, Mahavagga I.20.16 (see Mark 4:39 for parallel)

walked through walls:

“He (Buddha) goes unhindered through a wall.”
~ Angutta Nikaya 3.60 (see John 20:26 for parallel)

performed miracles:

“As soon as the Bodhisattva (Buddha)was born, the sick were cured, the hungry and thirsty were no longer oppressed by hunger and thirst. Those maddened by drink lost their obsession. The mad recovered their senses, the blind regained their sight, and the deaf once more could hear. The lame obtained perfect limbs, the poor gained riches, and prisoners were delivered of their own bonds.”
~ Lilitavistra Sutra 7 (see Luke 7:22 for parallel)

Other ‘mythologies’ that compare in one form or another include Hercules, Mithra, Hermes, Prometheus, Perseus and others compare to the Christian myth. According to Patrick Campbell of The Mythical Jesus, all are pre-Christian sun gods, yet all allegedly had gods for fathers, virgins for mothers; had their births announced by stars; were born on the solstice around December 25th; had tyrants who tried to kill them in their infancy; met violent deaths; rose from the dead; and nearly all were worshiped by “wise men” and were alleged to have fasted for forty days. [McKinsey, Chapter 5]

The pre-Christian cult of Mithra had a deity of light and truth, son of the Most High, fought against evil, presented the idea of the Logos (the ‘Word’). Pagan Mithraism mysteries had the burial in a rock tomb, resurrection, sacrament of bread & water (Eucharist), the marking on the forehead with a mystic mark, the symbol of the Rock, the Seven Spirits and seven stars, all before the advent of Christianity.

Hermes the Good ShepherdEven Justin Martyr recognized the analogies between Christianity and Paganism. To the Pagans, he wrote: “When we say that the Word, who is first born of God, was produced without sexual union, and that he, Jesus Christ, our teacher, was crucified and died, and rose again, and ascended into heaven; we propound nothing different from what you believe regarding those whom you esteem sons of Jupiter (Zeus).” [First Apology, ch. xxi]

Virtually all of the accounts of the savior Jesus Christ can be accounted for by past pagan mythologies which existed long before Christianity and from the Jewish scriptures that we now call the Old Testament. The accounts of these myths say nothing about historical reality, but they do say a lot about believers, how they believed, and how their beliefs spread.

“In saying that the Word was born for us without sexual union as Jesus Christ our teacher, we introduce nothing beyond what is said of those called the Sons of Zeus.” Justin Martyr, Apology, 3

“The mystic child at Eleusis was born of a maiden; these ancients made for themselves the sacred dogma ‘A virgin shall conceive and bear a son,’ by night there was declared ‘Unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given.” Ibid, 48

The Christian Christmas song, “Oh Come Let Us Adore Him” was adapted from the Egyptian poem to Osiris:

“He is born! He is born! O come and adore Him!
Life-giving mothers, the mothers who bore Him,
Stars of the heavens the daybreak adorning.
Ancestors, ye, of the Star of Morning.
Women and Men, O come and adore Him,
Child who is born this night…” Murray, MA (1949) 68

A marvelous episode from the about the top ten reasons why Jesus (peace be upon him) is not a god. Brother Joshua Evans confirms that he can mention additional reasons along with what he said and that the reasons are not confined to these ten reasons. They are here in a descending order:
10- God cannot be born.
9- No explicit statement in which Jesus said, “I’m God” or “Worship me”.
8- No one can see God in this life.
7- Jesus never taught the Trinity.
6- God does not sleep, eat, drink, etc. Jesus slept, ate, drank, etc.
5- Jesus does not know everything.
4- Jesus explicitly states that he is not God.
3- The Bible does not call Jesus the son of God alone.
2- God cannot change. He is perfect.
1- God is the essence of the worship. He is the object of worship. Had Jesus been God, he would have told people to worship him. Truly, he did the exact opposite as in Matthew 15:9.

According to statistics from the U.N., Islam is now the worlds second largest religion after Christianity. The U.N. statistics state that the Islam annual growth rate of Islam is around 6.40% compared to 1.46% during the same time period for Christianity. Also according to these statistics, one in fourth people on the planet are Muslim (by birth or geographical reference).
Islam in North America since 1989 increased 25%
Islam in Africa since 1989 increased 2.15%
Islam in Asia since 1989 increased 12.57%
Islam in Europe since 1989 increased 142.35%
Islam in Latin America since 1989 decreased -4.73%
and Islam in Australia and Oceania / Pacific since 1989 increased 257.01%

Major Religions of the World
Christian – 2,038,905,000 – 32% (dropping)
Roman Catholics – 1,076,951,000
Protestants – 349,792,000
Orthodox – 217,522,000
Anglicans – 81,663,000
Other – 537,135,000
Muslims – 1,226,403,000 – 21% (growing)
Hindus – 828,130,000 – 13% (stable)
Chinese folk religionists – 389,543,000 – 6%
Buddhists – 364,014,000 – 6% (stable)
Sikhs – 23,821,000 – < 1%
Jews – 14,535,000 – < 1%

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Ó humanos, temei a vosso Senhor, que vos criou de um só ser, do qual criou a sua companheira e, de ambos, fez descender inumeráveis homens e mulheres. Temei a Deus, em nome do Qual exigis os vossos direitos mútuos e reverenciai os laços de parentesco, porque Deus é vosso Observador.

2. Concedei aos órfãos os seus patrimônios; não lhes substituais o bom pelo mau, nem absorvais os seus bens com os vossos, porque isso é um grave delito.

3. Se temerdes ser injustos no trato com os órfãos, podereis desposar duas, três ou quatro das que vos aprouver, entre as mulheres. Mas, se temerdes não poder ser eqüitativos para com elas, casai, então, com uma só, ou conformai-vos com o que tender à mão. Isso é o mais adequado, para evitar que cometais injustiças.

4. Concedei os dotes que pertencem às mulheres e, se for da vontade delas conceder-vos algo, desfrutai-o com bom proveito.

5. Não entregueis aos néscios o vosso patrimônio, cujo manejo Deus vos confiou, mas mantende-os, vesti-os e tratai-os humanamente, dirigindo-vos a eles com benevolência.

6. Custodiai os órfãos, até que cheguem a idades núbeis. Se porventura observardes amadurecimento neles, entregai-lhes, então, os patrimônios; porém, abstende-vos de consumi-los desperdiçada e apressadamente, (temendo) que alcancem a maioridade. Quem for rico, que se abstenha de usá-los; mas, quem for pobre, que disponha deles com moderação.

7. Aos filhos varões corresponde uma parte do que tenham deixado os seus pais e parentes. Às mulheres também corresponde uma parte do que tenham deixado os pais e parentes, quer seja exígua ou vasta – uma quantia obrigatória.

8. Quando os parentes (que não herdeiros diretos), os órfãos e os necessitados estiverem presente, na partilha da herança, concedei-lhes algo dela e tratai-os humanamente, dirigindo-vos a eles com bondade.

9. Que (os que estão fazendo a partilha) tenham o mesmo temor em suas mentes, como se fossem deixar uma família desamparada atrás de si. Que temam a Deus e digam palavras apropriadas.

10. Porque aqueles que malversarem o patrimônio dos órfãos, introduzirão fogo em suas entranhas e entrarão no Tártaro.

11. Deus vos prescreve acerca da herança de vossos filhos: Daí ao varão a parte de duas filhas; se apenas houver filhas, e estas forem mais de duasf, corresponder-lhes-á dois terços do legado e, se houver apenas uma, esta receberá a metade. Quanto aos pais do falecido, a cada um caberá a sexta parte do legado, se ele deixar um filho; porém, se não deixar, prole e a seus pais corresponder a herança, à mãe caberá um terço; mas se o falecido tiver irmãos, corresponderá à mãe um sexto, depois de pagas as doações e dívidas. É certo que vós ignorais quais sejam os que estão mais próximos de vós, quanto ao benefício, quer sejam vossos pais ou vossos filhos. Isto é uma prescrição de Deus, porque Ele é Sapiente, Prudentíssimo.

12. De tudo quanto deixarem as vossas esposas, corresponder-vos-á a metade, desde que elas não tenham tido prole; porém, se a tiverem, só vos corresponderá a quarta parte de tudo quanto deixardes, se não tiverdes prole; porém, se a tiverdes, só lhes corresponderá a oitava parte de tudo quanto deixardes, depois de pagas as doações e dívidas. Se um falecido, homem ou mulher, em estado de Kalala, deixar herança e tiver um irmão ou uma irmã, receberá cada um deles, a sexta parte; porém, se forem mais, co-herdarão a terça parte, depois de pagas as doações e dívidas, sem prejudicar ninguém. Isto é uma prescrição de Deus, porque Ele é Tolerante, Sapientíssimo.

13. Tais são os preceitos de Deus. Àqueles que obedecerem a Deus e ao Seu Mensageiro, Ele os introduzirá em jardins, abaixo dos quais correm os rios, onde morarão eternamente. Tal será o magnífico benefício.

14. Ao contrário, quem desobedecer a Deus e ao Seu Mensageiro, profanando os Seus preceitos, Ele o introduzirá no fogo infernal, onde permanecerá eternamente, e sofrerá um castigo ignominioso.

15. Quanto àquelas, dentre vossas mulheres, que tenham incorrido em adultério, apelai para quatro testemunhas, dentre os vossos e, se estas o confirmarem, confinai-as em suas casas, até que lhes chegue a morte ou que Deus lhes trace um novo destino.

16. E àqueles, dentre vós, que o cometerem (homens e mulheres), puni-os; porém, caso se arrependam e se corrijam, deixai-os tranqüilos, porque Deus é Remissório, Misericordiosíssimo.

17. A absolvição de Deus recai tão-somente sobre aqueles que cometem um mal, por ignorância, e logo se arrependem. A esses, Deus absolve, porque é Sapiente, Prudentíssimo.

18. A absolvição não alcançará aqueles que cometerem obscenidades até à hora da morte, mesmo que nessa hora alguém, dentre eles, diga: Agora me arrependo. E tampouco alcançará os que morrerem na incredulidade, pois para eles destinamos um doloroso castigo.

19. Ó fiéis, não vos é permitido herdar as mulheres, contra a vontade delas, nem as atormentar, com os fim de vos apoderardes de uma parte daquilo que as tenhais dotado, a menos que elas tenham cometido comprovada obscenidade. E harmonizai-vos entre elas, pois se as menosprezardes, podereis estar depreciando seres que Deus dotou de muitas virtudes.

20. Se desejardes trocar da esposa, tendo-a dotado com um quintal, não lho diminuais em nada. Tomá-lo-íeis de volta, com uma falsa imputação e um delito flagrante?

21. E como podeis tomá-lo de volta depois de haverdes convivido com elas íntima e mutuamente, se elas tiveram, de vós, um compromisso solene?

22. Não vos caseis com as mulheres que desposaram os vosso pais – salvo fato consumado (anteriormente) – porque é uma obscenidade, uma abominação e um péssimo exemplo.

23. Está-vos vedado casar com: vossas mães, vossas filhas, vossas irmãs, vossas tias paternas e maternas, vossas sobrinhas, vossas nutrizes, vossas irmãs de leite, vossas sogras, vossas enteadas, as que estão sob vossa tutela – filhas das mulheres com quem tenhais coabitado; porém, se não houverdes tido relações com elas, não sereis recriminados por desposá-las. Também vos está vedado casar com as vossas noras, esposas dos vossos filhos carnais, bem como unir-vos, em matrimônio, com duas irmãs – salvo fato consumado (anteriormente) -; sabei que Deus é Indulgente, Misericordiosíssimo.

24. Também vos está vedado desposar as mulheres casadas, salvo as que tendes à mão. Tal é a lei que Deus vos impõe. Porém, fora do mencionado, está-vos permitido procurar, munidos de vossos bens, esposas castas e não licenciosas. Dotai convenientemente aquelas com quem casardes, porque é um dever; contudo, não sereis recriminados, se fizerdes ou receberdes concessões, fora do que prescreve a lei, porque Deus é Sapiente, Prudentíssimo.

25. E quem, dentre vós, não possuir recursos suficientes para casar-se com as fiéis livres, poderá fazê-lo com uma crédula, dentre vossas cativas fiéis, porque Deus é Quem melhor conhece a vossa fé – procedeis uns dos outros; casai com elas, com a permissão dos seus amos, e dotai-as convenientemente, desde que sejam castas, não licenciosas e não tenham amantes. Contudo, uma vez casadas, e incorrerem em adultério, sofrerão só a metade do castigo que corresponder às livres; isso, para quem de vós temer cair em pecado. Mas se esperardes, será melhor; sabei que Deus é Indulgente, Misericordiosíssimo.

26. Deus tenciona elucidar-vos os Seus preceitos, iluminar-vos, segundo as tradições do vossos antepassados, e absolver-vos, porque é Sapiente, Prudentíssimo.

27. Deus deseja absolver-vos; porém, os que seguem os desejos vãos anseiam vos desviar profundamente.

28. E Deus deseja aliviar-vos o fardo, porque o homem foi criado débil.

29. Ó fiéis,, não consumais reciprocamente os vossos bens, por vaidades, realizai comércio de mútuo consentimento e não cometais suicídio, porque Deus é Misericordioso para convosco.

30. Àquele que tal fizer, perversa e iniquamente, introduzi-lo-emos no fogo infernal, porque isso é fácil a Deus.

31. Se evitardes os grandes pecados, que vos estão proibidos, absorver-vos-emos das vossas faltas e vos proporcionaremos digna entrada (no Paraíso).

32. Não ambicioneis aquilo com que Deus agraciou uns, mais do que aquilo com que (agraciou) outros, porque aos homens lhes corresponderá aquilo que ganharem; assim, também as mulheres terão aquilo que ganharem. Rogai a Deus que vos conceda a Sua graça, porque Deus é Onisciente.

33. A cada qual instituímos a herança de uma parte do que tenham deixado seus pais e parentes. Concedei, a quem vossas mãos se comprometeram, o seu quinhão, porque Deus é testemunha de tudo.

34. Os homens são os protetores das mulheres, porque Deus dotou uns com mais (força) do que as outras, e pelo o seu sustento do seu pecúlio. As boas esposas são as devotas, que guardam, na ausência

American Survivor of Mumbai Attacks Converts to Islam
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Dennis O’Brien, Mumbai Attacks


The News Journal

WILMINGTON– After surviving a terrorist attack in Mumbai, India, 10 months ago, when armed men targeted westerners in two five-star hotels, Greenville resident Dennis O’Brien did not turn to hate.

Instead, he sought to understand the root faith the people behind the attacks claimed to practice and discovered it had been twisted by the gunmen.

Eventually, he came to embrace it.

On Sunday, standing before a crowd of thousands, following prayers to mark the end of Ramadan, O’Brien, a Catholic, embraced Islam in a testimony of faith called Shahada, where he publically declared that there was only one God and the Prophet Muhammad is his last messenger and servant.

O’Brien, who heads up the education committee of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Wilmington, said the move was a surprise, even to him.

But said he was at peace with it.

“Today I feel free of sin,” he said.

After several months of studies and asking questions of Muslim friends and associates, “I feel comfort in Islam,” he said.

O’Brien said he wanted to express solidarity with Muslims, even though extremists who say they practice the faith “tried to kill me.”

Pastor John F. McGinley, of St. Anthony’s, said Sunday he had not heard of O’Brien’s embrace of Islam.

McGinley said he knows O’Brien is inquisitive and has expressed concern about the young men involved in the Mumbai attacks.

He would not say if the declaration of another faith would affect O’Brien’s position at the church, noting he had not spoken to him about Sunday’s events.

“I think this is part of his journey of faith and we can work with that,” McGinley said.

Indeed, while others called it a conversion, O’Brien said he is not abandoning Christianity or Catholicism. He said he would not disgrace his family by disavowing what he was raised to believe and what they believe in.

He said he sees Sunday’s declaration as a continuation or extension of his beliefs, noting how elements of Christianity and Judaism are a part of the Islamic faith.

He said he hopes to continue his work with the Catholic Church, even as he plans to regularly attend weekly Muslim prayers.

Asked what he will say when asked about his faith, he said he will now answer that he is “a student of Islam.”

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He said he did not consider himself to be entirely Muslim. “I’m a work in progress,” he said.

While most Muslims believe Jesus Christ was a great man and a prophet of God, they do not believe he was the son of God as Christians do. O’Brien said he still believes in Christ, that he ascended into heaven and will return one day.

He said he prayed a great deal about the recent move and Saturday was a day of lengthy contemplation.

He said his path to Islam started Nov. 26, 2008, in room 343 of the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower hotel in Mumbai when he heard gunshots.

O’Brien was there with fellow Delawarean C. Rich Diffenderffer, on business.

The two later said skipping dessert that night may have saved their lives.

Instead of remaining in the restaurant, O’Brien retired to his room and Diffenderffer went to the business center.

Minutes later, armed militants stormed the hotel, throwing grenades and spraying bullets.

By the end of the 60-hour assault, at least 170 were dead.

O’Brien said he peered out his door at one point and saw three of the attackers carrying assault rifles, all shouted as they passed.

While O’Brien, a former Marine who served in Vietnam, briefly entertained the notion of leaving his door open and attempting to disarm any gunman who tried to enter his room, he decided to bolt his door and push a couch in front of it.

Later, his room began to fill with smoke and he tried to make a run for it but was turned back by a wall of fire. He was rescued by firefighters with a ladder.

Diffenderffer, who was on the fifth floor, was rescued with a cherry picker.

While O’Brien cites that night as the start of his journey, he said it was not until a month later that he seriously started to consider “joining the Muslim movement” after he read the Koran, the Muslim holy book.

That was followed by about six months of study, and questions.

“I was brought up Christian and taught when someone attacks you, you have to love them,” he said. “What I discovered as I investigated Islam … I became enamored with the faith and the people I met.”

He credited business partner, Ahmad Amer, a Muslim, with guiding him on his current path.

On Sunday, O’Brien was one of the last to leave the room where prayers had been held — the first full Muslim prayer service O’Brien has attended. He was besieged by well-wishers who shook his hand and welcomed him to the community.

As he departed, he said he found Islam to be “a community of men who have integrity and I want to stand with these men of integrity.”

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real change! people like Obrien are brave. They read , watch and understand the correct path for their futrue.

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Yusuf Islam (born Steven Demetre Georgiou, 21 July 1948), also known by his stage names Cat Stevens and Yusuf, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, educator, philanthropist and prominent convert to Islam.

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I’m very sad that this seems to be the No. 1 question people want to discuss. I had nothing to do with the issue other than what the media created.
No right thinking follower of Islam could possibly condone such an action: the Qur’an equates the murder of one innocent person with the murder of the whole of humanity. We pray for the families of all those who lost their lives in this unthinkable act of violence…
We believe that the civilised world is a multicultural, multi-religious world. That is the type of message we want to get across.I love my dog as much as I love you
But you may fade, my dog will always come through.
“I Love My Dog” (1966), his first single, later included on Matthew and Son (1967)
The first cut is the deepest, Baby I know —
The first cut is the deepest
‘Cause when it comes to being lucky, she’s cursed
When it comes to lovin’ me, she’s worst
But when it comes to being loved, she’s first
That’s how I know
The first cut is the deepest.
“The First Cut Is the Deepest” (1967)
Geoffrey Robertson: You don’t think that this man deserves to die?
Yusuf Islam: Who, Salman Rushdie?
Robertson: Yes.
Islam: Yes, yes.
Robertson: And do you have a duty to be his executioner?
Islam: Uh, no, not necessarily, unless we were in an Islamic state and I was ordered by a judge or by the authority to carry out such an act — perhaps, yes.
Hypotheticals : “A Satanic Scenario” Granada Television (5 May 1989)
Rather than go to a demonstration to burn an effigy of the author Salman Rushdie, I would have hoped that it’d be the real thing.
As quoted in “Cat Stevens Gives Support To Call for Death of Rushdie,” by Craig R. Whitney, in The New York Times (23 May 1989), p. C18
If Rushdie turned up at my doorstep looking for help, I might ring somebody who might do more damage to him than he would like. I’d try to phone the Ayatollah Khomeini and tell him exactly where this man is.
As quoted in “Cat Stevens Gives Support To Call for Death of Rushdie” by Craig R. Whitney, in The New York Times (23 May 1989), p. C18
In Islam there is a line between let’s say freedom and the line which is then transgressed into immorality and irresponsibility and I think as far as this writer is concerned, unfortunately, he has been irresponsible with his freedom of speech. Salman Rushdie or indeed any writer who abuses the prophet, or indeed any prophet, under Islamic law, the sentence for that is actually death. It’s got to be seen as a deterrent, so that other people should not commit the same mistake again.
As quoted in “Yussuf Islam, Formerly Cat Stevens, Expresses Support For Rushdie Death Sentence” in The Christian Science Monitor (1989)
I’m very sad that this seems to be the No. 1 question people want to discuss. I had nothing to do with the issue other than what the media created. I was innocently drawn into the whole controversy. So, after many years, I’m glad at least now that I have been given the opportunity to explain to the public and fans my side of the story in my own words. At a lecture, back in 1989, I was asked a question about blasphemy according to Islamic Law, I simply repeated the legal view according to my limited knowledge of the Scriptural texts, based directly on historical commentaries of the Qur’an. The next day the newspaper headlines read, “Cat Says, Kill Rushdie.” I was abhorred, but what could I do? I was a new Muslim. If you ask a Bible student to quote the legal punishment of a person who commits blasphemy in the Bible, he would be dishonest if he didn’t mention Leviticus 24:16.
As quoted in “Cat Stevens Breaks His Silence,” by Andrew Dansby in Rolling Stone (14 June 2000); Leviticus 24:16 reads : “And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the Lord, shall be put to death.”
I wish to express my heartfelt horror at the indiscriminate terrorist attacks committed against innocent people of the United States yesterday. While it is still not clear who carried out the attacks, it must be stated that no right thinking follower of Islam could possibly condone such an action: the Qur’an equates the murder of one innocent person with the murder of the whole of humanity. We pray for the families of all those who lost their lives in this unthinkable act of violence as well as all those injured; I hope to reflect the feelings of all Muslims and people around the world whose sympathies go out to the victims at this sorrowful moment.
Statement on his website (12 September 2001), quoted in “Cat Stevens Condemns Attack” in Rolling Stone (17 September 2001)
We understand the anger, the anguish and suffering which this act of international terrorism has created amongst people.
What we are worried about is the impact of the wrong kind of response to it. … We believe that the civilised world is a multicultural, multi-religious world. That is the type of message we want to get across. … I think there are many who are Muslims and non-Muslims, who are not warmongers but peace makers and want this world to be a better place.
We believed the unison of the voices of so many people standing together against international terrorism is something to be valued and something to be built upon.
“Attacks ‘no excuse for racist violence'” in BBC News (22 September 2001)
I wanted a break. I had been on the road more or less since I was 18, you know? And I hadn’t known any other life, other than, you know, hotel rooms and concerts and records and studios and press conferences. … and to me, here was a chance to jump off that kind of wagon and see life for real. You know, actually my last album was called Back to Earth. So that was the meaning of it. I wanted to join the human race again. I didn’t want to be a star. I didn’t want to continue with that thing, because so much illusion and non-reality is connected to it. I wanted to be real. And so I — I kind of — I found an opportunity. And the actual point about music was — the imam who I met and who I first embraced Islam with in London’s Central Mosque, he actually told me to continue making records.
On the abandonment of his music career after converting to Islam, on Larry King Live (7 October 2004)
It seems to be the easiest thing in the world these days to make scurrilous accusations against Muslims, and in my case it directly impacts on my relief work and damages my reputation as an artist. The harm done is often difficult to repair.
As quoted in “Singer Islam gets libel damages” BBC News (15 February 2005)
The last place I wanted to return to was the music business. But it’s the people and the cause that matter and right now there’s an important need, which is bridge-building. I wanted to support the cause of humanity, because that’s what I always sang about.
Music can be healing, and with my history and my knowledge of both sides of what looks like a gigantic divide in the world, I feel I can point a way forward to our common humanity again. It’s a big step for me but it’s a natural step. I don’t feel at all irked by the responsibility — I feel inspired.
As quoted in “The Billboard Q and A: Yusuf Islam” by Nigel Williamson, in Billboard Magazine (17 November 2006)
I wrote a song called “Father & Son” about the son running off to do his own thing. Now the story is about my son coming back and bringing a guitar into the house. A couple of years ago, one morning after prayers, his guitar was lying around. I picked it up and my fingers knew exactly where to go. I’d written some words and when I put them to music, it moved me and I realized I could have another job to do. Things just grew from there.
On producing new music, after shunning the music business for over two decades, as quoted in “The Billboard Q and A: Yusuf Islam” by Nigel Williamson, in Billboard Magazine (17 November 2006)
I had to learn my faith and look after my family, and I had to make priorities. But now I’ve done it all and there’s a little space for me to fill in the universe of music again.
On getting back into the music business, as quoted in “The Billboard Q and A: Yusuf Islam” by Nigel Williamson, in Billboard Magazine (17 November 2006)
A lot of people would have loved me to keep singing … You come to a point where you have sung, more or less … your whole repertoire and you want to get down to the job of living. You know, up until that point, I hadn’t had a life. I’d been searching, been on the road.
On leaving the music business in 1979,in an interview with CBS News Sunday Morning (12 August 2007)
I was a sitting target, in a way, for anybody who wanted to make some kind of headline. … I certainly never supported the Fatwa, but when I was asked about … the actual principle of blasphemy and capital punishment, well, like the Bible, I said, “You know, yeah, it’s there, it’s in the Koran.” And I couldn’t deny that.
Interview on CBS News Sunday Morning (12 August 2007)
A big turning point happened when my son brought back a guitar into the house — You know, ’cause I’d given all those guitars away to charity — way back in 1979 and hadn’t really touched the instrument, you know, for like two decades. … So then one day … when everybody’s asleep and nobody’s watching, I pick it up — and lo and behold, I still know where to put my fingers and out comes this music. I said, “Maybe I’ve got another job to do.” And in this time and period it’s probably the best thing I can do because lecturing, politics, God, I’ve got nothing to do with that. I want to just get heart-to-heart, make sure people understand some of the real subtle beauties of what I’ve discovered.
On getting back into producing new music, interviewed on “Yusuf Islam’s New Album” at CBS News (12 August 2007)
Here’s a chance, I think, for us to kind of remind ourselves, of those things we all commonly enjoy and love and share, try to get back together. You know, singing out for a more peaceful world today, I think, can only do good. … I do believe that … a lot of Muslims have yet to learn, you know, the incredible great history and contribution of Islamic civilization — and its become very, if you like, in some way puritanical — that puritanical approach will become narrower and narrower and even become more fragmented. Its that vast middle ground where people actually live, you know, that we have to reclaim; and in that area, everybody should be able to live together. And I don’t think that God sent us prophets and books to fight about these books and these prophets. But they were telling us, actually, how to live together. If we ignore those teachings — whichever faith you belong, you profess, then I think we’ll be finding ourselves in an even deeper mess.
Interview on CBS News Sunday Morning (30 November 2006)
I never called for the death of Salman Rushdie; nor backed the Fatwa issued by the Ayatollah Khomeini — and still don’t. The book itself destroyed the harmony between peoples and created an unnecessary international crisis.
When asked about my opinion regarding blasphemy, I could not tell a lie and confirmed that — like both the Torah and the Gospel — the Qur’an considers it, without repentance, as a capital offense. The Bible is full of similar harsh laws if you’re looking for them. However, the application of such Biblical and Qur’anic injunctions is not to be outside of due process of law, in a place or land where such law is accepted and applied by the society as a whole.
“Chinese Whiskers,” FAQ #18: “Did Cat Stevens Say, ‘Kill Rushdie!’?,” Mountain of Light (undated)
In 1989, during the heat and height of the Satanic Verses controversy, I was silly enough to accept appearing on a program called Hypotheticals which posed imaginary scenarios by a well-versed (what if…?) barrister, Geoffrey Robertson QC. I foolishly made light of certain provocative questions. When asked what I’d do if Salman Rushdie entered a restaurant in which I was eating, I said, “I would probably call up Ayatollah Khomeini”; and, rather than go to a demonstration to burn an effigy of the author, I jokingly said I would have preferred that it’d be the “real thing”.
Criticize me for my bad taste, in hindsight, I agree. But these comments were part of a well-known British national trait; a touch of dry humor on my part. Just watch British comedy programs like “Have I Got News For You” or “Extras”, they are full of occasionally grotesque and sardonic jokes if you want them! … Certainly I regret giving those sorts of responses now. However, it must be noted that the final edit of the program was made to look extremely serious; hardly any laughs were left in and much common sense was savagely cut out. Most of the Muslim participants in the program wrote in and complained about the narrow and selective use of their comments, surreptitiously selected out of the 3-hour long recording of the debate. But the edit was not in our hands. Balanced arguments were cut out and the most sensational quotes, preserved.
“Chinese Whiskers,” FAQ #18: “Did Cat Stevens Say, ‘Kill Rushdie!’?,” Mountain of Light (undated)
“Peace Train” is a song I wrote, the message of which continues to breeze thunderously through the hearts of millions. There is a powerful need for people to feel that gust of hope rise up again. As a member of humanity and as a Muslim, this is my contribution to the call for a peaceful solution.
“Yusuf Islam Takes Stance for Peace” by Ali Asadullah at IslamOnline
[edit] Mona Bone Jakon (1970)
My Lady D’Arbanville, why do you sleep so still?
I’ll wake you tomorrow, and you will be my fill,
Yes, you will be my fill
Lady D’Arbanville
[edit] Tea for the Tillerman (1970)
Will you make us laugh, will you make us cry?
Will you tell us when to live; will you tell us when to die?
I know we’ve come a long way,
We’re changing day to day,
But tell me, where do the children play?
Where Do the Children Play?
I’m looking for a hard-headed woman,
One who will make me do my best,
And if I find my hard-headed woman,
I know the rest of my life will be blessed
Hard Headed Woman
I know many fine feathered friends
But their friendliness depends on how you do
They know many sure fired ways,
To find out the one who pays
And how you do
Hard Headed Woman
Now that I’ve lost everything to you
You say you wanna start something new
And it’s breakin’ my heart you’re leaving
Baby, I’m grieving
Wild World
Baby, I love you
But if you wanna leave, take good care
I hope you make a lot of nice friends out there
But just remember there’s a lot of bad and beware
Oh, baby, baby, it’s a wild world
It’s hard to get by just upon a smile
Oh, baby, baby, it’s a wild world
I’ll always remember you like a child

Wild World
Lord, my body has been a good friend
But I won’t need it when I reach the end
Miles from nowhere,
Guess I’ll take my time
Oh yeah, to reach there
Miles From Nowhere
I love everything
So don’t it make you feel sad
’cause I’ll drink to you, my baby
I’ll think to that, I’ll think to that
Miles From Nowhere
I don’t want to work away
Doing just what they all say
But I Might Die Tonight
Longer boats are coming to win us
Hold on to the shore, or —
They’ll be taking the key from the door
Longer Boats
I built my house from barley rice
Green pepper walls and water ice –
And everything emptying into White
Into White
So on and on I go, the seconds tick the time out
There’s so much left to know, and I’m on the road to find out.
On The Road To Find Out
Then I found my head one day when I wasn’t even trying
And here I have to say, ‘cause there is no use in lying, lying
Yes the answer lies within, so why not take a look now?
Kick out the devil’s sin, pick up, pick up a good book now.
On The Road To Find Out
It’s not time to make a change,
Just relax, take it easy
You’re still young, that’s your fault,
There’s so much you have to know.
Find a girl, settle down,
If you want you can marry
Look at me, I am old, but I’m happy
Father and Son
But take your time, think a lot,
Why, think of everything you’ve got
For you will still be here tomorrow, but your dreams may not
Father and Son
It’s always been the same, same old story.
From the moment I could talk I was ordered to listen
Now there’s a way and I know that I have to go — away
Father and Son
All the times that I’ve cried, keeping all the things I knew inside,
It’s hard, but it’s harder to ignore it
Father and Son
Bring tea for the Tillerman,
Steak for the sun,
Wine for the women who made the rain come,
Seagulls sing your hearts away
‘Cause while the sinners sin, the children play
Tea For The Tillerman
[edit] Teaser and the Firecat (1971)

Now come and join the living, its not so far from you
And its getting nearer, soon it will all be true
Oh peace train sounding louder.I listen to the wind
To the wind of my soul
Where I’ll end up well I think,
Only God really knows
The Wind
Ruby my love,
You’ll be my love
If I laugh just a little bit
Maybe I can forget the chance
That I didn’t have to know you
And live in peace, in peace
If I Laugh
Don’t you feel a change a coming
From another side of time,
Breaking down the walls of silence,
Lifting shadows from your mind.
Changes IV
How can I tell you that I love you, I love you
But I can’t think of right words to say
How Can I Tell You
If I make a mark in time,
I can’t say the mark is mine
I’m only the underline of the word
Yes, I’m like him; just like you,
I can’t tell you what to do
Like everybody else I’m searching through
What I’ve heard
Tuesday’s Dead
Now I’ve been happy lately
Thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be
Something good has begun.
Oh, I’ve been smiling lately
Dreaming about the world as one
And I believe it could be
Someday it’s going to come.

Peace Train – Earth Tour performance (1976) – 2006 performance – Nobel Concert (2006)
Now I’ve been crying lately,
Thinking about the world as it is.
Why must we go on hating?
Why can’t we live in bliss?
Peace Train
Now come and join the living, its not so far from you
And its getting nearer, soon it will all be true
Oh peace train sounding louder
Peace Train
[edit] Catch Bull at Four (1972)

All I know is all I feel right now,
I feel the power growing in my hairThe name of this album is derived from the fourth of the Ten Bulls (or Ox Herding Pictures) of Zen Buddhism
Oh I’m on my way, I know I am,
Somewhere not so far from here
All I know is all I feel right now,
I feel the power growing in my hair
Sitting on my own not by myself,
Everybody’s here with me
I don’t need to touch your face to know,
And I don’t need to use my eyes to see
Oh I’m on my way I know I am,
But times there were when I thought not
Bleeding half my soul in bad company,
I thank the moon I had the strength to stop
Now I’m not making love to anyone’s wishes,
Only for that light I see
‘Cause when I’m dead and lowered low in my grave,
That’s gonna be the only thing that’s left of me
As years went by the boy grew high
And the village looked on in awe
They’d never seen anything like
The boy with the moon and star before
And people would ride from far and wide
just to seek the word he spread
“I’ll tell you everything I’ve learned,”
And “Love”, is all he said.
Boy With A Moon And Star On His Head
She moves like and angel
And seven evening stars
Dance through the window
Of her universal house
Her breath a warm fire
In every lovers heart
A mistress to magicians
And a dancer to the gods
Her clothes are made of rainbows
And twenty thousand tears
Shine through the spaces
Of her golden ochre hair
Sing a song of love and truth
We’ll soon remember if you do
When all things were tall
And our friends were small
And the world was new
Silent Sunlight
Oh I can’t keep it in; I can’t keep it in,
I’ve gotta let it out
I’ve got to show the world; world’s got to see,
See all the love; love that’s in me
Can’t Keep It In
Well I rode a while, for a mile or so
Down the road to the 18th Avenue
And the people I saw were the people I know
And they all came down to take a view
18th Avenue (Kansas City Nightmare)
O caritas, O caritas
nobis semper sit amor
mos perituri mortem salutamus — ah, ah
sola resurgit vita
O love! O love!
Be with us always
We who will perish salute death
Life alone goes on!
“O’ Caritas” (co-written with Andreas Toumazis and Jeremy Taylor)
Give me time forever here in my time
“O’ Caritas” (co-written with Andreas Toumazis and Jeremy Taylor)
Underneath her kiss I was so unguarded
Every bottle’s empty now and all those dreams are gone
Ah, but the song carries on … so holy
Sweet Scarlet
All those days are frozen now and all those scars are gone
Ah, but the song carries on … so holy
Sweet Scarlet
Where’s it leading to, freedom at what cost?
People needing more and more and it’s all getting lost
[edit] Buddha and the Chocolate Box (1974)
Yesterday I was on the edge
Hoping everything was going to work itself out
A good honest man doing the work of God
Trying to make things better for Him
A lover of life in a school for fools
Trying to find another way to survive
I said, ‘Put back your heart, and sing, sing
While you know you’re still living.’
Sing, sing, sing, while you know there’s still –
New Music, new Music, new Music
Sweet Music can lighten us
Can brighten the world – can save us
Oh very young,
What will you leave us this time?
There’ll never be a better chance to change your mind
And if you want this world to see better days
Will you carry the words of love with you?
Will you ride the great white bird into heaven?
And though you want them to last forever
You know they never will — you know they never will
Oh Very Young
Sun is the reason
And the world it will bloom
‘Cause sun lights the sky
And the sun lights the moon
Sun C79
They crossed the wood and hanged him
A long time ago
They still misunderstand him
Those who don’t know
And in the evening his love will lead the blind
In every secret corner there in your mind
I love, I love, I’m ready to love — yes
And if my mind breaks up
In all so many ways
I know the meaning of
The words, “I love you”
King of Trees
I’ve, I’ve had it enough
All those lonely rooms
And blank faces
Had it enough
And I want you, I want you no more
A Bad Penny
Come the morning I’ll be far from here
Slowly rising in another sphere
Home In The Sky
[edit] Numbers (1974)
Dark and empty was the place to which I’d come
Cold and silent was the house my name was on
Nine rooms — and a tomb in every one
Novim’s Nightmare
This stranger had the key
To any door he wished — with his eyes, I say
What kind of majiks, of majiks?
What kind of man —
Can make me turn and see the way I really am?

Majik of Majiks
One is the ever kindling star
King of the immortal spark
In heaven’s eye
Monad’s Anthem
[edit] Izitso (1977)
Don’t you remember the days
Of the old schoolyard
When we had imaginings and we had
All kinds of things and we laughed
And needed love … yes, I do
Oh and I remember you
(Remember The Days Of The) Old Schoolyard
I never wanted to be a star,
I never wanted to travel far
I only wanted a little bit of love
So I could put a little love in my heart
(I Never Wanted) To Be A Star
[edit] Misattributed
Morning has broken,
Like the first morning,
Blackbird has spoken
Like the first bird.
Praise for the singing!
Praise for the morning!
Praise for them springing
Fresh from the Word!
Morning Has Broken, was widely popularized by the Cat Stevens version on Teaser and the Firecat (1971), but was actually written by Eleanor Farjeon in 1931.
[edit] Quotes about Yusuf Islam
Yes, Martha Stewart is going to jail and Cat Stevens is being deported. Man, I feel so much safer now.
David Letterman, on The Late Show as quoted on Larry King Live (7 October 2004)
A flight from London carrying the artist we all used to know as Cat Stevens, now known as Yusuf Islam, was forced to make an emergency landing in Bangor, Maine after his name showed up on a terrorist no-fly list. I tell you, it’s a real success story in the war on terror. You know, we finally got the guy that wrote “Peace Train.”
Jon Stewart, on The Daily Show, as quoted on Larry King Live (7 October 2004)
[edit] External links
Wikipedia has an article about:
Cat Official site
Small Kindness – Yusuf Islam’s charity
Mountain of Light – Yusuf Islam’s spiritual website

an organ robberyHorrid beyond words

Has Israel been harvesting organs from Palestinians it kills? Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, have been fulminating against Sweden after a newspaper there published revelations alleging that Israeli occupation authorities had been harvesting organs from Palestinian victims. Khalid Amayreh in occupied Jerusalem looks closer at the explosive revelations.



The mass-circulation Aftonbladet last week quoted relatives of Palestinian victims accusing the Israeli authorities. The report featured a picture of one victim, with a large scar running from chin to abdomen.“Our sons were plundered for their organs,” said one Palestinian quoted in the report. The report linked the revelations with the recent human organ trafficking scandal in New Jersey involving Israeli and American rabbis.


Donald Bostrom, author of the report, spoke of strong suspicions among Palestinians that Israeli authorities were taking organs from dead Palestinians. He didn’t give an opinion on the matter, but said that the seriousness of the suspicions warranted an international investigation.He quotes one Palestinian witness as describing a case in which the organs of a victim, identified as Bilal Ahmed Ghniyan, were harvested by the Israelis. “He (Ghniyan) was taken away by a military helicopter and brought back by the army five days later, dead. As his family members buried him, they saw a large scar running from his stomach to his chin.”


Adopting a dismissive attitude, Israeli officials accused the Swedish newspaper of committing a “blood libel” and making a “canard” against Israel. Israeli leaders demanded a “clear and immediate apology” from Sweden.Netanyahu urged the Swedish government to condemn the “incendiary article”. Other Israeli leaders threatened to take unspecified punitive measures against Sweden, including cancelling an upcoming visit to Israel by Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, denying Swedish journalists posted in Israel government accreditation, and even boycotting Swedish products and interests.


Netanyahu spoke to Bildt earlier this week, urging him to issue a “public condemnation” of the article. However, the Swedish government has so far refused to budge to Israeli pressure, arguing that the government of Sweden was in no position to condemn articles or materials published in the Swedish press, regardless of whether the government agreed or disagreed with the contents.

“No one can demand that the Swedish government violate its own constitution. Freedom of speech is an indispensable part of Swedish society,” Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt reportedly told the Swedish news agency TT.

Earlier, Bildt rejected Israeli accusations that Sweden was harbouring anti-Semitic feelings, saying that his country had established laws against anti-Semitism. The adamant Swedish refusal to meet Israeli demands infuriated Israeli leaders and media.

Israel is not accustomed to seeing another state — especially a Western one — stand up to its moral pressure. Hence, Israel is worried that the Swedish “precedent” might auger ill for the future, emboldening others to refuse Israeli demands. The Israeli panic is heightened by the mood in Washington under the Obama administration, which appears, unlike previous administrations, to be taking relative distance from egregious Israeli actions.

Israel is well known for its harsh and cruel treatment of Palestinians. Hence, the notion of Israeli authorities extricating organs from the bodies of Palestinians for transplant or sale is credible. Indeed, in January 2002 an Israeli cabinet minister tacitly admitted that certain organs from the bodies of Palestinians might have been used for Jewish transplant patients without the knowledge of the victims’ families. The minister, Nessim Dahan, said he couldn’t confirm or deny that organs taken from Palestinian victims were used for transplant or in scientific research.

During an interview with Al-Jazeera in 2002, late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat accused Israel of murdering Palestinian children and harvesting their organs for transplant operations. “They murder our kids and use their organs as spare parts. Why is the whole world silent? Israel takes advantage of this silence to escalate its oppression and terror against our people,” said an angry Arafat.

During that interview, which took place on 14 January 2002, Arafat held up pictures of the bodies of some children killed and badly mutilated by the Israeli army.

No genuine investigation into the Palestinian allegations was carried out. According to a report by Saira Soufan, the illegal harvesting of the organs of Palestinians, especially guerrillas and freedom fighters, has been documented before the 1990s. “Upon return of the (Palestinian) soldiers’ bodies to their mourning families, the pillage of body parts is discovered during the burial process. The empty cavities have been filled with garbage such as cotton wool, garden hoses, and broom sticks, then sewn up as a result of the so-called autopsy.”

In 1998, Israeli medical authorities stole body organs from a Scottish tourist, Alistair Sinclair, who died under mysterious circumstances inside Ben Gurion Airport. Sinclair’s family sued Israeli authorities upon finding that their son’s heart and other organs were missing. According to one report, a replacement heart and organs were sent to his mother, who didn’t believe that these were her son’s.

Ahmed Teibi, a prominent Arab Knesset member, criticised the media’s latent focus on the alleged harvesting of Palestinian victims’ organs by Israel. “Well, harvesting the organs of victims is appalling and disgusting… but the actual killing of these helpless victims was a greater crime, and Israel has killed thousands of Palestinians, knowingly and deliberately. This is the real crime that much of the world pays very little attention to. This is the real crime for which Israel ought to be exposed and condemned