Acts 2:38.....Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:41.....Then they that gladly received his word were baptized; and that same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
Acts 8:36.....And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water; and the eunuch said, See, here is water. What doth hinder me to be baptized?
Acts 8:37.....And Philip said, If thou believest with thine heart, thou mayest,. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
Acts 8:38.....And he commanded the chariot to stand still; and they both went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
Acts 16:30.....Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
Acts 16:31.....And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
Acts 16:32.....And they spoke unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.
Acts 16:33.....And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes, and was baptized, he and all his, immediately.
Potential reasons for waiting:
Often he needs to prove to others in the church he is a true believer. (People often come with ulterior motives)
Often when he is baptized spiritual warfare intensifies. Be sure he is prepared for the battle.
Often permission is needed from the family for the convert to be baptized.
STOP Manual, B-63
Biblical Basis for Sharing from the Old Testament The Cultural Mandate: Gen. 1:16-30
The Entrance of Evil: Gen 2:8-3:24
God’s Act of Judgement: Gen. 3
Subsequent Development of Culture: Gen. 4:1-22
The Birth of Ethnicity of Language: Gen 10-11
The Choosing of the men of Faith: Gen 12-25
The Palce of Ishmael: Gen 16:-25
The Moulding of Missionary people: Ex. Lev. Num. Deut.
The Development of the Kingdom: 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 Kings 1-4
Israel to be a model for the nations: 1 Kings 5-10
The Failure of the Israelites: 2 Kings 12-25 & The Prophets
Don McCurry, Muslim Awareness Seminar, pp. 11-24.
fables, legends and fairy tales
1 Timothy 1:4.....Neither give heed to fables... which minister questions rather than godly edifying... 1 Timothy 4:7.....But refuse profane and old wive’s fables... 2 Timothy 4:4.....And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. Titus 1:14.....Not giving heed to Jewish fables and commandments of men that turn from the truth. 2 Peter 1:16.....For we have not followed cunningly devised fables when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 19.2
Legends, Myths and Fables in the Qur’an
The Quran quotes the unbelievers as accusing Muhammad of incorporating into his alleged revelation myths, legends and fables that were well known to the people of that time:
An’am 6:25.....And among them are some who give ear to thee; but WE have put veils on their hearts, that they should not understand, and deafness in their ears. And even if they see every Sign, they would not believe therein, so much so that when they come to thee, disputing with thee, those who disbelieve say, `This is nothing but fables of the ancients.' (Sher Ali)
Enfal 8:31.....And when OUR verses are recited to them, they say, `We have heard. If we wished we could certainly say the like of it. This is nothing but mere tales of the ancients'. (Sher Ali)
An-Nahl 16:24.....And when it is said unto them: What hath your Lord revealed? they say: (Mere) fables of the men of old. (Pickthall)
Mü’minum 23:83.....“Surely this is merely the legends of the ancients.”
Al-Furqan 25:4.....And those who disbelieve say: “This Qur’an is nothing but a fraud he has invented, and other people have helped him with it.” So have come with a slander and a lie.
Al-Furqan 25:5.....And they say: “Legends of the ancients that he has put into writing, for they are dictated to him in the early morning and evening.”
Neml 27:68.....“This is nothing but fables of the men of old.”
Al-Ahqaf 46:17.....But (there is one) who says to his parents, "Fie on you! Do ye hold out the promise to me that I shall be raised up, even though generations have passed before me (without rising again)?" And they two seek God’s aid, (and rebuke the son): "Woe to thee! Have faith! for the promise of God is true." But he says, "This is nothing but tales of the ancients!" (Y. Ali)
Al-Qalam 68:15.....That, when Our revelations are recited unto him, he saith: Mere fables of the men of old. (Pickthall)
Mutaffifin 83:13.....When our revelations are recited to him, he says: ‘These are fables of the ancients.”
This next one is particularly interesting:
Those who disbelieved said, "This is a fabrication that he produced, with the help of some other people." They have uttered a blasphemy and a falsehood. They also said, "Tales from the past that he wrote down; they were dictated to him day and night." Say, "This was revealed by the One who knows the Secret in the heavens and the earth. He is Forgiving, Most Merciful." S. 25:4-6 Rashad Khalifa
It is rather amazing that instead of denying the charge that the Quran contains ancient myths, the author simply says that Allah was the one who sent down these tales!
Apocryphal Legends in the Qur’an
Data Common to the Qur’an
and to the New Testament Apocrypha Subject Surah Apocryphal Literature 1.Birth of Jesus 19:22-26 Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew
under a palm tree
Legends of the Child
Jesus in Egypt; ch. 20,21
Arabic Infancy Gospel
ch. 24 (dating uncertain)
Meryem 19:16-26.....Mary... she went away to a distant place. And the pains of childbirth drove her to a trunk of a palm-tree. 2. Annunciaiton of 19:2-35 Protevangelium of James
Mary, John & Jesus 3:33-47 the Lesser; ch. 3-5, 7-11
Kehf 18:9-25.....Do you consider that the Companions of the Cave and the Bearers of the Inscription were a wonder among our signs? 5. Night Journey 17:1 Life of John the Baptist
6. Jesus Speaking 19:29-33 Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew
inthe Cradle 3:46 and
5:110 1st Gospel of the Infancy
of Jesus Christ, Egyptian
Apocrypha, 2nd Cent.
7. Jesus turning Clay 3:49 Thomas’ Gospel of the
intoBirds that fly 5:110 Infancy of Jesus Christ
(end of 2nd Cent.)
Al-i İmran 3:49.....From clay I will make for you the likeness of a bird; I shall breathe into it and, by Allah’s leave, it shall become a living bird...
8. Cruxifixion Story 4:157-158 Acts of John (before 150)
(appeared to die)
Gospel of Peter (150)
Letters of Ignatius
(1st to 2nd Century)
Heresies – Basilides
Photius (9th Cent.) about
(c. 5th Cent.)
Nisa 4:157.....They slew him not, nor crucified him, but it appeared so to them; and those who disagree concerning it are in doubt thereof; they have no knowledge thereof except pursuit of a conjecture; they slew him not for certain.
9. Trinity 4:171-172 Arabic Infancy Gospel
(false) 5:73, 116 Ch. 17 (dating uncertain)
Fragments of the Gospel
of Hebrews, Origin,
Tertullian on Praxeas
Aphraates (4th Cent.)
10.Angels commanded 2:30-38 Talmud: (c. 150-200)
to prostrate 7:11-18
before Adam 15:28-34
Bakara 2:34.....And when we said to the angels: “Prostrate yourselves before Adam!” they all prostrated themselves, except Satan, who in his pride refused... 11. Solomon & two 2:102 Talmud,
angels at Babylon “Midrash Yalzut”, ch. 44.
Bakara 2:102.....Yet Solomon did not disbelieve, but the devils disbelieved, teaching people magic, and that which was sent down to Hârût and Mârût, the two angels at Babylon. 12. Cain & Able and 5:27-32 “Targum of Johnath
ascratching Raven ben-Uzziah” and
Pirke Rabbi Eleazar ch.
21 and the Jewish
Mishnah, Sanhedrin 4:5
Maide 5:31.....Then Allah sent a raven scratching up the ground, to show him how to hide his brother’s naked corpse. 13. The Hovering 7:171 The “Abodah Sarah”
Mount Sinai 2:63 2nd Cent. Jewish fable
A’raf 7:171.....And then We shook the Mount above them as it were a covering, and they supposed that it was going to fall upon them. 14. 100 years dead 2:259 An apocryphal Jewish
wakes up alive fable about “Ezra”
Bakara 2:259.....Or (have your heard) of him who, when passing by a ruined and desolate city, exclaimed: “How can Allah give life to this city, now that it is dead?” And Allah caused him to die, and after a hundred years, brought him back to life. He said: How long have you stayed away?” “A day,” he answered, “or part of a day.” Then Allah said “Know then that you have stayed away a hundred years. Yet look at your food and drink: they have not rotted; and look at your donkey! We will make you a sign to mankind: See how We will raise them and clothe then with flesh!” And when (the matter) became clear to him, he said: “I know now that Allah is Able to do all things.”
15. Scales & Balances 42:17 Based on the Jewish
101:6-11 “Testament of Abraham”
16. Resurrection of 2:56-57 Jewish Talmud and in
Moses Tract “Sanhedrin”(part 5)
(Yusuf Ali admits to it
4:p.30, footnote 70)
17. Jewish village 2:65 An old Jewish fable
turning into apes 5:60 (Yusuf Ali admits to it
and swine 4:p.34, footnote 79)
18. God’s Word written 85:21-22 An old Jewish legend
on Tablets in dating to BC
Heaven 19. Dhu’l-Qarnayn 18:83-97 “The Romance of Alexander”
(Alexander the Great) a Christian legend of the
Both characters travel so far west that they reach the place where the sun sets.
Both stories have the sun setting in or near a murky body of water.
Both the Romance and Muhammad in the Hadith on this Sura (Bukhari 6.326) have the sun going up into heaven and worshipping God.
Both characters then travel so far east that they reach the place where the sun rises.
Both narratives have the people who live near this place try to hide themselves so that they won’t be scorched by the rising sun.
Both characters then travel to a place where two mountains spearate an oppressed people from God and Magog.
Both stories have these people ask the characters to build a barrier so that the armies of Gog and Magog cannot pass through.
Both characters end up building a giant gate made of iron and copper with the armies of God and Magog could not pierce.
Both narratives say that God will open up the gate in the last days so that the armies of Gog and Magog will sally forth and meet their doom.
20. Mary, Imran’s wife 3:31-41 Protoevangelium of James
(wife of Joachim) the Lesser, ch. 3-5, 7-11
& Zechariah (c. 150 AD)
21. Borrowed Arab 54:1, 29, Arab poetry existing at
poetry 31 & 46 the time of Muhammad
“İmraul Qais’s daughter once heard this Surat recited aloud.
She immediately recognized her father’s poem and demanded to
know how her father’s verses had become part of a divine
revelation, supposely preserved on stone tablets in heaven’”
Dr. Anis A. Shorrosh, Islam Unveiled, Nashville, Tenn.:
Thomas Nelson, 1988, p. 193.
22.Abraham destroying 21:51-71 The Midrash Rabbah
fire Enbiya 21:51-71.....We said: “O fire! Be coolness and peace for Abraham!”... And We rescued him and Lot...