Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Muslim asked: Why Jesus had called U a gentile DOG?

Question: "What make U sure that U R right and they are WRONG... despite that U have Failed to answer why Jesus had called U a gentile DOG?"

As a matter of fact, Jesus did not call me a Gentile dog. How can you put words into Jesus' mouth? You have misunderstood the words of Jesus spoken to a Gentile woman and not to all Gentiles race! It is obviously quoted out of context. So why did Lord Jesus enter the Gentiles territory in the first place? Why did the Gentile woman approach the Jews as traditionally they do not associate with each race? Can you answer these questions first?

Now, when I read the context of the passage and not just one verse that Lord Jesus was talking to a woman in the Gentiles coasts of Tyre and Sidon, I am sure that Gentile is also given salvation in the kingdom of God because that is a precedent case for all Gentiles race.

To deduce the significant of the conversation between Jesus and the Gentile woman, let's read again the said passage:-

And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord,

thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.

But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshiped him, saying, Lord, help me.

But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs. (Mat 15:26) Cross-reference: But Jesus said unto her, (Let the children first be filled:) for it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it unto the dogs. (Mark 7:27)

And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour. (KJV Matthew 15:22-28)

Firstly, Lord Jesus was entering into the Gentiles region of Tyre and Sidon after the debate with the Jews about what really defiled a man (Mat 15:11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man. Mat 15:18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. ) So Lord Jesus did not mean that the Gentile woman whom he was talking with, was unclean (dogs) and it did not occur to him that Gentiles race is unclean, otherwise he would not enter the Gentiles territory of Tyre and Sidon.

Secondly, Lord Jesus was using a metaphor to make a proverbial statement: "It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs." Greek word is in fact "kunarion" which means "little dogs or pet puppy" and not "kuon" means "dog". It is a general truth to feed the children with bread first before casting away to the pet dogs. Now it is an anology to show the priority of the two things or the reason for the priority to be given to the children.

Thirdly, the aforesaid event was recorded to show a precedent case that Gentiles race will not be neglected by Lord Jesus and not a racist nor insulting remark on Gentiles race. It is a known fact that Gentiles do not associate with the Jews before and during the time of Jesus.

Forthly, the positive implication is that Gentiles are all the while considered outcast and of non-Jewish bloodline. Yet that Canaanite woman has changed the whole perception for the Gentiles race because even Gentile are not denied salvation by Lord Jesus. I read that Gentile woman's daughter was healed from her sickness. So I am very sure that Lord Jesus will not deny me when I approach him in sincerity and in truth.

God love all human the same way; He give rain & sunshine to good and evil. But Allah decreed for every Muslim to enter Hell according to Sura 19:71 (Yusuf Ali Translation) Not one (None) of you but will pass over it: this is, with thy Lord, a Decree which must be accomplished.

Sura 19:67-68 Doth not man remember that We created him before, when he was naught ? And, by thy Lord, verily We shall assemble them (Muslims) and the devils, then We shall bring them, crouching, around hell. (Pickthal)

Lord Jesus said there would be no way out of Hell once one was sent therein (Luke 16:26).

So whom shall I believe? Of course I believe Lord Jesus who promise me eternal life and not the one who decreed to go to Hell.

Lord Jesus said: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:15-16)

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