Question:

Hi sir,

I am Muslim, and I have some questions. Please do not ignore them.

In Pakistan, where I was brought up, I had a lot of Christian friends. I use to visit their homes and I always felt comfortable with them. I have been to their churches and always stared at the beautiful portrait of Mother Mary and Jesus, peace be upon him. I always wondered: Are these real pictures of Mary and Jesus?

Let's get to the more important questions! In Pakistan and India all, or I can say most, of the Christian women cover their heads while they are praying in church. Even Mother Teresa and her followers are covering their heads. Why in other countries don't women cover because in the picture of Mother Mary, she has a scarf on. Jesus, peace be upon him, has a beautiful beard on his face, but Christian men don't wear beards. What kind of faith do they have?

Why do Christians have many kind of Bibles? Which one is truthful?

I believe there is a God, He loves His creation, and He will forgive those who repent. But Christians believe they are forgiven. Is this is why people do not hesitate to commit sins? How many Christian women around us, who are not married, and they are single mothers who got kids from different fathers. Is it allowed in Christianity? To play around and make a woman pregnant and forget who you slept with? And the same for women who doesn't like her man, dump him and get another one?

Right now I am living in South Africa which has a rich Christan community and ministries for God, but here the crime level is up to sky: little girls are being raped, corruption, 13 to 16 year school girls have kids, robberies, and street crime is high. If you go to any jail to ask any prisoner about his crime, he won't feel ashamed. They don't have a fear of God. They say, "We are forgiven."

Is there any concept of Judgment Day in Christianity?

Is there any believe in Hell?

Is there any law of regarding adultery?

Is there any law about what food permissible to eat and drink and what is not?

Please do not ignore me. Write for me answer under the verses of the Holy Bible.

Thanks with regards.


Answer:

Do you judge a religion base on what it teaches, or how some who claim the religion practice it? For example, do I judge Islam based on the teachings in the Koran or by the militant extremists who claim that are faithfully following that book?

The pictures of Jesus and other people from the Bible are all imaginary. There are no images of anyone in the Bible that comes from that time period.

The New Testament does teach head covering for women during prayer and prophesying in I Corinthians 11:1-16. See: The Message of I Corinthians 11 and Why do some women not wear a head covering? Most of the Christian religions you've run across are Roman Catholics and the older practitioners of Catholicism do practice head covering, but as you've noticed it is fading out in the newer generations.

Beards have never been a requirement in Christianity, or Judaism for that matter. See: Is it a sin to shave off one's beard? Therefore, whether a man has or does not have a beard tells you nothing about his faith.

Regarding the various translations, see: Why are there so many translations? Those in control of the Muslim religion took a different approach, while we know from history that there were several texts of Mohammed's saying written, after his death all but one text was destroyed. See: Answering a Muslim Critic under the section titled "Do We Have the Original Manuscript of the Koran?" While translations exist of the Koran, believers are told they must learn ancient Arabic in order to truly understand their prophet's teachings. Christians work hard to make the Bible easily available to anyone in their own language. A side-effect of the Christians' approach is that the various translations and manuscripts can be compared to spot possible flaws. After all, "By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established" (II Corinthians 13:1). In regards to which English translations have a reputation of being accurate, see: Which Bible translations are the best?

Just as there are many views of the teachings Mohammad, such as between the Sunnis and the Shi'as, there are has been divisions in Christianity due to men introducing their own ideas. One false teacher who has gained a wide following was John Calvin. Calvin lived back in the 1500's. He taught that God decides who will be saved or lost and that nothing a person does will change that decision. Even people who don't accept Calvin's teachings are sometimes influenced by him. Therefore, I'm not surprised that you've run across people who call themselves Christians, who don't follow the teachings of Christ, but still tell themselves they will be saved regardless. Unfortunately, that is not what the Bible reveals. "But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who will render to each person according to his deeds: to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life; but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation. There will be tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek, but glory and honor and peace to everyone who does good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God" (Romans 2:5-11).

Sexual sins, including fornication (having sex with someone you are not married to) and adultery (being married and having sex with someone else), are condemned by God. "Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge" (Hebrews 13:4). Jesus also taught that marriage is for the lifetime of the man and woman who marry each other. "And He answered and said to them, "Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning 'made them male and female,' and said, 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate"" (Matthew 19:4-6).

Yes, the Bible does talk about a day of Judgment. "But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men" (II Peter 3:7). And the Bible does teach that there is a place called Hell, also called "the second death." "But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death" (Revelation 21:8).

Compared to Judaism, Christian has very few restrictions on eating. "For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials: that you abstain from things sacrificed to idols and from blood and from things strangled and from fornication; if you keep yourselves free from such things, you will do well" (Acts 15:28-29). "For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer" (I Timothy 4:4-5).

In regards to things to drink, the casual or recreational use of alcoholic drinks is forbidden to Christians. "For the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousing, drinking parties and abominable idolatries" (I Peter 4:3). The reason is simple: Alcohol clouds the mind, making it easier to make bad decisions. Christians are to remain sober and alert against sin. "But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober. For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get drunk at night. But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation" (I Thessalonians 5:4-8).