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Allah's oaths

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Submitted by Richard the Lion heart (United States), Feb 4, 2006 at 00:19

What key distinction between the True GOD YAHWEH and Allah is the fact that Yahweh only swears by himself because there is nothing greater than himself. But in the case of allah we find him swearing by a host of celestial bodies. Let's see.

I swear by the wind that scatters far and wide, S. 51:1

I swear by the heaven full of ways. S. 51:7

I swear by the Mountain, S. 52:1

I swear by the star when it goes down. S. 53:1 (stars don't go down anywhere)

But nay! I swear by the falling of stars; S. 56:75

Nay; I swear by the moon, S. 74:32

I swear by the emissary winds, sent one after another (for men's benefit), S. 77:1

I swear by the mansions of the stars, S. 85:1

I swear by the rain-giving heavens, S. 86:11

I swear by the daybreak, S. 89:1

I swear by the sun and its brilliance, S. 91:1

I swear by the night when it draws a veil, S. 92:1

I swear by the fig and the olive, and mount Sinai, And this city made secure, S. 95:1-3

It seems like allah will swear by just about anything. Let's see what YAHWEH has to about the subject. Remember that God Yahweh only swears by himself because there nothing greater than himself. He does not swear by his creations.

"and said, ‘By Myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, because you have done this thing and have not withheld your son, your only son,'" Genesis 22:16

"I have sworn by Myself; the word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that to Me every knee shall bow…" Isaiah 45:23

"I swear by Myself, says the LORD." Jeremiah 22:5

"The LORD has sworn by His right hand and by His strong arm, ‘I will never again give your grain as food for your enemies; Nor will foreigners drink your new wine for which you have labored.'" Isaiah 62:8

"But hear the word of the LORD, all Jews living in Egypt: ‘I swear by my great name,' says the LORD, ‘that no one from Judah living anywhere in Egypt will ever again invoke my name or swear, "As surely as the Sovereign LORD lives."'" Jeremiah 44:26

"For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself." Hebrews 6:13

The difference between the true God Yahweh and allah are obvious for all to see. Yahweh only swears by himself because there is nothing greater than himself. Allah on the other hand swears by anything that comes to his mind.
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