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Muhammad: A Lying, Manipulative, Self-Aggrandizing Deceiver Who Cast Doubt On Jesus' Messiahship And On Trustworthiness Of The Bible, New Age Gurus And Dangerous New Revelations, Mixing Truth With His Lies Is The Devil's Age-Old Technique, Muhammad Claimed The Right To Discard Portions Of The Bible And Replace Them With His Own "Improved" Revelations, New Age Thought And The Qur'an Both Try To Rewrite The Bible, Muhammad Capitalized On Differences Between Christians And Jews In Order To Exalt Islam, Muhammad Preached A Religion Of Good Works And Rejected Necessity Of Christ's Sacrifice, Followers Of Islam Don't Believe Jesus Died On The Cross, Modern Judaism And Islam Are Co-Partners In Rebellion And Sin Because They Reject Christ As The Savior Of The World, Let No Man Call God A Liar, Muslims Don't Accept The Gospel, Jesus Preached The Good News And Glad Tidings Of Salvation, Both Jews And Muslims Reject Associating Any Deity With God
Based on what I have read in the Qur'an, there is no doubt in my mind that Muhammad -- the prophet of Islam -- was a lying, manipulative and self-aggrandizing deceiver, who preached a dangerous doctrine of devils, which has deceived the souls of billions of people, and led them astray from the truth of the Bible, for almost fourteen hundred years now. Muhammad's goal was to found a new religion, in which he established himself as the greatest prophet of all time. As we saw earlier in the series, in order to achieve this objective, Muhammad found it necessary to demote Jesus as the Son of God and Savior of the world, and to place Him in the ranks of other Prophets, who did not require that they be worshipped.
But this willful act of casting down the Son of God was not enough. In addition to casting doubt upon Jesus' Messiahship, Muhammad also had to cast doubt upon the trustworthiness of the Holy Scriptures, particularly upon the New Testament, in order to elevate the importance of his own writings in the Qur'an, which, as we know, contradict what we are taught in the Bible, concerning the Divine Mission and Role of Jesus Christ as the only Savior of the world. But how Muhammad goes about accomplishing this goal is rather subtle. In the verse that follows from Surah Three, Muhammad claims to accept the Bible as the inspired Word of God:
3: 4. "HE has sent down to thee the Book containing the truth and fulfilling that which precedes it; and HE has sent down the Torah and the Gospel before this, as a guidance to the people; and HE has sent down the Discrimination."
In the previous verse, I believe that when Muhammad uses the phrase "the Book", he's referring to the full canonical Bible which was compiled several centuries earlier. This would help to explain why he then adds "the Torah and the Gospel before this". In other words, before the complete Bible was compiled several hundred years after the time of Christ. However, once Muhammad claims to accept the Bible, only four verses he adds that the problem is that some of it has been misinterpreted, as we see here:
3: 8. "HE it is who has sent down to thee the Book; in it there are verses that are firm and decisive in meaning - they are the basis of the Book - and there are others that are susceptible of different interpretations. But those in whose hearts is perversity pursue such thereof as are susceptible of different interpretations, seeking to cause discord and seeking wrong interpretations of it. And none knows it except ALLAH and those who are firmly grounded in knowledge; they say, 'We believe in it; the whole is from our Lord.' - And none take heed except those gifted with understanding -"
Now, on the surface, what Muhammad is saying appears to be the truth. In other words, as honest Christians, even we can admit that there are certain portions of the Bible that are very easy to understand. These are the parts which Muhammad refers to as being "firm and decisive in meaning". But there are other more profound parts of the Bible which are open to a lot of different interpretations. Furthermore, as we saw in part three, there have always been people who will take certain ambiguous verses from the Bible, and corrupt their meaning in order to achieve their own unscrupulous goals. So what Muhammad is saying is true in that regard.
However, it is the final part of the previous verse from the Qur'an which should cause alarm amongst Christians; because what Muhammad appears to be inferring, is that while certain people believe that the whole Bible is inspired by God -- he says "the whole is from our Lord" -- he doesn't believe that this is necessarily so; but only people who are "gifted with understanding" will realize this; at least so says Muhammad.
Some of you who are reading this series are undoubtedly aware of the fact that one popular approach that is used by certain New Age adherents, such as the people who support and promote the demonic work known as the Urantia Book -- or the Unbelief Book as I prefer to call it -- is to say that God has given them "new revelations" for a New Age. Similar to Muhammad, some of these people also claim that the Bible contains many errors, misunderstandings, misquotations, and outright lies. These misguided deceivers claim that through their so-called "new revelations", God is simply clearing things up for us, and giving us a better understanding regarding what He really said and meant when He spoke through the Prophets and Holy Men of ages past.
If you are a long-time reader of my work, then you no doubt already know my views concerning this New Age nonsense. It's nothing but poisonous psychobabble and lies, spun in Satan's workshops of deception. Of course, as I explain in a number of my articles, Satan has been relying upon this technique of mixing the truth with lies for a very long time; so it should come as no surprise to us that Muhammad likewise became one of his pawns fourteen hundred years ago. While claiming that Islam accepts the Bible as a previous inspired Word of God, Muhammad then proceeds to inform us that nevertheless, some updating and clarification of its contents is required, even if it results in protests from us Christian believers, as we see by the following verses:
2:106-107. "They who disbelieve from among the people of the Book, or from among those who associate gods with ALLAH, desire not that any good should be sent down to you from your Lord; but ALLAH chooses for HIS mercy whomsoever HE pleases; and ALLAH is Lord of exceeding bounty. Whatever message WE abrogate or cause to be forgotten, WE bring one better than that or the like thereof. Knowest thou not that ALLAH has the power to do all that HE wills ?"
What Muhammad is actually saying in those two verses is that unbelievers -- meaning people who accept the Bible, but who reject Muhammad's message -- don't want him to receive any "new revelations" from Allah. However, Allah chooses whoever he will to receive these new revelations; meaning, of course, Muhammad. He then goes on to say that if they -- meaning the beings in the Muslim spiritual hierarchy -- break or discard anything from the Bible, we really shouldn't worry about it, because the "newer revelations" which are being revealed to Muhammad will be equal to, or even better than, the Biblical passages which have been discarded.
As I noted earlier, this is exactly what we find happening in New Age thought as well. For example, the Urantia Book falsely claims to tie up loose ends in order to bring unity to different ideas, and to questions that remain unanswered in the Bible. In the Qur'an, Muhammad makes this very same claim. In other words, both New Age adherents, and Muhammad, are trying to rewrite, or at least trying to reinterpret, the Bible according to their own whims. The following verse that is found in Surah Two provides additional proof that Muhammad was intent on corrupting the central truth of the Scriptures:
2:214. "Mankind were one community, then they differed among themselves, so ALLAH raised Prophets as bearers of good tidings and as warners, and sent down with them the book containing the truth that HE might judge between the people wherein they differed. But then they began to differ about the Book, and none differed about it except those to whom it was given, after clear Signs had come to them, out of envy towards one another. Now has ALLAH, by HIS command, guided the believers to the truth in regard to which they (the unbelievers) differed; and ALLAH guides whomsoever HE pleases to the right path."
Again we see that Satan -- via his pawn Muhammad -- mixes a degree of truth with his lies. He purposely says something which he knows a lot of people will agree with; and that is that a great division has indeed existed between the people of the Book -- meaning Christians and Jews -- as a result of Jesus Christ. But there is no need for us to worry, because as Muhammad writes, "Now has ALLAH, by HIS command, guided the believers to the truth in regard to which they (the unbelievers) differed". Exactly what is this truth that will supposedly bridge the gap and unite all Christians, Jews and Muslims?
As it will become very clear to you by the time that you've finished reading this series, and as I have already stated a number of times, this "truth" is that Jesus is not
the Son of God, or the Savior of the world who died for the sins of mankind. Muhammad is persuaded that by removing this Divine Status from Jesus, we can all live in peaceful agreement and coexistence. This same tactic of mixing a degree of truth in with his lies is used throughout the Qur'an by Muhammad. Not only that, but Muhammad repeatedly uses the differences that exist between Jews and Christians, as a means to exalt Islam. We see this same subtle approach being used quite clearly in verses such as the following:
2:112-114 "And they say. 'None shall enter Heaven unless he be a Jew or a Christian.' These are their vain desires. Say, 'Produce your proof, if you are truthful.' Nay, whosoever submits himself completely to ALLAH and he is the doer of good, shall have his reward from his Lord. No fear shall come on them nor shall they grieve. And the Jews say, 'The Christians stand on nothing' and the Christians say, 'The Jews stand on nothing;' while they both read the same book. Even thus said those, who had no knowledge, like what they say. But ALLAH shall judge between them on the Day of Resurrection concerning that wherein they disagree."
What Muhammad is basically saying is that the Jews say one thing, while the Christians say another, but God will sort it all out on the Day of Resurrection. While this is indeed true, it is what Muhammad says next that is both deceptive and dangerous, because once again he purposely omits Jesus as a necessary part of God's Salvation Equation. Muhammad rationalizes that all we have to do is submit ourselves to the will of Allah -- which is what the word "Muslim" means -- by doing good deeds, and in his view, it will be enough for us to obtain our Eternal Reward. But tell me; how can a Muslim claim to be submitting to Allah, or to God, or even claim to believe in all of His Words, when he denies the Divine Sacrifice of God's Son?
But you see, that is the gist of the matter: Muslims don't believe that God's Word says that Jesus is the Son of God; and as I mentioned earlier, this key point will become even more evident to you as we continue our discussion concerning Islam and the teachings of its false prophet, Muhammad.
Of equal importance is the fact that, as I have explained many times throughout my writings, any attempt on our part to merit Eternal Life through our own good deeds, without acknowledging the Sacrifice of Jesus Christ, amounts to a religion of works, and it simply will not suffice in God's eyes. The reason why this is so, is because according to the laws of the Old Testament concerning sin, the only way to atone for sin is through a blood sacrifice; which is why it became necessary for Jesus to make the Final Atonement for our sins on Calvary almost two thousand years ago. For more information concerning this topic, please consider reading such articles as "The Blood Atonement: In Jesus' Own Words", "Message To The World", "Is Jesus The Only Begotten Son Of God?" and similar articles which deal with the issue of Salvation.
Furthermore, as Jesus made it very clear in the Gospels, He and His Father are a package deal. We cannot accept the one without the other; and to deny the one, is to likewise deny the other, which is exactly what Muslims do. Consider these following verses that are found in the Gospels:
"He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me."
Matthew 10:40, KJV
"He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me."
Luke 10:16, KJV
"I and my Father are one . . . If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him."
John 10:30, 37-38, KJV
As you will see by the following extracts taken from various surahs of the Qur'an, there is absolutely no doubt that the followers of Islam not only do not believe that Jesus is the Son of God, but neither do they believe that He died a cruel death on a Roman cross for the sins of the world.
As I've already stated, the followers of Islam quite readily accept that Jesus was sent by God. They even acknowledge that He fulfilled Old Testament Scriptures and that He was a great Prophet of God; but as far as His Crucifixion is concerned, they simply deny that it ever happened, due to the lies that are told by their false prophet -- Muhammad -- in the Qur'an. The followers of Islam are convinced that Christ's death on the Cross was a deceitful trick, and that Allah prevented it from ever happening. Muslims also claim that His Disciples are confused about the matter. Finally, Muhammad claims that Jesus lived out a full life on Earth, and then died a natural death. The followers of Islam believe that Jesus is currently waiting to be resurrected from the dead, just like everyone else. Here then is the Qur'an's account of what supposedly happened to Jesus:
5:47. "And WE caused Jesus, son of Mary, to follow in their footsteps, fulfilling that which was revealed before him in the Torah; and WE gave him the Gospel which contained guidance and light, fulfilling that which was revealed before him in the Torah; and a guidance and an admonition for the God-fearing."
4:158. "And for their saying, 'We did slay the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, the Messenger of ALLAH;' whereas they slew him not, nor did they bring about his death upon the cross, but he was made to appear to them like one crucified; and those who differ therein are certainly in a state of doubt about it; they have no certain knowledge thereof, but only pursue a conjecture; and they did not arrive at a certainty concerning it."
3:56. "Remember the time when ALLAH said' 'O Jesus, I will cause thee to die a natural death and will raise thee to Myself, and will clear thee of the charges of those who disbelieve, and will exalt those who follow thee above those who disbelieve, until the Day of Resurrection; then to ME shall be your return, and I will judge between you concerning that wherein you differ."
3:60-63. "Surely the case of Jesus is like the case of Adam. HE created him out of dust, then he said to him, "Be', and he was. This is the truth from thy Lord, so be thou not of those who doubt. Now whoso disputes with thee concerning him, after what has come to thee of Knowledge, say to him 'Come, let us call our sons and your sons, and our women and your women, and our people and your people; then let us pray fervently and invoke the curse of ALLAH on those who lie. This certainly is the true account. There is none worthy of worship save ALLAH; and surely, it is ALLAH Who is the Mighty, the Wise."
5:111. "When ALLAH will say, 'O Jesus son of Mary, remember MY favour upon thee and upon thy mother; When I strengthened thee with the spirit of holiness so that thou didst speak to the people in the cradle and when of middle age; and when I taught thee the Book and the wisdom and the Torah and the Gospel; and when thou didst fashion a creation out of clay, in the likeness of a bird, by MY command; then thou didst breathe into it a new spirit and it became a soaring being by MY command; and thou didst heal the night-blind and the leprous by MY command; and when thou didst raise the dead by MY command; and when I restrained the Children of Israel from putting thee to death when thou didst come to them with clear Signs; and those who disbelieved from among them said, 'This is nothing but clear deception.'"
9:30. "And the Jews say, 'Ezra is the son of ALLAH,' and the Christians say, 'the Messiah is the son of ALLAH;' that is what they say with their mouths. They only imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before them. ALLAH's curse be on them ! How they are turned away."
So as you can plainly see by the previous verses, Muhammad's solution to anyone who continues to insist that Jesus is the Son of God who died for the sins of the world, and who was raised from the dead on the third day, is simply to claim that they have turned away from the truth, and to curse them all in the name of Allah.
The reality of the situation -- as I have long believed -- is that the Jews and the Muslims are guilty of the very same sin of unbelief in Jesus Christ being the Son of God who died for the sins of the world. While the followers of Islam believe that Jesus didn't really die on the Cross, as I've mentioned before, according to Matthew chapter twenty-eight, the Jews concocted the story that following His Death on the Cross, the Disciples simply stole His body, and Jesus wasn't really raised from the dead. In fact, the Jewish Elders bribed the soldiers who had watched over Jesus' grave with money. Here is the account as told by Matthew:
"Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you. So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day."
Matthew 28:11-15, KJV
What we see then, is that both modern Judaism and Islam are based on one central lie: absolute denial of Jesus' role as the Son of God, and the Savior of the world. Both of these religions can claim to believe in the One True God, but by denying what God chose to do through Christ, they've become false, deceptive religions which do not lead to Salvation of any kind. Furthermore, by denying Christ's role, they are in essence calling God and His Holy Word a lie. As you may know, the Bible has some very strong things to say concerning this issue, as we see by the following verses:
"God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?"
Numbers 23:19, KJV
"God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged."
Romans 3:4, KJV
"In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;"
Titus 1:2, KJV
"Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it."
John 8:44, KJV
"Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son."
1 John 2:22, KJV
"He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son."
1 John 5:10, KJV
"If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us."
1 John 1:10, KJV
In previous verses from the Qur'an, I have demonstrated how the followers of Islam claim to accept the Gospel; yet if we stop to examine the actual meaning of the word, we realize that this really isn't the case whatsoever. Our English word "Gospel" is derived from the Greek word "euaggelion", which means to bring or to proclaim good news, or to announce glad tidings. Here is a more amplified definition of the word:
----- Begin Quote -----
1) a reward for good tidings
2) good tidings
2a) the glad tidings of the kingdom of God soon to be set
up, and subsequently also of Jesus the Messiah, the
founder of this kingdom. After the death of Christ,
the term comprises also the preaching of (concerning)
Jesus Christ as having suffered death on the cross to
procure eternal salvation for the men in the kingdom
of God, but as restored to life and exalted to the
right hand of God in heaven, thence to return in
majesty to consummate the kingdom of God
2b) the glad tidings of salvation through Christ
2c) the proclamation of the grace of God manifest and
pledged in Christ
----- End Quote -----
These are the same glad, or good, tidings that the Prophet Isaiah was referring to when he wrote the following lines: over twenty-five hundred years ago:
"How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!"
Isaiah 52:7, KJV
"The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;"
Isaiah 61:1-2, KJV
In the previous verses, the Hebrew equivalent for the phrase "good tidings" is the word "basar". What I find particularly interesting about these verses is the fact that they are one of the very first prophecies that Jesus quoted when He began His public ministry in the synagogue at Nazareth, as we see by the following verses that are found in the Gospel of Luke:
"And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears."
Luke 4:16-21, KJV
From the previous information, it is plain to see then, that the actual meaning of the word "Gospel" is the good news, or the glad tidings, that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to our world, in order to die for the sins of humankind, so that we can inherit Eternal Life through repentance and belief in His Name. This is what is meant by the word "Gospel"; and it is the central tenet of our faith, which both the followers of Islam, and most Jews, soundly reject. Through their sound rejection of Jesus Christ -- who is the only-begotten Son of God, and the only Mediator between God and man who died on a Roman Cross for the sins of the world, and thus became the Firstfruits of the Resurrection of the dead -- these faiths, Islam and Judaism, have become false religions, which lead to damnation, rather than to Salvation. They are co-partners in rebellion and sin against the Words of the Most High God.
Concerning the unbelieving Jews, in spite of the fact that Jesus fulfilled literally hundreds of ancient Old Testament prophecies through His Birth, Life, Death, and Resurrection, the stubborn Jewish hierarchy of that time rejected Him as the foretold Messiah, or Moshiach; and the majority of their descendants have continued this misguided practice to this very day. While many of the common people were aware of and expected the coming Messiah, and gladly received Jesus when He arrived, the Council of Seventy -- who were known as the Sanhedrin, and who also were aware of the Scriptures -- in the end clung to their "only-one-God" mentality, as we can see by the following verses:
"And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:"
Mark 12:32, KJV
"Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God."
John 5:18, KJV
Just like the followers of Islam, the Jews were willing to accept Jesus as a Great Teacher and a Prophet come from God, but not as the Son of God, or the promised Messiah, in spite of the many miracles which He performed in their midst. While the Jews and the Arabs hate each other due to their millennia old sibling rivalries -- some of them are half-brothers as a result of a common ancestry through Abraham -- insofar as the status of Jesus Christ is concerned, they have much more in common with each other, than we Christians do with either one of these faiths. As we have seen through previous verses from the Qur'an, the followers of Islam also cling to the "One-God" mentality, and only respect Christ as a Great Teacher and a Prophet. Following are some additional verses from the Qur'an which clearly substantiate this point:
2:134, 136, 139, 164. "Were you present when death came to Jacob, when he said to his sons. 'What will you worship after me ?' They answered, 'We will worship thy God, the God of thy fathers, Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac, the One God; and to HIM we submit ourselves.' . . . And they say, 'Be ye Jews or Christians, then you will be rightly guided,' Say 'Nay, but follow ye the religion of Abraham who was ever inclined to ALLAH; he was not of those who associated gods with ALLAH.' . . . Say, 'We have adopted the religion of ALLAH; and who is better than ALLAH in teaching religion, and him alone do we worship.' . . . And your God is One God; there is no God but HE, the Gracious, the Merciful."
3:65, 68. "Say, 'O people of the Book ! come to a word equal to us and you - that we worship none but ALLAH, and that we associate no partner with HIM, and that some of us take not others for Lords beside ALLAH.' But if they turn away, then say 'Bear witness that we have submitted to God.' . . . Abraham was neither a Jew nor a Christian but he was ever inclined to God and obedient to HIM, and he was not of those who associate gods with ALLAH."
4:49. "Surely, ALLAH will not forgive that a partner be associated with HIM; but HE will forgive whatever is short of that to whomsoever HE pleases. And whoso associates partners with ALLAH has indeed devised a very great sin."
So as you can see, just like the Jews, the followers of Islam strongly resist associating any other deity with God, and in fact view it as "a very great sin". This is why they simply cannot accept that Jesus is the Son of God. This idea of accepting Jesus as a Prophet, but rejecting Him as the Son of God is also subtly hidden in the following verses as well:
3:80-81. "It does not befit a truthful man that ALLAH should give him the Book and Wisdom and Prophethood, and then he should say to men, 'Be my worshippers instead of ALLAH; but he would say, 'Be solely devoted to the Lord because you teach the book and because you study it. Nor does it befit that he should bid you to take angels and Prophets for lords. What ! would he enjoin you to disbelieve after you have submitted to God."
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