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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Muhammad's stole verses from the Bible

Mohammed in the Bible?

Is Mohammad mentioned in the Bible that Christians and Jews hold dear? I never thought about it until today. David Wood, in an excellent article on the website "Answering Infidels", begins this way, "According to Muslims, the Bible is full of prophecies about Muhammad..." It is very interesting to read the footnote at the bottom of the article:
NOTE TO MUSLIMS: This website is called "Answering Infidels" because our primary goal is to respond to skeptics writing for infidels.org. However, this is an apologetics website, and Islam has recently become a relevant topic in apologetics. Hence, although we are addressing Islamic truth claims, the name "infidels" is directed only against the self-proclaimed "infidels" of the Secular Web. We are convinced that Muhammad was a false prophet and that those who follow him are in need of Christ's salvation. Nevertheless, we prefer to maintain our opposition without unnecessary name-calling. source
I am a student of the Bible and can honestly say I have never run across a reference to Mohammad that I can remember.
Recognizing the importance of the Qur’anic assertion that the Bible contains clear prophecies about Muhammad, Muslims have spent nearly fourteen centuries trying to find these prophecies. While hundreds of verses have been suggested as candidates, only a handful are now being seriously put forward as biblical references to Muhammad. Of this handful, two are most common: Moses’ prophecy of a prophet similar to himself and Jesus’ prediction of the coming “Comforter.” source
You can go to the site and read their full discussion, which is a little long, but interesting. I did my own study:
The 'Moses' prophecy mentioned by Muslims is Deuteronomy 18:15, from the King James Version of the Bible:
15The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; The King James Version, (Cambridge: Cambridge) 1769.
Checking commentary on the above verse confirmed my understanding, that the 'prophet' which Moses refered to was Jesus:
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..intended as a promise of Christ, and it is the clearest promise of him that is in all the law of Moses. It is expressly applied to our Lord Jesus as the Messiah promised (Acts 3:22; 7:37), and the people had an eye to this promise when they said concerning him, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world (Jn. 6:14); and it was his Spirit that spoke in all the other prophets, 1 Pt. 1:11. Observe,
(1.) What it is that is here promised concerning Christ. What God promised Moses at Mount Sinai (which he relates, v. 18), he promised the people (v. 15) in God’s name. [1.] That there should come a prophet, great above all the prophets, by whom God would make known himself and his will to the children of men more fully and clearly than ever he had done before. He is the light of the world, as prophecy was of the Jewish church, Jn. 8:12. He is the Word, by whom God speaks to us, Jn. 1:1; Heb. 1:2. [2.] That God would raise him up from the midst of them. In his birth he should be one of that nation, should live among them and be sent to them. In his resurrection he should be raised up at Jerusalem, and thence his doctrine should go forth to all the world: thus God, having raised up his Son Christ Jesus, sent him to bless us. [3.] That he should be like unto Moses,
Henry, Matthew, Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Bible, (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers) 1997.
The second verse Muslims use is from the New Testament of the Bible, John 14:16:
16And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; The King James Version, (Cambridge: Cambridge) 1769.
Again checking commentary on this verse, my belief is confirmed that the "Spirit" or "Holy Ghost" is the proper interpretation:
It is promised that they shall have another comforter. This is the great New-Testament promise (Acts 1:4), as that of the Messiah was of the Old Testament; a promise adapted to the present distress of the disciples, who were in sorrow, and needed a comforter. Observe here, (1.) The blessing promised: allon parakle┬Áton. The word is used only here in these discourses of Christ’s, and 1 Jn. 2:1, where we translate it an advocate. The Rhemists, and Dr. Hammond, are for retaining the Greek word Paraclete; we read, Acts 9:31, of the parakle┬Ásis tou hagiou pneumatos, the comfort of the Holy Ghost, including his whole office as a paraclete. [1.] You shall have another advocate. The office of the Spirit was to be Christ’s advocate with them and others, to plead his cause, and take care of his concerns, on earth; to be vicarius Christi—Christ’s Vicar, as one of the ancients call him; and to be their advocate with their opposers. When Christ was with them he spoke for them as there was occasion; but now that he is leaving them they shall not be run down, the Spirit of the Father shall speak in them, Mt. 10:19, 20.ght Along the Journey ________________________________________________________________________________ Christian Carnival Go read all the posts, but here is a sample: The No Kool-Aid Zone, "Big Love" The Natural Extension of Gay Marriage" Diary of a Parishoner, " Is a Church a Banquet Hall or a House of God?" Christian Logic, "Responsibility and Fathers' Rights" Disciple's Journal, "Aesop's Fables for Godbloggers: The Crow and the Pitcher" Canadian Financial Rants, "Sunday Reading: Lent" Fallible, "Ashes for Beauty" Brutally Honest, "Further Proof Texting" Ales Rarus, "Investigating NFP, "Pius XI" Parableman, "Joy"

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