“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6)

In the year 570 AD in the Arabian city of Mecca the prophet Muhammad was born. Muhammad was a merchant and a Shepherd and often went into the mountains and spent days in seclusion. In one of his times of seclusion at the age of forty Muhammad received a revelation form Allah. Three years after this Muhammad started preaching this revelation that Allah is One and all must surrender to him. Islam means surrender. Muhammad also proclaimed the he was Allah’s messenger and prophet. In the beginning of his ministry Muhammad gained few followers and was met by hostile tribesman from the Meccan communities. Muhammad then sent some of his followers to Abyssinia and he himself migrated to Medina in 629 AD.

Muhammad united the tribes in the area and after eight years of fighting claimed Mecca and destroyed the pagan idols of the city. Muhammad then sent his followers out to destroy all the pagan temples in Easterain Arabia. In 632 AD Muhammad returned to Medina where he died that year of a high fever. By the time of his death most of the Arabian Peninsula had converted to Islam.

From the revelations from Allah, which Muhammad claimed to receive until his death, he recorded in the Quran, regarded by Muslims as the Word of God. Besides the Quran, Muhammad’s life (sira) and traditions (sunnah) are also upheld by Muslims as the sources of sharia law.

Christian knowledge of Muhammad comes for the Doctrina Jacobi nuper Baptizati where in 634 AD both the Christians and the Jews believed Muhammad to be a false prophet. Muhammad means Praiseworthy and Allah means one God.

Doctrina Jacobi nuper Baptizati

The Teaching of Jacob, is a 7th-century Greek Christian anti-Jewish polemical tract set in Carthage in 634 but written in Palestine sometime between 634 and 640. It supposedly records a July 13, 634 discussion between a Jewish forced to convert to Christianity, Jacob, and some Jews about the condition of the Byzantine Empire in light of the recent Arab conquests, and how they should proceed as he had done, and convert to Christianity.

The text provides one of the earliest external accounts of Islam, presenting a significantly different Islamic historiography than found in traditional Islamic texts. It also shows Jacob comparing the Byzantine Empire to the fourth beast of the prophecy of Daniel from Christian eschatology. Although not unfamiliar imagery, it is part of a series of Byzantine literature, from the early stages of the Islamic religion, of trying to reconcile Islam with the apocalyptic vision.

It records a prophet in Arabia during the birth time of Islamic tradition proclaiming the advent of a Jewish Messiah. The document contradicts the notion in Islamic tradition that the prophet was dead at the time of the conquest of Palestine but agrees with some traditions of other peoples of the time.

When the candidatus was killed by the Saracens, I was at Caesarea and I set off by boat to Sykamina. People were saying “the candidatus has been killed,” and we Jews were overjoyed. And they were saying that the prophet had appeared, coming with the Saracens, and that he was proclaiming the advent of the anointed one, the Christ who was to come. I, having arrived at Sykamina, stopped by a certain old man well-versed in scriptures, and I said to him: “What can you tell me about the prophet who has appeared with the Saracens?” He replied, groaning deeply: “He is false, for the prophets do not come armed with a sword. Truly they are works of anarchy being committed today and I fear that the first Christ to come, whom the Christians worship, was the one sent by God and we instead are preparing to receive the Antichrist. Indeed, Isaiah said that the Jews would retain a perverted and hardened heart until all the earth should be devastated. But you go, master Abraham, and find out about the prophet who has appeared.” So I, Abraham, inquired and heard from those who had met him that there was no truth to be found in the so-called prophet, only the shedding of men’s blood. He says also that he has the keys of paradise, which is incredible.

From Wikipedia

According to the Muslims there is but one God, there is no other, there is no partner to God, and no equal. In the Quran it is stated, “And cry not unto any other god along with Allah. There is no god save Him.” (Sura 18:18) Allah created and maintains the world alone. Allah has no son, no father, no relatives, and no associates. Allah is all powerful, all wise, all knowing, and Allah is eternal without beginning or end.

Christians and Muslims worship the God of Abraham. They both see God as transcendent and the creator of the universe. The key verse in the Torah of the Jewish faith is in Deuteronomy 6:4-5. “Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” There is one God and we are to love Him only. Jesus repeats this in the following passages in Mark 12:28-30 and Matt.22:37. Both the Jewish faith and the Christian faith agree that there is only one God. Any other God is a creation of man. Man the created is not to worship that which is created but the creator. (Hosea 13:2-4) “And now they sin more and more, And make for themselves molten images, Idols skillfully made from their silver, All of them the work of craftsmen. They say of them, “Let the men who sacrifice kiss the calves!” Therefore they will be like the morning cloud And like dew which soon disappears, Like chaff which is blown away from the threshing floor And like smoke from a chimney. Yet I have been the LORD your God Since the land of Egypt; And you were not to know any god except Me, For there is no savior besides Me.”

The greatest fault Muslims find with the Christian faith is there plurality of God, God the Father, Mary the Mother, and Jesus the Son. This is not the Christian view and it comes from a sect, the Choloridians who had contact with Muhammad during his time in Mecca. We must say here that Christians agree to the doctrine of the Divine unity of God in there persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The Scriptures speak of God the Father who blesses, Ephesians 1:3-4, initiates, John 17:2-9, and sends, John 17:3,18. God the Son who speaks out creation, John 1:1, who enters into history physically both in the Old and New Testament, in the time of the prophets, Gen.32:25-30; Ex.3:2-5; 13:21; 33:9-11; Judge 2:1, and as the Savior Jesus Christ, John 1:14. God the Holy Spirit who resides within the believer, guides, and instructs, and empowers him, John 14:16-17, and mediates Jesus Christ and his atoning work (Jn.15:26). Jesus referred to the Trinity when He commanded His disciples to go and baptize believers. John 15:26.

In regards to prophets the Muslim faith has two distinctions for Prophets. A messenger is one who comes with Devine scripture to guide and reform mankind. The prophet carries the news of Allah to his people. Messengers are prophets but not all prophets are messengers. There are said to be 124,000 prophets of Allah. The more notable ones are, Adam, Abraham, Jacob, Ishmael, Isaac, David, Solomon, John the Baptist, Jesus, and also Muhammad, who was the final and greatest prophet. Allah has risen up prophets in every nation, (Sura 16:36) to provide guidance to all of mankind. The witness of Allah’s prophets was not always well received. (Sura 17:94) Allah promised to protect his prophets from sickness and death, which is why Jesus is denied as a messenger because He died on the cross.

Prophets of God in Christian belief is they are appointed to speak to mankind God’s Word, the story of His redemptive plan in history. God also revealed the interpretation of His acts to His prophets. Many of God’s prophets are well known to the Muslims such as, Miriam (Moses’ sister), Nathan, Isaiah, Jonah, Joel, and Daniel; all of whom came before Christ. The writers in the New Testament, those who are considered being prophets are not recognized by the Muslims, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Peter and Paul. All of these prophets were descendants of Abraham over a period of 2000 years. The most important message of God’s prophets was the message that God would take it upon Himself the guilt of all sin, by incarnating Himself and dying on the cross, thus taking upon Himself that penalty, and so freeing Him to forgive them from those sins, which then brought them back into a personal relationship with Him.

Allah sent his message to reform mankind because of his imperfections. There are five holy books accepted by Muslims today. The Suhuf, revealed to the prophet Ibrahim, which has become lost and no longer is in existence today. The Taurut, (Torah) revealed to the prophet Moses; the Zabur (Psalms), revealed to the prophet David; the Injil (gospels), revealed to the prophet Jesus; and the Quran, the holy book, the final message to mankind, revealed to the prophet Muhammad. According to Muslims the first three, Taurut, Zabur, Injil, are teachings assigned to a specific tribe or nation. They also believe that further human imperfections have been introduced. Also they believe that the Bible is a mixture of history and revelation and is not precise in its message. Therefore it is much too difficult to separate the revelation from the history.

This is why Allah sent the Quran to Muhammad to clarify the imperfections of the Bible and is the perfection and culmination of all the truth contained in the earlier Scriptures. It guards the previous revelations by restoring the eternal truth of Allah (Sura 3:3-4a), and clears up all uncertainties.

Christians believe that the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God. 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” A point to make here is that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, not the dictated Word of God. The sixty six books of the Bible were written by many authors over a two thousand year period and coveys God’s Word in a unified and complete message with the unique testimony of each author. All Old Testament prophecy points to the coming Messiah. The New Testament is the revelation of the Messiah in Jesus Christ. Christians accept only the Old and New Testaments of the Bible as God’s Word.

Allah has created a host of Angels who are sinless, are not determined by sex, have no need of food or drink, and like man will die and be resurrected. There are four mighty angels of Allah, Gabriel who is Allah’s chief messenger, Michael, Izrail the angel of death, Israfil who will blow the trumpet on the last day to awake the dead. When Adam was created Allah commanded all the angles to bow down before him. All did except Iblis (Satan) who refused saying, “He was made of clay, but I was made of fire, so I am better than he.” (Sura 15:28-33) For this act of rebellion Iblis was thrown out of paradise and forever has been the enemy of man. Iblis is the leader of all the demons who harass mankind. (Sura 15:34-46)

The chief responsibility of the angels of Allah is to praise Allah, and do His will. They do His will by watching over mankind and aiding them in their battles. Muslims believe that there are two angels for each man. One angel will record the righteous deeds of the man and one angel will record the evil deeds of the man. At the death of each man two black angels visit the corpse and ask, “Who is thy Lord? What is thy religion? And who is thy Prophet?” The answer to those questions will determine the fate of the man, paradise or the fiery pit.

God has created many beings other than man and are usually referred to as angels. They are messengers form God sent to His prophets and believers. Angels have appeared in human form to Abraham, Moses and others. There are only two named angels in the Bible, Gabriel and Michael. There are also other created spiritual beings that are disobedient to God. A Fallen Angel named Satan who through self pride wanted to be as the Most High God. He and a third of the angels were cast out of heaven and down to earth. Now they are active in destroying all of God’s work on earth. Satan has great power but not as great as God, also his power is limited and he must obey the Word of God. Because of this men need not fear him if they have the Spirit of God dwelling within. The Spirit gives man the power to resist Satan and his demons.

For the Muslim sin is a privet matter. Satan is the cause of all sin and Allah is a merciful God who will forgive if asked. There is one unforgiveable sin and that is shirk. Shirk is the practice of associating someone or anything with Allah. Man is neither born with a sin nature. Adam fell into sin in the garden as a result of trickery by Satan. Because Adam asked for Allah’s forgiveness he was forgiven. Adam as Allah’s first prophet could not be accounted as a sinner because Allah would not have entrusted that position to an evil doer.

Muslims do not attain salvation by faith but by works. They must observe the five pillars of Islamic practice as well as avoiding any major sin. Judgment for the Muslim is on that day when he is buried the two recording angels appear. The dead sit up and undergo an examination. If the dead say “Shahada” (There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the apostle of Allah) he lies down peacefully and awaits judgment. If he refuses Shahada he is severely beaten for as long as it pleases Allah. Then the dead is placed on a scale where his good deeds are weighed against his evil deeds. It does not matter how the weight works out Allah will chose according to his own will. If Allah places the book of destiny in His right hand the dead is saved.

If the dead receives paradise, then he crosses the razor sharp bridge and receives his reward. Paradise is a perfumed garden of sensual delights filled with rivers and flowing fountains. It is populated with black eyed virgins who are there to serve them with all their fruits. (Sura 47 & 56)

If the dead receives hell, it is a place of boiling water, gore and fire. It is a place of extreme physical pain. (Sura 4, 38 & 50)

According to Biblical scripture sin is an abomination to the Holy God. Sin is a total rejection of God’s character. Christians believe as the Muslims that Satan does tempt us but Christians are responsible for falling into the temptation and committing the sin against God. Christians and mankind have the choice to choose righteous living or wickedness. The Word of God clearly states that the wages of sin is death and sense we all are sinners we are deserving of death. God through His grace and mercy has offered forgiveness through the blood of His only Son, Jesus Christ. Those who believe in His redeeming death on the cross, repent from their sinful ways, are saved from eternal separation from God. (John 3:16-17) Those who reject Him will be eternally condemned.

Before Christ’s assent into Heaven He warned against false prophets and promised to return a second time to judge the world. When Christ returns He will raise all the dead back to life. He then will separate the righteous from the unrighteous. Those who rejected the free gift of salvation through Jesus will face eternal punishment. By rejecting God’s Son they have also rejected God the Father and God the Holy Spirit and no sin is greater than that. (1 John 2:22-23)

Those who have trusted Jesus as their redeemer will have no fear of Christ the judge, they will receive eternal life. (John 5:22-24 Acts 17:30-31) The saved will not go into a garden full of carnal pleasures as the Muslims believe, but will be in the Glory and presence of God Almighty. They shall live forever in love and joy as it says in Revelations 21:1-7, “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. “He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.”

The word Islam means submission to the will of Allah. The reason for this submission is the belief that everything is predestined, including faith and unbelief, good and evil, are preordained. As a religion, Islam is a code of political, ceremonial, civil, and criminal law, as well as moral and religious precepts, all promulgated in Allah’s name, while leaving nothing to the believer’s initiative.

Muslims believe that Allah is in control of all of history. Allah is a sovereign God and anything that happens is the will of Allah. It is the belief of a Muslim that all good and evil is according to the will of Allah. This is the bases of their fanatically in war and destructive behavior for what may happen is in the control and will of Allah. Therefore Allah is not hindered by any moral code as this would limit His sovereignty.

God is bound by His holiness and love. (1 John 4:16) Where Allah only loves those who obey His will God loves the believer as well as the sinner. This is proven in that He sacrificed His only Son for the salvation of the lost. (Romans 5:1-10)

In the Quran Allah is a God that is distant to His followers, as they are not to associate themselves with Him as this is the greatest sin. God desires a personal relationship with His followers. (John1:11-14;15:9-15)

Where Allah is also the author of evil God can not be in the presence of evil. God is a holy God. (Psalms 77:13;99:9) God’s eyes are too pure to look upon evil. (Habakkuk 1:13)

Man was created in the image of God (Genesis 2:27) is in direct contrast to the Muslim idea that man is a slave to Allah. Man was not created to be a slave to God but to have a personal relationship with Him. Man has a free will and can choose to be in a relationship with his creator or reject Him.

I find it hard to accept that any man could be so blind to fall into the deceit of the Islamic religion. How could one place his eternal spiritual life on a man of Abraham’s seed through Ishmael who was filled with the very basic sin of man that the apostle John wrote about in 1 John 2:16, “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.” Islam is a false religion that seeks the desires of the flesh as the reward for a life not of goodness and righteousness but that of the selfish desires of a man who is dead and awaits the fires of hell. Muhammad took the Word of God and rewrote it to suit his own sinful behavior and believes that no matter what one does in life his fate will be at the mercy of the whims of a false God. Any belief that does not confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is as lie of the devil.

I hear that the Muslim faith is a faith of peace and tolerance. I say it is a faith born of greed and a lust for power and is violent and murderous towards anyone who opposes it. I say that its goal is domination over all in the world and demand that all submit or face execution. But no one has to take my word for it but do have to take their word for it, don’t you?

The Quran contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule. Some are quite graphic, with commands to chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may be hiding. Muslims who do not join the fight are called ‘hypocrites’ and warned that Allah will send them to Hell if they do not join the slaughter.

Here are a few of them from their own holy book written by their false prophet Muhammad.

Quran (2:191-193) – “And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution [of Muslims] is worse than slaughter [of non-believers]… but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful.   And fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah.” The historical context of this passage is not defensive warfare, since Muhammad and his Muslims had just relocated to Medina and were not under attack by their Meccan adversaries. In fact, the verses urge offensive warfare, in that Muslims are to drive Meccan’s out of their own city (which they later did). The use of the word “persecution” by some Muslim translators is thus disingenuous (the actual Muslim words for persecution – “idtihad” – and oppression – a variation of “z-l-m” – do not appear in the verse). The actual Arabic comes from “fitna” which can mean disbelief or the disorder that results from unbelief or temptation. Taken as a whole, the context makes clear that violence is being authorized until “religion is for Allah” – ie. Unbelievers desist in their unbelief.

Quran (2:216) – “Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.” Not only does this verse establish that violence can be virtuous, but it also contradicts the myth that fighting is intended only in self-defense, since the audience was obviously not under attack at the time. From the Hadith, we know that this verse was narrated at a time that Muhammad was actually trying to motivate his people into raiding merchant caravans for loot.

Quran (4:95) – “Not equal are those believers who sit (at home) and receive no hurt, and those who strive and fight in the cause of Allah with their goods and their persons. Allah hath granted a grade higher to those who strive and fight with their goods and persons than to those who sit (at home). Unto all (in Faith) Hath Allah promised good: But those who strive and fight Hath He distinguished above those who sit (at home) by a special reward,-” This passage criticizes “peaceful” Muslims who do not join in the violence, letting them know that they are less worthy in Allah’s eyes. It also demolishes the modern myth that “Jihad” doesn’t mean holy war in the Quran, but rather a spiritual struggle. Not only is the Arabic word used in this passage, but it is clearly not referring to anything spiritual, since the physically disabled are given exemption. (The Hadith reveals the context of the passage to be in response to a blind man’s protest that he is unable to engage in Jihad and this is reflected in other translations of the verse).

Quran (5:33) – “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement”

Quran (8:12) – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them” No reasonable person would interpret this to mean a spiritual struggle.

Be careful of a President who desired a Muslim Prayer service before his party’s convention. Beware of a President who refuses to acknowledge Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Vote your Heart and pray for the Church to once again stand of the rock and preach God’s Word. Beware of inter faith meetings as it is the devils snare to draw men away from the true God, if they do not follow Jesus in the faith their path leads to destruction.

Teach your children and train them up right so that they will not suffer the wrath from God to come. What more can I say, “REPENT.”

Thomas N Kirkpatrick

Durant Bible College

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