Calvin on Islam

     Calvin, however, in his 1556-57 Sermons on Deuteronomy (18:15 & 33:2), explains: “As Mahomet says that his Al-Coran is the sovereign wisdom, so says the Pope of his own decrees. For they be the two horns of Antichrist….  Moses spoke not in his own person — but by the authority of God.   He adds: ‘God came from Sinai; His coming forth was from Seir; He showed Himself upon Mount Paran.’   Here Moses sets God’s presence before the eyes of the People, after the same manner that it had been known upon Mount Sinai at the time of the publishing of the Law….   For Mount Paran and Mount Seir were near to Mount Sinai.”4 

     Also in his Harmony of the Pentateuch, Dr. John Calvin comments at Deuteronomy 33:2 that the reference there is not to a then-future event.   Thus it cannot refer to any possible going forth of Islam’s alleged prophet Mohammed from Mt. Paran.   Instead, it is a reference to the thenpast event of the Lord God Himself having gone forth from Mount Sinai with His Law — to Moses and the Israelities. 

     Explains Calvin: “‘The Lord came from Sinai.’   In these words, He reminds them that He is setting before them a confirmation of the covenant which God had made with them in His Law.   Some, as I conceive, improperly translate it ‘God comes to Sinai.’   Whereas Moses rather means that He came from thence.   By way of ornament, the same thing is repeated with respect to Seir and Paran.”5  


     It is clear from John 1:19-25 and 6:14 that not Mohammed but Jesus Christ is the promised  Prophet like Moses Whose coming was predicted at Deuteronomy 18:15f .   Too, it is clear from John 14:16 & 14:26 and 15:26 and 16:7-15  — that it is not Mohammad but the Holy Spirit Whom Christ would then soon send, as the promised Comforter, to and also for His People.   Islam’s claims here, are false!    

     As Calvin comments: “The word ‘Comforter’ (Paracletus) is here applied to both Christ and the Spirit….   Mohammed and the Pope have this religious principle in common — that Scripture does not contain the perfection of doctrine, but that something higher has been revealed….    

     Continues Calvin: “Peter applies to the person of Christ, what Moses spoke generally of the prophets….   The Prophet to Whom Moses like a herald bears witness — shall far excel him (Deuteronomy 18:15)!”   

     The same is true at Acts 7:37.   For there, also “Stephen included Moses’ testimony.”6  That is the testimony: “This is that Moses who said unto the children of Israel, ‘A Prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you — of your brethren — like unto me.   You must hear Him!’”    

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        In his Sermons on Deuteronomy (29:25), Calvin plainly implies that just like the modern Juda-ists also the unitarian Moslems have turned away from the Triune God also of the Older Tes-tament.   Explained Calvin: “Moses does here expressly accuse the [unitarianized] Jews, to the intent to take away from them all starting-holes [or hiding-places].   He says, ‘They forget the [Triune] God of their [fore-]fathers — Him Who had delivered them out of the land of Egypt and set them free from hard bondage’…. 

     “Turks have that [same] defence, common amongst them[selves] – that it is now a long while since they have behaved themselves after that manner.  The Turks say: ‘What?  It is eight hundred years ago since that Mahomet brought us to his law — and it has been kept ever since!   Our [later] fathers have delivered it to us from hand to hand’….    

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