Islam in the Bible

"God loves those who fight for His Cause in battle array [cf. the ‘Holy Warfare’ of Islam known as Jihad]….   Remember, Moses said to his people [the children of Israel]: ‘O my people!   Why do you vex and insult me, though ye know that I am the Apostle of God sent to you [cf. Deuteronomy 18:15-20]?’   Remember, Jesus the son of Mary said: ‘O children of Israel!   I am the Apostle of God sent to you, confirming the Law before me, and giving Glad Tidings of an Apostle to come after me, whose name shall be Achmad’” alias Mohammad [cf. John 14:16 & 15:26 & 16:7].

"God took the Covenant of the Prophets, saying: ‘I give you [the Jews] a Book and Wisdom!  Then an Apostle [Mohammad] will come to you [Genesis 16:6-12 & 17:18-26 & 21:14-21 & 25:12f and Deuteronomy 15:18 cf. Isaiah 42:11], confirming what is with you.   Believe him, and render him help!’….

"When Jesus found unbelief on their part [viz. that of the Jews], he said: ‘Who will be my helpers to the work of God?’  Said the Disciples: ‘We are God's helpers!  We believe in God and you bear witness that we are Muslims’….

"God will say: ‘O Jesus the son of Mary!   Recount My favour to you and to your mother!   Look, I strengthened you with the holy spirit [the angel Gabriel] — so that you spoke to the people in childhood and in maturity!   Look, I taught you the Book and Wisdom, the Law and the Gospel!   And look, you made from clay as it were the figure of a bird — by My leave!   And you breathed into it, and it became a bird — by My leave!   And you healed those born blind and the lepers — by My leave!   And look, I did hold back the children of Israel from you!….   And look, I inspired the Disciples to have faith in Me and My Apostle [the coming Mohammad].   They said, We have faith — and you [Jesus] bear witness that we bow to God as Muslims!’"– Koran 61:4-6 &  3:81 & 3:52 & 5:113f.1

     Is Mohammed truly the last Prophet — the fulfilment of Moses' prediction of a coming great "Prophet…like unto me" (Deuteronomy 18:15)?   Or is Mohammed perhaps the greatest of a long line of false-prophets predicted in Deuteronomy 13:1-5 — so that his testimony should be rejected?  What is Islam?   How does Church History view it?   And above all, what does the Bible say?

     Islam is a potent mixture of a little truth and a lot of error.   The truthful parts are not original, but were gleaned from a few passages in the Older Testament and from even fewer portions in the Newer Testament of the infallible Word of God.   The erroneous parts are an odd conglomeration of: certain sections from the Apocrypha which arose in the Intertestamental Period; Post-Christian sectarian writings in the Pseudepigrapha; Arabian Paganism; and the A.D. 570-632 Mohammed's own views written down by his favourite wife Khadiya.

     Much of this was collected together and then recorded in Islam's holy book, the Koran.   That was written not like the Bible, over some fifteen centuries — but over less than 24 years.    It consists not of 66 books comprising well over 1000 chapters

recorded by about 40 inspired human writers under the one and only Triune God ’Elohim as its Primary Author — but of just one book of barely a hundred chapters all emanating from one human author speaking in the name of Arabia's Pre-Islamic unitarian god Allah.   It reflects the milieu not of all three Old World Continents, but only that of the then-backward region of Arabia.   It presents not many prophecies and miracles, but only its own version of some of the eschatological predictions derived from the Bible.   It proclaims not atonement for sin and an empty tomb in Jerusalem, but legalistic strictures and a grave in Medina.   It preaches not love, but hatred for its enemies.   And it produces not liberty throughout the land — but rather slavery in thought, word, and deed.

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