We have to be willing to stand for the truth and to stand up for the Cross. I devote a substantial portion of my scholastic pursuits to seeking spiritual discernment against heretical false teachings and defending the one true Christian faith.
Accordingly, I have spent countless (alas, too many) hours studying Islam in an attempt to understand the depravity of millions and millions of its devoted adherents–and to defend Christianity from its scourge of ignorant, inaccurate or blatantly false messages about Jesus, GOD the father, the Holy Spirit and salvation.
For believers who regard scripture as holy, the text that follows is but a synopsis of the vast body of evidence which discredits any supposed “sanctity” of this debased ideology. Excerpts with citations are also provided to credit the sources I reference.
Before we begin, I urge Christians to always pray for our Muslim neighbors, as they are deserving of our compassion, love and mercy. They are not the enemy. Love them and witness to them. Show them Jesus. Ex-Muslims are vital witnesses to the transformational power of the Holy Spirit. It is easy to forget that they are victims of indoctrination and intolerance too.
Further, most Muslims are decent people who want to please GOD. They are caught up in an ideology that is entirely FALSE, yet, most of them are insulated from contrary points of view and forbidden from reading the Bible (even though their prophet commanded it). *It wasn’t until much later on that Islamic scholars were made aware of the extent to which the Qur’an contradicted the Bible, and the narrative had to be greatly adjusted by Islamists in order to, instead, discredit the true Word of GOD.
Lest anyone leads you astray, Islam is false and isn’t remotely credible on any level.
Like David Koresh was not the messiah, Mohammed was also not a prophet of GOD–no more nor less than Joseph Smith was a prophet (and he wasn’t). False prophets are a dime a dozen; it’s just that most go away eventually. It helps their longevity, however, when nation-states enforce their observance under penalty of death and bodily mutilation.
Nary a shred of Islam is true except, perhaps, the exploits of the (shameful) life and times of Mohammed and the portions of the Qur’an that were partially plagiarized from historical texts–like the Talmud, Biblical Apocrypha, books by gnostic (i.e., Christian) writers and other (i.e., Greek philosopher) manuscripts that were readily available on Arabian trade routes of the day. I will cover the subject of Quranic plagiarism in a subsequent article, “Heresy Hunters, Pt II.”
Esteemed PhD and theologian, Matt Slick, says that, on the off-chance that the Qur’an is true, then Islam has to be false. Why? Because the Qur’an says to trust the Gospels, but the four Gospels contradict the Qur’an.
Time and time again, Muhammad testified to the integrity of the Scriptures of the Jews and Christians. He affirmed and confirmed them as the Word of God. Since Muslims believe the Qur’an to be the literal word of God, then it is actually their God – “Allah” – testifying to the integrity and truthfulness of the Jewish and Christian Scriptures existing in Muhammad’s lifetime.
On this little test alone, it means the Qur’an can’t be true if it says the Torah AND Gospel (Biblical) message is also true, yet later contradicts it? Meaning: the Qur’an also cannot be a revelation from (the same) GOD as the Bible–and not just because it is incoherent and inconsistent in its message, but because it contradicts the holy scripture as written and accepted in preceding millennia of church canon. Now, furthermore, if GOD were to ever require a post-biblical “messenger” to carry (contradict) his Word, I can assure you that it would not be a filthy, homocidal 7th-century caravan raider who married a pre-pubescent 9-year old girl. *It is all just so perverse, so absurd, that it is offensive even to repeat.
The other inconsistencies in Mohammed’s account are staggering. Upon more careful inspection, an entire sweater may be but one thread away from unraveling. Yet, more than one thread in the case of Islam is frayed and tattered. Here are a few to consider:
God revealed his plan for mankind’s salvation through his prophets, starting with Psalm 2 about 1,000 BC where he foreshadowed the begotten son. Then, in Psalm 22, he revealed details of the crucifixion that Jesus would endure. Later, in Isaiah 48, he revealed what we now call the “Holy Trinity” about 700 BC (the doctrine of one GOD in three coequal persons). The Qur’an inadvertently contradicts all of these tenets of the faith, whilst Mohammed (Peace be Upon Him) is also telling his adherents to believe the biblical account.
Through the Psalms of the Old Testament, God also announces the coming messiah–his begotten Son; whereas, Allah of the Qur’an denies a begotten Son?
“You are my Son: today I have begotten you. I will make the nations your heritage and the ends of the earth your possession”. [Psalm 2:7-8]
But some ~1,600 years later, the Qur’an unwittingly denies what is written in the Psalms. The prophet’s right hand was clearly unaware of what he clasped in the left, or he would have been more tidy with the facts. This confounds Islamic apologists to this day, to which, they simply say, “the Bible has been corrupted.” To which, Christians reply, “check the validity of accepted canon against the texts found in the Dead Sea Scrolls at Qumran and those in the jars at Nag Hamadi.” The consistency and authenticity of biblical scripture has been meticulously and sufficiently established–upon ever-reaffirming (and new) archaeological discoveries.
“He is the Originator of the heavens and the earth. How can He have children when He has no wife? He created all things and He is the All-Knower of everything”. [Sura 6.101]
So, here Allah denies what GOD has stated and then He points out that He “has no wife?” What? Allah needs “a wife” in order to beget a son? This would have been a laughable gaffe, had it not been made about GOD of the universe.
What about the Holy Trinity? So, clearly no one in Islam seems to understand nor wishes to understand the Holy Trinity, because every debate with a Muslim devolves into a remedial clinic on the most rudimentary of Trinitarian Christian beliefs. You see, Mohammed did not accurately represent the doctrine, so the confusion persists. He conflated “Tritheism” with “Triniarianism.” Again and again, Christians are libeled, slandered and condemned for some “polytheistic” doctrine. But, to be crystal clear on this, the Bible teaches a plurality within the Godhead in both the Old and New Testaments, and it is these verses–in part–that lay down the foundation for the doctrine of the Trinity.
“From the time it came to be, I have been there, and now the Lord God has sent me and His Spirit”. [Isaiah 48:16] Here is God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit as spoken by the prophet Isaiah.
So, as established, the Bible makes repeated allusions to what we later came to acknowledge as the “Trinity,” although that concept was never expressly given to nomenclature by the authors. The early church developed the Trinitarian understanding over about 300 years (and with the culmination of the creed at the Council at Nicaea).
Again, despite Mohammed upholding the “Book” that is the Christian Bible, Allah still denies the Holy Trinity (because frankly, Mohammed in his illiteracy, failed to grasp the doctrine and distinguish it from Tritheism). In Sura 5:73, the Qur’an denounces Christians: “They do blaspheme who say: Allah is one of three in a Trinity: for there is no god except One Allah.” Not surprisingly, this contradiction of scripture leads to Christian persecution.
Next, we see God announces the crucifixion; whereas, Allah denies the crucifixion. The virgin birth [Isaiah 7:14] and birth in Bethlehem [Micah 5:2] foretold of Jesus’ appearance. Details of the crucifixion were given in Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53, the betrayal for 30 pieces of silver in Zechariah 11 and that the sun would go down at noon in Amos 8:9. However, Allah denies all of this in Sura 4:157.
“That they said (in boast), “We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah”; but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them.”
To recap, God announces the sonship and describes the crucifixion about 1000 BC; and announces the Holy Trinity about 700 BC, but Allah denies each element of God’s plan. Conclusion: Allah is not GOD.
MORE ISLAMIC HISTORICAL CONTRADICTION:
Dr. Amari has an excellent article on the subject of Islam’s alleged ties to Abraham (in Mecca, even though it did not exist during the time of Abraham). He states, “Islamic claims that Abraham and Ishmael founded the temple in the city of Mecca are recognized as false, when we study the black Stone, which was the heart of the temple.” Here Dr. Amari points to the Black Stone. For those who are not familiar with the Black Stone, it said to be “the eastern cornerstone of the Kaaba, the ancient stone building toward which Muslims pray, in the center of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is revered by Muslims as an Islamic relic which, according to Muslim tradition, dates back to the time of Adam and Eve.”
Here is a quote from Dr. Amari regarding whether or not Abraham (or Ishmael) ever went to Mecca. “Abraham never went to where Mecca was eventually built, nor did his son, Ishmael, or Ishmael’s son, Nabaioth. Despite these facts, Ibn Ishak, Mohammed’s biographer, claimed Abraham was responsible for building the temple at Mecca, and that it was then run by Ishmael, and eventually Nabaioth. The story [was] created by Ibn Ishak and his companions…”
ISLAMIC HERESY: WHY YOU SHOULD CARE
The more I read about it, the more shocked I am that people ever believed Mohammed–let alone believe his chaotic and incredible words now, in a 21st-Century world with forums for academic scrutiny, polemics, peer-review and debates. These types of heresies can no longer hide; apologists have to earn their keep these days. Yet, Islam stays in business, afflicting societies everywhere with its special brand of horror and blight.
The reasons this particular heresy matters more to me than some of the others are because: Islam misrepresented the Biblical scripture it tried to coopt; Mohammed completely misunderstood and misrepresented the nature of Christian doctrine (Holy Trinity); Islam veritably assassinated the righteous character of the Almighty GOD of Abraham (calling him”great deceiver” and “schemer”); then Islam further attempted to ascribe validity to its twisted message by commandeering the Angel Gabriel with nonsensical claims proffered as divine revelation. And, we are supposed to believe that, more than a millennium-and-a-half after the Psalmist scripture was first recorded, and 7 centuries after the spread of Christianity, that only now is Allah ready to reveal his truths to a madman in the desert–a bonafide homocidal pedophile and caravan bandit.
Let me lay it out there: Islam is simply an egregious heresy by a tyrannical megalomaniac who assigned to himself some vague legitimacy using a (historically inaccurate) link to the Abrahamic tradition (by way of Ishmael, child of Hagar) and by attempting to ascribe statements by and nature of an imagined deity called “Allah” to the one true GOD, Jehovah (Yahweh). In addition to this libel being downright offensive, it is surely damnable.
Moreover, the nature of the figure Allah in no way resembles GOD of the Bible. Allah is described as a capricious, treacherous and unpredictable force who “deceives” and “schemes.”
According to the Qur’an, Allah is the “best of deceivers” (Sura 3:54; 8:30). The phrase is often translated into English as “best of planners,” “best of schemers,” or “best of plotters,” but the root word (makr) means “deception.” Hence, the following Qur’an verses should be rendered as follows:
Qur’an 3:54—And they (the unbelievers) planned to deceive, and Allah planned to deceive (the unbelievers), and Allah is the best of deceivers.
Qur’an 7:99—Are they then safe from Allah’s deception? No one feels safe from Allah’s deception except those that shall perish.
Qur’an 8:30—And (remember) when the unbelievers plotted deception against you (O Muhammad), to imprison you, or kill you, or expel you. They plotted deception, but Allah also plotted deception; and Allah is the best of deceivers.
This should be regarded as wholly unholy and unacceptable to conscientious Christians, so it should also be destroyed on academic levels–not embraced as an alternative dictum revealed by the same (the only) deity.
Too many Christians accept and acknowledge that Allah and Yahweh are the same GOD. It would be like saying George Burns’ comedic portrayal of “God” is also Yahweh–just because someone in a movie script said this ridiculous character is he. HINT: Artful suggestion and centuries of error do not eventually make a false allegation so. It has been false for some 1,400 years and counting.
And, this is to say nothing of the scourge upon mankind Islam has unleashed. The contribution that Islam has made to mankind is oppression, revenge, subjugation and submission. Where Islam is permitted to thrive, you find human rights violations (in the name of religion) or excused as “culture” and “traditions” that we cannot understand. Well, that’s why I read the Qur’an–to understand, and it’s even more difficult to comprehend after reading the so-called “Holy Book.” It is rambling, incoherent and impossible to believe that 1.5 billion people with access to the Internet still believe it is true.
If Mohammed was, indeed, visited by a spirit, it was an evil spirit–not one of the Lord, because he wished for death.
MOHAMMED’S SUICIDAL THOUGHTS FOLLOWING ENCOUNTER WITH ANGEL
Few people are aware of Muhammad’s suicide attempts. Following his initial visitation by a spirit, that claimed to be Gabriel, Muhammad was frantic with fear and attempted suicide. He walked up to the top of a mountain and intended to throw himself off a cliff. This same being that caused his fear then intervened. Later, over the course of up to the next three years, the visitations by this spirit became rare, and Muhammad would then again attempt suicide in a like manner. Again, it was only due to the intervention of this being that Muhammad did not kill himself.
Few Islamic leaders will teach this to their fellow Muslims because it casts a stain upon Muhammad; it brings doubt to his credibility and the credibility of his assumed “prophetic” experience. Some Muslims deny the sources of the story. Other, more intelligent Muslims, knowledgeable about the sources, respond by saying that the shock of the experience caused him to attempt suicide.
However, the shock of the initial experience would have worn off over the next few days, if not weeks, hardly cause for Muhammad’s continued suicide attempts over the next years.
ISLAMIC SOCIETIES ARE ACCURSED
Most Muslim countries are incapable of peaceful coexistence and are unable to fully disintermediate themselves from their own 7th-century impediments and entrapments: like war, violence and barbarity.
Success in Western Society over the centuries has been attainable–and usually correlated highly with the embracement of Judeo-Christian ethics, freedom of conscience and perseverance through prayer.
Conversely, no Muslim society of any scale has ever had lasting socioeconomic prosperity, democratic self-rule nor civil liberties. With the noted exception of where vast oil reserves prop them up–and that has only been made possible by free market accedence to buying their oil–Islamist regimes boast little in the way of marketable exports. Simply, there has been no economic breakthrough nor technological export, nor competitive advantages with which to trade. Oppressive ideology all but stifles the creative spirit, where neither artistic nor freedom of choice exists.
*In some oil-rich quarters, however, the local standard of living has improved dramatically as some enclaves emulate the West–like Dubai or other Emirate desert “mirages” in the region–showing a reasonable standard of living, especially compared to a few decades ago. All those shiny new condo buildings, huge hypermarkets, highways, etc. However, it’s all consumption of energy wealth, not evidence of other productive economic activity. Any movement away from petroleum-dependency as a global necessity harbingers economic devastation on a massive scale.
The desert cultures blame the West for their unsuccessful societies and the cultural elites in the West (like Obama and Prince Charles) ascribe the failure of Islamic societies on, wait…Global Warming??? Right. I’m sure it has nothing to do with the war culture of Islam and the inseparably repressive Sharia system of medieval law.
“Backwards east, modern west Most Eastern Islamic countries are referred to as 3rd-world countries and rightfully so, they lack advances in all fields and are culturally illiterate. They have very high illiteracy rates and high childbirth rates and their religion comes first when dealing with everyday issues, which hinders them greatly. ”
Islam just on its face appears devoid of God’s blessing–regardless of how you feel about their doctrine. Digging deeper, it comes into focus as a colossal failureby virtue of societal evidence and the anemic body of work over 1,400 years–save some lovely rugs, tapestries and some compelling contributions in Moorish architecture.
This streak of underachievement, cultural isolation, human rights violations and failed governments surprises me little, because Islamic tenets undergird the foundations of these societies with flagrant and damnable heresy. Is it any different than all the other false creeds and religions that disavow the supremacy of Christ?
SCALE OF ISLAMIZATION
What sets Islam apart from other heresies is, indeed, it’s scale. Nearly one third of the world’s population has been deceived. If that does not concern someone in the West, then he/she is drinking the proverbial Kool-Aid Barack Obama and other liberals have inexplicably been pouring–holding Islam out as one of the “great world religions.” Well, if by “great,” you mean “massive” (problem), then touché.
This conversation (or any others) about the failure of Islam will be portrayed by the CAIR public relations (assault) militia as “defamatory” and “hate speech.” Anytime someone points out the fallacies and factual inconsistencies of Islam, people are quick to label him a “hater” or a “bigot.” So, why am I doing it? Haven’t I heard of Salman Rushdie? Don’t I know that these people are barbaric and blood-thirsty?
Heresies must be fleshed out and proclaimed–not to persecute the people under their deception–but to rescue them from it.
It is, moreover, the opposite of hate for one to come forth with information that puts himself at risk of persecution in order to challenge the status quo of darkness.
2 Peter 2:1-5
“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep. For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment; if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly.”
JIHAD: THE FIRST CLUE IT’S NOT OF THE LORD
Jihad is one of the most sacred duties Muslims perform. The word “Jihad”, is an Arabic word which means “struggle”. In this sense Jihad is the struggle for the cause of spreading Islam, using all means available to Muslims, including violence. This kind of Jihad is often referred to as ” Holy War”.
In resorting to violence, Muslims will not have any problem finding passages in the Quran ( believed by Muslims to be Allah’s word), and the Hadith (Mohammed’s sayings as recorded by Al Bukhari), that will not only condone violence, but will also demand it.
JIHAD IN THE “QUR’AN”
Allah orders Muslims in the Quran to terrorize non-Muslims on His behalf.
“Strike terror (into the hearts of) the enemies of God and your enemies.” Surah 8:60
Fight (kill) them (non-Muslims), and God will punish, (torment) them by your hands, cover them with shame.” Surah 9:14
” I will instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers, smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them. It is not ye who slew them; it was God.” Surah 8:13-17.
JIHAD IN THE “HADITH”
In the Hadith Mohammed also urges Muslims to practice Jihad.
Mohammed was once asked: what is the best deed for the Muslim next to believing in Allah and His Apostle? His answer was : ” To participate in Jihad in Allah’s cause. ” Al Bukhari vol 1:25.
Mohammed was quoted as saying: “I have been ordered to fight with the people till they say, none has the right to be worshipped but Allah.” Al Bukhari vol 4:196.
Mohammed also said; “The person who participates in (Holy Battles) in Allah’s cause and nothing compels him do so except belief in Allah and His Apostle, will be recompensed by Allah either with a reward, or booty ( if he survives) or will be admitted to Paradise ( if he is killed). Al Bukhari vol 1:35 MOHAMMED: AN UNHOLY EXAMPLE
When the prophet of Islam started preaching his new religion in Mecca, he was conciliatory to Christians and Jews. He told them, “We believe in what has been sent down to us and sent down to you, our God is the same as your God. “Surah 29:45. This attitude changed completely after he gained strength. Allah then tells him to ”Fight People of the Book (Christians and Jews), who do not accept the religion of the truth (Islam), until they pay tribute (penalty tax) by hand, being inferior.” Surah 9:29.
Regarding Christians and Jews, it seems that Mohammed hated the Jews more. During his lifetime, Mohammed devoted much of his efforts to get rid of the Jews: “You (Jews) should know that the earth belongs to Allah and His apostle, and I want to expel from this land ( the Arabian Peninsula), so, if anyone owns property, he is permitted to sell it”. Mohammed was quoted.
At that time there were in Medina three Jewish tribes. Two of them, the Qaynqa and the Bani-al-Nudair tribes, were besieged by Mohammed’s men, blocking their access to food supplies, until they surrendered on Mohammed’s terms, which were that their lives would be spared, that they must emigrate from Medina, and that they must deposit all their belongings at a certain place for distribution among Muslims.
The third tribe, Bani Quayza, was not as lucky. After the war of the trench, in which Mohammed was besieged by the Qurayshites led, by Abu Sofyan, it was alleged that Bani Qurayza agreed to provide help from within to Abu Sofyan’s forces. Although the alleged help did not materialize and the siege eventually ended, nevertheless, Mohammed never forgave them for their willingness to help his enemies.
Muslims turned against Bani Qurayza and blocked their streets for twenty five days.
The Jewish tribe expressed readiness to accept the surrender terms which had been conceded to the other two Jewish tribes, namely cession of their belongings and departure with safe conduct.
Mohammed, however, would not consent to this, and instead appointed as an arbiter Saad iben Moaz, a man who was known to be on bad terms with Banu Qurayza. Saad ruled that all Bani Qurayza’s men should be beheaded, that the women and children should be sold as slaves, and that all their property should be divided among the Muslims.
Trenches were dug in the bazaar of Medina for disposal of the nine hundred Jewish bodies whom Mohammed had spent the night slaughtering. (See Ibn Hisham: The Prophet’s Biography: vol 2 pages 40 & 41).
BARBARISM: THE FINAL CLUE IT’S NOT OF THE LORD
Research: Islam really is the world’s most violent religion
NOVEMBER 27, 2015 10:15 AMBY NICOLAI SENNELS
Together with a number of research assistants, the Danish linguist Tina Magaard spent three years examining the texts of the ten largest religions. The purpose was to investigate whether any of the religions incite violence.
The conclusion was clear: “The texts of Islam are clearly distinct from the other religions texts as they, to a higher degree, call for violence and aggression against followers of other faiths. There are also direct incitements to terror.
Violent in Islamic Text:
Moreover, in the Qur’an there are hundreds of invitations to fight against people of other faiths.”
The verses are in black and white and without mitigating context. One of the verses that deal with non-Muslims is: “So when you meet those who disbelieve, strike their necks until you have inflicted slaughter upon them.” (Qur’an 47: 4).
Violent in practice:
Islam is not only the world’s most violent religion in writing. A huge study, based on in-depth interviews with 45,000 subjects, confirms that it is also the world’s most violent religion in practice.
The study shows that Islam is the only religion in the world in which people become more violent, the stronger they believe in their religion.
The fact that Islam is the world’s most violent religion is most likely the reason why Muslims since September 11, 2001, have committed more than 27,000 deadly terrorist attacks in the name of Islam. This corresponds to approximately 2,000 a year, or five a day.
Another fact is that the number of Muslims in the Western world is increasing dramatically and that they are becoming still more religious: 75 percent of Muslims inside Europe think that the texts of the world’s most violent religion must be taken literally.
This is probably why 80 percent of young Turks in Holland see “nothing wrong” with waging Jihad against non-Muslims. And that 27 percent of all young French and 14 percent of all young British under 25 sympathize with the genocidal terror organization, Islamic State.
This includes most probably the vast majority of young Muslims in these two countries. The West is about to face its greatest challenge ever.
To Be Continued…