Was Mohammed a false prophet?

Some people on the outside of Christianity think that ‘faith’ is about ‘blind faith.’ Some also believe that there is no such thing as a theistic religion that is true, and that only the non-theistic religions like atheism, agnosticism and secularism could be true, and that is why the non-theists have blind faith in their non-theistic religion.
Update/Note: I have been informed by WordPress that an ‘authority’ in the country of Pakistan has claimed that this blog post is ‘blasphemous’ and ‘hate speech’ and must be taken down. But this ‘authority’ has failed to even comment on this post to defend his point-of-view!
But in the real world, different religions make different truth claims, and contradictory claims cannot both be true. Aztecs believed that large numbers of human sacrifices pleased the gods. People in the Judeo-Christian faiths believe that God expressly rejects human sacrifice. Christianity rises or falls on whether Jesus Christ was, in fact, the Son of God (in a unique way) and whether He rose from the dead and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty. And Islam is based on the belief that Mohammed was a prophet in the Hebrew tradition, like Moses or Jesus.
A prophet in Judaism & Christianity is someone who has been given a message from God. The test of a prophet is whether he claims words as a prophecy which are not true. God does not give false information to prophets. So, then, what about Mohammed?
First I must say this: by asking questions about Mohammed I am not being mean to Muslims. Muslims are human beings that God loves. If their religion is false, shouldn’t someone tell them? I’ve had people claim my religion is false just because those people have blind faith that atheism is true and that ‘ha, ha, there is no God’ is a logical argument. And if Islam happens to be true, it will stand up to any questioning.
Mohammed claimed that all the words of the Koran were given to him by the angel Jibril (Gabriel.) Since God and His angels know the truth, the words of the Koran would not contain false information or mistakes— if Mohammed were, in fact, a prophet.
The worst sin of all, according to Islam, is shirk, or ascribing a partner to God. According to one modern-day Muslim writer, shirk is worse than murder, rape, child molesting and genocide. And although the Koran does say that Jews and Christians are not infidels like the pagans are, both religions, according to the Koran, are guilty of shirk.
Let’s take the Jews first. In Koran 9:30, it says ‘The Jews said ‘Ezra is the son of God.’ That is utterly false. That is not what Judaism teaches! If Mohammed were getting messages from the angel Gabriel, he would not say this false thing.
What about Christianity? Koran 5:116 says: “When God says ‘Jesus, son of Mary, did you say to people, “Take me and my mother as two gods alongside God?” this shows clearly that Mohammed misunderstood the Christian concept of the trinity. It never included Mary! There are New Testament passages that clearly speak of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, though the term ‘trinity’ was not used in the Bible.
Now, it does not disprove Mohammed as a true prophet that his message rejected the doctrine of the trinity. What disproves Mohammed as a prophet is that he was mistaken about what the Christians believed, and he incorporated this mistake into words he claimed came from God through the angel Gabriel. God would know what the Christians of Mohammed’s day were teaching!
There are many other places in the Koran which clearly show that the Koran was based on Mohammed’s personal and highly limited knowledge of what Jews and Christians believe. It claims that Abraham offered to sacrifice his illegitimate son Ishmael, and not his ‘child of promise’ son Isaac. It presumes that Mary the mother of Jesus and Miriam the sister of Moses were the same woman.
Of course, if a Muslim were to come across this evidence that Mohammed was a false prophet, he probably couldn’t do anything about it. In many Muslim countries, there are apostasy laws. These state that if anyone is a Muslim, he must not leave Islam, and can be executed or imprisoned if he tries. On the other hand, these laws welcome Christians and Jews and others to become Muslims— so long as they never try to leave Islam.
Even in Western nations, there is a perspective that Muslims who leave their faith must die. Americans Ergun and Emir Caner, two brothers who became Evangelical Christians, were estranged from their Muslim father by their conversion, and disowned. So Muslims who question the truth of their faith are in an impossible position, and we must pray that God will help them.
Are you a Muslim who questions? Ask God to guide you to the truth. Read the book below by the Caner brothers, both former Muslims, if you can obtain it. Do internet searches on former Muslims and web sites that tell the story of former Muslims— they will tell you the things that those other Muslims questioned. Don’t endanger yourself or your job by sharing your doubts with Muslims who may not sympathize. If you have questions about Christianity specifically, read a good information source like Dave Armstrong’s blog. Feel free to ask any questions you have here in a comment— if I don’t know the answer, I will try to find out. And at least I will pray for you.
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32
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I am not an expert in Islam or a scholar. Any information in this article came from books I read about Islam. In addition, I have looked up Koran verses in my own copy of the Koran. I find the books listed below useful for those searching out information about the possibility that Mohammed was not a true prophet.

 

@&#*#! Parsing the Bad Words

Kitten 'Little Stranger' in my cowboy boot.

Kitten ‘Little Stranger’ in my cowboy boot.

 

Warning: this post about swearing contains swear words spelled out in full, for the sake of overseas readers who may not know which words we are talking about if I only give a few letters. Children under 18— or under 21— or under 27 from Obama-supporting families— ought to either not read this, or get your mom’s permission before you read on….

Swearing. There was a time when all published authors had the same rule for their fiction— no swearing. None. What. So. Ever. Authors didn’t use any words that wouldn’t be welcome in folks’ parlors.

Then the language allowed in published books became more ‘realistic’, which led to ‘realistic’ swearing in films, then on television. After being exposed to that for a few years, folks that once used barnyard language only in the barnyard began using it in the parlor — in front of children, their grandmother, and visiting pastors and nuns.

What are the bad words and what makes them bad? Which bad words are the worst? I suppose most of us think the worst word ever is fuck. That word is an example of a vulgarism. Vulgarisms, or vulgar language, is language as used by the vulgar— the uneducated poor people. A couple hundred years ago when most folks didn’t get much schooling, the upper class— meaning almost everyone who was educated enough to read books— decided certain words were characteristic of the uneducated poor. The list of vulgar language included words like ‘ain’t’ which had no moral taint, but also some old Anglo-Saxon words that educated people were long accustomed to replace with classy Latinate words. They preferred to say ‘intercourse’ for fuck, ‘defecate’ for shit, and ‘urinate’ for piss. In time these words became not only vulgar in the sense that they were uneducated language, they became truly ‘bad words’ that even the uneducated didn’t use in mixed company or in front of the pastor.

Other, less offensive vulgarisms include the slang use of bitch to mean a female human being. Calling a man a bastard when you are not discussing his parents’ marital status is a vulgarism, and just using bastard in polite society when you could have said ‘illegitimate person’ is somewhat problematic.

A vulgarism isn’t intrinsically evil or immoral, it’s just that there are social rules in place which teach us that these words are words that offend others. A person charitably inclined toward others restricts the use of vulgarisms in most circumstances.

Vulgarisms are not the worst type of swearing. That dishonor goes to blasphemy, the act of taking the Lord’s name in vain. Oh, God! Jesus Christ! Christ on a crutch! and God damn you! are examples of blasphemy— the Holy Name being used as a swear rather than a prayer.

Damn and hell can be used in a blasphemous way, and this is why: Only God has the authority to damn (condemn) a sinner to hell. When you say damn this and to hell with that, you are claiming to be able to exercise God’s power.

Blasphemy is the very worst swear, in spite of what society thinks, because it’s the only one that the Commandment about taking the Lord’s Name in vain really applies to. In contemporary society it may be considered mild to say damn instead of to say motherfucker, but that’s because society’s values are all fucked up. That time the President’s pastor said ‘God damn America’ he was sinning, directly breaking a commandment, while if he’d said fuck a few dozen times during the course of his sermon, he would have merely been rude and inappropriate— which could also be somewhat sinful if he was aware it was rude and thus uncharitable to his congregation and deliberately said it anyway, but isn’t in the same class as blaspheming.

Misusing the name of Jesus is considered a swear in Western Civilization because for many centuries an overwhelming majority of persons believed that Jesus Christ was not only a good teacher and a prophet, but the Son of God and a member of the Holy Trinity. People who did not believe this about Jesus still avoid using His name in vain out of respect for others.

While it may not be blasphemy proper, misuse of the names of prophets and saints (holy Moses!) is highly disrespectful and to be avoided if one is charitably-minded toward others. The same goes for misusing the names of Pagan gods and of the supposed prophets and holy men of other religions. Such usage is unkind to believers in the religion in question, and so it is best avoided.

Minced oaths are the use of similar-sounding substitute words for a blasphemous expression. Gosh darn it! and Judas Priest! are examples of minced oaths. Many Christian preachers used to warn against minced oaths. When you use one, you may be saying gosh or gee but in your heart you are saying ‘God’ or ‘Jesus’ and thus there is some blasphemous intent going on. This is why some Evangelical fiction publishers don’t allow the use of minced oaths. They are weak to the point of being silly by contemporary standards, but there is a legitimate moral concern here.

Sexual slang terms when used in public are also a type of bad language. Many of these terms originated among the sort of men who routinely use-and-abuse prostitutes. Other milder terms might once have been socially acceptable language. To use the slang term for penis, prick, or the slang term for vagina, cunt, as a crude reference to a person is beyond rude. People who talk this way should not be surprised if they get their face slapped.

A new type of bad word is the epithet. Vulgar words such as nigger for black person, kike for Jew, and fag and dyke for male and female homosexual are now considered so politically incorrect that uttering them just once is a job-losing event. Although the arbiters of these new rules permit black persons to say nigger and homosexual persons to say fag, dyke and queer. Now, while the arbiters of these new rules are right that it’s not OK to use such words as an epithet to abuse and humiliate some one, some of the now-forbidden words were rather recently considered to be just down-home language. There are many older persons, both black and white, who grew up saying nigger as the normal word for black person in their social group, and they have a hard time changing because it feels to them like they are showing off, pretending to be a person of higher social standing than they are, to use the classier terms like Negro and black person (which mean the exact same things). It’s a bit uncharitable of us to judge our elders harshly for using that word, when it’s society’s opinion of a word that has changed.

Also, by declaring a word to be a forbidden epithet rather than a vulgarism or slang term, we are giving a gift to the bigots. They now no longer need to make clear that they are meaning the word nigger in a racially bigoted way rather than in a down-home hillbilly way. I think bigots should have to explain at great length what they mean when they are insulting a black person rather than having a one-word expression that puts their hate in a nutshell.

It is in any case equally uncharitable to insult a black person using the expression ‘black person’ than to do so using any racial epithet. God’s going to get mad over it either way. I believe the whole political correctness movement, by constantly generating new epithets out of what were once neutral words or slang expressions, is uncharitable. It makes it possible for a political correctness advocate to condemn a person for saying a word that, when he said it, wasn’t recognized as an epithet yet.

With so many varieties of bad words, how do we decide what to say when we are in a bad-word-saying mood? My opinion is that it is somewhat trite to express such a mood by using the same old swears everyone else says these days. Swearing doesn’t make you a rough, tough man’s-man now when pretty little eleven-year-olds are calling mommy a motherfucker for suggesting that a little room-cleaning might be in order. A real tough guy— or gal— might be better served by coming up with some original colorful language of their own, which avoids the whole cliched worlds of blasphemy and vulgarism altogether.

So that’s my take on the swearing issue. Please don’t tell my mother I wrote this.