Despite “interfaith dialogue” attempts to suggest that Christians and Muslims share the same beliefs or worship the same God, the facts suggest otherwise.
Ian Mevorach, who calls himself a “Christian Minister,” insists in a Huffington Post article, that:
“The time has come for Christians to recognize how wrong we have been in these assessments [about Muhammad as a false prophet] and to correct the record by affirmatively identifying Muhammad with “the Spirit of Truth” [as Jesus taught in John 14 -16].”
Mevorach claims that he is writing to:
“Open the minds of Christians to receive a future revelation not as something that competes with or diminishes the Gospel, but rather as something that glorifies Jesus. Unfortunately, these words in the Gospel of John have been totally missed by Christians who reject and belittle the Qur’an; we have for the most part completely ignored the unity of the Gospel and the Qur’an in terms of their common revelatory source. However, if we take Jesus’ words seriously, we have the opportunity to receive the Word of God in the Qur’an in accordance with Jesus’ promise that the Spirit of Truth “will take what is mine and declare it to you.”
Could Jesus have possibly been referring to Muhammad in John 14-16? Well, let’s take a look:
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the SPIRIT OF TRUTH, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” (John 14:15-17)
Did Muhammad “dwell with” the Israelites– and would he “be in you?” Even Muslims would deny this. Would Muhammad “be with you forever?” Certainly not. John 14:26 states:
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”
Did Muhammad bring to remembrance “all things… that I have said to you?” Certainly not! The Qur’an even denies Jesus’ teachings about dying for the sins of the world and being the “Son of God.” [“But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.” (John 15:26-27)]
Instead, Muhammad bore witness to a different Jesus, denying the Crucifixion, the Deity of Christ, and salvation through Him. The Qur’an clearly states:
- And their saying: Surely we have killed the Messiah, Isa son of Marium, the apostle of Allah; and they did not kill him nor did they crucify him, but it appeared to them so (like Isa) and most surely those who differ therein are only in a doubt about it; they have no knowledge respecting it, but only follow a conjecture, and they killed him not for sure. (4:157)
- They do blaspheme who say, “God is Christ, the son of Mary” …Whoever joins other gods with God – God will forbid him the Garden and the fire will be his abode. (5:75)
- If anyone desires a religion other than Islam, never will it be accepted of him; and in the hereafter, he will be in the ranks of those who have lost (all spiritual good). (3:85)
Mevorach acknowledges that Jesus’s references to the “Spirit of Truth” refer to the Holy Spirit. But later, he argues, they also refer to Muhammad. He writes:
“The major objection to applying these predictions to Muhammad or any other prophet is that Christians normally read them as part and parcel of Jesus’ promise of the gift of the Holy Spirit… But as Jesus’ farewell discourse proceeds these titles become multivalent and, in John 15:26-27 and 16:7-15, they begin to refer more to a future prophet than to the Holy Spirit.”
What Mevorach is asking anyone to believe is absurd. His suggestion is similar to someone writing a story about the passing of your “mother,” and then, without any indication otherwise, referring to her as “Mother Teresa.”
Jesus gave no indication that the “Spirit of Truth” would gradually refer to Muhammad.
In support of this theory, Mevorach cites Jesus in John 16: “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.” (John 16:12-15, NRSV)
How is Muhammad a fulfillment, since Muhammad didn’t “declare” the biblical Jesus?
Instead of glorifying Jesus, Muhammad detracted from Jesus, denying His Deity, Sonship, and even the moment of His greatest glory: And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” (John 12:23-25)
Jesus insisted that “All that the Father has is mine.” However, if Muhammad is the greater prophet, who surpasses even Jesus, this assertion cannot be truth.
Yet, Mevorach insists that John 16 provides us with an unmistakable portrait of Muhammad, but how?
The verses prior to the ones he cites provide addition problems for Mevorach: “Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper [Muhammad] will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment.” (John 16:7-8)
How was Muhammad able to convict the world of sin?
Was he as omnipresent as the Spirit? (Omnipresence would be a requirement for anyone who was going to convict the world of sin!) Instead, of convicting the world of sin, his teachings have led to endless wars for world conquest, causing Islam to be called the “Ultimate Killing Machine.”
Jesus insisted that the “Spirit of Truth,” the Helper, would come when Jesus would leave, who would teach His Apostles what they “cannot bear” to hear when Jesus was with them. Yet, Muhammad did not arrive until nearly 600 years later, and was not received by the people of Jesus, and Muhammad never instructed Jesus’s Apostles.
What evidence does Mevorach have to claim that these teachings are fulfilled by Muhammad? Why not the founder of the Mormons, Jim Jones, or David Koresh? Mevorach can offer only the Qur’an, a book compiled 600 years after Jesus. He writes:
“For centuries Muslim interpreters have seen Muhammad as this ‘Advocate,’ based on Qur’an 61:6, a verse in which Jesus predicts the coming of a future prophet named Ahmad: ‘O Children of Israel! Truly I am the Messenger of God unto you, confirming that which came before me in the Torah and bearing glad tidings of a Messenger to come after me whose name is Ahmad.’”
However, 600 years earlier, the Holy Spirit came upon the Christian Church, transforming a fearful group of people into bold ambassadors for Christ – people that Islam annihilated by the millions in order to secure its totalitarian ends. Islam’s genocide continues today under the names of ISIS, Islamic Jihad, Boko Haram, Al Nusra, Al Qaeda, and many other groups, all assured that, according to their holy writings, they are serving Allah.
Meanwhile, Muslims in the West use other means. Mevorach assures us that fear and threats are not at all at stake here, just friendly persuasion: “Based on the promises of Jesus, Christians can encounter the Qur’an without fear, knowing that it is a revelation which glorifies Jesus and, in a spiritual sense, is from him.”
You might then ask, “How can Mevorach call himself a ‘Christian minister'”? Easy! Islam is an ideology that uses deception (Taqiyya). Even friendship with a nonbeliever is to be used as a tool of deception. According to the Qur’an:
“Let not the believers take the disbelievers for friends rather than believers. And whoever does this has no connection with Allah unless it is done [deceptively] to guard yourselves against them, guarding carefully.” (3:27)
“O ye who believe, take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors. They are but friends and protectors to each other.” (5:54)
“O you who believe! Take not My enemies and your enemies (i.e. disbelievers and polytheists) as friends, showing affection towards them, while they have disbelieved in what has come to you of the truth.” (60:1)
“Indeed there has been an excellent example for you in Ibraaheem (Abraham) and those with him, when they said to their people: ‘Verily, we are free from you and whatever you worship besides Allah, we have rejected you, and there has started between us and you, hostility and hatred for ever until you believe in Allah Alone.’” (60:4)
How do Muslims understand these verses? This is an important question; since Western Muslims will claim that this is all just a matter of interpretation. Therefore, it cannot be taken literally. However, one representative commentator writes (www.koranqa.com; fatwa 59879):
“Undoubtedly the Muslim is obliged to hate the enemies of Allah and to disavow them, because this is the way of the Messengers and their followers. Based on this, it is not permissible for a Muslim to feel any love in his heart towards the enemies of Allah who are in fact his enemies too.
“But if a Muslim treats them with kindness and gentleness in the hope that they will become Muslim and will believe, there is nothing wrong with that, because it comes under the heading of opening their hearts to Islam. But if he despairs of them becoming Muslim, then he should treat them accordingly.”
What does it mean to treat them accordingly? In order to answer this question, we have to understand the overall thrust of Islam – for the entire world to live in submission to Islam, by persuasion or by bloodshed.
Ibn Khaldun, the 15th century Tunisian historian, states:
“In the Muslim community, the holy war is a religious duty, because of the universalism of the Muslim mission and the obligation to convert everybody to Islam either by persuasion or by force… Islam is under obligation to gain power over other nations.”
The basis for his argument lies in the Qur’an:
“Make war on them until idolatry is no more and Allah’s religion (Islam) reigns supreme.” (8:37)
“When the Sacred Months are over, kill those who ascribe partners [like Jesus] to God wheresoever ye find them; seize them, encompass them, and ambush them; then if they repent and observe prayer and pay the alms, let them go their way.” (4:5)
“Strike off the heads of the disbelievers,” “Kill the disbelievers wherever we find them” (2:191) and “murder them and treat them harshly” (8:12, cp. 8:60; 9:123).
The West regularly hosts many interfaith discourses, thinking they will promote friendship and harmony, as evidenced by this Mevorach’s article. However, the West is merely providing a platform for a deception of the unwary, a platform gladly embraced by every Islamist.
Meanwhile, such discussions cannot occur in the Islamic world without heads rolling– quite literally. Perhaps this should tell us something about the true intents of Islam.