Muslim Apologetics Free Course, Lesson 006
JESUS NEVER SPOKE OF MUHAMMAD
Did Jesus Christ prophesy of Muhammad? It is said that the Parakletos which is translated as the comforter or the Holy Spirit is Muhammad. Jesus said “I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever” (John 14:16 emphasis mine). Forever means without beginning or end. He is eternal. Is Muhammad eternal or has he lived forever? History says he was born in 570 A.D. and he died which is strong evidence that he was not what Jesus spoke as the Spirit.
The Spirit is mentioned as being present when the world was created (Gen. 1:1-2). This was a time before Muhammad was born. Numerous verses in the OT speak of the Spirit (Gen. 6:3; Ps. 51:11; Isa. 61:1-3etc). The Spirit is divine because of the divine attribute of eternality.
“HAS THE NAME OF MUHAMMAD BEEN ERASED FROM THE HOLY BIBLE?”
There are many of the ancient copies which exist until today such as the Vaticanus, written in the half of the 4th century and Sinaiticus which was written in the 4th century. The Alexandrinus was written in the 5th century. In all these Bible versions the name of Muhammad does not appear. Muhammad as a name only appears in “The Gospel of Barnabas” which was written in A.D. 1500. The Gospel of Barnabas is not part of the New Testament canon. The name is forged in this document (Wieland No year: 174).
JESUS DIED BY CRUCIFIXION
The honoured Qur’an (Surah 4:157-158) denies that Christ died on the cross. Deedat (p. 71 in a book without a year) calls crucifixion that it is a crucifixion which was invented by Christians.
The Holy Qur’an calls Jesus as righteous (Surah 3:44-45; 19:34). This is in agreement with the NT that He was without sin (John 8:46; 2 Cor. 5:21). “The idea that Jesus escaped actual crucifixion, and that a substitute took his place while he went free, is contradicted by all the evidence. Such an idea involves Jesus trickery and deceit, and everyone including the honoured Koran, recognized that he was without sin” (Wieland no Year:194).
The first evidence that Jesus was crucified come from the NT written by the apostles and the close associates of Jesus (Matt. 27; Mark 14; Luke 23; John 19). What Jesus disciples’ wrote about His death is true because they were close to him than what Muhammad wrote in Koran. Muhammad was born in 570 A.D. He had not seen Jesus. He had heard of Jesus. He lived five hundred years after of his lifetime after Jesus. What he wrote cannot be more accurate that what the apostles of Jesus had written (Tembo 2005:37). Do Muslims have evidence of the written documents of the people who were eyewitnesses to Jesus or His close associates?
The Gospels point to the Jews to have handed Jesus to Pilate, the Roman authority to crucify Him. In the Jewish apology, the Jews accept to have killed Jesus (Epstein 1935-48: 21). Accusing the Romans and Jews is the charge which has not been denied by them both (Tembo 2005:38). Have you come across of any literature from the two camps which denies that they had not crucified Jesus?
Lucian, the Greek rhetorician who lived in 120-180 says Jesus was crucified (Harbemas 1997:100). He was neither a Jew nor a Christian. With the arguments pointed above I conclude that Jesus was crucified.