UI – Part 222 – John 14: Muhammad and Holy Spirit
Muhammad claims the Bible speaks of him as the Counselor, the advocate, the spirit that will follow Jesus ascension. Christians obviously disagree with this assertion.
John 1:4-5: “In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.”
Jesus speaking to his disciples (Apostles), John 14:15-16: “If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever – the Spirit of Truth.” Followed by John 14:17: “The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”
The reference in 17 is towards ‘believers in Christ – Christ followers’, just as addressed to the Apostles, informs them that those who do not believe as they do ‘cannot accept’ the Holy Spirit.
For the Muslims they substitute Muhammad for the Counselor, as a means of more than denial, but substitution. Yet the verse notes the Counselor will never be seen, yet Muhammad was a mortal, visible, not a spirit, and by placing himself in the biblical account certainly not the spirit of ‘truth.’
The ‘me’, in if you love ‘me’, is Christ (Jesus). This suggests followers are to obey instructions from Jesus. Jesus had to ascend into heaven (already resurrected) to make the request for his followers of God his Father. Muhammad denies the Resurrection.
The ‘advocate’ is a person who represents another. In this statement the ‘advocate’ is a ‘spirit’, not human, to dwell inside each believer. Muhammad was human, thus impossible for him to fulfill this role. Muhammad, again, was not Spirit.
In UI – Part 196 – Muslim Heritage – a similar reference to Muhammad as the prophet the “Lord your God will raise up for you…from among your own brothers” is discussed, “Moses who Muhammad claims named him as a successor in Deuteronomy 18:15-18 is making light of the brethren to whom Moses refers to in Deuteronomy more than in just this verse, but repeatedly, as the brethren of Israel, or Jacob, the son of Isaac, Jews. Muhammad is using the Bible. He only knew the Bible. His revelations were Bible stories, not a history of his Arab Peninsula people, except as they are Gentiles, as were all of us who were not Jews. As Gentiles we collectively inherited the Covenant of God, as a New Covenant, with the ultimate sacrifice made by Jesus for the sins of mankind, if you understand and believe. (Jews are included if they so discern the new covenant is all-inclusive)
Muhammad took advantage of the Bible for his own purposes. So do the Muslims. They are, unfortunately in error. It is deception, possibly Allah’s deception, as the Quran claims Allah is the Best of Deceivers; so too, Muhammad, the Caliphs that followed, the ulema and those bathed in a culture of denial of the true Lord and Savior.
Grace and Peace