It is no wonder that this next area of interest can be confusing for our Muslim friends, because they may not be aware of the differences between the many denominations of Christians. Not all Christians are the same, nor the beliefs they hold dear. Catholics and Protestants have many obvious differences, but more than that, the many different strains of Protestants add to the confusion. According to the Dictionary of Christianity in America [Protestant] (Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 1990): “As of 1980 David B. Barrett identified 20,800 Christian denominations worldwide…” In addition to this, there is an estimated 4,200 other religions in all. Muslims point to the Bible to attack what “Christians” believe, so this post will use the Bible to be able to refute their reasoning. I will be using the Bible, New World Translation Of The Holy Scriptures, because it translates from the original sources, something Muslims say we do not do. Bible scholars agree that God’s personal name, as represented by the Tetragrammaton, appears almost 7,000 times in the original text of Hebrew Scriptures. Therefore, I will be using God’s personal name, Jehovah (in English, Yahweh in Greek), to stay true to the original texts.
The main problem is that Muslims do not fully understand Jesus and the Bible, both of which came 620 years before Muhammad and the Quran, or they would not be Muslim. I will explain the reason I say this at the conclusion of this post. A secondary problem is that not all Christians (Catholic of otherwise), really know what the Bible teaches. They know what their denomination of Christian teaches and why, but not all know what the Bible actually says.
“All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness, so that the man of God may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16
Since the Qur’an states that the Bible is also the True Word of God [29:45-47], then one must accept that truth, too.
What does the Bible really teach?
Let us also remember that the Book of Revelation was given to the apostle John, by Jesus Christ himself.
God created a beautiful paradise earth, the galaxies and the entire cosmos, with Jesus by his side (as the first born of all creation), and created humans with free will. “Then God said: “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness, and let them have in subjection the fish of the sea and the flying creatures of the heavens and the domestic animals and all the earth and every creeping animal that is moving on the earth.” Genesis 1:26
This is before Satan and the fallen angels get cast out of Heaven and sent to the Earth. Even Jesus knew that Satan to this day is the current ruler of the world. Luke 4:1-13 has Jesus being tempted in the desert. If there were really no Satan, or no devil, this certainly would have been no temptation.
“Then Jesus, full of holy spirit, turned away from the Jordan, and he was led about by the spirit in the wilderness for 40 days, being tempted by the Devil. And he ate nothing in those days, so when they had ended, he felt hungry. At this the Devil said to him: “If you are a son of God, tell this stone to become a loaf of bread.” But Jesus answered him: “It is written, ‘Man must not live on bread alone.’”
“So he brought him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the inhabited earth in an instant of time. Then the Devil said to him: “I will give you all this authority and their glory, because it has been handed over to me and I give it to whomever I wish. If you, therefore, do an act of worship before me, it will all be yours.” In reply Jesus said to him: “It is written, ‘It is Jehovah your God you must worship, and it is to him alone you must render sacred service.’”
“He then led him into Jerusalem and stationed him on the battlement of the temple and said to him: “If you are a son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written, ‘He will give his angels a command concerning you, to preserve you,’ 11 and, ‘They will carry you on their hands, so that you may not strike your foot against a stone.’” In answer Jesus said to him: “It is said, ‘You must not put Jehovah your God to the test.’” So the Devil, having finished all the temptation, departed from him until another convenient time.” Luke 4:1-13
The “us” in Genesis 1:26, is God and Jesus, as foretold in the Old Testament. Proverbs 8:30: “Then I was beside him as a master worker. I was the one he was especially fond of day by day; I rejoiced before him all the time;” and in the New Testament, John 1:3-4: “All things came into existence through him, and apart from him not even one thing came into existence.” and Colossians 1:16: “because by means of him all other things were created in the heavens and on the earth, the things visible and the things invisible, whether they are thrones or lordships or governments or authorities. All other things have been created through him and for him.”
This is not the picture Muslims portray of Jesus.
Why would anyone reading and understanding the Bible not become Muslim? It is a matter of Archangel Gabriel apparently contradicting himself. A deception is present. Which Archangel “Gabriel” should we believe? One of them is Gabriel, the other is posing as Gabriel. Archangel Gabriel told Mary that Jesus would be Lord. Then “Archangel Gabriel” informs Muhammad that Jesus is only a prophet. Why?
Let’s look to see what the Bible says in Luke 1:26-35: “In her (Mary’s cousin Elizabeth) sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin promised in marriage to a man named Joseph of David’s house, and the name of the virgin was Mary. And coming in, the angel said to her: “Greetings, you highly favored one, God is with you.” But she was deeply disturbed at his words and tried to understand what kind of greeting this might be. So the angel said to her: “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And look! you will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus. This one will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule as King over the house of Jacob forever, and there will be no end to his Kingdom.”
“But Mary said to the angel: “How is this to be, since I am not having sexual relations with a man?” In answer the angel said to her: “Holy spirit will come upon you, and power of the Most High will overshadow you. And for that reason the one who is born will be called holy, God’s Son.”
But don’t forget, 2 Corinthians 11:14, says, “Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.”
The Bible warns us against putting our faith in any other teaching other than that which Jesus taught us. That is why Paul emphatically warns in Galatians 1:8-9: “If we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.”
In other words, if a gnostic text, a Muslim, Mormon, spirit appearing to be Gabriel, Moroni, tries to push some other Jesus on you other than the one found in the Bible, do not listen for this is a false teaching.
John’s words from the Book of Revelation, revealed by Jesus Christ himself, in the Bible, a book which the Qur’an says is the True Word of God, then this information is vitally important. Revelation 20:18-19 says, “I am bearing witness to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone makes an addition to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this scroll; and if anyone takes anything away from the words of the scroll of this prophecy, God will take his portion away from the trees of life and out of the holy city, things that are written about in this scroll.”
Gabrielle then supposedly speaks with Muhammad 620 years after Jesus?