Responding to Christianity's Critics

Re: Was Muhammad Inspired by God?

edit: Three times now I have left a nice, respectful comment to the author of whose post to which this reply is aimed at and three times now he has deleted my comments. They claim to wish to be let known of any holes in their argument and yet when I completely refute their argument, they are quick to hide this from their Muslim audience. It’s telling that they’d want to lie not only to themselves, but fellow Muslims as well—telling indeed.

On perusing the internet, I came across this article which claims to prove that Muhammad was neither a madman nor inspired by Satan. Now the article divides itself between a section aimed at a general audience and another to refute a specific Christian claim—namely, that Muhammad was inspired by Satan. I would encourage all Christians to read it in order to see how gravely most Muslims misunderstand the Christian message and YHWH—the only true God.

The article itself relies on two points to refute the charges of a satanic inspiration for the religion that is Islam. Those being that:

  • Islam teaches virtues such as loving God, loving others, and prayer etc.
  • Islam has brought people closer to Christianity

The argument thus being: If Islam was started by Satan, why then would he prescribe such things? Why would he teach people to believe in a God who created the heavens and the earth, who is omnipotent, who upholds the universe by his sovereign will? Why would Muslims be commanded to worship God and God alone and in this fashion bring over a billion people that much closer to Christianity in their respect for Jesus and their acknowledgement of his miraculous birth, life and status as the promised Messiah?

It’s sad to say that the above is perhaps the best of Muslim arguments on this matter and yet still, it so completely misses the message of Christianity. Before moving on, let me just say that God, in his infinite wisdom, moved the inspired disciple John, to refute this argument approximately 2,000 years ago. He wrote,

No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also. – 1 John 2:23

That single verse by itself has refuted the muslim apologists over at tiigerr.wordpress.com. But for those who require me to expound the Christian logic in a few more sentences I am more than happy to do so.

1. How can Islam be of the devil when it stresses good works and belief in God?

The above statement betrays a level of ignorance of what the bible claims about salvation, God, and the devil. For one thing the bible claims that our good works amount to nothing. In themselves, they will not lead us to salvation for they all fail to pass the standard which God has set for goodness.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. – Ephesians 2:8-9

Now having established that all individuals are saved by faith apart from their personal virtues or good works, it stands to reason that the fact that a false religion might tell you to do good doesn’t matter and as such cannot be a valid argument against the position that Islam has a satanic origin. Undoubtedly one would now ask, “what of the fact that Islam teaches the belief in (one) God? Surely if it were of the devil this would not be taught.” On the surface this seems to be a compelling argument until one once again examines what the bible has to say about this. According to the word of God, simply believing that there is a God won’t assure your salvation. The bible says,

You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. – James 2:19

Let’s consider this logically. If belief in God was all one needed to be assured of their salvation than wouldn’t Satan himself be saved? For surely he and his demons believe in God. Therefore it isn’t simple belief in God that justifies an individual but rather it is believing in his word. And his word tells us that the only way to be saved is through Jesus Christ:

that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. – Philippians 2:10-11

We accept man’s testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart. Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. – 1 John 5:9-12

Clearly, mere belief in God is not that which will save the individual but rather trusting in what he has declared. If then the LORD God has declared that one can only be saved by accepting Jesus as their Lord and Saviour yet we refuse to believe this declaration of him to be true and simply tell ourselves that it is enough to believe in one God to be saved then we haven’t really believed in him, have we? To not believe God’s own testimony about himself is the same as to not believe in God because one replaces God’s own declaration of who he is and what he’s done with a perception of God stemming form one’s own imagination.

2. How can Islam be of the Devil when it brings people closer to Christianity?

The short answer is, no matter how close Islam brings people to Christianity, it doesn’t actually lead them to true Christianity. In fact the Qur’an calls Christians the worst of creatures on earth (Surah 98:6). It substitutes the true message of God with a counterfeit Christianity—please think about this. Don’t Muslims believe that the Qur’an contains Jesus’ true message? With such a belief, why would they then bother to read God’s actual revelation in the Bible? Not to mention that Muslims are taught that the Bible has been irredeemably corrupted so even if read, chances are that they will not do so with real sincerity. So no, Islam doesn’t truly bring people closer to Christianity but certainly makes them all the more likely to reject God’s true revelation—if at all read it.

It is now clearly evident that none of the arguments presented can serve as real objections to the Christian argument that Islam was inspired by Satan himself. The fact is that if Christianity is true, Islam is exactly the kind of religion one would expect to have been created by the devil.

Perhaps I should explain. It is understood that the devil is a highly intelligent creature. He knows that the bible is true when it claims that morality has been instilled in man by God (Romans 2:14-15) and as such if he brought about a religion centered only on immoral actions it could not serve as a viable alternative to Christianity. At the very least, his religion would have to masquerade as truth and righteousness. Second, he isn’t worried about atheists and others who would never be interested in religion anyway, he is concerned about the majority of mankind who are true to themselves and admit that there is a God. These are the people he wants to deceive and so of course his religion would consist of a God. Furthermore, he knew of the power of the Bible and how no other faith could stand up to the religion that God himself had consummated with his own blood (Matthew 16:18). Therefore he sought to incorporate a form of Christianity into the new faith-system he would devise. Hence why he introduced a caricature of Christ, the concept of one God etc. in hopes that this alternative might at least lead some honest seekers to their eternal damnation.

Once more, the devil does not care whether you do good works or not as long as you don’t find salvation. If Christianity is true, then one would expect the devil to inspire a religion that is so diametrically opposed to the death, deity, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (seeing as that’s how Jesus saved the world and gave Satan his greatest defeat) and this is precisely what we find in Islam. After God has sent his own Son, after God himself has given his personal testimony to the truth of his Son’s ministry, the devil would like nothing more than for people to call God a liar. He would like nothing more than for man to say that Jesus was not God, that he didn’t die for the sins of the world and subsequently atoned for our sins, and that he wasn’t vindicated by God through the resurrection. Once more, this is exactly what Islam teaches.

Yet God in his infinite wisdom warned Christians of the false religions that the devil would inspire. In Paul’s prophecy written around 600 years before the advent of Islam, God inspires Paul to give these warnings,

Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. – 2 Corinthians 11:4

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! 9As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned! – Galatians 1:6-9

In the light of the above, how is a Christian supposed to believe this new and completely different message called Islam by a man who claims to have received it from an angel as stemming from God? I don’t believe that the Muslim can deny the fact that his/her religion was prophesied to be of the devil 600 years before it’s advent. Therefore, the claim that Islam was inspired by Satan stands unrefuted.

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