Last week we covered the question: Who was Muhammad?
Today we answer: What about his call to be “God’s Prophet?”
At the age of 40 Muhammad received his first “vision” or “revelation.” These “revelations” are what has been recorded in the Qur’an (Koran).
For Muslims the Koran is their “Bible.” They believe the Koran to be the final and complete inspired word of God transmitted to the prophet Muhammad by the angel Gabriel. These “visions” mark the start of Muhammad’s “prophetic call” by “Allah.” He continued to receive these visions over the next 22 years until his death in 632 A.D. Many, if not all of these “visions,” were probably written down during his lifetime by his secretaries in what is known today as the “Koran.”
If Muslims believe the Koran to be the final and complete inspired word of God transmitted to the prophet Muhammad by the angel Gabriel, then what about Paul’s warning in Galatians 1:6-8?
“I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel,” warns the apostle Paul, “which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed” (Galatians 1:6-8)!
If Muhammad was born around 570 A.D., and he didn’t receive his first “revelation” from God until he was 40 years old (this “vision” representing his “prophetic call”), then Islam didn’t officially begin until 610 A.D., 610 years after Christ.
The Muslim religion tends to resemble the Old Testament, not the New Testament. And yet, Islam didn’t begin until 610 years after Christ. This means that the canon of Scripture – both the Old and New Testaments – were already closed and well established by this time (about 400 A.D.)
The point? The foundation upon which Islam stands or falls – these “revelations” from Muhammad – contradict the clear teaching of Scripture which was already established some 210 years earlier. The New Testament book of Galatians was around when Muhammad began to record his “visions” as revelations from the angel “Gabriel.”
“No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds” (2 Corinthians 11:14-15).
(Jessie J. Charpentier Sr. is pastor of Jenkins Memorial Baptist Church in St. Martinville.)