What the Bible Says About...Islam?
My maternal grandmother spent her life fund raising to build churches and holding Bible worship and study groups. She has always been active in the Christian community in a fashion that reminds me of many Muslim women, who participate in local mosque activities and hold weekly 'halaqa's, or 'circles of faith.'
Same goals, different religious affiliations.
However, despite growing up with my maternal family and their vast knowledge and devoted adherence to Christianity, I have still found myself overwhelmed with what I consider to be ignorance about Christianity and the Bible—not from the Muslim community, but from some very vocal Christians themselves!
And this isn't just a lower-end-of-the-church issue--I've had a bajillion and one experiences with self-professed preachers, ministers, and missionaries who are unfamiliar with much of their own religious texts.
Now, in the face of Islam's negative portrayal from many loud and disrespectful, self-professed Christians--whether it's joke of a presidential candidate Ben Carson or [not] good ol' Pastor Terry Jones, who years ago schemed to publicly burn the Quran (which respectfully discusses in great detail things like the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ, the faith of the true Christian people, and the Message sent by Prophet Abraham)—I felt it necessary to use the Bible itself to demonstrate what a truly Christ-like attitude should be towards Muslims and, more importantly, Islam. I feel that, quite frankly, there are a great deal of Christians who need to begin pressuring idiots like State Rep John Bennett to shut their mouths, resign from their positions, vindicate Christianity from their personal ignorance, and open a book--the book being their own Bible, of course, committing once and for all to stop perpetuating Islamophobia.
Please note that this is not meant to be the thousandth article on love and tolerance being the “Christian” thing to do in the face of heedless “Moozlums.” Actually, the Biblical verses I will be discussing here are directly related to the Muslim people, the Islamic faith, and the Quran.
If some of you, dear readers, consider yourselves truly God-conscious Christians and are confused on what opinions to form about Islam in lieu of the plethora of "Christian" leaders who have made hating on Islam their call to fame and fortune, please take a moment to review some Biblical verses that very well should change your life from this moment on.
In Deuteronomy 18:18 we find the following verse:
“I will raise them up a Prophet from among a brethren nation, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.”
Misinformed pastors may insinuate that God is speaking to the Prophet Moses and referring to Christ (peace be upon them both) in this verse, but there is a problem with this interpretation. Jesus is not from a “brethren” nation in comparison to Moses; he's actually from the same nation—the people of Isaac (the Arian race, as so many bigoted white Americans may point out).
So who is the brethren nation God is referring to when He promises us a Prophet after Christ? Let's take two steps backwards to figure that one out.
The Prophet Abraham had two sons, as we know: Isaac and Ishmael (peace be upon them). It seems that God, in this verse in Deuteronomy, is promising to send us a Prophet from amongst the people of Ishmael, after having sent Christ and Moses from Isaac's nation (peace be upon them).
...To confirm this, please turn to Genesis 17:20 and read:
“And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.”
...Ok, so someone from the church was lying to us big-time when they demonized Ishmael and his people. The Bible says that Ishmael (who Arabs descended from, by the way) will father a “great nation”!
But who is this Prophet, then, that the Bible speaks of as coming from Ishmael's nation?
And where geographically will he be located?
To find the answer to the above questions, please open to Deuteronomy 33:2 and read:
“And he said, The Lord came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir to them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousand saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them.”
We know that “The Lord came from Sinai” is a reference to Moses, and we also know that Seir, in Jerusalem, is a reference to Christ (peace be upon them). So who then is God sending from Mount Paran?
And, more importantly, where geographically is Mount Paran?
Mount Paran is actually located in what is today the western region of Saudi Arabia.
And there, dear readers, you have it.
Fun fact: the Quran was revealed to Ishmael's descendants (remember that “great nation” God spoke about in the Bible? Yeah, that one) in the region of Mount Paran, confirming the Message that's in the Bible so many Christians in the west claim to adhere to.
But wait--I have one last verse to share, and I'll rest my case.
Turn to John 14:24-26 and read:
“He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father's who sent Me. I have told you this while I am still with you. But the helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.”
There is a slight mistranslation above and “Holy Spirit," if you go back to the Greek translations, should simply be translated from there to English as, “the one who has a trustworthy/pure soul.” And the word “helper” translated above from Greek is actually “Paraclete,” which has varying meanings in English. The root of the word would literally translate into “He who is deserving of Praise.”
The above verse is referencing the Prophet we have seen mentioned above—who will have honest characteristics and be named “Paraclete,” which means “Praiseworthy.” This prophet, when he comes, will teach us “all things,” and remind us of what God originally sent to us through Christian Scripture and even the Old Testament!
[Parenthetical Thought: So, a true Christian at this point will ask himself or herself who then is this “Comforter” that is prophesied in the Bible...who has a spirit that is full of holiness and has a name meaning “Praiseworthy” ? /End Parenthetical Thought]
Who is God referring to in the Bible when He tells us that from Mount Paran will come a Prophet from the nation of Ishmael to recite unto us His verses and carry a conformation of the message of Christianity?
And, out of curiosity, what would “Paraclete” mean if we were to, say, translate it into the language of the people living in Mount Paran (which is Arabic)?
…I looked up Arabic translations of Paraclete, and here are names that are derived from the word:
Ahmed, Mohammad, Mahmoud
Did you recognize any of those? I know I recognize one of them.
So, the question here really needs to be asked, why are more Christians unaware of the prophecy of the Quran in John, brought to the people of Ishmael? How dare certain Christians demonize a Book referenced in their own Scripture--even going so far as to burn it!
Don't these "Christians" worry about God's wrath? Although so many "Christians" (note the quote marks) have made a claim to fame by declaring that Islam is from the devil, based on the Bible alone it seems to be that the hatred they preach and profit from is instead more indicative of satanic followers than the ones they accuse of such.
But I won't quote from the Bible alone anymore. This is because I have a verse from the Quran that I wanted to share. The verse gives me chills, and it should to any true Christian reading this. It may even seem familiar when you read it:
“Even as We have sent among you a Messenger from among yourselves, reciting to you Our Messages, and purifying you, and teaching you the Scripture and the wisdom, and teaching you what you were not knowing. Therefore remember Me, I shall remember you; and give thanks to Me, and do not defy Me.” [2:151-152]
...God promised Moses (peace be upon him) in the Old Testament to send an unlearned Prophet to the people of Ishmael, and He reiterated the same promise in the verses I shared with you above from the New Testament [Deuteronomy 18:18].
In the Holy Quran, God confirms that He has followed through with His promise.
Now, dear Christian readers, the ball is in your court (no, seriously).
I feel very strongly that a true Christian will have the strength to, at the very least, acknowledge the legitimacy of the Quran as it was mentioned in your own Bible. Whether or not someone wants to call themselves Muslim (which—get this—means “Submitter to God” in Arabic) is up to them. But you cannot deny that the Bible speaks highly of the Arab people upon whom a Message of God was scheduled to be revealed post-Christ, the Muslim Prophet, and the Quran. And you cannot deny that the people who perpetrate anti-Islam stigmatization within the Muslim community can only be acting in direct defiance of any wisdom we can garner from the Bible itself on God's position about Muslims/Arabs/Islam.
Again, the true Christian will acknowledge the legitimacy of the Islamic Scripture, as it was mentioned in the Bible, even if choosing not to adhere to Islam.
Hateful rhetoric, false accusations, and ignorance should not be an option for the Christian community.
On the other hand, blasphemous individuals in the Christian community, who ignore the above verses and insist that the Quran is from the devil, really might as well just throw the Bible into their line of fire as well.