The Greed of the Prophet

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I stated in an article that Muhammad and his followers gained much wealth by taking over the property of the wealthy Jews in Medina after killing them. A Muslim responded to this saying:

“[You] cooked another big lie by saying that Prophet Muhammad PBUH and his companions became wealthy. The Holy Prophet led a very simple, self-denying, modest and immaterial life that even his arch enemies testified to this.”

Notice that this Muslim provided no citation or documentation either from the hadiths or these “arch enemies” to substantiate his claims, yet he called my charge a “big lie.” This is either a bold ignorance or deliberate deception.

But I can prove my charges against Muhammad from islamic authorities. Let’s start with the Quran.

(a) “Did He [Allah] not find you [Muhammad] wandering and give you guidance? And did He not find you in need and make you rich?” (Sira 93:7-8).

Why this statement if Muhammad was a poor, meek and self-denying mystic as this Muslim tries to make him out to be?

Now, where did Muhammad get his wealth from? Let’s read another passage:

(b) “Allah promiseth you MUCH BOOTY that ye will capture and hath given you this in advance and hath withheld man’s hands from you, that it may be a token for believers.” (Sura 48:20)

“Now enjoy what ye have won as lawful and good and keep your duty to Allah. Lo! Allah is forgiving, merciful.” (Sura 8:69)

From these verses, it’s clear that Allah not only sanctioned Muhammad and his followers taking over other people’s property, but also told him that his getting away with such crimes was a proof of divine approval.

Of course, Muhammad was always claiming Allah said this or that when in reality he was the one saying them to justify himself.

(c) “And know that out of all the booty that ye may acquire (in war) a fifth share is assigned to Allah and to the Messenger and to near relatives…” (Sura 8:41)

That means in every war, it was a law that one fifth (20%) of all the spoils obtained were to go into Muhammad’s private account. Poor guy? Nope.

(d) “O ye who believe! When ye consult the messenger in private spend something in charity before your private consultation.” (Sura 58:12)

Consultation with Muhammad wasn’t free; you have to pay to see him. So when a modern Muslim is saying this man lived a modest and immaterial life, you start to wonder who is fooling who.

Now, let’s consult the Hadiths:

(e) “The Prophet said ‘…every apostle was sent to his own people, whereas I have been sent to the red and black, the spoils of war has been made lawful for me and these were never made lawful for anyone before me” (Muslim 4:1058, Narrated Jabir b. Abdullah al-Ansari).

Here, Muhammad was trying to convince his army that Allah has instructed them to attack innocent people, kill them and loot their property as booty.

It seems he said this to response to those who wondered why a supposed prophet of God would loot merchant caravans like a marauder.

He admits that what he is doing has been unlawful for all prophets, but he has been given a special exception. This is how false prophets talk. Muhammad assumes that God changes with the tide of time.

(f) “I followed Umar bin al-Khattab and asked (him) ‘What is wrong with the people (fleeing)?’ He replied ‘This is the will of Allah.’ After the people returned, the Prophet sat and said ‘anyone who has killed an enemy and has a proof of that will possess his spoils.” (Bukhari 4:53:370, Narrated Abu Qatarda).

What he’s saying here is “bring the head, arms or leg of your victim as proof then you will get all his property!” How wicked can you get?

Islamic scholar, Ali Dashti admits:

“This raiding opened the way for the acquisition of power by the Prophet Mohammad and his companions and for their eventual domination of all Arabia; but the immediate step which secured the economic base and strengthened the prestige of the Moslems was the seizure of the property of the Jews of Yathreb” (23 Years: A Study of the Prophetic Career of Muhammad, London, 1985, p. 86)

Muhammad and his followers weren’t different from a gang of thieves after all.

(g) “I have been ordered to fight against the people until they testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and Muhammad is Allah’s Prophet, and offer prayers and give obligatory charity, so if they perform all that, then they save their lives and property.” (Bukhari 1:24).

In other words, even the property of those who refuse to surrender to Islam are not safe too. Thus, on the one hand, we are told that Islam forbids stealing and prescribes amputation for it, yet at the same time, looting the wealth of infidels is allowed.

Muhammad was blinded by greed. Jesus warned: “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possession” (Luke 12:15).

Many Muslims today still follow Muhammad’s evil examples but to emulate such a criminal is to follow the path to Hell.

Detecting False Prophets

The term “prophet” needs to be first defined. From the words used to designate a prophet, both in the Old and New Testaments, we can say “that a prophet is one who sees things, that is, who receives revelations, who is in the service of God, particularly as a messenger, and who speaks in His name.” (Louis Berkhof, Systematic Theology, 1949, 358)

Therefore, a false prophet is one who distorts or denies the truth and claims to speak in God’s name. A Bible Dictionary defines false prophets as “those who falsely claim to utter revelations that come from God, to foretell events, or to have God’s power to produce, miracles, signs, and wonders.” In the Bible, false prophets fall into 3 main categories:

1. Those who worship false gods
2. Those who falsely claimed to receive messages from the Lord
3. Those who wandered from the truth and ceased to be true prophets.

The New Testament is filled with warnings about false prophets and false teachers. Jesus warned: “Beware of false prophets” (Matt. 7:15)

“Many false prophets shall rise up…and shall shew great signs and wonders: insomuch that if it were possible, they shall deceive the elect.” (Matt.24:11)

Peter warned: “there shall be false teachers among you, who privly shall bring in damnable heresies…” (2Pet. 2:1)

John warned: “…do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone into the world.” (1Jn. 4:1)

That 1st John 4:1 shows us that false prophets are being led by evil spirits and all evil spirits are ruled by Satan, the “father of lies” and accuser of God’s people (Jn. 8:44). There is a chain of distribution:

Satan –> Demons –> False Prophets

Satan the father of lies inspires lies that deny the truths of God’s Word and these lies are taught as “doctrines of devils” (1Tim. 4:1) to his messengers, the false prophets. They act as vehicles by which such false doctrines are disseminated to people, whether through the printed page or the media.

This is why Believers should be able to detect them because many false teachers are highly influential and appear outwardly innocent. Most times, people allow sentiments, fear and ignorance to becloud their thinking such that they shy away from testing anyone who claims to be a prophet. Some Christians focus on the gifts at the expense of the fruits, not realizing that spiritual gifts can be counterfeited.

Having read the biographies of those who turned out to be false teachers or prophets in church history (Mary Eddy, Charles Russell, Joseph Smith, David Koresh, Ellen White, etc.), I observed two common things that led them into deception: self conceit and self deceit.

Self conceit or self exaltation is a big trap that Satan uses to lure mankind into deception. He always appeal to human pride. This was the weapon he used on Eve. He appealed to her ego and selfish desire to want to “be like God.”

This is why all false prophets love big titles. David Koresh claimed to be “Jesus,” Sun Myung Moon claimed to be “Lord of the Universe,” the pope of Rome claims to be the “Vicar of Christ” Joseph Smith claimed to be “the prophet sent with the everlasting gospel.” There is always a desire to exalt themselves to the level of God or Christ.

Another way self-conceit manifests is when a person claims to have “the only truth” or a better interpretation of old, established truths. This leads to the idea that without them, you can’t receive from God. Let me say it that anyone who claims to be the only true Bible teacher or the only one who holds the key to your breakthroughs or to the gates of Heaven, is a false messenger.

Self deceit is linked to self conceit because pride and arrogance are sins that open the door to spiritual deception. The moment a false teacher falls into the illusion that he or she alone is God’s prophet and has a corner on His truth, spiritual deception is inevitable. Most deceivers are self-deceived. A person who believes he is right and others are wrong usually becomes invulnerable to Biblical correction.

This reminds me of William Branham (1909-1965), the famous American prophet. Many miracles and healings took place at his crusades and he would give spiritual insights. After some time, he claimed to be the “Elijah” of the church age. He began to teach heresies, denying the Trinity, the eternality of Hell and the Deity of Christ and denounced all other churches. He waved off all godly corrections because of his “revelations” and never recanted his heresies.

Marks of False Prophets

1. They give prophesies that never come to pass (Deut. 18:20).

In 1856, Ellen G. White, the “prophetess” of the Seventh Day Adventists said: “I was shown the company present at the Conference. Said the angel: Some food for worms, some subject to the last plagues, some will be alive and remain upon the earth to be translated at the coming of Jesus” (Testimonies vol 1, p 131).

This prediction never occurred. Everyone present at that meeting is now dead.

Famous American prophet, Benny Hinn, said in 1989: “The Spirit tells me – Fidel Castro will die – in the 90’s…The Lord tells me to tell you in the mid 90’s, about ’94 – ’95, no later than that, God will destroy the homosexual community of America … He will destroy it with fire.”

None of these ever happened.

2. They bear bad fruits (Matt. 7:18-20).

True prophets who are serving Christ are marked by “the fruit of the spirit”- love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23).

The opposite of such fruit is seen in false prophets. They use people rather than love them. Watch their relationships, is it marked by a critical attitude, conflict, rudeness, selfishness, failure to keep promises, failure to control their mouths or sexual desires? Do they exploit people financially? Do they keep their members by love, example and teaching or make them afraid to leave their group? Are their claims factual or inconsistent?

Like the Florida-based prophet I mentioned earlier who can’t seem to get even his conversion story straight. He once said “I got saved in Israel in 1968.” Then during a sermon some years later he said “It was in Canada that I got born again right after 1968.” Then in his book about the Holy Spirit, he says again that he was converted in 1972 during his senior high school. But the records shows that he dropped out before his senior year. When was he saved and why the discrepancies?

3. They contradict God’s Word (Isa. 8:20).

They subvert the Bible with their own “new revelations.” They will say you shouldn’t take the Bible too seriously, or they gradually introduce a “formula” or “ritual” that people use taking their eyes off God and His Word.

4. They deny or distort the Person of Christ or His finished work on the cross (2Pet. 2:1).

Any teaching that distorts or contradicts the cardinal doctrines of the Christian Faith – the Virgin Birth, Deity, perfect sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus or the inspiration and supreme authority of the Bible – must be rejected.

“Prophet” Rick Joyner who is described on his website as one having “an ability to foresee certain future events accurately” glibly denied the humanity of Christ in one of his books:

There is a tendency to continue to relate to Him as ‘the MAN from Galilee.’ Jesus is not a man. He was and is a Spirit. He took the form of a servant and became a man for a brief time” (There Were Two Trees in the Garden, 59).

This is a heresy called Docetism. The humanity of Christ is as emphasized as His divinity in Scripture. The Watchtower Society which claims to be God’s prophet denies Christ’s deity, denied He died on a cross and His bodily resurrection.

I repeat, any prophet or teacher, no matter how “anointed” or popular, that teaches a doctrines that deny or perverts these key doctrines is teaching damnable heresies. Avoid them like a plague.

5. They lead people astray with signs and wonders (Deut. 13:1-4).

They use miracles (or exaggerated stories of miracles) to attract crowds. Such feats keep their followers at bay because to question the “prophet” or leave his fold can invite calamities. Like Jannes and Jambres who contended with Moses, many of them use occult powers to produce lying signs and wonders (2Tim. 3:8).

A Nigerian “prophet” T. B. Joshua once said: “Miracles are just a means to an end…everyone who received a miracle received it for the salvation of his or her soul.” This is false. Miracles do not save, it’s the gospel that saves. The children of Israel witnessed many miracles, yet they perished in the wilderness.

6. They are famous and loved by the world (Luke 6:26).

False prophets like to play it for the crowd and win their approval. Any little good they do for others -including miracles- must be televised and broadcast. They are also very selective on what they preach about.

In response to a question on whether God forgives atheists, Pope Francis said “The question for those who do not believe in God is to abide by their own conscience.” He told another atheist “just do good, we will find a meeting point” (Newsmax, Sept. 12, 2013).

Little wonder this pope has become one of the world’s most loved men. He prayed in a mosque; washed the feet of prisoners; made sandwiches for Swiss guards; invited 200 homeless people to the Vatican garden – but then says you don’t need to believe Jesus to get to Heaven. He’s a false teacher.

False prophets are usually found in close association with powerful world leaders or people who think they can buy God with money. A reference work stated:

“A recurring characteristic of the false prophets is that they are often found in the employment of the powerful and that they are careful to speak pleasing, positive, and flattering words to their employers. Jeremiah condemned the false prophets who were always saying ‘Peace, peace!’ when there was no peace (Jeremiah 6:14)” (Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary, 1995, 440).

For 3 years, apostle Paul warned the Ephesian elders of false teachers that would come from within them (Acts 20:29-31). And what was his remedy? He said: “I commend you to God and to the Word of His grace” (vs. 32). That is our anchor.

Stand firm in the Scriptures and test the spirits. Don’t neglect the Word and chase after miracles, emotional experiences or “new” revelations and gifts in place of the Giver.

How the Quran Crucified Itself

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The death and resurrection of Christ was not only a fulfillment of several Old Testament prophecies but also predicted by Christ Himself (Psa. 22: 7-18, Is. 53, Mt. 16:21, Lk. 9:22).

This is not just a matter of belief, but also that of history. Secular historians living at the time of Christ all recorded the fact that Jesus died on the cross.

Cornelius Tacitus (AD 55-120), a heathen historian, wrote about Christ “from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators” (Annals 15:44).

Jewish historian, Josephus Flavius wrote that:

“And when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him [Jesus] to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him; And the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day” (Antiquities 18:63).

Tertullian (b. 150 AD), an early church father, in his work Apology, gave a full report of the trial, death and resurrection of Christ quoting from the official law report of Governor Pontius Pilate (Chapter 21:34-26).

An anti-Christian work such as the Jewish Talmud also admits:

“Jesus was crucified one day before the Passover. We warned him for 40 days that he would be killed … Whoever wished to do so was asked to defend him, and when none did, He was crucified on the eve of the Passover” (Amsterdam, 1943, p. 42)

Lucien (c. 100 AD), a Greek anti-Christian philosopher wrote that Christians “still worship the man who was crucified in Palestine because he introduced this new cult into the world” (Lucian of Samosata: The Passing of Peregrinus, Translated by H.A. Harmon, p. 11).

Now let’s go to the Quran:

And for their saying ‘We did slay the Messiah, Jesus, the Son of Mary the Messenger of ALLAH;’ whereas they slew him not nor did they bring about his death upon the cross, but he was made to appear to them like one crucified, and those who differ therein are certainly in a state of doubt about it; they have no certain knowledge thereof, but only pursue conjecture; and they did not arrive at a certainty concerning it” (Sura 4:157)

1. Every historian laughs at this verse. Who was the eye-witness to all these? To dismiss an historical event attested to by even non-Christians with the vision of one man 6 centuries after it occurred is intellectual lunacy.

No reputable court of law in any civilized country would take the 23-year heavily abrogated, contradictory recitations of a confused man as a valid witness.

2. The statement attributed to the Jews in that verse: “We did slay the MESSIAH, Jesus, the Son of Mary...” is an impossible one.

The Jews who killed Jesus didn’t believe He was the Messiah. If they knew He was their long-awaited Messiah, they would never have killed Him. That statement is a forgery.

3. The ambiguity of this verse has led to several conflicting interpretations in Islam.

Some Muslims say Jesus only fainted at the cross and later woke up in the sepulchre. Others say he was taken up before He could be killed.

So Allah allowed Jesus to get ridiculed and tortured before pulling him to the sky? Why not rescue him earlier?

Other Muslims claim “another man” who looked like Jesus was crucified in His stead. Who is this “another man?” The Quran didn’t say and Muslims are not sure.

Tabari says it was a man named Sergius.

Baidawi says it was a Jew named Titanus.

Ath-tha-labi says it was a Jew named Fal Tayanus.

Wahb-ibn Munabbah says it was a Jewish rabbi named Ashyu.

Some say it was Judas Iscariot.

So as it turns out, Sura 4:157 has led to more conjectures within the fold of Islam than any Jew or Christian could have ever invented.

4. That verse reflects poorly on the character of Allah. The statement “but so was made to them” means that Allah is a deceiver or trickster.

If Sura 4:157 is true, it implies that for 6 centuries, Allah deceived many godly people – including the disciples of Christ – to believe the lie that Jesus was crucified until Islam came.

So Allah was pleased that thousands went to hell believing the very lie he invented. Such a detestable attribute does not befit the God of the Bible. It fits the gods of Greek mythologies who enjoy playing cheap tricks.

5. A place in the Quran suggests that all the apostles before Muhammad died, without giving an exception:

Muhammad is no more than an Apostle; many were the Apostles that passed away before him” (Sura 3:144)

The Jesus of the Quran also said:

And the peace of God was on me on the day that I was born; and it shall be on me on the day that I would die and the day I would be raised up to life.” (Sura 19:33).

Note: Yusuf Ali’s version added the word “again” in brackets to make it look like Jesus is yet to die. But Muhammad claimed to be Jesus’ successor. Do you succeed a living person?

Allah allegedly says to Jesus:

O Jesus! I will take thee [inni mutwafeeka]. And raise thee to Myself and clear thee of those who disbelieve and am setting those who follow thee above those who disbelieve until the Day of Resurrection…” (Sura 3:55).

In another place Jesus is also quoted saying to Allah:

“…And I was a witness over then whilst I dwelt amongst them when thou didst take me up [tawaffaytan]. Thou wast the Watcher over them…” (Sura 5:117)

The terms “I will take thee” and “take me up” are Arabic terms used for one who is taken at death.

Now, how can Suras 3 and 5 teach one thing – that Christ died – but Sura 4 categorically denies this? Does this make sense?

Such an inexcusable contradiction and incoherence shouldn’t come from even a normal human being. Yet we are told this is a book from God.

6. Out of all those suras shown above implying Christ’s death, only sura 19 is a Meccan or early sura. The others (3, 4 and 5) were Medinan or later suras. This makes the Quran more illogical.

What could have made Muhammad switch over from fact to fiction within a limited timeline? There are two possibilities.

It seems Muhammad adopted the heresy that Christ escaped the cross from some heretical/Gnostic sects in Arabia who denied the crucifixion.

Since he was borrowing Bible stories from other religious people, he might have also adopted their errors and recite them at some point. After his death, both truth and hearsay were collected and bound together by his followers as a single book.

Or, it’s possible that Muhammad deliberately denied the death and resurrection of Christ because these would prove that Jesus Christ has power over death and is the Saviour of the world.

Remember that Muhammad frequently distorted Bible events so as to parallel his own experiences. He possibly made up a “Jesus” to fit his level.

The fact that the Quran has no valid explanation for what really happened at the cross proves that Sura 4:157 is a big lie.

Muhammad was under the influence of a lying spirit that has kept millions of Muslims today from the only means by which they can obtain forgiveness and eternal salvation – the crucifixion of Christ. This is how the Quran crucified itself.