Each time the murderous acts of Muhammad are exposed, the usual standby of Muslim polemics is an appeal to New Testament passages in a vain attempt to show that Jesus too did what their Muhammad did.
In Logic, this sort of argumentation is fatally flawed in two ways:
First, it is a fallacy of false analogy. An analogy proposes that two concepts (A and B) which are similar, have a common relationship to some property. A has property X, therefore B must also have property X.
Muslims blindly assume that both Jesus Christ and Muhammad are Messengers of Allah, that their Allah is God the Father whom Jesus revealed, and that Christianity and Islam share the same concepts of prophethood, sin, ethics, and social infrastructure of war or expansion.
Hence, they think whatever refutes their Muhammad must also refute our Jesus. But once they understand that we don’t share those concepts, their feeble attempts crumble like a pile of Pixie dust.
Second, the Muslim appeal to “violent” passages in the Bible reeks of the fallacy of hypocrisy or Tū quoque (the Latin word for “you also”). This fallacy intends to discredit the opponent’s argument by asserting the opponent’s failure to be consistent with his own standards.
For instance, let’s assume I wrote that:
“Big daddy Mustapha is a disgusting paedophile because he loves wobbling naked in bed with an underage girls,” and a devotee of guru Mustapha, enraged that I’m blaspheming his holy prophet – the man who was the sole reason God created the earth – now says in response:
“Shut up, you pork-eating infidel! Didn’t Moses and his men in the Bible take little girls from the Midianites as sex preys? Didn’t Isaac at 42 marry Rebecca at 3 years old? We all know pastors take underaged girls as sex mates too. So…?”
This is a thoroughly invalid argument. The devotee completely failed to disprove the fact that big daddy Musty is a filthy paedo and to distract his opponent, he throws up false examples of paedophilia and an instance of men – who apparently share the same faith as the critic – doing what his guru did.
He indirectly conceeds to the argument that his grand poobah is a sex pervert, but then says to the opponent, “you also” are guilty.
This is the same logically bankrupt approach that Muslims have regarding the issue of jihad. They implicitly agree that their prophet was indeed a terrorist and mass murderer, but attempt to tailor Jesus Christ along that line.
Here we will examine these arguments to see if they measure up to facts or qualify for riotous fiction:
1. Mark 6:11 “Any city that doesn’t receive the followers of Jesus will be destroyed in a manner even more savage than that of Sodom and Gomorrah.”
This paraphase is (unsurprisingly) gleaned from an atheist site. Quoting the text directly from the Bible, beginning from verse 7, we see a different scenario:
“And he called to him the twelve, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits.
8 “He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts;
9 “but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics. 10 And he said to them, “Where you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place.
11 “And if any place will not receive you and they refuse to hear you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet for a testimony against them.”
12 “So they went out and preached that men should repent. 13 And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many that were sick and healed them.” (NKJV).
I think this verse is self-explanatory to any unbiased reader.
Conversely, here is what Muhammad said to his followers:
“I have been ordered (by Allah) to fight against people until they testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is his prophet” (Bukhari 1:2:24).
2. Matthew 10:34-36 “Jesus said he came with the sword to cause war.”
Reading from verses 16-39, it’s clear that Jesus was speaking of how “a sword” of His truth would divide those who follow Him from those who do not. He is not a prophet of the sword of violence, force or war.
16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.
17 Beware of men; for they will deliver you up to councils, and flog you in their synagogues, 18 and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear testimony before them and the Gentiles.
19When they deliver you up, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour; 20 for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
21 Brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; 22 and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.” (RSV).
The context speaks of the serious consequences of following Jesus and a reference to the physical sword that will be used against Believers, not the one they will wield against other people like jihadists. Here is what Jesus taught:
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:5-10, NIV).
There is no way one can abide by the teachings of Christ and have any inclination to hate other people or murder them. Compare this with the offensive wars Muhammad taught his followers in spreading Islam:
“From now onwards we [Muslims] will go to attack them (the infidels) and they will not come to attack us, but we will go to them” (Bukhari 5:59:436).
3. Luke 22:36 “Jesus said get a sword for jihad. Or what are swords used for? Cutting apples?”
Here, what Jesus said:
“But now, the person who has a wallet and a traveling bag should take them along. The person who doesn’t have a sword should sell his coat and buy one.”
What He was conveying to His disciples that from that point on there would be hardship and opposition. “The disciples said, “Lord, look! Here are two swords! Then Jesus said to them, “That’s enough.”
Peter, like the others, felt Jesus was referring to physical swords and he used one to cut off the ear of the soldiers that came to arrest Him. But Jesus promptly told him to hold back the sword and healed that ear (Lk 22:51).
The message was clear: He had come to lay down His life for mankind and not for mankind to kill for Him. His language there in Luke was symbolic since He didn’t permit them to physically defend Him from His enemies.
He said “all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword” (Matt. 26:52). Indeed, Jesus wasn’t calling for jihad and come to think of it, there’s no way two swords would have defended Him from the armed fire-breathing Roman soldiers.
A Bible commentary notes:
“They [disciples] must now expect that their enemies would be more fierce than they had been, and they would need weapons. At the time the apostles understood Christ to mean real weapons, but he spake only of the weapons of spiritual warfare” (Matthew Henry Commentary, Authentic Media, 1995, p. 763).
While Jesus clearly stated that Believers need not physically fight because His kingdom wasn’t of this earth (Jn. 18:36), Ibn Sa’ad has this to say concerning Muhammad:
“The apostle of Allah sent Khalid ibn al-Walid with 400 muslims to Banul al-Harith … He ordered him to invite them to Islam three times before fighting … they accepted what he had called them to. He stayed among them to teach them Islam, its regulation and its precepts.” (Al-Tabaqat Al-Kabir vol.1 p. 399)
4. Luke 19:27 “Jesus said to Christians, Bring all all my enemies before me and kill them’. That’s jihad!”
Here, Jesus was narrating a parable (verses 11-26) about a nobleman exacting a death penalty on those rejecting his rule.
12“A nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return. 13 Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Engage in business until I come.’14 But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to reign over us.’
15 When he returned, having received the kingdom, he ordered these servants to whom he had given the money to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by doing business.” (vv. 12-15 ESV).
The nobleman’s words are those in verse 27 which our Muslim friend run off with because it sounds closer to their frame of belief. Note that treason is punishable by death in many cultures, yet this parable is not to be taken literally as it relates to the return of Jesus Christ to reward His servants and judge the unbelieving:
“The second coming of Jesus Christ will be for the purpose of judging the world and perfecting the salvation of His people. Men and angels, the living and the dead, will appear before Him to be judged according to the record which was kept of them…” (Louis Berkhof, Systematic Theology, Grand Rapids, 1949, p. 354).
Both Christianity and Islam agree that unbelievers be punished for their actions on the last day, so the “killing” of the rebels in this parable means eternal destruction of those who reject Christ. Because Muslims are borrowing their arguments from atheists, they throw out their own beliefs on this topic.
Most Muslims are aware that their guru was a bloodthirsty murderer but rather than reject him as a doomed vessel and follow the Prince of Peace, they stubbornly cleave to him by projecting his evil acts on Jesus. This is reprehensible.
Muslims are free to love and follow their Muhammad as they wish, but they should stop making up a mythical Jesus to fit his monstrous image.