1 Cor. 11:5,13
1 Cor. 15:31
- John 14:16-17
- "And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you."
- Moslems claim that the Comforter described in this passage is Muhammad. The evidence they give for this is extremely loose. Jesus shows here that his task is not complete, but that something else will be sent to complete it. Moslems believe that many of the things that are left for the Comforter (Greek: Paracletos) to do are things that were done by Muhammad and Muhammad was given various titles which are included in this passage applied to the Comforter.
- If Moslems quote this passage they must be prepared to take its teaching seriously as something sent from God.
- The names, titles, etc. applied to Muhammad were given after the event by Moslems who would be aware of them from accounts of the Bible which had traveled to Arabia.
- The New Testament clearly identifies the Comforter as the Holy Spirit (John 14:26).
- The task of the Comforter was to confirm the words of Jesus (John 14:26). Muhammad never fitted this. He did not confirm the words of Jesus to the disciples because he never heard Jesus speak and the disciples died centuries before he was born.
- Muhammad cannot have been the Spirit of Truth (John 14:17; 16:13). He was not a spirit but a solid man.
- The world could not receive the Comforter (John 14:17). Muhammad was not only received but founded a great empire.
- The Comforter was to relate to the disciples all the words of Jesus (John 14:26). Apart from the fact that Muhammad never met the disciples he did not relate any of the words of Jesus (the words that appear in the Qur'an and purport to come from Jesus really came from late apocryphal sources).
- The Comforter was sent by Jesus from God (John 15:26; 16:7) In what way did Jesus send Muhammad?
- The Comforter was to give prophecy (John 16:13). Muhammad never gave any prophecy.