1. Muslim believe that God sent Moses, David, Jesus and Muhammad. Since both Christian and Muslim believe God sent sent Moses and it was. Moses who taught us how to know if a prophet was sent from God let’s begin there.
Deuteronomy 18:21: And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken?
Deuteronomy 18:22: When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
Moses is pretty clear on what we are to look for. So has Muhammad given us a prophecy that we can see if it has come true or not? No. Muslims believe that the only sign we are given was the Koran itself. Let’s put that thought on hold for a moment and let’s look at the other thing Moses told us to look for. Did he tell us to do something contrary to what was given in by God? Certainly. God gave us the torah. God never changes therefore God would not have changed or tossed out his own words. Christ said: Mat 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
Mat 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
2. Muslims will argue that God only preserved his word for a time that when Muhammad came he didn’t need to do it anymore. Again God never changes. He woudn’t have spent 40 years giving Moses the law (the way he wants things done) if he was going to toss it aside in a few years and to God a few days. (2 Peter 3:8: But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day).
Why is it that archaeologist have to dig up the words of ancient Egypt, Babylon and Assyria, when a text just as old has been with us the entire time? Why is it when they discovered the dead sea scroll and a copy of Isaiah was found (one much older than we had before) and it was the same as the copy we have today (there is less than 1% difference in all the scripts of the bible). Let’s take a script that God didn’t preserve namely the Gospel of Judas. Back in the early 1900′ a complete copy of the Gospel of Judas was found by a grave robber. It was sold and the next buyer tried to sell it for a lot of money and he couldn’t get it. It eventually made it’s way to the US (selling artifacts like that in Egypt is against the law) where the owner tried to sell it for 2 million dollars. The buyers didn’t have anything near that much so the tossed it into a bank safety deposit box for over a decade. When it was finally rediscoverered it had crumbled to pieces.
3. Muslims believe that muhammad was born in the wilderness or in an out of the way place away from the influences of other religions yet at the same time admit that he was born and lived in Mecca where at the time there were 390 other gods being worshiped at the time. Not sure about you, but that sounds like a lot of influence to me. He was also a trader, which at the time was how news traveled from city to city, thus Muhammad would have been subject to many ideas that roamed free.
4. Muslims believe that Muhammad’s miracle was the Koran itself that he was illiterate and thus the words given to him were the unmediated words of God. This is an interesting thought and honestly sounds kinda cool that God would do this right? Let’s not get itchy ears just yet. Again let’s look to Moses. When God wanted to give us the ten commandment without the conduit of man he did it quite nicely.
Exodus 34:1: And the LORD said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest.
Remember Moses broke the ten commandments when he saw that the children of Israel had fashioned a golden calf.
5. Muhammad told his followers to turn their back on Jerusalem and look toward Kabah in Mecca. Jerusalem was founded by the jebusites and was renamed Jerusalem (the habitation of peace) when David (a symbol of christ) conquered the city. Which is why it is said that it had an unclean birth. It is God’s favorite place in the world and is symbolic of us. Do we need to pray toward Jerusalem? No, but the symbolic gesture should show you where they are looking. So ponder in your hearts this verse given by the Savior.
Matthew 23:37: O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
Matthew 23:38: Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
Matthew 23:39: For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
6. Muslims will not understand this, but I write this to you my sisters and brothers in hopes to help strengthen your faith. Muslims are ordered not to drink wine. Wine is symbolic of the Holy Spirit. For you that should show what they are missing. If you are unsure of the symbology of wine let us look upon it. First we are to take the wine and the bread. The body and the blood of Christ. Thus we are to take wine in remembrance of him. Let us look deeper into this.
John chapter 2 gives us the wedding at Cana. There Christ and the disciples find 6 empty pots. 6 a symbol of man. Christ orders the disciples to fill those pots with water just as Christ told the disciples to and out the loaves and fishes. Christ gives to the disciples and the disciples give to the people. Christ then turns that water into wine. Why? First because no matter how much the disciples do they cannot change the heart of a man. No matter how much seed they spread they cannot make a seed grow. Second when Christ ascended into heaven what did he send on Pentecost day? The Holy Spirit. The blood washes us clean and the Holy Spirit fills us.