Friday, November 06, 2015

Muhammad - A new apostle - Without miricles

This is a continuation of a multi-post article. You can read the first post here and the previous post here. This is also part of a larger series called "The Koran from a Christian perspective." You can find other posts in this series here.
Muhammad states that he, and those whom God had sent before him, came with clear signs and proof that they were sent by God.
"their Messengers [Apostles] came to them with the clear signs [clear proofs of their mission], but they were not the ones to believe in that they had cried lies before; so God seals the hearts of the unbelievers." (Koran 7:99)
He even mentions Moses explicitly and the signs he brought that testified that his message was truly from God.
"Moses said, 'Pharaoh, [verily] I am a Messenger [apostle] from the Lord of all Being, worthy to say nothing regarding God except the truth. I have brought a clear sign [proof of my mission] to you from your Lord; so send forth with me the Children of Israel.'" (Koran 7:103-104)
However, when the people of Muhammad's day complained that he did not provide any testifying miracles or show any works of power to validate his ministry, his reply was that he was simply a warner and miracles were up to God.
"Nay, but they say: 'A hotchpotch of nightmares [medley of dreams]! Nay, he has forged it; nay, he is a poet! Now therefore let him bring us a sign, even as the ancient ones were sent as Messengers [prophets of old].'" (Koran 21:5)
"They say, 'Why have signs not been sent down upon him from his Lord?' Say: 'The signs are only with [in the power of] God [alone], and I am only a plain [spoken] warner." (Koran 29:49)
However, in truth, Muhammad was not a simple warner but also a prophet and an apostle; one who received a message from God to deliver to mankind. While it is true that it is God who grants miracles to be performed, which of His profits or apostles ever came without any miracles to testify to their claims, their ministry, or their message? The Jewish scriptures are replete with examples of the miracles and powerful works the prophets gave as proof that they were from God. Jesus Himself, speaking of His works said, 
"If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; but if I do them, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father." (John 10:37-38)
Jesus' miracles testified that He from God and His greatest miracle, rising from the Dead, testified that He was the Son of God. John  says of the magnitude of Jesus works, "And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that would be written." (John 21:25Paul, the Apostle, also spoke of the miracles he did that testified to his apostleship.
"The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with all perseverance, by signs and wonders and miracles." (2 Corinthians 12:12)
Finally, the writer of Hebrews says that God has chosen to give proof to His message through the signs, wonders, and miracles He grants them to perform.
"After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard, God also testifying with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will." (Hebrews 2:3-4)
Given all these things, I ask, "Where are Muhammad's miracles?" Where are his signs and clear proofs from God giving testimony and evidence to his ministry? This, for me, is one of the greatest impediments to believing in Muhammad. If he was a prophet and a messenger form God then let him show us the works of God that testifies to his claims, but no miracles were given, Perhaps he is simply a warner and not a prophet or an apostle at all.

More to come...
David Robison

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