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I was sent a link, as part of a comment to a previous post. In that link, passages from the Bible and the Koran are twisted together to make a case for the opinion that Jesus foretold the coming of Muhammad.  One of the passages quoted from is John 14.

(When Jesus spoke of ‘The Counselor’, He was referring to the Holy Spirit of God that He promised would indwell Christians.  He was not referring to Muhammad, or to any other human being.)

Here is John 14, in its entirety, along with the interpretation:

Jesus Comforts His Disciples

1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God ; trust also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”

Jesus the Way to the Father

5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. 12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit

15 “If you love me, you will obey what I command. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever– 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”

22 Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”

23 Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24 He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

28 “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. 30 I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold on me, 31 but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me.

“Come now; let us leave.

In this chapter, Jesus is simultaneously teaching truths about five basic subjects.  The subjects are braided together, as a cord.  Let us tease the strands (subjects) apart by color coding them.  Passages speaking of the same thing are coded the same color.  The subjects will be explained at the end of the chapter.

Now that you have read the chapter as it was written (above), read one color-coded section at a time, and compare it with the explanation at the end of the chapter.

Jesus Comforts His Disciples

1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”

Jesus the Way to the Father

5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really knew me, you would know  my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. 12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit

15 “If you love me, you will obey what I command. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever– 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”

22 Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”

23 Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24 He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

28 “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. 30 I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold on me, 31 but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me.

“Come now; let us leave.

Color code and subjects


Jesus:

  • Speaks of His impending death, resurrection, and ascension to His disciples
  • Comforts them
  • Explains that we cannot reach The Father directly ourselves, but that we must go through Him (Jesus)
  • Teaches that through faith in Him, they/we can do works even greater than He did, because He will be with the Father*
  • Implies that He will be able to pass their/our prayers along to the Father (because only He can ask things of the Father)*
  • Tells them that He will take them/us to be with Him, after this life

*Now, instead of Jesus walking the Earth and the disciples being able to ask things of Him (Jesus), the disciples will ask Jesus, and Jesus will ask The Father on their/our behalf.

Because The Father is greater (more powerful) than Jesus, they/we will be able to do even greater things than the disciples could do while they were with Jesus  (because they were enabled by Jesus’ power when He was with them, but now  The Father’s [greater] power will enable them/us).

Jesus explains that:

  • He loves The Father and does exactly what The Father has commanded Him.  Therefore, when people saw Him, they saw The Father.
  • If we love Him, we will obey Him.  Then He, The Father and The Holy Spirit will live in us, and those who see us will see Him (Them).

Jesus explains that to love Him is to obey His teaching.

Jesus explains that:

  • Those of us who love Him obey Him
  • He and The Father will love those who obey Him (Them)
  • They will come to those of us who love Them, in the form of the Counselor (The Holy Spirit)
  • They (The Holy Spirit) will teach us all things and remind us of what Jesus taught

Jesus shows that He, The Father and The Holy Spirit:

  • Are not known by ‘the world’ (people who are not His, and spirits that have authority in this world)
  • Are not accepted by the world
  • Are not subject to the (spiritual) powers of this world

Jesus teaches that those who do not love Him do not obey Him (and vice-versa)


If you go back now, and reread the entire chapter as it was written, it should make more sense to you.

Was Jesus A Prophet?

Answer To Islam #2: John 15

Answer To Islam #3: John 16

Answer To Islam #4

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” 29.  Contrary to the deceptive claims of Muslims, the word “Allah” is never used in the Bible. There are no prophecies of Muhammad in the Bible.”

 

Quoted from:  http://www.bible.ca/islam/islam-encyclopedia-westerners-need-to-know-list.htm

” 23.  There were, originally, countless contradictory versions of the Koran until Caliph Uthman ordered the Qur’an collected into one volume about 40 years after Muhammad died. (about 650 AD) cf. Hadith 709 & 507.

The only reason the modern versions of the Koran have only small variations between the various versions, is because a formal edict was issued in 800 AD that outlawed, under pain of execution, the possession of any Koran version other than the one chosen by Caliph Uthman. (Basically, Caliph Uthman chose a version of the Koran that we was familiar with.) Historically, it was not even the best choice, but the most convenient choice.

Contrary to Muslim claims, there are no ancient copies of the Koran dating before 745 AD in museums.”

 

Quoted from:  http://www.bible.ca/islam/islam-encyclopedia-westerners-need-to-know-list.htm

” 22.  Zaid bin Thabit’s Second Account of the Collection of the Qur’an, in Hadith 509, proves that the Koran was never compiled into one volume during the life time of Muhammad.

The Hadith shows how it was feared that portions of the Qur’an would be lost. This indicates that there was not yet a complete recognized cannon. Abu Bakr was not familiar with a collected Qur’an and said that Muhammad had never decreed it be collected. The best that was available was “fragmentary scripts.”

When ordered to compile the Qur’an, Zaid at first refused on the grounds that Muhammad had not done so. Zaid declared that it would be a difficult task. There were three methods of recording Zaid searched out – palm leaf stalks, thin white stones and also from the men who knew it by heart. One verse was found only in the possession of one man.”

Quoted from:  http://www.bible.ca/islam/islam-encyclopedia-westerners-need-to-know-list.htm

” 20. Whereas Muhammad only allowed his followers to have 4 wives, Muhammad had 22 wives, the youngest was six years old. Surah 32:50.

Muslim men can have sex with as many of their own slave girls as they can buy. Sura 4:3,24.

When Muhammad wanted to marry another man’s wife, (Zayd) he got a “convenient” revelation from Allah that permitted Zayd to divorce his wife Zeinab, so Muhammad could marry her.

Muhammad permitted his soldiers to have three day temporary marriages called a “muta” so they could have “legal sex” while away from their real wives at home. Today Ayatollahs grant marriages for specific periods of time (hours, days, months, years) , like leasing a car or an apartment.

This is how a man made religion comes up with a “solution” to fornication and adultery.”

Quoted from: http://www.bible.ca/islam/islam-encyclopedia-westerners-need-to-know-list.htm

” 19.  Muslims cannot be trusted to keep political truces because Muhammad never did. Muhammad set the pattern of truce breaking employed by Muslims today. Yasser Arafat actually cited the fact that Muhammad broke the truce of Hudaybiyyah, as a precedent for breaking the Oslo accords.

“A “hudna” isn’t a peace treaty. It’s a temporary truce called by a Muslim warrior who’s losing in battle. It’s pretty easy to understand how hudnas work by watching Israel fight Hamas and Hezbollah. Those two terrorist groups lob rockets and send suicide bombers into Israel for months; then, every once in a while, Israel deploys its military and flattens Hamas and Hezbollah, who then call for a “hudna”. The UN intervenes, saving Hamas and Hezbollah to fight another day. That’s a hudna: a tactical truce for a strategic advantage.” Ezra Levant.”

 

Quoted from: http://www.bible.ca/islam/islam-encyclopedia-westerners-need-to-know-list.htm

”  17. Islamic ritual, including the Hajj****, the stand*, the throw** and the run*** were all practiced by the pagans long before Muhammad adopted them into Islam. Muhammad took these pagan practices and declared them to be the correct way to worship a monotheistic Allah. In this way, the pagans could keep their old pagan practices and apply them to one god rather than hundreds. It made conversion to Islam very easy for the Arabs since Islam felt the same as their paganism.”

 

Quoted from: http://www.bible.ca/islam/islam-encyclopedia-westerners-need-to-know-list.htm

 

* ‘The Stand’:  “On the 9th of Dhu al-Hijjah pilgrims leave Mina for the plain of ‘Ararat for the wuquf, “the standing,” the central rite of the hajj.

In a re-enactment rite based upon a story of Muhammad, all are required to stand from midday to sunset in the very hot sun meditating.

God told Christians such rites are valueless: “These are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence.” Col 1:23″

 

**’The Throw’:  “Pilgrims walk to Mina where they throw 7 stones at stone pillars which represent the devil. This is based upon a mythical event in the life of Abraham.

The Koran says that Abraham was told by God to sacrifice his only begotten son Ishmael. (All world history and the Bible says Isaac). On the way to make the sacrifice, the devil tried to convince Abraham not to sacrifice Ishmael. Abraham gathered up some stones and threw them at the devil until he disappeared.

So Pilgrims throw 7 stones at the stone pillars in Mina which represent evil and the devil . . .”

 

***’The Run’: ” The pilgrim is required to make several brisk walks between the hills of Safa and Marwat in a re-enactment ritual based upon a mythical event in the life of Hagar and Ishmael.

Muslims believe that these two hills of Safa and Marwat are where Hagar frantically ran back and forth seven times in search of water for her dying son, Ishmael. Hagar found water to save Ishmael at the “well of Zamzam”. So Pilgrims run back and forth between two hills of Safa and Marwat seven times and then go to the Zamzam well, beside Kaba.”

 

**** ‘The Hajj’:  “Pilgramage to Mecca and the fifth pillar of Islam. It is required of every able-bodied Muslim and who can afford it. No non-Muslim is allowed to visit Mecca or witness the hajj. The season begins in the 10th month, the month following Ramadan, and lasts through the middle of the 12th month. Muslims associate the origin of the Hajj and the founding of the Ka’aba with Abraham, who was believed to have built the Ka’aba.
Rituals begin 5 miles from centre of Mecca. No non-Muslims allowed any further. Muslims prepare, bath and does brief salat. Each man puts on two seamless white cloths, one round waist, the other over shoulder. He states his intention (niat): “O Allah, I purpose to make the hajj; make this service easy to me, and accept it from me.”
In the Ka’aba, goes round it 7 times, first three quickly (running), the other walking. He performs a brief salat at a point where Muslims believe Abraham and Ishamel rebuilt the Ka’aba. Outside the mosque, prilgrims run [‘the run’] between two hills, Safa and Marwa, 400 yards apart, in memory of Hagar running to find water for Ishmael.
On the 7th day of the month (Dhu al-Hajj), he listens to a sermon in the Great Mosque at Mecca, next day he travels east to Mina to spend the night. Most, continue to plain of Arafat, 12 to 14 miles east of Mecca. According to tradition, this is where Adam and Eve met after falling from Paradise. Important thing is to stand (wuquf) on a nearby hill on the afternoon of the 9th day [‘the stand’]. This is the hajj. Failure to meditate at this particular place means failure to complete the hajj. After sundown, returns to Muzdalifa to perform evening salat, collect some pebbles and spend the night.

On the 10th day, Muslims celebrate ‘Id al-Kabir (Greater Feast) or ‘Id al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice). The pilgrim continues toward Mecca, stoping at Mina to throw seven small stone at certain stone pillars [‘the throw’]. This “stoning of the Devil” is in memory of Abraham whom Muslims believe chased away Satan. Nearby is a hill where Muslims believe Abraham prepared to sacrifice Ishmael, and Muslims kills an animal according to his means.
Nails cut, shaved, and returns to normal clothes. Can be addressed as al-haji (or al-haja). Before leaving Arabia, he again goes round Ka’aba, drinks from well of Zamzam (which is believed by Muslims to be opened by Gabriel for Ishmael). Most pilgrims travel 250 miles to Medina to visit the tomb of Muhammad.
Hadith: the true pilgrim : “shall return (from Mecca) as pure from sin as the day on which he was born”. Another: “The reward of a pilgrim is paradise” (Mishkat).”
see also kissing of black stone, under HAJJ

 

All quotes from:  http://www.bible.ca/islam

” 16.  The remnants of moon worship can be seen in Islam in the fact that the crescent moon is atop every mosque and that the 28 day sacred month of Ramadan, (annual pilgrimage of Hajj) starts and finishes with the crescent shaped phase of the moon .

The croissant was invented in Vienna in the 16th century, being inspired by the crescent moon symbol of Islam. Islamic countries fly flags that still use the crescent moon with the stars in the middle that are remnants of moon worship.

Before Muhammad came along, the crescent moon represented Allah and the stars represented his daughters. (el-Lat, el-Uzza, and Manat)

 

Even the Islamic sword (scimitar) is shaped like a crescent moon in honor of their pagan history.”

 

Quoted from:  http://www.bible.ca/islam/islam-encyclopedia-westerners-need-to-know-list.htm