We must not choose to test God. Testing God is a great sin and there is a command against it in the Bible: Do not test the LORD your God (Deuteronomy 6:16, NIV). However, while we must not test God, God does command us to test prophets:
For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect–if that were possible. See, I (Jesus) have told you ahead of time. (Matthew 24:24-25, NIV)
Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:19-22, NIV)
Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world (1 John 4:1, NIV).
For Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14, NIV).
Muhammad claims to be a prophet of God. Christians cannot reject his claim as impossible because Christians believe that God has sent prophets. But this does not mean that Christians must blindly accept that Muhammad is a prophet, that would be foolish and disobedient. Instead we are commanded to test prophets to determine whether they are from God. Muhammad may be a true prophet or he may be a false prophet. We must test him to see which he is. Are you prepared to test Muhammad as God has commanded?
How do we test a prophet? We test a prophet by examining his prophecy to see whether it is true. The prophecy of Muhammad is recorded in the Qur’an so we need to test what the Qur’an says to see whether Muhammad is a true prophet.
The Qur’an makes three claims as to why Muhammad is a true prophet. These claims are “testable”. These claims are:
- The Qur’an confirms the teaching of the Jewish and Christian scriptures.
- The Qur’an makes clearer the teaching of the Jewish and Christian scriptures.
- Muhammad is foretold in the Jewish and Christian scriptures.
The Jewish and Christian scriptures are the writings of the prophets and are contained in the Bible. These include the Torah, the Psalms, and the Gospel. For a comprehensive analysis of what the Qur’an says about the Bible follow the link at the end of this article.
For the rest of this article I wish to take seriously these claims and test them. I pray that you will not seek excuses to avoid this test but will rather obey God and seek the truth.