By “the Bible” I refer to the Old and New Testaments as we possess them today and as possessed by Christians at the time of Muhammad in the seventh century.
Granted, there are textual variants in the New Testament Greek manuscripts, but the core message of the New Testament remains the same — they are thus immaterial to what I’m attempting to establish here.
They shall have no inheritance among their brothers; the Lord is their inheritance, as he promised them. Since the prophet of verses 15-19 is to come from among the “brothers” of the Israelites, Muhammad is excluded as a contender for its fulfillment.
The Qur’an also repeatedly denies the core Biblical concept that Christ is the incarnate eternal Son of God, affirming instead that He is only a messenger or prophet (e.g. The Qur’an, on multiple occasions, denies the Trinity (e.g. The Qur’an, of course, repeatedly misrepresents Christian theology on these matters, as I discuss here, but this is immaterial to the issues that concern us here.
You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
It is extremely difficult to read Muhammad into this text, since the promised Helper is said to be with Jesus’ followers forever and in them, something not accomplished by Muhammad.
The Islamic religion claims that the Qur’an, revealed allegedly by the angel Gabriel to the prophet Muhammad beginning in 610 A. Such an assertion, however, is highly problematic, and many, many arguments could be given to convincingly refute it.
In this article, I am going to offer one of those reasons, which I perceive to be the most damning.The Muslim interpretation also utterly ignores the overall context of the text. If the promise refers to Muhammad, then it was fulfilled six hundred years later.