I've gotten into some discussions in which people have accused Christians of following a bad religion full of hate, particularly against Islam. They say there are so many bad Christians, so Christianity must be a joke.
A friend of mine sent me this video and transcript, and I found it to be a helpful outline. Judging a religion should come down to the central figure and doctrine of that religion rather than its followers, although the followers should be good representatives or ambassadors for that central figure. Watch this 5 min. video for a quick summary, comparing Muhammad with Jesus. Then decide for yourself. The article is highlighted in blue. The rest are my comments. http://www.answeringmuslims.com/2016/09/muhammad-vs-jesus-judging-religions-by.html
Judging Islam by the
Life and Character of Muhammad
Life and Character of Muhammad
Islam must be judged by its prophet Mohammed. The following 26 points (one for every letter of the alphabet) are made by David Wood on his website: http://www.answeringmuslims.com/
Wood makes this opening statement, “Christianity and Islam are the largest religions in history, and around half the people in the world consider themselves to be either Christians or Muslims. But Christianity and Islam disagree on fundamental doctrines and practices, so they can't both be right.
Is there a way to judge these two religions? Some people judge religions based on the worst adherents of the religions. Others insist that we should judge religions by their best adherents. However, rather than judging religions by their adherents at all, we should turn to the central figures of the religions.” With this in mind consider the following 26 points:
A) Muhammad was convinced at one point that he was demon possessed.
IBN ISHAQ 106
B) Muhammad tried repeatedly to commit suicide.
IBN ISHAQ 106; BUKHARI 6982
C) Muhammad admittedly delivered revelations from the devil.
IBN ISHAQ 165-6; IBN SA’D 1:236-9
D) Muhammad complained that he was a victim of a magic spell.
BUKHARI 3175, 5765
E) Muhammad supported his religion by robbing people.
IBN ISHAQ 281-289
F) Muhammad started a war with Mecca when he had a chance to live in peace in Medina.
IBN ISHAQ 289-321
G) Muhammad had people assassinated for criticizing his religion.
IBN ISHAQ 675-676
H) Muhammad beheaded hundreds of Jews for trying to defend themselves.
IBN ISHAQ 464; TABARI 8:27-41
I) Muhammad ordered his followers to execute anyone who leaves his religion.
-BUKHARI 6878, 6922
J) Muhammad commanded his followers to violently subjugate the entire world.
QUR’AN 9:29; MUSLIM 7258
K) Muhammad tortured people for money.
IBN ISHAQ 515
L) Muhammad bought, sold, owned, and traded black African slaves.
BUKHARI 6161, 7263
M) Muhammad called Ethiopians “Raisin Heads” and claimed that Satan looks like a black man.
BUKHARI 71:42; IBN ISHAQ 243
N) Muhammad had sex with a nine-year-old girl.
BUKHARI 3895, 5133
O) Muhammad had at least nine wives at one time even though his own revelations only
BUKHARI 268, 5068, 5215
P) Muhammad married the wife of his own adopted son after causing the divorce.
QUR’AN 33:37; TABARI 8:2-3
Q) Muhammad had sex with slaves girls.
QUR’AN 33:50; NASA’I 3411
R) Muhammad broke the promise he made to his wives that he would stop having sex with his slave girls.
QUR’AN 66:1-2; NASA’I 3411
S) Muhammad allowed his followers to rape their female captives.
QUR’AN 4:24; ABU DAWUD 2155
T) Muhammad took the most beautiful captives back to his own tent.
BUKHARI 4200; IBN ISHAQ 466
U) Muhammad told his followers they cold beat their wives into submission.
QUR’AN 4:34; IBN MAJAH 1986
V) Muhammad declared that women are stupid and that their testimony is unreliable.
QUR’AN 2:282; BUKHARI 2658
W) Muhammad promoted idolatrous pagan practices like kissing the black stone and bowing to the Kaaba.
BUKHARI 1597; QUR’AN 2:144
X) Muhammad repeated stories based on forgeries and passed them off as revelations.
QUR’AN 6:25; 8:31; 16:103
Y) Muhammad portrayed God as deceptive and Jesus as a complete failure.
QUR’AN 3:54; 4:157; 7:99
Z) Muhammad has kept more people from knowing the true God than any other false
prophet in history.
IBN ISHAQ was an Arab Muslim historian and hagiographer. Ibn Ishaq collected oral traditions that formed the basis of an important biography of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.
BUKHARI commonly referred to as Imam al-Bukhari or Imam Bukhari, was a Persian Islamic scholar who was born in Bukhara (the capital of the Bukhara Region of Uzbekistan). He authored the hadith collection known as Sahih al-Bukhari, regarded by Sunni Muslims as one of the most authentic (sahih) hadith collections. Note: A
hadith is one of various reports describing the words, actions, or habits of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.
IBN SA’D was a Sunni scholar and Arabian biographer. Ibn Sa'd was born in 784 A.D. (168 AH) and died in 845
CE (230 AH). He received his training from teachers including Al-Waqidi. He had a reputation of being both trustworthy and accurate in his writings, which, in consequence, were much used by later writers. He was from Basra, but lived mostly in Baghdad.
TABARI refers to Muhammad ibn Jarir al-Tabari (838-923), a Persian historian and theologian.
NASA’I, born 829 A.D. was a noted collector of hadith (sayings of Muhammad), and wrote one of the six canonical hadith collections recognized by Sunni Muslims
ABU DAWUD was a noted Persian collector of prophetic hadith, and compiled the third of the six "canonical" hadith collections recognized by Sunni Muslims. He was born 889 A.D.
IBN MAJAH was a medieval scholar of hadith. He compiled the last of Sunni Islam's six canonical hadith collections. He was born 824 A.D.
MUSLIM: I don’t know what this source is referring to (see under J above).
QUR'AN, is another spelling for the Koran, Islam’s sacred book.
In contrast, Jesus healed the sick, died for the sinner, rose from the dead, makes intercession for us to God, made the lame to walk, the blind to see, the deaf to hear, walked on water, created the world, teaches us to love, be hospitable and kind, to love truth, to oppose evil, and teaches that we are all equal in Christ. The list goes on (see the video for a few more examples), and that is who Christianity is built upon.
I know that there are good teachings by Muslims as well, such as to be hospitable to strangers, and there are many peaceful, loving people who are Muslims. But again, we can't judge a religion based on its followers, but based on the central figure of that religion. While I mean no disrespect to Muhammad or his followers, I do mean to show these things so people can intelligently think about this. I mean respect to Jesus Christ as the Son of God, 100% deity and 100% man, the Savior of the world. I believe that Christianity is the trusted religion for all men, women, boys and girls, and that God loves every single Muslim out there as well. He died for you, too, and many Muslims do come to trust Jesus Christ, especially when they realize how loving our Heavenly Father is to His children. Allah is looked upon as a military god, as a strong commander, whereas Jehovah, while strong and powerful, looks upon His children like a loving parent does, and refers to Himself as Abba Father, Papa God. The invitation is open to all, so if you are human, regardless of your race, creed, ethnicity, religion, culture, gender, socioeconomic status, beauty, power, occupation, etc. etc., Jesus reaches out His hand to you to offer you forgiveness of your sins. No one else has the power or authority to do so. Please come to Him today.
Romans 10:9-13: "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.