Chapter 6: Evidences That Demand A Verdict - What does Islam offer, and what is new in Islam?
10. What does Islam offer, and what is new in Islam?
This is an evidence that demands a verdict
It is of great importance to know that true religion must give answers to the basic spiritual needs of mankind.
There are four basic spiritual needs of the human heart:
- The need to be loved and to love.
- Assurance of total forgiveness of sin and relief from the sense of guilt.
- A way of life designed by God, the Supreme Authority, to show man how to please God and deal with his fellow man.
- Complete assurance of eternal life with the Holy God in a holy, heavenly bliss.
Are these needs met in Islam? I would leave the answer to the sincere researcher.
Most importantly, what is new in Islam? Monotheism is clear through the Bible. The True God was known centuries before Muhammad.
The only new doctrines that Islam brought is legalizing polygamy and the beating of wives:
Marry women of your choice, two, or three, or four; but if ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly [with them], then only one, or that which your right hand possess, that will be more suitable, to prevent you from doing injustice (Surat Al-Nisa 4:3).
If we know that Muhammad, the excellent example of the Muslim, married fourteen women, we must not expect that any Muslim will do better than Muhammad.
There is no real love between a man and his four wives, it is only a physical relationship.
Moreover, Islam allows husbands to beat their wives in case they fear their disloyalty:
As to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them, refuse to share their beds, beat them (Surat Al-Nisa 4:34).
What woman would like to exchange the biblical commandments to their husbands, "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for it" (Ephesians 5:25 - NKJ), with what the Quran says?
Something of great interest should be mentioned here before the conclusion of this chapter, namely that there came a time when Muhammad doubted the revelations he received, and was commanded to ask those who read the Bible before him.
These are the words of the Quran:
If thou [Muhammad] wert in doubt as to what we have revealed unto thee, then ask those who have been reading the Book [the Bible] before thee (Surat Yunus 10:94).
If Muhammad doubted the revelations he received, then we have the right to doubt these revelations.
Islam has many more things contrary to Judaism and Christianity. Space will not permit elaboration.
These are evidences that demand a verdict, and the verdict is that Jesus Christ is truly the Son of the living God, the only Savior of mankind, the judge of all the earth, and God’s LastMessenger, and whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life:
He that believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him (John 3:36).