Four viable facts support that this is the correct assessment of the Qur'an.
- Where is Prophecy in the Qur'an? It is very difficult to find prophecy in the Qur'an. The only potential prophecy concerns the Romans defeating the Persians. However, it has shortcomings because Muhammad lived during this event and the prophecy was recorded after the event actually occurred. Some Muslim web sites proclaim the Qur'an has many prophecies, but the claims are not credible since they are based on stories written many years after the events occurred. The Muslim sources for these stories thought by Muslims to be successful prophecies are the Hadith (recorded about 200 years after Muhammad had died). Successful prophecy requires that the foretold event must be recorded before the event occurs. Otherwise, the followers are actually living on "blind faith".
- How many prophecies does each verse contain? The book of Daniel has six successful prophecies in only three verses spoken by the Archangel Gabriel. The Einstein Method shows that the Qur'an has one successful prophecy in 6,236 verses spoken by the Archangel Gabriel. This measurement is called the "prophetic density" (very simply, the number of prophecies recorded per verse). By comparing the prophetic density of the book of Daniel to the Qur'an, Daniel has 2 successful prophecies per verse (Daniel 9:24-26: spoken by Gabriel) whereas the Qur'an has only 0.00016 prophecies per verse (counting 1 true, claimed to be from Gabriel).
Three verses from Gabriel in the book of Daniel have a prophetic density measurement 12,472 times greater than the entire Qur'an. These numbers support that the Qur'an does not appear to come from outside time-space. In addition, it requires that we question that the Archangel Gabriel actually visited Muhammad.
Why didn't Muhammad have the confidence to foretell the future if he truly heard from Gabriel?
Why did Muhammad's prophecies occur only during his lifetime?
Why must Muhammad's prophecies be self-fulfilled by Muslims such as military conquest of non-Muslim nations or spreading the Islamic faith worldwide. This is human will at work, not divine will. All logical and intellectually honest people will agree that self-fulfilling prophecy is not true prophecy (from the Creator).
- Would knowledge from outside time-space be constantly changing? Since Allah exists outside the influence of time-space, then Allah would know everything. The logic of this viewpoint permits us to state that Allah would know all human events whether they occurred in the past, the present or the distant future (as supported by the graphic illustration below). Therefore, Allah would only need to speak specific words to a prophet. There would be absolutely no need to change even one word.
However, Islam as practiced and taught by Muhammad does not meet this logic-based requirement. Muslims believe that Allah gave specific words to Muhammad in the Qur'an. Later, Allah changed the words. Muslims call this the doctrine of abrogation. By this doctrine, words received from Gabriel are replaced (abrogated, canceled) by words received much later through Muhammad's spiritual experiences. It is necessary to question, "If Allah is replacing specific words with so-called better words, does Allah truly exist outside time-space?" Perhaps better stated, "Why didn't Allah reveal the best verse at the very beginning?"
"None of Our revelations do We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, but We substitute something better or similar: Knowest thou not that Allah Hath power over all things?" (Surah 2:106).
Knowledge from outside time-space would be superior to knowledge inside time-space. Changing words that are believed to come from outside time-space (from Allah) implies there is something very wrong with the Qur'an.
- Why does Gabriel's Message to Muhammad Contradict Gabriel's Message to Daniel? To Daniel, Gabriel foretells that the Messiah will be killed. Jesus death on the cross met this requirement. However, to Muhammad, Gabriel reveals that Jesus was never killed. I have listed the opposing messages below.
Gabriel to Daniel
Gabriel to Muhammad
Messiah would be killed as the ultimate sacrificial offering.
"the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing" (Daniel 9:26a: NASB).
The Einstein Method supports that Gabriel, who spoke to Daniel, foretells the future at the 98.5% confidence level.
Evidence that the Messiah was killed as foretold by Gabriel to Daniel is very extensive.
". . .they said, "We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah";- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not" (Surah 4:157).
The Einstein Method supports that Gabriel, who spoke to Muhammad, could NOT foretell the future.
Simple logic supports that between the two prophets, Gabriel cannot be the same spiritual being. A message coming from outside time-space would not change to later contradict itself. We are forced to conclude that Daniel and Muhammad did not receive words from the same spiritual being. Who is the true archangel Gabriel?
Since Daniel accurately foretold the future, the Gabriel who spoke to Daniel came from God. This is supported by the Einstein Method at a high level of confidence. (To review, click "here").
However, a "false" Gabriel appears to have spoken to Muhammad from INSIDE time-space. No long-term prophecies have been observed. This infers that the message given to Muhammad is not from God. Muhammad appears to have been deceived. If the false Gabriel could foretell the distant future, then the message would be found acceptable. Logic requires that we question the Muslim worldview.
In support of this conclusion, Gabriel's message to Muhammad attempts to refute the Christian message. The central Christian message states, "The Messiah died on the cross for the sins of humanity." From a Christian viewpoint, Muhammad's message is an attack on the foundation of the Christian faith. It is important to understand the message of God's love that Jesus brought to humanity. Jesus sacrificial death was foretold by the archangel Gabriel to Daniel the prophet. The next page addresses Muslim misgivings about the Christian faith. The Christian message is about God's love for every human that will ever live. I hope and pray that you will read the next page from the viewpoint of Godís Love for you.
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