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Mohammed, Moses, Jesus

Muslims often assert that Mohammed was prophesied by Moses in Deuteronomy 18:18 "I will raise them a prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and I will putmy words in his mouth, and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him." Let's examine the facts and see. Moses is the standard of comparison - Jesus and Mohammed are compared to Moses. Red means they didn't match, green means they did.

Comparisons

Jesus

Moses

Mohammed

 

COMPARE THEIR LIVES

Born of a virgin

Yes

No

No

Life threatened by ruler as a child

Yes

Yes

No

Forced Emigration

To Egypt (by Herod)

To Egypt (by God)

To Medinah

Encounter with enemies

Hot pursuit (at birth)

Hot Pursuit (at Red Sea)

Hot pursuit (everywhere)

Results of Encounter

Victory through divine intervention

Victory through divine intervention

Victory through human means

Literate

Yes

Yes

No

Fully human

Yes

Yes

Yes

Fully God

Yes

No

No

Family Life

Married to one Bride, the Church, all baptized are  His children.

Married to one woman, Zipporah, bearing two sons. Both survived him.

Married to 11, 13, 16 or 25 women, he also had 2 to 6 concubines. Relatively impotent, he had only 4 daughters, and 2 sons. Only one daughter survived him.

Kingdom

Heavenly and earthly

Earthly

Earthly

At death

Ascended into heaven

Assumed into heaven

Moldering in grave

 

COMPARE THEIR REVELATION

Acceptance of Leadership

Rejected then accepted

Rejected then accepted

Rejected then accepted

Transfigured by God

Yes

Yes

No

Received revelation directly from God

Yes

Yes

No (angel Gabriel)

Mistook angel for demon

Never

Never

Yes

Wife had to re-assure him of vision

No

No

Yes

Revelation written down

By his followers after his death

By himself and by followers after his death

By his followers during life, but only collected after his death

Revelation changed while he lived

No

No

Yes

Chastised by angel for getting revelation wrong

No

No

Yes

Revelation partially/totally destroyed

No

No

Yes (Caliph Uthman burned six of seven dialects, farm animals ate some)

Nature of teachings

Spiritual/Legal

Spiritual/Legal

Spiritual/Legal

New Laws

Yes (no divorce, love enemies, do not curse, Beatitudes, Last Supper)

Yes (Ten Commandments)

Yes (Just about everything)

Revelation directed towards

From a Jew to Jews

From a Jew to Jews

From an Arab to Arabs

Revelation requires belivers to

Go through physical ceremony of acceptance (baptism)

Go through physical ceremony of acceptance (circumcision, mikveh)

Make a simple declaration of faith

Miracles altering the physical world

Many

Many

None

Angels at death/gravesite

Yes

Yes

No

Appeared to others after his death

Yes (Resurrection)

Yes (Transfiguration)

No

God spoke to others about this man during this man's life

Yes (at baptism, transfiguration)

Yes (to Aaron)

No

Saw God face to face

Yes

Yes

No

Delivers Jews from slavery

Yes (slavery of sin)

Yes (slavery of Egypt)

No

Leads Jews to safe place

Yes (heaven)

Yes (Promised Land)

No