For those of you checking out this post because of the title, you should know that the following is a research paper I did this semester. It is rather lengthy, so I don’t expect all of you to read it. What you really want to know is what my title means…so, my conclusion in essence is that Muhammad had a real experience with a demon. There. Now you’re interested enough to read it all. But even if you don’t agree with my conclusion, perhaps I’ve raised some questions that you should look into yourself. Please note that the following material is copyrighted by me. Do not use or cite without permission. My sources are listed at the end, anyway. You’d do better to go to my sources instead of trying to quote me. This paper reflects an objective opinion based upon my research, and is not necessarily the opinion of NOBTS, its students, or of the professor. Please feel free to refute, but do so in an objective scholastic manner.
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THE REVELATION OF MUHAMMAD:
EVALUATION, CRITIQUE, AND BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE
A Research Paper Submitted to
Dr. Mike Edens
Of The New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements of the Course
THEO6333 Islam and the Doctrine of Revelation
Division of Theological and Historical Studies
B.M., William Carey University, 2002
November 28, 2011
Muhammad lived from 570 AD to 632 AD. He spent his life in various regions of the Arabian peninsula, from Mecca to Medina and the trades routes throughout the region. The revelations and prophetic experiences of Muhammad are the foundation for all Islamic beliefs. Without the experiences of Muhammad, the Koran would not exist nor would the Muslim religion. Islam has grown into one of the largest religions and is one of the oldest existing religions still practiced. But does anyone fully understand what happened to Muhammad when he entered the mountain cave and encountered the angel for the first time? Either he was truthful about his encounter or he was a liar. And if he was a liar, then his religion is a fraud.
If you’ve taken the time to peruse my website or know anything about me, then you know that my first published novel, Winter, has a main character with the gift of prophecy. I worked very hard to make sure Winter was not just another “telling the future” type prophetess, but was one that exhibited the characteristics of an actual Biblical prophet. You may not have seen all of those things in the first book, but hang on. I have three more to write.
So it seemed fitting that I write a post describing what a Biblical prophet looks like. You may find it doesn’t quite look like you expect. So what is a prophet? Here are some things to look for. They may not fit all of the Biblical people who are described as being prophets or all the prophets may not exhibit all these characteristics to the letter, but these things make for a simple standard with which to recognize a prophet.