MUSLIMS love to attack Paul.
They accuse the apostle of founding Christianity and misquote his words as if they understood them.
But I suspect that MUSLIMS are simply JEALOUS of PAUL because HE is a TRUE MESSENGER of GOD. GOD PERSONALLY CALLED and SENT PAUL to DELIVER HIS WORDS to PEOPLE.
On the contrary, MUSLIMS CANNOT PROVE that GOD PERSONALLY CALLED and SENT THEIR PROPHET as His messenger.
Now, it will surely ANGER MUSLIMS MORE if WE PROVE that PAUL was TRULY a CHOSEN MESSENGER of GOD.
But the TRUTH is a BURDEN that WE WILL GIVE to MUSLIMS in the HOPE that THEY WOULD OPEN THEIR EYES and FIND SALVATION through it.
WHO should we BELIEVE: A MESSENGER whom GOD HIMSELF CALLED and SENT or one who CANNOT BE PROVEN to have been SENT BY GOD?
WE BELIEVE the TRUE MESSENGER of GOD.
BETWEEN PAUL and ISLAM'S PROPHET, PAUL is the TRUE MESSENGER.
A. GOD PERSONALLY CALLED PAUL
In ACTS 9:3-6
"Now as he was going along and approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.
"He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?"
"He asked, "Who are you, Lord?" The reply came, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.
"But get up and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do."
CLEARLY, IT was GOD HIMSELF who CALLED PAUL.
B. MANY WITNESSED THE CALLING OF PAUL
a. In ACTS 9:7, we see that PAUL'S COMPANIONS WITNESSED GOD'S CALLING of PAUL.
"The men who were traveling with him stood speechless because they heard the voice but saw no one."
The COMPANIONS of PAUL "HEARD THE VOICE" the GOD who CALLED him.
b. In ACTS 22:9, the Bible says, "Now those who were with me saw the light but did not understand the one who was speaking to me."
The WITNESSES SAW the LIGHT and HEARD the VOICE, although they did not understand what was being said.
So, CLEARLY, the CALLING of PAUL was NOT ONLY HIS CLAIM but IT WAS SEEN and HEARD by MANY WITNESSES.
C. GOD TOLD EARLY CHRISTIANS ABOUT HIS CALLING OF PAUL
Apart from PERSONALLY CALLING PAUL, GOD also TOLD the CHRISTIAN ANANIAS about HIS MISSION for the APOSTLE.
"Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, "Ananias." He answered, "Here I am, Lord."
"The Lord said to him, "Get up and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul. At this moment he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight."
"But Ananias answered, "Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints in Jerusalem; and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who invoke your name."
"But the Lord said to him, "Go, for HE IS AN INSTRUMENT WHOM I HAVE CHOSEN to bring my name before Gentiles and kings and before the people of Israel; I myself will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name."
b. CHURCH OF ANTIOCH
GOD even TOLD the CHURCH at ANTIOCH--MANY DISCIPLES--that HE had a SPECIAL MISSION for PAUL, who was then still called SAUL.
"Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a member of the court of Herod the ruler, and Saul.
"While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "SET APART FOR ME Barnabas and SAUL for the work to which I have called them."
CLEARLY, GOD REVEALED the SPECIAL CALLING of PAUL (SAUL) to MANY EARLY CHRISTIANS.
So, it was not only a CLAIM of PAUL.
The CALLING of PAUL was DECLARED BY GOD to MANY OTHERS.
D. PETER ACKNOWLEDGED PAUL'S WORDS AS GOD'S WORDS
In 2PETER 3:15-16, the LEADER of the APOSTLES SAID:
"and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation. So also our beloved brother PAUL WROTE to you according to the wisdom given him, speaking of this as he does in all his letters.
"There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the OTHER SCRIPTURES."
Here, Peter referred to the WRITINGS of PAUL as "SCRIPTURES," or HOLY WRITINGS or GOD'S WORDS. This is shown by Peter talking about PAUL'S WRITINGS and referring to SACRED TEXTS as "OTHER SCRIPTURES."
So, EVIDENCE is ABUNDANT that PAUL was a TRUE MESSENGER of GOD.
1. HE was PERSONALLY CALLED and SENT BY GOD.
2. HIS CALLING was WITNESSED by MANY.
3. GOD also TOLD EARLY CHRISTIANS of HIS CALLING of PAUL.
4. PAUL was ACKNOWLEDGED by the LEADER of the EARLY CHURCH as SPEAKING the WORDS of GOD.
DID GOD CALL, APPOINT AND SEND ISLAM'S PROPHET?
Now, ASK ANY MUSLIM to PRESENT SIMILAR PROOF that GOD CALLED and APPOINTED their PROPHET as a MESSENGER OF GOD.
MUSLIMS WILL NOT be ABLE to PRESENT ANY EVIDENCE.
1. THEY will NOT SHOW ANY CLAIM--NOT EVEN BY THEIR PROPHET--that GOD PERSONALLY TALKED TO HIM to SEND HIM as a PROPHET.
2. MUSLIMS WILL NOT be ABLE to PRESENT ANY WITNESS who SAW or HEARD GOD SEND THEIR PROPHET as a MESSENGER OF GOD.
3. MUSLIMS WILL NOT be ABLE to NAME ANYONE to whom GOD REVEALED that HE WAS SENDING THEIR PROPHET.
4. NO EARLY MUSLIM LEADER HIGHER THAN ISLAM'S PROPHET TESTIFIED that HIS WORDS were FROM GOD.
Simply put, MUSLIMS CANNOT GIVE EVIDENCE that THEIR PROPHET was INDEED CALLED, APPOINTED and SENT BY GOD.
"EVIDENCE" FOR THE PROPHET OF ISLAM
UNABLE to GIVE CONCRETE EVIDENCE that GOD PERSONALLY CALLED, APPOINTED and SENT THEIR PROPHET, MUSLIMS CITE VERSES in the QURAN to "PROVE" that THEIR PROPHET was "TRUE."
Examples of verses used by Muslims are:
Whatever of good reaches you, is from Allah, but whatever of evil befalls you, is from yourself. And we have sent you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) as a Messenger to mankind, and Allah is Sufficient as a Witness. (QURAN 4:79)
Verily, We have sent to you (O men) a Messenger (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) to be a witness over you, as We did send a Messenger [Musa (Moses)] to Fir'aun (Pharaoh). QURAN 73:15
But THERE IS A VERY BIG PROBLEM in regard to these VERSES: ASK ANY MUSLIM if THERE is PROOF that GOD HIMSELF SPOKE THOSE WORDS, HE WOULD AVOID the QUESTION.
Because MUSLIMS KNOW that GOD WAS NOT THE ONE who SPOKE the WORDS of the QURAN.
According to ISLAMIC TEACHING, the QURAN was "REVEALED" by the "ANGEL GABRIEL" to THEIR PROPHET MUHAMMAD. (QURAN 16:102 http://www.searchtruth.com/chapter_display.php?chapter=16&translator=5#102)
MUSLIMS SAY that NO MAN COULD HEAR GOD. That was why God supposedly "spoke" the Quran "THROUGH" this "angel."
So, THEY UNWITTINGLY ADMIT that the QURAN was NOT THE WORDS of GOD but the WORDS of an "ANGEL."
But then ANOTHER BIG PROBLEM EMERGES: MUSLIMS WILL ADMIT that NO ONE ELSE SAW or HEARD THIS "ANGEL" when it "REVEALED" the QURAN to their PROPHET.
They will say that it "ONLY" THEIR PROPHET SAW and HEARD this "ANGEL."
And, IT WAS ONLY THEIR PROPHET who RECITED the VERSES of the QURAN to THEM.
Ultimately, therefore, MUSLIMS ADMIT that IT WAS ONLY THEIR PROPHET who TOLD THEM the QURAN. It was ONLY THE WORDS of THEIR PROPHET that THEY HEARD.
NO ONE HEARD GOD SPEAK the QURAN. NO ONE HEARD an "ANGEL" SAY the QURAN.
Basically, the QURAN was only the WORDS of THEIR PROPHET.
SEEING THAT, it can be said that the VERSES of the QURAN that MUSLIMS USE to PROVE their PROPHET are ONLY THE WORDS of THEIR PROPHET.
So, it becomes apparent that ONLY THEIR PROPHET GAVE the VERSES that SHOW THAT GOD APPOINTED HIM as a MESSENGER.
Some might call the verses as "SELF-SERVING."
Therefore, the VERSES USED by MUSLIMS are NOT REAL PROOF; NOT REAL EVIDENCE for their PROPHET.
Now, COMPARE PAUL and ISLAM'S PROPHET. WHO would you BELIEVE to be GOD'S TRUE MESSENGER?
I CHOOSE PAUL who has SOLID EVIDENCE that GOD PERSONALLY CALLED, APPOINTED and SENT HIM as the MESSENGER of the ALMIGHTY.