Christians take the words of Jesus as truly precious indeed, they’re truth, hope, wisdom and life to people everywhere on the verge of madness and despair, this fact is nowhere more evident than in how Jesus taught His followers to pray, since He instructed them to say: ‘Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.’
Perhaps many people reading this have prayed the same prayer themselves, doing so as a pupil being led by the hand, thus you yourself were taught by the greatest man alive, a man who Dr James Allan Francis described like so: ‘Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another village. He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty. Then for three years He was an itinerant preacher. He never owned a home. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family. He never went to college. He never put His foot inside a big city. He never travelled two hundred miles from the place He was born. He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials but Himself.
While still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. One of them denied Him. He was turned over to His enemies. He went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed upon a cross between two thieves. While He was dying His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth – His coat. When He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend. Nineteen long centuries have come and gone, and today He is a centrepiece of the human race and leader of the column of progress. I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, all the navies that were ever built; all the parliaments that ever sat and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as has that one solitary life.
Few people throughout history could prompt their fellow man into such words of praise, yet Jesus continues to impact men, women and children in this very way. This is doubtlessly owing in part to the words He spoke during His ministry of exorcisms and miracle workings, but upon writing this others will protest, exclaiming: ‘Others have spoken profound words throughout history.’ This they certainly have done, as there are poets, songwriters and philosophers who can bring to life the most hardened hearts, then there are other orators and penmen, men who merely speak words of life without an understanding of what they’re actually saying, here’s an example.
‘Our Lord is Allah Who is in the heaven, holy is Thy name, Thy command reigns supreme in the heaven and the earth, as Thy mercy in the heaven, make Thy mercy in the earth; forgive us our sins, and our errors; Thou art the Lord of good men; send down mercy from Thy mercy, and remedy, and remedy from Thy remedy on this pain so that it is healed up.’ (Sunan Abu Dawud, Book 28, Number 3883)
After having read the writings myself I felt compelled to break down both Jesus’ words and the words of Muhammad, who’s accredited with speaking the clearly plagiarized words above. Moreover breaking these down into more bite-sized portions only helps to magnify the audacity of the person or persons who thought to deceive both Muslims and unbelievers alike. Let’s reread the breakdown therefore, which has been made into four key points. Jesus’ words are indicated by J, whereas Muhammad’s words (if indeed he spoke them) are shown by way of an M.
(1J) ‘Our Father which art in heaven,’
(1M) ‘Our Lord is Allah Who is in the heaven,’
(2J) ‘Hallowed be thy name.’
(2M) ‘holy is Thy name,’
(3J) ‘Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.‘
(3M) ‘Thy command reigns supreme in the heaven and the earth, as Thy mercy in the heaven,’
(4J) ‘And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.‘
(4M) ‘forgive us our sins, and our errors;’
The above leads me into wondering, are these the actual words of Muhammad, or perhaps this entire work is the doing of later Muslims who (possessing more scriptural knowledge than Muhammad himself) put the words of Jesus upon their long dead figurehead’s lips. Either alternative is utterly unappealing to believers in Islam, with one making Muhammad into a plagiarist who’s greatest claim to fame is the wars he once waged and the borrowing he’s done, or it’s the later Islamic traditions which are in error, yet this is where we gain the bulk of our information concerning Muhammad! If these traditions are in error then what do we honestly know about the founder of Islam?
Here’s where the science of hadith begins, through which truth is discerned from falsehood, unfortunately this science is nothing more than an excuse for poor scholarship, as not only were the sayings of Muhammad cooked up in outrageous numbers, but also the chains of transmission were too falsified when and where the fraudsters wanted. This obvious flaw in the study has led nominal Muslims to decide which traditions are salvageable in the same manner which they decide concerning the Qur’an also, they cherry pick, rejecting traditions which are embarrassing or hurtful to their faith while accepting anything they deem advantageous, the height of intellectual dishonesty and spiritual blindness. Nonetheless imagine the above plagiarism read by Muslims in countries where the Gospel narratives are illegal, places where merely to own or read a Gospel is considered criminal and could lose you your friends and family, they too could read the words of Muhammad with that same love and awe that many professing Christians experience when they read the words of the Messiah, yet there’s one major difference between the two, those Christians have the truth of Jesus’ teachings, they read the Lord’s prayer to the Father as it was spoken, whereas Muslims everywhere have a perversion between their hands, a perversion which they aren’t even allowed to falsify through study like we have today. But this is why they’re not allowed to study the truth of Christian Scripture, as who could continue in their Islamic faith after having seen how great the plagiarism and dishonesty is in so much of what their prophet supposedly taught, I personally could not. Due to all of this I can only invite Muslims not in Islamic countries, those who can yet read from the Gospels, to do so, for if your aim is God, and your want is an eternity in His presence, then we must read the original Lord’s prayer, not the copies, the earliest accounts of Jesus’ life, not later versions. In doing that we may be able to say we didn’t follow cleverly devised fables, rather we followed after truth unreservedly, and we rejected falsehood even though it wounded our pride.
― T. C. M