We delayed our travel plans by one day so I decided to get back on the internet and do some research as well as read in between sessions. One of the books I am reading right now is Mark Gabriel’s Culture Clash Islam’s War on the West and it is quite good but that is not why I am writing this point to ponder.
Throughout the book Dr. Gabriel quotes from the Quran and as I read those quotes God has shown me that ‘Allah’ never speaks for himself. His words are always spoken by Mohammad. So how does the Muslim know their ‘Allah’s’ true words? Mohammad can say anything he wants to and attribute his words to ‘Allah’ and no one would know since ‘Allah’ never speaks to anyone else.
That is one good thing about God. If a person he anoints to be his speaker starts going off the rails, God speaks to others to help get him back on track but the Muslim has no safety net. They are at the mercy of what Mohammad or some 7th century or 8th century successor has claimed to be ‘Allah’s’ word. Like the Mormon’s Joseph Smith, who came after Mohammad, no one can verify his translation of the golden plates because only he could operate the stones to help him translate the golden plates and only he saw the golden plates. No one else gets to learn to use the stones or translate the plates to see if Smith got it correct.
That is another good thing about God and the Bible, everyone gets to look at the Hebrew or Greek or Aramaic if they want to and learn the language then translate the Bible themselves. They get to verify other people’s words and work. God is an open God not a secretive one like the ones represented by Islam and Mormonism. All people have access to God and his word so they can know for themselves that his words are true and no one has to take some prophet’s word for it or what God has said. His words are spoken by him and they are their for all to study.
God speaks for himself, no one speaks for him.