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Rebuttal to Sam Shamouns article
A Series of Answers to Common Questions
Some Christians believe that Jesus miracles prove that he is God. The problem with this claim is that almost every single miracle performed by Jesus finds a parallel within the OT. There are many OT prophets that performed the very same kinds of miracles that Jesus did. If the miracles of Jesus make him God then why dont the miracles of the other prophets prove that they are God/gods as well?
In this rebuttal I will be responding to Shamouns article that basically deals with the miracles of Jesus that supposedly make him God. Shamoun tries to prove that Jesus did great miracles that no prophet could possibly have done, hence Shamoun believes that Jesus was God for performing such great miracles, which no man could possibly do. However it must be made known to the reader that before proceeding to read Shamouns article followed by my rebuttal, that Shamoun has so far completely failed to answer two other very important questions (If Jesus is God how did he die? God does not die. Who was Jesus praying to if he was God) in his previous two articles  . So the fact of the matter is, Shamoun keeps on trying to build a case to prove Jesus is God, but has failed to answer very important arguments that prove otherwise, for further information please visit my previous two rebuttals  . Other than trying to answer the question in his article, Shamoun also once again carries out an attack against Islam, this time against Prophet Muhammad, so I will also be refuting that argument.
Before responding to this question, we first would like to provide a few examples from the OT which Muslims often point to. In fact, we will simply quote from a Muslim article (*) which presents some examples for us:
Bringing the dead back to life:
"Then he cried out to the LORD , "O LORD my God, have you brought tragedy also upon this widow I am staying with, by causing her son to die?" Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried to the LORD , "O LORD my God, let this boy's life return to him!" The LORD heard Elijah's cry, and the boy's life returned to him, and he lived. Elijah picked up the child and carried him down from the room into the house. He gave him to his mother and said, "Look, your son is alive!" (From the NIV Bible, 1 Kings -23)"
"But the child's mother said, "As surely as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not leave you." So he got up and followed her. Gehazi went on ahead and laid the staff on the boy's face, but there was no sound or response. So Gehazi went back to meet Elisha and told him, "The boy has not awakened." When Elisha reached the house, there was the boy lying dead on his couch. He went in, shut the door on the two of them and prayed to the LORD. Then he got on the bed and lay upon the boy, mouth to mouth, eyes to eyes, hands to hands. As he stretched himself out upon him, the boy's body grew warm. Elisha turned away and walked back and forth in the room and then got on the bed and stretched out upon him once more. The boy sneezed seven times and opened his eyes. Elisha summoned Gehazi and said, "Call the Shunammite." And he did. When she came, he said, "Take your son." (From the NIV Bible, 2 Kings 4:30-36)"
Jesus' dead body never caused for any dead to come back to life, but Elisha's did:
"Elisha died and was
buried. Now Moabite raiders used to enter the country every spring. Once while
some Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders; so they threw the
man's body into Elisha's tomb. When the body touched Elisha's bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet.
Hazael king of
Jesus only restored life, but never actually created one from scratch. Moses, however, did create a live snake from a wooden stick:
"Then the LORD said to him, "What is that in your hand?" "A staff," he replied. The LORD said, "Throw it on the ground." Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it. Then the LORD said to him, "Reach out your hand and take it by the tail." So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand. (From the NIV Bible, Exodus 4:2-4)"
Curing the blind:
"When the servant of the man of God got up and went
out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. "Oh, my lord, what shall we do?" the servant asked.
"Don't be afraid," the prophet answered. "Those who are with us are more
than those who are with them." And Elisha prayed,
"O LORD , open his eyes so he may see." Then the LORD
opened the servant's eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of
fire all around Elisha. As the enemy came down toward
him, Elisha prayed to the LORD ,
"Strike these people with blindness." So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked. Elisha
told them, "This is not the road and this is not the city. Follow me, and I will lead
you to the man you are looking for." And he led them to
"Elisha sent a messenger
to say to him, "Go, wash yourself seven times in the
Feeding hundreds with few loafs of bread:
"A man came from Baal Shalishah, bringing the man of God twenty loaves of barley bread baked from the first ripe grain, along with some heads of new grain. "Give it to the people to eat," Elisha said. "How can I set this before a hundred men?" his servant asked. But Elisha answered, "Give it to the people to eat. For this is what the LORD says: 'They will eat and have some left over.' " Then he set it before them, and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the LORD. (From the NIV Bible, 2 Kings 4:42-44)"
The preceding examples are given in order to undermine Jesus uniqueness, supposedly refuting Christian claims that Christ is Gods divine, unique Son.
The argument Shamoun posted which he claims is a Muslim trying to undermine the uniqueness of Jesus and his miracles can be located at
http://www.answering-christianity.com/jesus_miracles.htm by brother Osama Abdullah.
To start off I want to just clear something up, which is the arguments posed by Osama Abdullah in his website, and arguments several Muslims make which is that the miracles of Jesus werent very unique, as we can all see from those passages Shamoun kindly posted for us. So those verses should not just be brushed aside, but should be looked at very closely, because those are great miracles performed as we can see, and they do undermine Christian claims about Jesus and his great miracles. Just wanted to clear that up.
With the foregoing in mind, we can now address the arguments. In the first place, it isnt so much the miracles which make Jesus God, but the divine claims of Jesus which the miracles serve to validate. Jesus made certain statements that no other true prophet before him ever did, and then performed supernatural miracles to back up the truthfulness and validity of those claims:
"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I GIVE THEM ETERNAL LIFE, and they will never perish, AND NO ONE WILL SNATCH THEM OUT OF MY HAND. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. I and the Father are one. The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me? The Jews answered him, It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God. Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your Law, "I said, you are gods"? If he called them gods to whom the word of God came--and Scripture cannot be broken-- do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, "You are blaspheming," because I said, "I am the Son of God"? If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father. Again they sought to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands." John 10:25-39
"Jesus said to him, Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, "Show us the Father"? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves." John 14:9-11
"If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father." John 15:24
"concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God IN POWER according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord," Romans 1:3-4
Thus, the miracles do not make Jesus God, but rather it is Jesus own claims which demonstrate that he at least believed he is God. The miracles only served the purpose of providing divine validation for Christs claims.
None of what Shamoun posted prove Jesus is God. Let us first start off with the first verses he posted which were John 10: 25-39:
them, I told you,
and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me. 26 But ye believe not, because ye are
not of my sheep, as I said unto you. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know
them, and they
follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither
shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able
to pluck them out of my Father's hand. 30 I and my Father are one. 31
Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. 32 Jesus answered them, Many
good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of
those works do ye stone me? 33 The
Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not;
but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest
thyself God. 34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are
gods? 35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the
scripture cannot be broken; 36 Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world,
Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?
37 If I do not
the works of my Father, believe me not. 38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may
know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.
39 Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand,
To start off lets go over the point where Jesus says I shall give them eternal life. In no way does that prove Jesus is God. It is made very clear in the Bible by Jesus himself that he is a man, sent by God, and everything he says he hears, everything he teaches such as the doctrine is not his, and everything he does such as miracles is from God. Those verses John 10:25-39 also demonstrate that fact when Jesus himself says Many good works have I shewed you from my Father.
So it is very clear from Jesus himself the good works (miracles) he has shown to the people are from the FATHER. In other words they do not belong to him! Once again that exactly shows and proves he is a prophet, and not a God! Back to the point, indeed Jesus gives eternal life! Jesus is a prophet sent by God, to teach the people, and to bring them closer to God, bring them out of sin, and bring them to justice and to follow God, and indeed any man who will follow this WILL HAVE ETERNAL LIFE. Any man who follows the law of God and his prophet that he has sent shall inherit eternal life. That is common sense, so Jesus making that claim is not something very special, nothing special at all. However, if the Christians want to be stubborn about it then I would quote this for them from John 17:2
"Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him.
This shows that the Father GAVE Jesus authority to give eternal life.
Back to the verses John 10:25-39, if anything should be noticed, it must be that once again we see Jesus is clearly a man, a prophet, it is very clear from Jesus argument, lets look at it closely. John 10:33-36:
33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. 34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? 35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; 36 Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?
\Jesus is flat out denying any claims that he is God, or making any such claims as we clearly see him stating to the Jews: Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? 35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came
Jesus flat out is denying he is God by saying that! He is reasoning with the Jews, he is trying to make them understand, he is trying to make them see that he is not claiming to be God, it is crystal clear that Jesus is arguing he is a man, a prophet! A prophet who is innocent of the claims they make against him, that he is blaspheming and claiming to be God. If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came , thats the situation with Jesus, the word of God came unto him, the Gospel. Those verses prove Jesus is not God! The rest of the verses he provided dont prove Jesus is God, God gave him power to perform miracles, a fact stated in the bible by Jesus.
Here, now, are some specific miracles which Jesus performed to prove that he has specific divine attributes and abilities:
Miracles Proving that Jesus Forgives Sins
"And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, My son, your sins are forgiven. Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone? And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, Why do you question these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise, take up your bed and walk"? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins --he said to the paralyticI say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home. And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, "We never saw anything like this!" Mark 2:5-12
Once again the verses Shamoun showed does not prove Jesus is God. Lets quote some Bible passages to prove it doesnt make him God.
Mat 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Is that hard to understand? Defiantly not, Jesus makes it clear everything he has is GIVEN to him, and who has given him this? GOD. This once again proves Jesus is a prophet. Shamoun believes that Jesus forgiving sins makes him God because no prophet can do such a thing. Well I say why not? That is an illogical argument by Shamoun. God can bestow his mercy and power on any of his chosen prophets to be able to forgive sins. So Jesus being able to forgive sins is indeed a great miracle, a miracle that God should be thanked for, because God gave Jesus the power to do such a thing, nothing is too hard for God, if he wills to do it, then so be it, so Jesus was GIVEN this right, it does not make him God. To make it clear again, Jesus himself in the Bible admits everything he has shown and was given is from the father God.
Jhn 13:3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;
John 17:6-8: 6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. 7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. 8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me
Miracles Proving that Jesus is Sovereign over both the Spiritual and Physical Realms
"And he told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, lest they crush him, for he had healed many, so that all who had diseases pressed around him to touch him. And whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, You are the Son of God." Mark 3:9-11
"Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, It is a ghost! and they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid. And Peter answered him, Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water. He said, Come. So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, Lord, save me. Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, O you of little faith, why did you doubt? And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, Truly you are the Son of God." Matthew 14:22-33
"The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, Lord, even the demons are subject to us IN YOUR NAME! And he said to them, I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I HAVE GIVEN YOU AUTHORITY to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven." Luke 10:17-20
None of those verses prove that Jesus is God. It is crystal clear everything Jesus did and had was from God. The fact Jesus could give authority to his disciples, does not prove that he is God either. Lets read John 17:1-3:
These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: 2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. 3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent
So we once again see the same thing again, the father has given him power over flesh, over men, so Jesus giving authority to men is exercising the power and blessings that God has given to him. Taking a look at those verses also with a shadow of a doubt proves Jesus is a prophet, and his true message, which is to know the only true God and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent. In other words his mission was to show and prove THAT THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD AND JESUS IS HIS MESSENGER.
Jesus also directly claims that he was given power to give eternal life as well which Shamoun pointed out earlier to show Jesus was God because he could give eternal life, so nothing special with that to. Mathew 14:22-33 in no way proves Jesus is God, maybe Shamoun will claim that they worshiped him, worship could mean bow to him, not in the sense to worship as a God. To also be fair, lets say they did worship him as a God, does that make him God? No, and to use such an argument is a fallacy. It is clear from Jesus and his message that he is no way God, so them worshiping him as God is against what he stood for. The demons verse doesnt prove hes God neither.
Miracles Proving that Jesus is the Sustainer and the Source of Life
"Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat? He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him, Two hundred denarii would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little. One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him, There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many? Jesus said, Have the people sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, about five thousand in number. Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted. And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost. So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten. When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world! Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself Jesus answered them, Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal. Then they said to him, What must we do, to be doing the works of God? Jesus answered them, This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent. So they said to him, Then what sign do you do, that we may see and believe you? What work do you perform? Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, "He gave them bread from heaven to eat." Jesus then said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. They said to him, Sir, give us this bread always. Jesus said to them, I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE; whoever comes TO ME shall not hunger, and whoever believes IN ME shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. FOR I HAVE COME DOWN FROM HEAVEN, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, THAT I SHOULD LOSE NOTHING OF ALL that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, THAT EVERYONE WHO LOOKS ON THE SON and believes in him should have eternal life, AND I WILL RAISE HIM UP ON THE LAST DAY. So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, I am the bread that came down from heaven. They said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does HE NOW SAY, 'I have come down from heaven"? Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I AM THE LIVING BREAD THAT CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh. The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? So Jesus said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, AND I WILL RAISE HIM UP ON THE LAST DAY. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I IN HIM. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live BECAUSE OF ME. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not as the fathers ate and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever." John 6:5-15, 26-42, 47-59
The same thing again, those verses dont prove Jesus is God, no need for me to go over the same arguments again and give the same response.
Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of
Those verses dont prove hes God, I have already cleared these issues up. However to the statement of the resurrection and life, if this is intended for Jesus dying and resurrecting, then this causes further problems in showing that hes God, because God does not die. However we know he is a prophet, and lets look at what he meant by that comment.
Jesus said to her, I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this? She said to him, Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world
It is clear what Jesus means, and it also proves that he is a prophet, lets take a look. I have no problem in Jesus saying whoever believes in him though he dies, will still live and everyone who believes in him shall never die. Muslims will agree with that, Jesus is a prophet, and all prophets should be believed in, and Jesus is no different. Indeed if you believe in Jesus as a prophet and the messiah, then of course when you die you shall still live, God will reward you with heaven, and if you believe in him you will also never die in the sense of being doomed to hell for eternity which is worse than death. Jesus goes further on proving the point that he is a prophet the messiah when he asks: do you believe this? The lady responds in the affirmative, as any true believer back then should. Every true believer back then must have believed in Jesus because he was a prophet, and if you did not, then the wrath of God would be upon you.
Miracles Proving that Jesus is co-equal to the Father
"Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids--blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, Do you want to be healed? The sick man answered him, Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me. Jesus said to him, Get up, take up your bed, and walk. And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked. Now that day was the Sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who had been healed, It is the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to take up your bed. But he answered them, The man who healed me, that man said to me, "Take up your bed, and walk." And this was why the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath. But Jesus answered them, My Father is working until now, and I am working. This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God. So Jesus said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel. For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear THE VOICE OF THE SON OF GOD, and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear HIS VOICE and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment But the testimony that I have is greater than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to accomplish, the very works that I am doing, bear witness about me that the Father has sent me." John 5:2-10, 16-21, 25-26, 28-29
No prophet or apostle ever made the claims that the Lord Jesus made, and none of their miracles were done to validate their claims of being Deity. The prophets went out of their to show that they were nothing more than fallible human beings whom God empowered to carry out his specific purpose and will. This is quite unlike the Lord Jesus.
This is becoming sad, those verses dont prove that he is God, but they do show he is a prophet.
Secondly, Jesus has authority to grant others the ability to perform miracles. The NT is replete with examples of people performing miracles in Jesus name:
"And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits And they cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them." Mark 6:7, 13
"John said to him, Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons IN YOUR NAME, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us. But Jesus said, Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work IN MY NAME will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. Mark 9:38-39
"Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, Look at us. And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk! And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. And leaping up he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God, and recognized him as the one who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, asking for alms. And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him. But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. And his name--by faith in his name--has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all." Acts 3:1-10, 13-16
"And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, By what power or by what name did you do this? Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, Rulers of the people and elders, if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead--by him this man is standing before you well. This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." Acts 4:7-12
"As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling. She followed Paul and us, crying out, These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation. And this she kept doing for many days. Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And it came out that very hour." Acts 16:16-18
Again, there is not a single instance in the entire Holy Bible where persons performed miracles in the name of prophets, apostles and/or saints.
Same old story, I already addressed the issue of him giving power or authority to others. These verses once again prove that he is a prophet, a prophet who God has greatly blessed. The fact has been established.
Third, even though it is true that specific prophets performed some of the same kinds of miracles that Jesus performed, no single prophet performed all of the miracles that Jesus did. Nor did any one individual prophet perform as many miracles as Christ performed.
So just because some prophets didnt perform the same exact miracles that Jesus did, that makes Jesus God? There is no logic in that argument what so ever, not every prophet has to perform the same miracles as the other one did, that is a ludicrous statement. God grants greater power to some prophets than he does to others, it his will, but that doesnt make one better than the other, they are still equal. Moses performed miracles that Jesus did not, nor did any other prophets, does that make Moses God? Same thing can be said about many prophets, every prophet had their own uniqueness, their own miracles granted by God.
Finally, Muhammad wasnt able to perform any of the miracles that the Lord Jesus and the other true prophets of God did. The Quran mentions many of the miracles of the prophets but fails to record a single miracle of Muhammad. In fact, may passages of the Quran explicitly deny that Muhammad could perform any sign or wonder. Here are a couple of verses:
But (now), when the Truth has come to them from Ourselves, they say, "Why are not (Signs) sent to him, like those which were sent to Moses?" Do they not then reject (the Signs) which were formerly sent to Moses? They say: "Two kinds of sorcery, each assisting the other!" And they say: "For us, we reject all (such things)!" S. 28:48
Nay; rather it is signs, clear signs in the breasts of those who have been given knowledge; and none denies Our signs but the evildoers. They say, 'Why have signs not been sent down upon him from his Lord?' Say: 'The signs are only with God, and I am only a plain warner. What, is it not SUFFICIENT FOR THEM that We have sent down upon thee the Book that is recited to them? Surely in that is a mercy, and a reminder to a people who believe. S. 29:49-51 A.J. Arberry
The last passage expressly states that the Quran is sufficient as a sign, which means that no other sign or miracle was necessary. Thus, this surah poses huge problems for Muslims since if Muhammad did perform miracles then this means that the Quran is not sufficient, thereby falsifying the claims of the Quran!
It is true that the hadith literature ascribe miracles to Muhammad, but these sources were compiled over one hundred years (if not later) after Muhammads death. They were not written by eyewitnesses, but by overzealous Muslims seeking to make Muhammad more like Christ and the other miracle-working prophets.
Besides, these narrations expressly contradict the Qurans clear testimony that Muhammad performed no miracles. Christian philosopher Norman Geisler and co-author Abdul Saleeb provide some strong reasons why the miracle stories of the hadith are spurious:
"There are many reasons for questioning the authenticity of these stories. Critics have observed the following.
First, none of them are recorded in the Qur'an. In fact, they are in general contrary to the whole spirit of the Muhammad of the Qur'an, who repeatedly refused to do these very kinds of things for unbelievers who challenged him (3:181-84; 4:153; 6:8-9).
Second, these alleged miracles follow the same pattern as the apocryphal miracles of Christ from a century or two after his death. They are a legendary embellishment of people removed from the original events. They do not come from contemporary eye-witnesses of the events.
Third, even among Muslims there is no generally agreed upon list of miracles from the hadith. Indeed, the vast majority of stories from the hadiths are rejected by most Muslim scholars as not being authentic. Different groups accept different collections of them.
Fourth, the collections of the hadith that are generally accepted by most Muslims are far removed from the original events by several generations. Indeed, most of those who collected miracle stories lived one to two hundred years after the time of the events-plenty of time for legends to develop. They relied on stories that had been passed on orally for many generations with ample embellishment. Even the stories accepted by Muslims as authentic, as determined by the isnad (chain of storytellers), lack credibility. For even these stories are not based on eye-witnesses but rely on many generations of storytellers, often involving hundreds of years. Joseph Horowitz questioned the reliability of the isnad:
The question as to who first circulated these miracle tales would be very easy to answer if we could still look upon the isnad, or chain of witnesses, as unquestionably as we are apparently expected to do. It is especially seductive when one and the same report appears in various essentially similar versions... In general the technique of the isnad does not make it possible for us to decide where it is a case of taking over oral account and where copying from the lecture of books of teachers.
Fifth, Bukhari, considered to be the most reliable collector, admitted that of the 300,000 hadith he collected, he considered only 100,000 might be true. He then narrowed this number down to 7,275, many of which are repetitions so that the total number is in fact 3,000. That means that even he admitted there were errors in over 295,000 of them!
Sixth, there is no one canon of authenticity for these stories accepted by all Muslims. Most Muslims rank their credibility in descending order as follows: the Sahih of Al Bukhari (d. 256 A.H. [after Hijrah]); Al Sahih of Muslim (d. 261 A.H.); the Sunan of Abu Da'ud (d. 275 A.H.); the Jami of Al-Tirmidhi (d. 279 A.H.); the Suand [sic] of Al Nasa (d. 303 A.H.); and the Sunan of Ibn Majda (d. 283 A.H.). Along with these hadith there were important biographers who related miracle stories. The most important ones are Ibn S'ad (d. 123 A.H.), Ibn Ishaq (d. 151 A.H.), and Ibn Hisham (d. 218 A.H.). The above six categories are rejected by Shia Islam. Yet they, along with other Muslims, accept the Qur'an as it is. Finally, what is of crucial significance here is that none of these miracle stories fit the nine criteria accepted by Muslims for a miracle that can confirm a prophet's claim (mudjiza). Hence, by their own standard, none of them have any apologetic value in demonstrating the truth of Islam.
Finally, the origin of the miracle claims of Islam is suspect. It is common knowledge
that Islam borrowed many of its beliefs and practices from other religions. This has also
been documented by many scholars. It is not surprising that Muslim miracle claims arise,
then, as a result of Christian apologists demonstrating the superiority of Jesus to that
of Muhammad by way of Jesus' miracles. It was only after two Christian bishops (Abu Qurra from
Thus, the task for Muslims was clear. If they could invent miracles they could respond to the Christian challenge. It was soon after this that Muhammad's miracle claims began to appear. Sahas notes that 'it is quite interesting that several of these (miracle stories) sound as if they are being offered as responses to Christians as Abu Qurra, and they bear an amazing resemblance to miracles of Jesus found in the Gospels.' Likewise, it was during this polemic that Muslims began to interpret certain events in the Qur'an as miracles. All of this points toward one conclusion: the Muhammad miracle stories lack credibility." (Geisler & Saleeb, Answering Islam - The Crescent in the Light of the Cross [Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; updated and revision edition, 2002], pp. 169-170; see also pp. 171-174)
For more on Muhammad failing to perform any miracles we recommend the following sources:
And for more on the relationship between Jesus divine claims and his miracles, as well as how these contrast with the purpose of the miracles of the OT prophets, we recommend that our readers review our rebuttal to Dr. Jamal Badawi:
Let us look at some of the passages Shamoun used. But (now), when the Truth has come to them from Ourselves, they say, "Why are not (Signs) sent to him, like those which were sent to Moses?" Do they not then reject (the Signs) which were formerly sent to Moses? They say: "Two kinds of sorcery, each assisting the other!" And they say: "For us, we reject all (such things)!" S. 28:48
Those verses do not mean Muhammad had no miracles, not at all! Thats Shamouns own interpretation. As a matter of fact, the verse is the opposite of what Shamoun insists, it is exposing the unbelievers, it confronts them with their argument, as we clearly see when the verse mentions Moses: Why are not (Signs) sent to him, like those which were sent to Moses?" Do they not then reject (the Signs) which were formerly sent to Moses?
This is actually showing that Muhammad is capable of performing miracles and did carry out miracles, but just like Moses did, they still reject it, in other words God is saying like the miracles we gave Moses? But didnt you also reject the miracles of Moses! So no matter what, the disbelievers will always disbelieve no matter what. The verse exposes hypocrites, if anything this verse is a great verse to expose people like Sam Shamoun, so thanks for posting it to describe your self.
Nay; rather it is signs, clear signs in the breasts of those who have been given knowledge; and none denies Our signs but the evildoers. They say, 'Why have signs not been sent down upon him from his Lord?' Say: 'The signs are only with God, and I am only a plain warner. What, is it not SUFFICIENT FOR THEM that We have sent down upon thee the Book that is recited to them? Surely in that is a mercy, and a reminder to a people who believe. S. 29:49-51 A.J. Arberry
Shamoun uses these verses, and then jumps to the conclusion, if Muhammad did perform miracles then it proves the Koran is not good enough and the verse is wrong. It seems Shamoun doesnt read well anymore, and his own conclusion is absolutely hilarious. Lets take a close look at the verses and explain what IT REALLY MEANS, which every one will see. Shamouns main point of the verses, are when Allah says: What, is it not SUFFICIENT FOR THEM that We have sent down upon thee the Book that is recited to them?
In no way what so ever does that verse mean Muhammad was not given other miracles, nowhere does the text or context give a hint of that! Every reader can see that for himself. The verse is crystal clear on what is meant, Allah is basically asking the people and confronting the people by simply saying is the Koran not good enough? What more than the Koran do you want?
The Koran itself is the greatest miracle of Muhammad and should be sufficient enough for the people to believe in Muhammad as a prophet. So the Koran is indeed a major sign and miracle! So I have no idea where Shamoun got that conclusion from, the verse is clear, is the Koran not good enough? What possibly more could you want? That does not mean Muhammad wouldnt be given other miracles, because as we can see with the other verse Shamoun provided that the people would still not believe in Muhammad even if he gives them a sign, in which he defiantly did, but however so they still do not believe and many still doubt and ask for more, that is exactly why Allah confronts them and asks them IS NOT THE KORAN SUFFICIENT ENOUGH? And I must say yes Allah, the Koran is sufficient enough.
Next, Shamoun attacks miracles performed by Muhammad mentioned in the hadiths, Shamoun attacks the hadiths as being very unreliable, and points out several reasons to why they are unreliable, and then makes another attack claiming they are stolen from Christ and changed and put for Muhammad. This is a cheap shot, because Shamoun has no other real argument against them. Lets see what Shamoun says about the hadiths.
In his own words : It is true that the hadith literature ascribe miracles to Muhammad, but these sources were compiled over one hundred years (if not later) after Muhammads death. They were not written by eyewitnesses, but by overzealous Muslims seeking to make Muhammad more like Christ and the other miracle-working prophets.
Yet he has no problem in mentioning several hadiths to help his arguments! What double standard is that, lets see what else he said about the hadiths.
Muhammad states that vegetation preceded the formation of light, i.e. the sun. It must be emphasized that Sahih Muslim is considered the second most reliable source of hadith collections. Hence, to brush aside this hadith basically means that Shabir must denounce the entire collection of hadiths. This is something that he, as a Sunni Muslim, cannot do.
Two mouths he has it seems. At one point he attacks the hadith on very bad reliability, in another argument to help his case against Islam he uses hadith then jumps to their defense and tells Muslims they must follow it or else denounce it. It doesnt work that way, Muslims already know that even within the very authentic hadiths that they still could be a fake and untrue so no we dont have to denounce them all, but you pointed this out in your attack against the reliability of the hadiths which Muslims already knew and apply to several hadiths, even the most authentic ones. So no Muslims dont have to denounce all hadiths if one of the authentic ones have a small problem or if someone rejects one authentic hadith. So you must make your mind up Sam, are hadiths reliable at all or not? If not then why use them and jump to their defense when you need them, and say we must follow them all when you know this is not the case, and another question to you. How do you know the hadiths that mention Muhammad and Aisha are true? Or Muhammad and getting magic worked on him? How do you know they are reliable? I would like to see your answer although I know you have none, but the fact is that your EXPOSED. You use hadiths that supposedly help your case and you jump up and say THEY ARE RELIABLE! MUSLIMS MUST FOLLOW THEM! But if a hadith works against you such as miracles of Muhammad you jump up and say WAIT! HADITHS ARE UNRELIABLE! MANY DONT KNOW WHICH ARE REAL OR NOT! Your hypocrisy is now out for all to see. Lets just show every one again
Sam Shamoun: : It is true that the hadith literature ascribe miracles to Muhammad, but these sources were compiled over one hundred years (if not later) after Muhammads death. They were not written by eyewitnesses, but by overzealous Muslims seeking to make Muhammad more like Christ and the other miracle-working prophets.
Sam Shamoun: Muhammad states that vegetation preceded the formation of light, i.e. the sun. It must be emphasized that Sahih Muslim is considered the second most reliable source of hadith collections. Hence, to brush aside this hadith basically means that Shabir must denounce the entire collection of hadiths. This is something that he, as a Sunni Muslim, cannot do
Your choice Sam.
So it is clear Shamoun once again failed, he tried to prove Jesus is God by performing certain miracles, but we saw for ourselves that Jesus was a prophet and carried out the miracles by the grace of God. We also saw the hypocrisy and double standards of Shamoun, and refuted his silly argument against Muhammad.
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