Christians need to share the truth of the Gospel with Muslims. Many Christians are surprised when Muslims say Mohammad is in the Bible; thus, what Mohammad taught about Jesus must be true. Christians need to be aware of some of the texts Muslims cite in support of the claim that Mohammad is prophesied in the Bible. Muslims claim “the prophet” of Deuteronomy 18 is Mohammad. The idea that Jesus promised Mohammad is a near universal teaching in Islam.
When Jesus gave his farewell discourse in the Gospel of John (chapters 14 and 16), Jesus spoke about the coming of the “Spirit of Truth”, the “Paraclete” or “Advocate” (in Greek, “parakletos”). For many centuries, Muslim interpreters have consistently seen Mohammad as this final prophet of the “Spirit of Truth,” promised by Jesus in the Gospel of John, and based on two passages (7:157 and 61:6) from the Koran.
Muslim scholars, Jehovah Witnesses and some liberal theologians try to make the case that Jesus was “begotten.” By this they mean Jesus was created and not eternal. If Jesus was created, he cannot be God. If Jesus is eternal, Jesus is God. Since Islam teaches Jesus is not God, the Koran’s truthfulness depends on Jesus being created, while the Bible says Jesus is eternal. Which book is correct? Both cannot be correct.
To know the truth, we must search the Bible, and not rely on man’s theories or arguments. Only the Scripture matters. The point of argument comes from the King James (KJV) and New American Standard Bible (NASB) translation of John 3:16-17:
John 3:16-17 (KJV) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.