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The havoc in the social life played by Hinduism dividing
humanity into castes and sub‐castes and the unreasonable
superiority of one caste over the other is itself so
repulsive that no one would like to take any trouble of
executing any studies about the doctrines of that faith.
While resenting the caste system and the sectarian segregation
in the Hindu folds, I was automatically reminded
of the similar restrictions amongst Christians. I
asked myself:
“Why criticize other people and their beliefs when the
religion which I myself belong to, has in it the sectarian
segregation as well? Are not Churches in Christendom
owned exclusively for the members of the particular
sects? Are there not churches belonging to a particular
sect which cannot be used by the people of the other sect?
Has not Christianity failed to unite mankind into one
human society? Did Jesus preach all these differences and
dissensions which we the Christians have innovated? Is it
not then that we are far away from the original objects of
the Mission of Jesus Christ?”
Against the irreconcilable differences and the innumerable
dissensions of the social order in the very folds of
Hinduism and Christianity, I was very much impressed
by the genuine and real brotherhood practiced day and
night among the Muslims. I found that a Muslim Mosque
is a Mosque belonging to everyone who calls himself a
Muslim and that there is no reservation of seats in the
Mosque. I saw with my own eyes, Muslims of all ranks,
all social and economical status of different complexions
of various nationalities all standing in one row, turning
towards one direction, praying to one God in one language,
and after the prayer shaking hands with one another.
Brotherhood or social equality claimed more in
theory by other schools of thought in the world; I found
it to be an ever experienced and a living reality in the
daily life of the Islamic folds.
One day I was informed by the senior lecturer who by
this time had become a close friend of mine that a Muslim
scholar was going to deliver some talks in English on
the life of the Prophet of Islam in a hall near the big
Mosque of my town. My senior lecturer and I both attended
the talks and met the lecturer who was an old
friend of my senior lecturer. We talked with the lecturer
about several important topics.
During my meeting with the Muslim lecturer I asked
him if he would kindly answer some questions for my
own information. He said: “I will most willingly answer
your questions.”
I put forward the following questions which he very
cheerfully answered: “What proof have you besides the
Quran to establish that Muhammad was truly a Prophet
of God?”
He answered: “Have you your Bible with you?” I said:
“Yes.”
He took the following verses and read them to me one
after the other:
The Acts 3, Verses 22: “For Moses truly said unto the
fathers, a prophet shall the Lord your god raise unto you
of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all
things whatsoever he shall say unto you.” 23: “And it
shall come to pass that every soul which will not hear
the Prophet shall be destroyed from among the people.”
24: “Yea! And all the prophets from Samuel and those
that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise
foretold of these days.”
The Acts 7: Verses 37: “This is that Moses, who said
unto the children of Israel, a Prophet shall the Lord raise
up unto you your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye
hear.”
John 14: “Jesus says: 16: ‘I will pray the Father, and he
shall give another comforter – that he may abide with
you forever.’”
26: “Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is expedient for
you that I go away, for if I go not away, the comforter
will not come unto you, but if I depart I will send him
unto you.”
16: “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye can
not bear them now.”
16: “Howbeit, when he the Spirit of Truth, is come, he
will guide you unto all truth for he shall not speak of
himself, but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he
speak; he will show you things to come.”
I read the passages which I had already gone through
several times before, but this time the perfect confidence
with which the lecturer asked me to read the verse from
my own sacred scriptures in support of his claim, threw a
new light upon them for me to understand the matter
dispassionately. Yet I replied: “But the prophecy is about
the advent of Jesus!” He smiled and said: “Read the verse
again! Does not the verse say that God will raise a
Prophet like unto Moses i.e. he will be a man born of a
father and a mother as was born Moses; whereas Jesus
was born only of a mother. Besides the Prophet promised
by God must be a man like Moses but you yourself call
Jesus as the son of God! Moses was a lawgiving Prophet
and the one like him must be a law‐giver, whereas Jesus
was only a law‐abider, following the law of the Ten
Commandments already introduced through Moses. Besides
one must betray his common sense as well as his
learning to say that I and He the two different persons,
i.e. the First and the Third person mean the same, or the
one who departs prophesying about the advent of some
one else, to be one and the same.”
The argument was quite reasonable. Then I asked the
lecturer: “Do you not believe in Jesus as the son of God?
Cannot Jesus be God himself in the form of a man?” The
lecturer smiled and very cheerfully replied: “Can there be
a son to anyone without a wife, my friend? Can anyone
who believes in the sonship of Jesus, at the same time
sensibly imagine Virgin Mary to have been used by God
as a wife? Let us seek protection of God against any such
devilish straying of our minds. Sonship if used in the Bible
can be only to mean a creature or the one who has received
life from God. Otherwise, what do you say about
Jesus addressing himself as a son of man… “The son of
man is come eating and drinking and ye say, behold a
gluttonous man, and a wine bibber a friend of publicans
and sinners.” (St. Luke 7:34)
“The son of man be ashamed.” (Luke 9:26)
“Saying the son of the man must be delivered into the
hands of sinful men.” (Luke 24)
“The son of man shall give unto you.” (John 6:27)
Jesus addressed God as his father and also as our father
which means that God is taken as the father of Jesus as
much as He is the father (or the creator) of any of us, and
hence Jesus’ sonship can mean in the sense of creature of
god, the term ‘son of god’ used by Jesus can be only in
sense of ‘servant of god’ – as Jesus refers to himself as
god’s servant. This fact is testified by the verses by which
every prophet of God from Adam has been termed as the
son of God in Luke 3rd chapter in verses from 23 to 30.
Jesus is called as the son of Joseph and the genealogy of
Jospeh is traced to Adam and Adam is called the son of
God. Read the 30th verse of the same chapter: “Which
was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which
was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.” (Luke
3:30)
These ready answers from the Bible created a very deep
impression upon my mind about the amount of comparative
study the Muslims do and how strong and reasonable
they are in their faith about the Oneness of God.
I asked the lecturer: “Do you believe in the Holy Bible
as a Heavenly Book or not?” In reply to my question the
lecturer requested me to answer the following questions:

His Questions: My Answers:
Is the Bible which is in
your hands, the book which
Jesus wrote as a scripture
revealed by God?
“No.”
Did Jesus order or desire
at any time in his life to
write anything on his behalf?
“No”
Was the Bible which is in
your hands, written during
the life time of Jesus?
“No”
Was the Bible which is in
your hands today written
immediately after the departure
of Jesus?
“No”
Then he said: “Please read p. 17 in the “Founder of
Christianity and his Religion” published by the Christian
Literature Society, Madras. It is said in the book:
“The whole Bible contains sixty six books written by
forty different authors over a space of about fifteen centuries.”
It is clearly said in the book that: JESUS
CHRIST HIMSELF WROTE NOTHING. Oral teaching
was for several years, the only means employed in the
spread of Christianity. It was for the guidance of those
young converts that the earliest writings of the new Testament
were composed.”
The same book further discloses that: “They were
probably written about Twenty years after the death of
Christ.”
On pg. 18 it is stated: “The Gospels do not give a complete
history of the life of Christ. They are rather memoirs.”
I said: “But the Bible is the word of god inspired and
written by the disciples of Jesus!” He again smiled and
said: “Mr. Thomas, if the Bible is the Book of the Disciples
and of Jesus, how would you account for the differences
in the Book, if it is an inspired word of God…does
not the Catholic Bible contain some books which the
Protestant version does not?”
Have you read what Mr. Wilson says about the Bible, in
the introduction to the ‘Diaglot’ – published by the
Watch Tower Society? “If it has not been published by
kingly authority it would not now be venerated by English
and American Protestants, although it had come direct
from God. It has been convicted of containing over
20,000 errors! Nearly 700 Greek Mss are not known and
some of them are very ancient whereas the translator of
the common version had only the advantage of some 8
Mss none of which was earlier than the tenth century.”
Is not the Bible based upon 8 manuscripts…whereas
there are 700 manuscripts now available? If what is contained
in all such manuscripts is also the inspired word
of god, why were these manuscripts left away? In view of
all these facts brought to your light, if you still believe in
the Bible as the inspired word of God, you may do so but
you can’t expect the whole world to do it. If you make a
serious and an impartial study of the Old and the New
Testaments you will find in them the amount of blasphemies
which the Jewish mind has fabricated against
Lot, David, Noah, and Abraham who were the Holy
Apostles of God, viz:
“And Noah began to be a husbandman and he planted a
vineyard.”
“And he drank of the vine, and was drunken; and he
was uncovered within this tent.”
“And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of
his father and told his two brethren about it.”
“And Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it
upon their father, and their faces were backward, and
they saw not their father’s nakedness.” (Gen: 10:123)
Lot committing adultery with his own two daughters
(Gen: 19:30‐38)
David taking possession of his neighbor’s wife (II Sam
11:4)
I asked, “What? Do you Muslims believe in the
prophet’s of god other than Muhammad to be totally
sinless and holy?”
He answered me by reciting to me the following verses
from the Quran:
Say (O Muslims), We believe in Allah, and that
which has been revealed to Abraham and Ishmael
and Isaac and Jacob and the Tribes and that which
has been given to Moses and Jesus, and that which
has been given to the Prophets from their Lord. We
make no distinction between any of them. And we
submit to Allah. (2:136)
The Messenger of God believed in what had been
revealed to him from his Lord, and so do the believers
(i.e. Muslims) they all believe in Allah and
His Angels, His Books (the different holy scriptures)
and His Messengers; we make no difference
between any of His Messengers. (2:285)
The above verses of the Holy Quran bear clear testimony
to the fact that, as one of the fundamentals of his
faith, every Muslim has to believe not only in the Holy
Prophet Muhammad, but in all the other Prophets and
Messengers as truthful and holy and should not make
any distinction between them. The following verse of the
Holy Quran informs us of the fact that Prophets were
raised by God, among all nations in all parts of the earth.
There is not a nation but a warner has gone among
them. (35:24)



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