To give legitimacy to the prophethood of Muhammad, Muslims make the claim that the Comforter & Counselor, the Holy Spirit mentioned in John 14 & 16 of the Gospel refers to Muhammad. This of course is not only false but blasphemous because the Holy Spirit is God, being the third person of the Trinity. If Muhammad is the Holy Spirit, then from the biblical view, Muhammad is God and not just a prophet/messenger! Here, we can see their counterargument is that the "comforter" mentioned in John 14:16 is not the same as the Holy Spirit as mentioned in other parts of the bible e.g.John 20:22. The Muslims claim ignores the verse in John 16 that the Holy Spirit is also referred as the Spirit of truth in John16:12 and not a human being and "he may be with you forever" (John14:16). Only the Spirit of God can be with us forever.
This video explains what Islam believes about the Holy Spirit. Please compare this with what the bible says about the Holy Spirit. See the article below: "We believe in the Holy Spirit"
The Holy Spirit came on Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4 ) and here Muslims claim that he came in the form of Muhammad 600 years later. Therefore, let us examine the Holy Spirit.
The Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit have a unique relationship. If Jesus had stayed on earth, his physical presence would have limited the spread of the Good News because physically he could be in only one place at a time. After Christ was taken up into heaven. he would be spiritually present everywhere through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was sent so that God would be with and within his followers after Christ returned to heaven. The Spirit would comfort them, guide them to know his truth, remind them of Jesus' words, give them the right words to say, and fill them with power.
At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was made available to all who believed in Jesus. We received the Holy Spirit (are baptized with Him) when we receive Jesus Christ as our Saviour. The baptism of the Holy Spirit must be understood in the light of his total work in Christians.
(1) The Spirit marks the beginning of the Christian experience. We cannot be Christians without the Spirit (Romans 8:9); we cannot be joined to Christ without his Spirit (1 Corinthians. 6:17); we cannot be adopted as his children without his Spirit (Romans 8:14-17, Galatians 4:6-7) we cannot be in the body of Christ except by baptism in the Spirit (1 Corinthians.12:13).
(2) The Spirit is the power of our new lives. He begins a lifelong process of change-making us more like Christ (Galatians 3:3, Philippians 1:6). When we receive Christ by faith, we begin an immediate personal relationship with God. The Holy Spirit works in us to be like Christ.
(3) Th Spirit unites the Christian community in Christ (Ephesians 2:19-22). The Holy Spirit can be experienced by all believers and he works through them (1 Corinthians 12:11, Ephesians 4:4).
Please read the article below for a more comprehensive discussion on the works of the Holy Spirit.
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