Sam Shamoun welcomes Paul Williams back to the blogosphere

Not only is Williams back but he is back doing what he does best, namely, perverting the Scriptures and misrepresenting the Christian position to his own shame and humiliation. Case in point:http://bloggingtheology.org/2013/12/23/and-theyre-the-same-dude/

He is also back posting articles which only prove that Allah is a false god and Muhammad a false prophet. Check out, for instance, his post on the triumph of Paul: http://bloggingtheology.org/2013/12/24/the-triumph-of-paulism/

Again, because he is ignorant of Islamic teaching, he just proved that his deity is either impotent or a liar, and here is why. According to Q. 3:55 and 61:14, Allah swore to Jesus that his true believers would be triumphant over the disbelievers from the time of Jesus’ ascension UNTIL the day of resurrection, a promise that he supposedly fulfilled. However, if Williams’ stance on Paul is true then this means that Jesus’ followers were actually defeated and their message was soon replaced by Paul’s, whose teaching continues to spread and triumph all over the world till this very day. Therefore, this either makes Paul more powerful than Allah or proves that Allah is a deceptive, capricious deity who cannot be trusted to do anything he says. Way to go Williams for once again helping us prove that your religion is false and that your god is a deceiver!

More importantly, this dilemma obviously wasn’t lost on the earlier generations of Muslims who, on the basis of Q. 3:55 and 61:14, concluded that Paul must have been a true messenger sent forth by God to spread Jesus’ message in fulfillment of God’s promise to Christ that his followers would be triumphant. For instance, here is what renowned Muslim expositor al-Qurtubi wrote in reference to Q. 61:14:

It was said that THIS VERSE was revealed about the apostles of Jesus, may peace and blessing be upon him. Ibn Ishaq stated that of the apostles and disciples that Jesus sent (to preach) there were Peter AND PAUL who went to Rome; Andrew and Matthew who went to the land of the cannibals; Thomas who went to Babel in the eastern lands; Philip who went to Africa… Allah supported them (the apostles) with evidence so that they prevailed (thahirin) meaning they became the party with the upper hand. Just as it is said, “An object appeared on the wall” meaning it is clearly visible (alu-wat) on the wall. Allah, who is glorified and exalted, knows the truth better and to Him is the return and retreat. (http://quran.al-islam.com/Page.aspx?pageid=221&BookID=14&Page=552; capital emphasis ours)

Al-Qurtubi isn’t the only one to cite this tradition since it is also found in Ibn Hisham’s recension of Ibn Ishaq’s sirah:

“Yazid b. Abu Habib al-Misri told me that he found a document in which was a memorandum (T. the names) of those the apostle sent to the countries and kings of the Arabs and non-Arabs and what he said to his companions when he sent them. I sent it to Muhammad b. Shihab al-Zuhri (T. with a trusty countryman of his) and he recognized it. It contained the statement that the apostle went out to his companions and said: ‘God has sent me (Muhammad) to all men, so take a message from me, God have mercy on you. Do not hang back from me as the disciples hung back from Jesus son of Mary. They asked how they hung back and he said, ‘He called them to a task similar to that which I have called you. Those who had to go a short journey were pleased and accepted. Those who had a long journey before them were displeased and refused to go, and Jesus complained of them to God. (T. From that very night) every one of them was able to speak the language of the people to whom he was sent.’ (T. Jesus said, ‘This is a thing that God has determined that you should do, so go.’

“Those whom Jesus son of Mary sent, both disciples and those who came after them, in the land were: Peter the disciple AND PAUL WITH HIM, (PAUL BELONGED TO THE FOLLOWERS AND WAS NOT A DISCIPLE) to Rome. Andrew and Matthew to the land of the cannibals; Thomas to the land of Babel, which is in the land of the east; Philip to Carthage and Africa; John to Ephesus the city of the young men of the cave; James to Jerusalem which is Aelia the city of the sanctuary; Bartholomew to Arabia which is the land of Hijaz; Simon to the land of Berbers; Judah who was not one of the disciples was put in place of Judas” (The Life of Muhammad: A Translation of Ibn Ishaq’s Sirat Rasul Allah, with introduction and notes by Alfred Guillaume [Oxford University Press, Karachi, Tenth impression 1995], p. 653; capital emphasis ours)

It is also cited by one of Islam’s greatest expositors and historians al-Tabari:

“Among the apostles, and the followers who came after them were the Apostle Peter AND PAUL who was a follower and not an apostle; they went to Rome. Andrew and Matthew were sent to the country whose people are man-eaters, a land of blacks, we think; Thomas was sent to Babylonia in the east, Philip to Qayrawan (and) Carthage, that is, North Africa. John went to Ephesus, the city of the youths of the cave, and James to Jerusalem, that is, Aelia. Bartholomew was sent to Arabia, namely, the Hijaz; Simeon to the land of the Berbers in Africa. Judas was not then an apostle, so his place was taken by Ariobus. He filled in for Judas Iscariot after the latter had perpetrated his deed.” (The History of Al-Tabari: The Ancient Kingdoms, translated by Moshe Perlmann [State University of New York Press (SUNY), Albany 1987], Volume IV, p. 123; capital emphasis ours)

The translator explains what al-Tabari meant that Paul was not an apostle:

317. In Islamic terms the messengers or apostles pave the new path. Their work is continued by the tabi’un, the followers, members of the next generations, who lead the Faithful. (Ibid)

Thus, al-Tabari even lists Paul as one of those martyred for the true faith!

Yet the view taken by these renowned Islamic authorities also puts Williams in a jam since Paul’s message proves that Muhammad was a false prophet. This blessed servant and apostle of the risen Jesus taught the deity of Christ, his vicarious death and physical, bodily resurrection and subsequent ascension into heaven where he sits enthroned as Lord over all creation, as well as his physical, bodily return to the earth to judge the living and the dead. Since Muhammad denied these core, essential truths, this means he stands condemned as a false apostle since he contradicts the message of an Apostle whom Allah gave victory to over against the disbelievers!

The good thing about Williams’ return is that this now means I can finish off the series of rebuttals that I had started, but which I postponed, in order to continue documenting that he is an inconsistent Christophobe who has no shame using arguments inconsistently in his tirade against the Holy Bible, even when those same arguments can be turned around against to prove that Muhammad was a false prophet (which he was).

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5 Responses to Sam Shamoun welcomes Paul Williams back to the blogosphere

  1. madmanna says:

    Merry Christmas Sam!

    And a Merry Christmas to Paul Williams!

  2. Sam Shamoun says:

    A correction bro. Change the last paragraph:

    The good thing about Williams’ return is that this now means I can finish off the series of rebuttals that I had started, but which I postponed, in order to continue with documenting that he is an inconsistent Christophobe who has no shame using arguments inconsistently in his tirade against the Holy Bible, even when those same arguments can be turned around against to prove that Muhammad was a false prophet (which he was).

    To:

    The good thing about Williams’ return is that this now means I can finish off the series of rebuttals that I had started, but which I postponed, in order to continue documenting that he is an inconsistent Christophobe who has no shame using arguments inconsistently in his tirade against the Holy Bible, even when those same arguments can be turned around against him to prove that Muhammad was a false prophet (which he was).

  3. Anonymous says:

    Another irrefutable, undeniable, iron-clad classic. Keep bringing it brother Sam. May our glorious tri-une God protect & keep you and your family.

  4. Tony - Hazakim says:

    Another irrefutable, undeniable, iron-clad classic. Keep bringing it brother Sam. May our glorious tri-une God protect & keep you and your family.

    -Tony

  5. Sam Shamoun says:

    Hey bro, check out your email since I have something else on Williams for you which I am sure you will love.

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