"You shall have no other gods before Me," Exodus 20:3.
Karen Armstrong is an ex nun who has become an apologist for Muhammad, the most evil man who has ever lived. In a previous book review, I wrote that I generally give positive reviews of books because I do not have much time to read books that are not edifying. I have not broken that promise as I have not read this book but skimmed it briefly and read both fawning reviews and some harsh criticisms of it. What I will do in lieu of an extensive review of this book is give three reasons why Muhammad is the most evil man ever and not a prophet for any time.
1) He was a child rapist. The Hadiths, which are authoritative for the vast majority of Muslims, tells us that Muhammad married his last wife when she was age six and consummated their marriage when she was nine. This custom, along with the more well know custom of polygamy, is practiced in many if not most Islamic cultures. The Koran also promotes the rape of children in Sura 4:3.
2) Muhammad promoted and practiced ethnic cleansing throughout the Koran. Many apologists of Islam cite Koranic passages which seem to promote peace. Most of these verses occur early in the Koran and are therefore repudiated by later verses in the Koran which advocate the destruction of all unbelievers. This is called the doctrine of abrogation. Early on in Muhammad's life he said things such as, "there is no compulsion in religion." Later on he slaughtered Christians and Jews and advocated their slaughter wherever they were found. Early on he was in the minority, struggling to get acceptance and control. Once he got that, he revealed his true evil intentions and allowed no tolerance of other faiths.
3) Muhammad was an inveterate liar. This is revealed in the above doctrine of abrogation and is officially a doctrine all its own. Muhammad promoted and practiced the doctrine of taqiyya. It can be found in Sura 3:28 and 16:106. It simply allows Muslims to lie with impunity to advance the cause of Islam. This can be seen from Muhammad's many peaceful promises he makes in the Koran which he quickly turns on later in the Koran. You see this practiced often today. Yassar Arafat was a master of it and most recently the Ground Zero Imam also put this doctrine to the test.
Muhammad was an evil, despicable prophet who must be repudiated at every turn. Do not be deceived by those like Armstrong who whitewash the horrific crimes and doctrines inflicted upon our world by this false prophet. Hold on tenaciously to the gospel of Jesus Christ, who, unlike Muhammad, was Truth Himself and who lived a perfect, holy life. Jesus harmed no children, murdered no one and never uttered so much as a white lie. For this we crucified Him. He is everything Muhammad was not and we need to remember His amazing sacrificial death for our sins at all times. We need to drink in His grace and pour it out wherever we go. His life and death truly reveal Jesus as not just a prophet for our time but as THE PROPHET FOR OUT TIME! God bless you brothers and sisters and always remember to learn, live and love the gospel.