I DRAW attention to an advert on page 3 of Wednesday's Herald which was proclaiming, and I quote, "What Jesus says about Muhammad", according to the Islam Awareness Centre. The said person than went on to quote John 14: 7-16 from the Bible, but he or she has totally misinterpreted this Scripture.
Interestingly he or she leaves out verse 6: "Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father (God) except through me.'" In other words, it is only through our faith in Jesus Christ, God's Son, that we can be reconciled to God.
However, in the advert the person writes that he or she is using verses 7 to 16 of John 14, and quotes verse 16 where Jesus says He will ask the Father (God) and He will give you another Comforter or Helper, to be with you forever. The rest of what is quoted in the advert is not found in that chapter.
The next mistake is in likening the Comforter to Muhammad. When Jesus mentions the Comforter in verses 16 and 17 He tells us that He is talking about the Holy Spirit who is the Spirit of truth.
He even goes on to say that the world cannot receive Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But the disciples (then and now) know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
Jesus continues in John 16:8, "And when He (the Comforter/Holy Spirit) comes, He will convict the world concerning sin, righteousness and judgement: concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me" (Jesus, who is God in the flesh).
This erroneous misinterpretation of Scripture only highlights the latter part of my quote.
Father God, the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit or Comforter are exclusive to the Christian faith.
Joan Field, Seaview, Port Elizabeth