1 Cor. 11:5,13
1 Cor. 15:31
- Matthew 5:9
- "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
- As part of the Beatitudes, Jesus said, "Blessed are the peacemakers" (Matt. 5:9). Moslems note Jesus' statement, "I did not come to bring peace, but a sword" (Matt. 10:34) and argue from this that Jesus did not mean himself. They argue that Muhammad is the only alternative and back this up with the fact that the word Islam comes from the same root as Salam, which means peace.
- Jesus talks about peacemakers (plural). The phrase does not describe one person, but many. It is therefore not a reference to Muhammad alone.
- The passage is part of the Sermon on the Mount, which lays down behavior for followers of God's way. All the qualities belong to the same person, and this includes meekness (v. 5). Muhammad was not meek; he was a successful military leader. Neither can it be said that Muhammad showed love to his enemies (v. 44) or used the prayer forms laid down in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 6:6-13) which includes praying in private and addressing God as Father.
- Islam has a poor claim to be a peacemaker. More wars have been fought in the name of Islam than in almost any other cause, even more than in the cause of mainstream Christianity.