Did Paul See the Devil?
By Sami Zaatari
Christians often like to claim that the prophet Muhammad saw the devil in the cave because of this verse from the Bible:
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. (2 Corinthians 11:14)
So from this verse Christians claim that this shows what the prophet Muhammad really saw in the cave was satan who made himself look like an angel. We will address this issue in another article, but for now I want to turn the argument back on the Christian.
By turning the argument back on the Christian you will see how weak their argument is and how badly it can actually be used against them!
When we read how Paul supposedly met Jesus we see that what Paul sees could very well be satan himself from the description we get in Corinthians! For instance here is what it reads:
1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, 2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. 3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: 4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. 6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. 7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man (Acts 9:1-7)
So notice Paul sees a LIGHT! This light then claims that it is none other than Jesus! Now off course Christians will often point to this story to show that Paul is a true apostle because he met Jesus, however so too bad for them now because their argument against the prophet Muhammad REALLY backfires against them here because if we want to be consistent and if they want to be consistent then we have to conclude that Paul did not meet Jesus, rather he met satan.
Now a Christian might say but Corinthians says that satan turns himself into an ANGEL of light, yet Jesus isn't angel.
If one were to actually examine 2nd Corinthians it doesn't have to explicitly mean an angel per se. Rather the context of 2nd Corinthians as well as Christian interpretation is that basically satan can transform himself to be as someone good and kind and helpful, and the word angel is only used to signify this point, since we often associate goodness with angels. Satan could transform himself to act as an angel no doubt, but the passage in 2nd Corinthians is not limited to transforming into an angel only, but rather anything good.
One can safely conclude that indeed Paul did see satan not Jesus because if one examines Paul's message one will find it is filled with borrowed paganism, and not only that it contradicts all former prophets, and insults the Torah, as well as making lies about Jesus!
In fact it does not end there! The disciple Peter may have also met Satan! When read Acts chapter 12 we read:
5 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. 6 And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison. 7 And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. 8 And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me.
Notice how an angel comes to Peter while he is in prison, and then when this ?angel' comes a bright light shines in
the prison! So here we explicitly have light and an angel! This defintely fits the description of 2nd Corinthians!
What's to say this angel was not satan? In fact we do see something a bit satanic here which is that this angel is essentially breaking a prisoner out of jail! This is basically breaking the law! Even if Herod was an evil tyrant, you still have to obey and follow the rules and law, because if you take it into your own hands more chaos will come. This incident here by this supposed ?angel' is an act of a rebel, and as we all know satan is a rebel to God and God's laws, so we do have enough evidence here to give us probable cause that this angel could be satan himself!
So in conclusion we have now seen two incidents where major figures of Christianity have most likely seen satan as a result of 2nd Corinthians. We have also seen how EASILY we can turn the Christian argument against themselves and show how weak their reasoning and desperation is. The Christian should be very worried now, since these incidents are the sort of thing they bring up against Islam!
And Allah indeed Knows Best!