Islam is one of the most controversial religions of today’s culture, but how much do we really know about the origin of Islam and its founder?
The religion of Islam was established around 622 A.D. Apologist Alex McFarland sheds light on the history of Islam and its founder Muhammad.
“Muhammad was born in 571 A.D. and lived part of his childhood in a Roman Catholic orphanage and was later raised by his uncle.”
His uncle could have played a part in inspiring him to establish the religion of Islam.
“Muhammad grew up under the tutelage of an uncle who was a part of a group that was one of the last enclaves of something called Nestorianism. They were vehement deniers of the Trinity, and the early church condemned Nestorius as a heretic.”
For Muhammad, his exposure to Christianity involved being pushed out of an orphanage and being instructed by a follower of a heretic who denied one of the most fundamental and crucial tenets of the Christian faith.
“He goes to live with this uncle who sort of drills into him that Christians are bad, Christians are false teachers, and the Trinity is wrong. It’s interesting because you and I both know our formative experiences as we grow up deeply imprint themselves on us.”
“Its very fascinating to look at the history socially and theologically of Islam.”
Just a hundred years ago, before political correctness came on the scene, Samuel Braden had this to say about Islam,
“Islam was the only world religion that was started simply to be in conscious opposition to Christianity.”
There is substantial evidence to suggest that Muhammad’s uncle’s background in Nestorianism and his influence on Muhammad could have led to Muhammad’s creation of Islam.