Last time I wrote about the 1st commandment, today we’ll talk about the 2nd which is found in Exodus chapter 20 versus 3 to 6. The entire section reads like this:
Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
It certainly makes perfect sense that YHWH would be a jealous God. Just think about it once. He created you, me, and everything that we can see and beyond what we have not yet seen. He desires that we love Him and keep His commandments so that He can show us mercy.
All I have to do is think about my son. I did not create him, but he came from me. I want him to love me and obey me. More than anything it would break my heart if he were to hate me and look after other role models in his life. And that’s just me with a son that I did not form, I did not choose that he would be a boy versus girl, I did not choose his eye colour, how tall he would grow up to be. No all of this was designed by God. How much more would He not be jealous of us, than a human father who has not done nearly as much as YHWH, who created every single tiny cell inside of us?
I believe that Yahweh has every right to command us to have no other gods but Him. And to serve Him, not idols.
Did Muhammad have any other gods but YHWH?
As we determined in the 1st commandment. Muhammad wrote about another God “Allah” in the Qur’an that conflicts with the descriptions we know of YHWH. So it is very clear that he also broke the 2nd commandment to have no other god but YHWH.
But did Muhammad worship anything other than Allah? Muslims will say he did not. But Muhammad did take a graven image used by pagans before Islam came about, and kissed it which today all Muslims do when they visit Mecca their highest place of worship.
This image is called the Black Stone, which Muhammad says was placed there by Abraham and Ishmael, but his own writings prove that it was not and only existed after Abraham died.
So Muhammad did break “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image”. Which is enough. But what else is there?
Muslims will agree, and it is recorded in several places that Muhammad did worship pagan idols, but will quickly say that it was before his “prophetic ministry” began so it doesn’t count.
Let’s just say that it doesn’t count when it comes to the legitimacy of Islam, but Muhammad during his life did worship gods other than Allah.
In summary, we know from last time that it’s not possible that Muhammad even declared YHWH as his God, so it’s a given that he also broke the 2nd commandment of having no other gods beside YHWH. But even beside that, Muhammad also had a graven image used by pagans which is still stilling in Mecca today, and he worshiped other gods beside Allah before starting Islam.