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18. Bible and Qur'an Series
(A response to Ahmad Deedat's Booklet:What the Bible says about Muhummed)

2. “He will give you ANOTHER Comforter.”

If, as Muslims allege, the original word was periklutos and that Christians changed it into paracletos, then the sentence would have read, “He will give you another praised one”. This statement is both out of place in its context and devoid of support elsewhere in the Bible. Jesus is never called the “periklutos” in the Bible (the word appears nowhere in the Bible) so it is grossly unlikely that he would have said “He will give you another praised one” when he never used that title for himself. Worse still, as the Muslims allege that he actually foretold the coming of Muhammad by mentioning his name, the sentence in that case would have read “He will give you another Muhammad”. The further the Muslims try to press the point, the more absurd it tends to become.

John 16:12-13 makes it clear that the word “paracletos” is obviously the correct one. The text reads: “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth.” In other words, I have been your Comforter, your paracletos, and have many things to tell you, but I send the Spirit of Truth to you, another Comforter, another paracletos.

In 1 John 2:1 we read that Christians have an “advocate” with the Father, “Jesus Christ the Righteous”, and the word translated “advocate” is paracletos in the Greek. So Jesus is our paracletos, our Comforter and advocate with the Father, and he promised to give his disciples another Comforter. It is therefore logical to find that Jesus promised another paracletos, when he himself was described as the paracletos of his followers, but it is illogical to suggest that he would speak of “another periklutos” when the word was never used to describe him in the first place.

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