If Muhammad was not the messenger of God, why would he pretend to be? If
it was because of wealth and women, then was he that stupid to risk his
life over and over just to have sex and get rich. Wasn't he already rich
after marrying khadija?
One does not decide to become a
Prophet overnight; it is usually a process. Only in the USA there are
about 2500 new prophets every decade. What motivates these people to
make such claims varies from person to person. Mental disease is often a
factor. Many of these self proclaimed prophets are fanatical religious
people themselves or are suddenly drawn to extreme religious vocations.
The original motives are not necessarily wealth and sex. The desire to
dominate the minds of others is far more exhilarating than the trivial
pleasures of sex and money, although this too may not be a conscious
decision that they make. However, often if these prophets are successful
they celebrate their success with exclusive sexual privileges that they
deny to their followers. Also the desire to amass wealth is something
that comes later, when they have a fair number of devotees who are ready
to do anything for them and would willingly hand them a good percentage
of their wealth in exchange of heavenly rewards and being convinced of
the virtues of giving and sacrificing in the cause of God.
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