Islam and Jesus

Islamic writings have much to say about Jesus, however, there is a great deal of difference between the Koran and the Bible relative to Jesus.

Recall that Mohammed espoused the concept of monotheism to the point that there was no room for the doctrines of the plurality of the Godhead and the deity of Jesus. The Bible, however, states:

“By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world.”
I John 4:13-14

“I and My Father are one.”
John 10:30

“Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.”
John 17:11

The central theme of New Testament Christianity is that Christ as God the Son was crucified as the required payment of sin for all mankind. Christ’s death fulfilled the Old Testament law. The Bible further states that Jesus was buried and then arose from the grave as proof that His sacrificial death was accepted by God the Father as payment for the sins of all mankind.

“…And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father.”
John 1:14

“…Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”
Philippians 2:5-8

“And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place…which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified Him…”
John 19:15

“Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. So there they laid Jesus…”
John 19:41-42
“Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you…saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’”
Luke 24:6-7

The Koran, looking backwards more than 500 years after the above scriptures were written, presents a decidedly different view of Jesus’ deity and sacrificial death.

“In blasphemy indeed are those that say that God is Christ the son of Mary…” Surah 5:17

“That they said in boast, ‘We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah’…but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them…for a surety they killed him not…” Surah 4:157-158

Islam professes Jesus was a major prophet who was taken alive up to Heaven like Elijah, will return later as a Muslim, will marry and have children, abolish the sanctity of the Cross, kill many Jews, and convert many to Islam. More about that later.

The Bible, looking forward, prophesied that subsequent religions would emerge that would deny the sonship and deity of Christ. The following Biblical passages, written 500 years before the Koran reflect the same level of intensity as the Koran on the subject.

“Who is…he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.”
I John 2:22-23

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.”
I John 4:1-3

Because of the sharp differences between the Koran and the Bible relative to who Jesus is, both cannot be right and, therefore, an individual choice must be made. Our constitution allows for that individual choice of religion. The decision process can be facilitated by considering the above words spoken by the Apostle John, i.e. “…test the spirits, whether they are of God…”

For further study, simply Google, ‘Islam and the deity of Jesus’

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