Daily Archives: August 7, 2012
Here is another problem for Muslims. Islam tells us that Jesus was a Muslim and that he preached the doctrines of Islam.
Now if it is true, we would expect the disciples to preach the same message. We could expect to find an agreement in the New Testament with the Qur’an.
However, the New Testament is not in agreement with the Qur’an and the doctrines of Islam are vastly different from Christianity. The Jesus of the Bible is not the same as the Jesus of the Qur’an.
So how do Muslims explain this? They say that the true disciples of Jesus were suppressed by false teaching and they mainly point the finger of blame at the Apostle Paul. False doctrine prevailed over the truth and the error dominated the early church and the scriptures. Remarkably, this falsehood has had a good long run. It has lasted 2,000 years and it is strongly held to be the common understanding of the Gospel of Jesus. This explanation sounds plausible but certainly not sufficient.
Ironically, the Qur’an tells us that Allah made a promise to Jesus. He promised that the ones who follow the truth will prevail and succeed over the falsehoods. Those who spread falsehoods will fail and those who carry the truth will succeed.
Surah 3:55 “Behold! Allah said: “O Jesus! I will take thee and raise thee to Myself and clear thee (of the falsehoods) of those who blaspheme; I will make those who follow thee superior to those who reject faith, to the Day of Resurrection: Then shall ye all return unto me, and I will judge between you of the matters wherein ye dispute.”
Surah 61:14 “O ye who believe! Be ye helpers of Allah: As said Jesus the son of Mary to the Disciples, “Who will be my helpers to (the work of) Allah?” Said the disciples, “We are Allah’s helpers!” then a portion of the Children of Israel believed, and a portion disbelieved: But We gave power to those who believed, against their enemies, and they became the ones that prevailed.”
In a sense, Surah 3:55 and 61:14 are correct. The ones carrying the truth prevailed over the falsehoods. It prevailed over the falsehoods then and still does today.