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Will The Real Jesus Please Stand Up – Part 1

ChristianityVsIslamIslam teaches things about Jesus Christ that may shock many Christians. Today we are going to focus on the Islamic teachings about Jesus Christ. We will compare what Islam says with what the Bible says.

First John talks about those who deny Jesus is the Christ.

Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. 1 John 2:22 AV

This is exactly what Islam does, it denies that Jesus is the Christ. Jesus, Himself, warned us that in the end times many false christs would come. When the Bible warns us that we are to be on the lookout for these false christs we should take it seriously.

We are hearing more and more that the Bible and the Qur’an have a lot to things in common concerning Jesus. While it is true that the Qur’an does talk about Jesus (Isa), the Jesus of the Bible and the Jesus of the Qur’an have little or nothing in common.

One of the tactics of those Muslims who are tying to convert Christians to Islam use is to say that we have common ground because we both believe in Jesus. Many uneducated Christians fall for this. We need to know what the Qur’an really teaches about Jesus so we can counter the efforts of Muslims to delude weak Christians.

The difference between the Jesus of the Bible and the Jesus of the Qur’an is what brought Shahram to Christ. It is a tool we must have in our evangelism arsenal.

We are going to expose these differences and expose the fallacy that Islam and Christianity both talk about the same Jesus. You will see that nothing could be further from the truth.

Muslims are being brought to Christ when they are exposed to the Scriptures and when they are allowed to ask their questions. It is wrong to assume that Muslims understand our faith. The truth is they have no idea what true Christians believe. Sadly they don’t even know what their religion teaches.

If you are wrong about Jesus, if the Jesus you believe in is not the biblical Jesus, you will end up in the wrong place for all eternity. You can be sincere and very religious, but if you don’t have the right Jesus you will spend eternity in the Lake of Fire.

The Birth of Jesus

Matthew and Luke both teach that Jesus was born of a virgin. The Old Testament foretold this in the Book of Isaiah.

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 AV

It may surprise you to know that Islam teaches the Jesus was born of a virgin.

Surah 3:47 She said: “O my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man hath touched me?” He said: “Even so: Allah createth what He willeth: When He hath decreed a plan, He but saith to it, ‘Be,’ and it is!

Although Muslims will accept the virgin birth of Christ, there are some things you will be surprised about. The Qur’an says that Jesus was born under a palm tree.

Surah 19:23 And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a palm-tree: She cried (in her anguish): “Ah! would that I had died before this! would that I had been a thing forgotten and out of sight!”

The Muslim Jesus was not born in the manger in Bethlehem.

The Qur’an says Mary, the mother of Jesus, is the sister of Aaron. The reason this is so easy for them is that they use Marium for Mary, which is a valid translation of Mary. They get her confused with Miriam the sister of Moses and Aaron.

Surah 19:27-28 At length she brought (the babe) to her people, carrying him (in her arms), They said: “O Mary! Truly a strange thing has thou brought! “O sister of Aaron, thy father was not a man of evil, nor your mother a woman unchaste!”

It is interesting that Islam believes in Jesus and in His virgin birth, but that they get so many crucial points wrong. Where Jesus was born in one of the proofs that He is who He claimed to be, the Son of God. Where He was born and the fact that His crib was a manger are not minor details. If He was born anywhere but Bethlehem then He is not the promised Messiah.

It is absolutely incredible that they make Mary the sister of Aaron. This is an error of 1,000 years.

The Qur’an never tells us how or why Mary conceived, it only says that Allah willed it so it happened. The Bible also teaches why the virgin birth was necessary. The sin nature is passed on through the man. If Jesus had a human father He would not have been without sin.

“DC Area Professor To Catholic University: Too Many Crosses On Campus For Muslim Students To Pray,” DC Gazete, May

It just got surreal.  George Washington University Law School Professor John Banzhaf filed a human rights complaint to the D.C. Office of Human Rights against Catholic University for hindering Muslim students’ free exercise of their faith due to the “excessive” amount of “Catholic imagery” on the campus.  It seems that this man – who teaches at a different school across town – thinks that Catholic University’s adherence to the cultural aspects of Catholicism (we have a lot of artwork, Crucifixes, and statues in every nook and crany) keeps muslim students from praying the required five times a day.

You can’t make this stuff up.

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