As we look into what the Bible and the Qur’an say about Jesus it becomes obvious that both cannot be the true Jesus. One is true and the other is a counterfeit. They are not both talking about the same person.
Jesus is mentioned more than 90 times in the Qur’an and every time He is mentioned, He is called a messenger of Allah. The word “messenger” is the same word used about the Prophet Muhammad. The Qur’an teaches that Isa is simply a prophet. He is not the Son of God, nor is He God. As a mater of fact, Islam considers saying that Jesus is divine to be blasphemy.
Islam teaches that there have been 7 major prophets and that Jesus is number 6 in the line of 7. Muhammad was the 7th and final messenger. The major task of Muhammad was to refute the “people of the Book,” Jews and Christians, most particularly on their teachings about Jesus.
The Jesus of the Qur’an is a Muslim. The Bible clearly teaches that Jesus is a Jew. The Gospels trace His linage back through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
The Qur’an has Jesus (Isa) stating that He is just a prophet.
Surah 5:72-75 The Messiah has said. ‘Indeed he who associates others with Allah, Allah has forbidden him Paradise and his refuge is the fire.
Notice that they used the word “Messiah.” You may think that means they believe the same as we do. It doesn’t. To them Messiah means something completely different. The Qur’an never defines the term.
To the Christian the Messiah is the one promised by God, the Holy one of Israel, the promised saviour. The Bible has more than 300 Messianic prophecies. These prophecies have been fulfilled in Christ.
From this passage we learn that Isa says not to associate him with Allah, don’t make him equal. He is saying that he is not divine and not part of the Trinity. He says that if we do, Allah will send us to Hell.
The passage goes on to say that Isa, the son of Mary was only a messenger. The Qur’an goes to great length to take away the deity of Christ.
Here are some passaages from the Qur’an that teach that Allah had no son:
Surah 39:4 Had Allah wished to take to Himself a son, He could have chosen whom He pleased out of those whom He doth create: but Glory be to Him! (He is above such things.) He is Allah, the One, the Irresistible.
Surah 37:151-152 Is it not that they say, from their own invention, “Allah has begotten children”? but they are liars!
The Jesus of the Qur’an is not the Son of God and the Qur’an emphasizes this teaching. The Bible makes it very clear that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God. It should be obvious to all of you that the Jesus of the Qur’an and the Jesus of the Bible are not the same Jesus.
Surah 19 says
And they said, the most merciful Allah has taken for himself a son. Assuredly you utter a hideous thing whereby almost the heavens are torn and the earth is split asunder, and the mountains fall in ruins.
Muslims not only deny that Allah has a son, they do so in the strongest terms. They actually pray a passage from Surah 112
Surah 112:4 He begets not, nor was he begotten.
This means that since Allah does not beget he has no sons, and since he is not begotten he is not a son. Muslims pray this up to 15 times a day.
As we saw in the verse we started with today, those who deny that Jesus is the Christ are antichrist. If you get Jesus wrong, you will be eternally wrong.
The Jesus of the Bible
Jesus was accused of blasphemy 5 times.
1. Mark 2:5-10 ‘Only God can forgive sins…’
2. John 5:18 Jesus claimed to be the son of God
3. John 8:56-59 Jesus claimed to be the ‘I am’
4. John 10:30-33 ‘I and my Father are one….’
5. Matt 26:63-66 Jesus affirms that he is the Christ
It is clear from these passages that Jesus taught that He was God. People say Jesus never said that He was God and while it is true that He never said “I am God,” He did communicated that message. Those who heard Him fully understood what He meant. As a result they accused Him of blasphemy and wanted to stone Him to death.
Here is one of my favorite passages on the deity of Christ:
Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. John 20:27-29 AV
In this passage Thomas calls Jesus “My Lord and my God.” Jesus does not rebuke him for calling Him God. As a matter of fact He said that Thomas believed because he had seen Him. In essence Jesus said Thomas believed the truth because of what he had seen. The truth is that Jesus is both Lord and God.
Here is one more verse that makes it clear that Jesus is the Son of God:
But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Hebrews 1:8 AV
Here we have God calling the Son “God.” Who wants to argue with God?
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