ISLAM-03 - Islamic View of Christ
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INSPIRATION & USE OF THE BIBLE
“And you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from
their sins,” Matthew 1:21.
To Christians the name Jesus represents salvation. It's a term that
shows us the perfect life and the absolute that we ought to be striving for.
How does Islam view Jesus Christ? How does it view Christianity?
Today we want to think about what the Koran and what Mohammed said
concerning Christ and his teaching.
To begin let's realize that Christianity is not valid to Islam. They would
say the word Christian is not a valid word- for there is no religion of
Christianity according to Islam. Harsh statements such as this show us how
that at times Muslims will want to befriend Christians, and then at times
they will view us as infidels only to get a leg up for Islam and those who
believe that faith.
There's a lot of contradiction and doubletalk over Christ and
Christianity in the Quran. For example in the Koran in chapter 2 verse 62,
Allah allegedly said ‘Lo those who believe in that which was revealed under
the Mohammed and those who are Jews and Christians and civilians.
Whoever believeth in Allah and the last day and does right, surely their
reward is with our Lord and there shall no fear come upon them neither
shall they grieve.’ Here we’ve got an all accepting statement. ‘Jews,
Christians, and civilians- if they all trust God and do right everybody is
going to get a reward.’ But then we see statements in the Quran, from the
teaching of Mohammed, which don't often add up to that- like the statement
that says ‘Christianity is not a valid word.’
How do Islam and how do Muslims view Jesus Christ? In the Quran
and chapter 2 in verse 87 it is said, ‘and verily we gave unto Moses the
Scripture. We caused a train of messengers to follow after him. Jesus the
son of Mary, clear proofs of all his sovereignty. And we supported him with
the Holy Spirit.’ When it comes to Jesus, they will say he followed that long
train of messengers like Moses. They say that Allah gave him proof he was
a prophet of God and gave him the Holy Spirit. Here it's as though Jesus is
an inspired prophet of God in the Quran. Now that’ll be very important, for
the messages of Jesus do not align with the messages of Mohammed and
the Koran and its teachings.
How does it view Jesus? As a prophet, yes just merely a prophet.
Chapter 2 in the Quran verses 135 and 136, ‘ and they say Jews or
Christians, then you be rightly guided saying unto them, O Mohammed, no
that we follow the religion of Abraham the upright and he was not of the
idolaters say all Moslems we believe in Allah and that which is revealed in
us in that which is revealed Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and the tribes
and that which Moses and Jesus received and that which is prophet to
receive from their reward, we make no distinction between any of them and
unto him we have surrendered.’ And so at times it's as though they’re
saying ‘Christianity in Jesus they’re idolaters.’ And at times it's as though
Jesus and his teaching is following the same train. The only time it differs
and apart from that is when Jesus and his teaching contradict Islam and
the things involved in it.
How do they view Jesus? How does the Bible view Jesus? The Bible
says in Deuteronomy 18:22, “When a prophet speaks in the name of the
Lord if the thing does not happen or come to pass that is the thing which
the Lord has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously you
shall not be afraid of him.” Was Jesus just a prophet? His prophecies came
true- there's no doubt about that. But he's more than just a prophet! The
Bible says in John 1:1-3, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was
with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God and
things were made through Him and without Him nothing was made and in
Him was the light of life and that life became the light of men.” What is
Jesus Christ? Yes, there's no doubt he was a great prophet, but He's more
than a prophet. He is that eternal word, the Son of God Himself.
Islam will say of Jesus again, that he is a prophet of God. Chapter 2
verse 253, ‘of those messengers some of whom we caused to excel others
whom are some unto Allah spoke. While some of them he exalted while
others and agree and we gave Jesus son of Mary clear proofs we
supported him with the Holy Spirit.’ And so, mainly Jesus is viewed as
simply a prophet of Allah. Like Mohammed, he simply spoke the messages
of God. The Koran will say of Jesus that Jesus is not eternal that he was
actually created. ‘Jesus before Allah,’ the Quran says, ‘is that of Adam. He
God created him from dust. Then he said to him, be and he was,’ chapter 3
verse 59. And so, what how did Jesus come into existence? The Koran
says that like creating Adam, God created Jesus from the dust and simply
said to him ‘exist’ or ‘be’ and he was.
Well is that what the Bible says about Jesus that God created him?
“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image according to our likeness.
Let him have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air,
over the cattle, overall the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps
on the earth.’” God said in the beginning, “Let us make man in our image.”
Who is that plural personal pronoun- the ‘us’ and ‘our’? We know it is
Jesus. Colossians 1:15-16 says of Jesus, “He is the image of the invisible
God, the firstborn over all creation, for by Him all things were created that
are in heaven, that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or
dominions or principalities, or powers. All things were created through Him
and for Him.” The Bible does not say Jesus is a created, being the Bible
says Jesus is the creator-that all things were made by Him. That's a stark
contrast to how Islam views our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Well here's another shocking fact. The Koran says that of Jesus there
was no death, crucifixion, or resurrection. Listen to chapter 4 verse 157 in
the Quran, ‘and because of their saying we slue the Messiah, Jesus son of
Mary Allah’s messenger, they neither slue him not- nor crucified him that it
appeared so unto them. And lo those who disagree concerning it are in
doubt thereof; they have no knowledge thereof save pursuit of a conjecture.
They slue him not for certain. Verse 158, ‘But Allah took him up unto
himself. Allah is everybody and wise. There is not one of the people on the
Scripture but will believe in him before his death and on the day of
resurrection he will be a witness against them.’
What does the Quran say about Jesus? He did not die. He was not
crucified. He was not resurrected. It only appeared like that. It just looked
that way. Jesus maybe heard from God and took him up, but there was no
death, crucifixion, and resurrection. How blasphemous to Christianity and
the nature of the gospel! The heart of the gospel is part of the death, burial,
and resurrection. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 Paul said, “I delivered you first of all
that which I also received that Christ died for our sins according to the
Scriptures, and that He was buried and that He rose again the third day
according to the Scriptures.” the Bible says ‘Yes! There was a death. There
was a burial. There was a resurrection.’ There are multiple proofs of all
that. And thus, we have in contradiction to the Bible and the gospel is
A lot of times you will hear people say Islam and Christianity are
friendly. They’re from the same God. Friend that's not true. They are
diametrically opposed to one another. Islam tears out the heart and core,
attempts to, of what Christianity is all about.
Now concerning Jesus, again it is said in the Quran chapter 4 verse
163, ‘we inspired the as we inspired Noah and the prophets after him, as
we inspired Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, and Jacob and the tribes,’ and listen
to this, ‘and Jesus, Jonah, Aaron, Solomon and as we imparted unto David
the Psalms.’ Here we have Islam saying Jesus was inspired by God. What
does the Bible say about Jesus? Just an inspired prophet? No! The Bible
says He is Lord. Psalm 110:1 the Lord said to my Lord, ‘sit at my right hand
till I make your enemies your footstool.’ Jesus said of himself in John 8:58,
“Most assuredly I say to you before Abraham was, I am.”
Here’s what is interesting, Islam takes its religion back to Abraham,
Ishmael, and the events that occur there. What about Christianity? Jesus
said, ‘Before Abraham, I already was. I'm not going back to Abraham; I'm
going back before Abraham.’ And so, it precedes what even Mohammed
claimed under Islam itself. Not just a prophet, Jesus is Lord. He is the
The Quran makes a pretty blasphemous statement when it says that
Jesus is not God's son. In the Quran chapter 4 verse 171 it says this, ‘O
people of the Scripture, do not exaggerate in your religion nor utter all
concerning Allah save the truth. The Messiah Jesus son of Mary was only a
messenger of Allah. His word which he conveyed unto Mary and a spirit
from him, so believe in Allah and his messengers and say not three saints.
It is better for you Allah is only one God far is it removed from his
transcendent Majesty that he should have a son. His is all that is in
heavens, all that is in the earth, and Allah is sufficient as defender.’
Mohammed basically says, ‘Don't say of Jesus he's more than a
messenger. Far be it from God's glory to have a son.’
What does the Bible say? God said Matthew 17:5 God's voice
boomed down from heaven, “This is my beloved son in whom I'm well
pleased. Hear Him.” In contradiction and in direct conflict with the words of
Mohammed, God’s voice said “I do have a son. Jesus is his name.” John
said in John 20:30-31 “Truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of
His disciples which are not written in this book but these are written,” why?
“That you may believe that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God and that
believing you may have life in His name.” All the miracles, all the dead
people Jesus raised all those He healed, the multitudes He fed, what does
that prove? Jesus is the son of God. And so, are we going to take God and
the Bible and Jesus? Or are we going to believe Mohammed?
Friend the best idea, the best facts, the best supporting is to go with
God and the Bible.
In the Quran it also said that Jesus himself is not God. Chapter 5
verse 17 they indeed have disbelieved who say, lo Allah is the Messiah,
son of Mary.’ Now the Quran clearly says there, ‘Jesus is not God. The
Messiah is not the son of Mary. The two are not the same.’
What does God say? Jesus said in John 10:30 “I and my father are
one.” Jesus or Mohammed- who's going to be? Thomas said to him, “My
Lord and my God,” John 20:28. Hebrews 1:6-9 The Lord said to my Lord
Here God says to the son, your throne oh God is forever.” God called
Jesus God and so Jesus himself is identified in the Bible as being God. It's
not an either/or it is not a both/and... it's an either/or... either I'm going to
take Mohammed OR I’m going to take Jesus. The two are in direct conflict.
Now here's what's interesting about that. Remember what the Quran
says about Jesus? He's inspired. He's a prophet. Well, Jesus said things
that are diametrically opposed to the Quran. The Quran says he is not the
son of God. Jesus says he is the son of God. If the Quran says Jesus is a
prophet, and Jesus contradicts the Quran, friend more evidence to go with
what Jesus and God say in the Bible and to disapprove of the teaching of
the Quran as false and from Mohammed and a work of the devil.
Let's consider some more evidence. Muslims however although many
times they will say things that are in the Bible are not true, Muslims are
encouraged actually to believe in the gospel. Chapter 5 verse 46 of the
Quran Mohammed allegedly Allah said, ‘and we cause Jesus son of Mary
to follow in their footsteps,’ talking about the prophets, ‘confirming that
which was revealed before him in the Torah,’ now listen to this, ‘we,’ this is
Allah evidently, ‘we bestowed on him, Jesus, the gospel where in is
guidance and a light confirming that which was real before it in a Torah, a
guidance and admonition under those who ward off evil.’ And so, here
you've got encouragement in the Quran to say the gospel is from God.
What Muslims believe in the gospel? Muslims believe that Allah inspired
Jesus to write the gospel one of the actual six pillars in their belief of
Scripture includes the Jesus gospel. And yet there's only one problem, they
will say, as is the case with every false religion who claims to have some
affinity to Christianity, they’ll say yes we believe that, yes it is from God but
it's been corrupted.’ Joseph Smith says that. Jehovah witnesses say that.
Seventh-day Adventists say that. Muslims say that.
They like it right up to the point that it disapproves of what they do.
And so again, just clear proof that it's not Allah, the message of
Mohammed, is not true. You can trust in the Bible.
Now as we think about these things and as we think about the
message here found, can we know that Jesus and His teaching are true?
Here’s what we learn about Jesus and worship. In the Quran chapter 5
verse 116 it is said ‘and when Allah said oh Jesus son of Mary, did thou
say unto mankind take me and my mother for two God's beside Allah? He
said, be glorified it was not mine to utter that to which I had no right if I used
to say it then thou knew it now. Thou know what is in my mind, and I know
not what is in my mind. Lo you only are the knower of things hidden.’ So
he's in essence saying Jesus here said don't worship me and my mother.
And yet, Jesus and God do say that. But when he again brings the firstborn
of the world God says, “Let the angels of God worship Him.” And so you've
got Mohammed saying, having Jesus say ‘don't worship me.’ You have got
Jesus taking worship, accepting it, and in Hebrews 1:6 God confirming that
it's okay. And so, who are we to go with? Mohammed or is it going to be
Concerning Christ’s humanity the Quran says in chapter 5 verse 75
‘Messiah son of Mary was no other than a messenger. Then like of who
had passed away before him, this and his mother was a saintly woman.
They both used to eat earthly food. See how we make Revelation clear for
them, and see how they are turned away.’ What do we know about Jesus?
Just a man, just like any other man. He and his mother weren’t special
people. He was just simply a man. He was a prophet, a covenant prophet,
but just a man.
Now again the Bible definitely does not teach that. Jesus is more than
a prophet more than a lawgiver. Jesus is the lawmaker. Matthew 26:28
Jesus said, “This is my blood of the new covenant which was shed for
many for the remission of sins.”
I want you think about this. There is a very interesting passage in the
Quran which ties Jesus to false worship. Chapter 57 in verse 27 in the
Quran says, ‘then we caused our messengers to follow in the footsteps and
we caused Jesus, son of Mary, to follow gave him the gospel, and place
compassion and mercy in the hearts of those who follow them. But
monasticism they invented where ordained it not for them only seeking
honest pleasure that they observed it not with right observance, so we give
those of whom the we believe there were but many of them are evil livers
or evildoers.’ Well what's all this about? Jesus and monasticism?
You know as I study Islam and as I think more about it, I'm beginning
to realize that this is an overreaction to another religion that was in place
becoming popular at that time- Catholicism. Now Catholicism will teach the
worship of Mary and of the saints and of other icons and this was very
popular, growing in popularity, during even the time of Islam. And friends,
this passage helps us to see that this is happening as an overreaction to a
false religion, not as a true message from God.
Let’s think about Jesus as the forerunner in the Quran. Chapter 61
verse 6 it says, ‘and when Jesus son of Mary said to all children of Israel,
Lo I am the messenger of Allah unto you confirming that which was
revealed before me in the Torah bringing good tidings of a messenger who
cometh after me with whose name is the praised one, yet when he left
coming to them with clear prose they say this is mere magic.’ Now as I
think about this passage, we again have confusion in the Quran. Evidently
the Quran takes Jesus and places him in the position of John the Emercer,
preparing the way for none other than Mohammed. And yet that had
already happened. John had prepared the way for the true messenger
Jesus Christ. Jesus wasn't preparing the way for anybody. “He is the way,
the truth, and the life. No man comes to the father except by Him.”
Let's think about Jesus and what the histories say about Jesus. In the
histories of Islam a very interesting passage here has Jesus basically
reverted to a pig's slayer. Now let me let you hear it yourself. In one
tradition of Mohammed, we read that ‘no further profits will come to earth
until Isa, that's the name for Jesus, Jesus returns as a man of medium
height, of reddish complexion, wearing two white garments looking as if
drops were falling down from his head, although it will not be wet,’ here's
what he'll do, ‘he will fight for the cause of Islam. He will break the cross, kill
pigs, and abolish the poll tax. Allah will destroy all religion except Islam. He
Jesus will destroy the evil one. He will live on the earth for 40 years, and
then he will die. It says of the son of Mary, he will soon descend among you
as a just judge. He will abolish the poll tax. He will kill the pigs. He will show
those who are bringing no mercy mercy, and he will accept charitable gifts.
Now how’s Jesus looked at in the versions of the oral traditions?
These are often held up right up there with Scripture. Jesus is seen as one
who is going to destroy tax people, kill pigs, and abolish crosses. Friend
this is not what you see Jesus as in the Scripture. That's a perverted view
of who Jesus is.
Is Jesus or is Mohammed our mediator? The prophet said ‘Allah will
gather the believers on the day of resurrection in the same way as they're
gathered in this life, and they will say let us ask someone to intercede for
us with our Lord that he may relieve us from this place of irons. That will go
to Abraham who will reply I'm not good for this undertaking and mention of
them mistakes he made and add, but you better go to Moses a slave whom
Allah gave the Torah, and who spoke directly. Moses who will reply I'm not
fit for this undertaking and mention of them the mistakes he's made, and
add you better go to Jesus Allah’s slave and his apostle and his word and
the unit was in a soul created by him and they will go to Jesus,’ listen to
this, ‘they will go to Jesus, and he will say I am not fit for this undertaking.
You'd better go to Mohammed who sins of the past and future have been
forgiven by Allah so that will come to me and I will ask permission of my
Lord and I will be permitted to present myself before them.’
Muslims around the world believe not Abraham, not Moses, not Jesus
‘he's not fit for it,’ Mohammed is the true intercessor between God and
man. What does the Bible say? 1 Timothy 2:4-6 says, “There is one
mediator, one intercessor between God and man the man Christ Jesus
Himself.” Here's a very interesting view of how Jesus is looked at in the
Muslim faith. In volume 4 book 55 Allah’s apostle said, ‘both in this world
and in the hereafter I am the nearest of all the people to Jesus the son of
Mary the prophets, him and Jesus, are paternal brothers their mothers are
different but their religion is one.’
Friend that's just not true. Jesus and Mohammed are not brothers at
all. The message of Jesus is in direct opposition to the message of
Mohammed. Jesus said, “He is the only way,” John 14:6. Jesus said, “He is
the only mediator,” 1 Timothy 2:4-6. Jesus said, “He is that final prophet,”
Hebrews 1:1 says “God who at various times various ways spoke in time
passed by the prophets,” listen, “has in these last day spoken to us by His
Son.” Not Mohammed, but by Jesus.
What's the gospel? The gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection
of Jesus Christ. Jesus left heaven. He gave all that up. He came to this
earth, and He lived as a man. He lived a perfect life unlike Mohammed's
life. Jesus gave himself as a perfect sacrifice for each and every one of us.
He tasted death for every man, Hebrews 2:9. Although he had no place to
call his own. He did not partake in the luxuries, lusts, and pleasures of this
world. His pleasure was to do the will of God.
Hebrews 12:1-2 the Hebrew writer says that “Jesus for the joy set
before Him endured the cross despising the shame and has sat down at
the right hand of God.”
Mohammed is not God's son. He's not a prophet of God. He's not the
Savior of the world. His messages and the evidence we've seen show he's
not true. Who is true? Jesus. Jesus is the truth and the life, John 14:6.
We ask you to consider the evidence. Look honestly at the evidence
and see for yourself if these things are true. Reject Islam. Reject the
teachings of Mohammed and put your trust in the only one who can save-
Remember Matthew 1:21 it was said of Jesus, “You will call his name
Jesus. He will save his people from their sins.”
Friend will you let Jesus save you? Obey the gospel and become a
Christian, a member of the New Testament church.
We hope and pray that you'll honestly and openly think about these
things, and when you examine the evidence that you will turn your attention
to the Bible and submit to Jesus- the only one who can save.
Study Questions for: “Islam: Lesson 3”
1. According to Matthew 1:21, who will save his people from their sins?
2. Deuteronomy 18:22 says what of prophets?
3. What does John 1:1-3 say of Jesus?
4. How does Islam view Jesus? As a what only?
5. How is the Koran different from the Bible when it comes to Jesus’
6. What does Colossians 1:15-16 say of Jesus and creation?
7. What does Paul say of Jesus in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4?
8. What does Jesus say in John 8:58?
9. What does God say of Jesus in Matthew 17:5?
10. Why are these things written according to John 20:30-31?