Christianity and Islam

In Dialogues Concerning Jesus Christ the Messiah
By Shabir Ally

The Similarities

Jesus is one of the greatest persons ever to have walked the earth. Two world faiths hold him in high regard. Islam holds him to be God’s Messiah, Prophet, and Righteous Servant. Christianity holds him to be all of the above and even more. Some Christians believe that Jesus is God the Second Person of the Holy Trinity. Some believe that he is the Son of God. Some take this title to mean the Divine Son of God. Others think that ‘Son of God’ is a title that can refer to a person who is especially favoured by God; and that it refers to Jesus more so because he was favoured by God to a remarkable degree.

Hence belief in Jesus is an element of faith that is common to Christianity and Islam even though the two faiths believe in him differently. Both faiths hold Jesus in high esteem. Muslims and Christians believe that Jesus entered the world in a miraculous manner; that he worked mighty deeds on earth; that his exit was mysterious; and that his second coming will be spectacular. His miraculous entrance is hailed by Christians as the virginal conception, as is mentioned in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. The Quranic story of Jesus as found in chapters 3 and 19 has many elements in common with Luke’s Gospel, leading to the common interpretation and belief among Muslims in the virginal conception as well.

Jesus’ powerful deeds, especially during the last few years of his ministry, are detailed in the four Gospels in the New Testament. Likewise the Quran informs us that God supported Jesus with the Holy Spirit and that Jesus healed the leper, cured the blind, and even raised the dead back to life, all with God’s permission.

According to the Gospels, Jesus’ exit from the world was at first a mystery to his disciples. But the Gospels of Matthew, Luke, and John show that Jesus later appeared to his disciples and confirmed for them that God had raised him alive to heaven. The Quran, without describing the event in any detail, confirms for Muslims that “God raised Jesus to Himself” (Quran 4:157). The belief that Jesus is alive with God, then, is common to Muslims and Christians.

Muslims also generally believe that Jesus will return to earth before the Day of Judgment. This belief is not clearly stated in the Quran although two verses (4:158 and 43:61) have been interpreted as possible references to this event. This belief is, however, stated in many sayings attributed to the Prophet Muhammad and found in the most authentic collections of his sayings.

In short, Muslims and Christians share a common reverence for Jesus, and this can serve as a starting-point for dialogue leading to greater levels of mutual understanding, tolerance, and respect.

The Differences

Focusing on our commonalities, however, should not prevent us from being honest about our differences, for only in understanding our differences as well can we truly understand each other.

One area of difference is on the scriptural authority that settles questions for Muslims and Christians. For Christians the Bible is the Word of God. Some Christians add that the Bible is the Word of God and the word of man—that it is through the word of man that the Word of God is mediated. Many Christians believe that the authors of the Bible were basically free to write according to their knowledge and experiences, and that God controlled the process such that the result is in fact His Word without ceasing to be the words of the human authors. Some Christians believe that the process by which God inspired the writings that make up the Bible guarantees their inerrancy. Others believe that the Bible is free of error only in those matters on which human salvation depends.

Muslims believe in principle that any revelation from God must be accepted. Thus they believe in the Biblical prophets, especially as they are presented in the Quran. The Quran itself mentions some parts of the Bible as being based on scriptural revelations from God. In this way the Quran mentions the Torah of Moses, the Psalms of David, and the Gospel of Jesus. But Muslims see no reason to believe that the Bible is the final revelation from God. They believe that after the Old and New Testaments God revealed a final testament: the Quran. For Muslims, therefore, the ultimate authority is the Quran itself. They believe it to be the final revelation from God confirming the truth of the previous scriptures and yet acting as a quality control on the previous scriptures (Quran 5:48).

Hence in principle Muslims accept as Divine revelation those parts of the Bible which are in agreement with the Quran. They hesitate, however about those parts which are in disagreement. For them, if the disagreeable part refers to the practices of the faith then the Quranic practices abrogate the old, and they follow the new. If the differences are matters of history or theology Muslims may consider these due to something lost in the translation or transmission of the Bible over the ages. Often in dialogue Muslims point to some passages which are noted in many modern Bibles as having been changed over time. An example of this is The First Letter of John, chapter 5, verse 7 which used to say, “There are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit, and that these three are one” (1John 5:7). These words, however, have been removed from the verse in most modern versions because Biblical scholars have discovered that it is absent from the earliest and most reliable manuscripts of John’s first letter.

Because Muslims and Christians accept different scriptural authorities, they may be expected to arrive at different conclusions about what to believe. This is why Muslims do not believe that Jesus died on the cross as depicted in the Gospels. The Quran does not describe in detail what happened, but insists that Jesus’ enemies did not manage to kill him. In response to those who said, “We killed the messiah, Jesus Son of Mary, the Messenger of God,” the Quran says:
They killed him not, nor crucified him, but it was made so to appear to them. And those who differ about him are in doubt about him. They have no knowledge of him except the pursuit of a conjecture. They killed him not for certain. But God raised him to himself. And God is Mighty, Wise” (Quran 4:157).

The Quran does not say specifically how Jesus managed to escape the plot of his opponents. But Muslims believe that the Quran, though very brief, gives God’s viewpoint on the story of Jesus.

But the main point of difference on the question of Jesus’ crucifixion is about the purpose of his purported death. For Christians, his death was not merely caused by sinful people, but was for the cause of sinful people. Jesus laid down his life for the sins of many, or, in an alternative view, for all people. There are various ways of explaining the efficacy of Jesus’ death. Some believe that God accepts the death of Jesus as a substitute for sinful people who are henceforth spared their deserved penalties. Others believe that the death of Jesus appeased the wrath of God and made it possible for people to be forgiven.

Muslims, however, believe that the matter is simple. God is Gracious. He can forgive his servants if he chooses; nothing impedes him. His promise is that he will forgive those who turn to him in repentance. If we sincerely repent of our sins against him, and do our best to repair the harm we have done to his creatures, his forgiveness is assured. On this point Muslims and Christians seem to agree. For even on the view that Jesus died for our sins Christians also insist on the need for repentance and a return from sinful ways. Moreover, Muslims find it difficult to understand how a just God can punish an innocent person in order to free the guilty.

Finally, despite their agreement about Jesus, Muslims and Christians also disagree about him. Muslims find it puzzling to think of Jesus as God and man at the same time, for this seems to combine two contrary features in the same person. If he was God he only appeared to be a man. And if he was really a man with some of the imperfections this entails then he was not the perfect God in whom Muslims and Christians believe.

Even more perplexing for Muslims is the doctrine that Jesus is the Second Person of the Trinity. For Muslims, there is only one God, and Jesus is one of his greatest creatures. Christians agree that there is only one God. But they add that the one God subsists in three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. To Muslims, however, the Holy Spirit is the angel Gabriel; and of the three persons only The Father, whom Muslims call Allah, can be truly God. Hence the simple Muslim declaration of faith: “There is no god but God.”

The dialogue between Christians and Muslims must continue, and this will, we hope, lead to a greater level of understanding, tolerance and mutual respect. We have only sketched here some of the main issues that need to be discussed as starting points for the achievement of such mutual appreciation. These two world faiths together are followed by half of the world’s population. If they work together they can combat many of the ills that plague our world at present.

43 Comments

  1. Emily says:

    Thanks for writing this. It shows that indeed there are more commonalities than disparities between the two religions. It sad that extremists on both sides try to make us believe this is not the case.

  2. marcia says:

    not all Christians share the beliefs in trinity, you would be very surprised how much Jehovah’s witnesses agree with Islam. i encourage you to visit the official website of Jehovah’s witnesses watchtower.org i have been reading the Koran and bible and been praying constantly to the almighty merciful one in the heavens to guide me to his truths. So far i am not certain if the koran is truly gods word but have yet to read it all to make decision. the bible especially in the revelation to john talks much about the judgement day, heaven and earth and who will reside in each, my question is does the koran mention these things also? specifically the 144,000 annointed ones adopted from the earth that reign with christ jesus (pbuh) in the heavens over the earth for 1,000 years after judgement day? the book of revelation is specific on this point and on the two different flocks the small one ( anointed 144,000 chosen) and the great crowd (an unnumbered god fearing people that inherit the earth forever in paradise)

    • Taha says:

      Peace Marcia.

      Thanks for you questions.

      I’ve been in touch with 2 Jehovah’s witnesses recently and I know what they believe about God. I was talking with them about Islam. Indeed, there is many similarities between Muslims and Jehovah’s witnesses. I discussed many subjects with them, and there was someone who converted to Islam after being a Jehovah’s witness who talked with them too. If you want, we can talk more and I can provide you with many resources about the matter.

      For your question about judgement day as described in JW, I think it’s not the same in Islam, because, in Islam, we don’t know where the paradise is (we just believe in it and the prophet Mohammed PBUH told us about it), and we don’t have special people who come into the heavens and the others will stay on earth paradise.

      There is the blood holiness in JW, which is not the case in Islam and this is a crucial issue too.

      If you wanna discuss more about Islam, you can contact me at my email (tahaarbaoui@hotmail.com).

      May Allah guide us to his path.
      Taha.

  3. Eric Christopherson says:

    When i was a little boy, that there was one God made sense, and it also made sense that goodness is rewarded and evil is punished. And that God forgives those who are truly sorry and ask to be forgiven.

    But sometime later, one of my parents began to explain the Trinty to me, and then the confusion began, trying to figure out which 1/3 of God did what and which to pray to.

    By the time i was a teenager, i was hearing that you’d go to Hell if you didn’t believe Jesus was God.

    It took years to move past some of these fears that are based upon perhaps the greatest deceptions of all time, and return to the simple belief that God is One and that we need no mediator/intercessor or priest to relate directly in love to our Creator and be forgiven.

    Oddly enough, Islam was initially my last choice for a possible religion to embrace. But, as i learned more, it was the logical choice for me that made the most sense. Most other religions i looked at had some form of idolatry in some way. Islam went to extra lengths to keep the focus on our One Sustainer of all the worlds and keep lesser deities where they belong, out of the picture. And restore Jesus/Isa (peace be upon him) to his rightful place as prophet and messiah.

    Thanks for this great website. salam alaikum

    Beginning my 2nd year as a Muslim, i’m excited to learn a little more each day and see new aspects of Allah’s love and wise provisions and plan for humanity.

  4. kimberly says:

    Thank you so much!!!! really helpful for my research paper!

  5. Austin says:

    The belief in the Trinity is not a belief in three gods acting as one. It is a belief in one all-mighty god, who is present in three forms not limited by our understanding. I am Christian myself, but have read the Quran. I do find that there are many similarities between the two faiths. However, there are key differences that seem to revolve around Jesus, the nature of his being, and his death (and significance there of).

    I just wanted to clarify the point mentioned above “Moreover, Muslims find it difficult to understand how a just God can punish an innocent person in order to free the guilty.”

    The belief that Jesus died for the sins of all is rooted in the duality of God’s justice and grace. The belief isn’t that God created a man and then punished him for the sins of the world, but instead that He, in essence, took on human form, in order to take the place of man, who had fallen into sin.

    There are also many quotes in the Bible that seem to refer to Jesus as God. One of which I think is able to set his place beyond that of man’s is John 10:31-39. It is said here that Jesus is of God yet separate from God, not of this world but sent into it by God.

    I apologize if I have not painted the clearest picture, but I would love to talk with anyone who has questions, comments or complaints, either here or privately (email:AustinTravis4@gmail.com).

    I would like to thank you for having this site as a resource for those who are seeking answers, I think it is important to seek out the truth.

    • giati says:

      Hi Austin
      Thank you for the response to my questions. As a Muslim I am obligated to respect your belives and get along as fellow humans. I appreciate your patiens in explaining the matter about the saccrifice of Jesus (peace be upon him) for the mankind. Even though you provided some verses from the bible, I am still not encouraged. My reasoning is that
      1. If Jesus is God, then why God wanted to punish himself for the sins of mankind?
      2.And if God wanted to feel how humans felt, then where is the super powers of God?
      3. I believe that if an engineer makes for example, a DVD player, he knows what parts are used in them and he fully understands how they function…., Also because God has created humans, he doesn’t need to come in the form of a human. his powers and majesty is way above what we humans are and for him to come in the form of a human is a degradation of His majesty and Almightiness. I understand the God is so kind. In deed, Islam teaches us that God is many times kinder to humans than a mother to her child. His forgiveness can be obtained by a sincere repentence and purification of the heart. I believe that it is far from God’s justice to treat all humans equally and let the guilty go away without any punishment. Today there are so many unjustices going on around the world. Innocent blood is shed for one reason or another, people are tortured for politics, women and children are being abused. I believe that the Just God couonts all of that and rewards the innocent and rightous person and punishes the oppressor and the cruel one. This makes more sense to me. Even though, I am a Muslim, I love Jesus (peace be upon him) more than my life, my children, my parents and anything in my life. The same way I love Mohammad (peace be upon him) and all the other prophets. I pray to Almighty God to show us the right way.

  6. Ron Seman says:

    You have written, “Often in dialogue Muslims point to some passages which are noted in many modern Bibles as having been changed over time. An example of this is The First Letter of John, chapter 5, verse 7 which used to say, “There are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit, and that these three are one” (1John 5:7). These words, however, have been removed from the verse in most modern versions because Biblical scholars have discovered that it is absent from the earliest and most reliable manuscripts of John’s first letter.”

    In 1 John 5:6, the previous verse, “And Jesus Christ was revealed as God’s Son by his baptism in water and by shedding His blood on the cross –not by water only, but by water and blood. And the Spirit, who is truth, confirms it with His testimony.” [NLT] it says that Jesus did shed blood on the cross.
    1)Does Islam throw out that verse as invalid?

    2)In the Qur’an it is stated that Allah does not allow his word to be corrupted. Allah’s word is in the Old Testament and the New Testament as Allah did not change. Did Allah allow verse 1 John 5:7 to be corrupted and not 1 John 5:6?

    3) When did Allah allow the Old Testament to be corrupted? What year was that?

    4) When did Allah allow the New Testament to be corrupted? What year was that?

    5) These verses in the Bible (Old and New Testament) state that nothing should be added to or subtracted from the Bible. Deuteronomy 4:2, Deuteronomy 12:32, Proverbs 30:5-6, Galatians 1:6-12, Revelation 22:18-19

    6) At what point did Allah change his mind to allow verses to be added, deleted, or changed?

    7) What changed Allah’s mind to change his view? It wasn’t man was it because then man would be more powerful than Allah?

    Thank you for any insight in understanding Allah and the Qur’an.

    Ron

    • Taha says:

      Peace Ron,

      Thanks for asking those questions.

      I want just to explain one thing in the Qur’an. When Allah said that the word of God is saved from being corrupted in 15:9 :”We have, without doubt, sent down the message; and we will assuredly guard it (from corruption)”. The word message refers to the Qur’an, which means that Allah says that he will save the Qur’an and not the bible or the Torah from corruption. On the other hand, it’s said in the Qur’an that the Torah and the bible has been modified. You can look for these verses from Qur’an: 5:12-19. Here is a link to read those verses “http://quran.com/5/12-19″

      In those verses, Allah states people who were given the word of God and ordered to keep it safe from corruption, but instead, they modified it and changed its content.

      Another good point, as mentioned in the Differences section, is that Muslims don’t fully believe in the bible as the word of God because there is a new book after it which is the Qur’an.

      I will be happy to discuss more with you Ron (tahaarbaoui@hotmail.com)

      May Allah guide us to his path.

  7. This article explains the similiarties and differences of Islam and Christany. Which are far and few! I love Jesus he is my Messiah as the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) explain in his writing. Please read this article because I think most people who are non-Muslim don't understand where Islam stands when it comes to Jesus (PBUH)! God is God!

  8. It would be nice if they could unite, but they can't both be right when they are mutually exclusive on the most important doctrines. Unity without truth will profit no one. The most we can hope to accomplish is clarify misconceptions we might have about eachother's religion. This write about Christianity and Islam does a pretty good job comparing and contrasting the two largest religions in the world.

  9. Hayley Van Winkle says:

    Giati,
    I'm a Christian and I'll do my best to answer one of your questions (and I'm sorry I'm over a year late responding).
    1.) Christians believe that Jesus is God, as you said. Before Jesus died on the cross for our sins, there was no way to get into heaven because there was no way our sins could be forgiven from the penalties attached to the sins we commit (as with most things in life, there are always penalties for the bad things we do). Yes, God is a loving and gracious God, so he created a son named Jesus Christ, who would never commit one sin during his time on Earth, so that the people of humanity could rely on him to hold the weight of their sin during his crucifiction on the cross. What this signifies is that EVERYONE deserved the crucifiction Jesus endured for the sins we as humans commit (and I know that was a very radical statement, just hang in with me). Even though Jesus was perfect and blameless, he loved the world so much that he was willing to take their punishment just so they wouldn't have to in order to get into heaven. And in the Bible, it says that at the second Jesus died, the world went black and the veil was torn, which means that the veil in every biblical temple on Earth, which separated the earthly dwelling place of God's presence from the rest of mankind, tore down the center and people were now able to talk to God individually without the aid of a priest. This meant that sin could no longer separate people from God, as we only have to ask for God's forgiveness because Jesus Christ payed the price of our punishment through his death on the cross.

  10. Sadia Masroor says:

    Peace be upon you, Dear Gaiti, how can one imagine God The Most loving,to be so unjust? why does an innocent man have to die in order for the All loving The Most Merciful God to forgive the sins of another? In truth, Heart and mind repel this unjust and blood thirsty notion about God. If God wishes to forgive He forgives anyways. Please let your heart open up to a broader understanding of the concept of God. Please go study all the scriptures of major world religions including the Qur'an. Your heart will follow the most natural way. Whatever you do, ask GOD to guide you to the right path. One of the greatest names of God is THE JUST. Islam teaches us that when a man repents and turns back to God, all of his sins will be replaced with good ones. This is the love of God for His creation.

    God says in the Qur'an:

    “Except for those who repent, believe and do righteous work.

    For them God will replace their evil deeds with good.

    And ever is God Forgiving and Merciful.” (Qur’an, 25: 70)

  11. In the light of this article I strongly advice you to read the book A Muslim and a Christian in Dialogue. This is the most accurate book written by 2 great theology teachers who are presenting in respect to each other their beliefs and are defending their religion! http://www.amazon.com/Muslim-Christian-Dialogue-Badru-Kateregga/dp/0836196198

  12. Shane Finley says:

    The articles on this sight are pretty good and I have enjoyed them. However, it is very obvious they are aimed at people who have been brought up in a loosely "christian" society and are disillusioned. Some of the comments about what "christians believe" are not accurate. Yes there are debated passages in the Bible because there are increasingly liberal people who do not truly hold to the Bible as the word of God who are constantly looking for ways to disprove it and yet it continues to stand the test as the most accurate document we have of its age. The passage mentioned in 1 john is in every accepted translation of the Bible. Anyone can make a translation of the Bible so therefore there are groups that make translations that are not accepted by most but then groups point to them and say "see these vs aren't valid". As far as what Christians believe about Jesus, they believe he is God come to earth to redeem humanity for our sin. To pay the price that we could never cover for our sins. He does not point the way to God like all the other prophets he says he is the way. So he should not be reveared by any group that does not accept that. He should be dismissed as nothing more than a fraud. God didn't punish an innocent person when Jesus died on the cross he as God gave himself for us. Unfortunately I don't have time to go into any of the other things. I'll just close by saying I really appreciate the attitiude I have seen from the different posts I have read from people coming from all different faiths. Most everything I have read has been positive and not bashing on either side.

  13. Timothy Eaton says:

    But, GOD says in the Bible:

    "But when the kindness and the love of GOD our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life."

  14. Dana Webster says:

    I am not interested in anything Mohammedan; you have no goal but to establish a universal mohammedan caliphate. All others will suffer the persecution and inequities of dhimmitude. That is not justice. Look at how you treat Christians, Hindus, and others in your Mohammedan countries under the banner of sharia law. You lie about your merciful prophet and the justice you speak of oppresses and even murders those who don't accept your perspective. You are to be shunned and defeated wherever you seek to be powerful.

  15. Dana Webster says:

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/10/21/egyptian-pm-condemns-attack-outside-coptic-church-that-killed-3-christians/?intcmp=latestnews any questions about why not islam? always courts a vicious politic, just ask any non-mohammedan unfortunate enough to live in a mohammedan country.

  16. Jimmy Gayed says:

    Sadia Masroor , Sorry that I am too late to reply. God created us out of love and when Adam sinned and tried to cover his nakedness with leaves of a fig tree, God searched for him and slaughter an animal to cover his sin ( nakedness) with the skin of that animal. Adam learned that the blood of an innocent animal was the only way to cover the nakedness of the sin.
    But, God is unlimited and to sin against him makes your sin unlimited and it requires unlimited forgiveness. And if the blood is required for forgiveness and the blood of any animal or even human is limited, therefore, God took it upon himself and manifested in a human body to offer his unlimited blood for the forgiveness of the unlimited sin against his unlimited nature.
    You may find it difficult to believe that God died for us, but if you study the manifestation of God you will find it easy to understand. You and any human has a human flesh and a human spirit and when we die, our human spirit departs or becomes separated from our human flesh, and when God became a man like us, he also took our human flesh and spirit and his divinity was united with his human flesh and spirit, and when he died on the cross his human flesh was separated from his human spirit, but his divinity was never separated from his human body nor his human spirit. Because of the unity between the human nature of God (Christ) and his divine nature, Jesus was able to raise the dead and cure the sick and create eyes for the blind through his divine nature, and also was crying and suffering from hunger as any human, but the manifestation of God in a human flesh made his blood as human is unlimited and enough to forgive the unlimited sin.
    The Quran teaches you which foot you must use to enter the bathroom, how to manouver your finger while praying, do not look up while praying, sneezing is from God and yawning is from the devil, missing the morning prayer makes the devil urinate in your ears, and when the devil hears the call for prayer flees while farting. All those non-sense are written in the Quran and the Hadiths by the God of Islam to divert your attention from the true God who loves you and died for you.
    May the love of our God Jesus Christ opens your eyes and motivates you to search for the truth.

  17. Sadia Masroor says:

    how can such grave injustice be attributed to God Most Merciful. Why should an innocent man have to pay for someone else's sin? Where is mercy and justice in this? GOD is Almighty All forgiving, if He wills He can FORGIVE anybody. He is not blood-thirsty or so limited in His power (May God Forgive me) that He would want someone to be sacrificed in order to erase sins of others. Please listen to your heart, i am sure it must be repelling any such thoughts. for one moment ask GOD to guide. He will, if you ask sincerely. inshaa Allah (God willing) I invite you my brother to Read the Qur'an atleast once, cover to cover.

  18. Nunik Nano says:

    Islam is always teacing of respct but we have to be honest to tell the true without afraid of other will look bad on you,how ever every one beliefe holy book is the teaching for all man kind we just need to be honest that we are looking for the right path so dont be afraid in any one eceptd God…if we say we are good religious people we must not afrid to find out wich one is the best…because imposible for two holy book with the shame story but there is difrent religion if there many religion in this world there wont bd many God…i belife that God only one and the best religion only one..and the best holy book only one….and all of this we beliefe is for our life after our death…so just be honest and and find out the true in both holy book…God know everything on you and this world,and the sin that you are hiding and afraid of some one might know

  19. George Caco says:

    There is a massive misconception in this article. Within Christianity Jesus is the Word of God, not the Bible. All books, Qur'an included, are written using fallible human words and as such are fallible. Thus, Jesus is the actual and infallible Word of God, not the Bible nor the Qur'an. It's time to rewrite this entire article based on what I just wrote.

  20. George Caco says:

    There are multiple errors in this article.

    1) First of all, within Christianity Jesus is the Word of God, not the Bible. All books, Qur'an included, are written using fallible human words and as such are fallible. Thus, Jesus is the actual and infallible Word of God, not the Bible nor the Qur'an.

    2) Secondly, what's the big deal with Muslim Monotheism? Egotism is an example of Monotheistic, namely that one is the One God of this world. Satanism is another example of Monotheism, namely that Satan is the One God of this world. So what's the big deal with Muslim Monotheism if Satanism and Egotism can claim the same Monotheistic status?

    3) Thirdly, are you sure that the Qur'an is the final revelation? What's to stop me or anyone else from going into a Muhammad-like spirit-possessed trance and start spewing out "words of God"?

    4) Fourthly, Jesus' death was confirmed by secular-unbiased documented historical accounts. Muslim claims are based on biased non-objective non-historical opinions. Furthermore, without Jesus' eschatological and ontological destruction of death, we are all lost!

    5) Fiftly, Arianism, the idea that Jesus was just a man, was totally eliminated by Athanasius of Alexandria, Egypt many years ago. It's time to stay awake during your history classes, folks.

    6) Lastly, just like one's self and one's word does not make two people, the same way God the Father and His Word (Jesus) do not make two Gods.

    It's time to rewrite this entire article based on the above points.

  21. Sara Sara says:

    Jimmy Gayed I have a question for you. How can you worship someone who is just as weak and just as human as you? Jesus never died on the cross for our sins. He was raised to the heaven by God (Allah) And Jesus was not the son of God. God is unique from human beings. None of his traits come near to ours, otherwise, what would make God different from us? I also want to bring to attention that the bible has been changed many times through out the years by man. How can you base your life on words that were written by normal human beings just like us? The Quran on the other hand, has been the same for over 1400 years. God used his angels to to tell Mohammed the words of the Quran so that Mohammed could recite them to the writers. I'm not trying to offend you or Christians, but just reading the bible sounds like reading a story rather than the words of God.
    Then there's another point, when you go to church, why do you pray to Jesus? Why don't you pray to God? What frustrates me most is the fact that you know there is a God, yet you still choose to worship Jesus. I tried to understand Christianity, I really did. For a long time, I looked a lot into it, but nothing in it made sense. No religion in the world could compare to Islam.
    Did you know that most of Christian converts who converted to Islam were priests and preachers? Ironic right? The thing is, the more they looked into Christianity, the more they were confused by it, and the more they disbelieved in what they were taught.
    Anyways, if you have extra time on your hands, watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYMKQKSV0bY please and then tell me what you think.
    Thank you for your time

  22. Thelma Oriade Daniel Messiah means annointed one. So it's more so about appointment. Messiah in Islam pertains to prophethood in a sense. Messiah is more a level that a person should strive to reach. Each prophet and messenger reached the level of Messiah. This is Jesus (pbuh) title.

  23. Sadia Masroor It is not a grave injustice for Jesus to have died for the sins of fallen men. God's law and his righteous and holy nature, demand moral perfection to be acceptable before him. Fallen man is incapable of ever meeting the moral perfection God requires thus only by God becoming flesh and dwelling among us as described in John 1:1 and shedding his blood could our sins be forgiven. He took upon himself our wickedness and imputed to us his righteousness. Hebrews 9:22 it tells us "And almost all things are purified by blood according to the Law; and apart from the shedding of blood not any remission occurs." God, like us, can only operate according to our nature, his nature is Holy, Righteous, Just and Merciful..and thus Jesus became our passover lamb taking our deserved punishment in the place of the elect.

  24. Anonymous says:

    It simply does not make sense to try to debate on matters on which God has already given decision. The bottom line according to me is that even if we assume that Christians are right than also Muslims have no risk of any eternal (permanent) consequences of punishment in hell fire since what Muslims believe is consistent with what Christians believe and what Muslims do not agree with is not a sin in Christianity. The reverse is however not true i.e. can Christians afford to take risk of eternal punishment in hell fire by declaring Jesus son of God or God himself. This is the only unforgivable sin in Islam and leads straight to hell for ever. For argument sake only, even if, there is a 1 in Zillion chance that muslims are right, Can christians and all other non muslims take this chance and risk without doing a little bit of research into islam.
    I believe in Jesus and Bible as directed in Quran and have read bible also in detail to try to take an independent view. This is the minimum all non muslims especially christians should do i.e they must at least read Quran with understanding to try to figure our the real truth and eliminate the risk of eternal hell fire. I am sure no one wants to be pennywise and pound foolish i.e. blindly belIeve in their religion with no research in to other religions in this short life of max 100 years at the cost of risk of eternal hell fire.

  25. Eng Abdikariin Tacshiir says:

    ALLAH SAY: Muhammad is not the father of [any] one of your men, but [he is] the Messenger of Allah and last of the prophets. And ever is Allah , of all things, Knowing.

    The Messiah, son of Mary, was not but a messenger; [other] messengers have passed on before him. And his mother was a supporter of truth. They both used to eat food. Look how We make clear to them the signs; then look how they are deluded.

  26. Tudor Pop says:

    Peace be upon you Sadia and Sara and all that believe in One God. I am a christian, an orthodox, but i respect Judaism and Islam as religions related to Christianity. We believe in One God but as a brick is made of clay, water and fire, so God has three parts: The Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost/Holy Spirit. According to our religion, every man is equal with all the mankind, no matter he is a christian, muslim, jew or even buddhist, hindu or other religion. It is God who will choose who to live after the World's End and who to not. Jesus Christ (Messiah in hebrew, Hristos in greek means The Annointed One and this title is given only to Jesus) is part of God and we worship not three gods as you think or we worship a man. We worship God. God the Allmighty, Jesus Christ and The Holy Ghost are One and The Same One God that appears in three ways, to speak in more modern words, three alter egos. Jesus died on the Cross as a proof to His love for the mankind.

  27. Tim Thurston says:

    Peace be to both religions! Love for both noble prophets! I am a Unitarian Universalist. Part of the problem with translations are that in the past the institutional roman and orthodox churches. There were many gospels that were written that would have supported both. But they were either burned, banned or not allowed in the bible by the Romans that controlled things at the time. There were many Christians like us in the past who were "Unitarian" but were banned or slaughtered by the institutional church. In the past those Christians had good relations with the Muslims. We still do.

  28. Tim Thurston says:

    Sorry battery issue lol. I truly Beleive that both Islam and Christianity can do great things to honor GOD. When we look into each other's eyes we can see the light of GOD. The current events harm us both and make us afraid of each other. But remember this happened in the times or the crusades and the inquisition. Both of these times evil people using religion

  29. Tim Thurston says:

    against people. we should strive to find common grounds to end those real errors in the world. to my muslim brothers and sisters please forgive us for our sins as we should forgive yours. how would the world that god created look like when we could work together. peace be with both. love and compassion are the teachings that both offer to the world. inshallah! (God willing)

  30. I have not found the language of Islam and Christianity cannot be in the same sentence. There is one God, one Bible, and noting changes that. What applies to all in the world, is being Born Again in the Spirit. Untill repentence for Salvation comes along no one enters the Kingdom of Heaven. the only One World Religion will come in the last days as Prophecied in the Bible Scripture, things are being played out in the World as I write. Read it and see.

  31. Joe Brehm says:

    Very enlightening, thank-you.

    Perhaps you could clarify what I see as an inconsistency.
    If Muslims have trouble with certain aspects, eg. punishing an innocent for the guilty, then why raise Jesus, one of His greatest creatures (and undoubtedly the greatest and most influential at the time) to Himself?
    Especially one who would be clearly in error about who He was and would obviously suffer from extreme visions of grandeur and narcissism. This must be rationalized.

    And if the answer were to be that God is Mighty, Wise, then His existence in three parts ought not cause much consternation.

    It seems to me that removal of Jesus' Divinity paves the way to raise their own prophet to comparable heights. Just sayin’.

    IMO, the removal of Jesus' Divinity precludes any possibility of Islam and CHRISTIANITY from existing in the same sentence. It makes one of these things entirely not like the other. It’s a fundamental difference on how God operates.

  32. Kenzie Gonzalez says:

    Can someone help me out with this question please? There is a verse in the Quran and the Bible I want an explanation for: Verse 45 of chapter 3 Al-i-Imran:
    "Behold," the angels told Mary, "God has given you the glad news of the coming birth of a son whole He calls His Word, whose name will be Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, who will be a man of honor in this life and the life to come, and who will be one of the ones nearest to God."
    and also John 1:1 from the Bible:
    "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men."
    It seems even the Quran testifies about "The Word"..

  33. Kenzie Gonzalez says:

    Well actually this is what the Bible says about the way to get to God..John 14:6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. It is pretty clear. And the Bible also states in Ephesians 2:8-9 says also that, "8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast." No matter what religion one identifies with, even people who say they are Christian, at the end of the day those who don't live and believe as if Christ died for their sins they will not make it to heaven.

  34. Escobar Adan says:

    There is a flaw here: Elijah was brought to heaven in a whirlwind, no Jesus was required for his entrance to heaven. In 2 Peter 1:16 Jesus speaks to Elijah and Moses, we already know Elijah was taken to heaven, so the assumption is that since Moses and Elijah were together they came from the same place. Essentially, God brought Elijah and Moses possible to him, without the sacrifice. They were brought into heaven with sin, since we know , no man is blameless

  35. Escobar Adan says:

    I have a understanding at this point that only Jesus will be able to fix this debate. God is flawless, he has revealed himself to even the mortal enemies of the Jew ( whom he originally gave the scripture to) . Lets look at the belief of Jesus for Christians and Muslims again through his asenscion in the end of days, he will make himself known to all. He made sure that both muslims and christians would UNTO death, never bow before any man whom claims God or his power. In both the koran and bible we see that , most mankind will be dead, by the time Jesus appears. We both have prophetic inspiration on what the future is going to hold for all us whom adore Elohoim, Allaha, Allah, God. Its my understanding that this purging and reveleation of confusion is where Jesus himself, personally will unite us, even the Jew, who believes not inJesus, as was written in revelation

  36. Escobar Adan says:

    As I understand it :

    The "word" Kenzie is the spoken thought. Before God said let their be light, he thought it. Essentially this can be translated as being a thought. It is also very true in Jesus' own life. Lets take a look at Jesus ability to heal, bring back people from death. How? by a command, a word which is a thought. He thought it, so it was. In this exact same manner was heaven and earth created.

    It has been said in the scientific community that man was separated from his evolutionary predecessors when he begun to have self awareness ( word= thought) , bury his dead and the first thoughts of his place in the world. These rituals , which all acknowledge God, helped draft man , even by their own accord into what he is now.How so that a knowledge of "something, a force, Allah, God, YWHW" changed mans evolutionary history so much even according to scientists? The word is God, the thought is God, the knowledge of a master creator is what even according to atheist scientist is our human turning point from animal to homo-sapiens which means " Wise Man"

    Proverbs 3:13
    Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding.

    In this verse we see that God is CLEARLY saying that as you gain wisdom you also gain understanding. We know wisdom is gained through reflection, thought. By the scientists own dogma, the thought is what made the man. That thought is the wisdom of reflecting on God. The word is the spoken thought.

  37. hello,
    there is no doubt that the quran acknowledges that jesus is the word/a word from god. however the understanding is that the title is not exclusive to Jesus. jesus came into existence by the simple word "be" and he was, similarly Adam, the first man came into existence by the simple word "be" and he was. so the likeness of jesus as the word is like that of adam, both created by a simple word and both created by an extraordinary method. although muslim belief acknowledges jesus as the word, it does not accept this as a point of divinity. that is the distinction. it is also important to note that the word can refer to the truth and message of god. within the NT we see that the same word that is used as "the word" as it pertains to Jesus, is also used to express "message", "statement", "saying", "oath" etc…it is not a phrase or concept that is exclusive to the personhood of jesus according to the bible. i hope this clarifies. take care.

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