Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Jesus in the Koran

Islam considers Jesus to be a prophet, but it denies that He was God. Islam says that God had no Son and it repudiates the Trinity.

Before we discuss what the Koran teaches about Jesus, let's not omit that Jesus said and indicated that He was God many times, as recorded in the Bible.  Since before there were Muslims, history has known these claims of Jesus, and not only that  but entire nations came to embrace the religion of Catholicism on the strength of these claims and the works of the saints that followed him and worshiped him.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1)

“Thomas answered and said to him: My Lord, and my God” (John 20:28)

“Jesus said to them: Amen, amen I say to you, before Abraham was made, I am(John 8:58)

If He was not God (as Islam says), then He was a false prophet for claiming to be God when He was not. According to Islam, he would logically have to be considered a blasphemer and a false prophet. He could not logically be considered a valid prophet and a blasphemer. This invalidates the notion that a religion can be true and from God, which views Jesus as not God and a prophet. It proves it without even getting into the other false teachings of Islam which also demonstrate that it’s a false religion which was inspired by the enemy of mankind to lead souls astray.

In addition to this, the Koran's claims to contain fulfilled prophecy are nothing but air if you dare to check it out.

Furthermore the Koran, in one place says Jesus is only a prophet and in the next it says something quite different, as we will see.

Jesus in the Koran

In the Koran Jesus is defined as a messenger and prophet no different or superior to any of the others that went before him. However, when one takes a closer look at the Koran something very different and extraordinary emerges. In this book of Islam Jesus hauntingly appears as something far more than first meets the eye. Moreover, the Koran seeks to offer no explanation for these very unusual counter challenges to the Mystery of this one called Jesus. The suggestion that Jesus was just a prophet messenger like all the others before him cannot be sustained against the wealth of contrary evidence found in the Koran. As we shall discover more than a prophet messenger emerges and comes into view.

The Koran often speaks of God as he who “bringeth the dead to life” (surah 2. 73). There are more than twenty passages which speak of God’s power to raise the dead to life, to give haya to the mayyitun (surah 10. 31) yet in one verse we read that Jesus said, “I give life to the dead by God’s permission” (surah 3. 49) and in another verse God himself speaks of Jesus’ power to raise the dead (surah 5. 113) In the Koran there is no other passage attributing to any other prophet or messenger that same power. In the Koran we find that God’s power to raise the dead has been given to Jesus alone – not to Muhammad nor to any other. However, the Koran does not stop there. In (surah 19. 19) the Koran states that Jesus alone was faultless and without sin – nobody else in the Koran is given such an exalted standing it teaches that above all others Jesus alone is sinless.

When the angel appeared to Mary, the Koran says that he told her, “I am only a messenger of thy Lord that I may bestow on thee a faultless son” (surah 19. 19). The Arabic word for “faultless”, Zakiyya, implies that he (Jesus) was totally without sin. No other prophet or messenger including Muhammad is given such an exalted title. In fact in the Koran even Muhammad himself is asked by Allah, to ask for forgiveness for his sin (surah 47.19) so is Adam (surah 28-23), Abraham (surah 26. 82), Moses (surah 28. 16) and Jonah (surah 37. 142) however, when it comes to Jesus he alone above all mere men, messengers and prophets is declared alone Sinless.

If this is not enough to make Jesus head and shoulders above the rest – above all mortal mere men - than what is? However, the Koran does not stop there. In (surah 19. 16-34) the Koran goes even further in its adoration of a person that is emerging extremely unique – unique like no other person that ever walked the face of the Earth. In (surah 19. 16-34), and (surah 21. 91), and (surah 4. 156) the Koran declares Jesus to be the result of a virgin birth. The Koran further goes on to explain that the conception of Jesus is a direct act of God that took place within an unmarried woman who was completely free of any unchastity (surah 4. 156).

This unique and Divine origin no other mortal man can make claim to. Muhammad and all other 'prophets' and 'messengers' have been left far, far behind. However, the Koran does not stop there. In the Koran Jesus alone is called The Messiah (Al-Masih) eleven times Jesus is given this astonishing and incredible title. The title Messiah in Jewish and Christian Scriptural usage clearly implies greatness of such a degree that all the true messengers of God will ultimately bow to him in homage. By admitting that Jesus is the Messiah (Al-Masih), the Koran is in fact implying that He (Jesus) is the final revelation and expression of God to men. To Jews and Christians, the title Messiah is in fact synonymous with the title Son of God. The Koran in using this language cannot escape from its historical meaning. In the Koran Jesus alone is called ‘The Word of God’ (Kalimatullah) Surah 4. 17.

Now this is truly amazing because even Adam is not called the Word of God. Nor are the Angels, nor is any other prophet or messenger in all of creation given such an astounding incomprehensible title. However, the Bible sheds light on this magnificent one that is called the Word of God in the Koran. In Apocalypse 19:13, it says regarding Jesus, “And he was clothed with a garment sprinkled with blood; and his name is called, THE WORD OF GOD.” Every Prophet including Muhammad has been called a messenger, however in the Bible and the Koran Jesus alone is called The Word of God. “In the beginning was the word. And the word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1. 1-2). If this shocks and scandalizes you the Koran does not stop there. The Koran in surah 4. 171 and surah 58. 22 call Jesus, A Spirit from God (Ruhullah), from which Jesus received the title in Islamic traditions “Spirit of God” (Ruhullah).

This is a remarkable comment, which is clearly a veiled implication that the ruhun-minhu is the very Spirit of the living God, uncreated and eternal in essence. While in one place the Koran calls Jesus just another prophet in a long line of prophets – it without any explanation exalts this same Jesus to a place of Biblical distinction. This truly is one of the most strangest and mysterious anomalies of the Koran. The Koran while trying to maintain that Jesus is just a prophet commits the most illogical of all inconsistencies when it simultaneously and without explanation adorns this very same Jesus with titles and names that no King, man, prophet nor ruler has ever been adorned with. The Koran by doing this simply cannot sustain with any credibility whatsoever that Jesus was just a prophet. Be it noted that the uniqueness of Jesus in the Koran is not the consequence of favorable circumstances, nor the result of the favour of men, but solely the intervention of God in history.

Jesus Christ was and is God, and the Catholic religion is the one true religion. You need to convert to it and be baptized for salvation.

Pope Eugene IV, Council of Basel, 1434: “… there is hope that very many from the abominable sect of Mahomet will be converted to the Catholic faith.”

You need to learn the true Catholic Faith, and convert to it, or you cannot attain salvation.

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