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THE RELIGION OF ISLAM
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SPECIAL SERIES:
The Spread of Islam
The Afterlife
The Koran (Encourager of Peace or Violence?)
Koran vs. the Bible (Various Discrepancies)
Jesus Christ and Islam
THE RELIGION OF ISLAM
Jesus Christ and Islam
• “What shall I do With Jesus” (Mt. 27:22)
– It is impossible to read the Bible and the Koran without
discovering that Jesus is a central figure in both Islam and
Christianity
– In our last lesson, we discussed how the Bible has been
literally re-written by Muhammad in the accounts of Creation,
the Exodus, and the Flood.
• Islam and Christianity have absolutely nothing in
common. Islam denies the God of the Bible.
– This is the last lesson in this series; we continue to look at
some key contradictions surrounding Jesus Christ between the
Bible and the Koran.
– Examine the impact of the cross and the blood sacrifice for our
sins – they can’t get past the cross!
Equals to Messiah?
Was He a Prophet?
An Apostle?
A Priest?
• Jesus was no greater than Moses or Noah – what was
Christ anointed to do??
• SURAH 5:75 – “The Christ, son of Mary, was but an
apostle, and many apostles had (come and) gone before
him,”
• In the New Testament, Jesus was confessed as the
Christ by Simon Peter (Mt. 16:16-18)
• While Jesus is called the Messiah and Christ in the
Koran, these words mean nothing, because Jesus is not
respected and given the full weight of his Messiahship
• Islam’s problem is the fact that they admit that He is the
Messiah and Christ several times in the Koran
• SURAH 2:253 – “Of all these apostles we have favoured
some over the orders. God has addressed some of them
and the stations of some have been exalted over others.
And to Jesus, son of Mary, We gave tokens, and
reinforced him with divine grace
• Also, Muhammad was to receive
favoritism (SURAH 33:56)
• This is a disturbing thought to the Muslim
– They believe that God the Father had relations with a
woman and conceived son
– The Bible emphatically teaches that Jesus was born to a
virgin – a miraculous conception (Mt. 1:18-25’ Luke 1:2638)
• The Koran makes no mention of Joseph (the
husband of Mary)
– They do not give the credit to the Holy Spirit for Deity
clothed with flesh in Mary’s womb
– Muslims do believe that Mary was a virgin when Jesus
was born
• Christians understand the Godhead and that
Jesus was deserving of worship and in fact, in
numerous places demanded our sincere
worship. (Jn. 4:24)
• There’s numerous passages where men and
women worshipped Jesus in His presence and he
did not rebuke them (Mt. 2:11; 8:2; 9:18; 14:33;
15:25; Jn. 9:38)
• The Koran also leaves out the fact that Jesus
never accepted worship (SURAH 5:116-117)
Judas Iscariot?
Simon of Cyrene?
One of his disciples?
One of the Roman soldiers?
• While the Jews in the 1st Century tried to crucify
Jesus, the Koran simply could not
• Most Muslims believe the Substitution Theory of
the crucifixion
• The Muslim world generally believes, that at the
very moment Jesus was about to be arrested and
crucified, God performed a miracle to cause
someone else to suddenly look exactly like Jesus
and to be crucified in his place. Speculation as to
who this man was, includes: Judas Iscariot, Simon
of Cyrene, one of his disciples or one of the Roman
soldiers
• SURAH 3:55 – “When God said: ‘O Jesus, I will take
you to Myself and exalt you, and rid you of the
infidels, and hold those who follow you to above
those who disbelieve atill the day of Resurrection.
You have then to come back to me when I will judge
between you in what you were at variance.”
• In the end, Jesus was taken away to Allah in some
Elijah/Enoch type fashion to await until the end of
time.
• Deedat, is a Muslim who has been criticized by
fellow Muslims for proposing the swoon theory that
says Jesus was taken down from the cross before he
died:
"Mr. Deedat ... seems to have a fixed notion about
Prophet Jesus' Crucifixion Theory. ... Now why
should Mr Deedat tell his audience that Jesus was
put on the cross and he swooned because nowhere
the Qur'an speaks that Jesus was put on the cross
and he swooned." (Mohammed Bana, "Allegations
Confirmed", p. 3, Muslim)
• Suprisingly. Muslims claim that Allah had to rescue
Jesus from being killed:
– Maududi writes, "After this, God, who can do any and
everything He wills, raised Jesus to Himself and rescued
him from crucifixion and the one who was crucified
afterwards was somehow or other taken for Christ."
(Maududi, The Meaning of the Qur'an, p. 390).
– Why would God rescue Jesus, since all
the other prophets had been killed by
the
Jews?
In the Koran, Jesus is the
stumbling block between
Islam and Christianity
Christ’s atoning death is
the perfect and only
sacrifice which God will
accept on behalf of sinners.
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The Miracles of Christ
The intent of miracles was to confirm the word and
His Deity. (Mark 16:17)
Why are the miracles not enough to convince a
Muslim?
The Death and Resurrection of Christ
It’s important to note what was purposely left out of
the Koran!
Muslims Reject that Jesus died and that he was
resurrected!
The Death and Resurrection of Christ
• SURAH 4:157 - That they said (in boast), "We killed
Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of
Allah.;- but they killed him not, nor crucified him,
but so it was made to appear to them, and those
who differ therein are full of doubts, with no
(certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow,
for of a surety they killed him not. (Qur’an 4:157,
never quoted by Jehovah’s Witnesses or Arians who
quote other Koranic passages to trash the trinity)
The Death and Resurrection of Christ
• SURAH 4:156-159 - "Regarding Crucifixion of Jesus: And for their
unbelief, and their uttering against Mary a mighty calumny, and for
their saying, 'We slew the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, the Messenger
of God'...yet they did not slay him, neither crucified him, only a
likeness of that was shown to them. Those who are at variance
concerning him surely are in doubt regarding him, they have no
knowledge of him, except the following of surmise; and they did not
slay him of certainty... no indeed; God raised him up to Him; God is
Almighty, All-Wise. There is not one of the people of the Book Bible]
but will assuredly believe in him before his death, and on the
Resurrection Day [at the end of time] he will be a witness against
them." (Qur'an 4:156-159, never quoted by Jehovah’s Witnesses or
Arians who quote other Koranic passages to trash the trinity)
The Blood Sacrifice
• Points from law given to Moses forward to the death
of our sinless savior
– The blood sacrifices performed by the Israelites were not
enough. The guilt of sin remained.
– Heb 10:3-5 But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sin
every year. For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and
goats to take away sins. Consequently, when Christ came
into the world, he said, "Sacrifices and offerings you have
not desired, but a body have you prepared for me;
– Heb 10:10 And by that will we have been sanctified through
the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
The Blood Sacrifice
• How about the blood redemption?
– We have redemption through His blood, even the
forgiveness of our sins
– Eph. 1:7 states, "In whom we have redemption through his
blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his
grace;"
– Whatever method that Islam prescribes for forgiveness of
sins is sorely lacking in effectiveness or ability.
– The meaning of redemption is "to release on payment of
ransom" and the price paid was the life of Christ (read
Romans 4:25; Matt. 20:28).
The Church
• We cannot separate Christ from His Church.
– He built His church (Mt. 16:18)
– It has been purchased with His blood!
• How can one be saved and not be part of the church?
– 1 Peter 3:21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves
you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal
to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of
Jesus Christ,
– Gal 3:26-27 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God,
through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ
have put on Christ.
CONCLUSION
• Reminder:
– Again, respect their culture and expound on our common
beliefs – build bridges…
– As Americans, we need to understand that any attempt
to turn a Muslim away from Islam is considered
aggression against them – in their eyes even discussion of
our Bible-based beliefs is thought as blasphemy against
Allah
CONCLUSION
• My friends, according to the bible, Allah is not God,
Muhammad is not his prophet, and the Koran is not
the Word of God.
– Islam is a false religion and utterly without power to save one
soul from sin. Islam does not recognize Jesus Christ as Savior.
– No person, no matter how religious or how sincere he may
be, can possess truth or salvation apart from the Lord Jesus
Christ.
– Christ’s atoning death is the perfect and only sacrifice which
God will accept on behalf of sinners.
– My message to Muslims is that they, like all men, are
hopelessly lost in and because of sin.
CONCLUSION
• What saith the Scriptures concerning Salvation?
– Islam teaches that in order to be saved; “Believe in God
and in his Apostle Muhammad, and do what God
requires, and if God so wills he will accept you." (Miller,
page 81).
– The Scriptures teach simple steps to enter Heaven:
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HEAR – Rom. 10:17
BELIEVE – Jn 8:24
REPENT – Lk. 13:3
CONFESS – Mt. 10:32
BE BAPTIZED – Mk. 16:16 ….be added to the church that Jesus
built (Mt. 16:18)
• BE FAITHFUL – Rev. 2:10
THE RELIGION OF ISLAM
REFERENCES
Night and Day, Roberts, Andrew. Spiritbuilding Publishing.,
Summitville, IN, 2004.
A Christian's Response To Islam, William M. Miller.Presbyterian
and Reformed Pub. Co., Phillipsburg, NJ. 1979.
http://www.bible.ca/islam/sermon-superiority-of-Jesus.htm
http://www.bible.ca/islam/islam-judas.htm
http://www.bible.ca/islam/islam-lacks-chrisitianity-better.htm
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