Islam and Jesus
The apostle Paul, inspired by the Holy
Spirit of God, spoke God’s will for us. He said, “But even though we, or an
angel from heaven, should speak to you a gospel contrary to that which we have
preached to you, let him be accursed.” (Gal. 1:8). Jesus said, “I am the way,
the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but by Me.” (John 14:6).
These are things that faithful Christians believe and accept because they are
the words of the Lord, the Son of God.
In the year 570 A.D. a man entered history and began preaching a gospel
contrary to that which had already been delivered to us by Jesus and His
apostles. He instituted many religious reforms and correctly taught there was
one God. His followers still use the Arabic word that means “one God” today to
talk of Him… that word is “Allah.” The name of the religion he founded is
“Islam” which means “submission” and refers to submitting to God. The
Scriptures they use consists of the sayings of the founder written down by
others and gathered together in the Qur’an. The man’s name was “Mohammed.” He
is esteemed by Muslims as God’s greatest prophet. His teachings evolved
somewhat through his life. His early teachings were much more peaceful and
tolerant than his later teachings. Perhaps this is why Muslims have such
different views of the things he said.
Mohammed erroneously thought that Christians worshipped three Gods; the
Father, the Son and Mary. He believed that Jesus was a great prophet, but not
the Son of God. He rejected the foundation of the gospel, the death, burial
and resurrection of Jesus.
Christians ought to have good will toward Muslims everywhere, and hope and
pray that one day they might come to accept the truth about God’s Son Jesus;
Savior of the world. It is sad that in many places on earth, just speaking
these things could result in death.
Jesus became the Son of Man that we might become the sons and daughters of
God. He came to our world from heaven - where there is no fear, cold,
darkness, pain or death. Here He lived in poverty. He never attended a
prestigious school of theology. Yet even His enemies remarked , “Never a man
so spake.” (John 7:46). He laid aside His heavenly robes and perfect splendor
to take upon Himself human form. He left majestic heavenly courts to be born
in a stable. He left adoring myriads of angels and other wonderful creatures,
mighty, beautiful and wise to be welcomed by a small band of shepherds. The
Scriptures say, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though
He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty
might become rich.” (2 Cor. 8:9).
The teachings of Scripture is that Jesus is “the only begotten of the Father,
full of grace and truth” (John 1:17-18). When Jesus said, “I am the way, the
truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by Me“, He meant it (note
again John 14:6). If what Jesus said was a lie, then He cannot be a pathway to
God,nor a prophet of God, at all. If what He said was true, then He is the
only pathway to God.
Yes, there are sincere, dedicated worshippers of the Islamic faith. But
neither sincerity nor the intensity of a belief can make a wrong idea right.
It does not matter how strongly or sincerely I may believe that 1+1=3… it
still equals 2. And Jesus still equals the only way to God.
Jesus came to prepare a lost people for spiritual riches and ultimate heavenly
glory - and in all the universe He was the only one that could do it. He died,
then conquered death, and has ascended back into heaven promising to one day
return. At that time, He has promised that the tombs will open, the dead will
rise and be changed from corruptible matter into spiritual, judgment will take
place, and He will take His people home. Every tomb will empty itself of its
contents at the sound of His voice… that is, every tomb except for one. It is
By Jon W. Quinn
From Expository Files 11.5; May, 2004