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					„Jesus‟ vs „Muhammad‟


       Roxbury
       AUG 2011
            PARADIGMS
• JESUS – Christianity

• MUHAMMAD – Islam
           [1] JESUS IN ISLAM
• Muslims honour Jesus, and consider him a great
  prophet.
• He is mentioned in 15 suras and 93 verses.
• Some Muslim scholars follow the ideas of the „Jesus
  Seminar‟…Historical Jesus ≠ „Jesus of Faith‟
  – They don‟t understand the pre-suppositional base used by
    the group: no miracles, „Hillel‟ precedent, etc…
• Others take on Hyam Maccaby‟s criticism, that the
  gospel of Jesus is a creation of Paul.
• Muhammad „Ata ur Rahim, believes Jesus was a
  member of the Essene brotherhood.
• Thus, we need to do a comparison of the Jesus of the
  Bible vs. the „Isa‟ of the Qur‟an.
      Qur‟anic Names for Jesus:
• More honourable Titles (eleven) to Jesus than
  to any other person:
• Statement of truth (Sura 17:24) vs. „Way the
  truth and the life‟ (John 14:6)
• Word (Sura 10:19) vs. the „Word‟ (John 1:1)
• Apostle (Sura 19:31) vs. Apostle (Hebrews
  3:1)
• Servant (Sura 4:172; 19:31) vs. Servant
  (Isaiah 42, 49, 50 & 53)
• (Sign, Witness, Example, Messiah, Son of
  Mary, Messenger, and Spirit of God)
                          „Isa‟
-Appears 25 times in the Qur‟an.
-The origin of the word is not clear:
• Historically Christian Arabs used „Yesuah‟ which is
  more grammatically correct.
• Is it Esau: from Arabian Jews who believed Esau‟s
  soul transferred onto Jesus?
• Or from the „Isaniya‟, followers of Isa, from a group
  in Syria in 571 AD?
• Did it come from the Syriac „Iesous‟?*
• Thus, „Isa‟ is uniquely Qur‟anic!

-BUT the Qur‟anic name is not simply „Isa‟, by itself:
               „Isa ibn Maryam‟
„Isa‟, son of Mary‟, occurs 23 times.
  – Possibly chosen in contradistinction to son of God,
    to show he was human.
  – Found only once in the Bible.
  – Used by Syriac sources, influencing 70% of all
    Qur‟anic religious terms.
  – Problem: (S.19:28-29; 66:12; 20:25-30) How was
    Mary, Jesus‟ mother, Aaron‟s sister and Imran‟s
    daughter (Numbers 26), as she lived 1,570 years
    later?

  – Luke 3 tells us „Heli‟ was Mary‟s father…
                „Isa al masihu‟
„Isa‟, the messiah (11 times).
  – JESUS: Insous = Joshua - „The Lord our Salvation‟
  – Yesua or Yeshua (Arabic / Heb.)
  – MESSIAH: (known in Arabic as al Masihu) found
    11 times in the Qur‟an
  – All in the later Medinan suras, but never defined.
  – The meaning has been declared to be unclear by
    some Muslim scholars.
  – But is used in Morocco for the king (referred to as
    the „anointed one‟).
  – We know the Messiah is „the anointed
    one‟…anointed to save, a function of God!
  – Thus a puzzle for Muslims, emphasizing his
    humanity, while a great bridge for us.
[2] HISTORICAL COMPARISON
            Qur‟anic Historical „Isa‟

Sectarian Influences (source Criticism):
• Monarchists: (2nd C.)God has no children
  (sura 4:171; 19:34)
• Docetists (late 1st C.): Jesus didn‟t die (sura
  4:156-158)
• Monophysites - Cholloridian (4th C.)
  Maryolatry: Mary in the Trinity (sura 5:116)
• Nestorians (5th C.): Jesus = God-chosen
  human (sura 3:42-48, 51, 59; 4:171; 5:116-
  117;19:30, 34-35)
  Further Sources:
• Imran & Zachariah (Mary‟s Father & patron)
  (S.3:35-37) vs. Proto-Evangelion‟s James the
  Lesser (2nd C.)
• Jesus Speaks from the Cradle (3:46; 5:110;
  19:29-30) vs. „First Gospel of Infancy of J.C.‟
  (2nd c.)
• Jesus & Mary being fed by the Palm tree
  (S.19:22-26) vs. „Lost book of the Bible‟ (2nd C.)
• Jesus creating Birds from clay (S.3:49; 5:110)
  vs. „Thomas‟ Gospel of the Infancy of J.C.‟
  (2nd C.)
Syriac Influences:
          from 2nd – 5th C., Eastern Syria
• Progression Of Mary:
  – 1st C. = Minor role: mother of Jesus
  – 5th C. = Major Role: Eternal Virgin, Mediator, Holy
    Woman, Pious, greater than Jesus
  – 7th C. = Major Role: (S.3 & 19): Eternal Virgin,
    Lives in Temple, above all women, Pious
• Digression Of Joseph:
  – 1st C. = Mentioned often,
  – 5th C. = Few times,
  – 7th C. = Non-Existent
• Suggests Qur‟anic material borrowed from
  Syriac sources, after 5th C., and not 1st C.
     Biblically Historical Jesus
• If we want to know more details about the
  life of Christ, then we need to look at
  historical sources, writings which were
  close to the event, not only to the time
  period of Jesus, but close to the place he
  lived, in Palestine.
• There are accounts of Jesus which are
  close to the time, and the place Christ
  lived; written in the late first and early
  second century, and written by non-
  Christian Jewish and Roman historians.
• Let us look at some of these latter
  documents first:
•       Thallus and Phlegon (Greek - 52 AD): two 1st -
        century historians who debate the cause of the darkness in
        the middle of the day, and the terrible earthquake
•       Tacitus Roman historian (80-84AD): death of Jesus,
        during reign of Tiberius, by Pontius Pilate of Judea (Lk.3:1)
•       Josephus, a Jewish historian who lived from AD 37 to
        90, wrote the following in his „Antiquities of the Jews‟.
    –      „„And there arose about this time a source of new trouble, one Jesus. He
           was a doer of marvellous deeds. This man was the so-called Christ and
           when Pilate had condemned him to the Cross, those who had loved him did
           not cease - for he appeared to them, as they said, on the third day alive
           again.”
•       Lucian of Samosata, a Satirist - early second
        century, who referred to Christ as
    –      „the man who was crucified in Palestine because he introduced a new cult
           into the world‟.
•       Seutonius, who refers to Christians as being
    –      „given over to a new and mischievous superstition‟.
•       Pliny the Younger (112 AD) advices Trajan on killing
        Christians, a community who sang to Christ as to "God"
 N. T. WRIGHT – on Josephus
• Jesus in the 1st Century:
  – Kingdom of God
  – Laws of God
  – Temple of God
• VS. Isa in the Qur‟an
[3] HISTORICAL MUHAMMAD
 I        The Classical Account
• 570          Muhammad was born
• 610          Met „Jibril‟ in the Hira Cave
• 610-622      Received „Meccan Revelations‟
• 622          „Hijra‟ from Mecca to Medina
• 622-632      Received „Medinan Revelations‟
• 624          „Mi‟raj‟ to the 7 heavens (5 prayers)
• 630          Conquered Mecca peacefully
• 632          Died (poisoning?)…no written Qur‟an

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             Problem with His biography

• The Late Dates:




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Late Dates:
Nothing before 800 AD:
• Sira (Hisham=833AD),
• Hadith (Bukhari=870AD, Mishkat al-Masabih
      14th C.),
• Tafsir, Tarikh
   – (Tabari=923AD,
   – al-Baladhuri=892,
   – az-Zamakshari=1144,
   – al-Baydawi=1282,
   – as-Suyuti=1502)
• Thus, not Primary but Secondary revelation
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 Problem with the Late Dates:

• Since almost all the material available to
 us concerning the life of Muhammad, and
 the emergence of Islam from the 7th c.
 (i.e. that of the Sira, Hadith, Tafsir,
 Ta‟rikh), is not compiled until the 9th -
 10th c., Orientalists (from the
 Revisionist‟s School) believe it cannot be
 trusted.


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 Thus, “if knowledge of the life of Muhammad was
    transmitted orally for a century before it was reduced
    to writing, then the chances are that the material will
    have undergone considerable alteration in the process”
    (Cook 1983:65)

 So, Cook & Cröne went to Greek, Syriac, and Armenian
    sources from the 7th-8th c. & found a contrasting picture
    to the later Islamic Traditions.
   They sought to step outside the Islamic Traditions and
    start again, piecing together an original account from
    non-Islamic sources of Muhammad‟s time. The two
    together wrote “Hagarism”…a sort of “What if” in 26
    pages, supported by 226 notes in a further 27 pages
    (Robinson 1996:47)
 Conclusion: They suggested that the history of Islam,
    including the life of Muhammad, upto at least the time
    of the caliph Abd al-Malik is fraudulent!!!!

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                         Further Problems   ↓
Uri Rubin
• Rubin examines how the image of the Prophet was
    perceived by believers throughout the various evolving versions
    of his life. The contents of the texts are a reflection of the
    state of mind of the believers among whom the texts
    were created, preserved, and circulated over the ages.
•   Medieval Islam was preoccupied with portraying its
    prophet in a manner comparable to the biblical
    prophets. Biblical themes were adopted from the stories of the
    prophets, adapted to fit an Arabian situation, and applied
    to the biography of Muhammad.
•   Take the example of the battle of Badr: Al-Miqdad provides
    the same response regarding the Children of Israel,
    contrasting their inferiority against the superiority of
    the Arabs. “The entire Arabian umma as one collective group
    constitutes here the new chosen community that replaces
    the Children of Israel.”
   Credibility:
• John Wansbrough (1977-1978):
(Qur‟anic Studies: Sources and Methods of Scriptural Interpretation 1977)
(The Sectarian Milieu: Content and Composition of Islamic Salvation History
   1978)

• The compilers took their material from collections
  compiled within the decades around 800 A.D., and not
  from any documents which were written in the seventh
  century, and certainly not from the person of
  Muhammad or his companions (Humphreys 1991:73, 83; Schacht
  1949:143 1949:143-145; 145; Goldziher Goldziher 1889 1889-90:72).
• The Maghazi, which are stories of the prophet's battles
  and campaigns, are the earliest Muslim documents
  which we possess. They should have given us the best
  snapshot of that time, yet they tell us little concerning
  the prophet's life or teachings. In fact, oddly enough
  nowhere in these documents is there a veneration of
  Muhammad as a prophet!

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    Yehuda D. Nevo (1994)
    “Towards a Prehistory of Islam,” Jerusalem Studies in Arabic
    and Islam, vol.17, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1994


• Arabic Inscriptions found in the Arabian Desert
    form the mid to late 7th century, say nothing about a
    people called „Muslim‟, nor a religion known as „Islam‟,
    nor of a revelation called the „Qur‟an‟, yet they should!
•   Caliphal Protocals (Sufyani and earlyMarwanid
    Periods, upto „Abd al-Malik – 691) = no reference
    to „Muhammad as a prophet‟, or a reference to the
    „Shahada‟
•   ”Muhammad Formula” is created „almost overnight‟

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  [4]       PEACE VS VIOLENCE




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          Looking at the Qur‟an:

The Peace Verses:
Sura 2:256 = “For there is no compulsion in
 religion”
“Law of Abrogation”
 (Suras 2:106, 16:101)
“That which we give, we give something
 better”    (Mansukh vs. Nasikh)
Thus, Sura 2:256 is a weak verse,
 abrogated by 101 verses which follow!
Sura 2:190-193 = “Those who fight
 you, Do not transgress limits, /
 …and slay them wherever ye catch
 them, and fight them, until there
 prevail faith in Allah”
      A Moderate Interpretation:

Sura 5:31-32 (raven, and blood of Abel)
 “we ordained for the Children of
 Israel that if anyone slew a
 person…it would be as if he slew the
 whole people; and if anyone saved a
 life, it would be as if he saved the life
 of the whole people...”
      A Radical Interpretation:

Sura 5:31-32 “we ordained for the
 Children of Israel that if anyone
 slew a MUSLIM…it would be as if
 he slew ALL MUSLIMS; and if
 anyone saved A MUSLIM, it would
 be as if he saved the life of ALL
 MUSLIMS...”
The Medinan Sword Verse:

Sura 9:5: = “But when the forbidden
months are past, then fight and slay
those who join other gods with Allah
wherever you find them; besiege them,
seize them, lay in wait for them with every
kind of ambush..”
Sword Verse against Christians, Jews:

Sura 9:29 = “...Make war upon such of
those to whom the scriptures have been
given as believe not in Allah, or in the last
day, and who forbid not what Allah and
his apostle have forbidden...until they pay
tribute...”
Methodology of Sword Verses:

Sura 47:4 = ”When you encounter the
unbelievers, strike off their heads, until ye
have made a great slaughter among
them...”

Sura 8:38-39 = “Unbelievers…And fight
them on until there is no more Tumult or
oppression, and there prevail Justice and
faith in Allah”
Recompense for those who die in Jihad:

Sura 4:74 = “Let those who fight in the
cause of Allah who sell the life of this world
for the hereafter. To him who fighteth in the
cause of Allah, whether he is slain or gets
victory, Soon shall we give him a reward of
great value”

Sura 47:4-6 = “…But those who are killed in
the way of Allah, He will never let their
deeds be lost…and admit them to Paradise”
            The Qur’an’s 149 Sword Verses:
1.     2:178 2.    2:179 3.      2:190 4.     2:191 5.     2:193 6.    2:194
7.     2:216 8.     2:217 9.     2:218 10. 2:244 11.       3:121 12. 3:122
13. 3:123 14. 3:124 15. 3:125 16. 3:126 17. 3:140 18. 3:141 19. 3:146
20. 3:152 21. 3:153 22. 3:154 23. 3:155 24. 3:156 25. 3:157 26. 3:165
27. 3:166 28. 3:167 29. 3:169 30. 3:172 31. 3:173 32. 3:195 33. 4:071
34. 4:072 35. 4:074 36. 4:075 37. 4:076 38. 4:077 39. 4:084 40. 4:089
41. 4:090 42. 4:091 43. 4:094 44. 4:095 45. 4:100 46. 4:102 47. 4:104
48. 5:033 49. 5:035 50. 5:082 51. 8:001 52. 8:005 53. 8:007 54. 8:009
55. 8:012 56. 8:015 57. 8:016 58. 8:017 59. 8:039 60. 8:040 61. 8:041
62. 8:042 63. 8:043 64. 8:044 65. 8:045 66. 8:046 67. 8:047 68. 8:048
69. 8:057 70. 8:058 71. 8:059 72. 8:060 73. 8:065 74. 8:066 75. 8:067
76. 8:068 77. 8:069 78. 8:070 79. 8:071 80. 8:072 81. 8:073 82. 8:074
83. 8:075 84. 9:005 85. 9:012 86. 9:013 87. 9:014 88. 9:016 89. 9:019
90. 9:020 91. 9:024 92. 9:025 93. 9:026 94. 9:029 95. 9:036 96. 9:038
 97. 9:039 98. 9:041 99. 9:044 100.        9:052 101.    9:073 102.   9:081
   103.    9:083 104.    9:086 105.     9:088 106.     9:092 107.   9:111
  108.    9:120 109.    9:122 110.     9:123 111.     16:110 112.   22:039
 113.    22:058 114.    22:078 115.    24:053 116.     24:055 117.   25:052
 118.    29:006 119.    29:069 120.    33:015 121.     33:018 122.   33:020
 123.    33:025 124.    33:026 125.    33:027 126.     33:050 127.   47:004
 128.    47:020 129.    48:015 130.    48:016 131.     48:017 132.   48:022
 133.    48:024 134.    49:015 135.    59:002 136.     59:005 137.   59:006
 138.    59:007 139.    59:008 140.    59:014 141.     60:009 142.   61:004
 143.    61:011 144.    61:013 145.    63:004 146.     64:014 147.   66:009
                        148. 73:020       149. 76:008
    How should these verses be exegeted?
        The example of Muhammad:

               Their Paradigm


• His biography: „Sira-t-ul rasul-Allah‟,
• His Sayings: Hadith
• The Maghazi: 29 battles fought
                  39 battles planned
      The example of Muhammad:

With those Under his Jurisdiction:
    1. The Jews
    • 624 - After Badr - Banu Qaynuka
    • 625 - After Uhud - Banu al Nadir
    • 627 - After the Trench – Banu Quraiza

    2. Those who Criticized him:
    • Asma the poetess, and Umair the blind
      disciple
    • Around 25 were assassinated
With these Scriptures, and the example of
                    a
the prophet Muhammad, can you then
understand why so many within Islam today
are saying what they are saying, and doing
what they are doing?

Their authority, they believe, is that of „holy
writ‟, a divine authority, modelled by the
greatest and clearest paradigm for Mankind,
for all peoples, all places, and for all times…
including the West…today.

SO, WHAT ABOUT PEACE W/ JESUS?
         Looking at Peace in the Bible
• Old Testament = „Shalom‟
• Wars were divinely ordained campaigns
• God used them to judge the sinful nations of the
  world (Lev. 18:25-28; 20:22; Deut.18:9-14; 2Kings
  21:9)
• Dependency on Divine intervention for God‟s
  Weak people:
  –   Egypt (plagues):          Ex.7-12
  –   Jericho (Walls):          Josh 6:20
  –   Amorites (Sun):           Josh 10:12-13
  –   Canaanite (Rain):         Judg.5
  –   Midianites (Confusion):   Judg.7
  –   Arameans (Blindness):     2Ki.6:8
  –   Assyrians (Strikes):      2Ki.19:35-37
  –   Easterners (Ambush):      2Chr.20
• Peace found in:
  –   Bodily Health, stability (Lev.26:6; Job 5:23)
  –   welfare (2Sam.20:19)
  –   family relationships (Gen.29:6; 37:4; 43:23-28)
  –   friendships (Gen.43:27; Ex.18:28)
  –   Persue Peace (Ps.34:14)
  –   Israel‟s peace (Num.6:24-26)
  –   God‟s relationship (2Sam.20:19; 1Kings 8:61)
  –   Inner spiritual peace (Num.6:26; Ps.4:8; Isa.45:7)
  –   Goal of war is Peace (Ps.72:7; 122:6-8)
• Messiah = „Prince of Peace‟ (Isa.9:5-7; Mic.5:4-5)
• And when he comes: “Beat [our] swords into
  ploughshares and [our] spears into pruning
  hooks. Nation will not take up sword against
  nation, nor will they train for war anymore” (Isaiah
  2:4)
    New Testament = Eiréné (state of Peace,
       opposite of War: Matt.10:34; Lk.12:51)
• Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the Peacemakers”
• Matthew 5:39-44 “whoever slaps you on your right
  cheek, turn the other to him also. love your
  enemies and pray for those who persecute you
• MATTHEW 22:37-40 “YOU SHALL LOVE THE
  LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND
  WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR
  MIND.''YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS
  YOURSELF. On these two commandments depend
  the whole Law and the Prophets.“
• Matthew 26:52 ”Put away your sword, Jesus
  said to him, for all who live by the sword will die
  by the sword” (Lk.22:49-51; Jn 18:11)
• Luke 6:27 “Love your enemies”
• ROMANS 10:15 Gospel is “the Gospel of Peace”,
  which is to be Preached (Acts 10:36; Eph.6:15)
• ROMANS 12:18 “If possible, so far as it depends
  on you, be at peace with all men”
• 2 COR.13:11 “live in peace, and the God of love
  and peace will be with you”
• COLOSSIANS 3:15 “Let the peace of Christ rule in
  your hearts”
• 1 THESS.5:13-16 “Live in peace with one
  another… See that no one repays evil for evil, but
  always seek after that which is good for one
  another and for all people”
• 1 PETER 3:11 “Seek Peace, and pursue it”
Peace between Husbands & Wives
• Love one‟s wife: 1 Pet. 3:7, Col. 3:19
  “husbands must love your wives &
  NEVER treat them harshly.”
• Ephesians 5 „A man must love his wife
  as Christ loved the church, and be
  willing to die for her‟
  Jesus‟ teaching for Christians:
• Instead of Violence – Suffering
     (Matt. 5:38-39)
• Instead of Vengeance – Forgiveness
     (Matt.6:14-15; Luke 17:3-4; 23:34)
• Instead of Greed – Sharing
     (Luke 12:33-34: 18:22)
• Instead of Domination – Service
     (Luke 22:24-27)
• Instead of Hatred – Love
     (Matt.5:43-45; Luke 6:27-31)
           Problem Passages:
• Temple Cleansing: (Mt. 21:12-13; Mk.11:15-
  18; Lk.19:45-46; Jn.2:13-17) On animals, no
  violence, but authoritative words
• Not bring Peace, but Sword: (Mt.10:34;
  12:51) Consequence of commission, and not
  sword, but „Word of God‟ (“sharper than any
  double-edged sword” Heb.4:12)
• „Swords‟ at Last Supper: (Lk.22:36-38) Be
  ready to defend against thieves, exampled
  with dinner knives. See its application the
  next day…with Peter (Mt. 26:52).
 What about the Crusades, Inquisition?
• Ask criteria for their displeasure
      “One should not eradicate others for their
      God”…agree with them.
• Use Jesus as our paradigm, to condemn the
  crusades.
• Take them to the prophet‟s example in Medina
• Then ask them to condemn that example
• Show them that we uniquely have the moral
  high ground on this issue…proving the
  relevance of Jesus.
CONCLUSIONS:


• If you want to find peace:
  – Don‟t go to the Qur‟an
  – Don‟t go to the Prophet Muhammad
  – GO TO THE NEW TESTAMENT!
  – GO TO JESUS CHRIST!
• The whole world is looking for PEACE
• There is only one real source for it…
  – And WE HAVE IT!!
[5] PROBLEMS W/ JESUS
 WHERE DOES JESUS CLAIM DIVINITY?
• Deut. 6:4 = “The Lord our God, the Lord is ONE”
• Phil. 2:11 = “Jesus Christ is Lord”

Divine Titles:
• Matthe26:62-66 (Mark 14:61-64) Jesus before the
  Sanhedrin
   – vs. 63 = „Christ (Messiah)
   – vs. 63 = Son of God
   – vs. 64 = „Son of Man‟ (Daniel 7:14)
• John 8:58 = „Yahweh‟
            Deity of Jesus cont.
• Jesus claimed to be „God‟:
  – John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the
    Word was with God, and the Word was God”
  – John 20:28 “Thomas said to him „My Lord and My
    God‟!”
  – Hebrews 1:8-9 “[God] says, „Your throne, O God
    will last forever and ever...therefore God, your God,
    has set you above your companions...‟”
   HOW CAN JESUS BE THE SON OF GOD?
• Sura 4:171: “Isa was a messenger...His Word...a
  spirit...not three...Allah is above having a son”
  – Cannot have a SON
• Sura 5:72: “...whosoever sets up partners...”
  – Cannot have PARTNERS
• Sura 5:75: “They (Mary & Jesus) both used to eat food”
  – Cannot eat FOOD
• Sura 5:116: “Worship me (Isa) and my mother (Mary) as
  two gods besides Allah”
  – Cannot have MARY in the TRINITY
• Sura 6:101: “...He (Allah) has no wife”
  – Cannot have a WIFE
VS. Surah 39:4
HOW CAN GOD BECOME A MAN?
• Not man becoming God ↑, but God becoming man ↓ (Phil.2:6-8)
• Can God do anything, in his omnipotence? Thus, can he
  become a man? Yes! So not how, but why! To Erradicate SIN
• Must remind them of theophanies (burning bush, Angel with
  Abraham, Jacob wrestling etc...)
• Mk 14:61-62 = Son of the Blessed One, and „Son of Man‟ =
  Dan.7:13-14 = authority, glory, sovereign power, worship,
  dominion
• Issa - Jesus = God‟s Word (S. 4:171; John 1:1) God‟s Word =
  uncreated: Sura 85:22 (uncreated eternal tablets = mother of
  books S.43:4)
• Jesus = „Spirit proceeding from God‟ (S. 4:171), „supported
  by the Holy Spirit‟ (S. 12:87; 58:22), Spirit = Essence of God
  (S.2:253)
• Jesus= unique: Sinless (S. 19:19), born of virgin (S. 21:91),
  gave life to birds & the dead, healed, miraculous knowledge
  (S.3:49)
HOW CAN GOD BE ONE OF A TRINITY?

• Don‟t initiate the discussion on the trinity.
• Don‟t trust your opinion, nor your experience, but
  what the Bible says, in both the Old Testament
  and New Testament (see Blackham‟s paper)
• The word „Trinity‟ is not in the Bible, nor „Tawhid‟
  in the Qur‟an?
• Tri-unity (coined by Tertullian 125 A.D.). Not
  mathematical (1+1+1, or 1x1x1, or xx) but
  organic: (i.e.: son, father, husband, brother, pen,
  water, sun, author, egg, body mind and spirit); not
  Sabellian (3 consecutive „gods‟) nor Arian („man
  becomes God‟)
  Trinity cont.
• Qur‟an stands against „Christian‟ polytheism
  (S.4:17;5:73), but has a mistaken trinity, as it
  includes Mary (Sura 5:116)
• Qur‟an = Jesus = God‟s word, both eternal
  (S.85:22) ≠ „Tawhid‟ since if Qur‟an was
  created (Mutazilites) then at one time God
  was without his word
• Many mysteries we can‟t explain (i.e. God‟s
  omnipresence, eternity, virgin birth, or
  electricity etc...), yet we accept them
   Trinity cont.
• Allah‟s names include Love, Mercy & Compassion: yet all 3
  require objects, so these names only exist due to Man‟s
  creation, & not found or exampled in a 1-dimensional monad
  Allah, but found & exemplified in a trinitarian context!
• So Allah requires Man‟s existence, while Yahweh chooses
  Man‟s existence
• Personal man isn‟t from impersonal God - except as Imago Dei
  (Gen.1:26-27)
• The Tawhid of Allah breeds totalitarian Ummah (many
  swallowed into the 1), exampled in Muslim family, community…
• The Trinity of Yahweh breeds individuals relating in community,
  exampled in Christian families, communities…
• Islamic trinity = Allah (S.13:16; 14:10), Ruh (S.50:16; 56:83),
  & Eternal tablets (S.85:22)
• Baptism of Christ (Luke 3:22)=voice of God the father, dove
  as spirit of God, and Son as Jesus. (Matt.6:11-13 = Lord‟s
  Prayer)
    Crucifixion of Jesus in the Qur‟an:

Primary Verses to be considered:
• Baidawi (1286 AD) changed 19:15, & 33 to the
  future, to 2nd coming (for 40 yrs.) because of
  the need to reconcile it with 4:157-159, thus an
  internal contradiction..
• Jesus will be taken up is promised in 3:55,
  5:117
The main passage is: Sura 4:157-159
1) The Jews believe that they had killed Jesus.
2) God reveals that they definitely did not. Jesus
  was not killed nor crucified.
3) There was someone else (not named) who
  looked like Jesus who died in his place.
4) God instead took up Jesus, like an ascension.
Why must Jesus not have been
crucified?
• The sovereignty of God; that Allah would not
  allow his prophets to suffer (S. 3:181-183)
• Islamic understanding of salvation - that no
  atonement is needed, since no one can pay
  for another‟s sin (S.6:164; 53:38)
  – What about Garden of Eden, & Jesus‟ sin?
Various Explanations by Muslim scholars:
• Al Baidawi (1286 AD)... „God took Jesus to heaven, The
  likeness was on someone else who died‟.
      • (Taken from Mani, a Persian in 276AD)
   – „God took Jesus to heaven in his sleep‟
      • (Taken from „Gospel of Peter‟, 2nd C. Docetic heresy)
• Al-Zamakhshari.. „They imagined Jesus was
  crucified. But Jesus is alive in heaven‟.
   – „The substitution of a person for Jesus... Judas, another Jew,
     or Simon of Cyrene‟
      • (Taken from Basilides, a Gnostic writer)
• Ahmadiyya view = Swoon Theory, „Jesus swooned,
  died later & was buried in Kashmir‟
      • (Taken from the „Gospel of John‟, 2nd C. Docetic heresy).
Conclusion: there is no resurrection as there was no
 death.
  Sources for these stories:
Taken from 2nd cent. Docetic (Jesus only seemed
  physical) & Gnostic writings.
• The Apocryphal Gospel of Peter: “Jesus was taken
  up” (Sura 3:55)
• The Apocryphal Gospel of John: Jesus appeared to
  John in a cave, saying the sufferings did not happen to
  him. (Sura 4:157)
• Mani (Persian, 276AD): “The widow of Nain‟s son was
  substituted for Jesus” (Sura 4:157)
• Basilides (Gnostic writer): “Jesus changed forms with
  Simon of Cyrene, a substitution” (Sura 5:116)
Ignatius writes against them, quoting them when they
  say, “Jesus suffered in semblance”
Problems if Sura 4:157 is true:
• Qur‟anic Confusion: Sura 19:33,15 “Blessed be on
  me, the day I was born, the day I Die, and the day I
  rise again” (Jesus & Yaxya)
• Theological Confusion: (S.6:164; 53:38)? Can one
  pay for another‟s sin, since this goes against the
  Qur‟anic objection on atonement
• Eye-Witnesses Confusion: Three eye-witnesses
  vs. one supposition 600-900 years later (4 gospels vs.
  1 Quran), who do you believe? Eyewitnesses
• Extra-Biblical Confusion:(Thallus = 50AD,
  Josephus 80-90AD, Tacitus 80AD, Pliny the
  Younger 112AD)
• Moral Confusion: (Sura 4:157-158) Is God deceitful,
  since he uses another man to die in Jesus‟ place, and
  then tells no-one for 600 years?
             Jesus vs. Muhammad
1. At His birth Jesus was born of a Virgin (19:20 & 7:14)
2. As a baby Jesus speaks from the cradle (3:46; 5:110; 19:29-30)
   – Did Muhammad speak as an infant?
3. As a child Jesus & Mary are fed miraculously by a Palm tree (S.19:22-26)
   – Was Muhammad ever fed miraculously?
4. As a child Jesus creates birds from clay (S.3:49; 5:110)
   – Could Muhammad create anything?
5. In adulthood 3:49 & 5:110 Jesus heals the lepers, gives sight to the
   blind, and raises the dead
   - Did Muhammad heal, give sight, or raise from the Dead?
6. Jesus was uniquely referred to as the „righteous one‟ (19:19)
   - Was Muhammad sinless? No, see Sura 48:2 „Ask forgiveness for your
      Sins of the past & future‟
             CONCLUSIONS:
• Jesus is important to the Qur‟an, referred to
  93 times, but he‟s not the Biblical „Jesus‟
• Qur‟an uses the wrong name: „Isa‟ (Syriac?)
• The Qur‟anic titles emphasize his humanity
  („Isa ibn Maryam‟, „Isa al-Masihu‟)
• And confuses his mother with O.T. „Miriam‟
• Much is spoken of his childhood, but little of
  his adulthood, unlike the Biblical account
• Historically, „Isa‟ is derived from Sectarian
  sources
• „Isa‟ = 5th c. Syriac, while „Jesus‟ = 1st C.
• Muhammad is redacted from the 9th C.
• Muhammad used violence, while Jesus
  spoke of and modelled Peace
• Seeming problem‟s of Jesus‟ Divinity help
  preach the Gospel
• Son of God points to his omnipotence
• Qur‟anic view of Trinity is wrong, and
  borrowed
• Qur‟anic Trinity exists, but unexplained
• Crucifixion: Qur‟anic = Internal confusion, no
  historicity, all can be traced to 2nd C.writings
• Jesus vs. Muhammad?
  –   Jesus is unique (birth, death, ministry)
  –   Jesus = righteous (S. 19:19) Muh. forgiven 3 times!
  –   Jesus did miracles, Muh. never could
  –   Jesus is universally relevant, Muhammad fits 7th C. only…
  – Jesus is God…Muhammad is merely a man…

				
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