A Call of Truth for the Christians
· Islam and Christianity as seen in the Bible.
· An article “60 Questions for the Christians”.
· Prophet Muhammad the Last Messenger in the Bible, by Kais al-Kalbi.
Some people think that Christianity and Islam are very similar or even the same, as both Christians and Muslims believe in the same God who created everything. However, one of the main differences between Christianity and Islam is the position of Jesus (May Allah’s peace be upon him)
The Christians believe that Jesus (May Allah’s peace be upon him) is the only begotten son of God, who died on the cross for the salvation of mankind. The Muslims also believe in Jesus (May Allah’s peace be upon him), however, they believe that Jesus was a Prophet of God in along line of prophets, who did not die but was raised up to heaven, and only God can forgive us our sins.
These are two opposite beliefs, so it is literally a matter of life and death to make sure that we choose the right one, and we should not take it so lightly by saying it is all the same.
By reading and studying the Bible, the following questions were raised up, which you are kindly asked to answer them with evidences from the Bible:
JESUS (May Allah’s peace be upon him)
1- Why Jesus is considered son of God? And what do you mean by “Son of God”?
In fact in the Bible Jesus (May Allah’s peace be upon him) refers to himself as a Prophet (as Muslims believe):
“And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.” [Matthew (13:57)]
In the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke there are 22 references where Jesus (May Allah’s peace be upon him) is called the Son of God, however, many people were called the sons of God throughout the Bible and Jesus (May Allah’s peace be upon him) not once called himself so.
Jesus called himself son of man: “Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death.” [Matthew (20:18)] and also in the following verses: Acts (7:56), Mark (10:45) and in 1Timothy (2:5) Jesus is called a man, as well as in Acts (2:22).
In Numbers (23:19): “God is not a man.”
If God is not a man, and Jesus is called a man or a son of man, then Jesus never can be (or is not the) son of God!
2- To be son is to be less than divine and to be divine is to be no one’s son. How could Jesus have the attributes of son-ship and divinity altogether?
3- Why the Christians do not consider Adam (May Allah’s peace be upon him) as a son of God? Adam is more deserving of the title because he has neither a mother nor father, but Jesus has a mother.
Actually, in Luke (3:38) Adam was called a son of God:
“Which was the son of E’-nos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.”?
4- In Exodus (4:22) God is describing Israel as His son and first born: “And you shall say unto Pharaoh, thus saith the Lord, Israel is my son, even my first born.”
1 Chronicles (22:10)
The word “Son” as used in the Hebrew language is used to describe a person that is very close to God. In Psalms (2:7) God is saying that He has chosen David to be His Messenger for that period of time:
“I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, you are my Son; this day have I begotten you.”
Here “begotten” is used to mean “chosen” not as we would use it in the sense of a mother and father having a child.
Neither the Jesus nor the Christians ever accepted David, Israel, or Jacob as the son of God! Then why they consider Jesus as a son of God?
5- Some sects of Christians believe that Jesus was God because they assert that Jesus claimed to be God when they quote him in John (14:9): “He that has seen me has seen the Father.”
Did not Jesus clearly says that people have never seen God, as it says in John (5:37):
“And the Father himself which has sent me, has borne witness of me. You have neither heard His voice at any time nor seen His shape.”?
6- In Acts (14:11) (see Acts 14:10:17) Paul and Barnabas were called gods by the people:
“And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lyc-a-o’-ni-a, the gods are come down to us in the likeness of men.”
What do the people mean by the word “gods” in this verse? Does it not mean that they are given power from God?? If yes, then why this meaning does not apply to Jesus (May Allah’s peace be upon him) too?
In John (10:34); Psalms (82:6); and Exodus (7:1) Men are called gods.
7- If Jesus is a God, then why he said in John (20:17): “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, and to my God and your God?
8- Explain the concept of Trinity? Is the concept of Trinity taught by Jesus (May Allah’s peace be upon him)? If not, then who had invented this concept?
According to the New Catholic Encyclopedia, which has official approval, admits that the doctrine of the Trinity was unknown to the early Christians and it was formulated in the last quarter of the fourth century.
9- If belief in the Trinity was such a necessary condition for being a Christian, why did not Jesus teach and emphasize it to the Christians during his time? How those followers of Jesus were considered Christians without ever hearing the term Trinity? Had the Trinity been the spinal cord of Christianity, Jesus would have emphasized it on many occasions and would have taught and explained it in detail to the people.
THE ORIGINAL SIN AND BAPTISM
10- Christians believe that our forefather Adam had sinned when he ate from the forbidden tree. Then all human beings are born sinful. Does this belief not contradict the Old Testament, Ezekiel (18:20):
“……The son will not share the guilt of the father, nor the father share the guilt of the son…”?
Also, does this not contradict the New Testament, in Matthew (16:27), Jesus said:
“For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.”
11- Is it right that the Christians believe that mankind can only obtain salvation by believing that Jesus (May Allah’s peace be upon him) was the only begotten son of God, who died on the cross for the sins of all mankind?
Does this concept not contradict with what is mentioned in Old Testament that God is all forgiving and merciful to all who repent, by His Will starting from Adam to the last day of Judgment?
“Who is a God like unto you, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? He retaineth not his anger forever, because he delighteth in mercy, He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.”[ Micah (7:18-19)]
Also, God has mentioned in Isaiah (43:11):
“I, even I, am the Lord; and besides me there is no Savior.”
In the New Testament Jesus (May Allah’s peace be upon him) stated that each person will be rewarded according to what he has done:
“For I say unto you, that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” [Matthew (5:20)]
Also Jesus said in Matthew (19:17): “If you want to enter life, obey the commandment.” Which is to obey God and the only true God [John (17:3)], and he did not mention about believing in him dying on the cross for the sins of mankind.
12- How come the Bible says that all Israel is saved although they do not believe in Jesus? Does not that contradict the claim in the Bible that the only way to heaven is through Jesus?
13- How come it was possible before the coming of Jesus (May Allah’s peace be upon him), that sins were forgiven by God, which must be the case since none of the prophets, from Noah to Moses and including Jesus, ever said anything about a Trinity or about believing that the so-called son of God would be sacrificed for the sins of mankind, and then suddenly after Jesus (May Allah’s peace be upon him)this was not possible any more, but someone had to die for the sins of others?
14- If God had wanted to save us, could not He have done that without sacrificing Jesus?
15- Bring evidence from the Bible shows that Jesus said that he will die or be sacrificed for the sins of others? If Jesus died for our sins, then why he said in Matthew (9:13): “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.”?
16- Why does the Bible say that Jesus wanted to die on the cross, when the one on the cross was shouting, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” according to Matthew (27:46) and Mark (15:34)?
17- Does not crucifixion contradict with what God promised in Matthew (4:6): “And saith unto him, If you be the Son of God, cast yourself down for it is written, He shall give His angels charge concerning you; And in their hands they shall bear you up, lest at any time you dash your foot against a stone.”?
God promised that the angels will protect Jesus (May Allah’s peace be upon him) totally from harm, so that even his foot will not be harmed by a stone.
Also God has stated in Psalms (34:20) that He will protect the righteous (Jesus (May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him)) and let no one break any of his bones. It should be borne in mind that nailing someone to the cross would break bones. Isn’t it?
In Psalms (20:6) God clearly states that He will save “His anointed”. God will save him with His (God’s) right hand.
TEACHINGS OF JESUS
18- Why do the Christians today not follow the teachings of Jesus (May Allah’s peace be upon him) as regards the following issues:
(i) The way that Jesus used to worship God (alone) who has sent him (Jesus): “….You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve.” [Matthew (4:10)]
Matthew (22: 37-40)
(ii) The way that Jesus (May Allah’s peace be upon him) used to pray to God. He used to prostrate in prayer just like Abraham in Genesis (17:3), Moses and Aaron in Numbers (20:6) and Exodus (34:8), and Joshua in Joshua (5:14). Jesus used to fall on his face and prayed in Matthew (26:39).
(iii) Fasting. Jesus fasted according to Matthew (4:2).
(iv) The greeting with “Peace be unto you”:
In fact, Jesus (May Allah’s peace be upon him) instructed his disciples, when he was sending them on the mission, that they should say this when they entered a house. This is an Islamic teaching. Matthew (10:12):
“And when you come into a house, salute it.” (The T.E. Version of the Bible writes “say Peace be with you” in place of “salute it”).
(vi) Prohibition of pork:
(vii) Prohibition of wine:
Proverbs (20:1, 23:20,21)
(viii) Prohibition of usury
(ix) The veiling of women
1 Corinthians (11:5-6)
These are all laws from the Old Testament, which Jesus (May Allah’s peace be upon him), who was a practicing Jew, followed. As he confirmed in Matthew (5:17-18):
“Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the (way of) the prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”
Only Muslims actually follow Jesus (May Allah’s peace be upon him) and his true teachings today. We wonder how many of these practices are observed by Christians today. Who can then be called true Christians – the Muslims, or those who call themselves Christians?
19- Whenever a Christian wants to do a work or ask for help he says, “In the name of Jesus,” does this not contradict with the teachings of Jesus (May Allah’s peace be upon him)?
Actually, Jesus (May Allah’s peace be upon him) warned those Christians who do not follow him and do things in his name. He said in Matthew (7:21-23):
“Not everyone who saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then I will profess unto them, I never knew you; depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
Another warning is in Matthew (12:36).
20- If Jesus was God, why did he tell the man who called him “good master” not to call him “good” because accordingly, there is none good but his God in heaven alone?
21- There are many verses in the Bible speaking about Jesus (May Allah’s peace be upon him) teaching or preaching the Gospel of God or the Gospel of the kingdom as in Mark (1:14): “Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God.”
What is this Gospel? Is it the one which revealed to Jesus (May Allah’s peace be upon him) by God (the Father)? Where is this gospel now? Why the Christians do not use this original gospel of God instead of the gospel (the Bible) which is in our hands and written by people (who most of them are not the disciples of Jesus like Mark)?
22- Why there are many versions of the Bible?
If the Bible is a holy Book which consists of the Word of God, then why it has been tampered and played with and the verses of whole chapters have been changed, deleted or added?
23- There are many discrepancies (contradictions) in the Bible, explain the reason behind that?
Genesis (6:3) Genesis (11:10-32)
Genesis (25:1) 1 Chronicles (1:32)
II Samuel (24:1) 1 Chronicles (21:1)
II Chronicles (36:9) II Kings (24:8)
II Chronicles (9:25) I Kings (4:26)
I Kings (7:26) II Chronicles (4:5)
Matthew (1:6-16) Luke (3:23-37)
Matthew (27:3-6) Acts (1:18)
Matthew (27:27-31) Luke (23:11)
Matthew (27:34) Mark (15:23)
Mark (14:12) John (13:1)
Mark (15:25) John (19:14)
Mark (16:1-2) John (20:1)
John (5:31) John (8:14)
John (20:1) Mark (16:2)
2 Kings 19 is a copy of Isaiah 37 [Taking and using another person’s writing as one’s own].
Please Note: The Above is not meant as an insult to the Bible or to Christians – these are merely selected verses from the Bible which speaks for themselves.
PROPHET MUHAMMAD (May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) IN THE BIBLE
24- Did Jesus (May Allah’s peace be upon him) say that he was the last prophet or that there would not be another Revelation from God after him?
25- In John chapters (14,15, and 16) Jesus (May Allah’s peace be upon him) mentioned the coming of a counselor, or a comforter and in some versions the spirit. Who is this counselor or comforter that Jesus mentioned his coming?
John (14:16, 25, 26)
The Christians claim that this counselor is the holy spirit. But this counselor can not be the holy spirit, because he was already present before Jesus (May Allah’s peace be upon him) went away as one can read in the following verses:
“And Jesus, when he was baptized went up straight way out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him.” [Matthew (3:16-17)]
Luke (1:15), Luke (1:41,67)
and in fact, the Spirit was also present in the Old Testament, even before the coming of Jesus (May Allah’s peace be upon him):
“Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.”[ Psalms (51:11)]
26- Jesus (May Allah’s peace be upon him) said in John (14:16) that the counselor would stay forever. Does this not apply to the message of Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) and the Qur’an which is protected till now since 1400 years and stayed with us in its original form until the Day of Judgment?
27- John the Baptist himself gives us a test by which we can differentiate between the false and the true. In John (4:1-3) John is using the words spirit and prophet synonymously, and where he says spirit, one can at the same time read prophet.
Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s peace be upon him) confirmed that Jesus was a messenger from God, and in the Qur’an we read that Jesus is called “a word from God” and the “Christ”. So Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) most definitely acknowledges Jesus (May Allah’s peace be upon him); in fact it was Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) who removed all the confusion which surrounded Jesus (May Allah’s peace be upon him).
28- Who is the “Prince of the world” mentioned in John (14:30)?
“Hereafter I will not talk much with you; for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.”
Meaning, Jesus is saying that he does not have to explain much of God’s law to the people because the next prophet “the prince of the world” will teach you everything. Jesus also says that this future prophet is not him “and hath nothing in me.” Then who is this “Prince of the world”?