Was Jesus A Muslim?

“Was Jesus A Muslim?” is the topic of a discussion sponsored by the Muslim Student Association at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. The meeting is set for tonight at 6:30.

The quick answer would seem to be “no.” But I suspect the Islamic group will instead focus not on Islam but on the underlying meaning of the word “Muslim.” The word, of Arabic origins, literally meant “one who surrenders.” Now in that sense, Jesus was muslim – he was one who submitted to his Father, Jehovah God (John 4:34; John 6:38; Matthew 26:39). But Jesus was not and would not be a practitioner of Islam!

Presently “Muslim” is almost exclusively used to denote a person who practices the Islamic faith. From a marketing standpoint it is probably a good title for their lecture. But the truth is Jesus was never Islamic and is actually denounced powerfully by the Koran, which is the revered book of Muslims.

Consider the clash between Jesus’ own words and those of the Koran:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotton son, that whosoever believeth¬† in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

“No son did Allah beget, nor is there any ilah (god) along with him…” (Sura 23:91)

“And the Jews say: Uzair (Ezra) is the son of Allah and the Christians say: Messiah is the son of Allah. That is their saying with their mouths, resembling the saying of those who disbelieved aforetime. Allah’s curse be on them, how they are deluded away from the truth” (Sura 9:30)

Hear the condemnation of Scripture against those reject the Sonship of Jesus Christ:

Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also (1 John 1:22-23)

Hear the inspired words of John against the words of Mohammed:

“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him and without him was not anything made that was made” (John 1:1-3).

“He to whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and who has begotton no son and for whom there is no partner in the dominion. He has created everything, and has measured it exactly according to its due measurements” Sura 25:2

These are just a few verses you are not likely to hear tonight at the USA meeting. Christianity and Islam are not the same and are not compatible with one another. We must live in peace with those who profess these doctrines but make no mistake, the teachings of Islam are false and  lead to destruction. Let us teach the simple gospel of Jesus Christ to our Islamic friends and show them the true peace of God.

Was Jesus a Muslim? He was submissive to his Father. Was Jesus Islamic? No!


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