3. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN JESUS AND MOHAMMED
Jesus' birth as the Messiah was prophesied in Scripture. Mohammed's birth as the so-called Seal of the Prophets was not.
Through many witnesses, the Holy Spirit established the lineage of the Christ from Abraham through Isaac and Jacob to the tribe of Judah and out of
the house of David (Genesis 12:3, 18:18, 21:12, 22:18, 26:4, 28:14, 49:10; 2 Samuel 7:12-16; Psalms 18:50, 89:3-4, 89:20, 132:11; Isaiah 9:6-7, 11:1,
11:10; Jeremiah 23:5-6, 33:14-15). Moreover, it was prophesied through Isaiah that the Messiah would be conceived by a virgin (Isaiah 7:14). It was
prophesied through Micah that he would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2). And, it was prophesied through the typology in the third and sixth chapters
of Zechariah that his name would be 'Joshua' (of which 'Jesus' is the Hellenized form).
Who prophesied the birth of Mohammed as a true prophet of God? No one. No one except Mohammed. Mohammed wrote:
"Jesus son of Mary said, 'Children of Israel, I am indeed the Messenger of God to you, confirming the Torah that is before me, and giving good
tidings of a Messenger who shall come after me, whose name shall be Ahmed.'"
Surah LXI (17)
There is no record that the Lord Jesus said any such thing!
Throughout the Koran, Mohammed refutes that Jesus was the Son of God:
"The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary was only the Messenger of God, and His Word that He committed to Mary, and a spirit from Him."
Surah IV (18)
"The Messiah, son of Mary, was only a Messenger; Messengers before him passed away; his mother was a just woman; they both ate food. Behold, how We
make clear signs to them; then behold, how they perverted are!"
Surah V (19)
"The Creator of the heavens and the earth --- how should He have a Son, seeing that He has no consort, and He created all things, and He has
knowledge of everything?"
Surah VI (20)
"The Jews say, 'Ezra is the Son of God;' the Christians say, 'The Messiah is the Son of God.' That is the utterance of their mouths, confirming
with the unbelievers before them."
Surah IX (21)
"They [the Christians] say, 'God has taken to Him a son.' Glory be to Him! He is All-sufficient; to Him belongs all that is in the heavens and in
the earth; you have no authority for this. what, so you say concerning God that you know not? Say: 'Those who forge against God falsehood shall not
prosper. Some enjoyment in this world; then unto Us they shall return; then We shall let them taste the terrible chastisement, for that they were
unbelievers [in Mohammed and the Koran].'"
Surah X (22)
"Praise belongs to God, who has not taken to Him a son."
Surah XVII (23)
"And they say, 'The All-merciful has taken unto Himself a son' You have indeed advanced something hideous! The heavens are well-nigh rent of it and
the earth split asunder, and the mountains well-nigh fall down crashing for they have attributed to the All-merciful a son; and it behooves not the
All-merciful to take a son."
Surah XIX (24)
"God has not taken to Himself any son."
Surah XXIII (25)
"He has not taken to Him a son."
Surah XXV (26)
"Is it not of their own calumny that they say, 'God has begotten?' They are truly liars."
Surah XXXVII (27)
"And when the son of Mary is cited as an example, behold, thy people turn away from it and say, 'What are our gods better, or he?' They [the
Christians] cite him not to thee, save to dispute; nay, but they are a people contentious. He is only a servant We blessed, and We made him to be an
example to the Children of Israel."
Surah VXLIII (28)
It was Mohammed's self-proclaimed mission ". . . to warn those who say, 'God has taken to Himself a son.'" (29) Yet, many have testified of the
Messiah's Sonship. It was prophesied by the Holy Spirit through King David: "I will be his father, and he shall be my son" (2 Samuel 7:14). Through
Isaiah: "Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given" (Isaiah 9:6). Through Gabriel to Mary: "He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of
the Highest" (Luke 1:32) and "The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the
Son of God" (Luke 1:35). John the Baptist bore record that Jesus was the Son of God (John 1:32-34). God Himself testified twice of Jesus: "THIS IS
MY BELOVED SON, IN WHOM I AM WELL PLEASED" (Matthew 3:17, 17:5; Mark 1:11, 9:7; and, Luke 3:22, 9:35). Saint Mark testified in his gospel: "Jesus
Christ, the Son of God" (Mark 1:1).
Even the unclean spirits recognized that Jesus was the Son of God: "And, behold, they cried out, saying, 'What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou
Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?'" Matthew 8:29 (30)
To casual observers and lifeless Christians, that Mohammed claimed God had no Son in Jesus does not seem to be so very damaging: after all, they
think, he did acknowledge that Jesus was a prophet, --- "a Messenger of God." These fail to see that for Mohammed to have stated that Jesus was not
a prophet would have kept many from his own teachings; it would have precluded their even listening to his message. Further, these fail to see that
Mohammed had to include Jesus within his teachings if he was to be more convincing concerning his own authority. It is easier to deceive if you
pretend to build on an already-established foundation. It is easier to destroy if you claim a heritage in Truth:
"Surely We sent down the Torah, wherein is guidance and light, thereby the Prophets who had surrendered themselves gave judgment for those of Jewry,
as did the masters and the rabbis, following such portion of God's Book as they were given to keep and were witness to. . . . And We sent, following
in their footsteps, Jesus son of Mary, confirming the Torah before him; and We gave to him the Gospel, wherein is guidance and light, and confirming
the Torah before it, as a guidance and an admonition unto the godfearing."
Surah V (31)
Mohammed tries to persuade us that the Koran is just as scriptural as the Torah and the Gospels. He tries to make it seem as if the Torah and the
Gospels and the Koran are equal parts in a threefold plan of divine revelation to humankind. Why? The most effective way to win individuals over to
your way of thinking is to, first, tell them what they already believe is true (so you don't alienate them) and, second, slowly persuade them that
what they don't yet know or understand can be provided for, or answered by, your doctrines: the wolf-in-shepherd's-clothing approach, so to speak.
Both Moses and Jesus proved their words with works and signs following. The miracles performed through them punctuated the truths they spoke and the
lives they lived. Christ Jesus said:
". . . for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me."
"Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, 'Thou blasphemest;' because I said, 'I am the Son of God'? If I do not
the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that you may know, and believe, that the Father is
in me, and I in Him."
Mohammed did not prove his words with works. Oh, he frequently proclaims that the Surahs (the main divisions or chapters) of the Koran are themselves
"signs, clear signs." But there are no accounts of miracles wrought through him, save those unreliable that are attributed to him through the
imagination and fancy of his followers. Mohammed tries to explain away the absence of such proofs this way:
"They say, 'Why have signs not been sent down upon him from his Lord?' Say: 'The signs are only with God, and I am only a plain warner.' What, is
it not sufficient for them that We have sent down upon thee the Book that is recited to them [meaning the Koran]? Surely, in that is a mercy, and a
reminder to a people who believe."
Surah XXIX (32)
"It is He who has sent His Messenger [Mohammed] with the guidance and the religion of truth, that He may uplift it above every religion. God suffices
as a witness."
Surah XLVIII (33)
Mohammed claimed that it was only for him to deliver "the Message Manifest," --- the final word from God. (34) He tried to delude the people into
thinking that he was the Christ returned to earth. In doing so, the Devil sought to establish his authority for overturning the principles of peace,
love, and forgiveness taught by the real Savior.
Jesus instructed us to love our enemies, to revile not when reviled, to forgive those who despitefully use us, and to refrain from judgment (the
condemnation of our peers). Hear what Mohammed had to say on those topics:
"O believers, prescribed for you is retaliation, touching the slain; freeman for freeman, slave for slave, female for female . . . In retaliation
there is life for you, men possessed of minds; haply you will be godfearing."
Surah II (35)
"And fight in the way of God with those who fight with you. . . . And slay them wherever you come upon them, and expel them from where they expelled
you; [your own] persecution is more grievous than slaying [others]."
Surah II (36)
"Whoso commits aggression against you, do you commit aggression against him like as he has committed against you . . . "
Surah II (37)
"Prescribed for you is fighting, though it be hateful to you."
Surah II (38)
" . . . take not to yourselves friends of them [the disbelievers] until they emigrate in the way of God; then, if they turn their backs, take them,
and slay them wherever you find them . . . "
Surah IV (39)
"This is the recompense of those who fight against God and His Messenger, and hasten about the earth, to do corruption there: they shall be
slaughtered, or crucified, or their hands and feet shall alternately be struck off, or they shall be banished from the land."
Surah V (40)
"Fight them [the unbelievers], till there is no persecution and the religion is God's entirely."
Surah VIII (41)
"It is not for any Prophet to have prisoners until he make wide slaughter in the land."
Surah III (42)
"Slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them, and confine them, and lie in wait for them at every place of ambush."
Surah IX (43)
"Fight those who believe not in God and the Last Day."
Surah IX (44)
"And fight the unbelievers totally even as they fight you totally; and know that God is with the godfearing."
Surah IX (45)
"O believers, fight the unbelievers who are near to you, and let them find in you a harshness; and know that God is with the Godfearing."
Surah IX (46)
"The recompense of evil is evil the like of it . . . "
Surah XLII (47)
"When you meet the unbelievers, smite their necks, then, when you have made wide slaughter among them, tie fast the bonds; then set them free, either
by grace or ransom, till the war lays down its loads."
Surah XLVII (48)
"Mohammed is the Messenger of God, and those who are with him are hard against the unbelievers, merciful one to another."
Surah XLVIII (49)
"Thou shalt not find any people who believe in God and the Last Day who are loving to anyone who opposes God and His Messenger."
Surah LVIII (50)
"O Prophet, struggle with the unbelievers and the hypocrites, and be thou harsh with them."
Surah LXVI (51)
It should be clear that the literature of Mohammed is hateful, encouraging people to live both in fear and by the sword in judgment of one another.
Compare the preceding quotations with the following instructions given by the Christ:
"But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully
use you. And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also.
Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also
to them likewise. For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye: for sinners also love those that love them. And if ye do good to them which
do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do the same. And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners
also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be
great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also
is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged, condemn not, and ye shall not be comdemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall
be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that
ye mete, withal it shall be measured to you again."
Having compared the previous passage with those immediately preceding it, which one of the two --- Jesus or Mohammed --- do you think is the true
witness of the loving Father?
Considering what is written in the Koran, there should be little wonder why Bibles are not allowed into countries over which the banner of Islam
flies. The people of those nations might be able to read:
"Thus saith the Lord: SUCH AS ARE FOR DEATH, TO DEATH: AND SUCH AS ARE FOR THE SWORD, TO THE SWORD: AND SUCH AS ARE FOR THE FAMINE, TO THE FAMINE:
AND SUCH AS ARE FOR THE CAPTIVITY, TO THE CAPTIVITY."
"Put up again thy sword into its place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword."
"He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword."
"Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather, give place unto wrath: for it is written, VENGEANCE IS MINE; I WILL REPAY, saith the Lord.
Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink; for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome
with evil, but overcome evil with good."
In short, they would find out that the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, --- the one of whom Christ Jesus came to testify, is a
god of peace and love and not a god of war and hate. Moreover, they would learn of the Levitical high priest and his role as intercessor for the
children of Israel, offering sacrifice once a year for their sins, and how Christ Jesus was sent to sacrifice himself "once for all" (Hebrews
10:10). They would learn how the Old Testament events, rules, and regulations were but a figure, or typology, of things to come. They would learn to
understand the role of the Lamb as Intercessor for all nations under the sun. And, finally, concerning their relationship to Christ Jesus, they would
learn that "there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).
Throughout the Koran, Mohammed attempts to undercut the role of Christ Jesus as Savior. He tries to negate that the Lamb "bare the sin of many, and
made intercession for the transgressors" (Isaiah 53:12) and that "he ever liveth to make intercession for them" (Hebrews 7:25):
"Intercessor there is none, save after His leave."
Surah X (52)
". . . no intercessors shall they have amongst their associates, and they shall disbelieve in their associates."
Surah XXX (53)
"Intercession will not avail with Him save for him to whom He gives leave."
Surah XXXIV (54)
"To God belongs intercession altogether."
Surah XXXIV (55)
". . . the evildoers [those who do not believe in Mohammed and the Koran] have not one loyal friend, no intercessor to be heeded."
Surah XL (56)
". . . no soul laden bears the load of another."
Surah LIII (57)
"Come, now, and God's Messenger [meaning Mohammed] will ask forgiveness for you."
Surah LXIII (58)
It is plain that Mohammed tried to set himself up in Jesus' stead. What of the crucifixion? In his own form of gnostic Docetism, Mohammed accounts it
". . . they did not slay him, neither crucified him, only a likeness of that was shown to them."
Surah IV (59)
Guilty of the ultimate crime against God are those who say that Jesus is not the Christ and that He did not die for our sins. For that reason alone,
Mohammed condemns himself and his followers (so long as they remain his followers). The Lord Jesus said:
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God
sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he
that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."
"I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye shall receive."
"If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin. He that hateth me hateth my Father also. If
I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father."
Simply stated, without Christ Jesus we have no advocate with the Father. If we reject the one God sent, we reject the mercy He extends to us through