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Recently I came across a professor who is a professing Christian. The individual was celebrating the idea that the Qur’an mentions Jesus Christ. They went on to suggest that Christians and Muslims can have a measure of theological and spiritual unity because both sacred books—the Qur’an and the Bible—feature Jesus.
But, this common suggestion errs big in its presupposition. It assumes that the Jesus mentioned in the two sacred books is the same person. As long as it refers to a first century Hebrew individual named “Jesus” who did some remarkable things, then it’s pretty much the correct Jesus and all is well. However, this is a serious error. It’s the same error that individuals often commit when it comes to understanding other religions in comparison to biblical Christianity. For example, the Jesus of Mormonism or the Jehovah Witnesses are both entirely different individuals; radically different. The same is true when it comes to the Qur’an.
Cripplegate - Series - Differences - Qur'an - Bible
Recently, the Cripplegate began a series on the differences between the Qur’an and the Bible. We looked at a brief introduction to Islam and the textual origin and transmission of the Qur’an. Last week we observed two critical differences between the God of the Qur’an with that of the Bible. Today, we will notice several differences between the Jesus of the Qur’an and the Jesus of the Bible.
In Qur’anic teaching Jesus is identified as “Isa ibn Mariam,” or, “Jesus son of Mary.” He appears about twenty-five times in the Qur’an. Generally speaking, in Qur’anic teaching, Jesus is a man, born of the virgin Mary, able to do miracles, sent by Allah, a prophet, who was around during the first century. However, if you tell a Qur’anic Muslim, “Trust in Jesus for salvation,” here is the Jesus they will have in mind.
Jesus - Qur'an
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