Chapter 5: What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur’an

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Everyone was invited to a read along in Let’s Read About the Qur’an Together! The plan is to read together – What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur’an by James R. White.

Feel free to grab a copy of the book and join in at anytime! So far, we’ve covered:

Chapter 5: Jesus in the Qur’an

The first part of this chapter analyzes the Qur’anic texts that address Jesus, or Isa, by name. The second part compares the topic of intercession – the intercession of Jesus to that of Muhammad. This post will be brief since White covers much more than might be addressed here.

The Qur’anic Texts

19: 27. At length she brought him [the infant] to her people carrying him. They said: “O Mary! Truly a villainous thing you have done!”
28. “O sister of Aaron! Your father was not a wicked man, nor was your mother unchaste.”
29. She made a sign, pointing to him. They replied: “How can we speak with he who is in the cradle, a babe?”

The context is Mary returning to her people with the baby Jesus. Shocked, they essentially accuse her of adultery, and she points to Him in His cradle.

30. [Whereupon] He [the infant] spoke out: “I am indeed a servant of Allah. He has given me the Book and has appointed me a Prophet.
31. “And He has made me blessed wheresoever I may be and has commanded me to pray and to give charity to the poor as long as I live.
32. “And [He] has made me dutiful to my mother and has not made me oppressive, wicked.
33. “So peace be upon me the day I was born, the day that I die, and the day that I shall be raised up to life [again].” (Kindle Locations 1353-1363).

White begins this section with the above surah which has Jesus speaking from the cradle. He notes a problem for Muslims in that 33 refers to the importance of Jesus’ death given that Muslims don’t believe Jesus died on the cross. In fact, most believe Jesus did not die at all, but was taken up into Heaven.

Some Christians may not know that Islam teaches the virgin birth of Jesus and attributes many miracle to Him. Also important in Islam is Jesus’ second coming. Though despite their high regard for Jesus, Islam holds Him as just another prophet of Allah like Abraham or Moses.

White addresses several other questionable Islamic stories and beliefs about Jesus in this section that Christians may want to be aware of.

The Vital Issue of Intercession

Christians hold that Jesus, the Son of God, is the mediator between God and man. Jesus is our intercessor. However, since Islam denies Jesus is the eternal priest, it has filled the place of intercessor with Muhammad.

White notes there are different versions of Muhammad being an intercessor. He quotes two stories of Muhammad’s intercession, one lengthy and one shorter. The longer story explains how Muhammad become the intercessor for Allah. Adam, Noah, Abraham, and Moses are all found unworthy to be intercessors because of their sin. Then, Jesus is alleged to pass on the opportunity even though sinless. However, for some reason, Muhammad’s sins are forgiven allowing him to become Allah’s intercessor. The shorter story shows Muhammad interceding for people in “Hell-fire” so that the may enter Paradise.

Interesting that much of these surahs seem to show how some Islamic beliefs are define based on being against Christianity. And a misrepresentation of Christianity at that.

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Mark

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The above article was posted on July 27, 2013 by Mark Lamprecht.
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1 AndrewLindsey July 27, 2013 at 11:41 pm

The Qur’an’s lack of an intercessor, our absolute need for an intercessor due to our sins, and the flawed attempts made by popular Islamic belief in trying to cast Muhammad in the role of an intercessor: these concepts  all seem like they have the potential to be extremely fertile ground for the evangelist seeking to reach the Muslim with the good news of the “one Mediator between God and Man, the Man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5).

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