Archive for the ‘Jesus reduced to a prophet’ Category

Where did Jesus say, ‘I am God, worship me,’ in those exact words?

June 6, 2011

Muslims around the world are being trained to ask Christians, “Where did Jesus say, ‘I am God, worship me,’ in those exact words?” However, if Muslims are suggesting that Jesus could only claim to be God by uttering a specific sentence, we may reply by asking, “Where did Jesus say, ‘I am only a prophet, don’t worship me,’ in those exact words?” The unreasonable demand for a particular statement, if applied consistently, would thus force Muslims to reject their own view!

David Wood

Would any Muslim care to respond to this? I suspect you don’t want to be impaled on the horns of this dilemma.

I believe with my whole soul that the God of the Koran is also the God of Bhagavad Gita

September 17, 2009

My whole soul rebels against the idea that Hinduism and Islam represent two antagonistic cultures and doctrines. To assent to such a doctrine is for me a denial of God, for I believe with my whole soul that the God of the Koran is also the God of Bhagavad Gita.

M.K.Gandhi, in Rediscovering Gandhi, Yogesh Chadha, pp.368-9

…which is irrational since the conceptions of God in those two books are mutually exclusive. If ‘God’ is the God of both books then all the parts of the two traditions that are mutually exclusive must be removed – and who could trust what remains?

The God of the Koran abhors images, but for the Hindu Brahman is worshipped through images and representations and incarnations. But God has no partners and certainly never even once became incarnate as ANY muslim will quickly tell you according to his holy book. Perhaps Gandhi’s god was schizophrenic – poor thing.

The Return of Jesus according to Islam

September 2, 2009

Various traditions say that he will come down to earth at the eastern gate of the Great Mosque at Damascus. He will then go to Jerusalem to worship God in a mosque along with other Muslims. He will kill all the pigs, break the crosses, destroy Jewish synagogues and Christian churches and kill all the Christians who don’t believe in him and kill the antichrist. All the People of the Book will then believe in him. Justice and peace will reign over all the world, and after forty years Jesus will dies a natural death and be buried in Medina alongside Muhammad. The purpose of the second coming of Jesus, then, is to vindicate Islam and demonstrate its triumph to the whole world.

Colin Chapman, Cross and Crescent, pp.240-241

Jesus – figure of controversy

September 1, 2009

Jesus of Nazareth is a controversial as well as an attractive figure. But the controversy that surrounds him is not like the controversy that surrounds other famous men and women. In the latter case, the controversy rages over the content and relevence of their teaching. So today, the debate over darwin in modern biology concerns whether or not the neo-Darwinian paradigm…is sufficient to explain the origin and behaviour of all living organisms. Gandhi is still a figure of controversy in India today: Brahmins and Dalits argue over whether Gandhi himself sanctioned the caste system, and political activists disagree as to how far his principles of non-violent resistance are applicable under regimes more brutal and repressive than the British Raj…

Not so with Jesus. The controversy that he attracts has relatively little to do with his moral teaching…

The controversy over Jesus concerns who he is. For the historic Christian claim regarding Jesus of Nazareth is that no human category…can do adequate justice to the evidence of his words and actions. No category short of deity itself is sufficient.

Vinoth Ramachandra, Revovery of Mission, p.181

Jesus’ claims to deity

September 1, 2009

…if He is not God, He is a deceiver or is self-deceived, and in either case, Christ, if not God, is not good.

A. H. Strong

(if we deny His Deity then) we must conclude that, with all His moral beauty and excellence, Jesus was a pitiable failure as a teacher if He did not succeed in guarding His message against corruptions which have led to His own exaltation as God, and to the existence through eighteen centuries of a system of idolatry of which He is the center.

E. Y. Mullins

slam claims to be able to tell God what he can and can’t do

September 1, 2009

By ruling out the possibility of incarnation and by reducing Jesus to the level of a prophet, Islam claims to be able to tell God what he can and can’t do in revealing himself to the human race.

Colin Chapman, Cross and Crescent, p.259