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English: Ascension of Christ
English: Ascension of Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yesterday I reblogged The Great Substitution (5/31/13). In that post, BJ briefly describes what a major Muslim scholar believed about the death of Christ Jesus. Ibn Abbas, Muhammad’s cousin and the first Qur’anic scholar said Jesus chose one of younger apostles, cast his his own resemblance on the man, and had him die in his place.  Thus, Jesus grabbed the glory and then ascended into heaven (see also Islamic view of Jesus’ death and The Death of Jesus according to Islamic sources – 4).

After I reblogged The Great Substitution (5/31/13), I thought I was done with the subject. Wrong! I got this comment.

novascout says:

June 1, 2013 at 6:32 pm

It’s an interesting article, although I think it indicates more respect for Jesus and his story, as understood by adherents of another religion, than most Christians would believe Muslims adhere to.  It describes a direct taking up into Heaven of Jesus as the result of a direct intervention of God.  Overlaid on orthodox Christianity, this story just skips from the “Is it I?” conversation to the Ascension.  Certainly not orthodox belief, but more alert to some elements of our beliefs than might be believed by many Christians.

What  describes I would have expected any Christian find offensive. Apparently, that is not the case. Moreover, Muslims think of Jesus as a prophet. So I doubt Muslims think they are being offensive to Jesus. The Koran actually mentions Jesus (calling him Isa) more often than it does Muhammad (here are the references). Therefore, I decided the matter deserved a bit more thought.

Are  and I wrong? Does the Koran show respect for Christ Jesus? I still don’t think so. At the time when Muhammad began using warriors to spread his religion of “peace,” Christianity, in the person of Christ Jesus, stood in his way. Thus, Muhammad had to devise propaganda designed to do two things:

  1. Show Jesus did not practice what He preached.
  2. Show Jesus was not God.

Did Christ Jesus practice what He preached? Did He obey the Father even unto death? Consider John 3:16.

John 3:16 Good News Translation (GNT)

For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life.

Christ Jesus spoke those words to Nicodemus. Subsequently, the Bible records that hundreds saw Christ Jesus die and rise from the dead. Hundreds of years latter, Muhammad‘s book, the Koran, records a magic trick. If Jesus Himself did not die on the cross, then God has not forgiven us of our sins. We have no redeemer. Instead, we have a monstrously clever deceiver who only pretended to die for our sins. As Easter Week Devotion: The Importance of the Resurrection at Settled In Heaven explains, the crucial facts of the Christian faith are the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus.

Was Christ Jesus God? The Bible records that hundreds saw Christ Jesus die and rise from the dead. Hundreds of years latter, Muhammad‘s book, the Koran, records a magic trick. In order for Muhammad to be Allah’s number one holy man, Muhammad‘s book, the Koran, had to deny the death and resurrection of Jesus. And how did Muhammad know Christ Jesus did not die and rise from the dead? Here is what Muhammad recorded in the Koran.

[4.157] And their saying: Surely we have killed the Messiah, Isa  son of Marium, the apostle of Allah; and they did not kill him nor  did they crucify him, but it appeared to them so (like Isa) and most  surely those who differ therein are only in a doubt about it; they  have no knowledge respecting it, but only follow a conjecture, and  they killed him not for sure.
[4.158] Nay! Allah took him up to Himself; and Allah is Mighty, Wise.
[4.159] And there is not one of the followers of the Book but most  certainly believes in this before his death, and on the day of  resurrection he (Isa) shall be a witness against them. (from here)

Why did Muhammad think God (Allah) would approve of and participate in such a deception? Apparently Muhammad did not believe what Jesus believed about love and service.

Mark 9:33-37 Good News Translation (GNT)

Who Is the Greatest?

33 They came to Capernaum, and after going indoors Jesus asked his disciples, “What were you arguing about on the road?”

34 But they would not answer him, because on the road they had been arguing among themselves about who was the greatest. 35 Jesus sat down, called the twelve disciples, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must place himself last of all and be the servant of all.” 36 Then he took a child and had him stand in front of them. He put his arms around him and said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes in my name one of these children, welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me, welcomes not only me but also the one who sent me.”

What Jesus taught is that we gain salvation by accepting His sacrifice, returning His love, and by loving our fellows. What Muhammad taught is that we earn salvation by obeying the prophet of Allah. To remove Jesus as a competitor, Muhammad had to lie about what Jesus had taught and done.

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Just in case anybody thinks I am getting too serious.

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I told you so! (via YOU DECIDE)

America is the product of our Christian heritage. We behave as we behave because we believe what Christians believe. We practice a Christian morality.

You say you are not a Christian? If your forebears are of European extraction, then your parents and grand-parents almost certainly were Christians, and they believed what Christians believe.

You say Christians practice religious persecution. Yes. Some Christians do, but no Christian can justify religious persecution based upon the Bible. That why America has freedom of religion. The people in favor of religious persecution could not and cannot make an effective Bible-base argument for religious persecution.

Unfortunately, Muslims can point to the Koran.

I told you so! Saturday June 25th 2011, as you are about to do your “Normal things you do in every Saturday,” remember the following can and will and is happening here in USA, make no mistake we are being over run by a very smart enemy .America is being  conquered from within. Islam murders 3000+ and we reward them by building a Mosque in the same site  Muslims murderers created. Go ahead and do your normal things today, but remember I told you so!  [caption id … Read More

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Is the author of the post above a little paranoid? Maybe. Besides, what could we do? Our laws do not permit us to discriminate against Muslims, and we don’t want to encourage religious persecution. Don’t we have many American citizens who practice Islam? They have not caused any problems. End of discussion, right?

No. We have no reason to allow more people from nations where Islam predominates to immigrate to the United States. Given what is going on in Europe — given what has happened here — why would we want more Muslims to immigrate here? How would that help either us or our children and grandchildren? How would it help our Muslim citizens?

Our immigration laws are part of our foreign policy. Our foreign policy must be about defending American beliefs and American interests. We cannot just assume that other people will respect either our beliefs or our interests, particularly when history provides so much evidence to the contrary.

France has no friends, only interests.  — Charles de Gaulle (from here)