Channel: Ashraf Schneider
This episode unpacks the fundamental belief’s of Jesus (Isa) within the Bible as is echoed within Islamic scripture.
1 Similarity of Jesus to Islam in prayer, manners, dress, etc.
2 Jesus regarding Oneness of God.
- “One of the scribes/teachers came … (and asked Jesus), “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” Jesus answered, “The most important one is this: ‘Hear O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one…” [ Mark 12:28-29 ]
- “Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending (returning) to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” [ John 20:17 ]
- “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” [ John 17:3 ]
3 Jesus regarding ‘who’ is worthy of worship.
- “… “O Children of Israel, worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord.” – whoever associates others with Allah, Allah has forbidden him Paradise… “ [ Quran 5:72 ]
- “Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.” “ [ Luke 4:8 ]
- “A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus answered, “Why do you call me good – no one is good except God alone.” ” [ Luke 18:18-19 ]
4 Jesus regarding salvation and forgiveness.
- “ .. “O My servants who have exceeded the limits against their souls. Do not lose hope of God’s mercy, for God certainly forgives all sins. He is indeed the All-forgiving, Most Merciful.” “ [ Quran 39:53 ]
- The contradictory claim (attributed to Paul) to justify the concept that Jesus had to sacrifice himself and shed blood for the salvation of others – “In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” [ Hebrews 9:22 ]
- The Torah (Old Testament) contradicts the claim of blood sacrifice: “The multitude of your sacrifices – what are they to Me?” says the Lord. “I have more than enough of burnt offerings… I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls, lambs and goats … Your hands are full of blood. Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of My sight; stop doing wrong; learn to do right; seek justice; defend the oppressed, take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow…Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow …” [ Isaiah 1:11-20 ]
- Similarly in Job: Proverbs
- And in Hosea 6:6 “For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgement of God rather than burnt offerings.”
- In Jesus’ own words: “.. go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice’. For I have not come to call the righteous, but rather the sinners.” [ Matthew 9:13 ]
- “For if you forgive others when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” [ Matthew 6:14 ]
- “Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost.” [ Luke 19:9-10 ]
5 Jesus regarding submission.
- “When the believers are called to God and His messenger in order for him to judge between them, they say, ‘We hear and we obey.’ ..” [ Quran 24:51 ]
- “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the Prophets; I have not come to change them but to fulfill them. For I truly tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, nor the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commandments and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” [ Matthew 5:17-19 ]
- “.. Jesus replied, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.” ” [ Matthew 19:17 ]
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the topic that we're going to discuss today is the fundamental belief that Jesus Christ peace be upon him held even within the Gospels, and what the similarities of that is to what we believe today in Islam as Muslims. Now, fundamentally, it is important to understand that
we do not consider the Gospels and the Torah to be the untainted revelations of God. But we do believe that it does contain the words of God, and the teachings that came from Almighty Creator. Now, there's a lot of history to support my claim. However, I do not wish to focus upon that today. What I want to focus upon is that through my comparative study, and coming from Christianity into Islam, I had discovered that today, as I believe, is very true to what Jesus Christ taught even within the Gospels as to what we need to believe. Now exteriorly, it is important to understand that Muslims do embody the teachings of Jesus Christ as to how to dress, how to wear your beard, how to
make a prayer with your forehead to the ground, what kind of food you need to eat, and so forth.
But fundamentally, what I want to focus on is the four fundamental beliefs that he held, that he taught to his people that we hold today, and in that we are in submission to the Almighty Creator. Now, the definition of being in submission to the Almighty Creator means that you are Muslim. That is the direct translation is to be in submission. So fundamentally, we believe that Jesus Christ was a Muslim. And I would like to take this time to explain to you why we believe that through these four fundamental beliefs, the first point that we're going to discuss is the oneness of God. The second point that we will discuss is that only this God is worthy of worship, then we will touch
upon the concept of forgiveness. And finally, we are going to conclude regarding the concept of being in submission to this God, His laws and his decrees. Now, the first point, that we only believe in one true Almighty God, this can be found within the Holy Quran in chapter 112, verse one, where it says that say that he has Allah who is one. Furthermore, who look at the Holy Quran in chapter two, verse 163, we find that it says that, and your God is one God, they are no deities beside him. So fundamentally, in Islam, we believe that there is one true Almighty God, that there are no deity is beside him. And if we look at the Gospels, we find that Jesus Christ teaches a
similar message. For instance, in the book of Mark chapter 12, verse 29, he says that, here Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. We know that Jesus Christ also called us his God. For instance, the book of john chapter 20, verse 17, he speaks to his mother, Mary, and he says that I'm returning to my father, and to your father, I'm returning to my court, and to your God. And we know that Jesus Christ is not this God, nor is he a part of the squad, due to the fact that he declares it unambiguously. For instance, in the book of john, Chapter 17, verse three, he says that this is eternal life, that they may know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. So
according to Jesus Christ, he's been sent by none other than the only true God, and here he is speaking to the Father. So even if we call him God, we find that he declares that he is not the only true God, but that there is only one true Almighty God, and that's a father that's in heaven.
Now, if we look at the second point, that this God is the only god that is worthy of worship. In the Holy Quran, Chapter Five of 72, we find the following saying from Jesus Christ, we says that only children of Israel worship Allah, Who is my Lord, and who is your Lord, and that anybody who is Associate partners beside Allah, Allah will forbid to him to enter into paradise. So fundamentally, what Jesus Christ is teaching here is that, if we submit on to the Creator, we should worship only him, that we should not make any deities or partners beside him, and that if we do this, that we will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Now a similar message can also be found within the Gospels.
For instance, in the book of Luke, chapter four, where Jesus Christ says that, for it is written, that we shall worship the Lord our God, and that we shall serve him indeed. So fundamentally, what Jesus Christ is teaching here as well is that we should submit only to the Lord our God, and we should only worship Him. And furthermore, in the book of Luke chapter 18, verse 18, to 19, we find that Jesus Christ completely disassociated himself with that form of worship, for instance, when a man came onto him, and he said that, Oh, good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? The first thing that Jesus Christ taught him Is that why do you
Call me good, for there's only one that is good. And that is a father that's in heaven. So he never wanted to associate himself with that form of worship, he declared that there's only one that is good, and that's a father that's in heaven, that you can't bring that likeness of worship propounded towards him. Now, the third fundamental point that I would like to focus on is the concept of salvation and forgiveness. Because in the Holy Quran in chapter 39, was 53 refund, the beautiful verse where it says that, oh my servants who have transgressed against themselves by sinning, do not despair for the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. So what this means is that if you
turn towards the Almighty Creator, and you seek His forgiveness and repentance up from within your heart, no matter how many sins you've accumulated, that he will give you forgiveness, we will put you upon the right path. Now, what is important to understand here is that it's completely contradictory towards the Christian concept of salvation. Because according to the Christian concept of salvation, the only way that you will gain forgiveness is through the blood and the shedding of blood of Jesus Christ and the crucifixion. This is due to decree that has been written by POTUS in the book of Hebrews chapter nine, verse 22, we says that, without the sharing of blood, there can be
no forgiveness of sin. But what we find within the Torah is that this is completely negated that God says that he does not need blood sacrifice in order to forgive you for your sins, that only he only seeks sincere repentance, and that you follow His laws and decrees and that you do justice. This exact example can be found within the book of Isaiah chapter one, verse 11, to 20. Similar within the book of Proverbs, also in the book of Hosea, chapter six, verse six. So fundamentally, what we find within the Old Testament is that God does not need blood sacrifice in order to forgive you for sin, which is completely contradictory towards what polis had taught in order to justify what Jesus
Christ had to die on the cross. But fundamentally, let us look what Jesus Christ has to teach because we are looking at his belief system as to what he believed in what he had taught.
Now, in the book of Matthew, chapter nine, verse 13, he declares as to what his mission is, in he says that, for I will have mercy and not sacrifice, for I did not come to call to the righteous, but I came to call the sinners to repentance. So fundamentally, what he's first saying is that he does not require any sacrifices, he only desires submission and mercy, and that he did not call to come to call towards the righteous, but he came to call those who are sinners, to turn them towards repentance. Now, he did not say that I came to call the sinners to have faith in my blood. He did not say that I came to call the sinners to have faith in my crucifixion. What he said is that
through repentance, there is salvation and there is forgiveness, as he said, that our Father in heaven, forgive us of our sins and have us forgive those who transgressed against us so we might gain your forgiveness. So through forgiving others, through submitting onto this creator sincerely in repentance, there is salvation. Now, another unambiguous example of this is found within the book of Luke chapter 19, where a very wealthy man came up to Jesus and he said that, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? Now, Jesus Christ told him that if you want to enter into life, then of the wealth that you took from the people paid back to them, and this man actually paid four times as
much back to those he stole from an on the very lips of Jesus Christ, peace and blessings be upon him. In the book of Luke chapter 19, verse nine, he says that salvation will come to this house. Now fundamentally, what is important to understand is that through this man's righteous actions, he gained salvation on the lips of Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ didn't say you first need to have faith in my blood, he did not say you first need to make a blood sacrifice, he did not say have faith in the crucifixion, only then you will be forgiven of your sins. He said right there in the in the through this righteous act, you will gain forgiveness of your sins. Now, the final point that I
would like to focus on is regarding the concept of being in submission to this creator, His laws and his decrees. Because what we find within the Holy Quran in chapter 24, verse 51, is that it says the only saying of the faithful believers is that when they are called towards Allah and His Messenger, that the only need to say that we hear and we obey. So what this means is that whenever God sends a message through one of his messengers, which is a law degree, that we only need to hear that message, and we need to say that we submit to it, that we obey that message, because what we find within the church and only some of the church, not all the churches propagate this, but what we find
within some of the church is that we are no longer justified by the laws and decrees of God or the commandments of God. However, if we look at the teachings of Jesus Christ, we find a very contradictory teaching towards this. Because what Jesus says is that in the book of Matthew, chapter five, verse 17, to 19, he declares that I did not come to change the law, the prophets before me, I did not come to change it, but only to fulfill it. So he only came to fulfill those laws and decrees in his life. And he says that until everything is fulfilled, not a single jet or total will pass away from the law.
Now we know that everything is not fulfilled, because Jesus peace and blessings be upon him. So it has to come back on the final day to bring about justice. And Jesus Christ continues. And he says that if you change the law of God, and you teach people to reject the law itself, that you will be least in the kingdom of heaven. So fundamentally, he teaches that we need to submit to this law that we need to submit onto the decrees of God. Now, another message of this is also in the book of Matthew chapter 19, verse 17, where a person again approaches Jesus and they ask, What shall I do to inherit eternal life? Now what Jesus Christ peace be upon him told is that if you want to enter into
life, follow the laws and commandments of God, because fundamentally in that, we gain righteousness, we grow closer to God, because you become more conscious through everything that you do in life. And that's the beauty that I discovered within Islam. In conclusion, what we find is that Jesus Christ propagated these four believes that there is only one true Almighty God and that he is not as God. He declared that we shall only worship this Almighty God. He declared that if we seek forgiveness, we need to turn directly towards this Almighty God, we need no third party that we can pray out to God with a sincere heart and see a repentance to gain salvation and forgiveness. And he propagated
that we need to be in submission to the laws and decrees of God, because that still grows us in righteousness. Because if we want to enter into life, we need to submit onto this creator. So fundamentally, what we find is that if you embody these four fundamental beliefs within your heart, in Islam, and in Arabic, we call that individual a Muslim. So for us in our fundamental belief in Islam, and in the belief of the Holy Quran, in the belief of the final prophet, and the Almighty Creator, we believe that Jesus Christ was a Muslim, because he held these four fundamental beliefs and internally within himself, he taught that to his followers. If you enjoyed this message, please
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