What do Muslims think of Jesus?
It is sad that many Christians do not know that
Jesus, peace be upon him, holds a very high
position within Islam. Unlike Orthodox
Judaism, Islam considers Jesus to be the
promised Messiah, a word from God, born of
theVirgin Mary to bring a new covenant to the
people of Israel. Nevertheless, the Qur'an, the
main book in Islam, leaves no room to accept
concepts developed by Church theologians after
the departure of Jesus, such as the sonship of
Jesus (accepted at the Council of Nicaea on
May 20, 325) or the idea of adding the Holy
Spirit as the "third head" for God (developed as
the concept of theTrinity in the
Constantinopolitan Creed of 381).
In fact both concepts (the sonship of Jesus
and theTrinity) tend to negate many clear
verses in the old and New Testament. For
Hear, 0 Israel:The Lord our God is one Lord."
...that ye may know and believe Me, and
understand that I Am He: before Me there
was no God, neither shall there be after
Me. 1, even 1, am the Lord; and beside Me
there is no savior.
(Isaiah 43: 1 0-1 I)
And Jesus answered him:The first of all the commandments is hear, 0 Israel:' My Lord
our God is one Lord. (Mark 12:29)
...We know that an idol is nothing in the
world, and that there is none other God
(I Corinthians 8:4)
Given these verses, one should be careful not to
take the verse in John 1: I literally because it
could easily have been mistranslated from the
Aramaic into the Greek and should read "and
the word was God's."
It should be noted here that in the Greek
language theos is God while theou means God's
(see any Greek dictionary or see the book
Muhammad in the Bible by Professor Abdul
Ahad Dawud, former bishop of Uraemia, p.16).
On more logical grounds, insisting that Jesus is
God or son of God as the main article of faith
reduces the 'natural' human instinct to believe
in a Creator (it is 'natural' because every human
being feels that anything that is organized must
have an organizer) from believing in an absolute
Creator of the universe who is felt naturally into
having to believe in a given historical event that
is limited in both time and space.