Thursday, May 7, 2015

Jesus -- in the Bible and in Islam

Why is it that in the world the greater number recognize Jesus as Redeemer?  He is “the Way, the Truth and the Life” (Jn. 14:6).  Moreover, He is Love.  He asks us to love and forgive even our enemies (Mt. 5:43-48).  He asks us to be humble and care for the needs of others (Lk. 14:11, 18:11; Mt. 25:31-46).

Even the Koran of Islam has this about Jesus.  In Surah (chapter) 3:45: “Behold! the angels said, O Mary! Allah giveth thee glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus.  The son of Mary, held in honor in this world and of those nearest to Allah.”  In Surah 3:55: “O Jesus! I will take thee and raise thee to Myself...I will make those who follow thee superior to those who reject faith....”  In Surah 43:63: “When Jesus came with Clear Signs, he said: “Now have I come to you with Wisdom, and in order to make clear to you some of the points on which ye dispute: therefore fear Allah and obey me.”

The Koran asks the people to fear Allah and follow Jesus.   Why not?  Jesus only teaches love, humility, truth, forgiveness and care for one another.  One fundamental law of Jesus is: “Judge not and you shall not be judged.  For with what judgment you judge you shall also be judged” (Mt. 7:2).  “Forgive and you shall be forgiven” (Mt. 6:12-15).

While we work for reconciliation it is always profitable to see common points in the Bible and in the Koran.

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