The Way: Jesus or Muhammad?
John 14:6 … I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
3:31 Say: “If you love Allah, follow me; then Allah will love you and forgive your sins.” Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
Allah maintains that he sent messengers like Jesus all the time. Tiring of His instructions being misinterpreted or misunderstood, he sent His last and greatest Messenger, to whom He revealed the Koran, His final, complete and unchanging instructions for mankind. When you compare Jesus’ message to the one delivered by Muhammad you are left to wonder who got God’s instructions right.
† Jesus said that you should treat other people, Christians and non-Christians, the way you would like to be treated.
) Muhammad said that Christians and Jews, and an obscure sect called the Sabians, were to be tolerated and remain unmolested if they paid a head-tax (the jizya) while all other unbelievers were to be put to death if they refused to become Muslims.
† Jesus said that violence should be met with non-violence (that stuff about turning the other cheek).
) Muhammad countered with a glorification of retaliation in kind:
2:179 In retaliation there is life for you, O people of understanding, that you may be God-fearing.
† Jesus said that His Father expected us to love one another unconditionally, the way a father loves his children.
) Muhammad revealed that on numerous occasions Allah told him that he and his followers should hate and not befriend the unbelievers.
† Jesus told His followers to love their enemies and to forgive them any transgressions, even those against Him and His Father.
) Muhammad answered with a revelation from Allah that demanded transgressors be horribly put to death if not “banished from the land.”
5:33 Indeed, the punishment of those who fight Allah and His Messenger and go around corrupting the land is to be killed, crucified, have their hands and feet cut off on opposite sides, or to be banished from the land. That is a disgrace for them in this life, and in the life to come theirs will be a terrible punishment.
When you compare Jesus’ message, which is all about love and forgiveness to Muhammad’s which is all about hate, merciless revenge and intolerance for all those who will not submit to the Will of Allah, you have to wonder how Jesus could have so badly misunderstood Allah’s earlier instructions?
† Jesus reminded us that His father is a merciful, compassionate, loving God. Like Father like Son, Jesus lived the message He was delivering. He spread His message on how to get along through completely non-violent, peaceful means and invited His followers to do the same.
) Muhammad, to quote Ayaan Hirsi Ali, “built the house of Islam using military tactics that included mass killings, targeted assassination, torture, lying …”
Is it conceivable that both men could have been messengers sent by the same god when the message they delivered and the tactics that they used to convey it are so different? What about heaven, or Paradise, a place Jesus of Nazareth called home, and Muhammad claimed he spent a night conversing with God?
† Paradise in the New Testament is a spiritual place where men and women are equal and happiness comes from basking in the light and the glory of the Lord and being free of physical wants and earthly desires.
) Paradise in the Koran is a materialist, licentious, hedonistic place where males are catered too by young boys, and freely roam, never requiring sleep, fornicating at will with houris (whorish female facsimiles), blushing maidens and cloistered wives, stopping only to visit with friends and relatives to laugh at the unbelievers below roasting in Hell (recommended The Islamic Hereafter, Boreal Books).