Eleven Things Muslims agree with Christians about concerning Jesus

Following my post yesterday, we have been having a nice conversation over Twitter about Jesus with some Muslims. It has been really pleasant to be able to converse without anger or bitterness with them about our similarities and differences.

Most of the following areas of agreement are initially drawn from the article I linked to in yesterdays post. If anyone wants to add to these please do so in the comments. Tomorrow I will post a similar article about things we disagree on.

  1. That Jesus was a messenger of God  (Surah 2:136 and John 8:42)
  2. That Jesus is the Word of God (Surah 4:171 and John 1)
  3. That Jesus had a miraculous birth, born to the virgin Mary (see Surah 19:20 and Matthew 1:18-23)
  4. That Jesus promoted compassion and mercy (Surah 57:27 and Matthew 9:36)
  5. That Jesus healed the sick and raised the dead (Surah 3:49 and Luke 7)
  6. That Jesus performed miracles involving food. (Surah 5:112-115 and Matthew 15:32-38)
  7. That Jesus escaped death (we do, however, differ about how he did this)
  8. That Jesus ascended to heaven and is living there today  (Surah 3:55 and Acts 1)
  9. That Jesus will return to earth (Surah 43:61 and Acts 1)
  10. That Jesus mother should not be worshipped (Surah 5:116 and Luke 4:8)
  11. That the cross involved substitution (more of this tomorrow).

Note that items 7 -8 are not the view believed by every Muslim (more of this tomorrow also).



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  • http://evidentgospel.blogspot.com/ Evident Gospel

    Adrian, let’s not be deceived by their agreements, like I commented on twitter, for instance number 7 in your post it is core of our faith, if Jesus never died (like they say) we are not saved, that was a fight in first centuries and it is today when it comes to Islam. But glory to God for His Son, Jesus who died for our sins. Islam has no sacrifice, has no lamb, has no forgiveness of sins. Some of them are good, moral, but nobody can buy salvation from God through good deeds. Christianity and Islam are irreconcilably, we may have some common things but no way we can reconciled on the basis of the Person of Jesus, because what Koran claims about Him.

    • http://adrianwarnock.com/ Adrian Warnock

      Please be clear, I am NOT saying that Muslims agree with us on everything about Jesus and indeed there is a second post that outlines the KEY differences. The Muslim religion has no notion of a sacrifice for sins. And clearly if the believed the same as we do about Jesus they would follow him!