Eleven Things Muslims agree with Christians about concerning Jesus

Following my post yesterday, Did God have sex with Mary?, 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 about Jesus .

  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 in my post Six Things Muslims and Christians disagree about concerning Jesus).

 

 

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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!

      • YS

        Muslims believe in the Gospel of Jesus and no muslim is a muslim if he did not believe jesus to be one of the mightiest prophets sent down to mankind. Unfortunetly christinaty has a probkem, the trinity concept has now been rejected by clerics worldwide. So now we must think about the fundamental diffence…jesus never claims to be god and never ever requests his followers to worship him. This is irrefutable. There is not a single verse in the bible to back this.

        • John Wolf

          “I and the Father are ONE” < There's a verse for you

          Jesus is the saviour, the ONLY way, even Jesus said he's the TRUTH, the WAY and the LIFE.

          I BEG you to PLEASE turn to Jesus so you may be saved

          • Guest

            LET THE WORLD SAYS ANYTHING, ALL MY MUSLIM BROTHERS JESUS CHRIST IS THE LORD, WHO IS THE WAY THE TRUTH THE LIFE, WAY TO HEAVEN… WHO HEALED THE LEPERS, BLINDS, PARALYSIS, MADE ROSE (ALIVE) THE LAZARUS AT LAZARUS THIRD DAY OF HIS DEATH. JESUS GAVE THE CHRISTIANS AUTHORITY TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF GOD, HEALED THE SUFFERERS, CAST DEVIL..IN JESUS NAME…..SO, WE CHRISTIAN ARE NOT AN ORDINARY BELIEVERS ..BUT THE PEOPLE WHOM GOD GAVE THIS HUGE AUTHORITY..
            AND BIBLES TEACHES US LOVE YOUR ENEMY, WHEN YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY GIVE HIM FOOD, WHEN THIRSTY GIVE HIM WATER.

            DO UR RELIGION TEACHES U..AND DO U HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO HEAL THE DISEASES JUST WITH THE WORD OF GOD AND PRAYER.

            IN JESUS NAME

            SO, U FRNDS 2 BELIEVE IN JESUS AND HAVE ETERNAL LIFE BE SAVED..

          • Inservio Letum

            TL;DR : TOO LOUD; DIDN’T READ

          • Inservio Letum

            Verse? You’re quoting a storybook to convince people that storybook is fact? What do you do when you get a ticket from the police? Write “DEMONSTRATION COPY, NO CHARGES DUE” and then claim the ticket actually IS a demo copy???

        • Pete Llloyd

          YS, I suggest you try reading the Gospel of John so will you may obtain a better understanding of what Christians believe and why.

          We believe that Jesus is the Son of God. He tells us that throughout the Gospel, that he is the Son sent from the Father, to save all of us, through his death and resurrection. He is more than just a prophet, he is our Savior. See John Chapter 3, 16:21.

          If you are short on time and can’t read all of John then also read Chapter 1, 1:34, then Chapter 3, 31:36, then Chapter 5, 19:30, then 6, 22:65 and finally Chapter 14.

          Your comment about the Holy Trinity is totally false as this is fundamental to our Christian faith, always has been, always will be. Chapter 14 explains this fully.

          Peace be with you!

  • Deborah Anderson

    I say this. Muslims hate dogs and cats.But God says love all he had created. Don’t believe the switch I believe he died on the cross. In there Quran says similar to born to death and he rise. Um he died and resurrected! Pork eating is only to certain Muslims. Quran was wrote by Mohammed after death of Jesus as of other today religions. Mohammed didn’t like dogs or cats nor eating pork. Then Mohammed didn’t witness the crucifixion of Jesus so he does not know if he died on the cross The Quran is a man made Bible

    • hosam

      I’m Muslim and i had dogs and cats, please prove what you claiming, do more reading about islam , you are creating hate cycle by writing non true things, you will not find even one Muslim cursing jesus, but a lot of chrsitain curse prophet mohmad, how come we have pet care store and hospitals for pet in every Muslim country if Muslim hate cat and dogs??????

      • John Wolf

        Maybe it’s because we know he was 1) a pedophile (as written in the hadiths) 2) a liar (as proven through the Qur’an) 3) A satan deceived pseudo-prophet (Which is obvious since allah apparently deceived the whole world by “faking/switching” Jesus to have him not die on the cross.

        Are you aware that your pseudo-god allah is written to be proud regarding his deception? Did you know that there is another who has been proud to be the great deceiver of man?

        That being is SATAN.

        REPENT AND TURN AWAY FROM YOUR SATAN-INSPIRED RELIGION AND TURN TO JESUS FOR HE IS THE ONLY WAY TO SALVATION!!!

        • Inservio Letum

          Damn dude, you’re one VERY brave twelve year old!
          How do you get out of bed in the morning? How do you open closets? Do you go to the bathroom with a flashlight at night? Does your shadow scare you as well?

    • Inservio Letum

      Torah Koran Bible Grimm and Twilight are all storybooks, invented by man, disseminated almost exclusively among man, and occupied almost exclusively with man. See a pattern yet?

  • Deborah Anderson

    Mohammed was not born to a virgin he not die and resurrected. He was buried in the grave as all others after Jesus. Muslims need to ask God in a prayer To show the truth to this…God is most powerful he grant u what u want to seek…The truth! Many stories I read about Muslims converting to Christians cause of visions and dreams..

    • Inservio Letum

      God give you what u seek if u seek imaginary friend. People converting from one imaginary friend to another would seem to cause visions, because you don’t accept eachother’s imaginary friends as real to the observer. You can tell a child whatever you like, but his imaginary friend is still going to be real to him or her.

  • hosam

    Thank you for your topic, I hope the day comes we truly understand and respect each other and communicate with out hating and causing war

    • JOEL RASAILEE

      LET THE WORLD SAYS ANYTHING, ALL MY MUSLIM BROTHERS JESUS CHRIST IS THE LORD, WHO IS THE WAY THE TRUTH THE LIFE, WAY TO HEAVEN… WHO HEALED THE LEPERS, BLINDS, PARALYSIS, MADE ROSE (ALIVE) THE LAZARUS AT LAZARUS THIRD DAY OF HIS DEATH. JESUS GAVE THE CHRISTIANS AUTHORITY TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF GOD, HEALED THE SUFFERERS, CAST DEVIL..IN JESUS NAME…..SO, WE CHRISTIAN ARE NOT AN ORDINARY BELIEVERS ..BUT THE PEOPLE WHOM GOD GAVE THIS HUGE AUTHORITY..
      AND BIBLES TEACHES US LOVE YOUR ENEMY, WHEN YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY GIVE HIM FOOD, WHEN THIRSTY GIVE HIM WATER.

      DO UR RELIGION TEACHES U..AND DO U HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO HEAL THE DISEASES JUST WITH THE WORD OF GOD AND PRAYER.

      IN JESUS NAME

      SO, U FRNDS 2 BELIEVE IN JESUS AND HAVE ETERNAL LIFE BE SAVED..

      • Inservio Letum

        TL;DR takes a new meaning here.
        TOO LOUD; DIDN’T READ

  • Jodie Tysver Jensen

    Where is there a Christian who believes that Jesus ESCAPED death? Way to slap Jesus right in the face after he died a tragic, horrible death on our behalf. There was no escape. Resurrection is completely different. That is an incredibly dishonorable statement to make, negating his sacrficie.

    • John Wolf

      You took the words right out of my mouth! :)

    • Inservio Letum

      Someone was clearly doing her nails in sixth grade english class. Death is not only the act of dying, but also the state of being dead. Resurrection is an escape from that state.

  • Pete Llloyd

    Item 7 is not a Christian belief. We as Christians believe Christ died on the cross,, for our sins, and then was resurrected on the third day. After being resurrected he walked the earth for 50 more days then ascended to Heaven.

    • Inservio Letum

      Another smarting case of average american literacy I see! Death is not only the act of dying, but also the state of being dead. Resurrection is an escape from that state.


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