I’m curious to know what Islamic belief truly is when it comes to the person of Jesus, because to me, it seems somewhat minimalist or indeed not something a lot of emphasis is placed on, in comparison to that of Mary. I hear often about how Mary is just as revered in Islam as in Catholicism and that made me start questioning why, given that Islam doesn’t hold to much else of Christian teaching.
Why is it that Islam places reverence on Mary (a fallen, sinful human being) to the point of agreeing with the Catholic Church that she was a “perpetual virgin” while ignoring the Deity of Jesus. But more than that, I also wanted to point out something I find odd in that respect. If Mary is held in reverence because she gave birth to ‘nothing more than’ a prophet (as Islam contends Jesus was), then why did God send an angel (Gabriel no less!) to give her the news (which Islam accepts)? No other mother of a prophet in the history of the world ever had her child’s birth announced to her by an angel – not even Muhammed!! Muhammed did indeed have a visit himself from apparently that very same angel but only to provide him with a “new revelation.” Jesus, on the other hand, didn’t need to have another visit from Gabriel after his birth because He IS the “new revelation” – but not only of scripture, rather of God Himself. And why was there a particular significance about Jesus being born to a virgin if He was purely going to be a only a prophet – the greatest prophets in the world before Him weren’t born to virgins so why is His birth so different, and necessarily so??
Isa 7:13 And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also? 14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
For me at least, it goes back to how God has continually revealed Himself in scripture – primarily in the Torah of Judaism where He has placed numerous prophecies that foretell the future – many of which have already been fulfilled, and many others soon to be. But the bulk of all of those prophecies relate specifically to the Messiah of Israel and they are so specific that aside from Jesus, the chances of anyone else ever coming close to fulfilling even 1% of those that Jesus has, is so utterly remote, there wouldn’t be room here for all the zero’s!! Check out Jesus is Messiah for more on those if you’re interested.
But the particular one of interest here at least is the one pertaining to Mary and her virgin birth since this is really the reason she stands out in history – she gave birth to not only a prophet, but the Messiah Himself.
I find it quite ironic in some ways that Islam would hold her in reverence while Jews ignore her entirely, and yet again, that just confirms the facts because having missed Him when He came, Jesus stated they would lose that opportunity to know Him until “the fullness of the Gentiles is come in.”
Matthew 23:39 For I say to you, You shall not see Me from now on until you say, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.”
Romans 11:25 For I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, lest you should be wise within yourselves; that blindness in part has happened to Israel, until the fullness of the nations has comes in.
On another note, God actually states in the Bible that He has a Son!!
Proverbs 30:4 Who has gone up to Heaven and has come down? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in His garments? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son’s name? Surely you know.
Psa 2:5-9 Then He shall speak to them in His anger, and trouble them in His wrath. Yea, I have set My king on My holy hill, on Zion. I will declare the decree of Jehovah. He has said to Me, You are My Son; today I have begotten You. (the very terminology used of Jesus’ birth!) Ask of Me, and I shall give the nations for Your inheritance; and the uttermost parts of the earth for Your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.
Are you willing to deny He has spoken the Truth?? Then where will you stop? If you cannot accept this portion of scripture being Truth, then you cannot accept that any other portion is true – it’s either all true or it’s not, otherwise God cannot be trusted for anything because you have no reference point on which to stand to proclaim your beliefs.
And finally, while I’m asking these questions, I’ve one final one. If the Koran is supposed to be the final “word of God” to the nations and it specifically speaks about how it is coming after the Bible and is the “last revelation” of God, why is it that the God of the bible and the god of the Koran are 2 diametrically opposed Beings?? The God of scripture desires a relationship with His creation to the point of giving up His Son to provide for it, while the god of the Koran is unknowable and no Muslim would ever consider themselves to know him, much less be able to have any sort of “relationship” with him. The God of scripture promotes Life with a capital L, while the god of the Koran promotes death – and preferably dying while killing a lot of other people into the bargain. The God of scripture provides hope, peace and joy to those who repent and submit to Him, while the god of the Koran might provide some form of peace, but certainly not hope nor even joy because there’s no repentance or forgiveness of sins to allow for that. There is indeed only One God hence it must either be Jehovah or Allah – it can’t be both for they are absolutely not the same in any respect of nature, character or behaviour.
I would urge any Muslim reading this to not make the assumption that what you’ve been taught is the Truth, because if it was, it would line up much more with the Bible -check out Answering Islam do a comparison and see what you discover. Your eternal future depends on it.