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Jesus For Muslims
Apostolic Fundamentals (Pt1 Christ Died)
Written By Paul B Thomas
My friend who is a Muslim by faith informed me that the Quran teaches that Jesus did not die but rather was taken to heaven by Allah and will one day return to earth. Here is a brief rendering of the Quran: “..but they killed him not nor crucified him, but it appeared so to them(the resemblance of Isa (Jesus) was put over another man (and they killed that man) and those that differ therein are full of doubts. They have no certain knowledge, they follow nothing but conjure, for surely they killed him not ( ie Isa (Jesus) son of Maryam (Mary) 158 But Allah raised him (Isa) (Jesus) up (with his body and soul) unto himself (and he is in the heavens) and Allah is Ever All powerful and All wise” (155-158).
I have written a mini book for Muslims entitled “Jesus or Islam” however I was provoked to write a few chapters on our apostolic fundaments beginning with this chapter “Christ Died for our sins” here is a “segment” which I shall I be continuing these next few days.
The Quran states that we believers are full of doubt. I disagree, I have not yet met a genuine believer in Christ who ever doubted the death burial and resurrection of Jesus. We have met him and his presence and person has forever changed our lives, the proof did not start with us but the law and prophets of old….The proof that Jesus died, was buried and rose again is clear in scriptures by both types and prophecies thousands of years prior to Christ’s coming and by the many witnesses present at the death, the disciples and many others after he rose again as well as the millions of Christians who today’s testified to the resurrected life of the God-man as their life transformational experience just as Jesus himself had promised. In contrast to the Quran’s account by one man who lived hundreds of years after Jesus and therefore was not present at his death. We have a choice to believe one man who was against Christ or believe the report of Christ himself through the law and prophets, over thousands of years each confirming the account in prophecy and later reality by the apostles and many in Jerusalem at the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord.
Isaiah the prophet declared, (ISAIAH 53;1-8) Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? 2.For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
3.He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4.Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5.But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6.All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7.He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
8.He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.8.
9.And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
10Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
11He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
12.Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.