The Reality of JESUS (Peace Be Upon Him)
|The Islamic view of Jesus (Peace Be Upon Him) lies between two extremes. The Jews, who rejected Jesus as a prophet of God, called him imposter. The Christians, on the other hand, considered him to be the Son of God and worship him as such. Islam considers Jesus to be one of the great prophets of God and respect him as Abraham, Moses, Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) to mention but a few.|
This is in conformity with the Islamic view of the oneness of God, the oneness of divine guidance, and the complementary role of the subsequent mission of God's messengers. Now, let us examine the facts about Jesus one by one, to get a clear picture of him.
Is All Knowing ... But Jesus Was Not
When speaking of the Day of Judgment, Jesus clearly gave evidence of a limitation of his knowledge when he said, "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in Heaven, neither the son 'but the Father" (Mark 13:32 and Matt 24:36).But God knows all. His knowledge is without limitations. That Jesus, of his own admission, did not know when the Day of Judgment would be is clear proof that Jesus is not all-knowing, and therefore Jesus is not God.
Is All-Powerful ... But
Jesus Was Not
God Does Not Have A God... But Jesus Did Have A God
God is the ultimate judge and refuge for all, and He does not call upon nor pray to any other. But Jesus acknowledged that there was one whom he worshipped and and to whom he prayed when he said, "I ascend unto my father and your father, and to my God and your God." (John 20:17). He is also reported to have cried out while on the cross, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" (Matt. 27:46). If Jesus were God, then could this be read, "Myself, myself, why hast thou forsaken me?" Would that not be pure nonsense? When Jesus prayed the Lord's Prayer (Luke 11:2-4), was he praying to himself? When in the garden of Gethsemane he prayed, "O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt." (Matt. 26:36). Was Jesus praying to himself? Jesus, of his own admission and by his own actions, acknowledged, worshipped, and prayed to another being as God is clear proof that Jesus himself is not God.