One thesis is that the God of the Bible is identical to the Allah of the Quran. The drivers of ecumenism have long understood that this cannot be true. Therefore, Abraham can now serve as a common intersection and Jesus Christ is pushed to the sidelines and thus man is robbed of the gospel message of salvation.
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In the course of ecumenism, great efforts are made to describe and also emphasize the parallels about Jesus Christ in the Bible and the Quran. After all, Christians and Muslims, like the Jews, are common descendants of Abraham, who also appears in the Bible, the Quranand the Torah. The “Abrahamic Faith”, an ecumenical construct, unites all three world religions. To this end, the “Abrahamic Family House” in Abu Dhabi was recently opened to the public. A place of community between Christians, Muslims and Jews. Such a project is already in the works in Berlin, Germany, called “House of One”.
In fact, Abraham also exists in the Quran, only with the naming as Ibrahim. Abraham had two sons, Ishmael and Isaac. The Muslims see themselves as the descendants of Ishmael (“Ishmaelites”), whose mother Hagar provided the template for the 2023 slogan, “You are a God who sees me” (Genesis 16:13). Hagar was the handmaid of Abraham and his wife Sarah.
The second son Isaac was begotten by Abraham through Sarah. One of Isaac’s sons was Jacob, who was later given the nickname Israel. The books of Moses of the Old Testament are identical to the book of Torah (law book) in the Jewish faith. Thus, Abraham can indeed be regarded as the common forefather of today’s religions of Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
From the New Testament at the latest, the paths diverge. While (orthodox) Judaism does not have a New Testament, but is rather based on the textbook “Babylonian Talmud”, there is in the Quran, which was published in 650 AD. was completed, some parallels to the people described in the New Testament. In addition to Joseph and Mary, this also includes Jesus Christ. In the Quran, Jesus is called “Isa, Ibn Maryam” (Isa, son of Mary).
Theses have long been floating around claiming that the God of the Bible and Allah of the Quranare one and the same, just with a different naming. In order for this to be confirmed, it is imperative that the attributes of Jesus Christ and His relationships with the Father also be identical. Even if some parallels to the life of Jesus Christ can be found in the Quran, the sometimes most important characteristics and connections differ widely. This includes in particular the elements that are decisive for salvation.
A single verse of the Bible was enough to reveal the discrepancy between the Bible and the Quran. John 14:6: “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” This statement will be categorically rejected by a Muslim as well as by an orthodox Jew. The statements found in the Babylonian Talmud about “Jesus of Nazareth” make any further discussion of possible parallels superfluous anyway.
Jesus or Isa is anything but a secondary figure in the Quran. He is considered a special person, a high-ranking prophet and also a messenger of God. As a prophet, Jesus comes after Mohammed as the number two. This puts Jesus above all other prophets described in the Quran.
Further parallels can be found in the birth of Jesus and Isa. In the “Qur’an”, Jesus was born to the virgin Maryam without any intervention from Joseph. As in the Bible, His birth was announced by an angel. A Catholic might even be envious that the Quranpays much more attention to Mary or Maryam than all the Gospels, including Acts combined.
Already after the birth of Jesus the first differences appear. In the Quran, Jesus could speak “off the cuff”. Whether Jesus was born in a stable or Isa somewhere “far away” is less relevant to man’s salvation. It is important to realize, however, that the exact birth dates in the New Testament are a fulfillment of those in the Old Testament. These confirmations of the announcements made over centuries are omitted in the Quran. The proof of God’s work in the composition of the Old Testament does not exist in the Quran.
While the foregoing details might well be borne in mind, the later life, death, and resurrection of Jesus is literally an all or nothing matter. It is nothing less than the way of salvation or salvation for people. Jesus Christ, the Creator of all things, including man, took upon himself all of mankind’s sins and paid the only intended price. Death with His own blood. On the third day, Jesus Christ rose from the dead in flesh and blood. Death, even without his own sins, could not hold Him. All believing humanity died with Jesus Christ and rose again with him. The only possible way to show mercy to fallen man while maintaining justice. With Jesus Christ, the Word of God also came to this earth as a man (see John Chapter 1). He is the only begotten Son of God. Clearly and unequivocally described in the Bible.
What about these things in the Quran? Although Isa also miraculously came to this earth, he is not the son of God. “It is not for Allah to take a child. praise be to him!”, so in Sure 19,35.
According to the Quran, Isa did not die on the cross. Apparently a man was nailed to the cross, but it was not the prophet Isa, so in Sure 4,157: “and for saying: Indeed, we killed al-Masīḥ ‘Īsā the son of Maryam, the Messenger of Allah.“ – But they neither killed nor crucified him, it seemed so to them. And those who disagree about it are truly in doubt about it. They have no knowledge of it except that they follow conjecture. And they certainly didn’t kill him.”
The Bible clearly states that after the first fall man degenerated into fallen man. Nothing good can come from himself and is dependent on the help of the Holy Spirit. Man cannot redeem himself, but is dependent on the grace of Jesus Christ. Salvation by grace because of faith.
The tables are turned in the Quran. Man is by birth a kind-hearted being, not inclined to sin. Man has the natural disposition to address his prayers alone and directly to Allah. There is no middleman (like Jesus Christ, John 14:6). According to Islam, for salvation it is only necessary to follow the commands of Allah and to lead a righteous life. After a sin, repentance and seeking forgiveness from Allah are sufficient. The main thing is to live a good life.
The Gospel clearly teaches salvation through faith, while the Qur’an sees salvation in good works (deeds, actions).
|Jesus is the son of God||Isa is not the son of Allah|
|Jesus Christ was crucified||Isa was not crucified|
|Jesus Christ is the only and necessary mediator to God the Father||Allah is directly accessible and forgives by His mercy and omnipotence|
|With the death of Jesus, grace for salvation is compatible with justice||Righteous living and sincere prayer lead to salvation|
|Righteousness of faith||Work justice|
It is obvious. Jesus Christ is not Isa and therefore the God of the Bible cannot be identical with Allah of the Quran. However, the deviations of the Quran from the Bible can in part be reconciled with the Catholic catechism.
It is no surprise, then, that Jesus Christ needs to be sidelined in the ecumenism promoted by the Catholic Church. There is no common denominator. One only has to go back far enough to find a common intersection in Abraham. This agreement is then just worked out and emphasized. This ecumenism is merely a broad, artificially illuminated and, above all, comfortable path to certain perdition for all those who do not take the Bible in their own hands and would rather exchange the truth for incense-laden, sweet air.
Bible verses from King James Version