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Believe in Him, Obey Him, Follow Him

September 4, 2016 Leave a comment

Many Christians do not know that the Koran actually says that we should believe in Jesus. It even says that we should obey Him and follow Him. I remember during my college days that I had talked to a few Muslims. I made the comment to one Muslim that they do not believe in Jesus. She told me that they did. Well, maybe they do not have the same understanding about who Jesus is as we Christians do, but many claim that they believe in Jesus and the Koran actually says that we should believe in Him.

In the Koran, it says:

So believe in Allah and His messengers. (Koran 4:171, Pickthall)

In the Third and Fourth Surahs, it says:

(And remember) when the angels said: O Mary! Lo! Allah giveth thee glad tidings of a Word from Him, whose name is the Messiah, Jesus, Son of Mary, illustrious in the world and the Hereafter, and one of those brought near (unto Allah). He will speak unto mankind in His cradle and in His manhood, and He is of the righteous. She said: My Lord! How can I have a Child when no mortal hath touched me? He said: So (it will be). Allah createth what He will. If He decreeth a thing, He saith unto it only: Be! and it is. And He will teach Him the Scripture and wisdom, and the Torah and the Gospel, and will make Him a Messenger unto the Children of Israel. (Koran 3:45-49, Pickthall)

The Messiah, Jesus Son of Mary, was only a Messenger of Allah, and His Word which He conveyed [literally, cast] unto Mary, and a spirit from Him. (Koran 4:171, Pickthall)

So, Jesus, according to these passages, is a Messenger of Allah and we should believe in Him.

In Surah 61, Jesus claims to be a Messenger of Allah.

And when Jesus Son of Mary said: O Children of Israel! Lo! I am the Messenger of Allah unto you, confirming that which was (revealed) before Me in the Torah, and bringing good tidings of a messenger who cometh after Me, whose name is the Praised One. (Koran 61:6, Pickthall)

In the Fifth Surah, Allah tells Jesus’ disciples to believe in Jesus.

When Allah saith: O Jesus, Son of Mary! Remember My favour unto Thee and unto Thy mother; how I strengthened Thee with the Holy Spirit, so that Thou spakest unto mankind in the cradle as in maturity; and how I taught Thee the Scripture and Wisdom and the Torah and the Gospel; and how Thou didst shape of clay as it were the likeness of a bird by My permission, and didst blow upon it and it was a bird by My permission, and Thou didst heal him who was born blind and the leper by My permission; and how Thou didst raise the dead by My permission; and how I restrained the Children of Israel from (harming) Thee when Thou camest unto them with clear proofs, and those of them who disbelieved exclaimed: This is naught else than mere magic; and when I inspired the disciples, (saying): Believe in Me and in My Messenger, they said: We believe. Bear witness that we are Muslims. (Koran 5:111,112, Pickthall, margin)

The Arabic word translated messenger is rasul. It means “one who is sent.” The Greek word translated apostle in the New Testament is apostolos. It also means “one who is sent.” St. Paul called Jesus “the Apostle and High Priest of our confession.” (Hebrews 3:1, NKJV) Jesus often said that His Father had sent Him.

Then Jesus cried out, as He taught in the temple, saying, “You both know Me, and you know where I am from; and I have not come of Myself, but He who sent Me is true, whom you do not know. But I know Him, for I am from Him, and He sent Me.” (John 7:28,29, NKJV)

Then they said to Him, “Who are You?” And Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been saying to you from the beginning.  I have many things to say and to judge concerning you, but He who sent Me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I heard from Him.” They did not understand that He spoke to them of the Father. Then Jesus said to them, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.” (John 8:25-29, NKJV)

According to the Koran, the Messengers of our Lord have brought us the truth.

And We remove whatever rancour may be in their hearts. Rivers flow beneath them. And they say: The praise to Allah, Who hath guided us to this. We could not truly have been led aright if Allah had not guided us. Verily the messengers of our Lord did bring the Truth. And it is cried unto them: This is the Garden. Ye inherit it for what ye used to do. (Koran 7:43, Pickthall)

Await they aught save the fulfilment thereof? On the day when the fulfilment thereof cometh, those who were before forgetful thereof will say: The messengers of our Lord did bring the Truth! Have we any intercessors, that they may intercede for us? Or can we be returned (to life on earth), that we may act otherwise than we used to act? They have lost their souls, and that which they devised hath failed them. (Koran 7:53, Pickthall)

Jesus said to the Jews:

But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? (John 8:45, 46, NKJV)

Jesus also told us:

For if you do not believe that I AM, you will die in your sins. (John 8:24, NKJV)

and:

Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM. (John 8:58, NKJV)

In order to understand what Jesus was saying, one needs to read these verses from the Book of Exodus.

Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?” And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” (Exodus 3:13,14, NKJV)

Jesus also said:

Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. (Luke 13:3, NKJV)

He also said:

Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (John 3:5,6, NKJV)

Historically, these words of Jesus have been interpreted as referring to the Sacrament of Baptism. I have read through the Church Fathers and the writings of ancient Christian authors. I have never seen one that interprets these words as not referring to baptism. All of them understood that Jesus spoke about baptism.

Jesus said:

He who believes and is baptized will be saved. (Mark 16:15, NKJV)

Jesus also said:

Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me. This is the bread which came down from heaven — not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.” (John 6:53-58, NKJV)

Jesus was talking about the Sacrament of the Eucharist. He instituted this Sacrament on the night before He was crucified.

And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” (Matthew 26:26-28, NKJV)

One of the prophets of Allah is St. John the Baptist.

And the angels called to him as he stood praying in the sanctuary: Allah giveth thee glad tidings of (a son whose name is) John, (who cometh) to confirm a word from Allah lordly, chaste, a prophet of the righteous. (Koran 3:39, Pickthall)

St. John the Baptist said that Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29, NKJV)

Jesus, using another metaphor, spoke of Himself as the Good Shepherd who voluntarily dies for His sheep.

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. (John 10:11, NKJV)

As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. (John 10:15, NKJV)

Jesus was crucified on the Preparation Day of the Passover. (John 19:14) In Jerusalem, the Passover lamb was being slaughtered on the same day that Jesus was being crucified. The Gospels teach us, then, that Jesus is our Passover Lamb who takes away the sin of the world and delivers us from death.

According to the Koran, we are supposed to obey all of the Messengers of Allah.

And We did not send any messenger except to be obeyed by permission of Allah. (Koran 4:64, Sahih International)

The first generation Islamic Muslims believed in and obeyed the Scriptures of the Bible as well as those of the Koran. They also believed in and obeyed the angels and the messengers of Allah.

The messenger believeth in that which hath been revealed unto him from his Lord and (so do) believers. Each one believeth in Allah and His angels and His Scriptures and His messengers – We make no distinction between any of His messengers – and they say: We hear, and we obey. (Grant us) Thy forgiveness, our Lord. Unto Thee is the journeying. (Koran 2:285, Pickthall)

Jesus, according to the Koran, said that we should obey Him.

And (I come) confirming that which was before Me of the Torah, and to make lawful some of that which was forbidden unto you. I come unto you with a sign from your Lord, so keep your duty to Allah and obey Me. (Koran 3:50, Pickthall)

When Jesus came with clear proofs (of Allah’s Sovereignty), He said: I have come unto you with wisdom, and to make plain some of that concerning which ye differ. So keep your duty to Allah, and obey Me. (Koran 43:63, Pickthall)

St. John the Theologian, who was one of Jesus’ Twelve Apostles (Matthew 10:2) and a Muslim (Koran 5:112) said this about Jesus.

For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure. (John 3:34, NKJV)

Here are some more things that Jesus said.

Jesus answered them and said, “My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me.” (John 7:16, NKJV)

And I speak to the world those things which I heard from Him. (John 8:26, NKJV)

But as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. (John 8:28, NKJV)

I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have seen with your father. (John 8:38, NKJV)

But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. (John 8:45, NKJV)

For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak. (John 12:49,50, NKJV)

Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.” (John 14:23,24, NKJV)

“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.” (Luke 6:46-49, NKJV)

Regarding the Sacraments, nowhere in the Koran does it forbid people to be baptized and to receive the Eucharist. Actually, it says quite the opposite. It says to obey the Messengers of Allah. Jesus is a Messenger of Allah. He taught that we should repent, be baptized, and receive the Eucharist. He also told us to obey His teachings on other subjects as well.

Muhammad commanded his community of Muslims to follow the examples of those before him.

Allah would explain to you and guide you by the examples of those who were before you, and would turn to you in mercy. Allah is Knower, Wise. (Koran 4:26, Pickthall)

And verily We have sent down for you revelations that make plain, and the example of those who passed away before you. An admonition unto those who ward off (evil). (Koran 24:34, Pickthall)

All of the Saints, apostles, and prophets which came before Muhammad are examples that we should try to imitate according to the Koran. St. Paul told the Christians of his day to follow the good examples of believers.

Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. (Philippians 3:17, NKJV)

Of course, Jesus preceded Muhammad and was an excellent example of how we should live. He never sinned. Jesus said:

And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him. (John 8:29, NKJV)

In the Koran, it says:

And when the Son of Mary is quoted as an example, behold! the folk laugh out, and say: Are our gods better, or is He? They raise not the objection save for argument. Nay! But they are a contentious folk. He is nothing but a slave on whom We bestowed favour, and We made Him a pattern for the Children of Israel. (Koran 43:57-59, Pickthall)

Jesus often taught people to follow Him.

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the Light of the World. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 8:12, NKJV)

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. (John 10:27,28, NKJV)

If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor. (John 12:26, NKJV)

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.”  (Matthew 16:24, NKJV)

When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” (Mark 8:34, NKJV)

Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” (Luke 9:23, NKJV)

The Koran says:

(And remember) when Allah said: O Jesus! Lo! I am gathering Thee [i.e, in death] and causing Thee to ascend unto Me [The resurrection of Jesus is implied here.], and am cleansing Thee of those who disbelieve and am setting those who follow Thee above those who disbelieve until the Day of Resurrection. Then unto Me ye will (all) return, and I shall judge between you as to that wherein ye used to differ (Koran 3:55, Pickthall)

The Koran says that Jesus is a revelation for mankind and a mercy from Allah the Father and Allah the Holy Spirit. (There is only one Allah, not two or three.)

He said: So (it will be). Thy Lord saith: It is easy for Me. And (it will be) that We may make of Him a revelation for mankind and a mercy from Us, and it is a thing ordained. (Koran 19:21, Pickthall)

Jesus came for the benefit of all mankind and not just for one nation or ethnicity. Muslims are supposed to make no distinction among the messengers of Allah. They are supposed to believe in and obey all of them. (Koran 2:285) The Koran says that Jesus is a Messenger of Allah. (Koran 3:45-49; 4:171; 61:6) Therefore, Muslims are required to believe in Jesus (Koran 5:111,112), obey Jesus (Koran 3:50; 43:63), and even follow His example (Koran 3:55; 43:57-59). This is something that many Christians do not know.

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