1. Christ, the Messiah — Son of Allâh
‘The belief of the Christians that the Messiah is the Son of God (Allâh).’
This is a belief that is not supported by any statement of the Messiah عليه السلام . In fact, we
find the Torah and the Gospels filled with evidence, to the contrary, that nullifies this belief. We find in the Gospel of John 19:6-8: “When the chief priests and the officers saw him, they cried out, ‘Crucify him, crucify him!’ Pilate said to them, ‘Take him yourselves and crucify him, for I find no crime in him.’ The Jews answered him, ‘We have a law, and by that law he ought to die, because he has made himself the Son of God.’” Matthew begins his Gospel C: 1:1, with what is said to be Jesus’s family lineage where he (Matthew) states: “The Book of the Lineage of Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.” In this lineage is an evidence of his being a flesh and blood mortal in contradiction to the claim of his being divine. It is as if you were to say to me, “It has been attributed to Jesus the description ‘Son of God,’ so he therefore claimed to be the Son of God.” I respond thus: This description related in the Torah and the Injeel6 is given not only to other Prophets but to nations and peoples. It is not something peculiar to the Messiah. To be sure you can look for example in Exodus 4:22, Psalms 2:7, Chronicles 22:9-10, Matthew 5:9, Luke 3:38, and John 1:12. In all of these verses are descriptions of the aforementioned groups as “Sons of God,” nevertheless they were not elevated to the level that you have given to theMessiah .عليه السلام
Unless otherwise noted, all biblical references are from: The Holy Bible containing the Old And New Testaments, revised standard version, translated from the original tongue being the version set forth A .D. 1611 revised A. D. 1881-1885 and A. D. 1901 compared with the most ancient authorities and revised A. D. 1952, published by Thomas Nelson & Sons. [How strange indeed that what is offered as a proof by those who insist upon the authenticity of biblical texts is such an obvious proof against themselves!]
In the Gospel of John 1:12, we are given a definition of what is meant by the “Son of God.” It shows that it means ‘a believer in Allâh’ as in the passage – “He came to his own home, and his own people received him not.6 But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”
Commonly translated and understood as the Gospels though it literally refers to the Scripture revealed to Prophet Jesus (‘Iesa) عليه السلام
2. Christ: The Second Element of the Holy Trinity
‘The belief of the Christians that Jesus عليه السلام , is a god along with Allâh, but he is the second element of the Holy Trinity.’
If we examine the New Testament in order to find the basis upon which this belief is founded, we do not find any statement that can be attributed to the Messiah عليه السلام , where he makes any such claim. We are, on the contrary, surprised to find that the New Testament contains what actually amounts to a rejection of this belief. It proclaims unambiguously and with utmost clarity that there is no God other than Allâh and that the Messiah عليه السلام is but a Messenger of Allâh sent to the Children of Israel (the Jews) confirming what was contained in the Torah and the revelation (Al-Injeel) sent through him. Here are some of the texts that support what I have just stated:
A. Jesus عليه السلام states in the Gospel of Barnabas7 94:1: “And having said this, Jesus said again: ‘I confess before heaven, and call to witness everything that dwelleth upon the earth, that I am a stranger to all that men have said of me, to wit, that I am more than a man. For I am a man, born of a woman, subject to the judgement of God; that live here like as other men, subject to common miseries.’”
B. Luke and Cleophus testify to the humanity and mortality of the Messiah when they state: “Then one of them, named Cle‘opus, answered him,9 ‘Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?’ And he said to them, ‘What things?’ And they said to him, ‘Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet, mighty in deed and word before God and all the people,” Luke 24:18,19. Look also at Luke 7:17, and at Acts of the Apostles 2:22.
C. There is the statement of the Messiah عليه السلام :“And this is eternal life, that they know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent.” John 17:3.10
You can see that Christ عليه السلام , in the first text, bears witness before the heavens and calls to witness all that lives on the earth that he is absolved of those attributes which elevate him above his mortal status. What can this be other than that he was no more than a human being?
In the second text, two of his contemporaries testify that he was but an honest man of God in word and deed. While in the third text is a resounding declaration of the greatest truth in this universe which accords everlasting happiness to the one who declares it. Namely, the acknowledgement that Allâh is the only true God and anything falsely worshipped otherwise is utterly spurious and false. It is an affirmation that Christ was the Messenger of Allâh.
3. The Divine as one with Humanity
‘The belief that the Divine has mixed with the human.’ If we take a close look at the teachings of Christ عليه السلام , we would see that he never directs anyone to this. On the contrary, we witness his teaching to have belief in monotheism (Tawheed) pure from any of the stains of polytheism (Shirk). A very clear proof are the words of Christ related in Mark 12:29: “Listen, O Children of Israel, the Lord God is but a Single Lord.”
May be your perusal of the evidences I have referred to in the previous passages, along with the one I have just shown, will show you whether those evidences taken from the Christians Book support this belief or do they conflict with it and nullify it?
4. Allâh is a Holy Trinity?
‘The belief that Allâh is an element of the tripartite commonly known as “The Holy Trinity.’”
This is a belief held by Christianity alone among all Divine religions. Is it truly supported by the Holy Book or does it refute such a belief? One, who honestly gives thought to what is purported from Christ عليه السلام , will find that the basis of the message of Jesus is a call to Tawheed and a negation of attributing to Allâh the similitudes with His creation. It is stripping away Divine qualities from all else except Allâh and an affirmation that worship belongs to Allâh Alone. Look again closely at the evidence cited in the second and third passages and you will not find any ambiguity or vagueness therein. This is from one point of view. A second is that Christendom has fabricated its claim that Allâh is the third of a co-equal Trinity: The Father being a God; The Son a second; and the Holy Spirit a third.
This is incorrect. They believe that the Holy Spirit emanates from the Father and the Son. It is not possible that each element could be equal and without a beginning if the third proceeded from the two before it! As well, each single element has its own peculiar characteristics which cannot be attributed to the other. Also, the Father is always at the top of the scheme, with the Son after, and the Holy Spirit as the third in order. You would never accept that the Holy Spirit be placed at the fore, with the Son to follow, and the Father as the third. Indeed you would consider this as disbelief and apostasy. So how then can they be at all equal! Looking from even another angle, to even term the Spirit alone as “Holy” points to a lack of equality.
5. The Crucifixion
‘The belief of the Christians that Christ was crucified by the Jews at the order of Pontius Pilate and that he died on the cross.’ The Holy Book itself provides the refutation of this belief. For in the old Testament the one crucified is deemed accursed as is shown is Deuteronomy (22:23). “And if a man has committed a crime punishable by death and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree, his body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but you shall bury him the same day, for a hanged man is accursed by God; you shall not defile your land which the Lord your God gives you for an inheritance.” Think about it! How can the God of the Christians be cursed by their very own book?
As in the Gospel of Luke 4:29,30 where Allâh safeguarded and protected the Messiah عليه
السلام from the deception of the Jews and their plotting so that they were unable to crucify him: “And they rose up and put him out of the city, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw him down headlong. But passing through the midst of them he went away.” And it says in John 8:59: “So they took up stones to throw at him; but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple.” Also in John 10:39: “Again they tried to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands.” These texts – and there are many like them – confirm that Allâh protected Christ عليه السلامfrom the conspiracy of the Jews and their plotting. Indeed, there are texts which confirm that the Jews were not even sure of Christ’s identity to the extent that they had to hire someone to point him out to them. (See Matthew 27:3,415)
Likewise, Christ عليه السلام said that the disciples would be stricken with doubt on the night of his being betrayed, for he stated: “And Jesus said to them, ‘You will all fall away; for it is written: I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’” (Mark 14:27) Then what indeed was the end of Christ عليه السلام upon this earth? Allâh raised him unto Himself, and this is written in your book: “And when he said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you unto heaven.’”(Acts 1:9-11)16 Also: “… for it is written, ‘He will give His angels charge of you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up…’” (Matthew 4:5,6). Additionally, this is related in Luke 4:10,11.17. Did you not see how the old Testament and the New Testament conveyed the following facts?
1. That whosoever is hanged from a tree is accursed.
2. That Allâh safeguarded Christ عليه السلام and protected him from crucifixion.
3. That Christ said that the disciples would be uncertain on the night of his betrayal. The text read.: “When Judas, his betrayer, saw that he was condemned, he repented and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, saying, ‘I have sinned in betraying innocent blood.’ They said, ‘What is that to us? See to it yourself.’” He afterwards commits suicide. This is related as happening after the resurrection. The text reads: “… for it is written, ‘He will give his angels charge of you, to guard you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”
4. That Allâh raised him to heaven. Now, to you I raise this question: For what reason is the cross considered as a holy object in Christianity while simultaneously being the place of Christ’s عليه السلام torture – as you believe? Is it not the remembrance of an offense? Is it not a symbol of the crime and its instrument? Furthermore, do you not see that the crucifixion, as connected with Christ عليه
السلام has no historical or religious basis to which it can be authentically attributed? Why are you so preoccupied with it to such an extent and why is so much importance placed upon it within your belief?
If you remain content with these beliefs then honestly answer the following questions:
• Who is it that controlled the heavens and the earth when their lord was tied to the wood of the cross?
• How conceivable is it that for three days the universe could continue without a god in control and maintaining its stability?
• Who is it that controls such enormous planets and subjects them as He so wills?
• Who is it that gives life and causes death and who uplifts or debases whosoever He wills?
• Who is it that provides sustenance to mankind and livestock?
• How was the state of the whole universe when its “lord” was in his grave?
• Who caused his “death” and who then restored him to life?
• How tremendously far above is Allâh from what they maintain!18
6. Christ died on the Cross
‘The belief that Christ died on the cross in order to rid and erase from humanity its inherited sins.’ This belief, despite its illogicality and irrationality, contradicts the basic fundamentals and major texts contained within the Christians book. Such are as follows:
1. Progenitors are not killed in substitution of their descendants.
2. Everyone dies with his own sin.
3. The offending soul dies.
4. Allâh accepts the repentance of those who sincerely repent.
The texts that support these fundamentals are:
1. “The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, nor shall the children be put to death for the fathers.” (Deuteronomy 24:16)
2. “In those days they shall no longer say: ‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.’ But every one shall die for his own sin; each man who eats sour grapes, his teeth shall be set on edge.” (Jeremiah 31:29,30)
3. “Yet you say, ‘Why should not the son suffer for the iniquity of the father?’ When the son has done what is lawful and right, and has been careful to observe all my statutes, he shall surely live. The soul that sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the son; the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself. But if a wicked man turns away from all his sins which he has committed and keeps all my statutes and does what is lawful and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die; None of the transgressions which he has committed shall be remembered against him; for the righteousness which he has done shall live.” (Ezekiel 18:19-22)
7. The Lord’s Supper (The Eucharist)
In all that is related in the Gospels of Matthew and Mark on the story of the Lord’s Supper, there is nothing that is joined with any command of Christ عليه السلام that makes this a continual act of worship or religious ritual. You can refer to the story as related in these two Gospels and you will find it as I have stated.
However, where Paul relates that it should be taken as a continual ritual, we find the additional statement: “And when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, ‘This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’” (I Corinthians 11:24)
This is the root of Christianity and its present reality, and this reality – as you have seen – has no link to the Messiah عليه السلام as established by any verifiable chain. The only link is that it carries the name of Christ, whereas it fails the slightest historical or religious investigation. Indeed, the “Holy Book” of Christianity contains texts attributed to the Messiah that contradict and refute the basic beliefs and important principles on which the Christian religion is laid.
The thinking person is one who disdains falsehood and hates deceit. You should be intent on becoming one of those thinkers who have renounced this profound state of affairs and who took every hardship and difficulty in searching for the truth, demanding evidence with the desire to get to the reality of the matter.
So, I say: I shall stick to what was mentioned in the Christians book that will guide you if you give thought to the truth and what is correct. Do you not say in your prayer: “Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come…”[Matthew 6:9,10]. Are you up to now waiting and saying: “Thy kingdom come?” Has that kingdom not yet arrived? For if the kingdom has come and indeed been realized, why do you still make this entreaty in your supplication?
The kingdom has surely come and reached its realization with the arrival of the Prophet whom the Messiah عليه السلام himself informed us of when he said: “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all good things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”(John 14:26) He also said: “But when the Counselor comes, whom I shall send you from the Father, he will bear witness to me.” (John 15:26). Who is it to bear witness to the message of the Messiah عليه السلام and declare him free from what the Jews fabricate about him other than the information about theMessenger ofAllâh, Muhammad ?صلى الله عليه وسلمChrist also said: “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.
When the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.” (John 16:12-14)
Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم is indeed the Paraclete (the Comforter) to whom Christ عليه السلامpointed to. His message of Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم went forth. The idols fell beneath his feet (see Isaiah 42:17)21, and his message was general to all the earth. Humanity found happiness in him and thousands upon thousands believed in him and joined him from among mankind. Be one of them and achieve true happiness in this world and in the Hereafter.
So, how do you become one of those followers of Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم to achieve for yourself what his followers achieved? Indeed, this is a simple matter, All that you need to do is cleanse, purify, and rid your body of all traces of things impure, and afterwards make the two part declaration: أشهد أن لا إله إلا الله و أشهد أن محمدا رسول الله Ashhadu an la ilâha ill-allâh, wa ashhadu anna Muhammadar Rasulullah.” Know the requirements of that declaration, while understanding its meaning – that there is nothing worthy of worship in truth except Allâh, and that He is Alone in this right to be worshipped and obeyed, and that He is the Creator and Sustainer. Also that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allâh, and therefore follow and obey him in what he has ordered, and believe in what he has informed us of.
You must stay away from those things which he forbade us from and rebuked us for. Testify that Jesus was a servant of Allâh, and the Messenger and a word from Him as bestowed upon Mary, and a spirit22 from Him. Also that Paradise is a reality as is Hell, and that Allâh will raise the dead from their graves. If you make this a reality in your life then you will be welcomed to become of those inheritors of the Garden of Paradise who are with the Prophets, the truthful ones, the martyrs, and the righteous.
If you would like even more writings and references to point you toward the truth and guide you to the Straight Path, for you is a list of some of the books authored by some Christian clergymen whom Allâh has guided to Islam. They have written in these books why they moved from Christianity to Islam along with the reasons that caused them to leave Christianity. They include those proofs and evidences by which they were guided to know that Islam is the Final and Everlasting Message.