Jesus in the Quran? Yes but no.
There is a movement growing in many Christian churches today that views Islam as a YHWH sanctioned / inspired religion. Within this movement they believe and teach that Muslims have the same view on Christ as Christians and that Muslims were sent to protect “true” Christians in the Last Days. These people also teach that Christians and Muslims can (and should) worship together and furthermore their teaching implies that Christianity and Islam are one in the same when they say that the Quran is a divinely inspired book equal to the Holy Bible.
The purpose of this short review of specific verses of the Quran is to clarify the Islamic stance on Christ and Christians. The goal is to display to you that the Islamic Jesus, known as Isa, is not the Christ of the Holy Bible and that Christians are viewed as disbelievers that should be not trusted and executed.
Islam does give Christ a special place within their religion. Within Islam they declare that Christ was a special prophet, that He spoke a special message, and that he was taken into Heaven and will return again. However, they deny that Christ is the Son of YHWH; they deny that He was given for a sacrifice for our sins (they deny His death all together), and they declare that He was the forerunner to Mohammed (the greatest prophet in their view). In Islamic eschatological views, when Christ returns He will bring people to Islam and assist the Mahdi in forcing all people to convert to Islam. Below are two sets of verses which clearly outline the Islamic doctrine of Christ being only a messenger, not the Son of God. For views on the other beliefs we encourage you to do your own research.
“And they say, “The Most Merciful has taken [for Himself] a son.” You have done an atrocious thing. The heavens almost rupture therefrom and the earth splits open and the mountains collapse in devastation that they attribute to the Most Merciful a son. And it is not appropriate for the Most Merciful that He should take a son. There is no one in the heavens and earth but that he comes to the Most Merciful as a servant.”
“The Messiah, son of Mary, was not but a messenger; [other] messengers have passed on before him. And his mother was a supporter of truth. They both used to eat food. Look how We make clear to them the signs; then look how they are deluded.”
Muslims view Christians as polytheists, not because of the Catholic view of Mary (although that doesn’t help), but because we say that Jesus is the Son of God. In the following verses you will read what the Quran teaches on how to handle the “polytheists” and disbelievers AKA Christians.
“[This is a declaration of] disassociation, from Allah and His Messenger, to those with whom you had made a treaty among the polytheists. So travel freely, [O disbelievers], throughout the land [during] four months but know that you cannot cause failure to Allah and that Allah will disgrace the disbelievers. And [it is] an announcement from Allah and His Messenger to the people on the day of the greater pilgrimage that Allah is disassociated from the disbelievers, and [so is] His Messenger. So if you repent, that is best for you; but if you turn away – then know that you will not cause failure to Allah. And give tidings to those who disbelieve of a painful punishment. Excepted are those with whom you made a treaty among the polytheists and then they have not been deficient toward you in anything or supported anyone against you; so complete for them their treaty until their term [has ended]. Indeed, Allah loves the righteous [who fear Him]. And when the sacred months have passed, then kill the polytheists wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they should repent, establish prayer, and give zakah, let them [go] on their way. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.
And if any one of the polytheists seeks your protection, then grant him protection so that he may hear the words of Allah. Then deliver him to his place of safety. That is because they are a people who do not know. How can there be for the polytheists a treaty in the sight of Allah and with His Messenger, except for those with whom you made a treaty at al-Masjid al-Haram? So as long as they are upright toward you, be upright toward them. Indeed, Allah loves the righteous [who fear Him]. How [can there be a treaty] while, if they gain dominance over you, they do not observe concerning you any pact of kinship or covenant of protection? They satisfy you with their mouths, but their hearts refuse [compliance], and most of them are defiantly disobedient. They have exchanged the signs of Allah for a small price and averted [people] from His way. Indeed, it was evil that they were doing. They do not observe toward a believer any pact of kinship or covenant of protection. And it is they who are the transgressors. But if they repent, establish prayer, and give zakah, then they are your brothers in religion; and We detail the verses for a people who know.”
“Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful and who do not adopt the religion of truth from those who were given the Scripture – [fight] until they give the jizyah willingly while they are humbled. The Jews say, “Ezra is the son of Allah “; and the Christians say, “The Messiah is the son of Allah.” That is their statement from their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved [before them]. May Allah destroy them; how are they deluded? They have taken their scholars and monks as lords besides Allah, and [also] the Messiah, the son of Mary. And they were not commanded except to worship one God; there is no deity except Him. Exalted is He above whatever they associate with Him. They want to extinguish the light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah refuses except to perfect His light, although the disbelievers dislike it.”
It is utterly ridiculous to claim that Islam and Christianity are the same and have the same goals. (Any true Muslim will tell you that) It is also ridiculous to claim that Mohammad was inspired by YHWH to write the Quran when its scriptures state that Jesus is not the Son of God and the Christians who believe this should be killed. In other verses the Quran states that Muslims should not allow Christians to worship with them in their Mosques or have charge over places of worship yet this doesn’t stop believers of this new movement from saying that YHWH wants us to worship together.
The way to fight this extremely misguided belief is to use the differences between the Holy Bible and the Quran. The two books are not compatible and display very different messages. If, as some say, the two books are divinely inspired should they not be 100% in line with one another?
Do not be fooled brothers and sisters. There are many who want to suck you into doctrines and religions that deny what our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ came to do. Even included unto these are those who wish to bring us back into Judaism and under the bondage of the Law for salvation.
The fact is that Christianity, true Christianity, is a spiritually focused way of living. We walk in the spirit not in the flesh. We know that works to not save us but it is belief in Jesus as our Lord and what He did on this Earth that saves us. Islam is a purely works based religion and is anti-Christ for the simple fact that it denies the truth of Jesus all together.
The purpose of this is not to offend but to illuminate truth. We are to love our Muslim neighbors as ourselves and never be mean, cruel, or violent towards them. We, as Christians, do all things in love and that is the true meaning of walking in the spirit. At the same time we must call out unbiblical doctrine when we see it and this new Christian view on Islam is 100% unbiblical.