Does The Quran Mention Jesus? What Do Muslims Believe About Jesus?

by Robert Driskell on August 26, 2012 · Print Print · Email Email

The person and work of Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of the Christian faith (I Corinthian 15; I John 4:10; Hebrews 2:16-18; Romans 3:24-26).  Christians believe that Jesus is God incarnate [in the flesh] (John 1:1-3), that He loves us, and that He died on a cross for the sins of the world (John 1:29; I John 2:2).  The Christian regards Jesus as the Lord and Savior of the world.

The religion of Islam does not believe in the same Jesus that Christians believe in.  They believe in a Jesus they have concocted in their imaginations.  The Qur’an (sometimes spelled ‘Koran’) is the holy book of the religion of Islam.  The Qur’an has several things to say about someone called Jesus, although the person it describes is nothing like the Jesus Christ of the Bible.  Let us investigate what Islamic Qur’an says about this Jesus.

[Qur’an verse locators, called Suras, have been included for those who wish to look up the references.]

The Quran and Jesus

The doctrines of Islam present a distorted picture of Jesus. This Islamic Jesus is nothing at all like the true Savior of the world, who loves us so much He willingly died on a cross to pay for our sins.

Islam says that Jesus was not deity; He is neither the Son of God nor any part of the Trinity

Muslims reject the idea that Jesus was God and consider the belief blasphemous (Sura 5:75).  Islam says that Jesus was an apostle of Allah just like all the other apostles of Allah (Sura 5:78).  The Qur’an says that anyone who believes Jesus is “the Son of God” is imitating “what the unbelievers of old used to say.  God’s curse be on them; how they are deluded away from the Truth” (Sura 9:30).  Islamic believes are in direct conflict with the Bible on this subject, as is evident from these clear passages:

“The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God” (Mark 1:1 ESV).

“And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy— the Son of God”” (Luke 1:35 ESV).

“And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God”” (John 1:34 ESV).

“…but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:31 ESV).

These are only a few of the instances in which Jesus is called the “Son of God”; there are many more.  Even the demons recognized Him to be the Son of God (Matthew 8:29; Mark 3:11; Luke 4:41).  One is free to disbelieve the Bible, but one cannot deny that it declares Jesus Christ to be the Son of God.

Islam says that Jesus was a prophet specifically to the Jews to point them to Muhammad, the true prophet of Allah

According to Islam, Jesus’ mission on earth was to take Allah’s message to the Jews, specifically.  The message Jesus was to herald was that Allah’s supreme prophet, Muhammad, was coming.  In the religion of Islam, Muhammad is considered the supreme prophet of Allah.  All other men, prophets or otherwise, are beneath him.  Therefore, in the Islamic view, Jesus is inferior to Muhammad.  Muslims believe the purpose for Jesus’ existence was to be a sign of the soon-coming Muhammad (Sura 61:6).

The Bible, however, presents a completely different Jesus than does the Qur’an:  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.  In him was life, and the life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:1-5).  The biblical Jesus was not anyone’s lackey; He was the Creator, Sustainer, and Savior of the universe.  Islam presents a false Jesus.

Islam says that Jesus was never crucified on a cross

There are several competing theories put forth by different Muslim scholars concerning Jesus and the cross.  Nevertheless, they all contain the belief that Jesus did not die on the cross for the sins of the world…or anything else (Sura 4:157).  Briefly, some of the theories are:

1. Jesus appeared to be dead, but Allah really took him to away, still living, to be with Allah until a later date.

 

2. One of Jesus’ disciples willingly took His place on the cross after Allah changed the disciple’s appearance  to look like Jesus’.

 

3. Judas, Pilate, or some other of Jesus’ enemies were unwillingly made to look like Jesus by Allah and crucified in Jesus’ place.

 

The Koran affirms Jesus’ virgin birth and many miraculous things he did.  However, this all took place so that Jesus could point people to Allah and his prophet, Muhammad.  The Jesus of Islam is a false prophet who leads people away from the truth, away from the true God, and away from true salvation.  Islam is simply another man-made religious system utilized as a tool of the Devil to damn people’s souls to an eternity of torment separated from God. 

The True Jesus of Scripture is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6)

The doctrines of Islam present a distorted picture of Jesus.  This Islamic Jesus is nothing at all like the true Savior of the world, who loves us so much He willingly died on a cross to pay for our sins.

Christians have faith in the biblical Jesus,

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.  For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.  And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross” (Colossians 1:15-20 ESV).

Without Jesus, the universe would not exist.  He is the source of all.

This is the truth we must share with Muslims, so that they too might know the True Jesus and be saved.

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Resources

Beckwith, Francis J., William Lane Craig, and J. P. Moreland, eds.  To Everyone an Answer.  InterVarsity Press, 2004. pp. 350-371

Geisler, Norman L. and Abdul Saleeb.  Answering Islam.  Baker Book House, 1993.  pp. 61-67

Martin, Walter.  The Kingdom of the Cults.  Bethany House Publishers, 1985.  pp. 364-367

Mather, George A. and Larry A. Nichols.  Dictionary of Cults, Sects, Religions and the Occult.  Zondervan Publishing, 1993.  pp. 139-145

Zacharias, Ravi.  Beyond Opinion.  Thomas Nelson, 2007.  pp. 60-78

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version

“Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

 



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Jereome mattson August 26, 2012 at 1:32 pm

If it wasnt for Jesus, my life would still be damned, Jesus freed me from bondage, that was for sure a curtain death, spiritually and physically. All we have to do is open the heart of our mind and u2 will see the power of Christ Jesus.amen

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Robert Driskell August 30, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Amen Jereome,
We can praise Jesus for everything that is…all good things. I am very glad Jesus has saved you and delivered you. Stay true to Him, trust Him, and know that He is greater than anything that might come against you. He loves you very much. God bless you.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Jack Wellman August 26, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Fine work here Robert. This shows how Christianity is different from every religion in the world because there is no Savoir in the other religions and this means no way to end our separation for God by our sins. Thank you for letting us know more about the Qu’ran and how we might better understand how to witness to Muslims. Thank you.

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Robert Driskell August 30, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Thank you, Jack,
Wouldn’t if be wonderful if everyone stopped believing deceptions and believed the truth. That is my prayer (one of them, anyway). God is good.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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JOSELUIS August 26, 2012 at 3:49 pm

I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT YOUR WEBSITE

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Robert Driskell August 30, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Welcome Joseluis,
Welcome to the website. I would be happy to answer your questions. What would you like to know about What Christians Want to Know?
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Pamela Rose Williams August 27, 2012 at 2:42 pm

I really like this article Robert — You have included great resources and I can tell that you studied this one out. Thank you for this!

PS “Beyond Opinion” by Ravi Zacharias is a great book. One I think every Christian should read.

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Robert Driskell August 30, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Thank you Pam,
I love Ravi Zacharias and his ministry. He usually has a way of making things very understandable and practical at the same time. He can explain it and show you how it affects your life at the same time.
God bless you.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Morden Grey February 3, 2013 at 4:38 pm

I agree with a lot of what you said. However, I don’t think Islam is a man made religion. I think it was specifically created by Lucifer himself.

I will admit, I do have some admiration with how their religion is part of their every day life. And how closely they follow the doctrine they have.

At the same time, it is a religion that is spread by fear and violence. There is little or no tolerance for the infidels or ‘non-believers’. Where we have the New Testament, they are still living and teaching Old Testament type principles.

When Christ came, He taught of service, love, forgiveness, patience–putting others before yourself. Before it was eye for an eye, it’s still that mentality with the Muslims.

The Islamic religion, from what I’ve read and studied, takes good principles and adds violence or intolerance to them. A few examples, I’m not a big fan of the gay community, but I wouldn’t execute them for being the way they are. I think a lot of women dress like sluts, but it doesn’t give me the right to rape one. I might not agree with what others believe, but it doesn’t give me the right to take their lives because of it. I don’t think a just God would require His children to take the lives (and the freedom to choose) of those who didn’t believe the same.

Anyhow. I would apologize if I offended someone, but in all honesty I don’t care if I did. I know what I know because of what I read and discovered for myself. Perhaps when I start seeing Muslims speaking out against terrorism I might have a different outlook. As far as I can tell though, they might not support the terrorists–but they sure don’t disagree with it either.

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Robert February 4, 2013 at 11:24 am

Morden,
As Christians, we have the Bible to show us what God is like and how He expects us to act. Those who participate in a religious system that is contrary to biblical teaching are deceived. It is our responsibility to introduce them to the One (Jesus Christ) who can take away that deception, along with their sins. Thank you for reading and commenting.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Kenneth April 12, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Hello Robert. Great article you have here. I’m from South Africa, Cape Town. We have a vast majority of different religions, races & culture here. We a colourful mix that’s why we being called the Rainbow Nation i guess. You have answered a lot of questions that i’ve struggled with over the years. My very first girlfriend is Muslim & with my very first visit to her house i found out her mother is against Christianity. She(the mom) asked me questions like do you believe in Jesus & did He ascend to Heaven? To both these questions i answered yes with confidence. The Holy Spirit must have been with me at that time, because i didn’t know much as a 15 year old & wasn’t born again Christian yet. Here on the Cape Flats it’s a everyday thing that we mixed, engage & communicate as Christians & Islam we have neighbours, friends & families. My aunt, my mother’s sister, turned Muslim, for her husband because she love him & 4 40 years they marriage still strong. But i believe their secret is my aunt still believe & put her trust in Trinity that is Father, Son & Spirit & her husband know & respect that. It’s a usual sight for us in our communities where couples converts from one religion to another like from Christian to Islam & vice versa. My grandma converted from Islam to Christian. I have a testimony that shocked people to see how great & good God is. A train accident. I’ve told Pastor Jack Wellman about it. My very first girl who is my best friend as a girl up till today for more than 20 years after we’ve met respect me & my religion just like i respect her & her religion even though i don’t believe like they do. Her mom gets along quite fine with me, but she still don’t wants to acknowledge what Jesus Christ has done miracolously for me. I pray for her & for others just like you Robert. It would be wonderful if everyone stopped believing deceptions & start to believe the truth. THE REAL TRUTH that is. Once again thanx Robert. Great work you all do at WCWTK What Christians Wants To Know. Thank God i found this site. God bless.

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Robert April 14, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Kenneth,
It certainly sounds like you are living out the love of Jesus in your life. You are showing others what Jesus is like by living out your faith in front of them. My pastor said something today about this (and I’m sure I’ll misquote him), he said that we should preach the Gospel everywhere, and we should use words when we need to. His point was that one’s actions speak louder than words. Keep living out your faith, Kenneth.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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danial July 30, 2013 at 5:04 am

@morden grey: I’m a muslim and I absolutely condemn terrorist acts. If u read ur western news obviously they will say tt islam is all about violence etc. However if u notice most of these terrorist acts are actually politically motivated..its never in the name of islam. In fact most muslims dont agree with terrorism. In my country, there is no need for muslims to attack others..we all live peacefully amongs other religions. So what u say abt violence in islam is not true. Anyway quick qn: in islam we believe god doesnt need a son (only humans have sons and daughters). So why in christianity does god have a son? ! Appreciate your responses…

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Jack Wellman July 30, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Although this is not my article, and Robert may have a better response than I do, why does Christianity say that God has a Son? Christianity does NOT say this…the Bible does and since Christians believe the Bible, we believe what is written in it.

I also agree that the great majority of Muslim’s are not terrorists and that this is a very small minority that are doing such violence. I agree with you. Christians and non-Christians should not judge all Muslims as being violent. This is totally wrong and I do not judge them as such.

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Robert July 30, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Danial,
I agree with Jack’s comment, and thank him for his response. I would like to answer the question you asked. You asked, “in islam we believe god doesnt need a son (only humans have sons and daughters). So why in christianity does god have a son?” First, the Bible tells us that it’s not that God ‘needs’ a Son; rather, God IS Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Bible tells us that Jesus came to earth because humanity needs a Savior and God provided one in His Son, Jesus Christ. “All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation” (II Corinthians 5:18-19 ESV). I hope this answers your question concerning our faith. God bless you.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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mushtaq khushi October 18, 2013 at 12:38 am

Jesus is the Word of God died for our sins,Crucified,died,risen after three days,went taken up infront of His Deciples,sits to the right hand of Our God the true living God ever and ever and will Come to juge the world.Jesus is peace,love and everlasting life.Dies for other not kill or order to kill and to loot others.God bless the whole world.

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Deon Vanstaden March 17, 2014 at 7:36 pm

Robert today a muslim asked me if there is any OT scripture that declares that God knew he would be separated from his divinity for a season. Can you help me answer this?

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Robert March 18, 2014 at 11:48 am

Hi Deon,
Thanks for the question. I’m not sure what the questioner was trying to get at but I know of no Old Testament nor New Testament that says God was “separated from his divinity”, so there would be no Scripture that said God ‘knew’ this either. God without divinity would not be God. Can you explain the question a little further to help me understand how to better answer? Thanks Deon, God bless you.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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