I am a Christian and i hope you can help me. i understand the concept of shirk and believing or associating anyone with the almighty god.
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i am a Christian and i hope you can help me. i understand the concept of shirk and believing or associating anyone with the almighty god. The oneness of god must be maintained and thinking otherwise is unforgivable. That is the core Muslim belief.
As a Christian the core belief is god sent is only begotten son to reveal his message of love and compassion. he was killed so we could be saved from our sins. And believing Jesus was not god come to us as a man is unforgivable.
Two totally conflicting beliefs that both say believing the other will send you to hell. How is one supposed to know the true message!!!!
Is there any proof that Jesus was not gods divine son
To make it more complicated there are many other religions like Buddhism and Hinduism. They have their own set of beliefs that say anything else is nonsense. How can anyone be sure what they belief is the truth.
I hope you can help me I don’t know and I don’t care about the conflict or if Christianity is the truth. My only concern is the salvation of my soul
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Which religion is truth
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
Beloved brother, before we address your various concerns regarding the different beliefs and religions, at the outset we need to clarify one huge difference that exists between the two major religions: Christianity and Islam.
Allah says in the Holy Quran in Chapter 67 Surah Al Mulk verse 2:
He (The Creator) created death and life that He may test you, to see which of you is the best in deeds.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 21 Surah Anbiyaa verse 35:
35 Every soul shall have a taste of death: and We test you by evil and by good by way of trial: to Us must ye return.
Contrary to the Christian belief that man was sent to this earth as a punishment for the sin committed by their common parents Adam and Eve, the Quran guides that man was not sent on the earth as a punishment, but rather the Lord Decreed a short time period of one life for him on this earth, revealed His Books of guidance through His appointed Messengers, and put man through good and evil conditions only as a test and a way of trial….to see who amongst them does accepts and obeys His Guidance and does good, and who amongst them rejects Him, His Guidance, and thus does evil.
The All-Knowing, All-Wise Lord bestowed two things upon His best creation (ie. mankind) which He did not bestow upon any in His Supreme Creation, and thus put mankind to a test:
- Intelligence or the Power of Reasoning
- A ‘free will’ for a limited period of one life-time to choose whatever path one wishes to live his life.
Whoever amongst man studies and ponders over the innumerable wonders and Signs in the various creations of the Majestic Lord, and uses his bestowed intelligence and power of reasoning to understand his mission of creation, recognize His Supreme Lord and Creator, and of his own ‘free will’ chooses to submit his will to the Will of his Creator, and chooses to live his life in accordance with the guidance of his Creator, passes the test of life and is promised the Eternal Mercy, Grace, and Rewards of Allah Subhanah.
And whoever amongst man uses his bestowed intelligence and power of reasoning to do everything else but does not recognize or denies his Supreme Creator, refuses to submit his will to the Will of His Creator, and of his own ‘free will’ chooses to live his life in accordance with any guidance other than that of His Supreme Creator, miserably fails the test of life and will have a severe accounting in the Presence of His All-Mighty and Majestic Lord on an Inevitable Day.
Your Statement: As a Christian the core belief is god sent is only begotten son to reveal his message of love and compassion. he was killed so we could be saved from our sins. And believing Jesus was not god come to us as a man is unforgivable.
Beloved brother, we could give you enough evidence from the Doctrines and Scriptures of both the presently available Bible and the Glorious Quran which would prove that the Noble Messenger of the Lord, Jesus, was the son of Mary…and not the son of the Lord Creator, Who created everything in existence….but since that is not our present discussion we will discuss this in detail at a later stage, if the Lord Wills.
If one uses even simple common sense, and logic, and even a basic sense of justice….one would realize that any law of the world which prescribes punishment to anybody else except the one who committed the crime….. any good, intelligent person with even an iota of justice in his heart would scream out and say that such a law is supremely unjust!
If I were to commit a crime, and the law prescribes punishment to anybody else for my crime…it would have to be an unjust law!!! If I were to commit a crime and the law prescribes punishment even to my own begotten son…..it would have to be an unjust law!!!
But the Christian belief that our common parents Adam and Eve committed a sin, and the Lord prescribed punishment for that one sin committed by our common parents to billions and billions of their descendants ….is something that absolutely defies logic and common-sense!
And if that alone was not injustice enough, the Lord sends His own (supposedly) begotten son to earth as a man to suffer and be crucified, deeds which would forgive all the sins of all the descendants of Adam and Eve!
Logic, and common sense, and justice dictates that one who does good should receive the rewards of that good; and one who does evil should alone bear the punishment of the evil he did.
- To punish the children and descendants of Adam and Eve for a crime committed by their parents is unjust and illogical…and our Merciful Lord is neither unjust nor a tyrant.
- To send another person to suffer and be crucified only so that the sins committed by others may be forgiven is again absolutely unjust and defies logic and common sense….and the Lord is our Witness, the Lord Creator is neither unjust nor a tyrant.
Thus my beloved brother, both the core beliefs of the religion of Christianity which state that man was sent to earth as a punishment for the ‘eternal sin’ committed by their common parents, and the suffering and crucifixion of the ‘son’ of God as a form of repentance for the sins of others …. both defy and deny and are against the very concept of intelligence, logic, common-sense, and justice.
Your Question: Is there any proof that Jesus was not gods divine son
Beloved brother, truth demands that the onus of proof lies upon the one who makes the claim! If I were to claim that I am the son of Mother Teresa, the onus of providing the evidence for my claim would be upon me! If one were to claim that the sun or the moon or the mountain is the son of the Lord Creator, then the ones of proof should be on the one who makes such an absurd claim!
Beloved brother, you would be surprised to know that even the currently available Bibles, in all its forms, versions, and manifestations, …. not a single verse in any of the available Bibles of any sect or belief in Christianity state or declare that Jesus is the son of God! Never ever did the Noble Jesus ever claim to be the son of God, nor does any verse in even the currently available Bibles give rise to such a claim or belief of Jesus being Divine or the son of God!!!
What should surprise you even more is that the word or concept of ‘trinity’ which is so central to the Christian belief, does not even exist or find mention in the Bible!!!
Thus the supposed divinity of Jesus, or his being the son of God, or the very concept or even the term of ‘trinity’ …..are all self-invented theories and fabrications which someone invented and created long after Prophet Jesus left this earth for his Heavenly Abode. All of the three beliefs which are so central to the Christian belief have absolutely no basis to the Truth or reality, nor are these beliefs consonant with the Christian Scriptures!
But the refutations of all the three fabricated theories of the Divinity of Jesus, of his being the Lord’s son, and that of ‘trinity’ find mention and explained in detail in the Last and Final Revelations of the Lord……the Al-Quran:
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 112 Surah Ikhlaas verses 1-4:
1 Say: He is Allah the One and Only;
2 Allah, The Eternal Absolute;
3 He begetteth not, nor is He begotten;
4 And there is none like unto Him.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 4 Surah Nisaa verses 171-172:
171 O people of the Book! Commit no excesses in your religion: nor say of Allah aught but Truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) a Messenger of Allah and His Word which He bestowed on Mary, and a Spirit proceeding from Him: so believe in Allah and His Messengers. Say not "Trinity": desist!: it will be better for you: for Allah is One Allah: Glory be to Him!: (far Exalted is He) above having a son! To Him belong all things in the heavens and on earth. And enough is Allah as a Disposer of affairs.
172 Christ disdaineth not to serve and worship Allah nor do the Angels those nearest (to Allah): those who disdain His worship and are arrogant He will gather them all together unto Himself to (answer).
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 3 Surah Ale-Imraan verses 45-48:
45 Behold! The Angels said "O Mary! Allah giveth thee glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus the son of Mary, held in honor in this world and the Hereafter; and of (the company of) those nearest to Allah.
46 He shall speak to the people in childhood and in maturity and he shall be (of the company) of the righteous."
47 She said: "O my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man hath touched me?" He said: "Even so: Allah createth what He willeth; when He hath decreed a plan He but saith to it `Be' and it is!”
48 And Allah will teach him the Book and Wisdom, the Law and the Gospel.”
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 19 Surah Maryam verses 88-93:
88 They say: "(Allah) Most Gracious has begotten a son!"
89 Indeed ye have put forth a thing most monstrous!
90 At if the skies are ready to burst, the earth to split asunder, and the mountains to fall down in utter ruin.
91 That they should invoke a son for (Allah) Most Gracious!
92 For it is not consonant with the Majesty of (Allah) Most Gracious that He should beget a son.
93 Not one of the beings in the heavens and the earth but must come to (Allah) Most Gracious as a servant.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verses 115-116:
115 To Allah belong the East and the West; whithersoever ye turn there is the presence of Allah. For Allah is All-Pervading All-Knowing.
116 They say: "Allah hath begotten a son"; Glory be to Him. Nay! To Him belongs all that is in the heavens and on earth; everything renders worship to Him.
117 To Him is due the primal origin of the heavens and the earth; when He decreeth a matter He saith to it: "Be"; and it is.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verses 72-73:
72 They do blaspheme who say: "Allah is Christ the son of Mary!” But said Christ: "O
73 They do blaspheme who say: ‘Allah is one of three in a Trinity’: for there is no god except One Allah. If they desist not from their word (of blasphemy) verily a grievous penalty will befall the blasphemers among them.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verses 17-18:
17 In blasphemy indeed are those that say that Allah is Christ the son of Mary. Say: "Who then hath the least power against Allah if His Will were to destroy Christ the son of Mary, his mother, and all everyone that is on the earth? For to Allah belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth and all that is between. He createth what He pleaseth. For Allah hath power over all things."
18 (Both) the Jews and the Christians say: "We are sons of Allah and His beloved." Say: "Why then doth He punish you for your sins? Nay ye are but men of the men He hath created: He forgiveth whom He pleaseth and He punisheth whom He pleaseth: and to Allah belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth and all that is between: and unto Him is the final goal (of all)."
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 3 Surah Ale Imraan verses 59-60:
59 The similitude of Jesus before Allah is as that of Adam: He created him (Adam) from dust then said to him: "Be" and he was!
60 The Truth (comes) from Allah Alone; so be not of those who doubt.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verses 116-118:
116 And behold! (On the Day of Judgment) Allah will say "O Jesus, the son of Mary! Didst thou say unto men `worship me and my mother as gods in derogation of Allah"? He (Jesus) will say: "Glory to Thee! Never could I say what I had no right (to say). Had I said such a thing Thou wouldst indeed have known it. Thou knowest what is in my heart though I know not what is in Thine. For Thou knowest in full all that is hidden.
117 Never said I to them aught except what Thou didst command me to say: ‘to Worship Allah my Lord and your Lord'; and I was a witness over them whilst I dwelt amongst them; when Thou didst take me up, Thou wast the Watcher over them and Thou art a Witness to all things.
118 If Thou dost punish them they are Thy servants: if Thou dost forgive them Thou art the Exalted the Wise.!
Your Question: To make it more complicated there are many other religions like Buddhism and Hinduism. They have their own set of beliefs that say anything else is nonsense. How can anyone be sure what they belief is the truth.
A very simple and basic exercise and test needs only to be done to determine which amongst the religions and beliefs in the world are True and which are otherwise!
Lets assemble (for arguments sake) the best and most recognized scholars of each of the major religions or beliefs prevalent in the world today….be it Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Jainism, Sikhism, Jewism, Christianity, Islam, etc.
And then ask these respected scholars each a few simple questions:
Q-1: Do each of you have a Holy Book or Scripture which you follow?
The Hindu scholar will present his Veda, or Purana, or Bhagwad Geeta; the Buddhist scholar will present his Book of Buddha’s teachings; the Sikh scholar will present his religious book Guru Granth Saheb; etc…. and the Jewish scholar will present his book the Torah; the Christian scholar his Bible and the Muslim scholar the Quran.
Q-2: Are these books which you follow Divine, or the Words of the Lord God Who Created?
The Hindu scholar will declare himself that his book is not divine or the word of the Creator, but are the words of a wise man like Valmiki, etc.; the Buddhist scholar will testify himself that their book is the words of their wise man Buddha; the Sikh scholar will declare himself that their book is the words of their leader Guru Nanak, etc. etc.
Each of these scholars will themselves declare and testify that the book they follow is neither Divine nor the Words of the Lord Creator…but are the words of their respective religious leaders.
The Jewish scholar will declare and claim that the book they follow, the Torah, is indeed Divine and a Revelation from the One and Only Lord God Who created. Similarly, the Christian scholar will present His Bible and claim it is Divine and the Word of God, and the Muslim scholar will present the Quran and claim that it is Divine and the Word of God.
All the other religious scholars will themselves testify that their holy book is neither Divine nor the Word of the Lord Creator, but was written by a wise human being….and because they themselves do not claim their holy book to be divine, they are eliminated from any further questioning!
Thus, the only three of the several religions of the world, Jewish, Christianity and Islam are the only ones who even claim to possess the Word of the Creator in a book form which they follow.
Q-3: Ask the remaining three scholars whether the book that is available with them in their hands is the exact verbatim same Revelation of the Lord which was revealed on their respective Prophets?
The Jewish scholar will himself testify and explain that the original text of the Torah or the Old Testament which was revealed on their Prophet Moses does not exist today in its original form! He will further explain that in time the original text which was revealed on the Prophet Moses was destroyed, distorted, altered, changed, etc. and what they have amongst them today is only what is left and preserved from the Original Torah in addition to the works and words of their religious scholars. But the Jewish scholar will himself testify to the fact and the truth that the Original Revelation of the Torah which was revealed by the Lord Creator upon Prophet Moses is not available with them today!
Similarly, the Christian scholar will testify that the original text of the Gospel which was revealed in Truth by the Lord God on Prophet Jesus does not exist today in its original text. Depending on which version of the Bible (King James, or the Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Protestant, etc.) or which edition (1 through 16) the scholar holds, he himself will confirm that the Bible that is available today is a collection of what is preserved from the Old Testament and the Gospels which were written by the apostles of Christ or men named Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John!
Thus the Christian scholar will himself testify to the fact and truth that the Original Revelation of the Gospel which was revealed in Truth by the Lord God upon the Prophet Jesus is not available in its original form today!
But ask any muslim scholar of any sect or school…and he will claim that the Quran available today is the exact verbatim original Revelation which the Lord God revealed on His Last and Final Prophet Mohamed (saws). Not even an alphabet (leave alone a word, or phrase, or sentence, or paragraph) of the Original Revelation of the Quran has been altered or changed or doctored or moved or added or subtracted from the Revelation which was revealed upon Prophet Mohamed (saws)! The Muslim scholar will claim that the Quran which is amongst them today is the exact verbatim Word by Word the Very Words of the Lord Who Created.
Thus my beloved brother, even a simple litmus test eliminates all the available and prevalent religions of the world except Islam, from themselves laying claim that the Books and the Scriptures they follow are the original, verbatim, exact, very Words of the Lord Who Created.
All the other religions do not even themselves claim that their scriptures are Divine or the Very Words of God! It is Islam and the muslims alone who claim to have with them the Very Words of the Lord God, absolutely intact in its original text….thus all one has to do is to read and study this Divine Book themselves and determine for themselves whether the claim made by the muslims is indeed true or false!
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 16 Surah Nahl verse 89:
We have sent down to you this Book, which makes everything plain, and is a guidance, blessing and good news to those who have surrendered themselves entirely.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 41 Surah Ha Mim As Sajdaah verse 2-4:
This is a Revelation from the All-Compassionate, the All-Merciful Allah. A Book whose verses are well-expounded, an Arabic Quran for the people who want to understand, and a giver of good news and a warner.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 18 Surah Kahf verse 1-3:
All praise is for Allah Alone, Who has sent down this Book to His Servant (Mohamed (saws), and assigned nothing crooked to it. This Book says everything directly, so that he may warn the people of the severe chastisement of Allah and give good news to the believers, who do righteous deeds, that they will have an excellent reward.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 17 Surah Isra verse 88:
Declare this! ‘Even if human beings and the jinns should co-operate with one another to bring forth a book like the Quran, they would never be able to bring anything like it, even though they all helped one another!”
If the logical and wise guidance of the Glorious Quran are not sufficient enough for one to be convinced that the Quran is indeed from the Lord God Who Created, then for such ardent disbelievers, the Lord God has Himself put forth this challenge:
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 11 Surah Hud verses 13-14:
Do they say, “He (Mohamed (saws)) has invented the Book himself?” Say to them, “Very well, if it is so, then bring ten fabricates Surahs like this! And you may call to your asistance whosoever you can except Allah, if you speak the truth! Now if they (your false gods) do not come to your help, you should know that this Book has been revealed with the knowledge of Allah, and that there is no true deity other than Allah. Do you then surrender to this?”
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 23-24:
And if you be in doubt whether the Book We have sent down to Our servant (Mohamed (saws)) is from Us (Allah) or not, then produce, at least, one surah like this. You may call all your associates to assist you and avail yourselves of the help of any, other than Allah. If you are genuine in your doubt, do this! But if you do not do this, and you can never do this, then fear the Fire which has been prepared for the disbelievers, and which shall have men and stones for fuel.
If even after such arguments of the Lord, one were to still persist in denying the Last and Final Revelation of the Lord God, then they should await the torment the Lord Most High, Most Supreme has prepared for those who deny Him, His Last and Final Messenger (saws), and His Last and Final Revelation:
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 6 Surah Anaam verse 7:
(O Prophet) even if We had sent down to you a Book written on paper, and even if they had touched it with their own hands, the disbelievers would have said, “This is nothing but manifest sorcery!”.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 6 Surah Anaam verse 33:
We know that what they say grieves you. But it is not you whom they charge with falsehood! These wicked people are in fact, denying the Revelations of Allah!
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 6 Surah Anaam verse 157-158:
Now that a clear proof, a Guidance and Blessing, has come to you from your Lord, who can be more unjust than the one who treats Our Revelations as false and turns away from them? We will inflict the severest torment on those who turn away from Our Revelations because of their aversion. Do the people now await that the angels should come down before them? Or that your Lord may Himself come down? Or that the manifest Signs of your Lord should appear?
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 10 Surah Yunus verses 40-44:
Some of these people will believe in (The Quran), and others will not. Your Lord knows these mischief-makers very well indeed. If these people deny you, say to them: “I am responsible for my deeds and you are for yours. You are not accountable for what I do, nor am I for what you do.” There are many among them who hear what you say, but will you make the deaf to listen to you, even though they be incapable of understanding this? Then there are many others among them who see you. But will you show the way to the blind, even though they be bereft of sight? The fact is that Allah does not in any way wrong the people, but they wronged themselves!
If one trusts, obeys, and follows the guidance and commands of Allah and His Messenger (saws), one can be assured of never ever being misled; but if one believes, obeys and follows any other guidance, other than that of Allah and His Messenger (saws), one can be assured of being led astray.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your brother and well wisher in Islam,