My biggest problem with Christianity? Jesus Christ.

Britain is a Christian country

I did not go to a church school but I was taught Christianity at school. Every Christmas we would learn about the story of Jesus’ birth

and would even act it out in the school Nativity play. All white British children know about the Three Wise Men and their gifts to Mary and Joseph. We all know that there was no room in the inn and that the Messiah was born in a stable. Every Easter we are told the story of how Jesus was crucified and resurrected, and we hear how he walked on water and turned water into wine.

A miracle too far

Even as a child I remember finding it hard to believe that a man could perform all these miracles. How could it be that the Virgin Mary got pregnant, and how come Jesus had two fathers?

Something just didn’t add up to me and that is a big reason why I never really got into Christianity. That and the fact that my parents, despite being notionally Christian by virtue of being brought up in post-war Britain, never really came to the defence of Jesus. When I would ask if they thought that he really fed 5,000 people with just a few fish and some bread, they would look sceptical and give a vague answer like “maybe, who knows?”.

Jesus is NOT the Messiah, he’s a very nice boy

When I found out that Jesus appears in the Qu’ran I was surprised. I had never been taught much about Islam at school and I had no reason to try to find out. I just assumed that Christianity and Islam were completely separate things and that they would have their own characters as a result. I never realised that Islam, rather that being completely removed from Christianity, is actually build upon it.

An improvement, some might say.

Holy mackerel!

In Christianity, a core article of faith is belief in the Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit which are all considered to be parts of God. Where Islam differs is in regards to Jesus:

People of the Book, do not go to excess in your religion, and do not say anything about God except the truth: the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, was nothing more than a messenger of God”.

Qur’an, sura 4 (An-Nisa), ayat 171

The reason for this view is that if God is an all-powerful and ubiquitous force in the universe then it makes little sense to split him into three constituent parts:

“believe in God and His messengers and do not speak of a ‘Trinity’—stop, that is better for you—God is only one God, He is far above having a son, everything in the heavens and earth belongs to Him and He is the best one to trust.”

Qur’an, sura 4 (An-Nisa), ayat 171

Holding Jesus as a son of God also suggests that God may in someway be human, or at least suggests he has human form.

In Islam, God has no form.

This is one reason why Muslims do not depict him in drawings or pictures: whatever we can imagine that God looks like, we will be wrong.

Jesus is one of the main reasons why I never became, and could never become, a Christian. I do believe that he was a kind and brilliant man, but I do not think that he was anything more than a man.

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4 thoughts on “My biggest problem with Christianity? Jesus Christ.”

  1. Dear White British Muslim, your post about Jesus Christ is very interesting. Have you posted anything specific about the prophet Muhammad yet, by any chance? Because that is the prophet you believe in, right? The perfect example for every Muslim to follow (sura 33 verse 21). Perhaps you could start by talking about what the prophet did after the battle of the Trench in 627 a.C. to the Jew tribe of Banu Qurayza. If you don’t know what he did, the following are some passages from “The life of the prophet Muhammad – Al-Sira al-Nabawiyya”, Garner Publishing Limited, 1998, Vol. 3, p.170-172, perhaps they will enlighten you.


    1) The Messenger of God (i.e. Muhammad) went out into the Medina market and had some trenches dug. Then he sent for Banu Qurayza men to have their heads severed in those trenches. They were 600 or 700 in number. 

    2) The Messenger of God had ordered the execution of all of their adults.

    3) The Messenger of God then divided up among the Muslims the property, wives and children of Banu Qurayza, after he had taken out one-fifth [for himself].

    4) [The captives from Banu Qurayza were taken to Najd], where they were sold in exchange for horses and weapons.

    5) The Messenger of God had chosen for himself one of their women, Rayhana. He stayed intimate with her until he died.

    
So you are not a Christian because you cannot believe that Jesus Christ performed miracles to feed the poor…and yet you are a Muslim because you follow a prophet that ordered 1) the execution of hundreds of Jews 2) the sale of their wives and children as slaves. Did Jesus Christ did anything like that? Do you still classify this as “an improvement” over Christianity, as you put it in your post?

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    1. ‘
So you are not a Christian because you cannot believe that Jesus Christ performed miracles to feed the poor’

      Traditional Muslims do in fact believe that Prophet Essa/Essau ibn Marym (as) (who is called Jesus by the English speakers) is the Messiah, is a word from God, is born of a virgin birth and that he performed many great miracles.

      Furthermore we believe that he is alive right now in heaven and that he will return to defeat the Anti-Christ in end times and bring in a beautiful era of prosperity and peace.

      We believe that all the good people of the book (Jews and Christians) who have not fallen to the lies of the Anti-Christ will follow him. That he will rule according to the Last Revelation and that he will marry and have children.

      Eventually he will pass away and after this time rapture will occur. A beautiful aroma will appear and all good people will also pass away. Those left behind will live in a dark wicked age until the trumpet is blown and the Day of Judgement begins.

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  2. ‘you follow a prophet that ordered 1) the execution of hundreds of Jews 2) the sale of their wives and children as slaves.’

    No he didn’t do any such thing. You are talking about things of which you know nothing.

    The whole event of the mass execution is of doubtful historical veracity and even if it happened the traitors betrayed a confederation with the Muslims and supported an attacking Pagan army which was trying to slaughter and enslave the people of Madinah.

    Even if the event happened which is highly unlikely, the person who ordered the execution was certainly not Prophet Muhammad (saws), but a Muslim who had long been associated with that Jewish tribe long before he was a Muslim.

    According to the only evidence for the story the defeated traitors were given a choice as to who would judge them and they chose their old friend who supposedly ordered the execution.

    Personally due to the numbers involved and the weakness of the evidence I doubt the event happened at all. Even if it did it was the traitors own friend who judged them so harshly, not the Prophet Muhammad (saws).

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  3. Ibn Kathir, the author of Al-Sira al-Nabawiyya, is one of the most respected exegetes and Muslim scholars of all times, as well as the author of the most important Tafsir, the “Tafsir Al-Qur’an Al-‘Azim”. So I understand you when you say “You are talking about things of which you know nothing”: it is intellectually relaxing not to cope with the fact that Ibn Kathir himself talked at length about the massacre of Banu Qurayza and to transfer your focus on a random guy on a blog that quoted, verbatim, what he wrote. For the record, the same event has also been described in detail by a myriad of other Muslim scholars. For instance, by al-Tabari in “The History of Prophets and Kings – Ta’rikh al-rusul wa’l-muluk”, vol. 8, p.5-41, SUNY Press, 1997. Or by Ibn Ishaq in “Sirat Rasul Allah”, p.450-469, Oxford University Press, 1955. I guess it is a good sign if you want to feed your delusion that your prophet was not capable of such an atrocity, otherwise recognised and acknowledged in the real Muslim world: it means that there is still some good in you that has not been corrupted yet.

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