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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