Seven Major Points of Disagreement between Mohammed and Jesus.
I strive to avoid being “anti” any group in my writings. There is typically little need for it. My hope is that I could simply be Pro truth and let the rest sort itself out-even when I know some ideologies are dangerous. On the issue of Islam and Christianity, my tongue has been bleeding for quite some time.
This article marks my breaking of silence on the issue.
The straw that broke this camel’s back came this week when a good friend of mine was arguing that fundamentalist Christians are just as dangerous as fundamentalist Muslims and that neither religion is any less violent than the other.
Then the cover of the January, 2015 issue of TIME magazine caught my attention. The headline article was on the early January terrorist attacks in Paris, France that claimed the lives of 17 people. The line that broke my silence was a few sentences into this 3 page article. It read, “Paris was not even the deadliest scene of the week, which saw up to 2,000 people massacred in Nigeria by the militants of Boko Haram (Muslim) and nearly 40 people killed by an al-Qaeda car bomb in the capital city of Yemen.”
That is upwards or 2,057 people killed in a single week by Islamic terrorists… “Why am I reading an article about 17 in Paris when 2,000 Christians had been murdered in Nigeria?” I thought.
Though I have been reluctant to wade into the frey, I can no longer hold my peace on this issue. I therefore hope everyone that reads this will take this into consideration as you judge my words.
As abrasive as the title of this article is, it is my hope that my purpose for it will be obvious to my readers by the end. But let me start by saying clearly that I stand by the statement. And no, it isn’t for the “72 virgins” we hear so much about.
The politically correct mainstream tells us daily that Islam is a religion of peace. Liberal Western Muslim clerics are lined up on talk show after talk show to assure us that the violence perpetrated around the world in the name of Allah against Christians and Jews is not endemic of the Religion itself and Muslim terrorists, or “martyrs”- as they call themselves- are universally painted as extremist whackos that don’t represent the mainstream of Islam. While these Islamic states and terrorist groups may not represent the “mainstream” of the religion (how ever that may be defined), are the teachings of the religion responsible for their aggressive and murderous acts?
The only way such questions can be honestly explored is if we free ourselves from some misnomers. Islam is not a race or ethnicity. It is a religion and an ideology. There are Christian Arabs, and there have been Arab Christian sects for five hundred years longer than there has been an Islamic religion. Therefore, to criticize Islam is not to criticize a race or ethnicity. In fact, it would be a racial stereotype to think that Arabs are Muslims or that Muslims are Arab.
Also, we aren’t judging adherents of either faith but the faith itself, on its own merits. When ever I look at Christianity and Islam through the critical lens of comparative theology I hear heartfelt and honest rebuttals such as, “I know muslims and they are loving people.” or, “Christians have in history done things just as bad as what the Muslim extremist do now.” Or, finally, “It turns me off to all religion because they are all fundamentally the same.” I agree with those who would argue that it is unfair to judge all Muslims by the actions of a few, just as I would not tolerate being judged by the evil acts of those who claim Christianity. Let me go a step further and say that it is wrong to judge a religion- any religion- by the acts of those who claim it as motive for evil acts.
Since a stream is no purer than at it’s source, it is just to compare the lives of Mohammed and Jesus to judge between the merits of the religions they founded. A good Christian will look to Jesus as his paragon or example and a good Muslim will look to Mohammed as his role model. It stands to reason, then, that comparing the lives of these two men, as presented in their own holy books, will be the most equitable way of comparing these two religions. It is a fair and just inquiry to compare and contrast the origins of these religions. It is even prudent to compare the holy books and the teachings of the founders of these religions. It is right to judge a religion on these terms.
Just as we can determine that the Nazi cult or human sacrifice is evil, even so, we can look at the founders of these two religions and their founding books, to judge whether or not they are good our bad. I believe it is the obligation of every thinking man or woman to do so.
Looking beyond the actions of modern terrorists and medieval crusaders- back to the teachings of Mohammed and Jesus themselves and placing their teachings side by side, we will come to an evaluation of their comparative merits. This is what I set forth to do here, briefly in this article. It is not meant to be an exhaustive comparison, but I will deal with, in particular, those points that address the issue of violence in the modern manifestations of Islam. This is a comparison in contrast. I will not spend my time dealing with the great many similarities. For surely that has been done already “ad nauseam” by others seeking to convince the world that these religions teach essentially the same thing. As you will see herein, nothing could be further from the truth.
It should already be obvious to the reader that I come to this subject as a Christian, but I have excluded in this presentation, a great many arguments made by Christians that I felt were unfair to the Islamic position or misrepresenting the teachings of either persuasion. As I confess a Christian bias, I hope my readers will grant me the trust of my honest comparison of these two historical figures.
Here they are- Mohammed and Jesus- seven major points of disagreement.
1. On Holy Wars and Violence
Mohammed himself, not his disciples, launched the very first crusade or “holy war” against Christians and Jews long before Europe responded with one of their own. In 630AD. Mohammed said, “Fight against those who believe not in Allah… and those who will not acknowledge the religion of truth (Islam) amongst the people of the scriptures (Christians and Jews).” (Sura 9:29)
Mohammed massacred over 800 men whom he had captured in war and doled out their wives and children as slaves to his men. After conquering Mecca, Mohammed had 12 people executed, which included three slave girls that had made fun of him.
When he conquered the Jewish city of Khaibar, Mohammed had a Jewish leader tortured to find out where the cities wealth had been hidden. Then he ordered the man to be decapitated. Mohammed was a plundering warrior who conquered all who would not submit to him by the sword. If I were a muslim, I would seek to emulate Mohammed.
Jesus on the other hand, forbade His disciples from raising up arms in His defense and healed the ear of his captor when Saint Peter had cut it off. When questioned by the Roman governor, Pilate, as to why the followers of Jesus would not fight, Jesus answered, “My Kingdom is not of this world. If it were my followers would fight… but my Kingdom is not of this World.” (John 18:36) Jesus never killed anyone, but sacrificed himself for others. As a Christian, I seek to emulate Jesus
2. On Earthly Wealth
Mohamed spent his life in search of wealth. First in trade, and ultimately through the spoils of conquest and the trafficking of humans in slavery. Mohammed was a plundering warrior. As a muslim, I would seek to emulate Mohammed.
Jesus cared nothing for material wealth. “Birds have nests. Foxes have holes. But the son of man has nowhere to lay his head.” Jesus said of himself. When he sent His disciples out to spread the gospel, he instructed them not to worry about bringing money along with them but to trust they would find provision through the hospitality of others. Jesus taught his disciples, “Don’t be so concerned about parishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life…” (John 6:27)
Jesus put little value in earthly wealth. As a Christian. I strive to emulate Jesus.
3. On Slavery
Mohamed owned slaves and profited from the slave trade. Mohommed allowed his disciples to have sex with their female slaves. It is said that “Mohammed had intercourse with her (Mariyah) by virtue of her being his property.” (Tabari 29:194)
Mohammed was a slave trader and involved in the sex trade. As a Muslim, I would seek to emulate Mohammed.
Although Jesus was of a noble lineage in Israel, he owned no slaves. In fact, He announced His purpose in his very first sermon by saying, “The spirit of the Lord is upon me. He has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be set free, (Luke 4:18) “
Jesus was not a slave owner and saw his mission to be that of a liberator. As a Christian I seek to emulate Jesus.
4. On sexual equality
Mohammed gave husbands the right to beat wives that were continually disobedient (Sura 4:34) Women have a position in Mohammed’s islamic society above slaves and below the men.
In fact, Mohamed said that women were typically so bad that they would make up a majority of those in Hell (Bukhari 1:28). Islamic teaching goes on to say that they will therefore be in a minority of those in Heaven (Sahih Muslim 4:6600) This creates a problem for suicide bombers trusting in its contradictory teaching that there will be multiple wives for every Muslim man in paradise (Sura 55:72-74)
Mohammed was a polygamist that promoted the view of women as property to be beaten when disobedient. As a Muslim, I would seek to emulate Mohammed.
Jesus, on the other hand, healed women, encouraged women and even had women disciples. The teaching of His church is that women are not to be treated harshly by their husbands and that they are to be loved as Jesus loved his people- so much that the husband is willing to die for her wellbeing (Colosians 3:19, Ephesians 5:25). Jesus elevated women in his ministry to a position of disciple and took much flack for it by the religious establishment of His day. As a Christian, I seek to emulate Christ.
To summarize the issues of slavery and the position of women in the Christianity as apposed to Islam, it is said, “There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female. You are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28)”
5. On Judging Immorality
When confronted with the issue of sex outside of marriage, Mohammed instructed his disciples to flog and execute those who do it. In one instance, Mohammed told a repentant woman that was pregnant outside of marriage to go away until she had birthed the child. And then again, when the child was born he told her to go away until the child was weened. Once the child was weened Mohamed had the child taken from the woman and she was then, several years after getting pregnant, stoned to death.
Mohammed had women caught in sex outside of marriage stoned. Were I a Muslim, I would seek to emulate Mohammed.
In stark contrast, Jesus defended the repentant woman caught in fornication by challenging her accusers with “Let him among you who is without sin cast the first stone.” Jesus told the woman caught in fornication, “Where are your accusers now? Neither do I condemn you but go and sin no more. (John 8:11)” Jesus practiced mercy when confronted with immorality in others. As a Christian, I seek to emulate Jesus.
6. On Vengeance or Mercy
Mohammed taught his followers to return an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth., exacting revenge for wrongs done against them (5:45). Mohammed had those who apposed his conquests killed. Mohammed was unmerciful to his enemies. As a Muslim I would seek to emulate Mohammed.
Jesus taught his disciples to do good to those that do evil to you and to pray for those who despitefully use you. “You have heard it said, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, but I say to you don’t resist an evil person. When someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer to him the other cheek also.” Jesus taught, and added, “When someone sues you for your shirt, give him your coat also. (Matthew 539-40)”
Jesus taught and exemplified kindness to his enemies. As a Christian, I seek to emulate Christ.
7. On their dying breaths…
One of the last things Mohammed uttered as he died was, “May Allah curse the Jews and Christians for they built their places of worship at the graves of the prophets.” (Bukhari 1:427) Mohammed died praying curses on Christians and Jews. As a Muslin, I would seek to emulate Mohammed.
When Jesus hung on the cross and looked down at those who had tortured him and were now mocking his nudity- his dying words were, “Father, forgive them. For they know not what they do. (Luke 22:34)” Jesus died praying a prayer of mercy on those who had tortured Him and murdered Him. As a Christian, I seek to emulate Jesus.
Before one can deal with a problem, she or he must first acknowledge there is a problem. Bad philosophy and theology must be named for what it is. If only half of what I have presented above were true it would be cause enough to put an end to the lie that Islam is a religion of peace and is no better or no worse than Christianity.
To summarize the above points:
Jesus Christ was a self sacrificing shunner of earthly wealth, an emancipator of captives, a merciful judge of those caught in their sins, a teacher of kindness toward one’s enemies that died with a prayer of mercy on his lips for his torturers and murderers. Jesus Christ is the founder of Christianity. As a Christian, I must strive to emulate him.
Mohammed was a murdering warrior, a wealth seeking slave trader, a degrader and abuser of women, an unmerciful judge of single mothers, a teacher of vengeance that died with a curse on his lips for Christians and jews. Mohammed is the founder of Islam. As a Muslim, I would seek to emulate his life. This is why I stand by the title of this article. If I were a Muslim, I would be a terrorist. Because that is the example of the religion’s founder.
Christians around the world- men, women and children, are being drug from their homes and murdered. They are forced from their homes and communities if they will not convert to Islam. So long as the western and Christian world lies to itself and buys into the notion that Christianity and Islam are similar and that Islam is a religion of peace, these injustices will continue around the world. The number one new baby boy’s name in Britain (once the flagship of Christendom) is Mohammed. Their goal- to bring this anti-christian war to the United States- to the “great Satan” as they call us- will become more painfully felt than even what happened on 9/11/2001. I pray everyone who reads this will wake up, heed this warning, reeducate themselves and those around them and defend The Truth.