Beyond Mere Christianity


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    Nine:

    ‘There is no god but God’

     

    ‘To Him
    belongs all that is in the heavens and the earth. God’s retribution is severe.
    Should you then have fear of anyone other than God?’
    (Qur’an 16:52)

    A Muslim is, literally,
    one who submits to the will of the One God.

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    Today, a Muslim is someone who is willing to say, of his or
    her own free will, ‘I believe that there is no god but God, and that Muhammad
    is the messenger of God.’

    Adherents of
    Islam do not view Muhammad, or any other prophet, as divine. They believe Jesus
    was a prophet of God, not God incarnate. They believe Muhammad was a prophet of
    God, not God incarnate. They do, however, view the Qur’an, the text that was
    revealed to Muhammad, as divine in nature.

    This may seem at first to be a difficult
    claim. Yet you should know that, if you agree with Jesus when he tells us that
    God knows everything that is in every human heart, and is aware of everything
    we think or plan or do …

    ‘For
    there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall
    not be known.’
    (Luke 12:2)


    then you already agree with the Qur’an.

    If you agree
    with Jesus when he tells us humans will be held accountable after death for
    their deeds, and that those whose evil deeds are heavy in the balance will meet
    a fate very different than of the righteous …

    ‘A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a
    corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good
    fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.’
    (Matthew 7:18-19)


    then you already agree with the Qur’an.

    If you agree
    with Jesus when he rejects Satan’s attempt to call him ‘Son of God’ and forcefully
    insists that ‘there is no god but God’ …

    ‘And
    Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written,
    Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.’
    (Luke 4:8)

    … then you already agree with the Qur’an.

    These are the basic principles of Islam.
    If you still believe that Jesus’ mission is incompatible with Islam, then you
    may want to consider reading the Qur’an … to determine for yourself whether or
    not it conflicts with the teachings of Jesus.

    Muslims have no difficulty whatsoever
    celebrating Jesus as a great Prophet; his insistence on the points you just
    read are, we believe, not footnotes to a sacrificial rite, but the main thrust
    of the true faith. Look at them again.

    We can hide nothing from God.

    We will be judged on our thoughts, words,
    and deeds in the life to come, and there will be consequences for our choices
    in this life.

    We are obliged to worship God Alone.

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    Do you believe that there is no god but
    God?

    Most Christians I talk to will
    intuitively answer ‘yes’
    because it is very difficult indeed to
    imagine Jesus giving any other answer.

    There remains
    only the question of whether you believe Muhammad, like Jesus, to have been a
    messenger of God.

    Jesus told us: ‘By their fruits shall you
    know them.’ The ‘fruit’ of Muhammad’s mission was and is the Qur’an. I have
    been telling you, in this book, about some of the many areas where the Qur’an
    matches up seamlessly with the historical mission of Jesus. But it would be a
    mistake to take my word, or the word of any human being, on a matter of this importance.

    A great reformer once said: ‘We all have to do our own believing, because
    we will all have to do our own dying.’ For my part, I became a Muslim because I
    knew I had to do
    my own believing, not anyone else’s. I became a Muslim
    because Jesus insisted that it was not enough merely to say ‘Lord, Lord,’ but
    far more important to do as he instructed.

    Do as he
    instructs. Evaluate the fruits of Muhammad’s mission for yourself. Read the
    Qur’an. And make your own decision.

     

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