Jesus-word of God

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In the name of Allāh,
the Beneficent, the Merciful.
Peace and Blessings of Allāh on Mohammad.
DEDICATED TO
Allāh–the Glorious and the High,
Lord of the worlds
AND TO
Mohammad–who brought the world
to our feet and eternity to our arms.
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JESUS–WORD OF GOD
“When the angels said: O Mary, surely Allah gives thee good news with A WORD from Him (of one) whose name is the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, worthy of regard in this world and the Hereafter, and of those who are drawn nigh (to Allah)”–(Qur’an 3:45).

As emphasized Jesus is “a” word, NOT “the” word, from Allāh  Jesus as “word” means “promise,” as Allāh promised Mary a son–(Qur’an 3:45; Luke 1:26-32).

   Significantly, whereas Jesus is termed “word” of God, Abraham is the “Friend” of God–(Qur’an 4:125); and God spoke directly to Moses–(Ex. 3:4-6; Qur’an 4:164; 20:9-14). So which of these three is on a higher plane of honor and exaltation? (There is no evidence that God spoke directly to Jesus. The most Jesus says is that he knows that God hears him; after praying for God’s help to raise Lazarus he says: “Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always”–John 11:41-42. Incidentally, if Jesus was God then God is praying to and hearing himself).

   Mary’s mother, Hanna/Anna was expecting a son whom she wanted to dedicate to the service of God. She was seemingly disappointed when she gave birth to a daughter, Mary, as “a female could not do the priestly work.”1 But Allāh, the All-Knowing had His own purpose for Mary, which was for her to give birth to the Messiah promised to the Children of Israel and who will also foretell the coming of the Comforter   Mohammad –(Qur’an 3:35-45; 61:6).  

   The Gospel of Luke 1:26-35 records the angel bringing the “word”/”decree” to Mary: “And the angel said unto her (Mary) …behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shall bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS…therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be CALLED the son of God.” 

(Note well: Jesus is only “called” son of god; he is NOT Son of God; also Jesus’ birth was NOT “virginal.” And whereas Jesus had at least a mother, to those who hold on to “virgin” birth, Melchisedec had neither mother nor father–Heb. 7:1-3).

   That Jesus is “word” of God is not unique to Jesus. There are others also who are “word” of God:

   –ISHMAEL is “word” of God to Abraham. The childless Abraham wanted Eliezer to be his heir but God tells him: “And, behold, the WORD of the Lord came unto him (Abraham), saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of tine own bowels shall be thine heir”–(Gen. 15:1-4. And Ishmael was the one who first came out of Abraham’s “bowels.” God also sent angel to Ishmael’s mother, Hagar: “And the angel of the Lord said unto her (Hagar), Behold, thou art with child, and SHALT BEAR A SON, AND SHALT CALL HIS NAME ISHMAEL.”2  Thus, contrary to Jewish and Christian’s claim that Ishmael was of illegitimate birth, Ishmael was born through Divine decree. Comp. Qur’an 37:100-111).

  –ISAAC is “word” of God. After Ishmael was born God promised to give Abraham a son of his barren wife, Sarah: “And God said unto Abraham, as for Sarai (Sarah) thy wife…I will bless her, and give thee a son ALSO of her”–(Gen. 17:15-16. This “ALSO” shows that Ishmael was the heir in lieu of Eliezer. Comp. Qur’an 37:112-113).

   –JOHN THE BAPTIST is “word” of God. In answer to Zacharias prayer for an heir, an angel appeared to him in the temple: “Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elizabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John”–(Luke 1:11-13. Comp. Qur’an 3:38-39; 19:1-9).

   -The COMFORTER3 foretold by Jesus is a “word” of God–(John 14:16; 16:13; Qur’an 61:6).
   -The PROPHET “like unto me”4 foretold by Moses is a “word” of God–(Deut. 18:15, 18-19).
   -The SHILOH5 foretold by Jacob is a “word” of God–(Gen. 49: 10).
 -The PROPHET MOHAMMAD foretold by all the prophets of the world since the world began is a “word” of God–(Acts 3:21-22;  Qur’an 3:81; 26:192-197).6 

   In fact, whereas God sent angel with word to Mary, God actually visited Hannah and gave her children; the Bible says that after Eli blessed Elkanah and his wife so they would have children: “And the Lord VISITED Hannah, so that she conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters” –(1 Samuel 2:20-21).
   Whatever form this “visit” took, whether God actually went or just made them fruitful, there was no intermediary –no angels– between God and Hannah as there was in the case of Mary and Jesus.
   Thus, contrary to Christian’s belief that Jesus being “word” places him above others, it may be advanced that the births of Hannah’s children were of a higher honor than Jesus’.

   As noted at the beginning Jesus is only “a” word of God.
“Word” is not exclusive to Jesus. The words of Allāh are so numerous that if all the trees were pens, and the sea with seven more seas added to it were ink, to write the words of Allāh, they would all be exhausted before the words of Allah would be exhausted

   -“Say: If the sea were ink for the WORDS of my Lord, the sea would surely be exhausted before the WORDS of my Lord were exhausted, though We brought the like of it to add (thereto);” “And if all the trees in the earth were pens, and the sea with seven more seas added to it (were ink), the WORDS of Allāh would not be exhausted. Surely Allāh is Mighty, Wise”–(Qur’an 18:109; 31:27).
   -“And there is none to change the WORDS of Allāh”–(Qur’an 6:34)
  – “There is no changing the WORDS of Allāh”–(Qur’an 10:64).
   -“And Mary, the daughter of Amran, who guarded her chastity, so We breathed into him of Our inspiration, and she accepted the truth of the WORDS of her Lord and His Books, and she was of the obedient ones” –(Qur’an 66:12).

   Thus everything created must be a “word” of Allāh; the Bible also teaches this where God decreed creation by saying “Let there be…”(Gen. 1:3-25).
   In fact, even things are “words” of God.
   To restate, Jesus as “word” means a “promise” or “prophecy” or “decree” as Allāh God, gave Mary the promise of a son.
In view of the fact that everything in creation is a “word’ of God. If Jesus is son of God because he is termed “word” of God, as one Christian asserts, then even a baboon is “son of God.”  

   Regarding the Gospel of John 1:1-5 which says: “In the beginning there was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (This pillar of the Trinity is recorded only by John. There is NO mention of the third party of the Trinity, the “Holy Ghost”). 

   That the Word was “with God” and that the Word “was God”–this is the same as saying that God was with God. The word could not be with God and yet be God.
   This statement of John 1:1-5 is not “original” to the Bible. It was, likely, absorbed from the ink of Philo. Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din explains in his revealing book The Sources of Christianity:

       “The term word, used in St. John, which stands for the Greek word Logos, is an inadequate rendering. In all his writings Philo speaks of Logos, –a philosophic conception of later growth and a development of the “Idea of Plato,” in his theory of Emanation. It does not mean Word; it conveys “Thought as well as expression.” Plato, when dealing with the subject, spoke of something –as the first thing in creation that may be styled “Reason or Wisdom”– the first product of Herbert Spencer’s “First Intelligent Cause.” Notably, Philo “lived and wrote all this one hundred years before the writers, whosoever they may be, of that Gospel.”(pp. 76-77).
(If Jesus is God and went up to heaven and “sat on the right hand of God”–(Mark 16:19); God is sitting on the right hand of God. This is the lunacy Christians are praying for Muslims and the world to accept).

   Jesus made it clear he is not God: “Why callest thou me good? there is NONEgood but one, that is GOD”–(Matt.19:17; Mark 10:18).
   Jesus not only denies he is God, he denies he is good.
   If Jesus is God:

   -God is sitting on his right hand–(Mark 16:19).
   -God ascended to himself–(John 20:17).
  -God led himself to be tempted by the devil–(Matt. 4:1).
   -God sent himself to Jews–(John 6:38; 17:3).
  -God would have known the day and hour of future events–(Mark 13:32).
   -God is made into a “curse”–(Gal. 3:13; Deut. 21:23).
  -God prayed to himself; “forsaken,” thanked, heard and worshipped himself–(Matt; 26:39; 27: 46; Luke 10:21; John 11:41; 4:22. Whereas Jesus prayed to and worshipped God, Christians pray to and worship Jesus.

   While Jesus, as other prophets, was foretold, everything in creation is a “word” of Allāh God.
   Even if Jesus was the only “word” from Allāh God, yet his would not makeJesus Divine or vicarious atoner.

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On the alleged Divinity of Jesus. In the tenth year of the Hijrah, the Prophet Mohammad had a discussion with the Christians of Najran. This dialogue is noted by Khwaja Nazir Ahmad in his book Jesus in Heaven on Earth, (pp. 174-176)– (footnotes to this narrative are omitted):-

   “The last objection of the Christians is that the Holy Qur’an cites the case of Adam as a parallel to that of Jesus; therefore Jesus, like Adam, was without a father. They urge that Jesus was created, like Adam, by a Divine Command: kun fa yakoon.

   In this connection Christian critics of Islam refer to the following Qur’anic verse:

Surely the likeness of Jesus is with Allah as the likeness of Adam; He created him from dust, then said to him, Be, and he was. (This is) the truth from your Lord, so be not of the disputers-(Qur’an 3:58-59).

   All commentators of the Holy Qur’an, ancient and modern, agree that these verses, along with some others, were revealed when the Holy Prophet was having a discussion with the Christians of Najran in the tenth year of the Hijra. This deputa-tion consisted of sixty men and was headed by Abdul Masih, the chief of the Christians of Najran.

   The discussion took place in the Mosque of the Holy Prophet where the visitors had been lodged and permitted to hold their own prayers. In Sirat-ul-Halabi the visit of this deputation is described in full detail. The point at issue was the divinity of Jesus. (The plural pronoun “They” was used throughout to indicate that Abdul Masih was speaking on behalf of himself and his companions). (Emphasis added).

   “Abdul Masih, the leader of the Christians, opened the discussion and enquired from the Holy Prophet:

   They said: What do you think of our Lord (Sahib)?        The Messenger of God enquired: “Who is your Lord?”

   They replied: Isa. Do you take him to be a servant of God?
   The Messenger of God said:   “Yes.”

   They then asked: “Have you seen anyone like him, or have you been informed of a man like him? He is God because he had no father, he raised the dead, he gave information of the un-seen, he cured lepers and made birds from clay. Consider this superiority. Do you still call him a servant of God?”

   The Holy Prophet did not answer at once for at that very moment came the Divine revelation and one of the verses revealed was:

Surely the likeness of Jesus is with Allāh as the likeness of Adam; He created him from dust, then said, Be, and he was. (Qur’an 3:59)

   It may be noticed that the verse does not say that the creation of Jesus was like that of Adam. I now quote the discussion from Tafsir Ibn Jarir at-Tabari where it is recorded in full detail under this very verse:   

   They questioned:   “Who was his father?”

   The Messenger of God replied: “Don’t you know that no child is born but has a likeness to its father in form and appearance?”
   They said:   “Yes, we know.”

   The Messenger of God said: “Don’t you know that our God is alive and will never die and Jesus had to die?”  
   They said:   “Yes, we know.”

   The Messenger of God said: “Don’t you know that our God is One to Whom everything submits. He is the Custodian and Guardian of all and He gives sustenance to everyone?”
   They replied:   “Yes, we know.”

 The Messenger of God questioned: “Was Jesus possessed of any of these powers?”
   They replied:   “No.”

  The Messenger of God then asked: “Did Jesus know of any of these things except those of which God gave him knowledge?”
   They answered:   “No.”

   The Messenger of God said: “Don’t you know that our God neither eats, nor drinks, nor does He answer the calls of nature?”
   They said:   “Yes, we know.”

   Then said the Messenger of God: “Don’t you know that Jesus was conceived by a woman   just as any other woman conceives a child, then she gave birth to him like every other woman gives birth to a child, he was then reared up like other children, then he used to eat and drink and answer the calls of nature like other human beings?”
   They said:   “Yes, we know.”

 The Messenger of God then enquired: “How can Messiah be the One you take him to be (i.e. God)?

Rabi narrates that the Christians could not reply to this question, but would not agree either and insisted on their false belief. As a last resort the Holy Prophet invited them in the terms of the revelation:

“But whoever disputes with you in this matter after what has come to you of knowledge, then say: Come! let us call our sons and your sons and our women and your women, and our people and your people, then let us be earnest in prayer and pray for the curse of Allah on the liars”–(Qur’an 3:61).

   The Christians wanted time to consider the challenge and on the next day Abdul Masih and two of his companions informed the Holy Prophet that they had decided not to accept it, and that they would not pray against him nor invite him to pray against them. Thereupon an agreement was entered into whereby they were made free to practise their religion.”  

   Jesus having performed miracles through the POWER OF GOD–(Luke 11:20; John 8:28, 11:42; Acts 2:22; Qur’an 3:48), Jesus could not be God.

   There were others that performed miracles:
-Moses–(Exodus 7:10; 14:21)
-Elijah–(1 Kings 17:17-23; 2 Kings 2:7-8)
-Elisha–(2 Kings 2:12-14; 2 Kings 4:32-36)
-Joshua–(Josh. 10:12-13).
-False Christs and false prophets can perform miracles–(Matt. 24:24).

   Even things performed miracles:
-the pool at Bethesda–(John 5:2-4);
-the river Jordan–(2 Kings 5:9-14);
-Elisha’s dead bones–(2 Kings 13:20-21).
Thus if Jesus performing miracles make him God; all these others must also be Gods.

The Gospels state: “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee (Mary)…and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee” and “that which is conceived in her (Mary) is of the Holy Ghost”–(Luke 1:35; Matt. 1:20).
   If Jesus is God and one in a Trinity with God, and as the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are said to be one, then Jesus, as the Holy Ghost and as the Highest, came upon his own mother and effected his own conception (with his mother). (?)

   The Gospels state that at the baptism of Jesus “the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a DOVE upon him, and a VOICE came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased”–(Luke 3:21-22. Though the “beloved” son blasphemed from the cross that the Father had “forsaken” him).
   Bear in mind Jesus was on land, the “dove” in the air, and “a” voice from heaven –all are in separate forms and existences– thus Father, Son and Holy Ghost cannot be “one.”(That 1+1+1=1, and 1 divided by 3=1 is mathematicide).
   Significantly, the verse says “A” voice came from heaven. But Jesus said about God: “Ye have NEITHER heard his voice at ANY TIME, nor seen his shape”–(John 5:37).

Whereas Jesus was only a messenger of God sent to the Israelites to call them to “repentance” and “forgiveness”,  Christians consigned Jesus to the bed of celibacy, crowned him with Divinity and made him scapegoat for non-existent inherited sin. (See Jesus-like David).

.Jesus says you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free (from lies, falsehood, and blasphemy). And the Divine truth is, Jesus was a prophet of God sent only for Jews and to foretell the coming of the Comforter (Mohammad) who will guide into “all truth” and will “abide forever” and whom all are to follow; and “THERE IS NO GOD BUT ALLĀH; MOHAMMAD IS THE MESSENGER OF ALLĀH!”

While Allāh, God, would not call us to account for that which we do not know, when knowledge comes to us what reason or excuse can we have for not accepting and follow it? “But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath NEVERforgiveness but is in danger of ETERNAL DAMNATION”–(Mark 3:29).

   While we are alive we have the grand opportunity to repent and have eternal life in Paradise. When we die there is no second chance.

What is holding you back from Baptising
with Allāh, the Best of Baptisers?
(Qur’an 2:138).
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NOTES

1. Muhammad Ali, comm. Qur’an 3:36.

2. “And the angel of the Lord found her….And he said, Hagar, Sarai’s maid, whence camest thou?…And the angel of the Lord said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude. And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and SHALT BEAR A SON, AND SHALT CALL HIS NAME ISHMAEL”–(Gen. 16:7-12). (See  Ishmael and Paul).

3. The Prophet Mohammad is the Comforter foretold by Jesus (See  Jesus-Comforter).

4. The Prophet Mohammad is the prophet like Moses (See Jesus-like Moses).

5. The Prophet Mohammad is the Shiloh (See Mohammad-and Moulood).

6. Jesus could not be the fulfillment of this prophecy; Jesus foretold the coming of another Comforter after him who will guide into “all truth”–John 14:16; 16:13. The Holy Ghost is not the Comforter, the Holy Ghost was before, during, and after Jesus and there is no evidence of even a scrap of “all truth” that the Comforter is to bring. In fact, Christians do not even know what gender the Holy Ghost is: “The Holy Spirit, in all the Christian literature of diverse languages, has not a fixed gender. He, she, it, are all commonly used as the personal pronouns for the Holy Ghost”–Prof. ‘Abdul-Ahad Dawud (the former Reverend David Benjamin Keldani), Muhammad in the Bible, p. 190 f/n). 

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