A billboard put up in Columbus, Ohio by a Muslim group states that Jesus was a Muslim. The group — ask-a-muslim.com — has also put up other billboards stating “Mohamed is in the Bible’ and “Muslims love Jesus too.”
A number of Christian groups are concerned this is an attempt by some Muslims to high-jack Jesus.
One who has spoken out against the billboards is Coach Dave Daubenmire of Pass the Salt Ministries.
A 25-year high school coach, Dave Daubenmire rose to prominence during the 1990s after some alleged he was including prayers as part of his coaching practices. He was even sued by the ACLU.
In a news release, Daubenmire said:
“Jesus Christ was crucified, died, and resurrected over 600 years before the birth of Mohammed. Although Islam honors Jesus as a prophet, they do not believe that He is the risen Son of God. During this most Holy Lenten Season we find the messages on the billboards to be insensitive, dishonest and deserving of a response from concerned Christians. We will be on the streets to proclaim Jesus is NOT Muslim but Jesus is Lord!!”
Brief history of the Muslim faith
The start of the Muslim faith is traced back to Muhammad who was born in Mecca in 570 AD and died in 632 AD.
He had a habit of praying in a cave in the mountains near Mecca. During one of his prayer times in 610 AD, he had an encounter with an angelic being. Over the several encounters that followed, this angel had Muhammad memorize a number of verses which eventually formed the basis for the Qur’an. Muhammad claimed the being he met was the Bible’s Archangel Gabriel.
Three years after his first angelic visit, Mohammed began telling people he was a prophet of Allah and began preaching that obedience to Islam was the only way for salvation. Muslims consider Muhammad the last of the prophets.
What Muslims believe about Jesus
(The references in this section come from two articles written by Adrian Warnock. Links to his articles are found at the end of this post.)
The Qur’an mentions Jesus a number times. Muslims consider Jesus to be a prophet (Surah 2:136).
They also believe Jesus performed miracles including healings (Surah 3:49), miraculous food provision (Surah 5:112-115) and raising the dead (Surah 3:49). The Qur’an also states Jesus was compassionate (Surah 57:27).
The verses on healing and miracles do give an open door for Christians to pray for Muslims for healing as a way of sharing the Gospel of Christ.
The Qur’an also states Jesus was born by a virgin birth to Mary (Surah 19:20). However Muslims do not believe Jesus is the “Son of God,” as such a claim would suggest God had sex with Mary. Muslims also do not believe Jesus is God (Surah 19:88-92) and do not worship Him (Surah 5:116). The Bible in contrast states Jesus was the Son of God and worthy of worship (see John 1:1-4, 14, John 20:28, Matthew 28:16-18).
Muslims also do not believe Jesus died on the cross, but rather was taken to heaven before death. The Qur’an states that the Romans crucified another person in Jesus’ place and that Christians are not even aware of this (Surah 4:157-158). However, the Qur’an is not consistent on this point as it also implies Jesus died (Surah 19:33).
Since the Muslim faith did not start until several centuries after Judaism and Christianity, they look for references in the Bible to suggest it mentions Muhammad. For example, when Jesus promised the coming of the Holy Spirit ( a Comforter) in John 14, some Muslims interpret this as a reference to Muhammad.
On the issue of salvation, Muslims believe they can live good enough lives to please Allah and when they do sin, they can seek forgiveness.
Christians believe it is impossible to please God and that people are saved solely by faith in the death and resurrection of Christ who died for the sins of man. However, Muslims do not believe Jesus died as a substitute for our sins, as they believe another was substituted for Jesus on the cross.
- Christians Protest ‘Jesus Is Muslim’ Billboards in Ohio; Call Ads ‘Attempt to Lure Uninformed Christians’: Christian Post
- ‘Jesus Is Muslim’ Billboards Draw Protest in Columbus: Christian Newswire
- Eleven things Muslims agree with Christians about concerning Jesus: Adrian Warnock
- Six things Christians and Muslims disagree about over Jesus: Adrian Warnock
- Is Jesus Christ the Son of God? Responding to the Muslim View of Jesus: Enrichment Journal