Sunday, May 21, 2006

The American Thinker: Jesus and Muhammad

Dr. James Arlandson provides an in-depth look at the differences between Jesus and Muhammad in a 2-part article for The American Thinker.

Jesus and Muhammad: Major Differences (1)

Jesus and Muhammad: Major Differences (2)

He offers 15 differences and discusses each. Below, I extracted the differences (minus the discussion). Click on the links above to read the articles in their entirety.

Some Muslims say that Jesus was a mere human messenger even within Islam—never mind that he lived six hundred years before Islam. He and Muhammad are virtually the same. Both preached peace, but called for the sword when necessary.

But in the final analysis Muhammad is the last and best prophet. He has the better revelation. If only we could see this! So goes the subtle strategy.

However, this list of fifteen differences between Jesus and Muhammad disagrees with this insidious message. The differences between the two are profound.

It is better to be clear than confused. The frequently preached message of Islam washes away clarity about Christianity and whitewashes its own message.


One: Personal sin

One suffered from sin. The other was sinless.

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Two: Confronting Satan

One nervously seeks refuge from Satan. The other had complete confidence and authority.

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Three: Small-scale violence

One killed mockers and enemies. The other rises above such violence.

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Four: Religious freedom

One suppressed it. The other permits it.

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Five: Large-scale Violence

One launched the first Crusade. The other ordains preaching alone.

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Six: Martyrdom

One promises earthly and heavenly rewards for dying in a holy war. The other says his “martyrdom” promises his followers heaven.

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Seven: Wealth

One took it by force. The other resisted this temptation.

Eight: Marriage

One allowed polygamy and had many wives. The other says one man and one woman is best.

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Nine: Dealing with Sexual Sin

One ordered flogging and execution. The other offers forgiveness and restoration.

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Ten: Miracles

One worked no miracles. The other works many of them, even today.

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Eleven: Bible Prophecy

One is not mentioned or prophesied in the Bible. The other fulfills prophecy.

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Twelve: The Spirit

One restricts and confuses the doctrine of the Spirit. The other freely offers the Spirit as a full Person.

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Thirteen: Their Roles and Natures

One is only human. The other is both fully human and fully divine.

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Fourteen: Their deaths

One died of sickness aggravated by poison. The other died on the cross for the sins of the world.

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Fifteen: Occupied Tomb, Empty Tomb

One still lies in his. The other was resurrected.

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Dr. Arlandson teaches introductory philosophy and world religions at a college in southern California. You can find more of his work at Answering Islam. Be sure to read his Why I write hard-hitting articles on Islam.

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