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Theological Musings of a Former Muslim: 6

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Recently, we ran the testimony of a former Muslim who turned to Christ. Now in a new series, we have decided to share the theological details of his conversion, quoting both the Qur’an and the Bible. We ourselves do not claim to be experts in either, but we do feel it could be of great value for others to see the scriptural issues and conclusions that “Sam” went through during this process.

 Here is his discovery of…

The Sinlessness of Jesus in the Qur’an

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One of my chief doubts concerned the sinlessness of Jesus and His authority to forgive the sins of others. It was difficult to avoid the contrast between the sinlessness of Jesus and the Qur’anic records of the sins of the other prophets. Thus the Qur’an addressing Muhammad in particular says:

 “That God may forgive thee thy former and thy latter sins, and complete His blessing upon thee, and guide thee on a straight path.” (Sura al-Fath 48:2) (cf: Sura Ghafir 40:45; Sura Muhammad 47:19)

Since no laden soul can bear another’s burden (Sura al-Fatir 35:18) then how can he or anyone of these prophets bear another’s burden?

But the Qur’an quoting the angel Jibra’il, says of Mary’s son:

 “He said, I am only a messenger of thy Lord, that I may bestow on thee a faultless son.” (Sura Maryam 19:9)

This fact is supported by a Hadith which says: “each human baby is touched by Satan’s finger at birth, save Mariam and her son.”

The Gospel also clearly indicates the purity and sinlessness of Jesus. “Can any of you prove me guilty of Sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me?” John 8:46) The Gospel further states that He takes away our sins:

“Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. But you know that He (Jesus) appeared to take away our sins. And in Him is no sin.” (1 John 3:4,5)

Was it in order to bear the burdens of others that Jesus Himself was an unburdened soul? Though the Qur’an declares Jesus as pure, it really offers no clue to the purpose of God in bestowing upon Mary a faultless son.

Further the Qur’an attributes qualities to Jesus which it attributes to no other prophets or apostles. He is described as God’s Word and a spirit from God:

 “O People of the Scripture! Do not exaggerate in your religion, nor utter aught concerning Allah save the truth. The Messiah Jesus son of Mary, was only a messenger of Allah, and His Word , which He conveyed unto Mary, and a spirit from Him . So believe in Allah and His messenger and say not ‘Three’ – Cease (it is) better for you! – Allah is only one God…” (Sura al-Nisa’ 4:171)

Thus also the angel Jibra’il addresses Mary with the following words:

“…He said: So (it will be). Thy Lord saith: It is easy for Me. And (it will be that We may make of him a revelation for mankind and a mercy from Us, and it is a thing ordained.” (Sura Maryam 19:21 cf. Sura al-Anbiya’ 21:91)

Whatever else the Qur’an has stated about Jesus, it surely has established Him as a unique person: His relation to God as God’s Word and a spirit from God; His creative activities, His healings, His raising from the dead (Sura Al Imran 3:49); His ascension into heaven and His presence in heaven today.

 Next:  THE SON OF GOD

To see the full series click here.

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