Friday, April 12, 2013
Who is Jesus?
To Christians, He is the Son of God, one of the Holy Trinity.
I got to wondering who Jesus was to people of other religions.
According to Wikipedia, Muslims consider Jesus a Muslim prophet and the Messiah. They believe he was born into this world by a virgin birth, but did not taste of death as we humans know it. Allah is supreme and has no equals or partners. There will be a day of judgment where Jesus returns to the earth to defeat the anti-Christ.
Again, according to Wikipedia, Jews, like Muslims to not believe that God has an equal. However, unlike Christians and Muslims, they do not believe Jesus is the Messiah, because He did not fulfill the traditional Messianic prophecies of Judaism, and could not because these events have not yet happen.
I came to write this after wondering what Jesus and Muhammed would say to each other if they had a chance to sit down together and talk. Of course, anything I would post would be my opinion of what these men would say/have said, and I certainly do not wish to offend anyone's beliefs.
If I have misstated beliefs of my Muslim or Jewish sisters and brothers, please accept my apologies and leave a comment respectfully setting me straight. Frankly, I was surprised to find certain threads of commonality linking the different religions. Not enough, of course, to stop arguments and fighting, but the ideological similarities are there nonetheless.
For myself, I was raised in a Christian church, and while I do not always attend, I do consider myself to be a Christian. There is something called "The Golden Rule" (in Christianity) and most traditions have a similar saying. By all means, leave a comment expressing your spiritual beliefs, whatever they may be. I look forward to reading them, and maybe opening some discussion. Lastly, please respect the opinions of others even if they differ from your own.