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Islamic Teacher: Saying ‘Merry Christmas’ is Worse Than Killing Someone


The Christian faith teaches that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh who was born to be the Savior of the world, sent to die for the sins of all mankind as the final sacrificial Lamb of God. But according to Islamic teaching (which doesn’t even correctly understand many basic Christian doctrines) Jesus Christ is not God in the flesh, and this foundational tenet upon which Christianity is built is considered the worst of sins that anyone can commit, called “shirk“. In Islam, it is an unpardonable sin that Allah will never forgive. But in Christianity, it is the key to everlasting life

John 1:1,14, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God … And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”

1 John 4:3, “and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming …”

Transcript: “You [Muslims] cannot say ‘Merry Christmas’ … It’s not part of our Deen. Period. It’s the concept that God was born on the 25th of December. That’s as shirk and kuffir as you can get, and you saying ‘Merry Christmas’ [says], ‘Congratulations on your false religion [of Christianity]. Congratulations on your false understanding of life.’ You are congratulating them [Christians] on the most evil of shirk and kuffir … This is worse than fornication and drinking alcohol and killing someone because you’re approving of the biggest crime ever committed by the children of Adam: shirk …”

  1. 12/21/2011 at 6:44 PM

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  2. ICA
    12/21/2011 at 8:41 PM

    That’s quite a distortion of the Biblical Jesus. Other errors that Islam makes are with respect to how it incorrectly explains some basic Christian doctrines. For example:

    “The Qur’an teaches that, according to Christianity, God acquired a son through procreation with Mary. In the eyes of Muslims, the term “son of God” is believed to be, and is therefore understood, in a literal sense. But this misrepresentation is so far from the basic tenets of Christianity that any serious student of the Qur’an should begin questioning the veracity of some of the teachings of Islam on this error alone. The term “son of God” in the Bible is an anthropomorphism and is intended to be understood in a figurative sense, not in a wooden literal sense. It is a metaphor to describe a relational identity. In John 3:16, Jesus is called the only “begotten” son of God (the Greek word monogenēs) which means “unique” or “one of a kind” or “one and only”. As Christians, we are all called God’s children (Matthew 5:9; Romans 8:16; Galatians 3:6; Galatians 4:5; Ephesians 1:5, etc.). But this term is an analogy to describe our relationship to our Heavenly Father. We are not literal “sons” and “daughters”. Even the angels are called “sons of God” in the Bible (Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7). But Jesus is called the only “unique” son of God in Scripture for a very good reason. In the Old Testament, before Jesus came as a child into this world, He appeared before His people as the “Angel of the Lord“. He revealed Himself in the burning bush that spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai. He appeared before Joshua as the Commander of the Hosts of Heaven. And in the New Testament He is the eternal “Word of God”, called the “unique son of God”, because He is God in the flesh and there is no one else like Him.

    John 1:1,14, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God … And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten [monogenēs] of the Father, full of grace and truth.”

    Because of Mohammed’s distorted understanding of what Christians believed and practiced, Islam teaches that the Christian belief of the Trinity is a polytheistic teaching of “three gods”, characterized as the “Father”, and the “Son” and the “Virgin Mary”. Not only does the “Virgin Mary” have nothing to do with the Trinity (it is the Holy Spirit, not Mary), we believe in One God only and One God that is Triune. Not three gods. To use an analogy to illustrate this, consider fire. When we observe the fire of a candle, for example, we observe three distinct things: light, heat, and a flame. Yet, the light is fire. The heat is fire. The flame is fire. Although these three are fire, are there three different fires, or only one? Likewise, the Father is called God in Scripture (Phil 2:1), and so is the Son (John 1:1,14; Col 2:9), and so is the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4). Even though there is a clear distinction, there is only One God. As Deuteronomy 6:4 declares, “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD.” Literally translated, “Hear, O Israel: Yahweh and our Elohim are a united one.” The Old Testament demonstrates a plurality in the Godhead that is a united One, and this distinction is reaffirmed in the New Testament: “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him” (John 14:23).

    Read more here.

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    • Anonymous
      12/24/2011 at 5:02 PM

      Dear (whoever left the last comment),

      I just want to thank you for your enlightening information on this matter.I’ve always known (from my Christian friends and from my general information) that Christians believe that Jesus was indeed and literally the” son of God”. However, I have 2 very simple, straightforward questions I’d like you to answer:

      1- You are saying that Jesus Christ is the Son of God (not in a literal sense). However, you also believe that Jesus is also God himself? How come? Sorry, but this makes no sense to me.I’m really confused on this one!

      2- Since Jesus was said to be the “Son of God”,not in a lateral way as you say, but to show his uniqueness. Then since this human being is so “One of a kind” and so “unique” and special to God. Then why would God stand by while his beloved human is being tortured, and endure that kind of pain on the cross? No, seriously,have you ever considered that God almighty would never do that to his beloved “son”?

      And if you are saying to Muslims that they should re-consider their religion. Well, maybe you should do your homework before making such accusations. What I mean is that maybe YOU don’t believe that Jesus is the literal son of God. But as far as I heard and researched, all other Christians do. Here’s some proof for you :

      http://mormon.org/faq/belief-in-jesus-christ/

      Yes, I’m a Muslim.And as a Muslim, I believe in Jesus.I believe in the virgin birth.And I believe that Jesus is unique and special to God.As all prophets are to God.So unique that God Almighty lifted him to heaven and replaced him with another person who looked like him.So he wouldn’t go through all the pain and suffering, and in some historical stories it is said that the Christians who stayed and watched the suffering of the cross,did so from a village nearby and could not really recognize if it was Jesus or not.

      Anyways, I’m just saying what WE believe in. And please before accusing Islam or Muslims of anything.Please be respectful of other religions.Especially ones that believe in your Prophet and share SOME of your beliefs. And if you have any questions about Islam or Muslims,I’m here to answer you the best way I can.

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  3. ICA
    12/28/2011 at 12:28 AM

    Hi Anonymous Muslim, thank you for your comment. Many Christians who say they believe that Jesus is literally the Son of God speak from a Scriptural standpoint only (the Bible describes Jesus as the Son of God indeed), and not in the literal sense that Islam mistakenly teaches. Ask any of them if they believe the term “Son of God” in the sense that God acquired a son sexually through procreation with Mary, and they will all strongly disagree with such a teaching. Also, quoting a Mormon source — which by the way orthodox Christianity classifies as a “cult” — isn’t proof of anything. As I wrote here, “As a Christian, I have been forewarned by the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 11:4 against accepting the teachings of those who ‘preach another Jesus’ or ‘another gospel’ than that which we have already been given by the Apostles of Biblical Scripture. Whether it be the Jesus and teachings of Mormonism, or the Jesus and teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses, or the Jesus and teachings of Islam, they all fall well short of the Jesus and teachings of the historic Christian faith that was delivered to the saints. In fact, if anyone ‘or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!’ (Galatians 1:8). Yet according to Islam, the angel ‘Gabriel’ gave another gospel to Mohammed which, instead of rejecting, he decided to accept.”

    To your questions specifically.

    Anonymous – “You are saying that Jesus Christ is the Son of God (not in a literal sense). However, you also believe that Jesus is also God himself? How come? Sorry, but this makes no sense to me.I’m really confused on this one!”

    Yes, Jesus is the Son of God, and He is God. Though I’ve already explained how this can be in my description of the Triunity of One God, let’s dig into this a bit more from a Biblical perspective since you’ve asked.

    Many verses forbid worshiping men, angels, or any created thing.

    * Acts 10:25,26 – Cornelius fell down to worship Peter. Peter forbade it saying that he himself was just a man. God deserves worship, but men do not. (Cf. Acts 12:20-23; 14:8-18.)
    * Revelation 22:8,9; 19:10 – John sought to worship the angel, but the angel forbade it because he was a “fellow servant.” “Worship God.”
    * Romans 1:25 – People who worship and serve created things, rather than the Creator, have left the truth of God.
    * To worship any created thing – whether man, angel, heavenly body, or some other object in nature (mountain, ocean, etc.) – constitutes idolatry. [In other words, worshiping anything or anyone other than YHWH the God of the Bible is idoloatry].

    Only the true God deserves to be worshipped.

    * Matthew 4:9,10 – Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.
    * Revelation 9:20 – Idolatry is forbidden because it constitutes worship of someone other than God (Exodus 20:3-6; Deuteronomy 6:13-15; Revelation 14:9-11). [See also Exodus 34:14]
    * Note: proskunew is forbidden when used for obeisance to men from a spiritual or religious motivation or purpose. The word is sometimes (but rarely) used in the New Testament non-religiously to refer to bowing in obeisance to a king, master, or other person in authority (see Matthew 18:26 – this usage is more common in the Old Testament).
    * When used for religious honor, however, worship is forbidden toward any except God. In this sense, “worship” is like “lord,” “father,” “master,” etc. The words may be acceptably used for earthly, physical relationships (Ephesians 6:1-9; Colossians 3:21,22), but we are forbidden to use such as religious honor to men or created things (Matthew 23:8-12). [On Revelation 3:9, cf. to 1 Corinthians 14:25]
    * The concept of Deity distinguishes the Creator from the creature. Things which are created do not have the unique characteristics of God, do not do the unique works of God, and therefore should not be addressed by the unique names of God nor should they be worshipped.

    But Jesus received the unique worship God deserves.

    He was often worshipped while He appeared on earth before His resurrection.

    * Matthew 8:2 – A leper came and worshipped Jesus. [9:18; 15:25; Mark 5:6]
    * Matthew 14:33 – After Jesus had calmed the storm, the disciples worshipped Him saying He was the Son of God.
    * John 9:38 – After Jesus had healed the blind man, He revealed Himself to be the Son of God (v35). The man said he believed, and he worshipped Jesus.
    * Note that such religious worship would have been blasphemy and should have been forbidden as it was in the case of Peter, the angel, etc., if Jesus had been just a man on earth.

    Created beings also worship Him after His resurrection.

    * Matthew 28:9,17 – After His resurrection, His disciples worshipped Him. [Cf. John 20:28,29]
    * Luke 24:52 – Even after He had ascended back to heaven, they worshipped Him.
    * Hebrews 1:6 – Angels are instructed by God to worship Jesus.
    * Note that men were rebuked for worshipping men, angels, or created beings, but they were never rebuked for worshipping Jesus. Angels are even instructed by the Father to worship Jesus. The context of the above passages cannot fit the idea of obeisance to an earthly king or ruler. They refer to honoring Jesus as a religious authority – the very thing forbidden when offered to Peter, angels, etc.
    * Hence, Jesus accepted worship as an act of religious honor. The Scriptures, including Jesus’ own teachings, would absolutely forbid this unless He possesses true Deity. [1]

    Here is sound logic that we can easily deduce from Biblical Scripture. If Biblical Scripture explains that only God can be worshiped, and if Biblical Scripture forbids the worship of any created being or object, and if Biblical Scripture does not forbid or rebuke the worship of Jesus Christ, then Jesus Christ is therefore uncreated and is God in the flesh, according to Biblical Scripture.

    Anonymous – “Since Jesus was said to be the “Son of God”,not in a lateral way as you say, but to show his uniqueness. Then since this human being is so ‘One of a kind’ and so ‘unique’ and special to God. Then why would God stand by while his beloved human is being tortured, and endure that kind of pain on the cross? No, seriously,have you ever considered that God almighty would never do that to his beloved ‘son’?”

    Why would God the Father stand by while Jesus is being killed on a cross? The answer is simple: The reason that the Father sent Jesus into this world was to be the final sacrifice for the sin of humanity:

    1 Timothy 2:5-6, “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus who gave Himself a RANSOM for all, to be testified in due time …”

    If we look at the definition of “ransom”, it includes the sum or a price that must be paid or demanded, and “to deliver or redeem from punishment for sin.”

    According to Scripture, “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Jesus Christ took upon Himself the death penalty of sin so that you and I could both live, if we believe. He knew that this was His mission.

    In Hosea 13:14a God says, “I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death…”

    Why did Jesus have to die, you ask? The sacrificial offerings of the Old Law were a shadow that themselves pointed to a future fulfillment: the Messiah. They were the shadow, and the Messiah was the substance. You see, the Old Law required “that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” of sin (Hebrews 9:23), and now Messiah Jesus “has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.” (9:28).

    The writings of all the prophets of the Bible pointed to One Man –> Yeshua (Jesus) Ha’Mashiach (the Christ). In John 5:39 Jesus says, “Search the scriptures … they are they which testify of me.” Indeed, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them” (Matthew 5:17).

    Romans 5:6-11, “For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only [that], but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.”

    1 John 4:7-11, “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”

    Do you want your sins forgiven? Would you be willing to ask God to guide you to His Truth and how to be forgiven, even if it means that His Truth is not found in the Qur’an, but is instead found in the Bible?

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  4. Rayburne F.
    01/31/2012 at 2:21 PM

    This is the kind of radical Islamic extremism that poses a threat not just to Christianity and western society but to the rights and freedoms of all citizens in a democratic country to express their religious convictions and practice their faith (for Christians, the celebration and worship of Jesus Christ–the “the Word” (John 1:1, 14) who became flesh (the incarnation)–fully God (John 1:1, 14; John 8:58, Isaiah 9:6; 7:14 cf. Matt. 1:23; Micah 5:2; Col. 2:9; etc.) and yet fully man. You just have to mention the Trinity to some muslim to know that the God they worship and serve is not the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ–the One, and only (unique) Son of God (John 3:16) and Second Member of the triune Godhead (not three gods, but one God in three Persons). Now, that understandably may seem unfathomable; indeed, incomprehensible ,to Muslim belief, but that does not give them the right to target and distort Christianity with this kind of fanaticism. They should remember if I were in some fundamentalist Islamic country and critized/attacked verbally their celebration and worship of Muhammad the way they now attack Christianity, I would undoubtedly lose my life. Yet, in this country where we have the right and freedom to disagree with someone, even verbally express that disagreement– where secular society has a field day on ridiculing and attacking Christianity, they can get away with it. I, for one, am fed up with this double standard. Christians need to speak out and let their representative in Parliament know that such radical “fundamentalist’ Islamic extremism is not acceptable.

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  5. ICA
    01/31/2012 at 2:56 PM

    I agree Rayburne.

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  6. Rayburne F.
    02/03/2012 at 1:01 AM

    What may surprise our Muslim friend, who is without the enlightenment and understanding of God’s revelation by the Holy Spirit, is that the Bible clearly teaches that Jesus’ substitutionary sacrificial death (Atonement) for sinners and bodily resurrection was in direct and willing obedience to the predetermined will and foreknowledge of God, the Father, in eternity past: “Him [Christ], being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God , you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death” (Acts 2: 23).

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