Jesus and Mohammed - who is the true prophet? For many followers of Islam, the matter is clear and self-evident - Mohammed is the true phrophet of God. The justification for this attitude is clearly stated in the Holy Quran. Followers of Islam believe the Quran is a literal transcription of the word of God as revealed to the prophet Mohammed (click here for biography of Mohammed). For many followers of Christianity, the difference between Jesus and Mohammed is equally clear and self-evident - Jesus is the true prophet of God. Their justification is that the first prophet of Christianity, Jesus, was actually the son of God (click here for biography of Jesus). And as the son of God, the message of Jesus is clearly more accurate and superior to that of any subsequent mortal prophet such as Mohammed. So let us examine the holy texts of these religions to examine the origins and attitudes of Jesus and Mohammed. I will first begin with Jesus, the prophet of the Christian religion. (The reader should note that this article is a supplement to the many comparisons of the values of Islam and Christianity in the book called The Unholy Legacy of Abraham).
I will begin with Christianity, because this religion predates Islam by about 600 years. The Holy Bible tells us that Jesus was the Son of God, a product of divine fertilization of the virgin Mary by God during the period she was betrothed to Joseph the carpenter.
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." (Bible, Matthew 1:18-21)
This is a very clear passage. Jesus was a Son of God, conceived out of wedlock by Mary, his mother. Put simply, Jesus was a bastard son of God, conceived by Mary. Now Jewish religious laws were very strict regarding consensual sex with betrothed free women, as is revealed by the following law of Moses.
If a man happens to meet in a town a virgin pledged to be married and he sleeps with her, you shall take both of them to the gate of that town and stone them to death-the girl because she was in a town and did not scream for help, and the man because he violated another man's wife. You must purge the evil from among you. (Bible, Deuteronomy 22:22-23)
In other words, Mary should have been stoned to death together with God for their infamy. Fascinating … how can you stone God? Mind-boggling stuff ... If we put this interesting legal point aside, we read that Joseph accepted the illegitimate child of Mary. But Jewish religious law, as handed down by the father of Jesus to the Jews was very strict regarding the rights of illegitimate children, otherwise known as bastards. Bastards and their children were not permitted to enter the temple until 10 generations had passed!
No one born of a forbidden marriage nor any of his descendants may enter the assembly of the LORD, even down to the tenth generation. (Bible, Deuteronomy 23:2)
This was a law handed down by God to Moses, and was binding upon all Jews. Jesus was a Jew as well as a first generation bastard, and we know he did enter the temple. Not only did he enter the temple, but we also read that stayed in the temple to argue and discuss religion with the priests there.
Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom. After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. (Bible, Luke 2:41-47)
Strange indeed! Here you have a first generation bastard entering a place forbidden him by his father, who also happened to be the eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent creator of the whole universe. Not only did Jesus disobey God, he also preached against God, his father. Long before Jesus was conceived, God his father, had very clearly told the Jews they were his chosen people, and that only those who followed his path would attain heaven. But Jesus clearly stated that only those who followed his path, and believed in him [Jesus] would attain heaven.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. (Bible, John 3:16-18)
He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes [in Jesus] and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned." (Bible, Mark 16:15-16)
So Jesus was a disobedient, illegitimate son of God, whom the Bible clearly reveals as usurping the prerogatives of his father by presuming to say who could, and who could not enter the Kingdom of Heaven! Such presumption! Would you trust such a man? After all we know that Jesus was telling a lie when he said he was the one and only Son of God, because the Bible clearly states that God had more than one son!
Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD. (Bible, Job 2:1)
All these things make the Biblical basis of Christianity very dubious, degrading it to the level of a mere sect founded by a disobedient, lying, bastard son of Mary, wife of Joseph the Carpenter. Followers of Islam revel and delight in such arguments, saying that this is further proof of the corrupt nature of the Bible as revealed in a passage in the book of Jeremiah in the same Christian Bible!
How can you say, "We are wise, for we have the law of the LORD," when actually the lying pen of the scribes has handled it falsely? (Bible, Jeremiah 8:8)
But are the holy texts of Islam any better, or more consistent than those of Christianity? Is there really any fundamental difference between Jesus and Mohammed? Doe the holy books of Islam reveal Mohammed to be superior in origin and character to Jesus?
According to the followers of Islam, Mohammed was the last and most perfect prophet of God, and the Holy Quran is a literal transcription of the revelations of God to Mohammed. But what does the Quran reveal about the character of Mohammed? There are several indications that Jesus and Mohammed had quite different characters. Jesus was untrustworthy, but was generally non-violent, and did not generate rules giving him special special priveleges. Mohammed was very different. To begin with, Mohammed claimed that God had granted him special rights. For instance, in the matter of women, the following passage reveals he could have any woman he wants, while his followers had to obey another set of laws.
O Prophet! We have made lawful to thee thy wives to whom thou hast paid their dowers; and those whom thy right hand possesses out of the prisoners of war whom Allah has assigned to thee; and daughters of thy paternal uncles and aunts, and daughters of thy maternal uncles and aunts, who migrated (from Mecca) with thee; and any believing woman who dedicates her soul to the Prophet if the Prophet wishes to wed her; this only for thee, and not for the Believers (at large): We know what We have appointed for them as to their wives and the captives whom their right hands possess; in order that there should be no difficulty for thee. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. Quran 33:50
As if this were not enough, Mohammed could also ignore the oaths he made. This was another special dispensation he claimed to have received from God.
O Prophet! Why holdest thou to be forbidden that which Allah has made lawful to thee? Thou seekest to please thy consorts but Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. Allah has already ordained for you, (O men), the dissolution of your oaths (in some cases): and Allah is your Protector, and He is Full of Knowledge and Wisdom. Quran 66:1-2
And to cap it all, Mohammed also got one fifth of the booty his followers plundered from their enemies. They did all the work, such as fighting, killing, and plundering. They also took the risks of being wounded and being killed. All he had to do was sit back, and hold out both hands to receive one fifth of all the women, slaves, hostages, and other booty they brought back.
And know that out of all the booty that ye may acquire (in war), a fifth share is assigned to Allah, and to the Messenger [Mohammed], and to near relatives, orphans, the needy, and the wayfarer, if ye do believe in Allah and in the revelation We sent down to our Servant on the Day of Testing, the Day of the meeting of the two forces. For Allah hath power over all things.Quran 8:41
Mohammed partly justified killing and plunder of the enemies of Islam, by claiming that God considers the Arabic peoples to be the best and most superior people upon the world: far superior to Christians, Jews, and all others...
Ye are the best of peoples, evolved for mankind, enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong, and believing in Allah. If only the People of the Book had faith, it were best for them: among them are some who have faith, but most of them are perverted transgressors. (Quran 3:110)
One reaction to all these things is simply the three letter word - WOW! This reveals Islam to be no more than a standard religious cult grown into a world religion (see Quran and the Bible). But instead of just surprise, we should also examine the Quran to find whether the revelations of God to Mohammed are the true revelations of God. After all, Mohammed lived 600 years after Jesus, and may actually have transmitted the true revelations of God. But then we read the following passages which destroy any such possibility.
We sent not a messenger except (to teach) in the language of his (own) people, in order to make (things) clear to them. Now Allah leaves straying those whom He pleases and guides whom He pleases: and He is Exalted in power, full of Wisdom. (Quran 14:4)
To Allah belongeth all that is in the heavens and on earth. He forgiveth whom He pleaseth and punisheth whom He pleaseth; but Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Quran 3:129)
It is true thou [Mohammed] wilt not be able to guide every one, whom thou lovest; but Allah guides those whom He will and He knows best those who receive guidance. (Quran 28:56)
In other words, God is the final arbiter, not Mohammed, nor anyone else. This immediately means that the revelations contained in the Quran are dubious. Mohammed himself tells us that only God knows the will of God, and that God also leads astry whom he will. So was Mohammed led astray? We do not know. And the Quran does not tell us whether Mohammed was led astray. We do have the evidence of self-serving passages in the Quran revealing a rather dubious side to the character of Mohammed. There are also indications in the abrogation of Quranic passages, that Mohammed was led astray every now and then. After all, if God is perfect, and Mohammed was perfect, why do newer passages in the Quran abrogate older passages. We know the the laws of God are supposed to be eternal - all holy books tell us this. So abgrogation of passages indicates either changing human situations, or opportunism on the part of Mohammed. Read more on the subject of abrogation in the Quran here. Moreover, Mohammed himself states in the Quran, that to pretend to know the will of God is a form of vile heresy…
Say: None in the heavens or on earth, except Allah, knows what is hidden: nor can they perceive when they shall be raised up (for Judgment). (Quran 27:65)
In other words, the holy books of Islam are just as questionable, inconsistent, and untrustworthy as those of Christianity.
Jesus and Mohammed. Neither is better than the other. The holy books of the religions they founded reveal them to be equally untrustworthy. Islam is no better than Christianity, and Christianity is no better than Islam. In chapter 11 of the book called The Unholy Legacy of Abraham you can also read why the philosophy of predestination preached in the Bible, as well as in the Quran, reveals Christianity and Islam to be farces, no more than charades instituted by a an inconceivably mendacious and malignant God to drive as many souls as possible into hell where they can be tortured for all eternity!
This page lfirst placed on 28 December 2008, revised 14 June 2014