There has always been a great debate among Muslims and Christians about who between Jesus Christ and Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the true messenger of God. Even as the debate goes on for thousands of years, one thing that most human beings cannot deny is the fact that there is a God who reigns supreme all over the world. However, the only problem is; the integrity of His messengers, genuineness of the message or the general understanding of its recipients.
From the Christian point of view, there are some unanswered questions about Jesus and his teachings. Most of these questions have been asked countless times yet no one, even the most religious person on earth, seems to find a suitable answer. For example, in Mathew 7:6 and 15:24-26, Jesus explained that he was only sent to preach the gospel to the people of Israel at a time when a Canaanite woman was begging him to heal her daughter who had been possessed by demons. This raises the question of whether Jesus was really sent to deliver the whole world from sin or just a section of it.
Secondly, in Mathew 19:17, Jesus told his followers to follow the 10 commandments if they wanted to inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. On the contrary, the first commandment states that there is only one God in the whole world. Back to exodus 23:3, the Holy Bible recognizes the Trinity, which is defined as God in three consubstantial persons namely; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The presence of the Trinity contradicts Jesus’ message to Christians as far as worshiping one God is concerned.
Thirdly, in Mark 9:1, Jesus promised some men of his generation that they would not die before witnessing his second return. It is therefore safe to say that his generation passed thousands of years ago yet Jesus himself has not returned. This again creates the question of whether it is Jesus or Muhammad who seems to be telling the truth.
The Muslim perspective
According to Islam, the greatest topic of discussion is whether the Holy Quran recognizes the Holy Bible or if Muslims recognize Christianity as the true religion sent by God to deliver mankind from sin. Another question that arises when analyzing the Holy Quran is whether Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is the last of his kind. The Holy Quran explains that Muhammad (pbuh) is the Messenger of Allah and the seal of the prophets. There has always been a huge debate whether the word “seal” means “last” as understood by Muslims due to the rising number of self-proclaimed prophets in the modern generation.
Still on Islam, the Holy Quran clearly recognizes Jesus as a prophet of God, but not as His son. However, some religious analysts do not understand how possible it is for one to acknowledge the existence of the Son without trusting the message sent by the Father, precisely the Holy Bible.
Finally, Islam allows people to lie only under three special circumstances; during war, to bring peace between two people and to fix a collapsing marriage between a man and a woman. On the other hand, God is holy and hates sin. Since lying is considered sinful, then the greatest question under this category is whether the message was twisted or lies are part of the many ways of tackling modern problems such as relationship issues, according to Islam.
These are some of the most unanswered questions regarding the truth in both Islam and Christianity. Even though it is almost impossible to find a final clarification of the burning issues, it is still possible to acknowledge that the Sender lives and so does the message. Last year, Egypt made headlines all over the world when Muslims from the country formed a human ring to protect Christians praying in churches during the mass protests. Christians also returned the favor by protecting Muslims as they prayed despite the political clashes.
This proves the message of love portrayed in both the Holy Bible and Holy Quran. The same message should be preached in countries like the Central African Republic where religious wars are still going on. It may not be easy to tell who between Jesus or Muhammad (pbuh) is telling the truth but as long as human beings believe that there is only one Supreme Being called God, this is the first and most important step toward solving such religious mysteries.
Opinion By: Andrew Wandola