Another Gospel, Another God
13 February 2010
NOTE: In this article, as in the other articles on this Web site, I am using the Hebrew form of Jesus, Yeshua, rather than the usual Greek form, Jesus. He IS Jewish after all, isn't He?!
In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul wrote to the Christians in the region of Galatia:
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of the Messiah and are turning to a different gospel — which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of the Messiah. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned! (Galatians 1:6-9)Paul wrote similar words to the Christians in Corinth, for as with the Christians in Galatia, he saw how easily they were deceived by false teaching:
But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to the Messiah. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Yeshua other than the Yeshua we preached, or if you receive a different Spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough. (2 Corinthians 11:3-4)What is this gospel, this "good news" that Paul preached? Here is one example from Philippians 2:6-8:
Though Yeshua was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, He gave up His divine privileges; He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When He appeared in human form, He humbled Himself in obedience to God and died a criminal's death on a cross.Paul also writes in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4,17:
I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that the Messiah died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. If the Messiah has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.In this passage Paul does not mention the divinity of Yeshua. He does not specifically have to, because that is the entire foundation and context of the Christian faith. We don't need to identify the individual molecules of air when they are the whole atmosphere in which we live and breathe. Similarly, Yeshua being the Son of God is what the whole New Testament is about — it is the atmosphere, the context, in which everything else in the New Testament exists. From the first page of the New Testament to the last, you can read it for yourself: Yeshua is God!
If Yeshua is not God, how could the death of a mere man on a cross take away the sins of the world? Deny the divinity of Yeshua, and the teachings of the New Testament become nonsense, and the Christian faith loses all of its meaning. As C.S. Lewis so famously wrote in his book Mere Christianity:
I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: 'I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God.' That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.So, in summary, the basic foundational beliefs of the Christian faith are these:
First and foremost, the Qur'an explicitly denies the divinity of Yeshua (Isa in Arabic) no less than 24 times! Here are the linked references, so you can read it for yourself:
They said (in boast), "We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah";? but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not.In a very short time we can easily see that the Qur'an and the Bible contradict each other. These two books actually contradict each other many, many more times, but right now we are just focusing on these few foundational beliefs of Christianity.
Obviously, these two books cannot be divine revelations from the same God. Nor can they both be true. Either Yeshua is the Son of God, or He's not. Either He was crucified and rose again, or He didn't. You can't have it both ways.
Throughout the Qur'an, it clearly states that those who do not believe that Allah is God will be sent to hell. Throughout the New Testament, it clearly states that those who do not believe that Yeshua is God will be sent to hell. Either Allah is God or Yeshua is God ... you can't have it both ways. You have to decide which one is telling the truth. You're decision will determine where you spend eternity. It is truly a matter of (eternal) life and (eternal) death.
Over the past decade there has been an alarming increase in the number of leaders in our country promoting the delusion that the God of the Bible and the god of the Qur'an are actually the same God. This powerful delusion has infected many leaders in the realms of politics, the media, education, entertainment, and even religion. President Bush himself made at least two public statements to that effect, once in 2003 and again in 2007:
"Well, first of all, I believe in an Almighty God, and I believe that all the world, whether they be Muslim, Christian, or any other religion, prays to the same God. That's what I believe." (5 Oct 2007)Those who say such things are either ignorant (they have not taken the trouble to research the truth), or else they are deceived (they have researched the truth, but for some reason are unable to believe it), or else they are deceivers (they know the truth, but purposely decide to spread this lie instead). This really reminds me of what the Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Thessalonians 2:10-11:
... those who are perishing ... perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie.I can't imagine very many lies bigger than this: the God of the Bible and the god of the Qur'an are the same God! This is definitely a powerful delusion! Total nonsense!
We started our discussion with a quote from the first chapter of Galatians. The next verse after the verses we already quoted seems very appropriate at this point:
Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of the Messiah. (Galatians 1:10)As we have seen, in the early 7th century, an "angel from heaven" did come and preach another gospel, another Yeshua, than what Paul and the other Apostles preached. And what did Paul, in writing down the inspired word of God, say about such a one? Twice he proclaimed: "Let him be eternally condemned!"
In 2 Corinthians 11:13-15, Paul gives us further insight into who this supposed "angel from heaven", who gave the Qur'an to Muhammad, really was:
For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of the Messiah. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.Satan himself can disguise himself as an angel of light. This is the true source of the "other gospel" of Islam that denies the deity of Yeshua, and His crucifixion and resurrection. This is what the Apostle John wrote about in 1 John 2:22-23:
And who is a liar? Anyone who says that Yeshua is not the Messiah. Anyone who denies the Father and the Son is an antichrist. Anyone who denies the Son doesn't have the Father, either. But anyone who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.John goes on to say in 1 John 4:1-3:
Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world. This is how we know if they have the Spirit of God: If a person claiming to be a prophet acknowledges that Yeshua the Messiah came in a real body, that person has the Spirit of God. But if someone claims to be a prophet and does not acknowledge the truth about Yeshua, that person is not from God. Such a person has the spirit of the Antichrist, which you heard is coming into the world and indeed is already here.When John says that "Yeshua came in a real body", obviously he is not just talking about a regular human being. He is referring to the fact that Yeshua is truly God, and that He truly lived on the earth in a real human body, and was not just some sort of spirit that appeared as a body. No, Yeshua was truly God, and truly human (and a Jewish one at that!). That is the core issue that only true Christians acknowledge, and everyone else denies.
So, in the end, we can conclude that the Qur'an is telling the truth when it says that Allah has no son, because Allah is NOT the God of Israel, NOT the God of the Bible, NOT the Father of Yeshua, but rather a demonic impersonator.
Neither was it the angel Gabriel who appeared to Muhammad, but again, a demonic impersonator "masquerading as an angel of light". For the fake "Gabriel" brought messages that declared at least 24 times that Yeshua is NOT the Son of God. But if we look at the message that the true Gabriel brought to Mary, we see that he specifically says twice that her son, Yeshua, will be called the Son of God:
You will be with child and give birth to a Son, and you are to give Him the name Yeshua. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. Yahweh God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; His kingdom will never end. The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the Holy One to be born will be called the Son of God. (Luke 1:31-33,35)Not only is Yeshua called the Son of God (the Most High) twice in this message through Gabriel, but God also promises that Yeshua will become the King of Israel forever! These "little" details seems to be missing from the Islamic version of the story (see Surah 3:45-49). I suppose such details would be an "inconvenient" truth for the Muslims, because their goal is to destroy Israel. Ah! Maybe that is why they want to destroy Israel.
Truly, as quoted above, the Apostle John warned us well: "Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world." (1 John 4:1)