The Mohammedan Jesus: don't bother looking for him in the Koran!

Jesus of Nazareth vs. Jesus of Neverland

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Critics of Islam tend to avoid the main question about Islam in favor of secondary questions. The main question is, “Did Muhammad actually receive a revelation from God?” The secondary questions are: “Is Islam a religion of peace?” “Is Islam compatible with modern values?” “Are women treated fairly under Sharia law?” And so on. These are useful questions to ask if you are trying to wake up your fellow citizens to the utterly alien nature of Islam, but they won’t carry much weight with a believing Muslim. Warlike religion? Incompatible with modern values? So what? If that’s the way God wants it, who are we to question his ways?

That’s why the main question needs to be raised. Did God deliver a message to Muhammad, or did Muhammad make it up? It’s a good bet that most Americans believe the latter but are too polite or too prudent to say so. We keep our thoughts on the matter to ourselves, not just out of fear of offending Muslims, but also because the cult of cultural relativism requires us to give lip service to the proposition that all religions are equally valid. Nevertheless, the question about the authenticity of Muhammad’s claim is still the heart of the matter. As long as Muslims believe that Muhammad received his marching orders from God, the threat of Islamic jihad will continue to grow. But take that away and you take away the rationale for Islam’s war against the world.

So it makes sense to lay out the case that Muhammad’s claims are highly improbable. One way to do this is to apply to Islam the same tests of critical reason and historical evidence that we apply to the Christian revelation. Over the centuries, both Christian critics and Christian scholars have subjected the Gospel revelations to a rigorous examination. While this had the effect of shaking up some people’s faith, it also had the effect of strengthening the rational/factual case for Christianity. But when this method of inquiry is applied to the Islamic revelation things fall apart.

For example, take the depiction of Jesus in the Koran and compare it to the depiction of Jesus in the Gospels. Since they flatly contradict each other on essential matters, normal curiosity invites the comparison. Which is the real Jesus? Or better, which of the two accounts seems to describe an actual historical figure?

Jesus is considered a great prophet by Muslims, but one has to wonder why, seeing as he has almost nothing to do or say in the pages of the Koran. He only speaks on six or seven occasions and then, very briefly, and primarily to deny that he ever claimed to be God. But then, the whole point of introducing Jesus into the Koran is to discredit the Christian claim that he is divine—a claim that, if true, invalidates Muhammad’s entire mission. Thus, whenever Jesus is mentioned in the Koran, it’s almost always for the purpose of whittling him down in size. For example, “He was but a mortal whom we favoured and made an example to the Israelites.” (43: 60).

The Jesus of the Koran appears mainly in the role of a counter to the Jesus of the Gospels, but “appears” is really too strong a word. This Jesus doesn’t attend weddings, or go fishing with his disciples, or gather children around him. He has practically no human interactions, and what he has to say is formulaic and repetitive. He is more like a disembodied voice than a person. And, to put it bluntly, he lacks personality. The Jesus of the New Testament is a recognizable human being; the Jesus of the Koran is more like a phantom. When did he carry out his ministry? There’s not a hint. Where did he live? Again, there’s no indication. Where was he born? Under a palm tree. That’s about as specific as it gets in the Koran. Next to the unanswered questions about the Jesus of the Koran, President Obama’s problems over establishing his birthplace seem minor by comparison. In short, Muhammad’s Jesus is a nebulous figure. He seems to exist neither in time nor space. On the one hand you have Jesus of Nazareth, and on the other, someone who can best be described as Jesus of Neverland.

One thing you find in the Gospels which you don’t find in the Koran is a solid geographical and historical context. If the story of Christ was set in some mythical location, long before the age of recorded history, it would be easier to pass it off as…well, a myth. But the story takes place not in some vague neverland but in places that can still be visited today—Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jerusalem. Christ doesn’t just go to some indeterminate wedding feast, he goes to the wedding feast at Cana; in his parable about the good Samaritan, he mentions a specific road, the one going from Jerusalem to Jericho. He converses with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well in the town of Sychar. He cures one man at the pool of Siloam, and another at the pool with five porticos. Sidon Tyre, Capernaum, the Sea of Galilee, the Jordan River, the Mount of Olives, the Praetorium, Herod’s court, Golgotha—there is a specificity and facticity that you won’t find in mythology.

…Or in the Koran. Take, for example, the differing accounts of the crucifixion. Here is what the Koran has to say: “They did not kill him, nor did they crucify him, but they thought they did.” (4:157). Well, that’s an interesting take on the crucifixion. Tell us more. Dan Brown has a similar theory about the crucifixion but at least he concocts a story to support it. But inquiring minds who hope to gain some further insight in the Koran will be disappointed. “They did not kill him…but they thought they did?” Why did they think that? And who were “they”? Answer: Muhammad didn’t seem to know who “they” were. Or, if he did know, he didn’t want his followers to know that there existed an entirely different and far more detailed story of the life of Christ than the one he presents. In the Koran account there are no chief priests, no Sadducees, no crowds, no Romans, no Pilate, no Herod, no Peter, James, and John, no Golgotha, no Garden of Gethsemane, no upper room, no Jerusalem, no Nazareth, no Galilee, no preaching in the temple, no sermon on the mount, no calming of the tempest, no last supper, no trial before the Sanhedrin. For that matter, there’s no historical context, no geography, no kind of setting at all. Someone once said of Los Angeles that “there’s no there there.” That’s the feeling you get when you encounter Jesus in the Koran.

The Jesus of the Koran really does exist in a neverland. Set against the Gospel story with all its vivid detail and close attention to persons and events, the Koranic account is vague and vapid in the extreme. And amazingly brief. If you omit the repetitions, the whole of what the Koran has to say about Jesus can be fit on about two or three pages of Bible text. And of that, about half is devoted to denying that he was God’s son.

You don’t have to be a Christian to see that the New Testament looks much more like a historical document than the Koran. It’s curious when you think about it. With all of his audacious claims to be equal with God, the Jesus of the Gospels is far more believable than the Jesus of the Koran. Not only is it difficult to believe in the few claims that are made for Muhammad’s Jesus, it’s difficult to believe in his existence. There’s just no convincing detail.

Which is more likely the true account of Jesus? On the one hand, you have the Koran’s sketchy version; on the other you have a highly detailed narrative with numerous references to historical facts and geographical locations. Which is more believable? An account composed in Arabia some six hundred years after the life of Jesus, or one composed by his contemporaries with the help of numerous witnesses who were on the spot?

Whatever you may think of the claims of Christ, it’s hard not to believe in his existence. As Dinesh D’Souza puts it in What’s So Great about Christianity, “Do you believe in the existence of Socrates? Alexander the Great? Julius Caesar? If historicity is established by written records in multiple copies that date originally from near contemporaneous sources, there is far more proof for Christ’s existence than for any of theirs.” Historical reliability? F.E. Peters in his bookHarvest of Hellinism writes that “the works that make up the New Testament were the most frequently copied and widely circulated books of antiquity.” What does that mean? It means that the New Testament survives in some 5,656 partial and complete manuscripts that were copied by hand. And that’s in Greek alone. If you add in the Latin-vulgate and other early versions, there are more than 25,000 manuscript copies of the New Testament in existence. How does that compare with other early histories? Well, there are seven copies of Pliny the younger’s Natural History, twenty copies of the Annals of Tacitus, and ten copies of Caesar’s Gallic Wars. Score: Christianity, 25,000, Caesar, 10. When you render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s in manuscript terms, it doesn’t seem to amount to much.

It’s a little more difficult to check up on the authenticity of the other Jesus, however, since there is no record of anyone in the ancient world declaring himself not to be the Son of God, while simultaneously heralding the coming of a prophet named “Muhammad.” Muslim apologists insist that there is an original, long-lost version of the Gospel which corroborates the account of Jesus that appears in the Koran. Christians, they say, tampered with the original, and manufactured a corrupted version which turned Jesus into God, and left Muhammad out of the story—in effect, the Muslim equivalent of the Da Vinci Code theory. But it’s a general rule of scholarship that you have to work with the records you have, not the hypothetical ones. And in the record we have—the Koran—Jesus seems more like a mythological person than a real one. Subjecting him to the historical/critical method of inquiry would be akin to subjecting Perseus or Achilles to the historical/critical method.

In the Koran, Jesus’ longest monologue is delivered from the cradle when he is only a few days old. In view of the air of unreality surrounding him, it’s worth asking again why he is in the Koran at all, or why he is accorded the status of a great prophet. The answer is that in claiming him as a Muslim prophet, Muhammad is giving Jesus a demotion, not a promotion. John the Baptist said of Jesus, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” Muhammad preferred it the other way around. For him to increase, it was necessary that Jesus decrease.

So, although Jesus is supposed to be a great prophet, he does not really come across that way in the Koran. He comes across more like a shadowy government witness at a show trial who has been given some statements to memorize. At one point he is actually interrogated by God:

Then God will say: “Jesus, son of Mary, did you ever say to mankind: ‘Worship me and my mother as gods besides God?’”

“Glory be to You,” he will answer, “I could never have claimed what I have no right to. If I had ever said so, You would have surely known it…I told them only what you bade me.” (5:116-117)

Well, that settles it, then. You see, he never said it. Admits it himself.

Muhammad seems to have realized early on that if Christ is who Christians say he is—the Son of God and the fulfillment of all prophecy—then there is no need for another prophet and another revelation. In one sense, Muhammad’s handing of the Jesus problem is very clever: keep him in the narrative but demote him; and use him to rebut the Christians’ central beliefs. In another sense it was not so clever, because the stage-managed Jesus Muhammad presents is almost totally lacking in substance, and is clearly meant to be nothing more than a prop to the Prophet’s own claims. Christian scholars and Christian critics often talk about the search for the “historical Jesus.” Here’s a time-saving hint: don’t bother looking for him in the Koran.



Muslims often highlight the Qu’ran’s recognition of all previous prophets and the requirement on Muslims to accept them and their messages as being authentic.

Answer: Islam doesn’t “recognise” previous prophets of either the Christians ot the Jews, it only invokes them for utilitarian reasons

What Islam does is this; it attempts to appropriate those biblical figures and to dishonestly retrofit them with an islamic identity they never had and wouldn’t want to have, and islam does this in order to kite a falsehood; that an ‘immoral Bedouin’ (to quote Attaturk) named Mohamed was an Abrahamic prophet.

When a lie is to be propagated and maintained it is best it be garnished with a few superficial tidbits of truth in order to give it a veneer of respectability.

26 thoughts on “The Mohammedan Jesus: don't bother looking for him in the Koran!”

  1. uh, I don’t keep the part ‘did mohammed make it all up’ to myself. I tell muslims that all the time on Facebook, and a Catholic forum (where muzzies think they can just spout their da’wa/taqiyya dribble), and on medias when we are able to comment online.

  2. Does it really matter if Jesus died at the time of the crucifixion or at a later date. As long as we follow the example of the “teaching” of Jesus. This is what faith is about.

    However, with Islam this is a different matter. Their blind obedience to evil, theft, rape, paedophilia, terrorism and the rest is a manifestation of who they were. Their prophet did not preach peace
    and Mohomad knew his audience. He knew they could not read or write and that they were desert dwelling robber bands. You play to your audience of cut throats and murderers. You promise them a brothel for heaven. You promise them babies to molest and many wives. So, may the fleas of a thousand camels, infect the arses of the muslims. Inshallah!

  3. Therese,Yes,It really does matter . Jesus did NOT “Die later”. He died at the time of his Crucifixion AND three days later ROSE from the dead.

  4. Robert,
    To you it matters and that is respected. But Thersa has nailed the critical point – the teachings of Jesus are praiseworthy and present a moral example that is worth following. Islamists, on the other hand, as evidenced by numerous muslim dickheads throwing stones at a Jewish dance group in Hannover, are viscous, nasty slime balls who have NO place in a modern society. As Thesesa intimates, this is directly related to mohammed and its teachings. When or whereor how Jesus arose after his crucifixion detracts in no way from his central message, and that is the core issue.

  5. “OOO my religion is right.” So childish. Believe in what YOU believe in and respect others and their choices of faith. Ignorant people like you and those who agree with your article don’t understand that it is PEOPLE that cause problems, it has absolutely nothing to do with religion. Even if there were no religions in the world, people would still fight and kill over differences in opinion and in differences of how they look. By the way, wasn’t it a bunch of Christians led by a non-believer that killed millions of Jews a few decades back? Do you call the Germans or Christians barbaric like Muslims? Articles like these show nothing but insecurities, there is no need to write about how another religion is wrong and yours is right. Insecure? Why? When was the last time you heard a Muslim converting? Even if you did, whatever number that is, multiply it by 100 and you will get the number of people that convert to Islam. Cute article, really 😉

  6. Oh how clever… “written by sheikyermami.” Can I weitch my username to “Priest Love Boycock” please?

  7. well this was a good read…my name is Zubair Ali Khan, please understand that this article discredits the teaching of Jesus, he thought respect, you show ignorance , he thought love yet you depict hate. I can dish out alot of teachings but for you to understand you need to really research and know who the beloved Jesus is…I am and will remain a muslim, so will my kids and their kids to follow. Can you honestly say the same.Islam is the worlds fastest growing religion, co incedence? The prophet muhammed made up the quraan? so i am to assume he could describe the stages of fetus growth and the moon influencing tides? A man who lived in the desert made up things discovered in the 20th century,the authenticity of the quraan can be determained by its predictions…..nice try but your efforts have been floored..

  8. * Islam is the worlds fastest growing religion, co incedence?

    Not at all, Zubair. As Jesus Christ, the Son of God taught: “Because there will be false Christs and false prophets, and they will give signs and wonders in the hope of turning even the saints from the true way.”
    (Mark 13:22).

    False prophets do not come much falser than Mohammed, and few have succeeded in dudding their followers as he and allah, his organ grinder.

  9. Well let me start good sir by saying that arguing with you on this would all be pointless as i cant change your perception of my beautiful religion, you have already become victim to polluted mass media and you have already shaped a rather tainted perception of our faith… but ill simply ask you this… Is this site teaching love and peace the way Jesus did, or is it breathing contempt and hate for muslims? is that not contradictory, Jesus said love your neighbour as you love yourself, what if your neighbour was muslim?

  10. I would urge you to research more on Muhammed (SAW). He thought us to be patient with ignorance…so ill be patient with your comments. If only we all followed the teaching of the books of faith,this website would be less insulting..

  11. * Is this site teaching love and peace the way Jesus did

    The topic of this site is islamic jihad, hence the Winds of Jihad title.

    * Jesus said love your neighbour as you love yourself, what if your neighbour was muslim

    The problem isn’t muslims, who are simply born into the death cult, according to the false prophet, but with the god of islam, who mocks and blasphemes against Jesus Christ, denying that He is the Son of God, and denying that He was crucified.

    “For ours is not a conflict with mere flesh and blood, but with the despotisms, the empires, the forces that control and govern this dark world–the spiritual hosts of evil arrayed against us in the heavenly warfare.” (Ephesians 6:12)

    The battle between allah and God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit will be fought in the heavens – allah will be defeated. islam will be destroyed, along with its followers.

  12. * Jesus said love your neighbour as you love yourself, what if your neighbour was muslim

    The muslim neighbour would be required not to make friends with Christians and Jews – regardless of any love I was to show for him / her, he / she would be forbidden to return my friendship, as you would know if you were to read the blasphemous koran:

    [5.51] O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.

    (allah, via its sockpuppet Mohammed).

  13. * this website would be less insulting..

    Would this website be “less insulting” than these insults and blasphemies?

    [4.157] And their saying: Surely we have killed the Messiah, Isa son of Marium, the apostle of Allah; and they did not kill him nor did they crucify him, but it appeared to them so (like Isa) and most surely those who differ therein are only in a doubt about it; they have no knowledge respecting it, but only follow a conjecture, and they killed him not for sure.

    * Christ has purchased our freedom from the curse of the Law by becoming accursed for us–because “Cursed is every one who is hanged upon a tree.” (Galatians 3:13)

    [4.171] O followers of the Book! do not exceed the limits in your religion, and do not speak (lies) against Allah, but (speak) the truth; the Messiah, Isa son of Marium is only an apostle of Allah and His Word which He communicated to Marium and a spirit from Him; believe therefore in Allah and His apostles, and say not, Three. Desist, it is better for you; Allah is only one God; far be It from His glory that He should have a son, whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth is His, and Allah is sufficient for a Protector.

    * I and my Father are one. (Jesus Christ – John 10:30)

    * For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
    (John 3:16)

    * I would urge you to research more on the false prophet Muhammed, Zubair. allah is using him as a means of trafficking in the souls of muslims, causing them to reject God’s plan of salvation and eternal life through Jesus Christ, and to remain under the curse of the Law.

    Sharia is no substitute, with its bloody punishments and random fatwas; grace is undeserved, unmerited and cannot be earned by law keeping and good works, and certainly not via the mockery of islam.

    Warn your fellow muslims, Zubair … time is rapidly running out, before God gathers them against Israel and destroys them.
    (Ezekiel 38 and 39, and so on).

    Change your mind, Zubair – your eternal destiny depends upon you doing so in this life – it is too late after you die.

  14. I deeply appreciate the intrest you show in my salvation although i feel its you that needs to be saved.(no disrespect) Lets not tap into sharia laws or even the holy Quraan, how about a more intense look into the bible. Explain to me the whole 3 in 1 concept ? the trinity … one can say 3 dollors in one pocket not 3 dollors in one dollor. Its not logical, further more …you said it would be forbidden to return your friendship…so would you not even try? Does this mean that you disrespect and mock my religion in flowery tongue because you know we would not return love and respect shown? that is ignorrant. To be honest sir, we cannot use quraan and bible as a basis for this debate as i love the quraan and all its teaching whereas you degrade and deny the laws from that text…any verse from the bible you use cannot substantiate what you say as we do not share a common belief in the bible…so lets get to the crux of it, no biblicle or quraanic refrences…Who is your god…? And what is your idea of Allah?

  15. ….By the way, the quraan does not condemn you.

    [5.69] Surely those who believe and those who are Jews and the Sabians and the Christians whoever believes in Allah and the last day and does good– they shall have no fear nor shall they grieve.

  16. I do not have any belief in allah, apart from it being a sockpuppet of Satan, and in turn being the vector through the koranic lies and blasphemies were transmitted to the false prophet Mo.

    It is illogical to be a Christian and believe in allah (for salvation), when salvation is based on grace through faith in Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for our sins. allah and its false prophet specifically deny the deity and sonship of Jesus Christ, and his crucifixion for our sins. islam is not some sort of alternate route to heaven – it is the HOV lane to Hell.

    The message about the cross (the crucifixion that allah and Mo deny took place) is foolishness to those who are perishing:

    “For the Message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are on the way to perdition, but it is the power of God to those whom He is saving.” (1 Corinthians 1:18)

    Frankly, I do not care what the blasphemous koran does or does not do to me – it is an exercise in futility to respond to muslim taqiyya, and my future hangs solely on God’s free and undeserved gift of salvation and eternal life through Jesus Christ.

    On what does your future hang, Zubair?

  17. Zubair,
    The results of excessive in-breeding (in the NW Frontier probably) are evident in your posts. The trinity is not easy to understand. Interestingly the concept can also be roughly understood in certain algebraic systems which I doubt you could even come close to understanding. In short, explaining it to you is not worth the trouble because your email shows you are incapable of understanding the concept. However a small start … which is all you will get …the simplest explanation is that the three parts are the whole and that the whole is each of the three parts – but that it itself will require a great deal of explanation which I have no intention of furnishing to you as it will be a waste of time. No one here wants your friendship, or even cares for your salvation. As you muslims persecute non-muslims so will you be destroyed when the time is right, and that time is near. In a few years a major conflict will break out, driven by muslim greed, and at the end you and your kind will be gone, leaving mankind to progress as God intended, without recourse to the words of a violent criminal rapist, murderer and child modester called mohammed (read the quran idiot – because that is effectively what he is described as). I find it highly amusing that an idiot muslim like you, who has achieved nothing of value, and whose creed (islam) has achieved nothing over the last 1300 years, should have the nerve and the rudeness to enforce their primitive and barbaric concept of a god onto us. NO THANK YOU. As said before Zubair, no one cares for you and your words, you are a thug as are your violent muslim brothers whose atrocities are highlighted every day in the open press. Do you seriously think you have anything to say to us that we cannot work out for ourselves?? You cannot understand us – but we understand you very well. Your last quote is amusing. It implicitly abrogates against non-muslims and you have the stupidity to quote the passage and tell us that it does not mean what it directly implies. You know Buddhists are probably the most peaceful and caring people who honor others and our world on a daily basis. Do you seriously think that they are damned because they refuse to behave like the violent muslims parasites that infect this planet. Muslims murder, rape, lie, cheat, steal, kidnap, hurt non-muslims and all for their false prophet and their god – NO ONE ELSE DOES THIS – ONLY MUSLIMS AND YOU TELL US YOU ARE A RELIGION OF PEACE. FUCK OFF YOU LYING BASTARD AND ROT IN HELL. In the last 72 hours a minimum of three innocent people have been murdered by muslim scum – religion of peace – your actions prove otherwise – your arguments say nothing – and you are nothing! Do write again zubair – it is nice to see a muslim directly proving how stupid it is.

  18. The word “trinity” is a term used to denote the Christian doctrine that God exists as a unity of three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each of the persons is distinct from the other, yet identical in essence. In other words, each is fully divine in nature, but each is not the totality of the other persons of the Trinity. Each has a will, loves, and says “I” and “You” when speaking. The Father is not the same person as the Son, who is not the same person as the Holy Spirit, who is not the same person as the Father…written by Matt Slick who is a renouned christian author…Does whats bieng said make sense?the trinity was never ever mentioned in the bible yet its the basis of christianity… Im not picking on one particular point or flaw in your teachings, just trying to get a better understanding. Chrisitianity is riddled with flaws, i must admit i see the beauty in some of the teachings in the bible but there is so much contradiction and ilogical concepts force fed that if one opened their eyes and heart they will recieve the truth..

  19. You are right about the war, Zubair, but how can you possibly prepare for it when your likely fate will be as bird food …

    And they gathered them together into the place which is called in Hebrew Har-Magedon. (Revelation 16:16)

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