In linguistics, a homonym is, in the strict sense, one of a group of words that share the same spelling and the same pronunciation but have different meanings. Thus homonyms are simultaneously homographs (words that share the same spelling, regardless of their pronunciation) and homophones (words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of their spelling). The state of being a homonym is called homonymy. Examples of homonyms are the pair stalk (part of a plant) and stalk (follow/harass a person) and the pair left (past tense of leave) and left (opposite of right). A distinction is sometimes made between “true” homonyms, which are unrelated in origin, such as skate (glide on ice) and skate (the fish), and polysemous homonyms, or polysemes, which have a shared origin, such as mouth (of a river) and mouth (of an animal). Thanks Wikipedia!
Are you clear on that? A homonym is one of a pair of words that are spelled the same and yet have totally different meanings. Hands up if you already knew that. Okay, there are still people without their hands up, meaning they either never heard of this or forgot it from grade school. Either way, not knowing about this can be dangerous for the Jew and Christian because Satan is good at taking advantage of situations like this, and he put a good example of this in the Quran using the word messiah (if only the “Chrislam” people would actually read their Quran and understand the danger they’re in when they teach their heresy). Make no mistake, the messiah in the Quran is not the Messiah in the Bible!
When Jesus (of the Bible) stood before the high priest, He was silent in response to all of the accusations presented, fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah. The only time He opened His mouth to respond was when the high priest demanded “by the living God” that He tell them if He was the Messiah. At that point, Jesus (of the Bible) had to answer because of the high priest’s invoking God in the conversation:
“But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.”
Did you see the word Messiah in those verses from the King James Version of the Bible? Neither did I. But do you know what I did see? I saw the word Christ. Time for a show of hands again…how many believe Christ is Jesus’ last name? Seriously, you’d be surprised at the number of people that refuse to study the Bible with any depth and are content to believe that His first name is Jesus and His last name is Christ!
The word Christ, according to the latest edition of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, simply means messiah. Go ahead and look it up…I’ll wait on you right here. Back already? Then let’s continue. The word messiah, according to the same dictionary, means “the expected king and deliverer of the Jews.” This is why, when we write His name on our primary ministry Website at Learning to Serve, we write Yeshua Messiah (Yeshua is the transliteration of His Hebrew Name). This is much closer to telling us not only His Name (which literally means “Yah is salvation”) but it tells us His role. It tells us exactly Who He is and that we can place our trust and faith in Him.
Now to the Quran. In eleven places, Isa (jesus of the Quran) is called messiah. But we *must* take the idea of messiah from the Muslim perspective into consideration. Recall from Talking Point #1 and Talking Point #4 that the god of Islam does not have a son. The jesus in the Quran is NOT a god, much less THE God. The application of the word messiah to him means no more than a messenger:
“Christ, the son of Mary, was no more than a messenger; many were the messengers that passed away before him. His mother was a woman of truth. They had both to eat their (daily) food. See how God makes His signs clear to them; yet see in what ways they are deluded away from the truth!”
He (jesus of the Quran) is purposely denigrated below any such status that may make him seem to be anything more than a man. In fact, it is recorded in the Quran that the god of Islam confronts him directly about his telling people that he was god:
“And behold! God will say [i.e. on the Day of Judgment]: ‘Oh Jesus, the son of Mary! Did you say unto men, worship me and my mother as gods in derogation of God?’ He will say: ‘Glory to Thee! Never could I say what I had no right (to say). Had I said such a thing, You would indeed have known it. You know what is in my heart, though I know not what is in Yours. For You know in full all that is hidden. Never did I say to them anything except what You commanded me to say: ‘Worship God, my Lord and your Lord.’ And I was a witness over them while I lived among them. When You took me up, You were the Watcher over them, and You are a witness to all things'”
So what about the homonym? In this case we have a word with a clear meaning of salvation for Jews and Christians and a clear meaning of next-to-nothing, just another messenger, to Muslims. A messiah is not someone to be revered or worshipped from the Muslim point of view. The Quran may refer to him as messiah, but like all the other look-alike settings Satan has penned in this book of cruelty, that is just another word chosen by sheer coincidence (yeah, right!) that makes jesus (of the Quran) seem to the unsuspecting reader more than he is. This sets up the Western Gentile mind reading the Quran and seeing him as Messiah, the One and the Same as preached in the local Baptist church. It sets up things like the “jesus and the Quran” heresy out of Snellville, GA, and gives pastors like Rick Warren opportunity to pray in the name of the god of Islam to establish his being the same as the God of the Bible. Satan is not stupid, but those who fall for his traps are, and this is a trap. Those who know the context and background of the unholy book know for certain that their jesus is nothing more than just another man. They know what the word messiah means to them and they know that their book never makes him out to be more than he is.
When you read the Quran, don’t let this kind of thing trip you and make you fall. The only sure barrier to truth is the assumption that you already know it. Don’t make that mistake. Know the context of everything you read, especially when it is this important. Always remember that the god of Islam is not the God of the Bible and…
Jesus is NOT in the Quran!