[mantra-pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”center” width=”33%”]There is no bride in Islam[/mantra-pullquote]This may be long post, but well worth it. With each piece of evidence that I believe will solidify the message of difference between the God of the Bible and the god of Islam, between the Holy Bible and
Holy Quran, and between Jesus of the Bible and jesus of the Quran, it’s easy to tell myself “this is the final piece that will say it all!”, but there always seems to come out yet another solid piece of evidence. This time, it’s coming in the fact that the Quran, and the entire message of Islam, is missing it’s Bride!
And actually, considering the idea of justification (salvation) and where one will spend eternity, the idea of the Bride is very important.
If you have not yet done so, please read Talking Point #20, Talking Point #31, and Talking Point #40 for descriptions of how women are treated in Islam. Remember, this current Talking Point doesn’t apply only to women, though – we’re looking at this “bride” thing from a Biblical perspective versus the Quranic perspective. We’re talking about being a bride, not being a woman, but because Islam doesn’t have the concept of “the Bride of Christ”, we have to look at how women are treated in the Quran to get the concept of how meaningless women and, therefore, brides, are in Islam. Shameful…
Let’s talk about Jesus of the Bible first (since He should always be first). Jesus loves you, enough so that He died on the cross for you (see Talking Point #8). But do you know why He died for you, Christian? Unlike the god of Islam who wants you to die for him, the God of the Bible (Jesus Himself!) died for you because He would rather die for you than to spend eternity without you! It all points to His love for you! Just like Adam and Eve in Genesis – when Eve ate of the forbidden fruit, Adam followed and ate it too. Have you ever stopped to think why he would do that? He knew better. He could have turned to God and said “Hey Sir, this woman you gave me…she ate the fruit and is going to die but I don’t want to die with her. Can you make me another one?” But he didn’t do that. He CHOSE, on PURPOSE, to follow suit, eat, and die with her. You see, he LOVED her so much that he CHOSE to die for her than to spend eternity without her. Go ahead…read the account in Genesis again and see if that isn’t what happened. Prove it wrong. You can’t. Adam was a “type” or a “model” of Jesus Christ (of the Bible). He’s called the first Adam and Jesus is the last Adam. This is a Biblical concept that you need to understand in order to truly see what God has laid out for us in His Word.
But what about the bride? What does the Bible say about the bride? Well, the Talking Points linked above give you plenty of Biblical proof of the importance of the bride and, even more important, the way men are supposed to treat their wives in a marriage. But did you know that the entire concept of salvation and relationship with God (of the Bible) is modeled by the marriage? I mean, the marriage is a “type” or “model” of our relationship with God just as Adam is a type of Jesus (of the Bible). Looking at what Adam did shows us what Jesus would later do; looking at the marriage today shows us the kind of relationship God (of the Bible) wants to have with us on an individual basis. The way men are instructed to take care of and protect their wives is a model of how God wants to take care of and protect us! Heck, if we seek Him truly (and aren’t satisfied with being spoon-fed each Sunday morning), we may even have the opportunity (for REAL!) to be a part of the “Bride of Christ” and attend the wedding supper of the Lamb! How cool would that be? And it’s available to you – all you need do is ask and live a life in accordance with the “will of the Father.”
Did you ever receive a love letter back in school? You know, the cute girl or the good looking boy across the room wrote you and said how they’d like to get to know you better, or, if you were dating, maybe a true LOVE LETTER that stated how he/she felt about you as a part of his/her life? Did you begin reading it in the middle? Did you read one or two sentences and then put it aside for later? I bet not! I bet you read it from top to bottom, side to side, up and down, all over and then you did it again! You may even still have it! But the point is, it was real to you and it meant a lot…so you cherished it. I’m going somewhere with this.
Did you know that the Holy Bible is a Love Letter? Did you know that the Bridegroom has written to you and has poured in all of His feelings of love and adoration for you? Did you know that He has gone out of His way to provide for you an avenue by which you can be with Him for eternity? In fact, did you know that He, like His type, Adam, wanted so desperately to be with you forever that He CHOSE to die for you rather than spend eternity without you? Think about that for a few seconds: He could have easily said “This bride has eaten the fruit of sin and is going to die but I don’t want to die with her…I think I’ll make another one.” But He didn’t. He CHOSE to die on the cross for you so that He could make a way for you to approach Him and commit to an intimate relationship with Him as the Son of God (of the Bible). He is your Bridegroom. He has written to you a Love Letter in the form of the Holy Bible and you should cherish it much greater than anything you’ve received from any other human in your lifetime.
What about this “I’ll make another one” thought. He did create you, you know. The Book of John shows us this:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”
Then compare that to Genesis:
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
So the Word of God, Jesus Christ (of the Bible), created, according to John, “all things.” John also tells us in verse 1 that the Word of God WAS God, so when Genesis says that “In the beginning, God created…”, it was Jesus (of the Bible) doing the creating! Your bridegroom created all that you see, including you! (Give that one to your teacher the next time Evilution comes up in class!)
And He loves you and He wants you to love Him!
So where does the idea of His being a Bridegroom come into play? Well, all of Scripture (Bible) is written about Him, so it’s found in many places. But without the time for in-depth Bible Studies right now, let’s take the easy road and look in the Book of Revelation. In Revelation we see a picture of end-time events that will surely take place. In those events, Jesus is referred to as the “Bridegroom” and we, those who show our love for Him by hearing, understanding, and obeying Him, will be adorned as the Bride at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (read Revelation 19 for details).
He loves us and invites us to join Him in eternal paradise using the marriage as the example for that relationship. The Bride, as she is called in Revelation, must ready herself for Him, by walking with Him and walking in righteousness and in the way of the Word of God. The Bride must ready herself by knowing and following the Word of God. The Bride must ready herself by truly seeking Him daily, and by imitating Him in all aspects of life. The Bride is set apart; she must act like it.
There is no bride in Islam.
In fact, the jesus in the Quran is never prophesied as coming back to accept his bride. There is no personal relationship between him and anyone else, either recorded in the Quran or prophesied to occur later. He was “no more than a messenger” (see Talking Point #69). Not only does this imply, as is stated in Talking Point #69, that he was not God, but it also means that he was not / is not / is not going to be a bridegroom. Like the unknowable god of Islam, jesus (of the Quran) is not knowable (in fact, he’s dead and, if he never accepted Jesus Christ of the Bible as his Savior, he’s lost and in Hell) and there is no promise of his return to assume a role of the bridegroom for the Muslim followers of the world.
There is no bride in Islam.
Muslim men and women do get married. In fact, in your previous readings of the other Talking Points noted in this one, you should have learned that the men in the marriage “own” their wives much like property. Wait…much like property? No, I meant to the women ARE property. The title of “tilth”, the highest form of property ownership, is applied to the woman and she has severely denigrated rights and abilities as a human being while on this earth in Islam. If the God of the Bible set up the marriage as a “type” or “model” of the relationship He wants to have with us, why would He have given such a different “type” to the Muslim? You know that answer…you know He wouldn’t have!
In fact, if the marriage is any form of what to expect in later life or afterlife in Islam, there is nothing even remotely similar to love and adoration as can be found in the Love Letter of the Holy Bible. Islam paints a picture of despair and depravity; not one of love. What a “type” the god of Islam offers – nothing like the beautiful picture painted by the God of the Bible.
No, the bride in Islam is nothing more than property to be treated poorly at the judgment of the man. It is even common practice in Islam for men to have multiple wives, so how can the marriage be a type of a special, loving relationship? It cannot be. The truth is that love hardly exists in Islam, at least as given by its god. And there is good reason for that.
Love can only come from good. Jesus (of the Bible) told us about good:
“And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.”
So why should we expect anything any different? He told us here that there is only one good, and that is God (of the Bible). Knowing that Jesus IS God helps us, then, to understand that His nature is good and loving, and He has given so much to be our Bridegroom. The guy named jesus in the Quran has the same name, but he lacks ALL of the attributes of a loving God and Savior. What more proof do we need that…
Jesus is NOT in the Quran!