Of all the Talking Points offered here about the differences between the God of the Bible and the god of Islam, the religion of Christianity and the
religion political system of Islam, and, especially, the Jesus of the Bible and the jesus of the Quran, this one could very well have come first, or at least much earlier. This is the one that should make all the “common ground” folks take notice and pull back heretical writings and teachings about the sameness of the two gods. But don’t hold your breath.
The guy named jesus in the Quran cannot save. His blood is worthless. His blood is, in fact, dead (see Talking Point #27).
Well, no, not really. We’re not done. We have to prove the assertions that we make, so let’s look into both the Bible and the Quran. First, the Bible. Following are quotes from that Bible the prove salvation is through the blood of Jesus (of the Bible, of course). The first quotes below lay the foundation for our salvation (or redemption as Paul calls it, and cleansing according to John):
“And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.”
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
1st John 1:7
Of course this goes hand-in-hand with the “Christian’s bar of soap” two verses later:
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
1st John 1:9
So John makes it clear that the blood of Jesus WASHES away our sin! Without such cleansing, there is no redemption, no justification, no salvation, no anything…just lost in sin. But Paul goes on to tell us other things about the saving (justifying) quality of the blood of Jesus (again, of the Bible, of course):
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”
“Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;”
Turning our attention back to John, in his vision that he penned for us called the Book of Revelation, in the opening lines, as he explains to Whom the Revelation is being given, he repeats the importance of the blood:
“Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,”
Ah, the blood. The wonderful, wonderful blood. Nothing but the blood of Jesus! Recall for a moment the old hymn titled “There is Power in the Blood”, and see if you can apply the following from that song to the jesus in the Quran (hint – you cannot!):
Would you be free from the burden of sin?
There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood;
Would you o’er evil a victory win?
There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.
There is pow’r, pow’r, wonder-working pow’r
In the blood of the Lamb;
There is pow’r, pow’r, wonder-working pow’r
In the precious blood of the Lamb.
I think it’s obvious that jesus in the Quran cannot come close to matching what Jesus Christ has done for us. No one else has the precious blood, the most wonderful substance in the world, so great, in fact, that God Himself used it in the form of His Son shedding it on the cross for you and me, Christian. It was the very best that He had to offer. Much like the offerings He asked of our ancestors – He asked that they pick the very best, the one without blemish to be offered to Him. And He repaid with His very best One without blemish. And He did it for you. And He did it for me. And He caused the shedding of the blood of His Son for the Muslim too, but not through an imposter named Isa (jesus of the Quran). He didn’t shed it so that the “common ground” Chrislam folks could trample it under foot applying its same life-giving qualities to the mere common, and now-dead, blood of “another jesus” (see 2nd Corinthians 11:4).
Let’s turn our attention to the Quran and, specifically, jesus in the Quran, and let’s examine his blood for the qualities important to us today (whether we are Christian or Muslim). First, let me share with you the fact that the Quran claims that one of its primary functions is to both confirm and to help the Muslim understand the prior Scriptures (the Book as it is called, meaning the Bible).
“And this Qur’an is not such as could ever be invented in despite of Allah; but it is a confirmation of that which was before it and an exposition of that which is decreed for mankind – Therein is no doubt – from the Lord of the Worlds.”
You also need to know that Islam rejects the notion of blood sacrifice and atonement for sin (you should be getting nervous already if you were hoping this story would apply any life-giving qualities of blood under the Islamic
religion political system). The Quran offers a salvation by works that denies the very heart and essence of both the Torah and the Gospel. The shedding of blood plays no part in salvation, unless, of course, the Muslim arrives as a martyr, having shed the blood of his enemy(ies). All others have their works weighed against each other and, hopefully, if the good works outweigh the bad, he’s admitted to paradise. Wow!
But in reality, the Quran itself is vague, incoherent and contradictory on how one gets to paradise. Yes, there are ayat (verses) that purport arrival through good works:
“And give glad tidings (O Muhammad) unto those who believe and do good works; that theirs are Gardens underneath which rivers flow; as often as they are regaled with food of the fruit thereof, they say: this is what was given us aforetime; and it is given to them in resemblance. There for them are pure companions; there for ever they abide.”
There are others, but this post is going to cover so much ground, I want to move on to all the other variances in the Quran, such as salvation granted solely through the grace of the god of Islam:
“O ye who believe! follow not Satan’s footsteps: if any will follow the footsteps of Satan, he will (but) command what is shameful and wrong: and were it not for the grace and mercy of God on you, not one of you would ever have been pure: but God doth purify whom He pleases: and God is One Who hears and knows (all things).”
Earlier I mentioned that the Muslim will have his good deeds weighed against his bad; in fact, the Quran advocates that not doing bad deeds (that’s a negative, staying away from bad deeds, an OMISSION rather than a COMMISSION) will make, in and of itself, atonement for sins:
“If ye avoid great sins from which ye are forbidden, we will cover your offences and make you enter with a noble entrance.”
Well that’s cool, isn’t it? I mean, according to that, all the Muslim has to do is avoid the major sins (as if one was greater than another – see James 2:10) and his lesser sins will be forgiven. If one really believes this, couldn’t they gain entry to paradise without ever having come to know jesus (of the Quran)? Doesn’t this go completely contrary to every Biblical understanding of the need for Jesus (of the Bible) to have done what He did for all of us (even the Muslim)? Even Protestants who teach/preach no need to obey the laws of God (of the Bible) understand the need for blood atonement, even if they do accept it without ever striving for a personal, intimate relationship with Him; none believe in a works-based salvation of mere avoidance for cleansing. So, how is it, again, that this book was written by the same God as the God of the Bible? Did He just change His mind? No, this god is false and is luring people down the wrong path.
Now, don’t get this “no blood in Islam” thing wrong. Of course blood is used in their
religion political system. This post is emphasizing the fact that blood is not integral in the atonement, or salvation, aspect of the religion, but it certainly has its place in the ceremonies! Camel, for example, is specifically called for in sacrifices (and you thought I was going somewhere awful with this part – that’s the next paragraph!) According to Ibn Ishaq’s “The Life of Muhammad“, page 466, Muhammad had a hard time winning over Jews during his “ministry” because he offered camels as sacrifices. Because the Jews knew that the camel was an unclean animal, they disagreed with Muhammad using it as a sacrifice (and rightfully so – it was against the law of God). This disagreement was so bad that at one point, Muhammad beheaded all the male members of the Qurayza tribe over the differences. He simply had no use for a people who would continue to follow God’s law when he was there telling them to do something different. This site is not focusing on the pedophile false prophet, but if it was, I’d have to ask here: how is it that Muhammad can even possibly be seen as one following God (of the Bible)? No way.
Oh yes, they surely believe in blood! The shedding of blood is crucial in the severing of enemies’ heads and other body parts, and it certainly plays a key role in the slaughter of animals as they are sacrificed to the god of Islam in halal slaughter. As the animal lies writhing in pain and suffering from drowning in its own blood, they relish the blood as it covers the floors. For the sake of time and space, I’m not going to cover halal foods here, but will refer you to the Special Point #1 that supports many of the Talking Points offered here. Suffice it to say here, preparing an animal for consumption in the halal manner is critical to the Muslim lifestyle.
To begin closing this argument, let’s look at a very special time in the life of God’s (of the Bible) people and how blood literally affected their lives. We read the story in the Book of Exodus, known as The Passover:
“The LORD said to Moses, ‘Yet one plague more I will bring upon Pharaoh and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go hence; when he lets you go, he will drive you away completely’… And Moses said, ‘Thus says the LORD: About midnight I will go forth in the midst of Egypt; and all the first-born in the land of Egypt shall die, from the first-born of Pharaoh who sits upon his throne, even to the first-born of the maidservant who is behind the mill; and all the first-born of the cattle. And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there has never been, nor ever shall be again. But against any of the people of Israel, either man or beast, not a dog shall growl; that you may know that the LORD makes a distinction between the Egyptians and Israel. And all these your servants shall come down to me, and bow down to me, saying, `Get you out, and all the people who follow you.’ And after that I will go out.’ And he went out from Pharaoh in hot anger.” Exodus 11:1, 4-8
“The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, ‘This month shall be for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you. Tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month they shall take every man a lamb according to their fathers’ houses, a lamb for a household; and if the household is too small for a lamb, then a man and his neighbor next to his house shall take according to the number of persons; according to what each can eat you shall make your count for the lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old; you shall take it from the sheep or from the goats; and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall KILL their lambs in the evening. Then they shall take some of the blood, and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat them. They shall eat the flesh that night, roasted; with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they shall eat it. Do not eat any of it raw or boiled with water, but roasted, its head with its legs and its inner parts. And you shall let none of it remain until the morning, anything that remains until the morning you shall burn. In this manner you shall eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste. It is Yehovah’s passover. For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will smite all the first-born in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the LORD. The blood shall be a sign for you, upon the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall fall upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD; throughout your generations you shall observe it as an ordinance for ever’… Then Moses called all the elders of Israel, and said to them, ‘Select lambs for yourselves according to your families, and KILL the passover lamb. Take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood which is in the basin, and touch the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood which is in the basin; and none of you shall go out of the door of his house until the morning. For the LORD will pass through to slay the Egyptians; and when he sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not allow the destroyer to enter your houses to slay you. You shall observe this rite as an ordinance for you and for your sons for ever. And when you come to the land which the LORD will give you, as he has promised, you shall keep this service. And when your children say to you, “What do you mean by this service?” you shall say, “It is the sacrifice of the LORD’s passover, for he passed over the houses of the people of Israel in Egypt, when he slew the Egyptians but spared our houses.”‘ And the people bowed their heads and worshiped…
Exodus 12:1-14, 21-27
Blood. Blood made quite a difference to God’s people that night. Those who were not His were in for a rough night as they lost their firstborn. But God’s people were safe because they were “covered” by the blood, a type or a model of the covering we enjoy now as Christians “covered” by the blood of Jesus Christ as He shed it for us on the cross. You see, only His blood can save. Only His blood can cleanse. Only His blood has power over death. The guy named jesus in the Quran can’t say that (or, couldn’t say that – remember that he’s dead (DBUH)). He means no more than any other man to ever walk the earth, and Islam agrees! It doesn’t even try to apply the miracle of salvation to him. In this entire post, nothing can be refuted nor will an Islamist attempt to do so. They have never insinuated that their jesus has power of salvation. This is one of those “Ah ha!” moments in the study life of the Christian, one of those times when you can see clearly that the “Chrislam” folks have indeed led you astray.
You cannot find salvation in the Quran, Christian. The entire book is written by one (mad)man bent on your destruction. The spirit behind the writing of the Quran has made it “almost” alike in order to turn the less Biblically educated away from God and to another false god.
But wait, there’s more! To explain the lack of blood for atonement in Islam, Islamists will tell you (and Chrislam folks will surely allow it to be) that the god of Islam simply abrogated the blood as no longer necessary. Hit the link for the word abrogation and recall that it means something that has been replaced, and it is supposed to replace that something with something better. So what could be better than the blood of Jesus (of the Bible)? Well, nothing of course, and the Quran fails to offer anything. Rather than prove abrogation, the Quran merely contradicts the Bible and offers nothing in the place of the blood that is *not* required for salvation by their plan. In short, God had no part in writing the Quran…that’s why it isn’t holy. God had no part in the design of the schemes planned in the Quran, the ones that will trick believers into lives of death and hell. And indeed, schemes are what they are, posited by the greatest schemer of them all:
“And they (the disbelievers) schemed, and Allah schemed (against them): and Allah is the best of schemers.”
Let the Quran speak for itself – the god of Islam is a schemer. The spiritual power behind the god of Islam is one of sin and deceit. I went into detail on this in Talking Point #5 – please go there and refresh yourself on that TP now if you need to.
This has been a long post. But considering the weight that the blood of Jesus (of the Bible) carries, don’t you think that it should have been? There is much at stake when you begin a ministry on the notion that all gods are the same. I have heard it said, “There is only one God, therefore, because the god of Islam is A god, he must be THE God.” How idiotic, blasphemous, and dangerous a position that is! In the Book of 2nd Kings, in Chapter 17 alone there are at least six other gods mentioned as being worshipped by those people in the land after the Israelites were taken captive. If all gods were the same, would this matter? Would it matter to God Himself? If all roads do indeed end up at the same place, would it matter which you took to get there?
Folks, please understand the seriousness of a teaching like this one. Some things are simply not replaceable and the blood of Jesus Christ (of the Bible) is one of them. The guy named jesus in the Quran is not the Savior. His blood is dead and worthless – no equality with God whatsoever! Regardless of which parts of the Quran the “schemer” makes to sound like it is something of God of the Bible, it is not. It is a luring trap for the Christian (and the Muslim) to ensure an eternity of death and suffering. It is an “almost-the-same” lookalike but with glaring differences if you have eyes to see and ears to hear. Open both, and realize that the god of Islam is not the same as the God of the Bible. The guy named jesus in the Quran is not your Savior and never shed a drop of blood for you, Christian…
Jesus is NOT in the Quran!