The folks that want you to believe that Jesus can be found in the Quran are sneaky. They’re so sneaky, in fact, that they will create their own translations of the Bible and present it to you in quotes (as though it were original). And one of their sneaky tactics is “the kingdom circles”. Everything you see below is from one of their websites. I hate to provide it because I hate to send you there, but I have to give credit for this mockery of preaching where it is due, if for none other than legal reasons. I think it goes without saying that I didn’t create this. It was created by the “Jesus in the Quran” group in Snellville, GA. Here’s their link, with my commentary below.
So now that you have the link so that you can verify what I’m giving you, I’m going to reproduce and expound on some of their “mismessage” (yeah, I just made that word up, but it certainly hits the point).
Are you familiar with the story of Jesus (of the Bible) and the woman at the well? Click the link to review the entire story now at Bible.com. The story is important to us because we see Jesus speaking with a Samaritan and He shows her (and others) how to find True Salvation (Yeshua!). He offers Himself as the Living Water that, if consumed, its consumers will never thirst again.
The jaQ folks spin this into a debate of sorts between Christianity and Islam.
Each time I think of these guys and their spin of preaching, I have to wonder, “Why is this limited to Islam?” Why is this only a C and an I? In the passage to which they refer, the “debate”, if any, is between Jews and Samaritans, but they use it to create a false debate between Christianity and Islam. I’ve asked them face-to-face why they don’t extend this teaching to any other religion but they refuse to answer. It’s as if, if you ask them a question that is outside of the scope of their immediate teaching (in other words, if you ask a question for which they don’t have a rote-memorized answer), you get nothing. You even get mocked. Hey, it’s how church is supposed to be – mock the person asking the question with a silly “How stupid!” grin on your face (a common trait of Jamie, one of the lead teachers, whose name I’ve changed, of course, to save him embarrassment). Okay, back to the point.
So they draw these circles and link Christianity to Islam as if they have anything at all in common (you’ll see further down that they actually do believe the two have common ground). Then they continue by speaking of missionaries they know who try to insist to Muslims that they become Christians. With that thought, I have to agree that they assert that Jesus (of the Bible) never asked anyone to become a Christian. I agree that there was no such “religion” created by Jesus – it wasn’t His job to do so. It isn’t ours, now. He did come to preach the Kingdom of God and that IS our goal, so I agree with the jaQ folks to that extent. But then they louse it up…
“Quoting” the Bible (and I have the word quote in quotes because I cannot find a single translation of the Bible that agrees with their quote – if you know of one, please send me a note and let me know), they then write “The time is fulfilled and the Kingdom of God is at hand. Change the way you think and believe in the Good News” (Mark 1.15). Let’s break that one down:
The closest Bible translation you’ll find for this is the “God’s Word” translation below:
“He said, “The time has come, and the kingdom of God is near. Change the way you think and act, and believe the Good News.”
Mark 1:!5 (God’s Word)
The difference in the first part of the verse is subtle, but present. It’s the second part of the verse with which I take exception, but let me explain Bible translations first for some background.
The problem with reading the Bible in English is that you have two MAJOR obstacles to overcome before you can get the true point: the translator and yourself. Taking them in order, you have to first understand that the translator is merely giving you his thoughts of how best to interpret the original Scriptures. When you buy a Bible, yes, even the King James Version, you are reading the opinion of the translator. Do you believe there’s a chance that the translator missed something? Could he have overlooked something critical? Here’s an example (out of context of this post, but proving merely a point):
At the cross, the thief was told that he would enter paradise, remember? But what exactly was he told? Did you know that the Hebrew language has no commas? Early manuscripts covering what occurred on the cross that day leave open the possibility that when Jesus (of the Bible, obviously) replied to the thief that he would be in paradise, He (Jesus) could have meant two different things.
In the King James Version of the Bible, Luke 23:43 is given as this:
“And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
But because of the translator’s opinion problem, it could have been written as thus:
“And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee Today, shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
Do you see the difference? In the first, we read “I tell you, today you will…” and in the second, we read “I tell you today, you will…” There is actually a great deal of argument for the second meaning, especially because in Hebrew Idiom (yes, Jesus spoke Hebrew – He is the King of the Jews!), “I say to you today” is used to express certainty! It was a common way of speaking and could have very well been used when He spoke to the thief.
So now do you believe there is a chance that the translator could have overlooked something when translating the Scripture? You need to be able to study Scripture for yourself without relying on a translator (not that that’s very easy, but it is necessary). But that leaves you with problem #2 – your own opinion. You have to be big enough to get past your own opinions, life experiences, etc., in order to understand the context in which the Scriptures were written. Your lifestyle here in America today is NOT the same as the lifestyle of a Jew during the days before and just after the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus (of the Bible). You need to read with context and TIME in mind!
The third problem (I know, I said there were only two) is that you have to understand that just because a pastor writes it doesn’t make it true or right! Jesus (of the Bible) warned us about wolves in sheep’s clothing and you should be on the lookout:
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”
This doesn’t mean you have to question everything and everyone, but it means you have to question everyone and everything! Read the Scriptures for yourself and ALWAYS test what is happening against Scripture for the Truth! Remember our request that you always NEVER believe anything we say, but follow up with the Scriptures like the Bereans:
“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”
Now let’s go back to Mark 1:15 and continue to look at how these guys have used the most appropriate translation to their mismessage. Here it is again:
“He said, “The time has come, and the kingdom of God is near. Change the way you think and act, and believe the Good News.”
What command were you given in there? Did you see it? “CHANGE THE WAY YOU THINK.” I’ll give you some time here…go to your electronic Bible, Blue Letter Bible online, e-Sword, or whatever tool you have available to you, and find the phrase “change the way you think”. I’ll wait right here…hurry back so we can finish.
Did you find it? Well, unless you have the “God’s Word” translation of the Bible handy, no, you didn’t. If you did find it, you know where you found it and you agree with me right now. But this brings up a problem – if ALL the other versions/translations of the Bible do not include this phrase, then what phrase do they use? Are you ready? They use the word “repent”. I’m sure you’ve heard of this word before, haven’t you?
So the jiQ (now jaQ) folks tell you to “change the way you think”. The problem is that the Scriptures, at this point, tell you to repent!
“What’s the difference?”, you ask? I’m so glad you did.
The original word used here is “metanoia“, a Greek word that literally means “to change one’s mind for better, heartily to amend with abhorrence of one’s past sins.” Can you see now why the word “repent” means so much more? But these guys want you to simply “change the way you think” because it suits their mismessage right now. Change the “political viewpoint” you hold and don’t see Muslims as wanting to tear you apart in accordance with the writings given them by their false god. Don’t see them as “outside” of the circle, but merely a different circle altogether leading to the same place as you, Christian! See the pic below:
Notice how they’ve changed the message to include Islam as a DIRECT ENTRY POINT TO THE KINGDOM OF GOD! Yes, this is what they teach you over at the jaQ headquarters in Snellville! This is why they need you to “change the way you think” – if not, you’ll never sit through this and enjoy its “new-wave” heresy, as it were. If you don’t change the way you think (which, by the way, has no connection whatsoever with the word “repent” as used in the context of the verse quoted), you may look at them and proclaim, “But, I thought Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Messiah, was THE ONLY WAY to God.” And you’d be right, but here, guaranteed with your change in the way you think, you’ll be tricked into believing that the false, lying, perverted god of Islam is himself another entryway to the Kingdom of God! How blasphemous that these wolves teach ,this, but how pitiful that those who continually attend these seminars buy it and believe it, and go out and teach it further still.
Let’s start summarizing so we can clearly see the point. I’ve given you the link to their site so you can see exactly what they’ve written. Near the bottom of the page you’ll see (as one of the teachers is quoted as speaking to a Muslim “But we actually have quite a bit in common. And I believe that both you and me desire to love and honor the one true God.” So I have to ask, “If you, teacher, believe that you have quite a bit in common with Muslims, and if you believe that they desire to love and honor the one true God, ARE YOU GOING TO PREACH HIM TO THEM?” This is where their message falls apart. If they believe this, as do I (that Muslims want to serve the one True God), then it is our job to show Him to them, NOT TO DEVELOP SOME PICTURES OF CIRCLES THAT INDICATE THAT WHERE THE MUSLIM IS RIGHT NOW IS RIGHT. This is, at the very least, misleading and, at the worst, damning. To suggest that from within Islam there is a path (as their site goes on to say they are seeking “the straight path”) that leads to the One True God is totally misleading. How do I know? Because Jesus (of the Bible) told me:
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
What does Jesus means by this statement? Very easy to answer – He means that He is the ONLY way (there are not multiple paths as drawn in the “kingdom circles” heresy presented by the jaQ folks), and there is certainly not a path from Islam to the Kingdom (not to the True Kingdom, anyway). This site exists to show the One True Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Messiah (as Messiah is used in the Bible, not in the Quran). The jesus they are teaching/preaching in jaQ is a false prophet named Isa who is dead.
Here’s another one:
“All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.”
Want more still? Who paid your sin debt for you, Christian? Did Isa (jesus of the Quran) help in any way? I doubt it. The Bible says:
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Lastly, because we’ve put forth SO MUCH information about the guy named Isa (jesus in the Quran) and his false touting as the True Jesus (of the Bible), it should be obvious to you by now that the jaQ folks are teaching/preaching another, false jesus. Jesus (of the Bible) saw this coming as well and warned us through His servant, Paul:
“For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.”
2nd Corinthians 11:4
Run, Christian! Run from the “jesus and the Quran” teachings as fast and hard as you can, knowing that you are running from the very fires of hell. These guys are NOT teaching/preaching in accordance with the Word of God (what a funny coincidence that they use a passage from Scripture as quoted from the “God’s Word” version of the Bible), and that makes them guilty of doing Satan’s work. And this is mentioned in the Bible too. We are warned by Peter:
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour”
1st Peter 5:8
So, the kingdom circles have been proven to be not only false, but totally misleading. Following this line of teaching is sinful for it teaches that Jesus Christ (of the Bible) is not the only Way. In a round-about fashion, it teaches the Muslim, in accordance with the entire jaQ message, that the guy named jesus in the Quran is the same as the Savior named Jesus in the Bible! Nothing could be further from the Truth, my friend. If you’re a Christian reading this, beware of the jaQ folks and take a stand against them.
Now let’s go all the way back to the top of this Talking Point, and re-quote Mark 1:15 using a correct translation of the Scriptures:
“And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.“
Mark 1:15 (King James Version)
Let us not aim to “change the way we think”, but let us aim to “REPENT”, turning from the god of this world (see 2nd Corinthians 4:4) and toward the One True God of the Bible and to His Son, all the while remembering that…
Jesus is NOT in the Quran!