The Case Against 'Isa (The "Jesus" of the Qur'an)
By Michael "Blue" Erdmier on Friday, December 12, 2014 at 3:56am

 

In the Christian church today, there is a growing misbelief that Christianity and Islam are fellow "Abrahamic" faiths, sharing many beliefs and a shared foundation.
From this misunderstanding of Islam's true foundation come other issues dealing with terminology, understanding of beliefs, motives, practices, etc.
This is too large an issue to discuss here, but there is one point in particular I do feel the need to discuss.

One of the most important pitfalls to deal with here is the Name of Jesus.

The Qur'an was cannonized around the year 656 A.D., more than 600 years after the ascension of Jesus.
In the Qur'an there are several Bible-like stories, each with its own inconsistencies with the Bible.
This is because Muhammad attended Christian services during his lifetime and attempted to compile the same texts in his own work, from memory.
In some cases, he didn't even use Arabic translations for the names of the people involved. Jesus is one of those people.
Arabia was predominantly Christian at the time of Muhammad and the Christian Bible had already been translated into Arabic.
In Arabic Bibles, "Jesus"was translated from the Hebrew "Yeshua" into "Yasu'" (or other similar forms, depending on locale).

From Wikipedia "Christian terminology in Arabic":

Yasu‘ - Christian Arabic version of the name of Jesus
(as opposed to the Islamic Arabic term 'Isa)

Yasu‘u l-Masi - Jesus Christ

You see, Arabic has two distinct sets of religious terminology; Christian Arabic (which is older) and Islamic Arabic (which came later).
The name 'Isa does not exist in the Arabic language until it appears in the Qur'an, while the Name "Yasu'" does.
Generational Arab Christians refuse to use the Islamic Arabic terminology, instead only calling Jesus by His Hebrew-translated, Christian Arabic Name.
Yet we find all kinds of people, particularly in the West, who insist on using the Islamic name when speaking on the subject of evangelizing Muslims.
There are entire religious organizations, even those wo actively attempt to reach Muslims in Arab lands, who even pray to and about 'Isa.
THIS. SHOULD. NOT. BE.

There are many differences between the narrative of 'Isa in the Qur'an and Jesus of the Bible. The primary of these are foundational to Jesus' ministry and are this;
* 'Isa was not the son of God. Islam's false god "Allah" has no sons, has no children at all.
* 'Isa did NOT die on a cross. Instead Islam's false god was taken into heaven, Judas Iscariot took his place and they all lied about it.
This means there is NO redemption, no salvation, no power in the name of this false god, 'Isa.
Praying to or about 'Isa as though he were Jesus is to say that they are the same.
This is the same as saying that the Bible isn't true in what it has to say about Jesus and that Islam is correct.
Which is heresy as best and potential blasphemy.

There are mountains of information on this subject, too much to share here, though I will update this page from time to time.
The bottom line is, anyone refusing to acknowledge this information, once seeing it, in order to continue operating in this way is likely now in rebellion and is likely apostate.
We have a Name for Jesus in our language, we know His Names in Greek and Hebrew, just use those.
There is NO NEED to use the controversial name used in the Qur'an, attributed to a fictional character with a completely different narrative than the Jesus of the Bible.

 

Links to webpages full of information on the subject

An Evaluation of Muslim Dreams & Visions of Isa (Jesus)
A VERY in-depth evaluation of the "dreams of 'Isa" many Muslims are supposedly being "converted" by

Worshiping Jesus in the Mosque
An article in Christianity Today regarding "insider movements", "contextualization" and other Islamic/Christian fallacies

‘Isa, the Muslim Jesus

Is 'Isa the true name of Jesus?

Who is the Muslim Jesus? "Isa"

Jesus (Isa) A.S. in Islam, and his Second Coming

Isa is NOT Jesus!

Jesus vs. Isa (the Jesus of the Koran)

Meet ‘Isa’, Muhammad’s Fabled ‘Jesus’

IS ISA REALLY JESUS?

Jesus or Isa

 

Several videos I've found on the subject

'Isa - The False Jesus of Islam

Dr. Daniel Shayesteh Converted to Christianity: Uniqueness of Jesus (Isa)

Comparing Jesus Christ (God) of the Bible with 'Isa of the Qur'an - Jay Smith (Pt 1/3)

Who Is The TRUE Jesus: The Bible or The Quran?

Jesus of the Bible or Isa of the Quran? A short comparison

False Prophet Isa - The Coming Muslim "Jesus" of Islam

Is Quran ISA = Bible JESUS Jay Smith

 

Christian evangelist groups which are false or operating in error (contextualization, etc)

http://www.arabworldmedia.org/ (Uses the name 'Isa for Jesus repeatedly here)

 

Muslim pages attempting to refute Christianity

Answering-Christianity

Jesus and Islam from EveryStudent.com

(There are actually tons more, but I hesitate to further their message by posting links to their sites here)

 

May God greatly bless all of you!

~Michael