Some Christians love to argue that prophet Muhammed was not such a good person, and his character was not to be impressive at all, they always spread lies about him, insult him, call him bad names like murderer, rapist, terrorist, robber..etc, then they conclude that Muhammed can’t be a prophet of God, but when one reads the biography of prophet Muhammed, one will find that he was a perfect model to follow in everything, and these names don’t suit Muhammed in any way. However, these same Christians then boast with pride about the Biblical Jesus’ character thinking that anyone who reads about him would be so amazed by the beautiful character of this man that they will just simply submit to the Gospels at once. In fact I don’t want you to submit to the Quran after reading the biography of prophet Muhammed, of course the choice is yours, if you do it that is great, but if you didn’t, that’s fine by me, but I want you to be fair and use your intellect, not your emotions. Anyway, we have read the Gospels, and we don’t find the Biblical Jesus to be remarkable at all.
Note: Muslims believe that Jesus peace be upon him according to the Holy Quran is a wonderful, humble, generous messenger of God who came down and revealed God’s words to his people, the people of Israel. As a Muslim, I don’t believe that any of the stuff that I will present from Bible is really the true word of GOD!, I think that Prophet Jesus peace be upon him is INNOCENT from what the Bible claims about him from nonsense and hateful teachings. But the thing is that Christians still believe that the bible is a word of God, so they must believe what the bible says about their Lord.
So let us read what the bible says about the “biblical” Jesus:
The Biblical Jesus Wasn’t a Great Example of How To Talk To One’s Mother !!
The Biblical Jesus is not a very good role model to follow when it comes to knowing how to speak to your mother. Look how he talks to his mother…
3When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” 4″Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied, “My time has not yet come.”
This is definitely no way to speak to your mother. “Why do you involve me?” how can a respectable role model say such a thing to his mother?
Donald Arthur (D. A.) Carson says.
The form of address, gynai (‘Dear Woman’), though thoroughly courteous, is not normally an endearing term, nor the form of address preffered by a son addressing a much loved mother. (D.A. Carson, The Pillar New Testament Commentary: The Gospel According to John, Commentary on John 2:1-11, p. 170)
One might argue back that Jesus’ statement to his mother was not rude. However, as D.A. Carson indirectly admits, Jesus could (and should if he is the perfect example to follow) have chosen his words better when speaking to his mother.
Jesus elsewhere says…
47Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.”
48He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” 49Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers.
New Testament scholar Craig L. Blomberg says in his commentary.
“Jesus does not directly address his family but does implicitly rebuke them. They deserve no preferential treatment. Human kinship does not take priority over spiritual kinship, and Jesus is busy ministering to crowds that include his spiritual family. On calling disciples his brothers, cf. Heb 2:11; also cf. Matthew 28:10. The ‘will of God’, as through out Matthew, means obedience to God’s commands by following Jesus. Matthew does say what Mary thought of her unusual son at this point in his career, but the most natural reading of Mark 3:21 would include her among those who thought he was ‘out of his mind’. His brothers are singularly unimpressed and in no way yet his supporters (cf. John 7:1-5). Given the strong family ties in ancient Palestine, Jesus’ attitude here would have proved as shocking as in 8:22 and 10:37. (Craig L. Blomberg, The New American Commentary, Commentary on Matthew 12:48-50, pp. 208-209, added emphasis is mine)
It appears that even Jesus’ mother and disciples had a problem with his attitude (to the extent that they thought he was out of his mind!).
The Biblical Jesus Didn’t Know How To Preach Properly !!
Jesus wasn’t a good preacher..
33″You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?
40You foolish people! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also?
23Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”
What kind of perfect role model is this to follow? You go around insulting people while you preach, while at the same time you tell people to show love to their enemies? Even go as far as calling one of your disciples ‘Satan’? Jesus couldn’t be more patient and hold his tongue?
Jesus even got a bit physical at times…
13When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 15So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!”
What authority did Jesus have to do such a thing? This story seems to teach us that vigilantism is okay at times.
Jesus also had a problem trying to communicate his teachings clearly. See this article.
The Biblical Jesus Told his Disciples to Take a Donkey and Colt Without the Owner’s Permission !!
1As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”
I don’t think that Jesus’ orders were ethical at this point. You must ask the owner for permission to borrow something from him or at least buy it or rent it off from him. Some will argue that Jesus needed the donkey to fulfill a prophecy. But why would God want Jesus to commit a sin in order to fulfill a prophecy?
The Biblical Jesus Didn’t Make it a Sin To Call Non Christians ‘Fools’ !!
Jesus made it clear that one cannot call his brother (spiritual brother) a fool…
22But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.
yet he called people “fools” himself !!
17 You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred?
So it seems that Jesus made it a big deal for one to call his Christian brother a fool, while we don’t see the same warning or condemnation if one were to do it with a non-Christian.
The Biblical Jesus Was a Curse !!
The Bible says that Jesus became a curse…
13Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”
Now that’s not a nice thing to be, now is it?
The Biblical Jesus Says He Speaks In Parables To Disbelievers So They Purposely Don’t Understand What He Says !!
In the Gospel of Mark, chapter 4, verses 10-12 we read:
10 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable. 11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: 12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.
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The Biblical Jesus Accused God of Abandoning Him !!
Jesus allegedly said on the cross…
46About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”?which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
How can a righteous Prophet speak to his Lord in such a way? How can he accuse God of forsaking him, especially when God has promised to not forsake those who truly seek him (Psalm 9:10) and are faithful (Psalm 37:28)?
The Biblical Jesus Called People Both Dogs And Pigs!!
The Biblical Jesus said…
Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
26He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.”
The Jews used to use the word ‘dogs’ as a derogatory term in order to refer to the gentiles. Christians argue back that Jesus only used this term because it was common language at that time and so that the woman would have known what Jesus was speaking about.
This is a lame excuse. Jesus should have come and abolished this silly practice of referring to Gentiles as ‘dogs’. If he wanted to communicate to the lady regarding Gentiles, he could have simply said ‘Gentiles’ and she would have known. He didn’t have that to use that term and continue allowing this silly and offensive practice to live on.
The Biblical Jesus Refused to Heal a Sick Child Until His Mother Pressured Him !!
The following incident is related to the story above…
22A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession.”
23Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”
24He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”
25The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.
26He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.”
27″Yes, Lord,” she said, “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”
28Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.
I would expect that a ‘God incarnate’ person who is ultimately merciful wouldn’t think twice before helping a sick child, especially since he has the power to do so, It seems that Jesus in the corrupted book of the new testament changed his views ONLY because the woman begged him. I wonder if the woman never did this and instead answered him inappropriately after he called her and all gentiles as “dogs” !!
The Biblical Jesus Taught Us to Love Satan !!
Jesus taught us to love our enemies…
44But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
Satan happens to be our enemy…
1 Peter 5:8
8Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
Therefore, according to Jesus we should love Satan.
The Biblical Jesus Purposely Goes Out To Be Tempted By The Devil !!
When one reads the story of Jesus’ temptation in Matthew Chapter 4 you will see that this could have a negative influence on a person. For the story shows that Jesus purposely went out seeking the devil and put himself in a tight situation in which the devil is trying to tempt him.
This could influence people to purposely go out to bad places (e.g. parties, bars) and challenge themselves not to commit sin there so that they may ‘over come’ and ‘defeat’ the devil. This is putting oneself in danger. Instead he should teach us to avoid the devil as much as possible and if we are to ever encounter him, then we resist him. Not to go out on purpose to seek the devil and then try to resist him.
The Biblical Jesus Orders His Followers To Buy Swords If You Don’t Have !!
In the NT, we read about Jesus commanding his followers to buy swords: “He said to them, ‘But now if you have a purse, take it and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. (Luke 22:36)”
Ok, maybe Jesus ordered his followers to buy swords to keep them for self-defense situations only, which I am certain that this was the case. But buying the swords by itself is a very bad idea from the “Prince of Peace“ as the Bible calls him. Imagine if every Christian in the world today owns a gun in his/her home. Imagine how dangerous the society will be. You can’t expect every Christian to be as good as Jesus if you know what I mean! Owning guns would certainly make the job of the government’s law enforcement a lot harder!
The Biblical Jesus Ordered The Killings Of Enemies And Apostates:
“But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them—bring them here and kill them in front of me”
I thought he was saying “love your enemies” ?! Why now he wants to kill them?! So love them and kill them at the same time, how beautiful is that ?!
10 And he said unto them, In what place soever ye enter into an house, there abide till ye depart from that place. 11 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
I guarantee most of you have never heard Christians come preaching this to you! And I don’t blame them! Jesus makes a very threatening warning to those who don’t accept him, that their fate will be even WORST than Sodom and Gomorrah. In case anyone is wondering about Sodom and Gomorrah, they were two cities that were completely wiped off the face of this planet for committing heinous sins. As we see Jesus is saying those who don’t accept him will even get a worst punishment than that!
So What happened to the peaceful tolerant Jesus who loves everybody?
The biblical Jesus brings corruption and destruction to earth!!
We also read about Jesus bringing corruption and destruction to earth rather than peace:
“Do not suppose that I [Jesus] have come to bring peace to the earth. I DID NOT come to bring peace, but a sword”.
You may argue back by saying “Jesus’ message isn’t peaceful, that what he meant”.
Does the text say that ?! what the text says” I did not come to bring peace”.. it’s very clear !!
So in Jesus’ own words, he did not come down to preach peace !!
And he continues in Matthew, Verse 35:
For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
So Jesus came to separate families, tell me, when family members get separated, do they love one another?!
You might say” Jesus said: love your enemies”, but at the same time he’s saying I come to divide families !!!!
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If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:26)
How can Christians claim Islam is a hateful religion while Christianity is the opposite when Jesus commands his followers to hate his father, mother, wife, and children, and people, and all his family, and his own life?
The biblical Jesus is not respecting the life of innocent animals !!
Jesus not respecting the life of the innocent animals, which again takes away his “perfection” from him:
“He [Jesus] said to them, ‘Go!’ so they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water. “
1 Samuel 15:2-3
2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt.
3 Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.
The biblical Jesus ordered to kill innocent boys and women !!
Let us look at Numbers 31:17
“Now kill all the boys [innocent kids]. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.”
“[From the captives of war] 32,000 women who had never slept with a man…….of which the tribute for the LORD was 32 [virgin women].”
Why kill the innocent children? Why kill all of the non-virgin women? Back then, it was only men who fought men in wars. Women rarely fought in battle fields. So what crime did the innocent children and the non-virgin women do?
” So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways. I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.
It doesn’t matter that Jesus murdered the children of a prostitute. The Old Testament upholds the killing of Babylonian babies just because the Babylonians enslaved the Israelites. Here is the passage:
“O Daughter of Babylon, doomed to destruction, happy is he who repays you for what you have done to us- he who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks. ”
And also we read :
” Whoever is captured will be thrust through; all who are caught will fall by the sword. Their infants will be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses will be looted and their wives ravished. “
And the Lord said, “Go through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have you pity. Slay utterly old and young, both maids and little children, and women.
There is no justification for holding the children responsible for the crimes of elders. Children are not responsible for the crimes of their parents (Deu. 24:16), so Jesus is guilty for killing innocent children.
Now our Christians friends will argue back and ask us Muslims to understand the context and reasons why God did such a thing. However, when we tell Christians to do the same thing when it comes to analyzing certain Qur’anic verses and hadiths (saying of prophet Muhammed) they don’t want to do it. So why should us Muslims?
*And for the people who will say, “No, don’t quote from the old testament” listen to what Jesus said in the new testament :
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law (the Old Testament) or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke or a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law (the Old Testament) until everything is accomplished. (Matthew 5:17-18)”
The Biblical Jesus Didn’t Let One Disciple To Attend His Father’s Funeral Or The Other To Bid His Family Farewell !!
Following is a conversation that Jesus had with his disciples…
59He said to another man, “Follow me.”
But the man replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”
60Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
61 Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family.”
62Jesus replied, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
This is a very insensitive thing to do. Look at the cold-hearted reply Jesus gave to that man “Let the dead bury their own dead”! We are talking about a man’s father here! How can Jesus reply back to him that way?
Also, Jesus didn’t let that man go back and bid his family farewell. That person’s family was probably worried sick wondering where he went.
Jesus did not even allow these people to take a break for around an hour to attend to very urgent family issues. He showed no open mindedness or mercy to these people. He did not bother trying to understand the situation that they were in.
Truly, I am very unimpressed.
The Biblical Jesus Prioritized Himself Over the Poor !!
3While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.
4Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? 5It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.
6″Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 7The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. 8She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial.
Indeed this is very strange. Those people who rebuked the woman were right. How can she break a whole jar of very expensive perfume just in order to apply it on Jesus? She could have sold it and gave much money to poor as her critics rightly argued.
Jesus instead of agreeing with them defended the woman and said that she was correct in doing so. He said that they will have several chances to help the poor later on, but since Jesus is staying temporarily with them he should be taken as a priority and basically be pampered with expensive perfume applied on him to prepare himself for his burial.
I am very unimpressed with the Biblical Jesus’ attitude here.
The Biblical Jesus Didn’t Come To Free Slaves Nor Came To Stop The Brutal Slavery !!
“That servant who knows his master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what his master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. ”
The Biblical Jesus Being Irrational !!
For instance, Jesus tells a man to sell everything and give it to the poor. (Luke 12:33)
This is going a bit too far. Sure, we must be generous. But you don’t sell EVERYTHING that you got. Then you will end up like that poor person that you were trying to help.
Jesus said that if someone steals from you, don’t try to get it back. (Luke 6:30)
and he also said that if someone hits you, invite them to do it again. (Matthew 5:39).
Again this is illogical. We should stand up for ourselves and not let criminals take advantage over us being religious.
If you do something wrong with your eye or hand, cut/pluck it off (Matthew 5:29-30, in a sexual context).
Don’t plan for the future. (Matthew 6:34)
Don’t save money. (Matthew 6:19-20)
Don’t become wealthy. (Mark 10:21-25)
Don’t work to obtain food. (John 6:27)
Don’t have sexual urges. (Matthew 5:28)
Make people want to persecute you. (Matthew 5:11)
If you lose a lawsuit, give more than the judgment. (Matthew 5:40)
If someone forces you to walk a mile, walk two miles. (Matthew 5:41)
If anyone asks you for anything, give it to them without question. (Matthew 5:42)
The above statements are BEAUTIFUL in terms of teaching good morals and ethics, but they are quite irrational and extreme. Jesus was totally unrealistic in most of his teachings. We can’t use them in our daily lives !!
Someone may argue back that Jesus is not being literal in those verses. I will accept that for sake of argument, however, my main problem is that Jesus keeps saying to us to be good yet gives us no practical ways how.
I can give several examples, but I think the readers have understood what I am trying to say.
Of course me as a Muslim, that doesn’t threat my belief, because my belief says that your book has truth and falsehood in it. As a Muslim, I believe that Jesus peace be upon him didn’t contradict himself in anything, nor was he irrational.
There is really nothing that impressive about the character of the “Biblical” Jesus once he is scrutinized under the microscope. We Muslims have no problem with that at all, but the ones who have a real problem are our Christian friends who shout bragging about the “biblical” Jesus’ character.
In fact, I don’t have a problem with the Christians shout saying ”Jesus is a perfect model”, but I do have a problem when they criticize my prophet Muhammed, spread LIES about him, insult him, call him bad names, and then say “Jesus is a perfect model, and Muhammed is evil ”.
I know that many Christians now will be very angry at Muslims because of this article, but why when you attack prophet Muhammed, no one cares about our feelings !! So why should us Muslims?!
To be honest with you, I don’t recommend Muslims to take this article and use it against the sincere Christians who say “Jesus is a role model”, in fact tell them “yes, Jesus peace be upon him is a perfect model according to the Quran because he was a prophet of God ”, but I do recommend them to use it against those who attack our prophet Muhammed peace be upon him.
So the aim of this article is not to “criticize” the biblical Jesus, but to show these specific Christians who love to attack Muhammed how hypocrites they are !!
Even Jesus rebuked them saying in Matthew 7:
1 Do not judge so that you will not be judged. 2 For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. 3″Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4″Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? 5″You HYPOCRITE, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
YES, Jesus called them HYPOCRITES..indeed they are hypocrites.
And Allah knows the best..