Jesus was a Prophet and Messenger of God. He called to the Oneness of God. He never claimed divinity for himself, nor did he ever ask to be worshipped. No where in the Bible which Jesus reported to have said, I am God or worship me. The Claim was invented by Christians later on.
He was born of a virgin. This was one of the many miracles of Jesus from God. Jesus was born without a father. God Created him as He Created everything else in existence. Jesus, Adam and Eve were all uniquely Created: Jesus was Created without a father; Adam and Eve were Created without a father or a mother; the rest of us were all Created with a mother and a father. To believe that Jesus is the begotten son of God gives the attribute of procreation to the Creator.
It was at the First Council of Nicea (325 AD) that Jesus was voted by the majority of the members to be divine rather than God’s Prophet and Messenger. The concept of the trinity was established by declaring that the son was the same as and equal to God. This was in direct opposition to the Abrahamic principles of monotheism which Jesus himself proclaimed and affirmed.
Muslims believe this to be polytheism and it is absolutely forbidden in Islam. Likewise, giving attributes of the Creator to His creation is also a great sin, which in Islam is clearly in opposition to monotheism. This belief is in contradiction to the teachings of all the Prophets and Messengers of God. God is beyond any creation or human attributes. Jesus is the Messiah, the Christ, the anointed one, Sent by the Merciful God as a Prophet and Messenger.
God also Informs us that Jesus, son of Mary, is not dead, and that He Raised Jesus up to Him. Muslims believe that the return of Jesus will be a sign of the Last Days. When Jesus returns, he will not come in the capacity of a Prophet and Messenger to bring new Revelations. He will destroy the Anti-Christ, who will have brought to the earth enormous trials and evil. He will follow the final manifestation of the law that Was Revealed to Muhammad.
Sin and repentance
Sin is willful and knowing disobedience to God. The greatest of all sins is polytheism, though any intentional violation of the Commandments of God is a sinful act. God has Prohibited a number of things that are harmful to the individual or to society. Murder, assault, theft, fraud, usury, fornication, adultery, sorcery, consumption of alcohol, eating pork, or use of illicit drugs are all examples of sinful acts.
Islam rejects the doctrine of original sin. No soul shall bear the burden of another. (This would be a great injustice; God, Most Merciful, Is Just.) Each of us is accountable before God for our own deeds. However, if one person encourages another to commit a sin, both are punishable. One of them deserves punishment for actually committing the sin, the other deserves punishment for encouraging it.
The conception of Jesus occurred when Gabriel was ordered by God to bring Mary glad tidings of a son that would be born from her as a guide and mercy for mankind. She asked how that could be when no man had ever touched her. Gabriel answered, “If God Says, ‘Be,’ it is.” For this reason, Jesus, son of Mary, is at times called “Word of God.” The “Word” is God’s Statement, “Be.”
When a person commits a sin, he or she is deserving of God’s Punishment. Fortunately, God is Forgiving, Most Compassionate. God Acts out of Infinite Knowledge and Justice. Muslims do not believe that Jesus, son of Mary, had to die for our sins. God, The Most Compassionate, Forgives whomever He Chooses. To believe that it was necessary for Jesus to suffer and die in order to have our sins forgiven denies God’s Infinite Power and Justice. God is Unlimited in His Mercy.
God Promises us that He Will Forgive us if we turn to Him in sincere repentance. Repentance is a serious matter. It is the way a person can attain salvation by the Grace of God. Repentance cannot be taken lightly. Sincere repentance has the following conditions:
- The person must recognize and acknowledge that he or she has committed a sin and truly regret having done so.
- The person must have a sincere resolve not to commit the sin again.
- The person must humbly turn to God for forgiveness.
- If the sin caused harm to someone else, the person must make every possible attempt to remedy the harm.
This does not mean that if the person returns to the same sin in the future, his or her former repentance is null and void. What is needed is a serious commitment in the heart not to sin again. Because we don’t know what the future holds, the door to repentance is always open. God Loves the children of Adam to turn to Him for His Abundant Forgiveness. Repentance is a form of worship.
No one can forgive sins except God. It is forbidden for a Muslim to seek divine forgiveness for sin through or by turning to anyone else. Muslims believe that this is polytheism.