Was Jesus God or a Prophet?
Islamic View (Quran & Science Website)
If Jesus was God, why didn’t he simply say: “I, Jesus, I am God and you must worship me”? Instead we find passages like these: “Why do you call me good?”, “No-one is good but God alone!” (Mark 6:10).
Under the Islamic point of view its 100% true and logic, ONLY God is good and perfect, [no other man] – not even Jesus…
[There is not] one passage in the whole Bible where Jesus is saying ‘I AM GOD, WORSHIP ME’. So why not be as clear as the Quran, that clearly denies the Godliness of men…
“They have adopted their scholars and monks as lords besides God and (also) Christ, the son of Mary, although they have been ordered to serve only God alone. There is no god but Him. Glory be to Him! He is beyond what they associate (with Him)….” (Quran 9:31)
Jesus himself tells us that there is only one God and that God is ‘One’. Mark 12 tells us how one of the teachers of the law heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’There is no commandment greater than these.”
“Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.”
“The Buddha declared that priests reciting the Vedas were like the blind leading the blind. According to him, those priests who had memorized the Vedas really knew nothing.” (Wikipedia info)
God is One
Jesus stressed that God is one: “there is no other but him”. In Arabic this is read: “La ilaha ila Allah” which is exactly the statement needed to be said to convert to Islam.
Muslims, love Jesus, but they do not love him as God. Today many love Jesus more than they love God. And they pray in Jesus’ name when he said not to do so. …
Christian must not act the same way as the Jew’s acted when they refused Jesus. They were emotionally attached to their Old Testament, traditions, and family beliefs which led them to refusing all future messengers.
No one can claim God
A Divine Messenger or a Buddha can be defined as a teacher who bring enlightenment and wisdom.
So if Jesus was a teacher you can ask yourself why Islam, Judaism and Christianity don’t recognize Siddhartha Gautama Buddah as a divine messenger. Because he was not part of an Arabian or Jewish tribe…?
Just like Jesus Gautama made a clear distinction between himself and God: No one can claim ‘God’. If ‘God’ exists then only within ourself. So every man (inclusive those people who reject tribal traditions) can become a Buddha. In Christian terms:
“For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 14;17)
Jesus promised the Apostles that he would send the Holy Spirit after his crucifixion and resurrection:
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. (John 14:26)
In Christian theology the study of the Holy Spirit is called pneumatology, from two Greek words, pneuma meaning “wind,” “breath,” or “spirit” and logos meaning “word,” or “logic.” (Wikipedia)
Logic or The Universal Man
In Sufism (Islamic mysticism), no contact between man and God can be possible without the Logos. The Logos is everywhere and always the same, but its personification is “unique” within each region. Jesus and Muhammad are seen as the personifications of the Logos. …
To Ibn Arabi, every prophet corresponds to a reality which he called a Logos (Kalimah), as an aspect of the unique Divine Being. The Logos or “Universal Man” is a mediating link between individual human beings and the divine essence.
In the 15th century ʻAbd al-Karim al-Jili introduced the Doctrine of Logos and the Perfect Man. For al-Jili the perfect man (the divine messenger) has the power to assume different forms at different times, and appear in different guises. (Wikipedia Info)
Siddhartha Gautama Buddha: All living beings
have the Buddha nature and can become Buddhas
Siddhartha Gautama was a spiritual teacher from ancient India. Gautama, also known as Sakyamuni or Shakyamuni (“sage of the Shakyas”), is the key figure in Buddhism, and accounts of his life, discourses, and monastic rules were summarized after his death and memorized by the sangha.
Quotes: Be honest, reasonable and always strive for truth
– Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.
– In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.
– There have been many Buddhas before me and there will be many Buddhas in the future. All living beings have the Buddha nature and can become Buddhas.