Jesus vs. Muhammad: 33 striking differences

by James Bishop

Introduction: I think many will be surprised at just how divergent Jesus and Muhammad really were on just about every level of their existence. Because of the controversial teachings of Muhammad it is no wonder that 70% (IHRC) of the world’s refugees are Muslims attempting to flee Islamic theocracies. We also find that most of these Muslims are fleeing to traditionally Christian strong nations, and I believe this set of 33 differences will vividly illustrate why this is so. All that really needs to be done is to go straight to the very founder of each of the Christian and Islamic religions, that it the purpose of this blog article.

Just a brief side note, the first seven points are fleshed out more than the rest (points 8-33) as they needed more detailing and a fuller context, whereas points 8-33 are usually two or three sentences long as they are much easier to understand, and come straight from the Koranic, Biblical texts themselves.

1) Their Sin: Firstly, Jesus, according to the Biblical record, was sinless whilst Mohammad, according to the Koranic record, was sinful. In Mecca Muhammad received a command about his sin:

“Then have patience (O Muhammad). Lo! the promise of Allah is true. And ask forgiveness of thy sin and hymn the praise of thy Lord at fall of night and in the early hours.”(Surah 40:55)

According to the Koran Muhammad was a sinner. Surah 48, a Medinan chapter, also lends credence to the fact that Muhammad was a sinner:

“That Allah may forgive you your sins of the past and the future and complete His Favour on you, and guide you on the Straight Path . . .”

So, in other words Muhammad was very much like, according to the Koran, ordinary people as all humans are sinners. Sin signifies crime, offense, and any act having an evil result or intent. However, for the devout Muslim any atrocity or act committed by Muhammad is not wrong, unjust or sinful. Because of Muhammad’s revered position anything he does must be right, just, and sinless no matter what it is.

Yet Jesus, according to the Bible, is sinless, in fact in one episode he asks those accusing him:

“Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! Can you prove me guilty of any sin?” (John 8:45-46)

Also Peter, Jesus’ most intimate disciple, lived and walked with Jesus for at least three years – he would have learnt much about his master in that time period. Nevertheless, in 1 Peter 2:21-22 we read:

“To this you [Christians] were called because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.”

According to those who knew Jesus most well there was no sign of sin on his part. In John 3:5 we read: “But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin.”

2) Their tombs: It is a historical fact that Jesus’ tomb was found to be empty by some of his women followers, as the Austrian scholar Jacob Kremer notes: “By far most exegetes hold firmly to the reliability of the biblical statements concerning the empty tomb.” William Lane Craig, philosopher and New Testament scholar, concludes:

“Taken together these eight considerations furnish powerful evidence that the tomb of Jesus was actually found empty on Sunday morning by a small group of his women followers. As a plain historical fact this seems to be amply attested.”

On top of this it was the earliest Christians (see 1 Corinthians 15:1-11) that proclaimed Jesus’ resurrection, thus hinting at the empty tomb. Paul, whose letters we have, self admittedly persecuted the earliest Christian followers for proclaiming this message.

Yet Muhammad’s body is still in his grave. Although Muslims may claim that his soul has gone to heaven none to my knowledge claims that his tomb is empty or that he was bodily raised like Jesus…


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