Was Jesus (as) a Christian or a Jew? But first I want to share a few notes on why I love Jesus (as).
Whenever I read about Jesus (as) the first thing that comes to my mind is a man with long blonde hair, beautiful face, blue eyes, soft spoken, mild manners and an immediate look of gentleness. The next image that comes to mind is of such a kind man sufferring enormously because of his faith in His God. Prophets are often tested at the hands of the disbelieving people but I dont know of another prophet who had to suffer the way this mighty prophet of God did.
Jesus (as)’s story is one of love, tragedy, betrayal, revenge, rebellion, miracles and a continuous struggle between good and evil. He (as) was probably one of the most radical prophets to have walked on earth ever. I say this because he (as) did what would have been blasphemous then as is it is today.
Imagine if a Roman Catholic from the Vatican City declared openly that the Pope was an imposter and corrupted the Vatican was practicing wrongs!!
This is exactly what prophet Jesus (as) did in the holy city of Jerusalem in Palestine.
He (as) reached out to the poor and the neglected class of society, breathed life into them by reading to them the Word, and the Word was God. He (as) went to people whom the world had turned out. He lived with lepers whose families had abandoned them. To the lepers he (as) was more than any ordinary human being, he (as) was like the mercy of God which decended upon them. When there was no love left in the universe Jesus (as) came to them with mercy and kindness.
Jesus (as) did what no one would dare. He (as) took on the might and the prestige of the all powerful religious establishment of his time, the Rabbis and the established clergy. Jesus (as) showed how and where the clergy indulged in corruption. The corruption was ofcourse the self proclaimed holiness of religious men.
Jesus (as) spoke the truth. God did not intend His religion to become a monopoly of religious men praticing complicated rituals. God’s Law was meant to elevate mankind to a higher station; it was not meant to be a weapon for chastisement in the hands of holy men.
My brothers in other faiths talk about miracles. Is’nt this the greatest miracle on earth? A man speaking the truth against the men of God? This is something which easily registers in my heart. That should be enough of a miracle for me.
Was Jesus (as) christian? Well, firstly, I see his holy life as a struggle against the established religion of his time. Jesus (as) followed what prophet Moses (as) followed, who in turn was a Hebrew prophet, a believer of the faith of Abraham. Jesus (as) obviously was not a christian and never practiced the rituals that we see today. He (as) never opened a church or a parish in his holy name. The answer would have to be , no…he was not a christian in as much as we know christianity today.
Was he (as) a Jew? He (as) could not have been a Jew while the Jewish clergy accused him of blasphemy. Jesus (as) had stepped outside the creed of Judaism in as much as the clergy understands the religion of Judaism.
If Jesus (as) was neither Jewish nor Christian what was he(as)? He (as) struggled for the most issue in the world. The question of the existence of God and our relationship with God. Our materialistic world tells us to lock up God within the confines of a temple. This culture Jesus (as) broke with the spiritual revolution of God’s Word.
Jesus (as) was no different than Moses, Abraham, Isac, Ismael, Jacob, Joseph and Jonah (peace be upon all of them). He was a mighty prophet of God in the long line of Prophets from Abraham’s family. Jesus (as) was the Ruhullah the spirit of God, he was a Rasul Allah – Messenger of Allah, and a brother of the last and final Rasul Allah, prophet Muhammad (sallillahu alaihi wa alihi wa sallam). All the prophets from Noah preached only one concept of God. The monotheistic, unitary and undivisible concept of the One True God. They were prophets and their last was prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
Prophets Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad swm (peace be upon them all) had only one religion from the One and Only God.
From this belief, I would say Jesus (as) was a MUSLIM…
Thirty proofs – No crucifixion
By Ahmad Deedat
Jesus Christ was neither killed nor was he crucified, as alleged by the Christians and the Jews, but that he was alive! because:
1. Jesus was reluctant to die! He had worked out a strategy of defence to repel the Jews. Because he wanted to remain alive!
2. He beseeched God for help. With strong crying and tears for God Almighty to keep him alive!
3. God ‘heard’ his prayers which means that God accepted his prayers to keep him alive!
4. An angel of god came to strengthen him: In the hope and belief that God will save him alive!
5. Pilate finds Jesus not guilty! Good reason to keep Jesus alive!
6. Pilates wife shown a dream in which she was told that – ‘No harm should come to this just man.’ In other words that he should be saved alive!
7. Supposed to be on the cross for only three hours. According to the system in vogue, no man could die by crucifixion in so short a time which means that even if he was fastened to the cross – he was alive!
8. The other two – his ‘crossmates’ on their respective crosses were alive. So Jesus too, for the same period of time must be alive!
9. Encyclopedia biblica under article ‘cross’ – column 960 says: ‘When the spear was thrust – Jesus was alive!
10. ‘Forthwith’ came there out blood and water: ‘Forthwith’ means straightaway, immediately which was a sure sign that Jesus was alive!
11. Legs not broken – as a fulfilment of prophecy. ‘Legs’ can be of any use only if Jesus was alive!
12.Thunderstorm, earthquake, and darkening of the sun all within 3 hours! To disperse the sadistic mob to enable his ‘secret disciples’ to help, keep him alive!
13. Jews doubted his death: They suspected that he had escaped death on the cross – that he was alive!
14. Pilate ‘marvels’ to hear that Jesus was dead. He knew from experience that no man can die so soon by crucifixion. He suspected that Jesus was alive!
15. Big roomy chamber: Close at hand, and big and airy for willing hands to come to the rescue. Providence was out to keep Jesus alive!
16. Stone and ‘winding sheets’ had to be removed: Only necessary if Jesus was alive!
17. Report on winding sheets. German Scientists who carried out experiments on the ‘Shroud of Turin’ said that the heart of Jesus had not stopped functioning – that he was alive!
18. Ever in disguise! Disguise not necessary if Jesus was ‘resurrected’. Only necessary if he was alive!
19. Forbade Mary Magdalene to touch him ‘Touch me not’ for this reason that it would hurt; because he was alive!
20. ‘Not yet ascended unto my father’ In the language of the Jews, in the idiom of the Jews, he was saying, ‘I am not dead yet’, in other words, ‘I am alive!’
21. Mary Magdalene not afraid on recognising Jesus. Because she had seen signs of life before. She was looking for a Jesus who was alive!
22. Disciples petrified on seeing Jesus in the upper-room. All their knowledge about the ‘crucifixion’ was from hearsay, therefore, they could not believe that Jesus was alive!
23. Ate food again and again in his post ‘crucifixion’ appearances. Food only necessary if he was alive!
24. Never showed himself to his enemies. Because he had escaped death by the ‘skin of his teeth’. He was alive!
25. Took only short trips. Because he was not resurrected, not spiritualised, but alive!
26. Testimony of men around the tomb “Why seek ye the living among the dead?” (Luke 24:4-5) That he is not dead, but alive!
27. Testimony of angels “angels who had said that he was alive!” (Luke 24:23) Did not say, ‘resurrected’ but the actual word uttered by the angels was ‘Alive!’
28. Mary Magdalene testifies “they heard that he was alive, and had been seen by her, they believed not” (Mark 16-11).
Mary did not vouch for a spook, or ghost or spirit of Jesus but a Live Jesus. What they could not believe was that the Master was alive!
29. Dr. primrose testifies: That the ‘water and the blood’, when Jesus was lanced on the side, was on account of an upset in the nervous vessels because of the scourging by staves. Which was a sure sign that Jesus was alive!
30. Jesus had himself foretold that his miracle will be the miracle of Jonah! According to the Book of Jonah, Jonah was alive, when we expected him to be dead; similarly when we expect Jesus to be dead, he should be alive!