Jesus, the Son of God

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Muslims almost always object to using the title “Son of God” concerning Jesus. The main reason is that many Muslims believe the phrase “Son of God” implies that God the Father had sexual relations with Mary and that Jesus (the Son) was born of this union. Some understand the Christian Trinity as consisting of the Father, Mary and Jesus. Christians actually do not believe this and like Muslims we find the idea repulsive and blasphemous. Unfortunately this is often the Muslim understanding of the phrase “Son of God.”

The Deity of Christ

The Qur’an does say that Jesus was born of a virgin. Various Muslim traditions ascribe miracles to Jesus such as healing the sick and raising the dead. However, the Qur’an states that He was no more than a human being, a prophet like all other prophets. Islam thinks that Chrisians are trying to elevate Jesus to be God. Yet, the reality is that Jesus is not a man whom we are trying to elevate to be God; rather He is God who humbled Himself to become man.

Islam refuses to ascribe deity to Christ and rejects the doctrine that Jesus is the Son of God.

In Christianity, the title, “Son of God” indicates the majesty, honour and glory of Jesus (2 Peter 1:16-18). The title is tied not only to His divinity but also to His kingship. Nathan’s prophecy in 2 Samuel 7:12-14, one of the early prophecies of the Messianic King, speaks of David’s descendant as God’s Son. “When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your descendant after you, who will come forth from you, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be a father to him and he will be a son to Me.” It is certain that the early believers understood Jesus’ role as “Son of God” as being related to kingship: “Rabbi, You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel” (John 1:49, 11:27, 20:31 and Romans 1:1-5). The messianic king’s appointment was described as begetting a son (Psalm 2:7, Acts 13:33, Hebrews 1:5). You can find a longer article on this subject on our site here “Explaining-Son-Of-God”.

Prayer Starters:

  • May God bring real breakthroughs in this area of Muslim misunderstanding. This subject is one of the most significant hindrances for Muslims coming to Christ. Believers need wisdom in addressing this issue, not necessarily debate.
  • Pray for Muslims to have a biblical understanding of the phrase “Son of God.” Meditate on and proclaim in prayer the texts cited above.

Special Section: Prayer for the Peoples of Sudan — The Guhayna people

The 1.3 million Guhayna are a largely nomadic people living in Central Sudan. Not much is known about this people group other than that they are Sudanese Arabs who trace their heritage to the Bedouin who wandered the deserts of Saudi Arabia centuries ago.

The Guhayna embrace rigid codes of honour, loyalty and hospitality, the strong role of men in society, the value of children, subservience of women and the five pillars of Islam. To confess Jesus as Lord is not well accepted and has serious consequences. Pray that fear of persecution from Islamic relatives will not hinder the Guhayna as they consider the Gospel. No one is actively reaching this people group.

Pray for missionaries and funds so the Guhayna can hear about Jesus.

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Comments

  1. One thing I’ve always been confused about is, for example, the sayings of Jesus on the cross. If Jesus and God are the same, why would there be sayings like,
    “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do”
    “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me”

  2. Just because the Bible claims, or implies that Jesus is the son of God doesn’t mean he is. The Bible also claims that planet earth is flat (Galileo was persecuted for claiming otherwise), and that rabbits chew cud, among other claims..

    The Hindu Gita claims that Krishna is God. or a part of God. Should we believe simply because its written!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    God (Allah) does not share divinity with anyone. May He be Exalted above what Hindus and Christians claim Him to be.

    • Christians believe Jesus is the unique, one and only, Son of God, not just because it is written, but because his Father is God and because of the historical fact of his life, death, resurrection and ascension. His own words and the testimony of his closest disciples who walked and talked with him on earth reveal that Jesus is the the Word of God who became man (ie. he is God in the flesh). Christians believe in only One True God, who has revealed Himself to man as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Not three gods but One God. There is God, His Word, and His Spirit, and these three are One and the same. At the incarnation, the Word of God became flesh (the son of Mary). He is the only one who has ever had a divine and a human nature. As a man he became the second Adam and as God he will judge the living and the dead. Christians are born-again through faith in the risen Jesus Christ. They are forgiven and accepted by God because of what the Son has done. The gift of God is eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ. The gift of God is for all who will receive it by faith. If you truly seek him with all your heart you will find Him. If you have Christ in you, you too with have the hope of glory.

      The claim that the earth is flat does not come from the Bible. Please see http://www.geocentricity.com/astronomy_of_bible/flatearth/doesbibleteach.html.

  3. Salaam Alaykum.

    I noticed several things wrong with this article.

    “Muslims almost always object to using the title “Son of God” concerning Jesus. The main reason is that many Muslims believe the phrase “Son of God” implies that God the Father had sexual relations with Mary and that Jesus (the Son) was born of this union. Some understand the Christian Trinity as consisting of the Father, Mary and Jesus. Christians actually do not believe this and like Muslims we find the idea repulsive and blasphemous. Unfortunately this is often the Muslim understanding of the phrase “Son of God.””

    Thank you. So I guess since Jesus, peace be upon him, is not God’s son, you admit he’s not divine, right?

    “The Qur’an does say that Jesus was born of a virgin. Various Muslim traditions ascribe miracles to Jesus such as healing the sick and raising the dead. However, the Qur’an states that He was no more than a human being, a prophet like all other prophets. Islam thinks that Chrisians are trying to elevate Jesus to be God. Yet, the reality is that Jesus is not a man whom we are trying to elevate to be God; rather He is God who humbled Himself to become man.”

    *smacks forehead* Of course, so you’re not saying that he’s God, you’re just saying that…he’s God. Makes perfect sense.

    “Islam refuses to ascribe deity to Christ and rejects the doctrine that Jesus is the Son of…

  4. Mhm. Listen, I’m going to break this down for you. Jinn in Islam are not seen as gods. They are seen as a race of creatures that God has created alongside mankind.

  5. @SKhan. The Church has admitted several times that the Trinity is a mystery and has always been. Listen to yourself explaining how Jesus is God in human form. Yet he does not know when the day of Judgement is! And according to Christianity, he ends up being murdered. That does not describe the divine Supreme being, be it in spirit, human, or animal form, or whatever other form you choose to describe God. Immortal is Immortal. All-Knowing is All-Knowing, not Infinite knowledge (minus) knowledge concerning when the day of Judgement is. Anthropomorphism raises serious logical problems. Especially when you claim to be a monotheist and then believe in a God-man. That leads you closer to polytheism. Hindu doctrine concerning God is similar to Christianity, but it is accepted that Hinduism is polytheism, and Christianity is not.

    Perhaps you should explain what John means by Jesus was born of God, and what the Church when it says Jesus is the literal son of God. This clearly is a Semitic metaphor taken literally in Greek. The trinity is a new idea introduced in the 1st century through heresy, of course with influence from the then pagan Roman Empire. All records of monotheism before Jesus only discuss the One God, without shape or form. There is ample evidence dating back from when writing first came about, roughly 3000BC.

  6. Muslims don’t just use the word “Allah” in reference to God. Muslims in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh also use the Persian word “Khoda” to refer to God because of Persian influence in those regions of the world. Also, there are 99 names/attributes of God in Islam. Allah is simply one of those names/attributes. Please do your research instead of regurgitating/copy-pasting random “facts”.

  7. Here are just few questions which I find confusing about this theory of “Jesus is son of God”

    Do you agree with me that
    1) the way Adam(a.s) was created is more miraculous than how Jesus (a.s)was created because a) he did not have a mother or a father & b) he was created from dust.

    2) If the answer is yes , then don’t you think Adam(a.s) has more right than Jesus(a.s) to claim he is “the son of God”.

    Indeed, the example of Jesus to Allah is like that of Adam. He created Him from dust; then He said to him, “Be,” and he was. Quran Chapter 3 V 59.

    Final question is when Christians say Jesus was God and he was crucified for our sin etc , etc. Does that mean human were able to kill God , how bizarre ?? Couldn’t he just protected himself by sending down lighting strike to kill all the people who tried to harm??

  8. The creation of Adam was amazing and miraculous, no doubt. But his superiority does not go beyond that point of creation. The fact that he was easily fooled by his wife Eve to eat a fruit from the Tree of Life, in the Garden of Eden, clearly shows his inability to obey God’s command.

    Jesus’ birth was miraculous in my view. What’s more, the story of his divine-inspired life did not end there. When Jesus was tried by the devil in the wilderness, three times, he came out victorious. He did not fall into the devil’s trap like Adam did. That encounter in the wilderness, and the fact Jesus lived a pure, sinless life, demonstrates that Jesus lacked the sinful nature common in Adam and generations after.

    Jesus taught the word of God, performed many miracles and was crucified without sin. Now God hates sin, because he is holy, and his wrath is apparent when he gets Adam and Eve out of Eden and gave each their permanent punishment.

    Christ had every right to receive favor from God, and even to claim he is the Son of God, because he lived a righteous, holy life. He was pleased with Jesus, period. Jesus also ascended into heaven in body(in which he had risen) and his soul. What’s special about Adam’s death? [Edited for brevity, Admin]

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