Monday, January 30, 2017

THE CHARACTER OF MOSES, JESUS AND MUHAMMAD ARE OFTEN THOUGHT WORTHY OF COMPARING BECAUSE THEY ALL SUPPOSEDLY ARE MESSENGERS SENT FROM GOD. Moses Came To Give The Torah, Jesus Came To Give The Gospel Of Salvation Through His Death And Resurrection, Muhammad Came To Bring The Quran. While Moses' message points to Jesus being the Son of God, Muhammad's message is contrary to the testimony of Moses and Jesus.

For example, Moses argues with God in the Torah and convinces God not to destroy the Jewish people. Do Jesus and Muhammad argue with God for whatever reason? If not, why not?
The word “character” has a number of different meanings. In terms of leadership there are some significant differences between the character of Moses and Muhammad. Jesus is in a league of His own, even though, as a human being, He was tempted as we all are tempted.

Moses’ character had changed markedly from the day he fled Egypt to the day he was called by God to go back and ask Pharaoh to let the Hebrews go. Still we read Moses was presumptuous when striking the Rock rather than speaking to it (Numbers 20:8-12). Nevertheless, Moses was also courageous. Moses was self-deprecating. Moses was jealous for God’s name. Moses was also prepared to lay his life down for the sake of other people. In particular, Moses is known for being meek (Numbers 12:3).
On the morrow Moses said to the people, “You have sinned a great sin. And now I will go up to the Lord; perhaps I can make atonement for your sin.”
So Moses returned to the Lord and said, “Alas, this people have sinned a great sin; they have made for themselves gods of gold. But now, if thou wilt forgive their sin—and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.”
But the Lord said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book. But now go, lead the people to the place of which I have spoken to you; behold, my angel shall go before you. Nevertheless, in the day when I visit, I will visit their sin upon them.” (Exodus 32:30-34)
Jesus did what no one else has done. His character reflected the glory of God. Not only did He heal people, even the ear of one who had come to arrest Him on the day of his crucifixion, but when on the Cross, Jesus cried out to our Heavenly Father to forgive those who had betrayed, whipped, cursed and hung Him up to die on a tree (even if cut down).
While he was still speaking, there came a crowd, and the man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss him; but Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of man with a kiss?”
And when those who were about him saw what would follow, they said, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?”
And one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus said, “No more of this!” And he touched his ear and healed him. Then Jesus said to the chief priests and officers of the temple and elders, who had come out against him, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs? (Luke 22:47-52 )
And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments. Luke 23:34
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Muhammad’s character appears to have changed after he moved to Medina from Mecca. In Mecca, Muhammad was a more simple preacher and his message appears to have been in line with the following:
Muhammad was no more than a human being, no different to the messengers of Allah who preceded him and just as prone to passing away at any time as they did (Surah 3:144). His prime concern was that his hearers should follow the way of his Lord (Surah 25:57). Although mocked and rejected as possessed with madness he was to see himself solely as a warner to call his people back to the truth (Surah 7:184). The Muslims were called to follow the faith of Abraham the upright and to respect the contributions of the great prophets of former times (Surah 2:135-136).
As for the truth of Muhammad’s convictions and faithfulness in following the faith of Abraham, as recorded in the Bible, the following statement highlights some important criteria to take into account after he left Mecca.
An analysis of Muhammad’s treatment of his enemies, in particular his relationships with the Jews and Christians of Arabia, as well as his many marriages will show to what extent his claims prove to be valid or not.
Moses was willing to lay his life down on behalf of others, but God says each will be requited for his own sin. Lord Jesus Christ gave up His life so that we might become the righteousness of God ourselves, by forgiving others, so that we might be forgiven of our own sin. Muhammad decided to kill those who disagreed with him.

There Is A Way That Seems Right But It Does Not Lead To Life Only Eternal Death

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