Controversy: Jesus a Muslim or a Christian?
Christians And Muslims By Religion
The Reality Of Belonging To Christian Or Muslim Religion
The reality about the majority of Christians and Muslims today is that most of them are a Christian or a Muslim by reasons of the region of birth and family they were born into, and not by choice.
A person born in Vatican City will be a Catholic Christian. Also, a person born in Romania, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Armenia, Namibia, Marshal Islands, Moldova, Zambia, and Solomon Islands will likely be a Christian.
At the other hand, a person born in Arab countries will likely be a Muslim. Also in countries like; Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Turkey, Iran and Egypt there is a high percentage that a person born in this countries will likely not be a Christian.
The same can be said of the family of once birth. If you are born into a Muslim family, in countries like Nigeria, there is 99.9% possibility of one being a Muslim. The same thing applies to those born into a Christian Families which has about 99% likely hood of being a Christian.
So the reality is that you are either a Muslim or a Christian not because you choose to but because circumstances had chosen it for you. That means, either you may have been deceived into a religion organization that you may not have likely chosen were you to chose before birth, thus, there is all likelihood your worship is wrong.
To worship God acceptably, you need to look beyond that circle called 'my religion'. Instead, you must be both a "true Christian and a real Muslim". What does that mean? And who is a Christian and who is a Muslim? And how can one be a true Christian, yet a real Muslim?
Important questions, aren't they?_
Is This What It Means To Submit To The Will Of God?
Who Is a Muslim?
Since more than 1 person in 6, of the world's population adheres to Islamic religion and many of them could be called 'devoted', it becomes apparent to actually understand who a Muslim is.
Is a Muslim a person who adhere to the Islamic religion?
According to religion of Islam, the answer is Yes!
But I say NO!
To the Religion called Islam, that is What being 'a Muslim' implies. One who submit to the religion or teachings of Islam as a religion not Islam as actual 'submission'. Thus a person not in the circle of Islam as a religion is not viewed as a Muslim. Is that How You View It?
That is a flawed view. It is the same thing as saying that a Christian is a person who goes to Roman Catholic or any other Church and adhere to the Church teachings and dogma, that is also a flawed view.
According to one source, there are over 900 million Muslims in the world, making Islām second only to the Roman Catholic Church in numbers. It is perhaps the fastest growing major religion in the world, with an expanding Muslim movement in Africa and the Western world.
Well, we we've seen firsthand, how Islam or adherent of Islamic religion defines a Muslim which I said is fkawed.
Let's also now understand what the word Islam means.
Interesting isn't it?
The name Islām is significant to a Muslim, for it means “submission,” “surrender,” or “commitment” to Allāh.
Contrary to this original meaning of the word Islam, is a flawed defination by the Religion called Islam. According to one historian, “it expresses the innermost attitude of those who have hearkened to the preaching of Mohammed.” “Muslim” means ‘one who makes or does Islām.’
Draging Mohammed to the word Islam implies that if anyone does not agree with his teachings mean the person is not submited to God.
My question is; is Mohammed God?
Take keen note of what the term Islam means.
Submition, surrender, commitment to God not Mohammed.
Thus, by submitting to the will of God, a person becomes a Muslim to God.
The people who sample themselves Islamic Religion today, are only Islamic to Mohammed not to God. True submiters are Islamic to God not to a human, whosoever in the name of coming from God.
That is the key fact to understanding why I said that the True Christians are the real Muslims? You wonder what that could mean?
Now first, let's try to understand this:
Who is a true Christian? And What is Christianity?
Then we will take a look at two ways the true Christians are God's real Muslims today, not by the name of a religion but by actual 'submission to the will of God'.
So Who actually are submitted to God today?
That's a key question to think about as we progress.
Who Is A Christian?
Today, a Christian is one who belongs to one of the varying Churches of the Christendom. Therefore, according to almost all Churches, as long as you belong to and goes to Church regularly you will be refer to as a 'christian' whether the church in question adheres to the teaching of Christ or not.
But actually, the word 'Christian' means Christ-like or followers of Christ. In reality, a Christian is not a person who attends a church regularly but one who adheres (submit, surrender) to and abide by the teachings of Christ as found in the bible, one who follow by imitating Jesus Christ.
So then, what is "Christianity"
Can All Be Christians?
What Is Christianity?
In reality, if 'a Christian' is "a person" who adheres or submit or surender to the teachings of Christ, then Christianity is 'a body of people who really adheres, surrender and submit to the teachings of Jesus Christ as found in the bible, and really imitate him as one body'.
But the question that is left to be answered is: Is Jesus Christ a Muslim or a Judaism?
Many make the mistake of saying that Christ is a Christian. However, since he is 'the Christ' of which one who follows him could be refer to as a Christian, thus Jesus cannot be refer to as a Christian because he is the Christ.
However, When it comes to religion by birth, Jesus is a Judaism, but he is also a Muslim. How?
Who Is A Real Muslim?
Before answering the question whether Jesus is a Muslim or not, we must first understand who a real Muslim is.
So who is a real Muslim?
As I mentioned earlier, 'a Muslim' is not one who is Islamic by religion. Going with the meaning of the word 'Islam' which mean submission to God or 'being at peace with God'. A Real Muslim thus, is a person who is at peace with God because he does the will of God, he submit to God's will.
So then, this is very important because we cannot deceive God with religion neither does he like to be treated as a God who can be fooled.
So is Jesus a Muslim? (submitter, adherer or obidence to the will of God) Now you can guess what the real answer is from here, can't you?_
If Jesus is a submiter (Islamic) in such manner, then for a person to be called a true Muslim, he must be a person who imitate and follows Jesus. What does that mean.
Controversy: is Jesus A Muslim or A Christian?
As noted earlier, Jesus can not be referred to as a Christian, bcause he is the Christ. By birth Jesus thus is a Jew and by religion a Judaism, but that is not all. By obedience, willing submission to God's will, being at peace with God, Jesus proved to be a 'submitter' to the will of God, a Muslim to God, not by religion but through obedience.
Did Jesus really submit to the will of God?
Let's see in brief what the bible itself has to say as regards to this. Jesus set the example of willing submission to the will of God, making him in that sense, a Muslim not through religion but by obedience to God. This is what the bible says:
“Most truly I say to YOU, The Son cannot do a single thing of his own initiative, but only what he beholds the Father doing. For whatever things that One does, these things the Son also does in like manner". (Jon 5:19)
It means that Jesus did not do what pleases himself but submitted to God in doing God's will. Again the bible says;
“My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work".(Jon 4:34)
Again, we see Jesus willingly submitting to the will of God. Another place Jesus tells us that he is a Muslim to God by actual submission to the will of God, not by religion as claimed by Islam by Mohammed is at Luke 22:42. There Jesus said to God;
“Father, if you want to, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, let, not my will, but yours take place.”
Again, while teaching his disciples the model prayer, at Mathew 6:9 Jesus said;
"Our Father in heaven... your will be done on earth as it is in heaven".
Clearly, Jesus was a true 'submitter' to the will of God. Thus, Jesus set the example of willing submission to the will of God, enjoying peace with God through his obedience. Actually, he is a real Muslim to God and he set the example that thus, any following his steps, is thus a real Muslim to God.
Yes, a real Muslim is not one who follows religion called Islam by Mohammed but one who imitates Christ, a Christian. And a true Christian is not the one who calls himself so and follow denomination bearing the name but one who imitates Christ.
Thus I am a true Christian to Christ and a real Muslim to God. I am not Muslim by following teachings set by men. Mark 7:7.
Jesus Was a Muslim not through religion called Islam but by obedience to God.
How Is Jesus A Muslim?
Who Is A Real Christian?
As stated above, 'the word 'Christian' means Christ-like or followers of Christ. In reality, a Christian is not a person who attends a church regularly just as a Muslim is not one who belongs to a religion called Islam. But one who adheres to and abide by the teachings of Christ as found in the bible, one who follow by imitating Jesus Christ.'
I have just proved from the bible that Jesus was and is still a Muslim though not by religion, and that he set the example of what being a true Muslim is. Thus, anyone imitating Christ in willing submission to the will of God as found in the holy bible, is the True Christian, a real Muslim as it were.
Thus, a true Christian is a real Muslim. In reality, the true Christians are actually those God recognizes as the real Muslims today. Thus, you become a real Muslim by being a true Christian.
Yes, I know what is in your mind right now.
How can all these different and varying forms of Churches who calls themselves 'Christians' today be the real Muslims of God? You may ask.
The good news is that the bible teaches that 'they are all not. only one is'.
But who are the true Christians, thus the real Muslims today? How can I identify them?
You can quickly find out the answer to that question if you can take few minutes to read through my hubs.