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Comparing Beliefs About Jesus

Islam (the religion of Muslims)
The death of Jesus Most Muslims believe that Jesus did not die. Many believe God took Jesus to heaven before He died. “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3).
Who is Jesus? Muslims believe Jesus was a prophet. But Muslims believe He was no more than a man. They think He must never be called “God,” “Lord,” or the “Son of God.” Matthew 27:54 notes, “Truly [Jesus] was the Son of God.” John 20:28 says, “Thomas answered and said to Him, ‘My Lord and my God!’” See also John 1:1 and John 13:13.
Jesus as the Son of God Many Muslims think calling Jesus “the Son of God” means that God was married. “The Son of God” is a title showing that Jesus is one of three ways the one true God reveals Himself to people. In Mark 1:11, God says, “You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 16:16 says, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus’ death on the cross Muslims believe that God would not allow Jesus, a prophet, to die on the cross. They think such a death would mean defeat and failure. The gospel, including Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection, means victory over sin and death. “Death is swallowed up in victory” (1 Corinthians 15:54).
Jesus’ resurrection According to Muslims, Jesus did not rise from the dead. (See the heading “Jesus’ death on the cross.”) Acts 2:32 says, “This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses.”
Salvation through Jesus Muslims believe human beings are born sinless. Since they are not fallen by nature, they do not seek a Savior. Without a Savior, they depend on their own good works to please God. They hope God will let them into paradise when they die if they have done enough good works. But they can’t be sure. Romans 5:12 says, “Through one man [Adam] sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.” However, the Bible also says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9). See also John 3:16.

Make a “Refugee Shelter”

Guerrillas in Colombia sometimes force Christians out of their homes. The Christians move to refugee camps, where they live in simple shelters made of sticks, trees, and dirt, with bed sheets for walls and sheets of plastic for roofs. Some shelters are nothing more than four long sticks and a sheet.

Needed: 4 long poles, 1 bed sheet, 4 chairs
To make a “refugee shelter,” tie or tape each corner of a bed sheet to one end of a long pole about the size of a broomstick. Stand the poles upright, tape the other end of each pole to the leg of a chair, and spread the four chairs apart so that the sheet forms a roof. Eat a Colombian snack or pray for Colombian Christians as you sit in the shelter.