Muslims: Why do Christians teach that Jesus is the Son of God?

Muslims Ask:

Why do Christians say Jesus is the Son of God? Did God marry and have a Son? The Quran says, “[He is] Originator of the heavens and the earth. How could He have a son when He does not have a companion and He created all things? And He is, of all things, Knowing” (Sura 6:101).

Answer: Mary the mother of Jesus asked the same question when Gabriel the angel told her she would conceive a son to be the Messiah. She wondered: “How can this be? I’m a virgin” (Luke 1:34). Then, Gabriel said to her this would be achieved through the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35). Jesus was born outside the union of a man and a woman. He was born by the power of God for everything is possible to Him (Matthew 19:26).

God’s Promise to Preserve the Bible From Corruption

Muslims say that the Bible’s testimony can’t be trusted because it was corrupted. But they should trust the Bible for the Qur’an says that God promised to preserve the “Remembrance” in Surah 15, Verse 9. Note that the Torah, Gospel and Quran were referred to as Remembrance and this is supported by Surah 16:43, 21:7, 21:48, 21:105 and 40:53-54.

Therefore, Surah 15:9 is indirectly, yet clearly stating that the Torah and Gospel have also been preserved. God would never allow man to corrupt His Word. This is against His nature. Therefore, the Bible is God’s Words of truth.

Further, according to Surah 3:55, Allah promised that Jesus and his followers will be superior than the nonbeliever till the Day of the Resurrection. So, why did Allah not fulfill His promise and allow the Christians to have a corrupted Bible?

Christians believe that Jesus is the Son of God because of the testimony of :

1-The Father

While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were fearful as they entered the cloud.  And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!” (Luke 9:34,35).

2-The Holy Spirit

When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17).

3-Christ Himself

Again the high priest asked Him, saying to Him, “Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?”Jesus said, “I am. And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven” (Mark 14:61,62). Jesus said, “do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?” (John 10:36 also 5:25; 11:4).

4-Gabriel the Angel

“The angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come to you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the holy child developing inside you will be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35).

5-Prophets – John the Baptist

And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him.  I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’  And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God” (John 1:32-34).

6-Apostles

Nathanael answered and said to Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” (John 1:49).

Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16).

Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat…then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God” (Matthew 14:22,33).

7-Rightouss People

She (Martha) said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world” (John 11:27).

8-Romans at the Crucifixion of Christ

“…the centurion… said, “Truly this Man was the Son of God!” (Luke 15:39).

Conclusion

Jesus is called the “Son of God” in a divine sense and not merely in a general sense. Jesus said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30 ). The Jews knew that He was claiming to be God, So, “His Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him” (John 10:31). When Jesus asked them why they were trying to stone Him, they said, “For blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God” (John 10:33). Stoning was the punishment for blasphemy (Leviticus 24:16), and the Jews clearly condemned Jesus for claiming to be God.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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