It is the favorite time of the year for most Christians. The celebration of the birth of Christ will be replete with Christmas pageants, children’s concerts, candlelight services, and Midnight Masses, all seeking to commemorate the birth so long ago of the one and only Begotten One, Messiah Jesus, the Son of God. Yet, if history repeats itself, it will be a time that sees a rise in “terror” attacks against Christians by Islamist Muslims. It seems that Christmas tends to bring out the worst in the religion of peace. To illustrate, a recent Muslim propaganda campaign entitled “the evils of Christmas,” was launched by an Islamist organization in the UK that has been banned for its “hate” statements. The DailyMail reports as follows:
Fanatics from a banned Islamic hate group have launched a nationwide poster campaign denouncing Christmas as evil. Organisers plan to put up thousands of placards around the UK claiming the season of goodwill is responsible for rape, teenage pregnancies, abortion, promiscuity, crime and pedophilia. They hope the campaign will help ‘destroy Christmas’ in this country and lead to Britons converting to Islam instead. Read more
The poster takes the song “The 12 Days of Christmas,” and provides an evil committed by Christians for each of the twelve days of Christmas. Among the “evils” Christians are said to commit is one that we might say is the “reason for the season” — claiming God has a son. In Islam, to claim that God has a Son is considered “shirk,” the most heinous of sins, and one that there is no forgiveness for.
But it is not just propaganda campaigns that Christians need pay attention to these days. According to reports, Christmas sees a rise in the deaths of Christians at the hands of Islamists. One such report can be found here. There are many others that can be located with a Google search using the words “Muslim terrorist attacks at Christmas.” A recent report (12/12/13) from Jakarta, Indonesia, included these words of warning to Christians of Indonesia:
Jakarta (AFP). Indonesian police warned Thursday that Islamic extremists may be planning to target worshippers at Christmas and New Year celebrations in the capital Jakarta and other parts of the country… Indonesia’s small Christian minority has come under increasing pressure in recent years from Islamic hardliners, who have forced the closure of churches and protested outside places of worship…. Since 2000, when improvised bombs disguised as Christmas gifts delivered to churches and clergymen killed 19 people and injured scores more across Indonesia, police have gone on high alert at the festive season. But officials rarely give such specific warnings as that issued on Thursday. …
Ever wonder why the extremists of the so-called “religion of peace” make Christmas their annual “Halloween,” i.e., their coming out day for death and destruction of Christians? Particularly relevant to this question is the “evil” committed by Christians of claiming Jesus to be the Son of God. Think about it – Christmas is celebrated as the birth of the Son of God, and likely the reason why Islamists turn up their burners at this time of year. Here is one of the many passages on the divinity of Christ taken from the Muslim holy book:
- Qur’an 4:171, O people of the Book [Jews and Christians], do not be fanatical in your faith and say nothing but the truth about God [Allah]. The Messiah who is Jesus, son of Mary, was only an apostle of God, … Abstain from this for your own good; for God [Allah] is only one God, and far from His glory is it to beget a Son. (See also, Qur’an 2:87, 253; 3:45; 4:157, 171; 5:78, 110, 112, 114, 116; 19:34, 33:7, 57:27, 61:6, 14.)
The Qur’an mentions twenty-four Biblical prophets by name, although the Qur’an credits Jesus with more mention than any other prophet. Initially, one might think the Qur’an is honoring Jesus by ascribing prophet status to him. After all, to be one of twenty-four seems honoring. Far from true when the Qur’an defines importance based on who (or what) comes later. Muslims see the Qur’an as a correction (the Muslim doctrine of tahrif) of the Old and New Testaments, and it supersedes the divinely revealed Old and New Testaments. The Gospels may declare Jesus as Son of God but the Qur’an corrects that by stating Christians perverted the words of God. How so? In the Bible, Jesus is the Son of God. Romans 1:4 NASB. In the Qur’an, Jesus is the son of Mary. Qur’an 4:171; cf 1 John 2:22-23 NASB. Quite a different bloodline. The Qur’an denies Jesus’ divinity and grants him status as a prophet. This is hardly an honor. In fact, its more like telling the creator of the universe that he wins first prize because he can really build legos. To add insult to injury since Muhammad came after Jesus, Muhammad supersedes Jesus because Muhammad is the last prophet much like the Qur’an is the last word. Its not even about being second place in Islam. Its about being replaced — that is what Islam does to Jesus; and that is what Islam does to the followers of Jesus, Christians. In Islamic end-time prophecy, Jesus descends from heaven and walks behind Muhammad. He declares Islam the true religion and requires all crosses to be removed from churches, kills all pigs, and requires Christians to convert to Islam or be killed as infidels.
In Islam, Jesus is referred to as the “Messiah.” However, Islam’s definition of “Messiah” is not that of the Scriptures. 1 John 2: 22 NASB. Christianity defines “Messiah” from passages such as Isaiah 53. In Isaiah 53, Christ is the suffering Messiah who saves the world through His taking the sins of the world upon Himself, and thereby satisfies the justice of God (in the crucifixion). Isaiah 53:4-6 NASB. In Islam, Messiah is a political messiah not a saving Messiah. In fact, Islam does not even recognize Jesus as having been crucified so how can “Messiah” have the same meaning as that of Christianity? To deny Jesus’ crucifixion and thus His true role as Messiah is to deny the person and work of Christ. John 12:24 NASB. Again, this is hardly an honor to Jesus. The Qur’an states:
For their [Christians] unbelief, and their uttering against Mary a mighty calumny, and for their saying, “We slew the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, the Messenger of God”—yet they did not slay him, neither crucified him, only a likeness of that was shown to them. Qur’an 4:157.
Related to the denial of the divinity of Jesus is the Qur’an’s denial of the Christian view of the Trinity, i.e., the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Qur’an states:
People of the Book [Jews and Christians], do not go to excess in your religion, and do not say anything about God [Allah] except the truth: the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, was nothing more than a messenger of God, His word, directed to Mary, a spirit from Him. So believe in God and His messengers and do not speak of a “Trinity”—stop [this], that is better for you—God is only one God, He is far above having a son, … Qur’an 4:171
Muslims view the Trinity as polytheism, the worship of three gods (God, the Father, Jesus the Son, and Mary, the consort of God (Muslims are taught that Christians believe that Mary and God had sexual relations, therefore, Mary is God’s “consort” and is worshiped as the third member of the trinity). (See “Jesus.” In The Islamic World: Past and Present, edited by John L. Esposito. Oxford Islamic Studies Online, http://www.oxfordislamicstudies.com/article/opr/t243/e174.)
To Muslims, the doctrine of the trinity is referred to as “shirk,“ an unforgiveable sin. Likewise, the belief in the divinity of Jesus is also shirk since it associates another with Allah. In Islam there is no greater sin that shirk. Shirk is an unforgivable sin resulting in eternal damnation. Shirk violates monotheism in Islam– Allah is One not three. If one considers the teachings of Islam relative to Christianity, Islam has within its beliefs a “corrective” teaching for everything that might somehow exalt Jesus over Muhammad. It is as if Islam, as a religion, has been shaped, not by a new truth or revelation, but by what will exalt Muhammad over Jesus Christ.
So then why does an Islamist view Christmas as evil? The Qur’an is the best place to answer that question, and we have seen answer after answer in the aforementioned Qur’anic passages. The Qur’an denies the very tenet that distinguishes Jesus Christ from all other human beings, His divinity. Take away the divinity of Jesus and the child born in Bethlehem 2000 years ago is no different than any other. He is hardly a savior who will save us from our sins. He is hardly Immanuel, God with us. He is hardly the good news of a great joy born for all the people. In fact, the Qur’an’s definition of Jesus takes the Biblical Christ out of Christmas. It makes you wonder why Islamists make such a fuss about Jesus in the first place since the Qur’an has stripped Him of every thing of God; or does it tell us that the Islamists don’t believe their own Qur’an?
Islam replaces Christ with Muhammad. Where is the evil in Christmas? Islam has it backwards. It is not in Christmas and Christianity but rather in Islam and its “corrective” Qur’an.
Jesus come quickly.
Blessings and Merry Christmas.