addition, John 1:14 states:
Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the
glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Fatoohi, Jesus the Muslim Prophet:
History Speaks of a Human Messiah Not a Divine Christ (Birmingham: Luna
Plena Publishing, 2010), p. 9. Fatoohi
explains that (emphasis in the original):
Qur’an considers Jesus a man. He was not
God or a god. He had no divine
quality. He is portrayed in the Qur’an
as a prophet of Islam.”
 Of course, as
previously noted, the Gospel of John claims that Jesus had always existed (John
 Matthew 1:18; Luke
 Matthew 2:1-2. As we will see in the analysis of the story,
the exact origin of the Magi is not so clear-cut.
 Matthew 2:16. As we have pointed out in the article
mentioned above (note #3), the so-called “Massacre of the Innocents” is a
historical fiction. No historical source
from the time, whether Christian, Jewish or Roman, mentions this horrible
incident taking place. The author of the
Gospel of Matthew invented the incident in order to “fulfill” an alleged
“prophecy” from the Tanakh. However,
this “prophecy” was not a Messianic prophecy.
If Herod actually did resort to murder to eliminate any perceived threat
to his rule by the infant Jesus, the ensuing “massacre” did not happen the way
the Gospel of Matthew claimed it did. In
any case, there is simply no historical evidence in either case.
 Mark 1:9-11; Matthew
3:16-17; Luke 3:21-22.
 Mark 1:12-13; Matthew
4:1; Luke 4:1. Mark states that the
“Spirit” sent him into the wilderness, while both Matthew and Luke state that
he was “led” by the Spirit.
 Matthew 4:2; Luke 4:2.
 Matthew 4:3-11. See also Luke 4:3-13.
 Mark 1:35, Mark 14:35;
Matthew 26:39; Luke 5:16; Luke 22: 41-44; John 17:1.
 Mark 4: 1-20; Matthew
13:24; Luke 8:1-15. Jesus explained that
the sower was himself when his disciples asked him to explain the meaning of the
of the weeds”:
he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said,
“Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed
is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the
people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, and the enemy
who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the
harvesters are angels”
 Mark 6:4; Matthew
 Mark 11: 27-33; Matthew
21:23-27; Luke 20:8.
 Mark: 13:32; Matthew
24:36. Luke omits this section.
 Mark 13:30; Matthew
24:34; Luke 21:33.
 Matthew 4:23-25. See also Mark 1:21-34, Matthew 8 and Luke 4.
 Mark 2: 1-5; Matthew
9:2; Luke 5:17-20.
 Matthew 12:24-28. In Luke 11:20, Jesus stated that he drove out
demons “by the finger of God”.
According to John 5:19, Jesus also stated:
truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he
sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.”
 Mark 15:34; Matthew
 Mark 15:39; Matthew
27:54. However, Luke 23:47 has the
centurion say something else entirely:
centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a
 Bruce M. Metzger, The Canon of the New Testament: Its Origin,
Development, and Significance (New York: Oxford University Press, 1987), p.
 It should be noted
that, like the story of Herod’s massacre of the children of Bethlehem, the
story of the Magi is not found in the other Gospels.
 See also Mark 6:4,
where Jesus states that a prophet is “not without honor
except…among his relatives…” How could this be if
Mary had witnessed the Magi worshiping her son right in front of her shortly
after he was born? Surely, she must have
realized that he was no ordinary child!
She also knew that Jesus’ conception and birth was a miracle, so she had
no reason to think that he was just a normal child.
 Geza Vermes, The Nativity: History and Legend
(London: Penguin Books, 2006), p. 112.
conceivable that another relatively recent event influenced Matthew and
prompted him to introduce the Magi into his narrative. This was the visit to Rome in the late 50s or
early 60s AD of the Armenian king Tiridates and his courtiers, whom Pliny the
Elder designates as Magi (Natural History 30:6, 16-17). This Tiridates is said to have come to
Rome to worship the emperor-god Nero in
the same way as Matthew’s Magi came to worship the newborn Messiah of the Jews. A further curious coincidence which may have caught Matthew’s attention is
a detail noted by the Roman chronicler Cassius Dio. After Tiridates had been confirmed by Nero as king, this
group of ‘Magi,’ like the ‘wise men’ of the New Testament, did not return by
the same route as the one they followed coming to Rome (Roman History 63:1-7).”
 Similarly, in Hinduism,
the various “demigods” are worshiped despite the fact that they in turn
worshiped Krishna, the “Supreme Lord”.
According to one Hindu source:
who thinks that God and the demigods are on the same level is called an atheist,
or pasandi. Even the great demigods like Brahma and Shiva cannot be compared to
the Supreme Lord. In fact the Lord is worshiped by the demigods such as Brahma
and Shiva (siva-virinci-nutam)” (http://krishna.org/worshiping-demigods-works-but/)
we think about it, this sounds a lot like the Christian view of Jesus. Jesus was clearly inferior to God and prayed
to him. Yet Christians still worship him
as “God”, just like Hindus worship the so-called “demigods” even though these
“demigods” worshiped the so-called “supreme lord” Krishna. And of course, Krishna was the so-called
“avatar” of God on earth. In other
words, he was allegedly “God” made flesh!
 Geza Vermes, The Authentic Gospel of Jesus (London:
Penguin Books, 2003), p. 269.
 Mark 9:37; Matthew
10:40; Luke 10:16; John 14:26.
 Interestingly, Jesus’
amazing feat of fasting for forty days and forty nights without any sustenance
is not without precedence. According to
Exodus 34:28, Moses also fasted for forty days and forty nights without
was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights without eating bread or
drinking water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant—the Ten
 In contrast, the Quran
states unequivocally that Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) does not need
"Shall I take for my protector any other than Allah, the Maker of the
heavens and the earth? And He it is that feedeth but is not fed." Say:
"Nay! But I am commanded to be the first of those who bow to Allah (in
Islam), and be not thou of the company of those who join gods with Allah"” (Surah Al-Anaam, 6:14,
Yusuf Ali Translation).
only created Jinns and men, that they may serve Me. No Sustenance do I require of them, nor do I
require that they should feed Me. For
Allah is He Who gives (all) Sustenance,- Lord of Power,- Steadfast (forever)” (Surah Ad-Dhariyat,
the Quran pointed to Jesus’ obvious humanity by referring to the fact that he
had to eat food for sustenance just as all of humans do:
the son of Mary was no more than a messenger; many were the messengers that
passed away before him. His mother was a woman of truth. They had both to eat
their (daily) food. See how Allah doth make His signs clear to them; yet see in
what ways they are deluded away from the truth” (Surah Al-Maeda, 5:75).
 The Westminster Dictionary of Christian Theology, Edited by Alan
Richardson and John Bowden.
Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1983, p. 169.
 This only further shows
that the concept of Jesus’ divinity and consequently, the theory of the
“hypostatic union” as well, are all later developments in Christian theology,
concocted by the Church to explain the contradictory representations of Jesus
in the Gospels.
 Add to that the fact
that Satan was able to show Jesus “all the kingdoms of the
simply by taking him “to a very high mountain,” a feat which would have been possible only if
the earth was flat and not round. It
would also have to a very high mountain indeed!
 Matthew 4:7; Luke 4:12.
 Vermes, The Authentic Gospel of Jesus, op. cit., p. 195.
 For example, Acts 7:59
states that Stephen prayed to Jesus.
 In an email correspondence
between a Christian and myself, the former wrote:
was fully man and fully God. God the Son prayed to God the Father. I also
believe He did this to show an example of how people are to approach God.”
 Matthew 22:45. See the aforementioned article on the Gospel
of Matthew and prophecies about Jesus for an explanation of why the Psalm in
question was not referring to the Messiah.
 Matthew 28:18. In this verse, Jesus also instructed his
disciples to preach to all nations and baptize them “in the
name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”. However, as Geza Vermes notes, this verse is
exclusive to Matthew and, furthermore, contradicts Jesus’ earlier statements:
saying is ascribed to the risen Jesus appearing on a Galilean mountain, an
event foretold in Mark…but attested exclusively in Matthew. The main message, viz. a worldwide mission of
the envoys of Jesus, contradicts his prohibition on approaching non-Jews. In fact, the passage contains further ideas
unrecorded elsewhere in the New Testament.
Here Jesus claims all authority in heaven and on earth. Previously he is said to be endowed only with
authority on earth to forgive sins” (The
Authentic Gospel of Jesus, op. cit., p. 333).
 In the Tanakh, the
prophets are frequently referred to as the “servants” of God. See 1 Kings 14:18, 2 Kings 9:7, 2 Kings
14:25, Ezra 9:11, Jeremiah 7:25, Daniel 9:6, Amos 3:7, and Zechariah 1:6. Even the Book of Revelation refers to the
prophets as such! See Revelation 10:7
 James D. G. Dunn, Did the First Christians Worship Jesus? The New Testament Evidence (Louisville:
Westminster John Knox Press, 2010), p. 12.
 Laurence B. Brown, MisGod’ed: A Roadmap for Guidance and
Misguidance in the Abrahamic Religions (Booksurge, 2008), p. 171. Kindle Edition.
 Vermes, The Authentic Gospel of Jesus, op. cit.,
 Fatoohi, op. cit., p. 29. See also C. Dennis McKinsey, The Encyclopedia of the Biblical Errancy (New
York: Prometheus Books, 1995), pp. 111-112.
 This is not even the
only example of Jesus’ limited knowledge.
We find numerous examples in the Gospels such as the following:
next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he
went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but
leaves, because it was not the season for figs.
Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.”
And his disciples heard him say it” (Mark 11:12-14).
woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one
could heal her. She came up behind him
and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master,
the people are crowding and pressing against you.” But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know
that power has gone out from me”” (Luke 8:43-46).
 Mark 13:29-31. See also Matthew 24:34 and Luke 21:32.
 Mark 9:1. See Also Matthew 16:28.
 Vermes, The Authentic Gospel of Jesus, op. cit.,
 Fatoohi, op. cit., p. 53.
 John 5:36. See also 5:19 and 5:30.
 Surah Al-Imran, 3:49.
 In fact, even in those
passages where Jesus specifically states that he can forgive sins, it
nevertheless mentions that he has the authority to do so, which implies that
the authority is not his own but that of God.
As Vermes states:
phrase ‘that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive
sins’ should also be understood in the sense of declaring on earth a heavenly
pardon” (The Authentic Gospel of Jesus, op. cit.,
 Surah Al-Imran, 3:59.
 Surah Az-Zukhruf,
 Surah An-Nisa, 4:172.
 Surah Al-Maeda, 5:17.
 Surah Al-Maeda, 5:75.
 Surah Maryam, 19:30-33.
 Surah Maryam, 19:35.
 Surah Az-Zukhruf,
 For more on the Islamic
perspective of Isa (peace be upon him), the reader may consult the following:
Haneef, A History of the Prophets of
Islam: Derived from the Quran, Ahadith and Commentaries (Chicago: Kazi
Publications, Inc., 2003), Volume 2, pp. 339-479.