|Different Teachings of Muhammad and Jesus
Topics on this page:
- Different Teachings of Muhammad and Jesus
- Comparison Between the Teachings of Muhammad and Jesus
- On Enemies, Violence, Killing
- Jesus, The Son of God
- Did Jesus ever say He was "God"?
- The Father, Son and the Holy Spirit
The Holy Trinity Explained
- God's Gift to the World
- Yahweh's Love, or Allah's Love
- Loving Our Enemies
- History of the Holy Bible
The Jews call 'Uzair a son of Allah, and the Christians call Christ the son of Allah. That is a saying from their mouth; (in this) they but imitate what the unbelievers of old used to say. Allah’s curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the Truth! 31. They take their priests and their anchorites to be their lords in derogation of Allah, and (they take as their Lord) Christ the son of Mary; yet they were commanded to worship but One Allah. there is no god but He. Praise and glory to Him: (Far is He) from having the partners they associate (with Him). 32. Fain would they extinguish Allah’s light with their mouths, but Allah will not allow but that His light should be perfected, even though the Unbelievers may detest (it). 33. It is He Who hath sent His Messenger with guidance and the Religion of Truth, to proclaim it over all religion, even though the Pagans may detest (it). (Surah 9:30-33, Repentance, Dispensation)
And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?  And Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:  And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.  And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”  And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but He: (The Gospel, Mark 12:28-31)
Jesus said: “Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.  Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.” (The Gospel, Mark 13:30-31)
Different Teachings of Muhammad and Jesus
When you begin to study the teachings of Muhammad and Jesus, you will see that each Leader taught many of the same virtues and values. The values of honesty, charity, kindness, forgiveness, mercy, humility and sacrifice are found throughout the Qur’an (documented between 609-652 AD), and the Gospel (documented between 30-80 AD).
However, there are also contradictions between the Qur'an and the Gospel when it comes to "enemies, violence and killing." The Qur'an and the Gospel also emphasize a different kind of relationship and bond with God (see, Jesus and Muhammad, Lifestyles).
Muhammad taught that our relationship with God should be based on total obedience, reverence, fear and devotion. This creates a relationship with God that is similar to that of a "servant and master" with the servant never being allowed to know the master on a personal level:
Muhammad taught: "Our Lord! make of us Muslims, bowing to Thy (Will), and of our progeny a people Muslim, bowing to Thy (will); and show us our place for the celebration of (due) rites; and turn unto us (in Mercy); for Thou art the Oft-Returning, Most Merciful.” (The Qur’an, Surah 2:128. The Cow)
Muhammad taught: "O Mary! worship Thy Lord devoutly: Prostrate thyself, and bow down (in prayer) with those who bow down." (The Qur’an, Surah 3:43, The Family Of 'Imran, The House Of 'Imran)
Muhammad taught: “Allah is He, than Whom there is no other god; the Sovereign, the Holy One, the Source of Peace (and Perfection), the Guardian of Faith, the Preserver of Safety, the Exalted in Might, the Irresistible, the Supreme: Glory to Allah. (High is He) above the partners they attribute to Him. 24. He is Allah, the Creator, the Evolver, the Bestower of Forms (or Colours). To Him belong the Most Beautiful Names: whatever is in the heavens and on earth, doth declare His Praises and Glory: and He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise.” (The Qur’an, Surah 59:23, Exile, Banishment)
|Jesus spoke of the same obedience, reverence, fear and servitude to God that Muhammad did. However, Jesus also spoke of how our relationship with God is like that of a "child to a parent." Jesus repeatedly referred to God as “our Father” and taught us how we can become the “Children of God.” Having this kind of relationship creates a bond with God that is personal, caring and loving. It is similar to the deep love a father has for his family:
Jesus taught: “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” (The Gospel, Matthew: 5:9)
Jesus taught: “That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” (The Gospel, Matthew 5:45)
Jesus taught: “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.  Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.  After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.  For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:  But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (The Gospel, Matthew 6:7-15)
|The connection a parent has with their child is very strong. When we look at our children we see ourselves in them. We love our children very much because a part of us is in them—anatomically and spiritually—through "love". They are literally made in our image.
Our connection with God is very strong too. This is because we are made in the "image of God". Since God is a Spirit, his "image" exists in our Soul. Our Soul gives us the ability to think, communicate ideas, exercise our free-will, express love—just as God does. These qualities of God are what separate us from the 1.25 million other species of animals on the planet.
Because we are made in the image of God, we are eligible to join God’s Spiritual Family. God’s invitation for us to be part of His Family is why we think of God as "our Father”. Jesus taught we become part of God's Spiritual Family when we choose to believe in him as our Lord and Savior, and live our lives according to God's Authority, and not our own. Jesus said he came to die for our sins and to teach us how to have the Spirit of God live in us so we can live forever in His Heavenly Kingdom (See, "Teachings of Jesus").
Comparison Between the Teachings of Muhammad and Jesus
Muhammad shows reverence for Jesus and the Prophets throughout the Qur’an recognizing them as being “Messengers of God." He instructed his people to heed the teachings of Allah (God) brought by them:
Muhammad taught: “Say ye: We believe in Allah, and the revelation given
to us, and to Abraham, Isma'il, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to Moses and Jesus, and that given to (all) prophets from their Lord: We make no difference between one and another of them: And we bow to Allah (in Islam)." 137. So if they believe as ye believe, they are indeed on the right path; but if they turn back, it is they who are in schism; but Allah will suffice thee as against them, and He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.” (The Qur’an, Surah 2:136-137, The Cow)
|And yet, Muhammad taught some very different virtues and values from what Jesus and the prophets before him taught. Here are some of the teachings of Muhammad that contradict what Jesus taught.
On Enemies, Violence, Killing
As much as the Qur’an speaks of mercy and forgiveness, it also advocates punishing and slaying those who are considered “oppressors” and “unbelievers”. Some Muslims define “unbelievers” as anyone who does not believe in God, while other Muslims define “unbelievers” as anyone who does not follow Islam, or their particular Islamic beliefs. This may be why some Muslims feel justified in their actions against others (Please also read, “Unbelievers of Islam”).
Jesus taught that murder and violence are forbidden. There are no exceptions. The most powerful example of this is how Jesus went to his death freely, forbidding any violence or retaliation against his persecutors.
Jesus, the Son of God
Muhammad taught: "Relate in the Book (the story of) Mary, when she withdrew from her family to a place in the East. 17. She placed a screen (to screen herself) from them; then We sent her our angel, and he appeared before her as a man in all respects. 18. She said: "I seek refuge from thee to ((Allah)) Most Gracious: (come not near) if thou dost fear Allah." 19. He said: "Nay, I am only a messenger from thy Lord, (to announce) to thee the gift of a holy son. 20. She said: "How shall I have a son, seeing that no man has touched me, and I am not unchaste?" 21. He said: "So (it will be): Thy Lord saith, 'that is easy for Me: and (We wish) to appoint him as a Sign unto men and a Mercy from Us': It is a matter (so) decreed." 22. So she conceived him, and she retired with him to a remote place. 23. And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a palm-tree: She cried (in her anguish): "Ah! would that I had died before this! would that I had been a thing forgotten and out of sight!" 24. But (a voice) cried to her from beneath the (palm-tree): "Grieve not! for thy Lord hath provided a rivulet beneath thee; 25. "And shake towards thyself the trunk of the palm-tree: It will let fall fresh ripe dates upon thee. 26. "So eat and drink and cool (thine) eye. And if thou dost see any man, say, 'I have vowed a fast to ((Allah)) Most Gracious, and this day will I enter into not talk with any human being'" 27. At length she brought the (babe) to her people, carrying him (in her arms). They said: "O Mary! truly an amazing thing hast thou brought! 28. "O sister of Aaron! Thy father was not a man of evil, nor thy mother a woman unchaste!" 29. But she pointed to the babe. They said: "How can we talk to one who is a child in the cradle?" 30. He said: "I am indeed a servant of Allah. He hath given me revelation and made me a prophet; 31. "And He hath made me blessed wheresoever I be, and hath enjoined on me Prayer and Charity as long as I live; 32. "(He) hath made me kind to my mother, and not overbearing or miserable; 33. "So peace is on me the day I was born, the day that I die, and the day that I shall be raised up to life (again)"! 34. Such (was) Jesus the son of Mary: (it is) a statement of truth, about which they (vainly) dispute. 35. It is not befitting to (the majesty of) Allah that He should beget a son. Glory be to Him! when He determines a matter, He only says to it, "Be", and it is." (The Qur’an, Surah 16-35 Mary)
Muhammad taught that Allah did not beget a son and that none of us are the children of Allah (God). He viewed Jesus as a “prophet” like the prophets that had come before him. The concept of the Trinity (the Holy Spirit of God, the Son of God, and God Himself influencing our lives as One) is blasphemous to a devout Muslim.
Jesus was a prophet, but he was also the only begotten Son of God. Here’s why:
Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit from birth and was without sin his entire life. Even the Qur'an agrees with this (see, "Jesus was Righteous"). No one in the history of the world, before or after Jesus, was completely without sin and performed the type of miracles that Jesus performed. This could not be possible unless someone is begotten from God.
Jesus was sent by God to fulfill the prophecy of the Torah that a Messiah was to come. Jesus was the only person in history to clearly explain the path to eternal life and then prove this Truth (the Gospel) by rising from the dead. This was witnessed by hundreds of people and even those who were not followers of Jesus. It was only after people saw Jesus rise from the dead that they fully understood and believed in the Gospel. They believed so deeply that they too began to preach the Gospel and went to their deaths doing so. If the Gospel was not true, why would they do this? They knew they were going to be killed for preaching the Gospel, and yet, they did it anyway. They did this because they saw with their own eyes that what Jesus taught them was the absolute Truth.
Jesus always spoke the truth. Remember, he was without sin. Jesus repeatedly spoke of how all of us have been given the chance to become the "Children of God" and how we should love one another as God Loves us. Jesus said, “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.” (Gospel, John 15:12)
Jesus even loved and forgave the people who had beaten and crucified him. Before he died on the cross Jesus said, "'Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.' And they parted his raiment, and cast lots." (Gospel, Luke 23:34)
Who could have performed all the miraculous deeds that Jesus had done in his life; taught us how to purify our hearts and souls like no other teacher before him; have so much love for mankind that he freely gave up his life for us while forgiving those who had beaten, crucified and killed him; and then appear before those same people that had seen him beaten, crucified and killed, but someone who was filled with the Spirit and Love of God?
Jesus was the Son of God who came to show us the path to eternal life. That path is as true and complete today, as it was then.
What Muhammad Taught:
Jesus, The Son of God
Muhammad taught: “O People of the Book! Commit no excesses in your religion: Nor say of Allah aught but the truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) an apostle of Allah, and His Word, which He bestowed on Mary, and a spirit proceeding from Him: so believe in Allah and His apostles. Say not "Trinity" : desist: it will be better for you: for Allah is one Allah. Glory be to Him: (far exalted is He) above having a son. To Him belong all things in the heavens and on earth. And enough is Allah as a Disposer of affairs.” (The Qur’an, Surah 4:171, Women)
Muhammad taught: “They say: "(Allah) hath begotten a son" :Glory be to Him.-Nay, to Him belongs all that is in the heavens and on earth: everything renders worship to Him.” (The Qur’an, Surah 2:116 The Cow)
Muhammad taught: “Say ye: We believe in Allah, and the revelation given to us, and to Abraham, Isma'il, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to Moses and Jesus, and that given to (all) prophets from their Lord: We make no difference between one and another of them: And we bow to Allah (in Islam)." 137. So if they believe as ye believe, they are indeed on the right path; but if they turn back, it is they who are in schism; but Allah will suffice thee as against them, and He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.” (The Qur’an, Surah 2:136 The Cow)
Muhammad taught: “The Jews call 'Uzair a son of Allah, and the Christians call Christ the son of Allah. That is a saying from their mouth; (in this) they but imitate what the unbelievers of old used to say. Allah’s curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the Truth! 31. They take their priests and their anchorites to be their lords in derogation of Allah, and (they take as their Lord) Christ the son of Mary; yet they were commanded to worship but One Allah. there is no god but He. Praise and glory to Him: (Far is He) from having the partners they associate (with Him). 32. Fain would they extinguish Allah’s light with their mouths, but Allah will not allow but that His light should be perfected, even though the Unbelievers may detest (it).” (The Qur’an, Surah 9:30-32. Repentance, Dispensation)
Muhammad taught: “They say: "((Allah)) Most Gracious has begotten a son!" 89. Indeed ye have put forth a thing most monstrous! 90. At it the skies are ready to burst, the earth to split asunder, and the mountains to fall down in utter ruin, 91. That they should invoke a son for ((Allah)) Most Gracious. 92. For it is not consonant with the majesty of ((Allah)) Most Gracious that He should beget a son. 93. Not one of the beings in the heavens and the earth but must come to ((Allah)) Most Gracious as a servant.” (The Qur’an, Surah 19:88-93 Mary)
Muhammad taught: “We have sent them the Truth: but they indeed practise falsehood! 91. No son did Allah beget, nor is there any god along with Him: (if there were many gods), behold, each god would have taken away what he had created, and some would have lorded it over others! Glory to Allah. (He is free) from the (sort of) things they attribute to Him!” (The Qur’an, Surah 23:90-91 Mary)
Muhammad taught: “Say: He is Allah, the One and Only; Allah, the Eternal, Absolute; He begetteth not, nor is He begotten; And there is none like unto Him. (The Qur’an, Surah 112:1-4. The Unity, Sincerity, Oneness Of Allah)
Muhammad taught: “That they said (in boast), "We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah.;- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not:- 158. Nay, Allah raised him up unto Himself; and Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise.“ (The Qur’an, Surah 4:157, Women)
What Jesus Taught:
Jesus, The Son of God
Jesus taught: “If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?  And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:  That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (The Gospel, John 3:12-17)
While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.  And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.  And Jesus came and touched them, and said, “Arise, and be not afraid.”  And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.  And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, “Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead.” (The Gospel, Matthew 17:5-10)
And as soon as it was day, the elders of the people and the chief priests and the scribes came together, and led him into their council, saying,  Art thou the Christ? tell us. And he said unto them, “If I tell you, ye will not believe:  And if I also ask you, ye will not answer me, nor let me go.  Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God.”  Then said they all, Art thou then the Son of God? And he said unto them, “Ye say that I am.”  And they said, What need we any further witness? for we ourselves have heard of his own mouth. (The Gospel, Luke 22:66-71)
And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.  But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, “Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.”  And Peter answered him and said, “Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.”  And he said, “Come.“ And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.  But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, “Lord, save me.”  And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, “O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”  And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.  Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God. (The Gospel, Matthew 14:26-33)
Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.  But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.  Jesus saith unto her, “Thy brother shall rise again.”  Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.  Jesus said unto her, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:  And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?”  She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world. (The Gospel, John 11:21-27)
And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God.  And he straitly charged them that they should not make him known.(The Gospel, Mark 3:11-12)
The Father, Son and the Holy Spirit
The Holy Trinity Explained
Muhammad taught there was no direct relationship or "Holy Trinity” between God, Jesus and the Spirit of God (the Holy Spirit). He taught there is only one God.
Christianity also teaches there is only one God. The “Nicene Creed” is the most widely accepted statement describing the beliefs of the Christian faith. It is professed in the vast majority of Christian churches worldwide including Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, and many other Protestant churches.
The Nicene Creed begins with this line: “We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen.” The Nicene Creed continues on to say that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are “one being” with God (please see, "The Nicene Creed").
The “Holy Trinity” is the relationship God has with His Son through the love of the Holy Spirit. This relationship is similar to the relationship a parent has with their child.
Every parent has a physical connection with his or her child. A child is conceived from both parents and then formed in the mother’s womb. The child is then born into this world in the parent’s “image”. This is how parent and child are “physically connected” as “one”.
Every parent also has a spiritual connection with his or her child. This spiritual connection comes from the love parents have for the child. This is how parent and child are “spiritually connected” as “one”.
The spiritual connection, or love, between parent and child is so strong that when a child is physically or emotionally hurt—or happy—the parent can literally feel their child’s pain or joy.
The love a parent has for their child; and the love a child has for their parent forms a “spiritual triangle" or “trinity”. This spiritual connection makes them “one”. In this same way, the connection God has with His Son through His Love (the Holy Spirit) forms the “Holy Trinity” and makes “God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit”—One.
Here is another way to help understand how God can exist in three forms. An ice cube is made of water. If we let it sit in a pot at room temperature it melts, but it is still water. If we put the pot on the stove and boil the water it turns to vapor, however, it is still made of water. If something as simple as water can exist in three forms, doesn’t it make sense that God can choose to exist in three forms?
God loves His people so much that He wanted us to clearly understand the path to eternal life. This is why God sent His Son into the world to teach us how to enter God’s Kingdom. As Jesus grew in wisdom, God revealed to people that Jesus was His Son with whom He was well pleased (please see, "God’s Only Begotten Son").
Jesus was like any other person in the world, except that he was without sin. While growing up, Jesus was exposed to all the desires that any of us experience throughout life. He understands the temptations of the mind, body and soul that we encounter.
By being born among us, Jesus was able to teach us how to overcome sin and live our lives so we could clearly understand the path to eternal life. The Holy Spirit is the manifestation of God’s Love in this world. Jesus taught us it is through God’s Love that we are all able to overcome our demons, temptation and sin. We must all do this in order to purify our souls so we may one day be allowed to enter the Kingdom of God.
What Muhammad taught:
The Holy Trinity:
Muhammad taught: “O People of the Book! Commit no excesses in your religion: Nor say of Allah aught but the truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) an apostle of Allah, and His Word, which He bestowed on Mary, and a spirit proceeding from Him: so believe in Allah and His apostles. Say not "Trinity" : desist: it will be better for you: for Allah is one Allah. Glory be to Him: (far exalted is He) above having a son. To Him belong all things in the heavens and on earth. And enough is Allah as a Disposer of affairs. 172. Christ disdaineth nor to serve and worship Allah, nor do the angels, those nearest (to Allah.: those who disdain His worship and are arrogant,-He will gather them all together unto Himself to (answer).” (The Qur’an, Surah 4:171-172 Women)
Muhammad taught: “They do blaspheme who say: "(Allah) is Christ the son of Mary." But said Christ: "O Children of Israel! worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord." Whoever joins other gods with Allah,- Allah will forbid him the garden, and the Fire will be his abode. There will for the wrong-doers be no one to help. 73. They do blaspheme who say: Allah is one of three in a Trinity: for there is no god except One Allah. If they desist not from their word (of blasphemy), verily a grievous penalty will befall the blasphemers among them. 74. Why turn they not to Allah, and seek His forgiveness? For Allah is Oft- forgiving, Most Merciful. 75. Christ the son of Mary was no more than an apostle; many were the apostles 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!” (The Qur’an, Surah 5:72-75 The Table, The Table Spread)
Muhammad taught: "And behold! I inspired the disciples to have faith in Me and Mine Messenger. they said, 'We have faith, and do thou bear witness that we bow to Allah as Muslims'". 112. Behold! the disciples, said: "O Jesus the son of Mary! can thy Lord send down to us a table set (with viands) from heaven?" Said Jesus: "Fear Allah, if ye have faith." 113. They said: "We only wish to eat thereof and satisfy our hearts, and to know that thou hast indeed told us the truth; and that we ourselves may be witnesses to the miracle." 114. Said Jesus the son of Mary: "O Allah our Lord! Send us from heaven a table set (with viands), that there may be for us - for the first and the last of us - a solemn festival and a sign from thee; and provide for our sustenance, for thou art the best Sustainer (of our needs)." 115. Allah said: "I will send it down unto you: But if any of you after that resisteth faith, I will punish him with a penalty such as I have not inflicted on any one among all the peoples." 116. And behold! Allah will say: "O Jesus the son of Mary! Didst thou say unto men, worship me and my mother as gods in derogation of Allah.?" He will say: "Glory to Thee! never could I say what I had no right (to say). Had I said such a thing, thou wouldst indeed have known it. Thou knowest what is in my heart, Thou I know not what is in Thine. For Thou knowest in full all that is hidden. 117. "Never said I to them aught except what Thou didst command me to say, to wit, 'worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord'; and I was a witness over them whilst I dwelt amongst them; when Thou didst take me up Thou wast the Watcher over them, and Thou art a witness to all things. (The Qur’an, Surah 5:111-117 The Table, The Table Spread
What Jesus Taught:
The Holy Trinity:
Jesus taught: “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.  But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.  Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.  For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.  And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.  He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.  And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.  He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.  He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.  He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward.  And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.” (The Gospel, Matthew 10:32-42)
The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.  Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.  Jesus saith unto her, “Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.  Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.  But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”  The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.  Jesus saith unto her, “I that speak unto thee am he.” (The Gospel, John 4:19-26)
Jesus taught:  “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”…  “If ye love me, keep my commandments.  And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;  Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.  I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.  Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.  At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.  He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.”  Judas saith unto him (not Iscariot) “Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?”  Jesus answered and said unto him, “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.  He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.  These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.  But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.  Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.  And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.” (The Gospel, John 14:6, 15-29)
The Jews answered him, saying, “For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.”  Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?  If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;  Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?  If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.  But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.” (The Gospel, John 10:33-38)
Jesus taught: “Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.  And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.” (The Gospel, Matthew 12:31-32)
Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, “Peace be unto you.”  And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.  Then said Jesus to them again, “Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.”  And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost”. (The Gospel, John 20:19-22)
God's Gift to the World
The Holy Trinity is one of the most important teachings that anyone can understand about God’s Love for us. There was so much confusion and speculation about God’s Will for us before Jesus came into this world.
Jesus said unto her, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth
in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” (The Gospel, John 11:25)
God wanted us to clearly understand the path to eternal life. So He manifested His Love and Holy Spirit through someone like us—that person, was Jesus Christ.
God brought Jesus into the world knowing the fear, ignorance and evil that dwells in the hearts and minds of mankind would eventually kill Jesus. But God also knew Jesus had to die so we could see for ourselves how living our lives according to the Gospel leads to eternal life.
When we decide to accept the Holy Spirit into our hearts and turn to Jesus to learn how to live by the Gospel, our souls conquer death. The Holy Spirit gives us the inner-peace and strength to live according to God's Will. Once we begin to live our lives according to God’s Will, the more mature and purified our souls become making it easier for us to resist temptation and sin. The more purified our souls become, the more worthy we are to stand in the presence of God one day.
Remember, Jesus said, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (The Gospel, Matthew 5:48)
Loving Our Enemies
Another very important teaching of Jesus is that we are to, “Love our enemies, bless them that curse us, do good to them that hate us, and pray for them which despitefully use us and persecute us.” (The Gospel, Matthew 5:44)
Forgiving someone who has wronged us is one of the greatest acts of love a person can do. Instead of returning their sin with another sin (revenge) we return their sin with love. This love has the power to soften a person’s heart helping them—and us—not to sin again. It is a remarkable change that we can actual feel within our souls. It is the kind of change that must take place for our souls to mature and become purified.
Jesus said: “And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.  But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.” (The Gospel, Mark 11:25-26)
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