This article is in response to the seminar at UiTM in which Indonesian lecturer Insan L. S. Mokoginta gave 10 reasons why Christians should be Muslims
He said that, “Christians are betraying God unless they convert to Islam” and that “Every Jesus follower should enter Islam, if not it would be a betrayal to Jesus” (hence, the title of the article). He made some pretty bold statements which shall be critiqued
When I Google searched his name, I found out he wrote a book entitled, “101 Bukti Yesus Bukan Tuhan” (101 Proofs Jesus Isnt God). That link leads to the very points he brought up in his book. An interesting read but pointless nonetheless. He uses the Quran as well as cherry picked Bible verses to amplify his point that Jesus is but a mere prophet
In my article “Jesus: The Son of God or God?”, I provided the ultimate rebuttal to his points based on the Bible. What I dont get is, how can one use the Quran and say it is proof Jesus was not God? Of course the Quran will say Jesus is not God because it advocates that Jesus is a prophet sent by Allah
If I were to use the Bible to dispel the claim that Muhammad is a messenger from God, I would succeed as no verse in the Bible talks about Muhammad, his birth, his coming, the revelations, etc. Just because the Quran believes Jesus is a prophet, this doesn’t make the Christian’s belief preposterous. The Muslims can believe what they want, but let the Christians believe what they want as well
Using the Quran and cherry picked Bible verses as proof Jesus that is not God is like using Brunei’s hudud laws to support a claim that a person who committed adultery (a.k.a zina) in Britain is guilty & should be stoned to death/flogged 100 times. This makes absolutely no sense! If I have the time, I so go through the 101 points and rebut them all!
“Citing passages from the Bible, Insan also listed 10 examples to support his argument, including a verse in the Book of Leviticus, from the Old Testament, which allegedly forbids the consumption of pork as pigs are
“unclean.” Again this issue has been addressed by yours truly in my article: “Is It Wrong For Christians To Eat Pork?”
Instead of going around claiming Christians are not true followers of Jesus, perhaps Insan L. S. Mokoginta should start reading my articles and other articles out there that have adequately addressed these recycled allegations.
“Islam is the only “true religion” acknowledged by Allah, he added.” This is quite a ridiculous statement to make. Of course Allah would say Islam is the only true religion. Just like the Bible says Jesus is the only way to heaven and how Buddhists believe in karma and reincarnation
Each religion has its own sets our belief. It is not right to say, “mine is right and yours is wrong because my holy book says I’m right.” It’s time to wake up from your delusional slumber Mr Insan L. S. Mokoginta!
Anyone can come along and write letters or books or preach sermons claiming special revelation, a special title, or special authority, for themselves or their writings, which contradict Jesus, the Law of Moses, and the Prophets. They speak on their own, not from God. They make things up, and claim: “this is the Word of God because I said so.”
Unlike Muhammad or Paul the Pharisee, Jesus didn’t write any books or letters, He had others testify about Him. Jesus didn’t come to abolish the Law of Moses, He came to fulfill it. (Paul was wrong about that.) Jesus was in agreement with the Law and the Prophets, and He taught how to apply them in our daily lives. I believe the two books Jesus quoted the most were Deuteronomy and Isaiah.
I would say my “favorite verses” are “The Sermon on the Mount”, Matthew chapters 5, 6, & 7. Jesus gives us a picture of Kingdom life, receiving the Father’s love, returning that love, and then being able to love others with the supernatural love of God that God gives us, following Jesus together, in agreement with the Law and the Prophets.
One man’s testimony about himself is not valid, not exceptions. Jesus the Son of God didn’t even make an exception for himself on this point. But, if you get down to the essence of “why do most Bible-believing Evangelicals, or devout Muslims, or Mormons, believe what they believe”, it’s the same basic equation: it’s simply “because X said so.” One man’s unsupported testimony about himself, and contradicting Jesus, Moses, and the Prophets. Just fill in the blank for “X.” So the words of “X” are elevated above the words of Jesus and everyone else. Paul the self-appointed Apostle, Muhammad the self-appointed Prophet, Joseph Smith the author of the Book of Mormon.
Jesus claimed to be the Son of God, and many eyewitnesses testified that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead. Muhammad comes along hundreds of years later and writes: “God has no son”, and that Jesus didn’t die on the cross. How does he know that? Because he says that God told him, and he is God’s prophet, so he doesn’t need another witness, and if you don’t agree, you are a heretic. In other words “because X said so.” Yet, there are billions of people who choose to listen to the voice of Muhammad, or Paul the Pharisee, or other men, rather than the voice of the Jesus of the Gospels.