muslim-prayerHere is one of those stories that leaves me scratching my head and thinking… well I can’t write what I initially thought.  Via

“‘Was Jesus a Muslim?” asks Prof. Robert F. Shedinger in the beginning of a book he published this year entitled Was Jesus a Muslim? ” I will answer with a very qualified yes.”

In a recent interview Shedinger also defended his controversial thesis explaining that a Muslim undergraduate student had sent him on academic odyssey that culminated with him asking himself “Was Jesus a Muslim?”

“Even as a Christian I have to answer yes to that,” said Shedinger, who is the head of the religion department at Luther College in Iowa.

Shedinger also argued that Islam is a better fit for Jesus since it is not a religion but a “social justice movement.”

First off Islam is 600 years younger than Christianity so this, this just doesn’t make sense.  Secondly I’m sure Muslims would argue against his statement that they are a social justice movement, not a religion.  Third, we have this…

“I had to rethink what Islam is… I came to the conclusion that it was a social justice movement and I think that’s who Jesus was in the first century so I conclude Jesus is more like a Muslim,” he said.

The whole social justice aspect to his idea could take up a different post.  It diminishes the real purpose Christ came to earth and that was to “seek and to save the lost,” (Luke 19:10), and of course we know that was through His death, burial and resurrection.  That message, the Apostle Paul explains, was of “first importance,” (1 Corinthians 15:3).  Since Christ came to die on a Roman cross to say Jesus was a Muslim doesn’t “jive” not only because it is a younger religion than Christianity, but for the primary reason that Islam rejects the crucifixion of Christ.

In the Qur’an, Surah 4. 156-57 reads:

And for their saying, ‘Verily we have slain the Messiah, Jesus the son of Mary, an Apostle of God.’ Yet they slew him not, and they crucified him not, but they had only his likeness. And they who differed about him were in doubt concerning him: No sure knowledge had they about him, but followed only an opinion, and they did not really slay him, but God took him up to Himself. And God is Mighty, Wise! (emphasis mine)

Muslims would agree with Professor Shedinger as they believe he was a prophet, not the Son of God.  It would seem even though Shedinger claims to be a Christian, he rejects the core of the Gospel, which isn’t unusual for liberal scholars.  Unfortunately, Luther College which is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, supports his scholarship (what scholarship?).

This is certainly an example of a school that claims Christ that has beliefs contrary to what Christ taught.

HT: All American Blogger

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  1. And this make no sense when you evaluate the history of Islam as a “social justice movement” in areas like equality before the law, women’s rights, freedom of religion, etc. Last week in Afghanistan, Taliban Muslims defended the shooting a woman accused of adultery. Jesus’ statement to another women caught in adultery (John 8) was “Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.”  Jesus was nothing like a Muslim.

  2. When would be intellectuals such as Professor Robert F. Shedinger of Luther College in his book, “Was Jesus a Muslim?” reject and turn away from clearly revealed Scriptual and Christian teachings they develop weird and absurd theories. Sadly they pervert and take over schools, denominations and organizations, like Luther College and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. They ought to have at least the honesty to remove Luther and Evangelical from their identified titles if they are unwilling to turn back to their heritage.

  3. Jesus himself taught about his own deity so there is no way he could be a Muslim.  That just shows how truncated is the world-life view of Islam as a false prophet of God.  There should be no need to go into detail about all the misunderstanding of the Gospel of Christ shown by the quoted author.  Being a professor does not automatically make one a knowledgeable Christian.

  4. Yes, Mr  Shedinger truly is an ignorant moron.To say that Jesus was a Muslim is like trying to say Ghandi was a Mormon. Such idiocy. Even someone with no background in the Bible would have to know that Jesus was Jewish. Once again people becoming sheeple.

  5. To those who know little or nothing about Islam I say that Moslems believe that Jesus was the Word of God sent to Mary the virgin and became a man. Hence He had a mother but no father unless we consider the divine Holy Spirit as a “father”. God gave him knowledge and super powers as one of His unique messengers. His teachings (like all prophets and messengers of God before Him) called people to believe in one God, the real creator of the whole universe in six days and to surrender themselves to Him. The word surrender in Arabic is “ Istislam” which the word Islam is derived from. Hence Moslems believe that all the three Abrahamic faiths are one faith sent by God to people in different ages, different languages and different scriptures, and called Islam.
    Like Judaism, Islam believes that the Messiah will not be a god or the God. Although Jews don’t believe in Jesus as the Messiah, Moslems do believe. They also believe that Jesus’ message was to guide Israel to the right path of God rather than doing big sins and misbelieve which are mentioned in “The prophets”, but not to be killed as a savior. The Koran speaks that Jesus was not killed “virtually” which could be understood that he was killed as a body but not as a soul and teachings. Certainly the dominant Islamic schools refuse this understanding and confirming that he wasn’t killed whether as a body or as a soul and teachings.

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