This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Respect for Jesus as prophet

Although not accepted as God, Christ is given a great deal of respect in Islam. He is, with Adam, one of only two people in the history of the world whose souls were created directly by God. Nor is he emptied of his miraculous powers, even speaking from the cradle as an infant, an event that occurred when Mary first brought Jesus to the temple. When she arrived, she was taunted by all the men, excluding Zechariah, who already knew of the virgin birth. They questioned Mary regarding how she came to be with child while unmarried, to which Mary pointed to the baby Jesus. It was then that, according to the Koran, the infant began to speak of himself and his prophecy.[1]

We can add here that the Koran gives at least as much respect to Mary as the New Testament, preserving even the Catholic doctrines of the immaculate conception. According to the Koran, divine grace surrounded Mary from her birth, and that God preferred her and purified her, raising her above all the women of the worlds. She conceived while aa virgin, through the spirit of God. Although the Koran is silent on the question, Mary’s perpetual virginity is a consensus position among traditional Islamic teachers.

The divergence regarding Christ is not hard to explain. Islam recoils at any doctrine that seems to blur the divine/human distinction, and for this reason it not only denies Christ’s title as God’s son, but also disdains parental analogies in general when describing the relationship between God and man, since this fosters anthropomorphism and to the Muslim does more to bring God down than to lift man up. Nonetheless, especially when we examine the doctrines of regarding Mary and Christ, we see that in a very real way Christians would be justified in feeling a kinship with Islam that they cannot share with Judaism, even though this sense of closeness is, in my experience, never actualized, and this is very unfortunate.

[1] Koran 19:27-33.

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