There is a growing syncretic ideology that tries to put at par Jesus Christ with Muhammed as messengers sent by God. This ideology designates Jesus Christ as a prophet, sent with a special message to the Jews in His own time. The ideology also postulates that Muhammed is the last prophet sent to all people in this end time, and therefore his teachings are unique to all other precedding prophets of God. On this syncretic theology, I refuse to accept it as coherent with the Bible. I also refuse to compromise Jesus Christ with all other religions. This doesn’t mean hate of other religions. It is about the uniqueness of Jesus Christ, as the savior of the world. It is about the authentic and genuiness of the personality of Jesus Christ as the human par excellence and a model for all humanity.
Jesus was known to be a Rabbi in his own days, yet He was more than a rabbi. Others saw Him as a prophet, yet more than a prophet. As though Jesus knew His incarnation would be compromised in false images He therefore asked His disciples: “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” His disciples answered Him saying:
Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.
Jesus said to them:
But who do you say that I am?
Simon Peter answered and said:
You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Jesus answered and said to him:
Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven… (Mathew 16: 13-20).
Popular knowledge does not define who Jesus Christ is. He wasn’t a prophet as others saw him. Who He is comes by revelation from God. He is the Christ, the long awaited Messiah and the unique Son of God. His mission and kingdom is cosmic and time unlimited. He said:
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away (Mathew 24:35)
We Christians do not put Jesus at par with Muhammed. The quintessence of Jesus Christ cannot contain Muhammed. In as much as I respect all men and their beliefs, I refuse to compromise Jesus Christ with other religions as well. The God of Jesus works in a covenantal promises, first with the Jewish people, and second, through Jesus Christ with the whole world.
I will humbly submit that only a living Savior can save a dying sinner. Only One who can speak in behalf of the sinner before God is relevant to the sinner. The Bible says:
Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them (Hebrews 7: 25).
Christ is ALIVE today and forevermore. Amen!