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Jun 15, 2016 by Rik Bokelman

Jesus vs. Muhammad - These Are The 5 Biggest Differences

In today's world, a lot of people claim that Islam, like Christianity, is a religion of peace, despite all the terror attacks the West is facing. Often they explain their argument by claiming that so many Muslims live in peace. And that is true. I know a lot of really nice Muslims who are actually good citizens, neighbors, and friends. But is Islam a religion of peace? I don't think so. At the core, Islam is violent, whether people will admit it or not. 

Rik Bokelman

Rik Bokelman is a journalist and the founder of HelloChristian.com. He has three kids and is married to his lovely wife Renee. Besides that he's a jazz fanatic, songwriter and coffee-lover.

Another annoying thing I often hear is that 'we all believe in the same God.' Christians and Muslims do worship the same God. And didn't Jesus and Muhammad both teach love, mercy, and grace? Right? Nope. That ain't true either. 

For years now I have written about Christianity and religion. Over the years I have conducted more than 2000 interviews, and the Christian websites I'm responsible for have authored more than 50,000 articles. Among the people who have been interviewed are more than hundred prominent scholars and Arabists who have written books on Islam and Christianity. We have also spoken with a lot of (former) Muslims. So over the years I have learned a lot about Islam and how it relates to Christianity and the Western world.

Recently I decided it's time to clear some things up. I'm starting with a series of articles about Christianity and Islam. Because there's a lot to say about this topic. This first article is about the 5 biggest differences between Jesus vs. Muhammad. I write this so it is clear for once and for all: Jesus and Muhammad are not the same. Not even close. 

In my next articles I will write on questions like: 'How do liberal Muslims look at the violent texts in the Quran?' 'What are the messianic differences between Jesus and Muhammad?' 'What are the biggest differences between Jesus and Muhammad's worldviews?' 'How do Muslims look at Jesus?' 'What do Muslims find hard to understand about Christianity?' 'Why do Muslim terrorists like to kill innocent Christians?' 

So here we go. Jesus vs. Muhammad. Here are the 5 biggest differences. 

1. Women
- Jesus: protected woman in a culture where they were suppressed and encouraged and taught them. Even prostitutes and adulterers. When they brought a woman to him who had to be stoned because she was an adulterer, he said to the crowd:  'Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.' That day she was saved.

- Muhammad: was involved in killing women, commiting domestic violence, and actively participated in the stoning of women. 'And she was put in a ditch up to her chest and he [Muhammad] commanded people and they stoned her.' (Haddith 4206, Haddith 4428)

2. Marriage
- Jesus: Jesus didn't have a wife because he lived a celibate life.

- Muhammad: Had up to 12 wives. One of his wifes was the 9 year old Ai'sha, whom he had intercourse with when he was 53 years old. 

3. Slavery
- Jesus: didn't have slaves and encouraged people to treat slaves the same way you would want to be treated (Luke 6:31). Quite revolutionary for that time. Actually, his teachings, and the teachings of the apostle Paul, were used by the people like the great abolitionist William Willberforce. Wilberforce pioneered the end of the slave trade.

- Muhammad: was a slave driver. He owned and sold many slaves (Sahih Muslim 3901), both male and female. They were used like spoils of war. He said that Allah allowed him and his Muslim followers to have sex with their female slaves when the men wanted. Often they retracted their genitals in order to prevent fertilization (Haddith 3371). The great Islamic historian Tabari wrote that Mohammed had sex with his slave Marija. Today muslims from ISIS and other groups use women as spoils of war and sex-slaves.

4. Forgiveness 
- Jesus: consistently taught that we should forgive people who did us wrong again and again. "I tell you, forgive them not seven times, but seventy-seven times." (Matthew 18:22) Also we should show mercy towards them. “If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” (Matthew 5:39)

- Muhammad: also taught that we should forgive people, but at the same time instructed followers to kill apostates (Surah 4:89) and punish sinners. For example, about a couple who had premarital sex he said: 'Lash each one of them with a hundred lashes.' (Surah 24:2) He assassinated those who mocked or ridiculed him and taught others to take revenge. “If then anyone transgresses the prohibition against you, Transgress ye likewise against him.” (Surah 2:194)

5. War 
- Jesus: never went to battle. In Luke 9 he rebuked his disciples when they wanted a city to be destroyed that rejected him. Jesus teaches us to love our enemies, pray for them, and even care for and bless them. Jesus wanted to spread his message by love, not by the sword. For by love everyone will know who his disciples are. (John 13:35).

Christians also believe that the only battle Jesus really fought was when he walked up the mountain Golgotha and was crucified, and bearing the sin of the world. He didn't choose the sword - and even healed a soldier's ear that was cut off when Peter tried to defend Jesus. Although Jesus could have sent a 'legion of angels' (Matthew 26) or crush his enemies in a blink of an eye, he refrained. He chose love, and freely chose to be crucified. He wanted to save everyone, except himself. 

- Muhammad: In the beginning, when Muhammad's group was weak, he ordered his followers to live together with other people. Later he commanded them to spread Islam by force. Muhammad told his followers to make aggressive war against non-Muslims who rejected him. 'Fight those who do not believe in Allah.' (Sura 9:29). Muhammad was involved in different battles, some say more than 60, and was responsible for the death of thousands, according to Islamic historians. He sacrificed others to save himself.

Christians will also emphasize that although Muhammad may have won a lot of earthly battles, Jesus won the biggest battle on earth. Like Muhammad he was buried after his death, but in contrast to Muhammad, who is buried in Mecca, Jesus was raised from the dead by the infinite power of God. He conquered sin, the devil, and even death itself. His grave is empty.



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