The Virgin Birth of Jesus
The Quran recognizes the virgin birth of Jesus. Mary was a virgin. “Allah has chosen thee and purified thee and chosen thee above the women of the world.” (Sura 3:42) In 3:45 we read, “Allah gives thee good news…whose name is the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary….” Mary asked, (Sura 3:47), “My Lord, how can I have a son and man has not yet touched me?” The answer (3:47), “…Allah creates what He pleases. When He decrees a matter, He only says to it, Be, and it is.” So in the Quran god (Allah) breathed life, His life, into the Virgin Mary. Why, because He can do all things.
Much of this Blog comes from a prior UI – Part 96 – Why A Virgin?
Have the Muslims ever asked, knowing Jesus was born of a virgin, why, why a virgin? I am going to provide the answer. The polluted DNA strain of man is in all of us. The only way for Jesus to be perfect, in human form & divine, was to not have the human stain of DNA corrupt his nature. Thus his birth had to be special, to be without flaw. Jesus provided the perfect example, the righteous example, to mankind. It was the only way Allah, God, could introduce himself into the culture of mankind. God’s perfect strain of DNA was mixed in, purifying that which was in Mary, and resulted in a flawless servant to all of us.
Jesus is the only Muslim Prophet (Isa) born of a virgin. He was pure, free of the sin of man, the weakness inherent in humans. You can say it; he was divine.
Man knew (and knows) his nature was/is flawed. Even when asking forgiveness the flaws of man remain. The stain can never be removed. God often used flawed people for his purpose, but in the case of Jesus his perfection was used as an example to see and know God.
Son of God
That is why Allah, God, gave us all the ‘good news’ – Sura 3:45. “Surely Allah gives thee ‘good news’… whose name is the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary.” Jesus was born of a holy purified DNA – not the DNA as we know it. It was that of God. This is also Biblical. God was the ‘good news’ in the form, or attribute, of Jesus. The difference, Muslims say Jesus is not the son of Allah. Logic suggests otherwise. Allah made it possible for Mary to have a son. He may not have impregnated Mary as does man, but makes clear (3:47) …Allah creates what he pleases.” Jesus, the perfect Prophet for Muslims, is the Redeemer for Christians as God was the Father and the two are one, Jesus the attribute of God as implementor. The words of Jesus, as Prophet and Savior, make clear God’s desires for mankind. It was God speaking those words.
Christians call Jesus, ‘Christ’, deriving from that their name as ‘Christ-followers’, or ‘Christians’. God made his life possible ‘creating what he pleases’ and doing so for the purpose of saving mankind. Muslims call him Prophet Isa for the good life he led, seeing his ‘works’ as justification, and as an example. It was not the Love of the Father, but his purity of life-led, a perfect life which only the divine could lead, that guides the Muslim.
Christ said, “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” So if you listen to Christ’s words, if you hear them and if you receive them in your heart, you know he knows we are all, all of humanity, flawed, corrupted, weak, easily tempted, exposed to freedom and needing to deal with this earthy world. This is prophetic speak from a Prophet, from Isa.
To be a person of God, to have a relationship with God, is to be not of this world, but of His world, recognizing the fact we do live in this world.
Not believing in original sin, as is the case for Muslims, does not excuse them from the corruption of man or the world or from that which freedom suggests. Even in their less than free areas, areas under Islamic (Sharia) Law, there is much that takes place that is sinful. In one dialog with a Muslim the statement was made that humans are not born ‘sinful’ but ‘weak.’ The weakness makes them subject to the temptations of the free world, the free-will society. If born weak, to me, that is the same as having a sinful nature, ‘subject to the temptations of the free world.’ It may be a semantic issue, but one about which polemics abound.
How can sin not be inherent (that is the skeptic, the doubter, the ‘Thomas’ in me speaking). We are taught to be ‘good’; the same goes for the Muslim. If their goodness is to be obtained from the Quran, teaching is necessary to clarify the parameters of ‘goodness’ and turn the heads of the students towards Sharia Law and Allah. Muslims must first learn the Quran and Hadiths to be good according to Allah and the Prophet (not born of a virgin) Muhammad.
Original sin exists in all, in my reasoned opinion, no matter the semantics, to include Muslim, Jew, Christian and others. We are no different in the temptations we face and the all too often acceptance of the evil practices that can result. It is when we recognize our corrupted condition, when we face our failings and fall before God, asking his forgiveness, and realize that God himself accepted our punishment for our sins committed past, present and future, by dying on the cross in our stead. We repent and are thankful for the Grace and Salvation this perfect God gave as a gift to all mankind. We just must repent, ask forgiveness, and follow him.
Enough on sin. Back to the Son of God. Christ understood man and sin and the weakness we all share. He knew also that we cannot lead a perfect life in total obedience to God. The Laws are rigid and compliance impossible. So God took the form of man, lived among men, divine, a child of God (of Allah) and after preaching, spreading His word, making known His capabilities, he was condemned by officials to die, he knew what would happen, he fulfilled prophesy and accepted the punishment for the sins of mankind, it was his opportunity to wipe the slate clean for those who believe in God by making the ultimate substitutional sacrifice. He was punished for all the crimes, the weakness of mankind. He made possible those who believe in Him, accept His Grace, recognize and are repentant of their sinful life, to receive forgiveness and be saved for eternity.
God needed to come to earth, to spend time in this pagan world, to be known by men and to demonstrate what no man on his own can ever accomplish. He was born of a virgin to insure purity and freedom from the sinful gene of man. He served others. He died a horrific death, taking our place on the cross. He rose from death to prove that He not only overcame the sins of man, but death, restoring spiritual life to those who believe in Him. The Holy Spirit is that spiritual life dwelling within believers. His divine presence, yet as a human, could only be made possible as a child of a virgin. Thus the Son of God.
Allah – The Father of Jesus?
So what is the answer – Is Allah the Father of Jesus? God is!
Grace and Peace