One of the most life changing tips are that of the idea of Jesus. If you change your idea about Jesus, then you will certainly have to change many things around you, from within and out.
- Change your hate into affection - Who can blame you for your scepticism over Jesus, his life and his mission. You have been programmed for centuries. You are trained to think the worse of either the man Muhammad peace be upon him or Jesus peace be upon him, or even both, if you are not Muslim of course, then you will love both. How aptly did Thomas Carlyle say about his Christian brethren over a hundred and fitfty years ago - "The lies which well-meaning zeal has heaped round this man (Muhammad) are disgraceful to ourselves only." The Muslims are of course partly responsible for the staggering ignorance of the 1,200,000,000 Christians of the world, including your ignorance. The Muslims have not done anything substantial to removed the cowebs.
- Be open and be surprised - You must be surprised for what you will hear now, sceptically, but surprised. Perhaps you don't believe your ears. Perhaps you are surmised that the Muslims are playing to the gallery - that if the Muslims are trying to curry favour with you and say a few good words about Jesus, then in reciprocation you might say a few good words about Muhammad (May the Peace and the Blessings of God be upon all His righteous servants - Moses, Jesus, Muhammad etc); that if the Muslims scratch your back, you will scratch the Muslims back - which would be a sham or hypocrisy.
- Christ is not a name - The word Christ is derived from the Hebrew word Messiah. Arabic - Masih. Root word m-a-s-a-h-a, meaning to rub, to massage, to anoint. Priests and kings were anointed when being consecrated to their offices. But in its translated, Grecian form "Christ", it seems unique: befitting Jesus only. You, have a knack of transmuting baser metals into shining gold. What you are wont to do is to translate names into your own language like "cepahs" to Peter, "messiah" to Christ. How? Very easily. Messiah in Hebrew means anointed. The Greek word for anointed is "christos". Just lop off the "os" from christos and you are left with christ. Now change the little "c" to a capital "C", and "hey, presto" you have created a unique (?) name! Christos means anointed, and anointed means appointed is its religious connotation. Jesus peace be upon him was appointed (anointed) at his baptism by John the Baptist, as God's Messenger. Every prophet of God is so anointed or appointed. The holy Bible is replete with the "anointed" ones. In the original Hebrew - mad a "messiah". Let us keept to the English translatation - "anointed." Not only were prophets and priests and kings anointed (christos -ed), but horns, and cherubs and lamp-posts also. I am the God of Beth-el, where you ANOINTED a pillar .... (Genesis 31:13), If the priest that is ANOINTED do sin ... (Levititcus 4:3), And Moses ... ANOINTED the tabernacle and all things that was therein... (Leviticus 8:10), ...the Lord shall...exalt the horn of his ANOINTED. (1 Samuel 2:10), Thus saith the Lord to his ANOINTED to Cyprus... (Isaiah 45:1), Thou art the ANOINTED cherub... (Ezekial 28:14). There are a hundred more such references in the Holy Bible. Why not check up in your Bible, whether the word is there. It is not difficult for the Christians to expunge the word in the future versions as they did to the word "Allah" for the Schofield Version.
- Are you amongst the brain-washed inferiority or the White men? The human mind can't help reasoning that since the "begotten son" of an African will look like an African, and that of a Chinaman as a Chinese as a Chinese, and that of an Indian like an Indian. So the begotten son of God aught naturally to look like God. Billions of beautiful pictures and replicas of this "only begotten son" (?) of God have been put in your hand. He looks like a European with blond hair, blue eyes and handsome features - like the one in the movie "Kings of Kings" or "The Day of Triumph" or "Jesus of Nazareth". Remember Jeffrey Hunter? Your "Savoir" is more like a German than a Jew with his polly nose. So, naturally, if the son is a White man, the father would also be a White man (God?). Hence the darker skinned races of the earth subconsciously have the feeling of inferiority ingrained in their souls as God's step-children. No amount of face-creams, skin-lighteners and hair-straighteners will erase the inferiority.
- God is neither Black nor White. He is a spiritual Being, beyond the imagination of the mind of man. Break the mental shackles of a Caucasian (white) man-god, and you have broken the shackles of a permanent inferiority. But intellectual bondages are harder to shatter: the slave himself fights to retain them.
- Avoid being extreme: "O people of the Book:" is a very respectful title with which the Jews and you are addressed in the noble Qur'an. In other words, Allah is saying - "O Learned People" "O People with a Scripture!" According to their own boast, the Jews and Christians prided themselves over the Arabs, who had no Scripture before the Qur'an. As a learned people, Allah pulls up both the contending religionists for going to either extremes as regards the personality of Christ. The Jews made certain insinuations about the legitimacy of Jesus peace be upon him and charged him of blasphemy by twisting his words. The Christians read other meanings into his words; wrench words out of their context to make him God: The modern-day Christian - the hot-gospeller - The Bible thumper - uses harsher words and cruder approaches to win over a convert to his blasphemies. He says: (a) "Either Jesus is God or a Liar" (b) "Either Jesus is God or a Lunatic" (c) "Either Jesus is God or an imposter". These are his words - words culled from Christian literature. Since no man of charity, Muslim or otherwise, can condemn Christ so harshly as the Christian challenges him to do, perforce he must keep non-committal. He thinks he must make a choice between one or the other of these silly extremes. It does not occur to him that there is an alternative to this Christian conundrum.
- Question Jesus: Reprduced below are verses 119 to 121 from Sura Maida (Ch 5) depicting the scene of Judgement Day, when Allah will question JEsus peace be upon him regarding the misdirected zeal of his supposed followers in worshipping him and his mother and his response - 119. And behold! God will say: "O Jesus the son of Mary! Didst thou say unto men Worship me and my mother as gods in derogation of God'?" He will say: "Glory to Thee! Never could I say what I had no right (to say). Had I said such a thing, Thou wouldst indeed have known it. Thou knowest what is in my heart, though I know not what is in Thine. For Thou knowest in full all that is hidden. 120. "Never said I to them aught except what Thou didst command me to say, to wit, 'Worship God, my Lord and your Lord': And I was a witness over them whilst I dwelt amongst them; when Thou didst take me up thou wast the Watcher over them, and Thou art a witness to all things. 121. "If Thou dost punish them, they are Thy servants: If Thou dost forgive them, Thou art the Exalted in power, The Wise."
- "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God." Please note, these are not the words of Jesus. They are the words of John (or whoever wrote them). Acknowledged by every erudite Christian scholar of the Bible as being the words of another Jew, Philo of Alexandria, who had written them even befor John and Jesus were born. And Philo claimed no divine inspiration for them. No matter what mystical meaning that Philo had woven around these words (which our John has plagiarised) we will accept them forwhat they are worth.
- A storm has been raging in the desert for more than 2 000 years over a man called Jesus peace be upon him and his mission. Disputes concerning the nature of Christ have deluged the earth with the blood of millions of people since his birth (Matthew 2:16). What then is the Muslim standpoint regarding the personality of the Prince of Peace - Jesus?