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Paul’s letter to the Galatians, chapter 1, verses 6-9

6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! 9 As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!

The Islam teaches that Allah dictated the Kur’an through the angel Gabriel to Muhammad. Over time, several prophets have received a copy of the book. Time and again a ‘download’ of the eternal godly word. An ‘upgrade’, as it were, of an incomplete version of God’s revelation, one that has become corrupt. The thora descended on Moses, on David the psalms and Jesus received the Gospel (Injil).”In these last days” (Heb. 1:2) the Kur’an was given to Mohammed: complete and not  subject to deterioriation anymore.

What a misunderstanding! Jesus never received a book. The New Testament starts with a fourfold witness about Jesus, about what he said and did while residing on earth. Eventually, Jesus was God’s word that became flesh (John 1:14). The Kur’an then can impossibly be considered the ‘Last Testament’. It is a “gospel” not worthy to be called so, because God’s revelation has been cut off: Jesus Christ – him crucified (1 Cor. 2:2). When Muslims state that they believe in Jesus, that they believe all prophets were sent by God and accept all Jewish and Christian books, it may sound as if Muslims and Christians have a lot in common. Beware! With this they only address that which is compatible with their Kur’an, and their Kur’an is incompatible with God’s glad message.

God’s missionary Paul uses strong language: “under God’s curse”. Anathema, haram. Even if an angel from under the heaven would have preached it. Even if Muhammad received the Kur’an through Gabriel…, the Kur’an does not state that Jesus is God’s son neither that he is crucified. That is anathema to what we received in Christ.

Listen, Muslim, do you actually know what Injil means?
Hymn: “In Christ alone”, verse 2:

In Christ alone, who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
‘Til on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live

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