Is Jesus a Prophet of Islam?

Muslims believe that Jesus is a prophet of Islam. However if we go to the bible to see what Jesus actually taught, we find that they actually contradict the teachings of Islam. For example,

Muslims believe that only those who repent, believe and do good works can go to heaven. (Surah 19:60) This is very different from what Jesus taught. He taught that he would have to die for our sins.

Doctrine of atonement

Jesus taught that the way to salvation is through faith
Jesus taught that anyone who believes in him goes to heaven.

John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Muslim : Jesus taught us to “believe on” him and not “believe on” him

The words are "believe on him". We are required to believe that which he taught and not make a religion about him.

Christian Reply:

Are you saying that there is a difference between “believing on” and “believing in”? What does “believe on” mean in these verses?

(John 6:29 KJV)  Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

Many Muslims believe that Allah's prophets are perfect and sinless beings but the message taught by Jesus is contrary to this.

Mark 10:17-18 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. "Good teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" {18} "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good--except God alone.

Therefore the message of Jesus is plain: no one is sinless except God.

Muslims believe that Allah does not have a son but Jesus taught that he is God's only begotten son.

John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Mark 14:61-62 But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer. Again the high priest asked him, "Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?" {62} "I am," said Jesus.

Matthew 16:15-17 "But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" {16} Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." {17} Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.

It is true that the term "Son of God" can refer to believers (John 1:12), peacemakers (Matthew 5:9), angels (Job 1:6) or even Israelites or mankind but Jesus was not referring to any of these when he said that he is the Son of God. How can Jesus be the "only begotten" son if the word refers to men, angels, etc? There are many of these "sons of God" but Jesus is the "only begotten " Son of God. The Greek word for "only begotten" is "monogenes" meaning "one of a unique kind". In other words Jesus is claiming to be the unique Son of God.

There is nothing divine about the word "only begotten". The same word "only begotten" was used to refer to Isaac. In Hebrew 11:17 and Genesis 22:2, Isaac is Abraham's "only begotten" son even though Isaac has an older brother Ishmael. Surely Isaac cannot be Abraham's only son if Ishmael is also Abraham's son. However we know that Ishmael is born of Abraham's maid while Isaac is born of Abraham's wife (Genesis 16 & 17). Therefore Isaac, being unique since he is in the direct line of descent, allows the writer to refer to him as Abraham's "only begotten" son. Therefore Jesus is the unique son of God. This goes head on with the Islamic teaching that God does not have a son.

The Quran denies that Jesus was ever killed by the Jews but Jesus repeatedly prophesied concerning his death in Jerusalem.

Jesus prophesied that he would die

CONCLUSION

These few examples prove that Jesus is not a prophet of Islam. Of course one can find teachings of Jesus that are congruent to Islam. This does not mean that he is a prophet of Islam. We can at least find some teachings of Confucius that are in line with the Bible but this can hardly be used as proof that Confucius is a Christian. Similarly, an examination of Jesus' teachings as a whole reveal the contradictions to Islam in such important areas as to force one to conclude that Jesus is not a prophet of Islam.