Giving Eternal Life

Sami Zaatari

 

There are Christians who assert that Jesus must be God due to his claims of giving eternal life to his followers, for instance Jesus is supposedly recorded to have said the following:

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him (John 3:36)

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. (John 6:47)

And lastly they also quote John 3:16:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

So from this the Christians assert that Jesus is God because he promised eternal life to his followers.

Now the question that must be asked is that is this Christian interpretation warranted? The answer is a no. There is no reason to believe that since Jesus said he will give eternal life, then he must be God, rather what we must do is analyze the facts. As we all know Jesus was a prophet, as well as being the Messiah, hence it is compulsory for believers to believe in these things, and if they do, they will have eternal life. It is that simple! If one does not believe in a prophet, then he does not believe in God because God sent the prophet, and God is the witness to the prophet.

For instance in Islam one of the six articles of faith is to believe in the prophets:

The Messenger believeth in what hath been revealed to him from his Lord, as do the men of faith. Each one (of them) believeth in Allah, His angels, His books, and His messengers. "We make no distinction (they say) between one and another of His messengers." And they say: "We hear, and we obey: (We seek) Thy forgiveness, our Lord, and to Thee is the end of all journeys." (2:285)

So a true believer is commanded to believe in the prophets, that they are true prophets, and if they do believe this, then they will be saved, and if they reject the prophet, they will not be saved.

So it is in that sense that Jesus gives eternal life, if you believe in him as a prophet and Messiah, then indeed you will get eternal life, and eternal life is paradise. However if you reject Jesus as a prophet and Messiah, you will be condemned by God, and will have the everlasting death, which is the hell fire.

Now some Christians may disagree with my interpretation, yet the difference between me and the Christian is that I can actually bring a Gospel verse to back my view up! You see my friends, as usual, the Christian has not quoted their Gospel of John in context, they only quote the part about Jesus giving eternal life, yet they ignore the important context which essentially says what I just said. So here is the crucial verse that Christians conveniently leave out:

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. (John 5:24)

This above verse proves everything I just said, and now we have the full circle as well as the clear picture. Those who believe in the one who sent Jesus will have eternal life, and the one who sent Jesus is God, hence it is as I said above, by believing in Jesus as a prophet and Messiah, you will be saved, the reason being is because you affirm that God sent the prophet. By rejecting  Jesus as a prophet, and the Messiah, you will be condemned because God is Jesus' witness, and by denying Jesus, you also deny God.

So yet again the Christian has no case, and yet again the context clarifies the matter, and yet again the context proves my interpretation is the correct interpretation.

And Allah Knows Best!

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