Jesus Christ has to be the most divisive person in the history of humankind with three of the world’s major religions — Islam, Christianity and Judaism — having differing interpretations about his life and who he is.
Here is an attempt to clear some misconceptions harboured against Jesus Christ:
Jesus Wasn’t Called “Jesus”
Here’s a fact that most people don’t know. Jesus was Jewish by birth and by religion, and it, therefore, makes sense that he would have a Hebrew name.
But the name Jesus isn’t Hebrew—nor even Aramaic, which is the language he probably spoke. In fact, the name Jesus is simply a derivative of the Greek approximation of his real name.
His Greek-speaking apostles were probably unable to pronounce his Hebrew name, which was Yehoshua or Yeshua.
When this name is translated into English, it becomes Joshua. Interestingly, in the Quran, he is referred to as “Isa”.
Jesus Is Also Holy in the Quran
Jesus is mentioned many times in the Quran as an important holy figure.
He is not necessarily portrayed as the Messiah, but the worth of his teachings are acknowledged, and he is considered to be a messenger of Allah.
He is often mentioned in relation to others who are considered to be the patriarchs of the Islamic and Israelite people—such as Abraham, Ishmael, and Jacob.
Sources: Aal-e-Imran 3:4, An-Nisa 4:171
There Are More than Four Gospels
Although the “canonical gospels” (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) are widely accepted as the most authentic gospels, it is interesting to note that there were about sixty other gospels written about the life of Jesus, including ones which portray his life as a young boy.
The four canonical gospels were written sometime between A.D. 70 and A.D. 110, and of these, Mark seems to be the oldest.
The other three seem to reference Mark, as well as an unknown source known by scholars as the ‘Q’ gospel.
During the early Christian period, it was common for individuals to adapt the gospels to their own understandings—and this could account for the vast number of non-canonical gospels.
Of all the gospels, the four canonical gospels are considered to be the most historically accurate, with many scholars confirming the historical authenticity of the baptism of Jesus, his preaching, and the crucifixion.
Jesus Was Ugly
Contrary to popular belief, it can be speculated that Jesus was no Brad Pitt based on the prophesy of Isaiah, which stipulates: “And he shall grow up as a tender plant before him, and as a root out of a thirsty ground: there is no beauty in him, nor comeliness: and we have seen him, and there was no sightliness, that we should be desirous of him.”
So it’s time to reconsider the attractive image which forms in our mind when someone says, “Jesus’ face.”
Source: Isaiah 53:2
Jesus Was a Peacemaker… Or Not
There’s a little bit of conflicting information here.
First, consider the verse from Colossians 1:20: “And through him to reconcile all things unto himself, making peace through the blood of his cross, both as to the things that are on earth, and the things that are in heaven.”
But according to Luke 12:51, Jesus himself said: “Think ye, that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, no; but separation.”
And put even more clearly in Matthew 10:34: “Do not think that I came to send peace upon earth: I came not to send peace, but the sword.”
This is in contrast to the prophesy of Isaiah, who wrote: “For a Child Is Born to us, and a son is given to us, and the government is upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counsellor, God the Mighty, the Father of the world to come, the Prince of Peace.”
Source: Isaiah 9:6