Reposting-He Said, He Said 4

It’s been a little while since I posted my reflections on the differences between specific sayings/teachings of Mohammed and Jesus. Here’s one that I’ve had in the queue a while.

Mohammed says:

“Verily, the pious (shall be) in gardens and pleasure, enjoying what their Lord has given them; for their Lord will save them from the torment of hell. ‘Eat and drink with good digestion, for that which ye have done!’ Reclining on couches in rows, and we shall wed them to large-eyed maidens. And those who believe and whose seed follows them in the faith, we will unite their seed with them;” Chapter of the Mount vs 5-7 (italics mine)

Jesus says:

“Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God? When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. Now about the dead rising—have you not read in the book of Moses, in the account of the bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You are badly mistaken!” Mark 12:24-26 (italics mine)

Both teachers speak about resurrection and the day of judgement, however Mohammed says far more about the nature of the hereafter than Jesus does. In fact, Mohammed gives much more detail about both heaven and hell; who is there, why they are there and what happens to and with them there. Conversely, Jesus never teaches that people go to heaven when they die, so there’s not much reason for him to talk about what it’s like there for them. (We can unpack Jesus’ statements about “Paradise” and “being where I am” another time.)

Mohammed clearly says that in heaven (aka Paradise) the believers marry virgins and they are even reunited with their children who believe. However you may choose to look at it, there’s an indication that the relationships of wife, father and child are preserved in Paradise. This is not the case according to Jesus. He clearly contradicts Mohammed when he says that marriage relations are not part of the resurrection life. It’s logical to assume that if the categories of husband and wife become irrelevant, so do the categories father, mother, son, and daughter for these all depend on the first relationship between husband and wife.

NB:Jesus only addresses this issue because it was put to him as a test. If you’re not familiar with the incident, read the whole chapter of Mark 12.


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