Explanation of Quran Verse 3:54-55
And [make him] a messenger to the Children of Israel, [who will say], ‘Indeed I have come to you with a sign from your Lord in that I design for you from clay [that which is] like the form of a bird, then I breathe into it and it becomes a bird by permission of Allah . And I cure the blind and the leper, and I give life to the dead – by permission of Allah . And I inform you of what you eat and what you store in your houses. Indeed in that is a sign for you, if you are believers, And [I have come] confirming what was before me of the Torah and to make lawful for you some of what was forbidden to you. And I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, so fear Allah and obey me, Indeed, Allah is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him. That is the straight path, But when Jesus felt [persistence in] disbelief from them, he said, “Who are my supporters for [the cause of] Allah ?” The disciples said,” We are supporters for Allah . We have believed in Allah and testify that we are Muslims [submitting to Him]. Our Lord, we have believed in what You revealed and have followed the messenger Jesus, so register us among the witnesses [to truth].” And the disbelievers planned, but Allah planned. And Allah is the best of planners. [Mention] when Allah said, “O Jesus, indeed I will take you and raise you to Myself and purify you from those who disbelieve and make those who follow you [in submission to Allah alone] superior to those who disbelieve until the Day of Resurrection. Then to Me is your return, and I will judge between you concerning that in which you used to differ.
- The passage from Quran 3:49-55. It emphasizes Allah’s love, protection, and guidance towards Jesus and the believers, as well as Allah’s ultimate authority and judgment. According to this passage, Allah planned to save Jesus from his enemies, raise him to Himself, purify him, and make his followers superior to the disbelievers. It highlights Allah’s wisdom and control over the affairs of His creation. It is a representation of the Islamic belief in Allah’s love and care for His messengers and their followers, as well as His absolute sovereignty and wisdom.
And [for] their saying, “Indeed, We killed the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, the messenger of Allah.” But they neither killed nor crucified him—it was only made to appear so. Even those who argue for this ˹crucifixion˺ are in doubt. They have no knowledge whatsoever—only making assumptions. They certainly did not kill him. Rather, Allah raised him to Himself. And ever is Allah Exalted in Might and Wise.
- The context of Quran 3:55 is that “they did not kill him, nor did they crucify him; instead, Allah raised him to heaven.”
Allah has not deceived anyone, According to the Quranic passage (Quran 3:49-55), Jesus asked his disciples who among them would support him in the cause of Allah. The disciples responded by saying that they are supporters for Allah, that they have believed in Allah, and they testify that they are Muslims, submitting to Him. This indicates that Jesus’ disciples were aware of Allah’s plan to raise Jesus to Himself and were committed to supporting Jesus in carrying out Allah’s will. They believed in Allah and considered themselves as Muslims, submitting to His guidance. However, when Jesus left, over time, people themselves changed the message.
Indeed, We will support Our messengers and those who believe during the life of this world and on the Day when the witnesses will stand –
Why Didn’t God Preserve The Previous Books
Allah, the Almighty and Merciful, has granted every human being free will as a gift. This free will allows individuals to make choices and decisions based on their own beliefs, desires, and actions. It is considered a test from Allah, as humans are given the freedom to choose between righteousness and disobedience. In order to guide humanity towards the path of righteousness and remind them of their covenant with Allah, messengers or prophets were sent by Allah. These messengers were chosen by Allah to convey His message to humanity and show them the right way of living according to His commandments. However, despite the guidance provided by the previous messengers, some people were more inclined towards worldly power, wealth, and materialistic pursuits. They became enamored with the allure of worldly pleasures and chose to deviate from the righteous path prescribed by Allah. They turned away from their covenant with Allah and indulged in disobedient behavior, such as corruption, injustice, and greed. As time passed, people’s priorities shifted towards worldly gains, and they lost sight of their spiritual obligations towards Allah. They disregarded the teachings of the previous messengers and ignored their divine guidance, leading to a breach of the covenant with Allah.
And from those who say, “We are Christians” We took their covenant; but they forgot a portion of that of which they were reminded. So We caused among them animosity and hatred until the Day of Resurrection. And Allah is going to inform them about what they used to do.
- It is also important to note that In this passage, Allah is referring to those who did not adhere to the covenant with Him and used the name “Christian” to refer to themselves. This indicates that Allah did not establish Christianity as a religion and did not give this name. From the Bible, we also learn that the term “Christian” was used by pagans during the time of Paul, and those who broke the covenant they adopted this name for themselves.
Superiority of Those Who Follow Jesus in Submission to Allah
In Quran 3:55, it appears to refer to the followers of Jesus who initially embraced his original message but later, their descendants were led astray, possibly influenced by figures like Paul and the Roman Empire. The Quran states that believers are superior to the disbelievers. The disbelievers mentioned in this context encompass both the Jewish community and pagans, but notably not the Christians. It suggests that while Christians did not outright reject Jesus, they were misled by their leaders. However, they still hold the belief in Jesus as a real figure, and there is a diversity of interpretations within their community. The Quran does not explicitly state that the blessings Allah bestowed upon them were taken away. In Quran 5:14-, Allah does mention a punishment for those who disbelieved after receiving confirmation, and in Quran 5:15, Allah indicates that they concealed much, likely referring to the gospel of Jesus. When Prophet Muhammad came, both Jews and those who identified as Christians returned to their original faith. However, it is not necessarily implied that the blessings granted to their forefathers were universally withdrawn from all who rejected the final message. Consequently, the verse can still be seen as applicable to Christians as superior over the Jewish, although they have chosen disbelief. Allah also reaffirms the punishment in Quran 98:6.
Does God’s word change
Allah’s word does not change because the message that Allah has given from the beginning remains with Him. However, initially, the message was sent to specific nations and not for all of mankind, and Allah did not preserve it, rather leaving it to the people as a test of their free will. But humans changed and disobeyed that message. Then Allah sent the same message again, as His word does not change. Therefore, the Qur’an, which is sent for all of mankind, has been preserved by Allah as a divine guidance for humanity.
Or have they taken gods besides Him? Say, [O Muhammad], “Produce your proof. This [Qur’an] is the message for those with me and the message of those before me.” But most of them do not know the truth, so they are turning away.
- The phrase “those before me” refers to the previous prophets and messengers sent by God in different times and places throughout history, according to this passage. It indicates that the message of the Qur’an is consistent with the messages brought by earlier prophets, such as Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus, among others, who were also believed to have been sent by God to guide humanity.
It is noteworthy that prior messengers had already foretold the arrival of Prophet Muhammad. Nevertheless, when he came with the Qur’an, which was intended for all of humanity, he faced rejection from many. Furthermore, the individuals deliberately altered the previous scriptures, all due to their own volition.
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According to Bible, God deceived his prophets
And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.
And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”)
If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously, so do not be alarmed.
And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the LORD have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.
- According to these verses, God deceived his prophets, specifically Jesus.
God also deceived his own people
You deceived me, LORD, and I was deceived; you overpowered me and prevailed. I am ridiculed all day long; everyone mocks me.
God Misleading People Instead of Guiding Them
📖2 Thessalonians 2:11
For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie.
God deceived Ahab’s prophets
Finally, a spirit came forward, stood before the LORD and said, ‘I will entice him.’ By what means?’ the LORD asked. “’I will go out and be a deceiving spirit in the mouths of all his prophets,’ he said. “’You will succeed in enticing him,’ said the LORD. ‘Go and do it.
- God did not guide them and instead sent a spirit to deceive them, even though if God had wanted, He could have guided them instead of deceiving them.
Biblical Verse about God Sending Delusion to Those who Reject the Truth
📖2 Thessalonians 2:11
For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie.
- Why would God send people a delusion while He has the power to guide them?
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