We covered the rise of Islam in History 304 on Thursday. Speaking of the differences between Christianity and Islam, I thought again about sign I saw at the First Baptist Church in White, Georgia a couple of years ago. It read:
MUHAMMAD IS DEAD
JESUS IS ALIVE
Unfortunately I did not have my camera with me to take a picture. I swear it’s true! Given recent events I can understand why people might be suspicious of Islam, but I still believe that you don’t need to run down someone else’s religion in order to promote your own. And note that the sign is objecting to Islam as such, not to some radical political interpretation of it. Sheesh.
The funny thing is that a Muslim would surely agree with this sign, although he would come to a different conclusion about its intended message. As far as Muslims are concerned, the fact that Muhammad was a man (worthy of respect, to be sure, but nothing more than a man) is the whole point of Islam. Christians committed a grave offense against monotheism when they imagined that Jesus was the son of God; that he was God himself, co-equal and co-eternal with his father. Muhammad, by contrast, was a prophet in the Old Testament sense of the term, who only ever performed one miracle, the revelation of the Koran. So yeah, he died and was buried, and you can visit his tomb. Enough said!