“And for their saying, ‘Verily we have slain the Messiah, Jesus the son of Mary, an Apostle of God.’ Yet they slew him not, and they crucified him not, but they had only his likeness. And they who differed about him were in doubt concerning him: No sure knowledge had they about him, but followed only an opinion, and they did not really slay him, but God took him up to Himself. And God is Mighty, Wise!” Surah 4, “Women,” verse 157Notice the word “likeness.” This is the heretical idea that Jesus did not physically die on the cross. It was just some sort of illusion. Of course this is only heretical to Christians. Muslims simply do not accept it. To them it is nonsense.
If Jesus did not die on the cross then there was no sacrifice for the forgiveness of sin. Our salvation is in our hands and based on our efforts.
All Koran quotes are from the translation by Rev. J.M. Rodwell, M.A. provided by the Gutenberg Project.
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