Posted by: Frangipani | August 17, 2013

A stumbling block to understanding?

This is a small post about about a critical difference in beliefs between two of the world’s most practised religions.

To put it simply: Christians believe that Jesus died on the cross almost 2000 years ago and Muslims believe that he was spared that humiliation, and did not physically die.

I have thought about this for some time and understand the difficulty in believing how a prophet of God could suffer the public shame of being put to death on a cross. This concern is actually addressed in the Bible (Philippians Chapter 2 verse 5-11).  ‘Therefore, God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow, in heaven and on earth, to the glory of God the Father.’

This language shows that, in spite of his death the cross, Jesus receives the full honour due to him. This concern, and the way the Bible addresses it, is lost on many from a Western background. But those from Eastern traditions can understand the humility of Jesus, and the raising of the name of Jesus.

A stumbling block?

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