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Stories of Jesus in the Quran

Why Jesus is not God

Faults in the New Testament 

  1. Matthew 1:16 and Luke 3:23 – Who was Joseph’s father? 
Matthew 1:16: And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ. Luke 3:23: Now Jesus himself began his ministry at about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, the son of Heli . . .

  2. Matthew 2:14 and Luke 2:39 – To Egypt or Nazareth?
 Matthew 2:14: When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt, and was there until the death of Herod . . .Luke 2:39: So when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth.

  3. Matthew 4:3–9 and Luke 4:3–11 Stones to bread, throw himself down, then worship Satan, or stones to bread, worship Satan, then throw himself down?
 Matthew 4:3–9: Satan tells Jesus to “command that these stones become bread,” then “throw yourself down,” and lastly “fall down and worship me.”
    Luke 4:3–11: Satan tells Jesus to “command this stone to become bread,” then to “worship before me,” and lastly to “throw [himself] down from here.”

  4. Matthew 6:9–13 and Luke 11:2–4 – Which is the correct version of the “Lord’s Prayer?”
 Matthew 6:9–13: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. Luke 11:2–5: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

  5. Matthew 7:7–8 and Luke 13:24 – All who seek will find, or not? 
Matthew 7:7–8: Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Luke 13:24: Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you,will seek to enter and will not be able.

  6. Matthew 8:5 and Luke 7:3–7 – The centurion came himself, or sent messengers?

    Matthew 8:5: Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, pleading with him. . .Luke 7:3–7: So when he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to him, pleading with him to come and heal his servant. And when they came to Jesus, they begged him earnestly, saying that the one for whom he should do this was deserving, “for he loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue.” Then Jesus went with them. And when he was already not far from the house, the centurion sent friendsto him, saying to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof. Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to you.”

  7. Matthew 8:28 and Luke 8:27 – One or two men?
 Matthew 8:28: When he had come to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way. Luke 8:27: And when he stepped out on the land, there met him a certain manfrom the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs.

  8. Matthew 9:18 and Mark 5:22–23 – Dead or not? 
Matthew 9:18: While he spoke these things to them, behold, a ruler came and worshiped him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her and she will live.”
    Mark 5:22–23: And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw him, he fell at his feet and begged him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.”

  9. Matthew 10:2–4 and Luke 6:13–16 – Who was a disciple, Lebbeus (whose surname was Thaddeus) or Judas, the son of James? 
Matthew 10:2–4: Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him. Luke 6:13–16: And when it was day, he called his disciples to himself; and from them he chose twelve whom he also named apostles: Simon, whom he also named Peter, and Andrew his brother; James and John; Philip and Bartholomew; Matthew and Thomas; James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called the Zealot; Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot who also became a traitor.

  10. Matthew 10:10 and Mark 6:8 – Bring a staff or not?
 Matthew 10:10: . . . nor bag for your journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor staffs; for a worker is worthy of his food. Mark 6:8: He commanded them to take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bag, no bread, no copper in their money belts . . .

  11. Matthew 11:13–14, 17:11–13 and John 1:21 – John the Baptist was Elijah or not?
 Matthew 11:13–14: For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come.
    Matthew 17:11–13: Jesus answered and said to them, “Indeed, Elijah is coming first and will restore all things. But I say to you that Elijah has come already, and they did not know him but did to him whatever they wished. Likewise the Son of Man is also about to suffer at their hands.” Then the disciples understood that he spoke to them of John the Baptist.

          John 1:21: And they asked him (i.e., John the Baptist), “What then? Are you
          Elijah?” He said, “I am not.”

   12. Matthew 12:39 (the sign of Jonah being the only sign) vs. Mark 8:12 (no sign to
          be given) vs. Luke 7:22 and 11:20 (holding up miracles to be signs) – which is it?

          Matthew 12:39: But he answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous
          generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the
          prophet Jonah
.” Mark 8:12: But he sighed deeply in his spirit, and said, “Why does
          this generation seek a sign? Assuredly, I say to you, no sign shall be given to this
          Luke 7:22: Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things you
          have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed,
          the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them.”
Luke 11:20: But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of
          God has come upon you.

13.    Matthew 15:22 and Mark 7:26 – The woman was from Canaan or Greece?

          Matthew 15:22: And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried
          out to him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is
          severely demon-possessed.” Mark 7:26: The woman was a Greek, a Syro-
          Phoenician by birth, and she kept asking him to cast the demon out of her

14.    Matthew 20:29–30 and Mark 10:46–47 – One or two beggars?

          Matthew 20:29–30: Now as they went out of Jericho, a great multitude followed
          him. And behold, two blind men sitting by the road, when they heard that Jesus
          was passing by, cried out, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!”
          Mark 10:46–47: As he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great
          multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. And
          when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus,
          Son of David, have mercy on me!”

15.    Matthew 21:1–2 and Mark 11:1–2 – A donkey present or not? Bring “him” (i.e.,
          the colt) or “them” (i.e., the colt and the donkey)? 
Matthew 21:1–2: Now when
          they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then
          Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and
          immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and
          bring them to me.” Mark 11:1–2: Now when they drew near Jerusalem, to
          Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples; and
          he said to them, “Go into the village opposite you; and as soon as you have
          entered it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has sat. Loose it and bring it.”

16.    Matthew 26:74–75 and Mark 14:72 – Before the cock crows once or twice?

          Matthew 26:74–75: Then he began to curse and swear, saying, “I do not know
          the Man!”Immediately a rooster crowed. And Peter remembered the word of
          Jesus who had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three
          times.” So he went out and wept bitterly. Mark 14:72: A second time the rooster
. Then Peter called to mind the word that Jesus had said to him, “Before
          the rooster crows twice
, you will deny me three times.” And when he thought
          about it, he wept.

17.    Matthew 27:5 and Acts 1:18 – How did Judas die? 
Matthew 27:5: Then he threw
          down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged
.Acts 1:18: Now this man purchased a field with the wages of iniquity;
          and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his entrails gushed out.

18.    Matthew 27:11–14 (Jesus answered Pilate “It is as you say,” and not one word
), vs. John 18:33–37 (Jesus and Pilate held a conversation).
          Matthew 27:11–14:
Now Jesus stood before the governor. And the governor
          asked him, saying, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus said to him, “It is as you
          say.” And while he was being accused by the chief priests and elders, he
          answered nothing
. Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how many things
          they testify against you?” But he answered him not one word, so that the
          governor marveled greatly. John 18:33–37: Then Pilate entered the Praetorium
          again, called Jesus, and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus
          answered him, “Are you speaking for yourself about this, or did others tell you
          this concerning me?” Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the
          chief priests have delivered you to me. What have you done?” Jesus answered,
          “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants
           would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now my kingdom
           is not from here.” Pilate therefore said to him, “Are you a king then?” Jesus
           answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for
           this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth.
           Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice.”

19.    Matthew 27:28 (scarlet robe) vs. John 19:2 (purple robe)
 Matthew 27:28: And
          they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him. John 19:2: And the soldiers
          twisted a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple

20.    Matthew 27:34 and Mark 15:23 – Gall or myrrh in the wine? Tasted it or not?
          Matthew 27:34: They gave him sour wine mingled with gall to drink. But when he
          had tasted it, he would not drink. Mark 15:23: Then they gave him wine mingled
          with myrrh
 to drink, but he did not take it.

21.    Mark 15:25 and John 19:14–15 – Jesus crucified before the third hour or after
          the sixth hour?
 Mark 15:25: Now it was the third hour, and they crucified
          him. John 19:14–15: Now it was the Preparation Day of the Passover, and about
          the sixth hour
. And he said to the Jews, “Behold your King!” But they cried out,
          “Away with him, away with him! Crucify him!”

22.    Luke 1:15, 1:41, 1:67, 2:25 and John 7:39 – the “Holy Ghost/Spirit” given or not?
          Luke 1:15: He (John the Baptist) will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from
          his mother’s womb. Luke 1:41: And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the
          greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with
          the Holy Spirit
Luke 1:67: Now his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy
          Spirit . . . 
Luke 2:25: And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was
          Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel,
          and the Holy Spirit was upon himJohn 7:39: But this he spoke concerning the
          Spirit, whom those believing in him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet
, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

23.    Luke 2:10–14 and Luke 12:49–53 – a prophet announced by angels as heralding
          peace on earth, good will to men, or one who brings fire and division?
          Luke 2:10–14: Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring
          you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you
          this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the
          sign to you: you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
          And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising
          God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill
          toward men
          Luke 12:49–53: I (Jesus Christ) came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it
          were already kindled! But I have a baptism to be baptised with, and how
          distressed I am till it is accomplished! Do you suppose that I came to give peace
          on earth?
 I tell you, not at all, but rather division. For from now on five in one
          house will be divided: three against two, and two against three. Father will be
          divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and
          daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and
          daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.

24.    Luke 23:39–40 and Mark 15:31–32 – One thief defended Jesus or not?
          Luke 23:39–40: Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed him,
          saying, “If you are the Christ, save yourself and us.” But the other, answering,
          rebuked him
, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same
          condemnation?” Mark 15:31–32: Likewise the chief priests also, mocking among
          themselves with the scribes, said, “He saved others; himself he cannot save. Let
          the Christ, the King of Israel, descend now from the cross, that we may see and
          believe.” Even those who were crucified with him reviled him.

25.    Luke 14:26 and 1 John 3:15 – To hate one’s brother or not? Luke 14:26: If anyone
          comes to me (Jesus Christ) and does not hate his father and mother, wife and
          children,brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
          1 John 3:15: Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no
          murderer has eternal life abiding in him.

26.    Luke 23:26, Matthew 27:32, Mark 15:21 vs. John 19:17 – Who carried the cross,
          Simon or Jesus? Luke 23:26: Now as they led him away, they laid hold of a certain
          man, Simon a Cyrenian, who was coming from the country, and on him they laid
          the cross that he might bear it after Jesus. Matthew 27:32: Now as they came
          out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. Him they compelled to bear his
          (Jesus Christ’s) cross. Mark 15:21: Then they compelled a certain man, Simon a
, the father of Alexander and Rufus, as he was coming out of the country
          and passing by, to bear his (Jesus Christ’s) cross. John 19:17: And he (Jesus
          Christ), bearing his cross
, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is
          called in Hebrew, Golgotha . . .

27.    Luke 23:43 and John 20:17 – Ascended or not? Luke 23:43: And Jesus said to
          him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” (Stated to
          one of the other two crucified on the evening of his own crucifixion, predicting
          ascension that very same dayJohn 20:17: Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to
          me, for I have not yet ascended to my Father.” (Stated to Mary Magdalene two
 after the crucifixion)

28.    Luke 23:46 vs. John 19:30 – Were the last words of Jesus “Father, into Your
          hands I commit my spirit” or were they “It is finished”? Luke 23:46: And when
          Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, he said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit
          my spirit.’
” Having said this, he breathed his last. John 19:30: So when Jesus had
          received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished!” And bowing his head, he gave up
          his spirit.

29.    John 1:18, 1 John 4:12, 1 Timothy 6:16 (God cannot be seen) vs. Genesis 12:7,
          17:1, 18:1, 26:2, 32:30; Exodus 3:16, 6:2–3, 24:9, 33:11, 33:23, Numbers 14:14,
          Amos 9:1
(Godseen).For example, John 1:18 and 1 John 4:12 both read: No one
          has seen God at anytime. Genesis 12:7: Then the Lord appeared to Abram and
          said . . .Genesis 32:30: So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: “For I
          have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.” Exodus 6:2–3: And God
          spoke to Moses and said to him: “I am the Lord. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac,
          and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name Lord. . . 

30.    John 5:31 and John 8:14 – Was Jesus’ record true or not? John 5:31: If I (Jesus)
          bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. John 8:14: Jesus answered and
          said to them, “Even if I bear witness of myself, my witness is true, for I know
          where I came from and where I am going . . .”

31.    Acts 9:7 and Acts 22:9 – Fellow travelers heard a voice or not? Acts 9:7: And the
          men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no
          one. Acts 22:9: And those who were with me indeed saw the light and were afraid,
          but they did not hear the voice of him who spoke to me.

32.    Acts 9:7 and Acts 26:14 – Paul’s companions fell to the ground or remained
          standing? Acts 9:7: And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless,
          hearing a voice but seeing no one. Acts 26:14: And when we all had fallen to the
, I heard a voice speaking to me and saying in the Hebrew language, “Saul,           Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”

33.    Matthew 1:6–16 and Luke 3:23–31—twenty-six or forty-one generations in the
          lineage between David and Joseph?These two lineages simply don’t gibe. No two
          names correspond in sequence except for the last, Joseph, who by no stretch of
          the imagination was the true father of Jesus. Furthermore, God’s name is left out,
          which is significant. After all, if Jesus were the “Son of God,” would God have left
          His name out of the lineage, not once but twice?

The mismatch in the list of names is as follows (from the New King James Version):

MATTHEW 1:6-16                                   LUKE 3:23-31

DAVID                                                          DAVID

1)         SOLOMON                                     NATHAN

2)         REHOBOAM                                  MATTATHAH

3)         ABIJAH                                           MENAN

4)         ASA                                                 MELEA

5)         JEHOSHAPHAT                            ELIAKIM

6)         JORAM                                           JONAN

7)         UZZIAH                                          JOSEPH

8)         JOTHAM                                        JUDAH

9)         AHAZ                                              SIMEON

10)       HEZEKIAH                                     LEVI

11)       MANASSEH                                  MATTHAT

12)       AMON                                            JORIM

13)       JOSIAH                                          ELIEZER

14)       JECHONIAH                                 JOSE

15)       SHEALTIEL                                    ER

16)       ZERUBBABEL                               ELMODAM

17)       ABIUD                                             COSAM

18)       ELIAKIM                                         ADDI

19)       AZOR                                              MELCHI

20)       ZADOK                                           NERI

21)       ACHIM                                            SHEALTIEL

22)       ELIUD                                             ZERUBBABEL

23)       ELEAZAR                                       RHESA

24)       MATTHAN                                     JOANNAS

25)       JACOB                                            JUDAH

26)       JOSEPH (husband to Mary)       JOSEPH (no relation to Mary)

27)                                                                SEMEI

28)                                                                MATTATHIAH

29)                                                                MAATH

30)                                                                NAGGAI

31)                                                                ESLI

32)                                                                NAHUM

33)                                                                AMOS

34)                                                                MATTATHIAH

35)                                                                JOSEPH (no relation to Mary)

36)                                                                JANNA

37)                                                                MELCHI

38)                                                                LEVI

39)                                                                MATTHAT

40)                                                                HELI

41)                                                                JOSEPH (husband to Mary)

Christian apologists defend this imbalance with the claim that one lineage is that of Jesus through his mother, and the other is that of Jesus through his mother’s husband, Joseph. However, many consider this defense just one more of the unacceptable “believe what I say, not what you see with your own two eyes” claims, for the Bible clearly defines each lineage as the bloodline through the Virgin Mary’s husband, Joseph.