Views of Jesus, part 1- Comparison Gnostic, Muslim, and Evangelical

The gnostic, Muslim, and evangelical perspectives of who Jesus is, His purpose on earth, His death and eternal salvation are very different.

At the same time, each perspective is attractive in its own way.

  • The gnostic Jesus teaches that we are all divine inside even though only a few are smart enough to discover the truth.
  • The Muslim Jesus is a great human prophet who teaches good morals and gives spiritual insight in preparation for Allah's greatest and final prophet, Muhammad.
  • The Christian Jesus is the Son of God who provides a pathway to having a personal relationship with God the Father. Jesus is divine in gnosticism, human in Islam, and divine and human in Christianity.

Gnostics and Muslims generally do not believe Jesus died on the cross; whereas, Christians believe that the death and resurrection of Jesus are the crux of their faith.

Salvation is provided for those who reach their inner light of mystic knowledge in gnosticism, for a select few that only Allah will choose in Islam, and for anyone who sincerely asks for it in Christianity.

God is mysterious and can be found within each person in gnosticism, He is not reachable in Islam, and He is transcendent yet personal in Christianity.

Gnosticism and Islam are both pursuits to either reach deep within or strain outwardly to receive attention and approval from God.

Christianity presents the invitation from God to humanity to come into relationship with Him. The Jesus in each of the three texts and belief systems is very different from the Jesus in the other two. There is no way around it. 

The general overview of these three perspectives on Jesus' death boils down to one question Jesus asked His disciples,

"Who do you say that I am?"1

This in turn means that each person has to make a choice about what he believes is true.

Was God willing to humble himself to become a human, live a sinless life, and take all the sins of all humanity for all time upon himself as He died on the cross? Was Jesus divine, human, or both? Did He die on the cross or not?

Based on what has been discussed, one can understand why there is no such thing as a true gnostic-Muslim, a Muslim-Christian, or a gnostic (evangelical) Christian. Thus, Jesus is still asking those who believe in Him to make a choice.

Who do you say Jesus is?

1Matthew 16:15.