Was Jesus sent only to the Jews?

Muslim leaders brainwash their followers to believe that Jesus was sent only to the Jews, hence the Bible is also for the children of Israel. On the other hand, Islam is allegedly for the whole world, as Zakir Naik said: “The Quran is not meant only for Muslims. The Quran is meant for the whole of humanity, and it is meant to be for eternity.”

Their first “proof text” is Matthew 10:5-6 “These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles … But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

Of course, this command was given to the disciples because Jesus is the fulfilment of the promises God had made to Abraham many centuries earlier: “All the nations will be blessed through you,” and that “the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Jesus Christ” (Gal. 3:8, 14). God’s plan of salvation started from the Jews and extended to the Gentiles. This is why the gospel is defined as “the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes; first for the Jew, then for the Gentile” (Rom. 1:16).

During the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ, His preaching work was majorly among the children of Israel as their Messiah. It was limited within that time frame. But God had already established that Jesus would be given as “a light for the Gentiles, that [He] may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth (Is. 49:6). Simeon, led by the Holy Spirit declared that Christ is God’s salvation “prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel” (Lk 2:31-32). Jesus Himself declared: “I am the light of the world” – not of the Jews alone (Jn. 8:12).

Another “proof text” Muslims use is Matthew 15:24 “But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” They pull this single verse out of a whole chapter and build their sand castles on it. This was about a Canaanite woman whose daughter was demon-possessed and she sought Jesus for her deliverance (vs 22-28). Jesus answered that she was not an Israelite and could not receive this blessing.

The plan of God’s blessing – includes deliverance – at this time was limited to the Jews for reasons already stated (Matt. 10:8). Muslim leaders avoid quoting the event up to verse 25 where the woman worshipped Jesus, recognizing Him as Lord, and the final verse where she received her request because of her unwavering faith in Christ (vs 28). Such facts would take the wind out of the sail of the islamic dawah ship. After His resurrection, Jesus commanded His disciples:

“Therefore go and make disciples of ALL NATIONS … and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Mt. 28:19)

“Go into all the world and preach the good news to ALL CREATION” (Mk. 16:15)

“And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name AMONG ALL NATIONS, beginning at Jerusalem” (Lk. 24:47).

On the other hand, is Islam and its Quran for all mankind? What does the Quran says?

Q 6:92 “And this is a Book which We have sent down, bringing blessings, and confirming (the revelations) which came before it: that thou mayest warn the mother of cities and all around her.”

Q 42:7 “Thus have We sent by inspiration to thee an Arabic Qur’an that thou mayest warn the Mother of Cities and all around her.”

The Mother of cities (Umul Qura) being referred to here is Mecca. The Quran was given in Arabic because it’s specifically for Arabs alone. Allah also says his book is for those who haven’t received a guidance yet.

Q 32:3 “Nay, it is the Truth from thy Lord, that thou mayest admonish a people to whom no warner has come before thee: in order that they may receive guidance.”

Q 36:6 “In order that thou mayest admonish a people, whose fathers had received no admonition, and who therefore remain heedless (of the Signs of Allah).”

The Jews, Christians and the Zoroastrians had their own messengers and guidance (scriptures), so Allah was making it clear that his Quran was specifically for the Arabs of Mecca and its surroundings who had no guidance but relied on tribal or folk religions. Therefore, Islam and its Muhammad is not for Nigerians, Kenyans, Britons or Indians. This poses a disaster to islamic missionaries.

To evade this nightmare, Muslims quote Suras 14:52, 2:185, 39:185 and 21:107 to prove Muhammad was sent to all mankind. But If these are true, then Suras 6:92, 42:7, 32:2 and 36:6 are false. They can’t have it both ways. In fact, the Arabic word “nas” translated as “mankind” in these suras refers to any given number of people in a city, town or country, not to the whole of humanity. The same word is used in Q 7:116 where it speaks of people being bewitched by Pharaoh’s magicians but we all know his magicians didn’t bewitched all of mankind. Islam is an Arabian religion founded by an Arab and suited for Arabs.

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