Muhammad said to respect the people of the way (Christians) and that Jesus was a great prophet and teacher. Throughout history, many good things have been said about Jesus by Muslims. I believe Muhammad endorsed Jesus without fully understanding who Jesus clearly claimed to be. Jesus makes it terribly clear that he was indeed the Son of God and eternally existent, even one with the Father. I know this is a huge hurdle for the Muslim, and many times it turns into an argument over whose scriptures are more accurate, and whether Jesus really did rise from the dead. I don't want to get into all that right now, you can click on the links above and watch some videos on the subjects if you want to, but I don't think we need to. Muhammad obviously had great respect for Jesus and his teachings, so shouldn't you investigate for yourself to see what Jesus actually said?
How could Muhammad endorse Jesus and his teachings if Jesus was a liar, or if he could not be trusted. Yet Jesus said "I am the way, the truth and the life, NO ONE comes to the Father but through me." This statement is not at all compliant with the rest of Muhammad's teachings. Is it possible Muhammad was wrong for endorsing Jesus? Or did he not know Jesus said this? A prophet should have known. Wouldn't a prophet know by inspiration whether or not to endorse another teacher? Though not conclusive by themselves, these are valid questions that should cause any Muslim to seek out the truth.
Many Muslims have had a problem with the strict interpretation of the Koran in regard to jihad. They could not reconcile a God that demanded mercy and compassion with the figure of vengeance behind the literal interpretation of Jihad. Yes you can "spiritualize" the concept of Jihad, but if you do not let the Koran speak for itself, and you weaken its words by "spiritualizing" it when it is convenient, how can you know what to leave alone and what to weaken or spiritualize? Many Muslims, even some from the highest Educational institutes in Islam have left Islam for this reason.
Compare the lifestyle and practices of Mohammed, the person with that of Jesus himself.
Below is a quote from the testimony of a former Muslim:
Furthermore, how do you think God would speak his final message to mankind? Through wars of conquest and long pious sounding instructions? How many people do you know can truly keep those rules any way? Can you? OR have you broken them?
Jesus knew that keeping the rules, the law, was impossible for us. Though He taught the perfect law of love and also demonstrated and lived it, He also showed us the way to forgiveness when we fall short. He didn't burden men with more impossible to keep commandments. His life was filled with actions of grace and forgiveness, healing and miracles, ending with the final act of love that can even erase the sins of the past, the cross.
The best place to learn about Jesus is simply by reading the Bible.
Christians believe the Bible has been preserved and is accurate, just as Muslims believe the Koran has been. Until you investigate both thoroughly, how can you know who is right? More important than which is more carefully preserved is the real question: which one contained the truth of God when it was originally written?!
If Jesus is who the New and Old Testaments say He is, then certainly God would have preserved the Bible for mankind's instruction!! You should find out for yourself, and let God lead you to the truth. Good places to start reading are: The book of John. The Book of Romans.
God has revealed Himself to many serious seekers in Islam. In the Bible it is written how God sent Peter to Cornelius's household to share the truth with him because God heard his prayers. Cornelius was not a Jew or a Christian, but God saw the hunger in his heart, and filled it. God gave Peter and Cornelius dreams and arranged the meeting. In a similar way today God is visiting many Muslims in supernatural ways to bring them the truth they are seeking...