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#2 Book ‘Zealot’ On Amazon Written By A Muslim Slams Jesus And Christianity

| July 24, 2013

Reza Aslan, author of the new book, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth” has been interviewed on a host of media outlets in the last week. Riding a publicity wave, the book has surged to #2 on Amazon’s list.

reza-aslan-muslim-zealot-book-author-slams-Jesus-christianityMedia reports have introduced Aslan as a “religion scholar” but have failed to mention that he is a devout Muslim.

His book is not a historian’s report on Jesus. It is an educated Muslim’s opinion about Jesus — yet the book is being peddled as objective history on national TV and radio.

Aslan is not a trained historian. Like tens of thousands of us he has been formally educated in theology and New Testament Greek.

He is a bright man with every right to hold his own opinion about Jesus—and to proselytize his opinion.

As a sincere man, Aslan’s Muslim beliefs affect his entire life, including his conclusions about Jesus. But this is not being disclosed. “Zealot” is being presented as objective and scholarly history, not as it actually is—an educated Muslim’s opinions about Jesus and the ancient Near East.

“Zealot” is a fast-paced demolition of the core beliefs that Christianity has taught about Jesus for 2,000 years. Its conclusions are long-held Islamic claims—namely, that Jesus was a zealous prophet type who didn’t claim to be God, that Christians have misunderstood him, and that the Christian Gospels are not the actual words or life of Jesus but “myth.”

These claims are not new or unique. They are hundreds of years old among Muslims. Sadly, readers who have listened to interviews on NPR, “The Daily Show,” Huffington Post or MSNBC may pick up the book expecting an unbiased and historic report on Jesus and first century Jewish culture. (I will let my Jewish friends address Aslan’s statement on MSNBC that, “there were certainly a lot of Jewish terrorists in first century Palestine.”)

As a journalist and author who is Christian I cannot imagine penning a so-called objective biography of Muhammad and then concealing my conflict of interest in national media interviews.

In world history there are no religions more violently and anciently opposed than the crusading, fighting, at times blood-shedding rivals of historic Islam and historic Christianity. Even non-violent Muslims and Christians, like Aslan and myself, understand that we hold aggressively oppositional views—particularly about Jesus. National news coverage of “Zealot” has ignored this conflict of interest.

“Zealot” is written with the self-assumed authority of groundbreaking revelation from a historian. In reality, it is a religious person’s opinion about Jesus—from an adherent to the religion that has been in violent opposition to Christ for 1,400 years.

Aslan informs us that we cannot trust the Gospel of Mark–because it was written 40 years after Jesus’ death. He then chides us to trust his new book, written almost 2,000 years later.

I believe in Aslan’s right to hold and propagate any opinion. It’s a right that, ironically, Christians do not have in many Muslim countries.

My concern is that national media coverage be smart and forthright about this conflict of interest, just as it would be if I—a Christian author and pastor—wrote a book about Muhammad.

Pouring praise onto “Zealot” as new information about Jesus, without explaining its author’s devotion to a combatting religion, is blatant bias. This same bias would be unthinkable if the Christian and Muslim roles were reversed.

With its riveting demolition of Jesus, “Zealot” will continue to attract interviews—some from reporters who want to see Jesus deconstructed. Many more interviews will come from reporters who simply don’t understand that Reza Aslan has a horse in this race. He is not an objective observer, but, to use his own word, a zealot, with religious motivation to destroy what Western culture has believed about its central figure for hundreds of years. In many ways, this conflict is larger than Christianity and Islam. It is a conflict of Western and Middle Eastern foundations. These are great and important debates that we should welcome, but let’s be honest about our motivations, positions and conflicts of interest as we dialogue.

Let’s hope reporters in future interviews will, being informed, mention the glaring conflict of interest in this Islamic opinion of Jesus. It is no more objective than my educated views about Muhammad, as a Christian.

“Zealot” is not new work from a historian. It is a sophisticated presentation of views that Muslims have held about Jesus for more than 1,000 years. source – Fox News

 

 

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  1. Ron Murphy says:

    There was no lezlow, then. What are you doing posting here if you don’t exist? He more real than you are. Just who are you trying to convince? We know Him personally. You have no idea!

  2. islam= the words of satan

  3. Lyn Leahz says:

    Thanks for getting the word out about this. People need to know the truth. There is more and more deception every day. God bless you!

  4. Erlene says:

    Amen, Lyn,
    Indeed, people need to be made aware of this deception. It is just one more among many and we need to be on guard, and ready to defend the faith and lift up the name of our Lord, Yeshua. We cannot let these lies stand undisputed.

  5. Kat says:

    Fulfilled prophesy is what this is. 2Peter 3:3, Jude 1:18

  6. brian says:

    well let me see….a book written b y a muslim slamming Christianity and jesus him self. looks like we better storm their embassy and kill all the employess,start worldwide riots,issue a fatwah or death sentence for the author,blow up the book company,take hostages, create mayhem and….oh I forgot. us Christians are not beasts like the radical muslims. although I refuse to turn the other cheek, i’ll instead sit back and say ok your opinion. but masses of muslims come to Christ every year….on a daily basis. why is this book #2? who is buying this book? do they believe this?

  7. Ross Lloyd says:

    I would have to say that the book “Zealot” should have been marketed as Fiction. There would more factual information included in both of my novels “Soul Saviour” and the sequel “Get Emily” to put it bluntly.

  8. KB says:

    ASS-LAN!!! Enough said!

  9. chris says:

    Here is just another example of how people who are not in Christ view Christianity And how they try to bring it down And how the devil inspires them For they live in error Of the truth.

    New American Standard Bible (©1995)
    So the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her children, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.

  10. What a well-written article! I will pray that the deception will backfire and all those who bought the book will see Jesus because of it.

  11. Heather says:

    One could say the Lord Jesus had a zeal for God when He walked the earth, but you know what first struck me? The title of the book. It shows some historical ignorance, to put the name of the Lord Jesus and Zealot in the same sentence, as the Zealots of His day were a political group all about physically fighting Rome and no relationship to Christianity. Jesus Christ was not about fighting Rome, was not a Zealot, which implies crazed, political radical, in the context of His day. Nobody of historic integrity would couple that particular word with Jesus Christ. And I’m sure Muslims would be offended to title a book about Muhammad called “Pedophile”, even though it would be true. Or maybe “Murderer” “Thief” “Slaver” “False Prophet”, or perhaps simply “Psycho”. Wonder what Muhammad would be in the 21st century? Perhaps on a Dateline episode, Chris Hanson luring him to a house for sex with a very underage girl, posing as a 9 year old? Mo gets there, is busted, and, when asked what on earth he’s doing, he says, “The Moon God told me to do it.” Perhaps talk about robbing caravans and beheading all the men? There’s a lot somebody could write about Muhammad and not even cross any lines into ignorance and deception. As a matter of fact, the Satanic verses exist, but the Muslims seem to have a gas attack for anybody to talk about why Muhammad had to admit, “The devil made me do it.” I mean, I can understand. I’d not want parts of the Koran or Muhammad’s life be known if I were a Muslim, either!

    Tell you what, why don’t we talk about Muhammad’s alleged night journey to the mosque in Jerusalem that didn’t even exist, for a chat with Moses, what Muhammad’s cousin had to say about this event that brought about the Al-Aqsa Mosque?

    “Muhammad conjured up one of the most preposterous lies ever uttered in the name of religion. Can Muslims be really sure of the validity of the requirement of the daily five prayers by Allah now that it turned out to be a lie concocted by Muhammad? But the problem does not stop here. The vital question that Muslims must answer is this, “How did this lie of Muhammad regarding the Night Journey get into the Qur’an?” Since Surah 17:1 presents the Night Journey as a factual event within a historical time frame, Allah misled not only the early Muslims, but every single Muslim throughout the ages in thinking that this was a truthful event. Muhammad’s fictitious journey to the non-existent mosque in Jerusalem proves that neither he nor Allah nor the Qur’an are to be trusted. The historical truth that no mosque or temple existed in Jerusalem at the time of the Night Journey strongly substantiates the fact that Muhammad lied. And Muhammad’s lie was laid bare not by an enemy but by his own cousin who truly cared for his reputation. She testified that he spent the night in her house and not in Jerusalem or heaven. To save him from making a fool out of himself, she pleaded, “O Muhammad, don’t tell the people about this for they will know you are lying.” ”

    So, I’d tell this author that, if Jesus Christ can’t save you, your pickings are pretty slim to find another Savior, especially in that antichrist religion you delude yourself with.

    1 John 2:22 Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son.

    1 John 4:3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.

    2 John 1:7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist.

  12. yet another sign of His imminent second coming ~
    Luke 21:28

  13. Erlene says:

    Excellent post, Heather. Couldn’t have said it better myself. In fact, not as well as you did.
    Blessings of Shalom,

    • Heather says:

      Christianity is constantly being slapped anymore, Islam catered to, and it seems that, even in the Christian community, you seldom hear anybody calling a spade a spade: Islam is an antichrist religion, by definition, and Mohammed would be an egregious criminal, were he on the earth today. Truth be told, they would as soon murder all Christians and Jews, even just Westerners. I certainly don’t need some Muslim even commenting on Jesus Christ, as how could somebody spiritually dead, buying into the devil’s fraud, have much of anything useful to say in matters of truth, involving the Holy Spirit?

      Thank you, Erlene, and the Lord keep you!

  14. republican troll says:

    CHECK THIS OUT AMERICA

    (CNN) — A juror in the George Zimmerman trial says she feels the man who killed Trayvon Martin “got away with murder.”

    “George Zimmerman got away with murder, but you can’t get away from God. And at the end of the day, he’s going to have a lot of questions and answers he has to deal with,” Juror B29 told ABC, according to an article posted on the network’s website Thursday. “(But) the law couldn’t prove it.”

    The juror, who used only her first name of Maddy out of concerns for her safety, told ABC that she and others on the panel felt Zimmerman was guilty, but that wasn’t enough.

  15. republican troll says:

    Hmmmmm

  16. Ross Lloyd says:

    Bottom line is Jesus is as good as you can get, while Mohammed was as evil as you can possibly get. All credible historical accounts bear both descriptions out. No room for dispute there….

  17. teresa says:

    I watched part of this and had to turn. Yesterday on the left blogs Ms Green was slammed badly w comments like she is not educated in World Religion. Right, that’s why she is the Religion Rep for FOX. This man did nothing but tout himself, talk about an ego, right up there w the President! His Father is a Minister, his wife is a Christian which goes against Bible. Unless they married as Christians, and then he became a Muslim. I don’t understand how one can go from being a Christian to a Muslim. And then his wife is ok w that? I don’t get it do you?

  18. Laura says:

    Oh my god, this and all these comments are more ridiculous and wrong than the Fox News interview. The author is a highly educated historian and knows more about history and religion and the history of Jesus than anyone posting here. Your faith cannot change the past. He has to explain his credentials over and over because no one wants to believe that he knows what he’s taking about. You are all fixated on the fact that his is a Muslim. That doesnt mean the historical facts are wrong. Did anyone here read the book? You can say it’s fiction but then you should also say the bible is fiction too.

  19. SamFox says:

    Laura, tell Spooky Dude we say hi. And that he, like you, needs to repent & believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.

    All your ‘author’ is, is a liar. He knows it…

    My faith is based on the past. The past life of Yeshua Messiah. And His present life. You see dear deluded lady, if Messiah was not Who He said He was, then we would not be having this conversation.

    Think for a moment–what part of “There was NO mosque in Israel at the time” don’t you understand?

    Your man has to explain his so called creds because he DOESN’T know what he’s talking about.

    Let’s see if you can grasp the following:

    The message we call the Gospel of Jesus Christ was 1st spread by Orthodox Israelites [we now call all from Israel Jews]. They were in a place to KNOW if Yeshua were dead rather than resurrected. They saw Him die. They saw Him placed in a tomb.

    You want us to believe these Orthodox Jews would willing break the You Shall Not Bear False Witness commandment by spreading a lie about the living Christ if He were really dead? That they would lay their lives, their families & all they owned on the line for what they KNEW was a lie?

    That many of them would willingly DIE for that lie? I kinda doubt it…seems to me that if when the women went to the tomb & found all as it was when Yeshua’s body was placed there, the women would have tried to get the stone rolled away so they could finish the embalming process they had already started, gone back to the rest of the disciples, let them know that the embalming of Jesus’ body was now finished & that would have ended the story.

    If the Bible was fiction I would still be doing sex drugs & rock ‘n roll. I am not.

    WHY???

    I am a witness to the life of Yeshua Messiah because when I prayed for Him to forgive my sin & come into my life that November evening in 1969 HE DID just that. HE put the witness of His presence in me.

    You can go back to Media Matters or where you come from & let them know that YES! Jesus lives!! If He didn’t, like I said, we would NOT be having this discourse.

    Oh. One more for you to ponder: Why didn’t the Jewish leaders produce the body of Jesus to refute the resurrection based Gospel being spread by Yeshua’s followers? It would have been easy to do, especially with Roman assistance & protection…

    Thank you very much.

    SamFox

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