Approaches for Researching the Message of Jesus (عَلَيْهِ السَّلاَمُ)

What are the approaches in looking into the message of Jesus (عَلَيْهِ السَّلاَمُ)?

Looking at the question in hand- 'The Message of Jesus Christ', we can see that the question is divided into two basic parts. 'The Message' and the person 'Jesus Christ'. Jesus represents a common link between Islam and Christianity. And it is based on this link that we would research, look into the message of this person.

Looking into the 'Message'; we have two possible approaches, we have the approach based on revealed material: 'Revelation'- the divine books of God and we have the historical approach. Gathering the historical evidences established- the fact concerning the matter. In reality, there is very little historical evidence available to tell us about who Jesus was and from that to determine what his message was in fact. What we have to depend on in reality is the 'Revealed books'. Those held by Christianity and those held by Islam. But for us to analyze the information contained in these divine books of revelation, it is essential for us; first to determine the validity of these documents. If we look from the Bible- The Old or the New testament as being a source of the divine revealed material, we have to analyze this source to determine; is this in fact divinely revealed? Is it the work of men? Or is it a combination of both? Similarly, we will have to look at the other source, valuable revealed information and that is of that of the Qur'an.

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