9. Was Christ Like Adam?
Let me come to the conclusion of my inquiry. My search began with my astonishment about Christ having the audacity to change the Sharia of God. His saying, “But I say unto you, ...” had puzzled me and I tried to find out how and why Christ had the authority to say this.
First I consulted the standard way in which my Muslim teachers taught me to answer this question. I started with Sura Al 'Imran 3:59, which says that Christ was like Adam in that both were creatures of God. I first noted that in spite of this verse, Christ and Adam were nevertheless very different from each other: Adam was created from earth, but Christ not, and Christ was born of a woman, but Adam was not. In addition Christ and Adam were also the opposite of each other in view of their creation: The woman was taken out of Adam, but Christ was taken out of a woman, and Christ was first Spirit then body, while Adam was first body and then Spirit. This showed me that Christ could not be totally like Adam, as my Muslim teachers had implied in their arguments.
These findings were deepened, when I studied what God said to Adam and to Christ and what the angels said about Adam and Christ. Here the differences began to become very deep and mutually excluding.
Finally I broadened my inquiry and looked at still further Koran verses about Christ and Adam. The result was that the difference between Christ and Adam kept increasing to the point of becoming totally irreconcilable:
So on the background of these findings, was Christ like Adam? My answer is YES and NO.
YES, Christ was like Adam, because Christ became a human being through the agency of God, like Adam.
But also NO, Christ was not like Adam, rather he was and is like God, because
From these findings in the Koran I concluded that what my Muslim teachers taught me was wrong. Christ was not totally equal to Adam in nature, but he was more than that. He had both a human nature and a divine nature. This became for me the deepest reason, why Christ had the authority to change the Sharia of God without sinning. For in everything he did, he lived in complete harmony with and obedience to God.
My personal conclusion was that I opened my heart to Christ and started to believe in him. And of course this meant that I opened up to the message of the Gospel, which Christ brought. I read the Gospel carefully and there I found deep and satisfying answers to many puzzling questions, which the Koran had left unanswered for me, like the following ones:
My life has fundamentally changed. I no longer hate my enemies, but Christ has given me the power to love my enemies. I am no longer lost and in fear of the Day of Judgment, but through faith in Christ I have assurance that I have eternal life from God and with God. I invite you to follow my example and open up to Christ and his message in the Gospel. We are ready to send you other short booklets in which you can discover that Christ was not only like Adam, but also like God and what this means for your salvation and life here on earth and in the hereafter.
Christ said: “Come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; then you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30) You can read this passage in Arabic in the following beautiful calligraphy: