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20. For Readers of the Qur'an

6) Christ Knows the Thoughts of Men

In the Qur'an we read a strange story, according to which Christ was able to see through the walls and could declare to people their secrets. In Sura Al 'Imran, Christ testifies: "… I will inform you of what things you eat, and what you treasure up in your houses. Surely in that is a sign for you, if you are believers …" (Sura Al 'Imran 3:49)

ا ... وَأُنَبِّئُكُمْ بِمَا تَأْكُلُونَ وَمَا تَدَّخِرُونَ فِي بُيُوتِكُمْ إِنَّ فِي ذَلِكَ لآيَةً لَكُمْ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ مُؤْمِنِينَ ... (سُورَة آل عِمْرَان ٣ : ٤٩)

Muhammad noticed increasing tensions between the Muslim refugees (about one hundred), who had come with him from Mecca to Medina, on one hand, and the other inhabitants of Medina (Polytheists, Muslims and wealthy Jews) on the other hand. He recognized that the immigrants from Mecca were hungry and in need, for they had no income, while the earlier inhabitants of Medina secretly ate plentiful meals in their houses. Muhammad knew that some of the old inhabitants were rich and that they hid their treasures in secure cases, not sharing them with their needy brothers. Muhammad became angry and scolded them revealing that when 'Isa shall come back again from heaven he will "inform you of what things you eat secretly, and what you treasure up in your houses".

The Qur'an confesses by this verse, that Christ can look right through walls. He possesses penetrating eyes which can reveal the secrets of man, more than X-rays can show. The Son of Mary knows all your sins and evil works, and none can hide himself from his penetrating sight.

The Gospel confirms this fascinating capability of Christ:

John 2:23-25 -- 23 Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name, beholding His signs which He was doing. 24 But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them, for He knew all men, 25 and because He did not need anyone to bear witness concerning man for He Himself knew what was in man.

The Son of Mary was a real man and the real Spirit of God. Nothing was a secret to him, and none could deceive him, as reported in the Gospel:

Mark 2:1-12 -- 1 When He had come back to Capernaum several days afterward, it was heard that He was at home. 2 And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room, even near the door; and He was speaking the word to them. 3 And they came, bringing to Him a paralytic, carried by four men. 4 And being unable to get to Him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above Him; and when they had dug an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic was lying. 5 And Jesus seeing their faith said to the paralytic, "My son, your sins are forgiven." 6 But there were some of the scribes sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, 7 "Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming; who can forgive sins but God alone?" 8 And immediately Jesus, aware in His spirit that they were reasoning that way within themselves, said to them, "Why are you reasoning about these things in your hearts? 9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven'; or to say, 'Arise, and take up your pallet and walk'? 10 But in order that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins" – He said to the paralytic – 11 "I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home." 12 And he rose and immediately took up the pallet and went out in the sight of all; so that they were all amazed and were glorifying God, saying, "We have never seen anything like this."

Jesus recognized the faith of the men who carried the paralytic and the faith of the lame man too. Their trust moved his heart that he decided to heal the poor one. However, Christ recognized the special sin in this man as the reason for his illness. The spirit of God in the Son of Mary first forgave him his sins, so that he could be healed afterwards. Christ comforted the paralytic with his great word: "My son, your sins are forgiven you!"

The scholars and theologians were upset and furious when they heard that Christ claimed to be entitled to forgive sin. But Christ could read the thoughts of the criticizing scholars around him and revealed to them the grudge of their hearts and confirmed his authority for forgiveness of sins by this miraculous healing of the paralytic.

The Son of Mary called himself "The Son of Man" in accordance with the prophecy of Daniel 7:13-14. This famous prophecy reveals that the Almighty gave to the Son of Man, dominion, glory and kingdom. The kingdom of his love and the meekness of his humility are everlasting. His kingdom is "spiritual" – without taxes, weapons, wars or plunder. Whoever allows Christ to forgive him all his sins and to change his character into His gentleness and purity, will be allowed to enter this spiritual kingdom.

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