A Muslim group in Australia has started a public awareness campaign with four bus ads. One of them says: “Jesus: a prophet of Islam”.
It would seem that statement was offensive to one Catholic bishop who said Jesus was more than a prophet; he was the son of god and the lord and savior of humanity. Bishop Julian Porteous said religions should not “set out to antagonize those with differing beliefs.”
The open-minded and welcoming Bishop would do well to consider his own statements, attitudes, and the actions of his church. Calling Jesus the “son of God”, even going so far as to say Jesus IS God was and remains offensive to many Jews. The Temple priests of two millennia ago were horrified that a Jew would defy the commandments of the Torah and declare himself a Messiah, let alone God himself! Does Bishop Porteous seemed concerned with these offensive acts? It seems not. But Christians are entitled to their belief and Jews don’t persecute them. Similarly, Muslims are entitled to consider Jesus a prophet of God and that should not entail the condemnation or offense of Bishop Porteous or other Christians. We must agree to disagree…or go to war and yet again kill millions of human beings in the name of our respective peaceful, all-loving Gods.