A “Saturday Night Live” spoof featuring the risen Jesus Christ going on a bloodthirsty, gun-packing vengeance mission is now being blasted by some American Muslims, who call it insulting to both Christians and Muslims worldwide.
“Such misrepresentation of what Jesus, peace be upon him, stands for is extremely offensive to Muslims and to all those who believe in his message,” said Nihad Awad, executive director of CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
“While we understand the use of shocking imagery and bizarre juxtapositions to provoke a humorous response, we believe such a distasteful portrayal of a religious figure revered by billions of Muslims and Christians worldwide crosses the comedic line."
Awad noted many people are unaware that Muslims revere and love Jesus as one of God’s greatest messengers, and that every time Muslims mention Jesus’ name, they add “peace be upon him.”
Well, they don't call NBC the "National Blaphemy Channel" for no reason, do they?
But who would’ve predicted that CAIR would speak out against Hollywood’s blaspheming of Christ, decrying it as “extremely offensive”?
I’m guessing SNL is somewhat relieved that “extremely offending” Muslims by lampooning a risen Christ isn’t quite as, shall we say—frowned upon—as cartooning a very dead Muhammad. (Hence, SNL is “being blasted” with words and not explosives.)
CAIR’s reaction to SNL is somewhat unexpected because, as Awad points out, “many people are unaware that Muslims revere and love Jesus.”
The fact of the matter is, many, many Muslims “revere and love Jesus” to the extent that they imprison, torture, and murder His followers. (Thankfully, the majority doesn’t “revere and love Jesus” to this degree, but a great many do.) So, understandably, this whole “loving Jesus and hating Christians” thing can get a little confusing.
That being said, the Qur’an (which I’ve read from cover to cover) does indeed have a high view of Jesus as a prophet of God. The problem is, however, the Qur’an’s high view of Jesus isn’t nearly high enough. The Qur’an vehemently denies that Jesus Christ is God the Son incarnate; that He is the Savior and Lord of all men.
Muslims affirm that Jesus was a prophet of God but they deny that He was and is the Son of God. And thus they deny the One and only living and true God. Do not be deceived: Christians and Muslims are not worshippers of the same God. Of this the scriptures are abundantly clear.
Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also (1 John 2:22-23).
Muslims forthrightly deny the Son and therefore they deny the Father. Simply put, one cannot come to the Father unless one goes through the Son (John 14:6).
Thus, the Muslim view of Jesus, though it is high, is much, much too low.
Even so, it’s not Islamic antichrists who spew moral filth and vile blasphemy out of Hollywood, is it? No. Hollywood’s purveyors of perversion, these celebrated, Christ denying defilers and destroyers of culture are not Muslim; but they are indeed, in every sense of the word, antichrists.
And make no mistake: These antichrists are hell-bent on eroding the foundations of a once great people.