Jesus plays a distinct role in each of the Abrahamic faiths. This time of year, when Christians celebrate Christ’s nativity, his significance in faith traditions across the world is particularly potent.
Rabbi Jason Miller, Imam Shamsi Ali and Fr. James Martin joined HuffPost Live host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani to discuss what Jesus means to them.
“As a Muslim I do believe that Jesus Christ is one of the mighty prophets of God,” Ali said. “In the Quran, he reminded the Muslims that ‘Worship God and obey me’ means that if you want to worship God then follow me in worshiping the almighty one, the almighty God.”
Ali noted that the one place where Christians and Muslims disagree is over the divinity of Jesus, as Muslims believe Jesus to be among five mighty prophets from God.
In Judaism, Miller noted, devotees typically do not “believe in” Jesus as the messiah but rather see him as historical figure who offered certain wise teachings that resonate for Jews. Miller added that Jews do feel utmost respect for “our Christian brothers and sisters” to whom Jesus’ divinity is a central teaching.
Martin offered final words from the Catholic/Christian tradition: “Catholics believe all things that all Christians believe which is that Jesus is fully human, fully divine… For me, Jesus Christ is the center of my life.”