Jesus: Prophet or God? ( Opening Statements - 1 of 3 )

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Is Jesus Christ God or just a prophet? Did He ever claim to be God? What do the ancient texts tell us? The controversy about the personality of Jesus Christ is the major difference between Islam and Christianity. This difference keeps the followers of the two religions apart. Muslims look at Jesus Christ as a great Prophet of God and love and respect him as much as they love and respect Abraham, Moses and Muhammad. Christians on the other hand consider Jesus as God or son of God, a concept that Muslims cannot accept. Representing the Muslim perspective was Dr. Jamal Badawi: Dr. Badawi is a professor of Management at Saint Mary University in Halifax. He has authored several books and articles on Islam and designed and participated in the production of nearly 350 half-hour segments of a TV series on Islam. He has lectured extensively in North America and abroad, and is an excellent speaker on a variety of topics including Islam & Christianity. Dr. Badawi is also a member of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) Fiqh Council. Representing the Christian side was Jon Rittenhouse: a speaker for Campus Crusade for Christ, He has been on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ for 25 years working with college students. He has spoken on over 100 universities across the United States and in five foreign countries. John has a passion for training students to be more effective in evangelism and to be prepared to defend their faith using apologetics. His topics include: Is One True Religion Really Possible?, Is Truth Just A Matter of Opinion?, Does it Really Matter What We Believe?, Is Tolerance really Tolerant?, Is it Arrogant to say that Jesus is the Only Way?, The Occult: Doorway to the Supernatural or Dangerous Dabblings?, Spiritual Experience and Life after Death, Is Christianity really Credible? The Topic of Debate: Jesus: Prophet or God? Dr. Jamal Badawi vs. Jon Rittenhouse (California State Polytechnic University,California, USA Feb 28th, 2008)