How the Quran Crucified Itself

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The death and resurrection of Christ was not only a fulfillment of several Old Testament prophecies but also predicted by Christ Himself (Psa. 22: 7-18, Is. 53, Mt. 16:21, Lk. 9:22).

This is not just a matter of belief, but also that of history. Secular historians living at the time of Christ all recorded the fact that Jesus died on the cross.

Cornelius Tacitus (AD 55-120), a heathen historian, wrote about Christ “from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators” (Annals 15:44).

Jewish historian, Josephus Flavius wrote that:

“And when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him [Jesus] to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him; And the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day” (Antiquities 18:63).

Tertullian (b. 150 AD), an early church father, in his work Apology, gave a full report of the trial, death and resurrection of Christ quoting from the official law report of Governor Pontius Pilate (Chapter 21:34-26).

An anti-Christian work such as the Jewish Talmud also admits:

“Jesus was crucified one day before the Passover. We warned him for 40 days that he would be killed … Whoever wished to do so was asked to defend him, and when none did, He was crucified on the eve of the Passover” (Amsterdam, 1943, p. 42)

Lucien (c. 100 AD), a Greek anti-Christian philosopher wrote that Christians “still worship the man who was crucified in Palestine because he introduced this new cult into the world” (Lucian of Samosata: The Passing of Peregrinus, Translated by H.A. Harmon, p. 11).

Now let’s go to the Quran:

And for their saying ‘We did slay the Messiah, Jesus, the Son of Mary the Messenger of ALLAH;’ whereas they slew him not nor did they bring about his death upon the cross, but he was made to appear to them like one crucified, and those who differ therein are certainly in a state of doubt about it; they have no certain knowledge thereof, but only pursue conjecture; and they did not arrive at a certainty concerning it” (Sura 4:157)

1. Every historian laughs at this verse. Who was the eye-witness to all these? To dismiss an historical event attested to by even non-Christians with the vision of one man 6 centuries after it occurred is intellectual lunacy.

No reputable court of law in any civilized country would take the 23-year heavily abrogated, contradictory recitations of a confused man as a valid witness.

2. The statement attributed to the Jews in that verse: “We did slay the MESSIAH, Jesus, the Son of Mary...” is an impossible one.

The Jews who killed Jesus didn’t believe He was the Messiah. If they knew He was their long-awaited Messiah, they would never have killed Him. That statement is a forgery.

3. The ambiguity of this verse has led to several conflicting interpretations in Islam.

Some Muslims say Jesus only fainted at the cross and later woke up in the sepulchre. Others say he was taken up before He could be killed.

So Allah allowed Jesus to get ridiculed and tortured before pulling him to the sky? Why not rescue him earlier?

Other Muslims claim “another man” who looked like Jesus was crucified in His stead. Who is this “another man?” The Quran didn’t say and Muslims are not sure.

Tabari says it was a man named Sergius.

Baidawi says it was a Jew named Titanus.

Ath-tha-labi says it was a Jew named Fal Tayanus.

Wahb-ibn Munabbah says it was a Jewish rabbi named Ashyu.

Some say it was Judas Iscariot.

So as it turns out, Sura 4:157 has led to more conjectures within the fold of Islam than any Jew or Christian could have ever invented.

4. That verse reflects poorly on the character of Allah. The statement “but so was made to them” means that Allah is a deceiver or trickster.

If Sura 4:157 is true, it implies that for 6 centuries, Allah deceived many godly people – including the disciples of Christ – to believe the lie that Jesus was crucified until Islam came.

So Allah was pleased that thousands went to hell believing the very lie he invented. Such a detestable attribute does not befit the God of the Bible. It fits the gods of Greek mythologies who enjoy playing cheap tricks.

5. A place in the Quran suggests that all the apostles before Muhammad died, without giving an exception:

Muhammad is no more than an Apostle; many were the Apostles that passed away before him” (Sura 3:144)

The Jesus of the Quran also said:

And the peace of God was on me on the day that I was born; and it shall be on me on the day that I would die and the day I would be raised up to life.” (Sura 19:33).

Note: Yusuf Ali’s version added the word “again” in brackets to make it look like Jesus is yet to die. But Muhammad claimed to be Jesus’ successor. Do you succeed a living person?

Allah allegedly says to Jesus:

O Jesus! I will take thee [inni mutwafeeka]. And raise thee to Myself and clear thee of those who disbelieve and am setting those who follow thee above those who disbelieve until the Day of Resurrection…” (Sura 3:55).

In another place Jesus is also quoted saying to Allah:

“…And I was a witness over then whilst I dwelt amongst them when thou didst take me up [tawaffaytan]. Thou wast the Watcher over them…” (Sura 5:117)

The terms “I will take thee” and “take me up” are Arabic terms used for one who is taken at death.

Now, how can Suras 3 and 5 teach one thing – that Christ died – but Sura 4 categorically denies this? Does this make sense?

Such an inexcusable contradiction and incoherence shouldn’t come from even a normal human being. Yet we are told this is a book from God.

6. Out of all those suras shown above implying Christ’s death, only sura 19 is a Meccan or early sura. The others (3, 4 and 5) were Medinan or later suras. This makes the Quran more illogical.

What could have made Muhammad switch over from fact to fiction within a limited timeline? There are two possibilities.

It seems Muhammad adopted the heresy that Christ escaped the cross from some heretical/Gnostic sects in Arabia who denied the crucifixion.

Since he was borrowing Bible stories from other religious people, he might have also adopted their errors and recite them at some point. After his death, both truth and hearsay were collected and bound together by his followers as a single book.

Or, it’s possible that Muhammad deliberately denied the death and resurrection of Christ because these would prove that Jesus Christ has power over death and is the Saviour of the world.

Remember that Muhammad frequently distorted Bible events so as to parallel his own experiences. He possibly made up a “Jesus” to fit his level.

The fact that the Quran has no valid explanation for what really happened at the cross proves that Sura 4:157 is a big lie.

Muhammad was under the influence of a lying spirit that has kept millions of Muslims today from the only means by which they can obtain forgiveness and eternal salvation – the crucifixion of Christ. This is how the Quran crucified itself.

Was Jesus sent only to the Jews?

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Muslim leaders love brainwashing their followers to believe that Jesus was sent only to the Jews, hence the Bible is also for the children of Israel. On the other hand, Islam is said to be for the whole world.

A Muslim apologist named Zakir Naik once said to the tune of his audience’s applause:

“The Quran is not meant only for Muslims. The Quran is meant for the whole of humanity, and it is meant to be for eternity.”

Their first “proof text” is Matthew 10:5-6

These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles … But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

Of course, this command was given to the disciples because Jesus is the fulfilment of the promises God had made to Abraham many centuries earlier:

“All the nations will be blessed through you,” and that “the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Jesus Christ” (Gal. 3:8, 14).

God’s plan of salvation started from the Jews and from them extended to the Gentiles. This is why the gospel is defined as “the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes; first for the Jew, then for the Gentile” (Rom. 1:16).

During the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ, His preaching work was majorly among the children of Israel as their Messiah. It was limited within that time frame. But God had already established that Jesus would be given as “a light for the Gentiles, that [He] may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth (Isaiah 49:6).

Simeon, led by the Holy Spirit, declared that Christ is God’s salvation “prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel” (Lk. 2:31-32).

Jesus Himself declared: “I am the light of the world” – not of the Jews alone (John 8:12). John the Baptist publicly testified of Jesus saying “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29).

Another “proof text” Muslims use is Matthew 15:24 “But he [Jesus] answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

They pull this single verse out of a whole chapter and build their sand castles on it.

This passage was about a Canaanite woman whose daughter was demon-possessed and she sought Jesus for her deliverance (verses 22-28). Jesus answered that since she was not an Israelite she couldn’t receive this blessing.

The plan of God’s blessing – including deliverance – at this time, was limited to the Jews for reasons already stated (Matt. 10:8). It was a temporary arrangement, however.

Muslim leaders avoid quoting the passage up to verse 25 where the woman worshipped Jesus, recognizing Him as Lord, and the final verse where she received her request because of her unwavering faith in Christ (vs. 28).

We know such facts would take the wind out of the sail of the islamic dawah ship. After His resurrection, Jesus directly commanded His disciples:

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations … and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19)

“Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation” (Mark 16:15)

“And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem” (Luke 24:47).

On the other hand, is Islam and its Quran for all mankind as our Muslim friends are led to believe? What does the Quran say?

Sura 6:92 “And this is a Book which We have sent down, bringing blessings, and confirming (the revelations) which came before it: that thou mayest warn the mother of cities and all around her.”

Sura 42:7 “Thus have We sent by inspiration to thee an Arabic Qur’an that thou mayest warn the Mother of Cities and all around her.”

The Mother of cities (Umul Qura) being referred to here is Mecca. The Quran was given in Arabic because it’s specifically for Arabs alone. Allah also says his book is for those who haven’t received a guidance yet.

Sura 32:3 “Nay, it is the Truth from thy Lord, that thou mayest admonish a people to whom no warner has come before thee: in order that they may receive guidance.”

Sura 36:6 “In order that thou mayest admonish a people, whose fathers had received no admonition, and who therefore remain heedless (of the Signs of Allah).”

The Jews, Christians and the Zoroastrians had their own messengers and guidance (scriptures), so Allah was making it clear that his Quran was specifically for the Arabs of Mecca and its surroundings who had no guidance but relied on tribal or folk religions.

That’s why becoming a Muslim necessitates becoming a 7th century Arabian clone. You have to pray in Arabic, sing in Arabic, dress in Arabic, mimic Arabian traditions, blindly support Arabian politics, and even travel to an Arabian country in order to receive “blessings” from an Arabian deity!

To be  a non-Arab is to be out of the chosen race, Muslims even tell us only the Arabs can have a grasp of their Quran! Therefore, Islam and its Muhammad is not for Nigerians, Ghanaians, Kenyans, Indians or Americans. This poses a disaster to Islamic missionaries.

To evade this nightmare, Muslims quote Suras 14:52, 2:185, 39:185 and 21:107 to “prove” Muhammad was sent to all mankind. But If these are true, then Suras 6:92, 42:7, 32:2 and 36:6 are false. They can’t have it both ways.

In fact, the Arabic word “nas” translated as “mankind” in these suras refers to any given number of people in a city, town or country, not to the whole of humanity.

The same Arabic word is used in Sura 7:116 where it speaks of people being bewitched by Pharaoh’s magicians but we all know his magicians didn’t bewitched all of mankind.

Islam is an Arabian religion founded by an Arab and best suited for Arabs.

The Golden Lie of Purgatory

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The Vatican II Council (Austin Flannery, Vol. 2, 394) states:

The doctrine of purgatory clearly demonstrates that even when the guilt of sin has been taken away, punishment for it or the consequences of it may remain to be expiated or cleansed … [I]n purgatory the souls of those who died in the charity of God and truly repentant but who had not made satisfaction with adequate penance for their sins and omissions are cleansed after death with punishment designed to purge away their debt.”

Sins must be expiated. This may be done on this earth through the sorrows, miseries and trials of this life and, above all through death. Otherwise the expiation must be made in the next life through fire and torments or purifying punishments…” (Vol. 1, 63).

Purgatory is said to be a place (or a state) where sins which have not been discharged off on earth can be removed through fire and torments until a dead soul is totally purified of his sins and sent to heaven.

What this means is, even though your sins are forgiven through Christ’s death, you must still suffer some punishment for them here in this world or in purgatory before the gates of heaven can open for you after death.

Every Catholic looks forward to spending some unknown length of time in purgatory, but no one – even the pope – can know when his sins will be totally purged. This doctrine is rife with problems:

I – Sin cannot be cleansed from the soul by any kind of suffering. Suffering may only temporarily alter a person’s attitude to sin, but once the pain is forgotten, the old tendencies return, because sins come from the heart.

Until the heart is cleansed – by what? suffering? No! By the blood of Christ shed on the cross and renewed by God’s Spirit through faith in Christ, it will persist in sin.

II – Sins are cleansed by Christ (on earth) and not at a place of fire after death. The Bible declares that Christ “when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Heb. 1:3).

It also says, “the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin” (1Jn. 1:7), in fact, “without the shedding of blood is no remission [of sin]” (Heb. 9:22).

But purgatory is said to be not a place of blood shedding but a place of “purifying fire” Can fire remove sin? The only possible purging of our sins was accomplished by Christ and it is effected on the heart by grace when received by faith.

III – The Vatican II quoted above speaks of “adequate penance.” What is adequate penance? No one knows and Rome has never defined it.

This is why many Catholics crawl on their knees at Marian shrines, whip themselves, wear hair shirts to ‘atone’ for their sins and by-pass purgatory through suffering. This reflects a rejection of Christ’s perfect substitutionary sacrifice on our behalf.

God made Jesus “to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2Cor. 5:21). “For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy” (Heb. 10:14).

Since we have been perfected forever by Christ’s sacrifice, there is no “work” or suffering of ours that can cleanse our sins. The perfect work of Christ at the cross puts out the mythical flames of purgatory.

IV – Romans 6:23 says “The wages of sin is death [i.e eternal separation from God]” not a limited time in purgatory. Since no one can escape from hell, “working off” the penalty of sins is impossible.

We would be lost forever apart from Christ’s sacrifice for our sins. We are finite beings and could never pay the infinite penalty that Christ paid. Being the God-Man, only He could pay the price.

V – Purgatory implies that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross (which “is finished” John 19:30) was insufficient to purge sin, but the Catholic Mass, which allegedly repeats that sacrifice, does the purging.

They claim Christ’s sacrifice is not enough to get us to heaven, but the forgiven sinner must suffer torment to add to Christ’s sacrifice to be purified.

So on one hand you must suffer to expiate your sins and at the same time, you need not suffer if enough Masses are said for you. This is a fatal contradiction. What makes the sacrifice of Christ less effectual than its alleged repetitions by priests?

VI – The Vatican II Council (2:205) also says:

The Church offers the Paschal Sacrifice for the Dead so that … the dead may be helped by prayers and the living may be consoled by hope. Among Masses for the Dead is the Funeral Mass which holds the first place in importance…

Masses are said to help the dead by shortening their time in purgatory. Thus, Catholics have to pay priests to perform Masses on behalf of their dead loved ones.

A funeral Mass is often infused with big money with big shot priests and Catholic dignitaries in attendance. Like an Irish saying goes: “High money, High Mass; Low money, Low Mass; No money, no Mass!”

The Catholic church has never been able to define how much of reduction each Mass would grant a soul or when exactly the souls would leave purgatory, so the money has to keep flowing in to the men in robes for more Masses.

That’s why some Catholics still hold Masses for parents who have died over 30 years ago.

While the Lord said it’s hard for a man who trusts in his riches to enter heaven, Catholicism teaches the opposite, that with money you can buy a lesser burning time in purgatory (Mt. 19:23-24).

Psalm 49:6-7 says for “those who trust in their wealth … No man can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for him.” Now, if money can’t redeem a living man, how can it redeem the dead?

The fruit of this doctrine have paved the way for priestly control and exploitation. Purgatory is not only a lie, but also a very golden lie. It’s literally “the goldmine of the priesthood!”

Purgatory “Proof texts?”

(a) 1 Samuel 31:13 “And they took their bones, and buried them under a tree at Jabesh, and fasted seven days

Where’s purgatory here? It’s absent! The fasting observed was a Jewish custom of mourning the dead for some number of days eschewing food (Genesis 50:3-4, 10, Numbers 20:29).

(b) Luke 12:59 “I can guarantee that you won’t get out until you pay every penny of your fine.”

This is teaching restitution on settling monetary debt with an adversary, yet it has been snagged on to cement a deadly heresy – that one can pay the price for one’s own sin and save oneself from purgatory.

“Following in Christ’s steps, those who believe in him have always… carried their crosses to make expiation for their own sins and the sins of others…[to] help their brothers to obtain salvation…” (Vatican II, 1:65, 68)

The truth is, no man can purge himself from sin because to do so, he would have to be sinless.

Even in the Old Testament, the animals to be offered had to be without blemish. This symbolised Christ, the sinless “Lamb of God” who would takes away the sin of the world” (Jn. 1:29).

Jesus had to be sinless to be able to die for our sins, otherwise He would have been under the penalty of His own sins. Christ “the just [suffered] for [us] the unjust that he might bring us to God”[i.e to heaven, not to purgatory]” (I Pet. 3:18).

You either accept His pardon and be saved or reject it and be damned forever.

(c) Matthew 12:32 “…it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.”

The Greek word translated world is “aion” which means age or a period of time. The term “this world” refers to the period between the first and second advent of Christ (Mt. 24:14, 29-31) while the “world to come”  refers to the millennium following the second coming of Christ. The Bible calls it “the dispensation of the fullness of times” (Eph. 1:10).

It takes a great deal of craftiness to link “the world to come” with purgatory.

(d) 1 Corinthians 3:15 “If his works is burned up, he will suffer the loss. However, he will be saved, though it will be like going through a fire.

The preceding verses show that this is about a believer’s “rewards according to his labour” (v. 8). The quality works are like gold, silver and precious stones and those whose works are inferior are like wood, hay or stubble.

“Every man’s work shall be manifest…and fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is” (v. 13). The passage is about Believers’ works tested by fire, not souls in purgatory.

(e) Colossians 1:24 “Who now rejoice in my suffering for you and fill up what is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body sake which is the church.

Paul was not suffering to purge himself or anyone’s soul from sin neither was he claiming Christ’s sacrifice is insufficient, rather his suffering was for the sake of bringing the gospel to others (“my suffering for you”).

There was no lack in the suffering of Christ rather Christ Himself said that Paul must suffer greatly “for my name sake” (Acts 9:16).

In Philippians 3:10, Paul expressed his passion to know Christ “and the fellowship of his sufferings” which he says brings him into conformation with His death and lifestyle.

Therefore the suffering Paul refers to is for the sake of Christ here on earth – in the hands of sinners – not in a pagan “third state” called purgatory.

(f) 2 Timothy 1:18 “The Lord grant unto him [Onesiphorus] that he might find mercy of the Lord in that day…

There’s not even a hint of purgatory here and there’s no evidence that this man was dead when Paul wrote this.

(g) 2 Maccabees 12:45 “It is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from their sins.

This comes from the spurious apocryphal books which contradicts the Bible: “People die once, and after that they are judged” (Heb. 9:27). It’s too late to pray for the dead. Also, the dead Jews referred to that verse were guilty of idolatry:

“But under the tunic of each of the dead they found amulets sacred to the idols of Jamnia, which the law forbids the Jews to wear” (2 Macc. 12:40 NAB).

According to Catholic doctrine, idolatry is a mortal sin which would land these men in hell, so praying for them would be a sheer waste of time, if not blasphemy.

The book of Maccabees also admits that divine inspiration had ceased at this time. At best, it’s an uninspired story book.

In the absence of Biblical evidence, the Catholic Encyclopedia (11:1034) admits:

In the final analysis, the Catholic doctrine of purgatory is based on Tradition not Sacred Scripture.”