CHAPTER 8 : WHAT IS LEFT
It can hardly be expected in a small publication of this nature that one can deal with all the references about Jesus(pbuh) interspersed through- out the fifteen different chapters of the Holy Quran. What we can do is to give a quick glance to the index page reproduced from the Quran on page 7 of this book.
Here we find three significant topics, not dealt with yet in our discussion:
- not crucified, iv. 157
- Message and miracles, v. 113;xix. 30-33;
- Prophesied Ahmed 1xi.6
Regarding the first topic, "not crucified", I wrote a full booklet titled "CRUCIFIXION OR CRUCIFICTION ?" that deals exclusively with that subject As regards the third topic mentioned above, prophesied Ahmed", you can refer to my booklet titled "WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT MUHUMMED" We are now left with Topic No.2 - "Message and miracles". The message of Jesus (pbuh) was as simple and straight forward as that of all his predecessors as well as that of his successor Muhummed(pbuh) namely "BELIEVE IN GOD AND KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS". For the God who inspired His Messengers, is an unvarying God and He is consistent: He is not the "author of confusion" (1 Corinthian 14:33).
You will agree, that if you or I were that Jew, we would infer from these words that, according to Jesus (pbuh), salvation was guaranteed provided we kept the commandments without the shedding of any innocent blood. Unless, of course Jesus (pbuh) was speaking with tongue in cheek; knowing full well that his own "forthcoming redemptive sacrifice", his "vicarious atonement"(?!) for the sins of mankind, was not many days hence.
Why would Jesus give him the "impossible" solution of keeping the law (as the Christian alleges) when an easier way was in the offing? or did he not know what was going to happen - that he was to be crucified? Was there not a contract between Father and "son", before the worlds began, for his redeeming blood to be shed(?!) Had he lost his memory? No! There was no such fairytale agreement as far as Jesus was concerned. He knew that there is only one way to God, and that is, as Jesus (pbuh) said, - KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS!
MIRACLES - WHAT THEY PROVE
Regarding his miracles:the Holy Quran does not go into any detail about blind Bartimus or about Lazarus or any other miracle, except that he (Jesus) defended his mother as an infant in his mother's arms (Ch. 4). The Muslim has no hesitation about accepting the most wondrous of his miracles - even that of reviving the dead. But that does not make Jesus a "God" or the begotten "son of God" as understood by the Christian. Miracles do not prove even prophethood, or whether a man is true or false. Jesus himself said:
If false prophets and false Christ can peform miraculous feats, then these wonders or miracles do not prove even the genuineness or otherwise, of a prophet.
John the Baptist, according to Jesus, was the greatest of the Israelite prophets. Greater than Moses, David, Solomon, Isaiah and all, not excluding himself: in his own words:-
- Not excluding Jesus (pbuh):because, was he not born of a woman- Mary?
- The Baptist, greater than ALL, yet he performed not a single miracle!
Miracles are no standards of judging truth and falsehood. But in his childishness, the Christian insists that Jesus is God because he gave life back to the dead. Will reviving the dead make others God too? This perplexes him, because he has mentally blocked himself from the miracles of others who outshine Jesus in his own Bible. For example, according to his false standard:-
- Moses is greater than Jesus because he put life back into a dead stick and transmuted it from the plant kingdom to the animal kingdom by making it into a serpent (Exodus 7:10)
- Elisha is greater than Jesus because the rotten bones of Elisha brought a man back to life merely by coming into contact with the corpse (2 Kings 13:21).
Need I illustrate to you a catalogue of miracles? But the sickness persists - "it was God working miracles through His prophets but Jesus performed them of his own power." Where did Jesus (pbuh) get all his power from? Ask Jesus, and he will tell us:-
POWER NOT HIS OWN
....All power is GIVEN unto me in heaven and in earth. (Matthew 28:18)
....I cast our devils BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. (Matthew 12:28)
I can of mine OWN SELF do nothing....(John 5:30)
...I with the FINGER OF GOD cast our devils....(Luke 11:20)
The "Power" as he says is not his. "it is given unto me". Given by whom? By God, of course! Every action, every word he attributes to God.
But since so much is made of Jesus nightiest miracle of reviving Lazarus from the dead, we will analyse the episode as recorded in John's Gospel. It is astonishing that none of the other Gospel writers mention Lazarus in any context. However, the story is that Lazarus was very sick, his sisters Mary and Martha had made frantic calls for Jesus to come and cure his sickness but he arrived too late, actually four days after his demise.
Mary wails to Jesus that had he arrived in time, perhaps her brother would not have died; meaning that if he could heal other peoples' sickness, why would he not have healed her brother, a dear friend of his. Jesus says that "even now if ye have faith, ye shall see the glory of God." The condition was that they should have faith. Didn't he say that faith could move mountains? He asks to be taken to the tomb. On the way, "he groaned in the spirit". He was not mumbling; he was pouring out his heart and praying to God. But while he sobbed so bitterly his words were not audible enough for people around him to understand. Hence the words "he groaned". On reaching the grave, Jesus "groaned" again; perhaps, even more earnestly and God heard his groaning (his prayer), and Jesus received the assurance that God will fulfil his request. Now, Jesus could rest assured and command that the stone which was barring the tomb, be removed so that Lazarus could come back from the dead. Without that assurance from God, Jesus (pbuh) would have made a fool of himself.
Mary thinks of the stink because her brother had been dead for four days But Jesus was confident and the stone was removed. Then he looked up towards heaven and said:
What is all this, play-acting? Why all the drama? Because he knows that these superstitious and credulous people will misunderstand the source of the miracle. They might take him for "God". Giving life to the dead is the prerogative of God alone. To make doubly sure, that his people do not misunderstand, he speaks out loudly that the "groaning" was actually his crying to God Almighty for help. The prayer was incoherent as far as the bystanders could discern, but the Father in heaven had accepted his prayer, viz. "thou hast heard me".
Furthermore, he says, - "thou hearest me always"; in other words every miracle wrought by him was an answer by God Almighty to his prayer. The Jews of his day understood the position well, and they "glorified God", as Matthew tells us of another occasion when the Jews exclaimed "for giving such power unto men" (Matt. 9:8).
In fact, Jesus gives his reason for speaking loudly. He says, "that they may believe that thou has sent me." One who is sent is a messenger, and if he be sent by God, then he is a Messenger of God i.e. Rasul-ullah - see Chapter 6 of this booklet where Jesus is referred to as "Rasul-ullah" (Messenger of Allah).
Alas, this attempt by Jesus to prevent any misunderstanding, as to who really performed the miracle, and that he was in fact only a messenger of God, failed. Christians will not even accept the unambiguous disavowal of Jesus, nor the testimony of Peter, the "Rock" upon which Jesus was supposed to build his Church. Peter truly testified:
CASE NOT HOPELESS
This very same message is repeated by God Almighty in the Holy Quran, following the annunciation. In verse 49 of chapter 3, Allah makes it clear that every sign or wonder that Jesus performed was. "BY ALLAH'S LEAVE," by God's permission. Jesus says so, Peter says so and God says so; but the stubborn controversialist will not listen: prejudice, superstition and credulity die hard. Our duty is simply to deliver the Message, loud and clear, the rest we leave to God. The case is not altogether hopeless for Allah tells us in His Holy Book:
|Holy Quran 3:10|
*Among them: meaning the Jews and the Christians there are two types of people; the one group described as people of faith to whom this book is addressed, and the other as rebellious transgressors. We must also find ways and means of getting at them. Our literature is eminently suited to cater for all. Read them and pass them around so it may be of use to some who have faith .
As a conclusion I suggest to :
Open the Holy Quran ( I recommend having one if you still don't have it) and read the verses discussed in this book. Then we can truly conclude:
|Holy Quran 19:34-36|