Liberals used to doubt that Pontius Pilate even existed, then this archeological discovery took place. Ooops! Liberal scholars have been shown time and time again that they are wrong about their skepticism of the Bible and it’s truthfulness and reliability.
Paul Williams wrote an article “Thoughts on the crucifixion” (no longer there)
Williams quotes another Muslim writer, Rasheed Gadir, who quotes the Qur’an Surah 4:154-159, verse 157 being the one verse in the Qur’an that denies the crucifixion of Christ.
“Based on the verses above, God made it appear to those present at the scene, that Jesus was being crucified. It is no wonder then, everyone thought what they were witnessing was the crucifixion of Jesus.
But the Quran also confirms that God saved Jesus. This is one further reason for Muslims to revere Jesus. He had a high standing before God, that Almighty did NOT allow his enemies to kill him.”
. . .
All this leads me to think that, people believed the Messiah was crucified, but they were unable to find his blessed body.
This secret was only revealed in the Quran centuries later: God has saved his prophet Jesus from his enemies. He did not allow the plotters to prevail against Jesus, who is one of five “Willful” major prophet. “ . . .
. . . In other areas where Islam and Christianity differ, I believe that the true teachings of Jesus were altered, and I have explained this position in other posts on this blog.
The crucifixion is different. There was simply no way for Christians and Jews to know that their Messiah was saved, not until God sent his last prophet, Muhammad (pbuh) with the Quran, to tell the true story of what really happened on that day, and how God saved his prophet Jesus, in what was the last miracle bestowed on Jesus before his second coming.”
The problem is, you have to explain Qur’an Surah 3:54-55 and 61:14 also – the context says only the unbelievers were deceived and the true believers became the uppermost, the victorious, the dominant ones, the obvious and manifest ones”.
Allah is the best of deceivers” (Qur’an 3:54, 8:30; 10:21)
وَمَكَرُوا وَمَكَرَ اللَّهُ ۖ وَاللَّهُ خَيْرُ الْمَاكِرِينَ
Qur’an Surah 3:54 – “And (the unbelievers) schemed/deceived and tricked, and Allah too schemed and tricked, and the best of schemers/tricksters/deceivers is Allah.” (my expansion of the word and explanation) See all ten English translations. At the quranbrower below. English translations of “plotting”, “planning” don’t do justice to the full significance of this Arabic word. A few come close, but none of them bring out the full significance of the Arabic word, مکر (deception, trickery, guile, cunning) http://www.quranbrowser.com/
Especially since the context of Surah 3:54-55 is the crucifixion of Christ – it is portrayed as a deception by Allah, along with Surah 4:157-158, that Allah tricked the Jews into thinking that they had crucified Jesus. That means also that all the true followers of Jesus, (ie, the Christians), and pagan Romans also were deceived. Everyone was deceived for 6 centuries, until Muhammad came, is what you are saying. Yet that contradicts Surah 3:54-55 and 61:14 – because it indicates that the Islamic followers of Jesus (who you believe are the real followers/disciples), were not deceived and became the dominant, victorious, uppermost, manifested ones – and that they will be until the day of resurrection. There is zero evidence for the Muslim view that the original disciples were “proto-Muslims”. No, they taught and did exactly what the 27 books of the NT says they did and taught. Peter, John, Matthew, James, later Paul, all their views are in the NT and were not like what Islam tries to say about them.
Yet, the Qur’an claims that the followers of Al Masih (Jesus the Messiah) became the “uppermost” , “superior”, “above” – Qur’an 3:55 and “victorious ones”; “most manifest ones” “the obvious ones” ; “dominant ones”(61:14)
The Qur’an says the disciples of Jesus were full of integrity, helpers of Allah, and believers in Allah, and that Allah would never trick the believers, hence there is a big contradiction in the Qur’an and Islamic theology on this point. (see Surah 5:111; 61:14. ) Muslims read their theology back into the previous Scriptures; and claim that whatever contradicts the Qur’an is later development or redaction or corruption.
“uppermost”, “victorious”, “dominant ones”, “manifest ones” – 6 centuries of belief in the crucifixion, resurrection, Deity of Christ, Son-ship of Christ, the Trinity, etc. – oops, that doesn’t work! The true believers became the “uppermost” – victorious. The Muslim view contradicts the first 6-7 centuries of Christian history. (and beyond) That also means that this deception dominated history for 6 more centuries until Islam came later and “set the record straight” with “40 lonely Arabic words” (James White) in one verse. Right.
The historical evidence is massive against the Qur’an’s one verse, Surah 4:157. About 1/3 of all the gospels is related to the last week of Jesus’ life, His triumphal Entry into Jerusalem on a donkey, Olivet Discourse, Last Supper, Upper Room Discourse, Trials, suffering, death, burial, and resurrection. There is also Tacitus, Josephus, Suetonius, Pliny, the early church fathers, etc. Archeology on Pilate, the empty tomb, the appearances, etc.
The real Jesus predicted both before they happened. Jesus predicted his death and crucifixion and resurrection 3 times before it happened. Mark 8:31; Mark 9:31; Mark 10:32-34 – which was to atone for the sins of the world – people from all nations. (John 1:29; I John 2:2; Hebrews 2:17-18; Revelation 5:9)
Jesus spoke of His substitutionary ransom sacrifice – Mark 10:45; Matthew 20:28
Jesus combined the issues of His suffering and death on the cross and resurrection with repentance and forgiveness of sins – Luke 24:46-49
The Qur’an in 4:157 (and Surah 3:54-55) is soundly refuted by history and the Bible. We have the eyewitness/ and “ear-witness” testimonies of all four gospels – Mark wrote the action oriented events based on Peter’s sermons, and Peter was an eyewitness; Matthew was an eyewitness, John was an eyewitness, and Luke interviewed the other eyewitnesses – the other disciples and especially Mary, who was an eyewitness. Luke was also the traveling companion of the apostle Paul, whom the Lord chose to write a great portion of the New Testament. Thomas was an eyewitness and felt Jesus wounds on His body – John 20:24-28. John says the same thing in 1 John 1:1-4. Jesus told the other disciples to touch Him and see that “a phantom/spirit does not have flesh and bone as you see that I have” (Luke 24:39)