Islam denies established historical fact – the crucifixion of Jesus Christ

HT:  David Wood at Answering Muslims.

Interesting that William Lane Craig quotes the late Robert Funk, one of the co-founders of the Jesus Seminar.  Robert Funk had a lot of anger at Christians who really believed the Bible, and got really angry at Dr. James White over the phone years ago in an informal radio debate, and hung up on him.  

Robert Funk, the skeptic liberal scholar said, that Jesus’ crucifixion is “the one undeniable fact of Jesus”.

What is really interesting is that Robert Funk, John Dominic Crossan, Marcus Borg, Bart Ehrman, John Shelby Spong, and most all liberal scholars who reject the miracles of the Bible, do believe that Jesus of Nazareth was crucified in history, under the instigation of the chief priests and leaders of Israel and Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea. There are a very few individuals who are Biblical scholars that deny Jesus ever existed, maybe Robert Price is one of the few in that category.

See Dr. White’s debate with Dr. Robert Price here.

See Dr. White’s debate with John Dominic Crossan here;

and with John Shelby Spong here;

and with Bart Ehrman here.  

Yet Islam believes in the miracles of Jesus and His birth from the virgin Mary, yet deny the real established history of the crucifixion of Jesus.  Amazing.  That denial is only in one verse in the Qur’an.  (Surah 4:157)

Below is a longer video of David Wood fleshing out what this denial of the crucifixion really means.   According to Islam, it means that Allah deceived all the Christians and started the whole Christian religion which lead to the whole Roman Empire being converted to Christianity.  The Qur’an confesses that the followers of Jesus became the uppermost, the most dominant and manifestly numerous.  (Surah 3:54-55; 61:14) Allah is called “the very best deceiver” several times in the Qur’an.  “Allah is the very best deceiver” – (Qur’an 3:54; 8:30; see also 10:22)
الله خیرالمکارین

This word for deceiver, (Makara, from “makr” = deception) is not translated correctly by most English translations of the Qur’an. It is usually translated as “plotting” or “planning”, but it clearly means “deception”, “scheming”, “trickery”, “guile”.

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I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am a sinner who has been saved by the grace of God alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), through faith alone (Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:28; 4:1-16), in Christ alone (John 14:6). But a true faith does not stay alone, it should result in change, fruit, good works, and deeper levels of repentance and hatred of my own sins of selfishness and pride. I am not better than you! I still make mistakes and sin, but the Lord is working on me, conforming me to His character. (Romans 8:28-29; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18) When I do sin, I hate the sin as it is an affront to God, and seek His forgiveness in repentance. (Mark 1:15; 2 Corinthians 7:7-10; Colossians 3:5-16 ) Praise God for His love for sinners (Romans 5:8), shown by the voluntary coming of Christ and His freely laying down His life for us (John 10:18), becoming flesh/human (John 1:1-5; 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8), dying for sins of people from all nations, tribes, and cultures (Revelation 5:9), on the cross, in history, rising from the dead (Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 28, Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24; John 20-21; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). His resurrection from the dead proved that Jesus is the Messiah, the eternal Son of God, the word of God from eternity past; and that He was all the gospels say He was and that He is truth and the life and the way to salvation. (John 14:6)
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1 Response to Islam denies established historical fact – the crucifixion of Jesus Christ

  1. θ says:

    The stance of Islam on Jesus’ crucifixion is commented by one Christian apologist John of Damascus in 7th century, by stating that Qur’an teaches a Decotist type of crucifixion.
    Such a Decotist crucifixion is the effect-less crucifixion. Crucifixion does happen, but not on Jesus, what is crucified is just a shadow (resemblance) of Jesus, hence that crucifixion has no atoning effect whatsoever.

    Interestingly, the effect-less crucifixion is de facto a core belief by Paul, James, and disciples. Action is louder than words.
    The book of Acts recorded a surprising jaw-dropping action that makes Jesus’ crucifixion in vain:
    Acts.21:24 says: “…purify thyself with them…that thou thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest the Law.”
    Acts 21:26 says: “…until that an offering should be offered for every one of them.”

    Gal 5:4
    Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the Law; ye are fallen from grace.
    Gal 2:21
    I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the Law, then Christ is dead in vain.

    7th century Christian John of Damascus witnesses what the early Moslems believe in the substitution of Christ, by saying on Q.4, v.157, “That they seized his shadow and crucified this.” The narration of crucifixion of Jesus’ likeness is certainly in accordance to the lost Christian sources, the Gospel of Peter and the Apocalypse of Peter.
    And he says that the Jews wanted to crucify Him in violation of the law, and that they seized His shadow and crucified this. But the Christ Himself was not crucified, he says, nor did He die, for God out of His love for Him took Him to Himself into heaven. [104]

    On relation to Islamic rejection of the “Chalcedonian” Christ, John of Damascus also understands that Q.5, v.116 talks about his sonship (related to his mother) and divinity (related to his person).

    Unlike today’s Christian apologists, John of Damascus doesn’t accuse Qur’an of having misunderstood the “membership” of the Trinity, especially on inserting a deification of Mary, but rather John commented the content of Q.5, v.116 over two statuses of Jesus as the Son of God and the God.
    And he says this, that when the Christ had ascended into heaven God asked Him: ‘O Jesus, didst thou say: “I am the Son of God and God”?’ And Jesus, he says, answered: ‘Be merciful to me, Lord. Thou knowest that I did not say this and that I did not scorn to be thy servant. But sinful men have written that I made this statement, and they have lied about me and have fallen into error.’ And God answered and said to Him: ‘I know that thou didst not say this word.” [105]

    As we know, the Chalcedonian Decree is a creed that officially elevated Mary as the Mother of God or Theotokos: “born of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, according to the Manhood.” Mostly the Reformed churches rejected a part of Theotokos of the creed, by deeming it not scriptural but a catholic thing.

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