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Is Quran the Word of God? Part 3
From the last two weeks we were looking on the topic whether Quran is Word of God or not. We meditated on the verse where Paul and Peter says that Bible was inspired by God or given by the Spirit of God or Holy Spirit. We also looked that Holy Spirit cannot give unholy command and we studied the example of David's marriage to Bathsheba and Mohammed's marriage to Zainab. Both David and Mohammed married almost in the same way yet David received severe punishment and consequences of his sin but Mohammed's sinful marriage was appreciated by Allah. David's several pleading and repentance to the Lord could only exempt him from being punished and still he had to face the consequence. But the opposite was of Mohammed's case.
Today we are going to see what Quran says about the crucifixion of Christ.
Quran says in Surah 4:157-158, That they said (in boast), "We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah., but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not. Nay, Allah raised him up unto Himself; and Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise."
Now if Allah's words are correct and Jesus was really not crucified then of course the whole Bible is a fake book or man-made doctrine and not given by God himself. The above statement of Allah nullifies the whole Bible and the messages spoken by all the prophets including Jesus who claimed His sufferings, death and resurrection.
Someone has explained that Jesus is mentioned in every book of Bible. Here are a few of that explanation:
In the book of Genesis, Jesus is The Seed of the Woman
We read in Gen 3:15 about the curse which came on the serpent, "And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel."
Genesis chapter 3 tells us the distortion of the creation whom God created. When Adam and Eve sinned against God, God promised to give a solution for this problem. The above verse says that the seed of the woman will crush the head of the evil one. Jesus came by virgin Mary and suffered and died on the cruel cross for the redemption of our souls. By doing this He crushed the head of devil. By doing this Jesus gave a great defeat to devil by overcoming death. But Allah says in Quran that it never happened.
In the book of Exodus, Jesus is The Passover Lamb
God who spoke through Moses gave the Law of Passover. God commanded Moses to bring a sacrificial lamb and to eat it. God redeemed Israel by the blood of the lamb which was applied on the door posts. The same God not only redeemed Israel from the mighty hands of his enemy but also brought them to the promised land. The same God who sent His Son to die for us is a liar according to the Quran and according to Allah. Because Quran says that Jesus never died on the cross.
In the book of Leviticus, Jesus is The High Priest
What was the duty of High Priest? Bible tells us that once a year High priest entered in the holies of holy with the blood of lamb or goat and pleaded for the sins of the people. Jesus did the same thing on the cruel cross by shedding His own blood on the cross. Bible says in Heb 2:17-18, "Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted."
Bible also says in Lev 17:11, "For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul."
But according to the Quran it never happened.
God said in Zec 12:10 "And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.
The above verse is very clear that God Himself came to die for us and gave His life for us. He was pierced for our salvation. The wounds which we had to be in our body, He took Himself. But Quran denies all these things.
Jesus the Messiah
In the New Testament we read about Jesus' birth, sufferings, death and resurrection. Jesus Himself told the purpose of His coming in this world. Jesus spoke about His sufferings in Mat 17:12 "But I say to you that Elijah has come already, and they did not know him but did to him whatever they wished. Likewise the Son of Man is also about to suffer at their hands."
Jesus spoke about His suffering, death and resurrection in Luke 24:46, "Then He said to them, "Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day."
Jesus declared His death in John 2:19-22, "Jesus answered and said to them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." Then the Jews said, "It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?" But He was speaking of the temple of His body. Therefore, when He had risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this to them; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had said."
So if Jesus did not die on the cross then all Old Testament and New Testament books are having no meaning and those millions of people who believed in the Son of God generation after generation are doomed in their own sin without having any hope for the future.
But not only the Bible tells us that these events happened as spoken by Jesus but History is witness of these events. The Writings of Flavius Josephus the Historian and other documents prove that Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection took place and Bible account is accurate.
So it is not possible that Quran was really given by the Spirit of God or Holy Spirit? God cannot contradict Himself nor His word. God cannot speak lies. All these things prove that Allah is not the all knowing god and it was a deliberate attempt to shake the whole foundation of Bible, that is, salvation of mankind, forgiveness of sin, redemption of soul through shed blood of Christ and Eternal life.
Today you can choose either to live in sin and die in your sins without having hope for eternal life or get forgiveness of your sins and enter into eternal life. Choice is yours.