- The Jews said, the man called Jesus, son of Mary that was sentenced to crucifixion was no true Christ, rather he was no more than an imposter. It is important to note that the word ‘Christ’ original came from the Greek translation of a Hebrew rooted word, ‘Messiah’ wherefrom an Arabic word المسيح – Almasihu, is adopted.
- The four Canonical Gospels recognised by today’s Christian Churches (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) say ‘Yes’. Jesus died on the cross as a sacrifice to mankind, so that his blood shall wash their all-time sins.
- However, there was once a non-Cannonical gospel attributed to one of the 12 disciples (الحواريون) of Jesus called Saint Barnabas, that was considered apocryphal by the Churches, and it shares a number of beliefs Islamic faith which include the following: i) Jesus denies that he is the Son of God
ii) Judas is crucified in the place of Jesus
iii) Jesus announces the coming of Muhammad
Thus, Jesus did not die on the cross according to this Gospel of St. Barnabas.
- Many Muslims are very happy with the stand of this Gospel according to St. Barnabas since it perfectly matched the Islamic viewpoint of Jesus’ crucifixion as narrated by the Holy Quran that:
وَقَوْلِهِمْ إِنَّا قَتَلْنَا الْمَسِيحَ عِيسَى ابْنَ مَرْيَمَ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ وَمَا قَتَلُوهُ وَمَا صَلَبُوهُ وَلَٰكِنْ شُبِّهَ لَهُمْ ۚ وَإِنَّ الَّذِينَ اخْتَلَفُوا فِيهِ لَفِي شَكٍّ مِنْهُ ۚ مَا لَهُمْ بِهِ مِنْ عِلْمٍ إِلَّا اتِّبَاعَ الظَّنِّ ۚ وَمَا قَتَلُوهُ يَقِينًا
[That they said (in boast), “We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, [who claimed to be] the Messenger of God, but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them [as if the did], 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] ~ Qur’an: An-Nisa, 157.
- Why am I saying all this? This is because I am aware that you cannot convince a contemporary Christian with the Gospel of Barnabas, just like the way you cannot convince him with the story of Jesus as narrated by the Holy Qur’an. And it’s simple, he/she doesn’t believe in them. Just like Shi’ite Muslims and some other few denominations of the Muslims versus Bukhari and Muslim’s collections. But yet we always like to make a point out of what we in the beginning rejected in as much as it will favour us.
- And as for Judas Iscariot, the guy that betrayed Jesus, the four Cannonical Gospels documented that he committed suicide out of karma. Therefore, which of the two category of Gospels are we to believe? Is وَلَٰكِنْ شُبِّهَ لَهُمْ surely referring to replacing Jesus with Judas as insisted by the Gospel of Barnabas, or was it perhaps talking of a different scenario?
- Here comes the consideration of another biblical verse from the accepted Cannonical Gospels by the contemporary Christian Churches:
~ Matthew, 12:38-40
The above verses were narrating one out of several confrontations of Jews on Jesus, as they always accused him of using Satan’s powers.
- But if we are to use the above narration against the main Christianity’s doctrine of crucifixion, we can simplify since crucifixion means killing on the cross, Jesus was not crucified, and thus, he was not killed, it just appeared to them as if they killed him, but they surely didn’t.
- According to the Cannonical gospels, they took him to the cross alongside other criminals on Friday, but late, they wanted to brake his bones in order to speed up his death but failed to do so out of confusion, as he appeared dead to them. And they have to take him down for burial that very day since the next day is Sabbath Day (Saturday), as all activities a forbidden on Sabbath Day according to the Jewish tradition. By Monday, very early in the morning, Mary Magdalene (not his mother) came to the tomb where he was buried, but he was out, meanwhile, she saw a man in disguise as a gardener nearby, however, she later did find out that the man was her master, Jesus, she suddenly wanted to embrace him out of joy that he is still alive, but he did stop her, telling her that his wounds are still fresh and painful. AND THIS SHALL SURELY GIVES A CLUE TO YOU THAT JESUS IS STILL IN HIS FIRST LIFE AFTER A SERIES OF TORTURE. HAD IT BEEN HE HAD JUST RESURRECTED INTO A SECOND LIFE, HE SHALL SURELY FEEL NO PAIN FROM HIS FIRST LIFE’S INJURIES.
- And if we are to also build an argument on this, we shall surely make the following conclusions:
i) That, Jesus was inside a grave (tomb) which he must have referred to the heart of the earth just as Prophet Jonah (Yunus) was in the belly of a whale ( literally the giant fish).
ii) That, Jonah was there for three days and three nights, while Jesus was buried very late of Friday, but when checked by his follower on Monday, very early in the morning, he was not inside. So the period spent by both of them was not the same, and was not what Jesus was emphasising as the sign of Jonah. So, what was Jesus referring to as that sign?
iii) Prophet Jonah was through his adventure inside the fish alive, and must be Jesus, in as much as the prophecy is meant to be fulfilled.
See you next time.