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Was Jesus Poisoned?
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born into a very troubled stage of the
the twelve he appointed: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter James son of Zebedee and
his brother John (to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means Sons of Thunder Andrew,
Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the
Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. (Mark 3:16-19)
Iscariot is a corruption of Sicarii. The
disciples John and James are described as sons of thunder, which means they
were Zealots, yet the Gospels are clear that Judas and Simon were undoubtedly
were opposed to Roman rule and sought to eliminate/destroy it by violent means; the
portions of the Zealots who engaged in violence were called the Sicarii. Their activities
included raids on Jewish settlements and eliminating Jewish collaborators, as well as
inciting the Jews to fight
Testament was written much later but its narrative is set during those times. Some have
speculated that the name of Jesus ' disciple Yehuda Ish-Kerayot (Judas Iscariot)
means that he was a sicarius, "daggerman" - "Judas the Zealot".
Gospels portray Jesus as a spiritual teacher, the Romans eventually considered him a
threat, and the Pharisees also wanted to kill Jesus for their own reasons. Jesus was sent
to restore the Jewish Law (Matt. 5:17-20), and crucifixion was never his purpose (Matt.
9:13, 12:7, John 17:4). Yet the Romans suspected Jesus of political motives when he drove
out the money changers at the
had a strong force near at hand, since it was the time of the annual festival and the
feast of the Passover was approaching. The Romans who at that time of year were always
ready for minor disturbances, were even more alert than usual. In addition, there were the
temple police who guarded the sacred place. The entrance made by Jesus was so well-planned
that the Roman soldiers were taken completely by surprise, and Jesus took over the control
of the temple. (Muhammad Ataur-Raheem, Jesus Prophet of Islam, 1992 edition, p.
expected the Messiah to destroy the Roman government; they considered Jesus a false
prophet because he failed to liberate
his immediate followers were Pharisees. Jesus had no intention of founding a new religion.
He regarded himself as the Messiah in the normal Jewish sense of the term, i.e. a human
leader who would restore the Jewish monarchy, drive out the Roman invaders, set up an
independent Jewish state, and inaugurate an era of peace, justice and prosperity
(known as 'the kingdom of God,) for the whole world. Jesus believed himself to be the
figure prophesied in the Hebrew Bible who would do all these things. He was not a
militarist and did not build up an army to fight the Romans, since he believed that God
would perform a great miracle to break the power of
Pharisees expected the Messiah to restore the Davidic kingdom. Yet we must be grateful to
Islam for destroying the Roman occupation after so many failed attempts by Jewish leaders
(Judas of Galilee, Bar Kochba). The Prophet Muhammad foretold the conquest of
the trial of Jesus, the Pilate refused to crucify Jesus at first, he said I find no
fault in this man (John 19:4) but eventually the Pilate sentenced Jesus and washed
his hands (Matt. 27:24), signifying the innocence of
condemned by the Pharisees for blasphemy, claiming to be Gods son, and working on
the Sabbath. The Jews also insisted that Jesus claimed to be a political King, which is an
acceptable charge, since the Romans abolished the Jewish monarchy.
Jesus was a
man who was born into Jewish society in
presumption is, therefore, that Jesus the Galilean who died on the cross did so for the
same reason as the others: because he was a threat to the Roman occupation. The Gospels
indeed tell us that this was the charge made against him. The actual charge, according to
Luke was as follows, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and, forbidding to
give tribute to Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ a King (Luke 23:2). On his
cross, the charge for which he was executed was affixed, according to Roman usage: it was
that he claimed to be King of the Jews, a capital offence at a time when the
Romans had abolished the Jewish monarchy. To pervert the nation meant to
disturb them from their allegiance to
Gospels indicate that Jesus was secretly poisoned; the passage speaks for itself. The
Romans poisoned Jesus to avoid leaving his body over the Sabbath, which began at evening
(John 19:31). According to the Torah, a man shall not remain all night upon the
tree; they must bury him that same day.
tradition reports Jesus as having died for the sis of the world shortly prior to Friday
sunset, leading to the celebration of Good Friday. This also explains why the
Jews were under pressure to expedite the death of the three crucified before sunset, for
the Friday sunset ushered in the Jewish Sabbath (according to Hebraic lunar calendar, the
day ends at sunset. Hence, Friday sunset heralds the beginning of Saturday, the Jewish
Sabbath). The problem facing the Jews was that a crucified man can live for days on the
Most crucifixes were constructed with small seats, enough to partially bear the
weight of the body in order to prolong the torture. (Dr. Lawrence B. Brown, The First
and Final Commandment, p. 209)
the Jews followed Pharisee leaders who claimed to be Messiah, they were Judas of Galilee
(6 CE), Theudas (46 CE), and Bar Kochba (132-135 CE), so the Romans did not want to take
any chances, they suspected Jesus and thereby poisoned him. There was no need to break his
legs because they saw he was already dead by ingesting the poison (John 19:32-33). It took
several days to die by crucifixion; the Romans knew Jesus would survive the cross if they
did not poison him.
was a slow death. It usually lasted several days. Death followed from
exhaustion, inability to respire property as a result of being in an
upright position or attacks by wild animals.
In the year A.D. 297, by the order of Emperor Maximian, seven
Christians at Samosata were subjected to various tortures and then crucified. According to
Hipparchus [one of them], a venerable old man, died on the
cross in a short time. James, Romanus, and Lollianus, expired the next day being stabbed
by the soldiers while they hung on their crosses. Philotheus, Habibus and Paragrus, were
taken down from their crosses while they were still alive. The emperor being informed
that they were alive, commanded large nails to be driven into heads--by which they were at
agree that no man could die within three hours, the Jews were probably ignorant of this
fact, but the Romans were experts at crucifixion, they knew Jesus was alive, so they
poisoned him. The Pilate knew Jesus was
harmless, yet he did not know about the poisoning that caused his death.
a healthy man who traveled throughout
through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news
of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. (Matthew 9:35)
Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of
Jesus was not poisoned, its impossible for him to die in three hours, the Gospels
are clear that Jesus was very healthy.
Crucifixion was a slow death. It usually lasted several days. Death followed from exhaustion, inability to respire properly
as a result of being in an upright position or attacks by wild animals. Why did Jesus, who was a fit and healthy man
used to walking the countryside for long distances, die so quickly in only a matter of a few hours? (online Source)
Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit on the cross, yet the poison killed him instantly, the Holy Spirit departed from his body immediately after the vinegar was consumed:
Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a
spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. When Jesus therefore
had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the
ghost. (John 19:29-30)
only two alternatives to explain Jesus death, either he was crucified as a false
prophet (Deu. 13:5), or he was saved by God and never crucified (Ps. 20:6). We have
evidence to support the latter, God promised to save the Messiah from death (Ps. 20:6), He
will never forsake the Messiah (Ps. 37:28), Christians will argue to the contrary that
Jesus poisoning does not discredit his prophethood, and that he died for their
sins, the Jews conspired to kill Jesus to prove he was false. But why do Christians
discriminate Muhammad for eating poison when Jesus was also poisoned? In fact, the Bible
confirms Jesus died instantly from the poison whereas Muhammad died four years
later! The poison had such a grave effect on Jesus that he cried out:
Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. And the veil
of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom. (Mark 15:36-38)
didnt Jesus refuse the vinegar? Why didnt he spit out the poison? He obviously
did not know it was poisoned, so therefore he was not All-knowing. Yet the Prophet
Muhammad tasted the poison and immediately SPAT it out.
teaches that false prophets should be put to death (Deuteronomy 13:5, 18:19), so does this
mean Jesus and Muhammad were poisoned false prophets? Absolutely not, even true Prophets
were murdered (Matt. 23:27, Rom. 11:3). So if Jesus and Muhammad died from ingesting
poison, they are still true Prophets!
a Pharisee belonging to the Shammiate sect, and the Pharisees loyal to Jesus considered
his death as martyrdom. Muslim scholars assert that Prophet Muhammads death was
It has been
assumed by most scholars that Pauls interpretation of the verse in Deuteronomy (i.e.
that anyone hanged on a gibbet is under a curse) was part of contemporary Pharisee
exegesis of that verse, and that consequently Paul took his basis for argument from the
Pharisee stock, though he developed it in his own way. This, however, is an error. The
idea that anyone hanged on a gibbet is under a curse was entirely alien to Pharisee
thought, and the Pharisee teachers did not interpret the verse in Deuteronomy in this way.
Many highly respected members of the Pharisee movement were crucified by the Romans, just
like Jesus, and, far from being regarded as under a curse because of the manner of their
death, they were regarded as martyrs. The idea that an innocent man would incur
a curse from God just because he had been unfortunate enough to die an agonizing death on
the cross was never part of Pharisee thinking, and only a deep contempt for the Judaism of
the Pharisees has led so many scholars to assume that it was. The Pharisees never thought
that God was either stupid or unjust, and he would have to be both to put a curse on an
innocent victim. (Hyam Maccoby, The Mythmaker: Paul and the Invention of Christianity,
hadith sherif, which our mother Aisha as-Siddiqa (radi-Allahu anha) related, says I
suffer the pain of the poisonous meat I ate at Khaibar. Because of that poison my aorta
almost fails to function now. This hadith sheriff shows that, in addition to
prophethood, Allahu talala has given the status of martyrdom to Muhammad the
Highest of Mankind (alaihi salam). (Waqf Ikhlas, The Sunni Path,
The fact that Allah protected the Prophet Muhammad (peace be
upon him) from dying from the poison right away and had him live long enough in order to
finish his duty of spreading the message of Islam and then Allah had the Prophet die from
the poison four years later so that the Prophet could die as a martyr, which is the most honorable death that a person in Islam could
have proves that he was a Prophet. (1)
was crucified and poisoned, the Pharisees considered him a martyr, the Jews considered him
a false prophet, and the Romans considered him a political threat. Yet Islam absolves
Jesus from the charge of crucifixion; the Holy Quran says what actually happened
Jesus was not crucified at all. (4:157)
The Stimulating Effects of Vinegar:
to the Gospels, Jesus was given a sponge full of vinegar. The ancient civilizations
believed that vinegar had stimulating effects on the body, the senses were aroused and the
Gospels show that Jesus immediately died after drinking the vinegar:
Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a
spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. When Jesus
therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head,
and gave up the ghost. (John 19:29-30)
proves Jesus was poisoned, the vinegar is supposed to have stimulating effects, yet it
killed Jesus instantly!
Crucifixion was a slow death. It usually lasted several days. Death followed from exhaustion, inability to respire property as
a result of being in an upright position or attacks by wild animals. Why did Jesus, who was a fit and healthy man used to
walking the countryside for long distances, die so quickly in only a matter of a few hours?  Within the canonical texts certain clues may be found that shows that the biblical crucifixion was a less then transparent affair. In the Fourth Gospel Jesus, hanging
on the cross, says that he thirsts and is given a sponge allegedly soaked in vinegar. Tradition has it that this act was an act of derision, but in actuality vinegar - or soured wine
was a temporary stimulant with effects similar to smelling salts. It was often used to resuscitate exhausted galley slaves. For an exhausted man, a sniff or taste of vinegar
would induce a restorative, rejuvenating effect. Surprisingly, in Jesus' case the effect is exactly the opposite. As soon as he tastes or inhales the sponge he expires.
Corey Gilkes, The Crucifixion Demystified, [online Source]
We must contend that Jesus was poisoned, and this does not disqualify his prophethood. Yet Muslims do not believe Jesus was crucified, so Christians are responsible for solving this dilemma. The only explanation is that Jesus was not crucified, (Al-Quran 4:157), therefore he was not poisoned.
The discovery of Gnostic texts at Nag Hammadi,
I did not succumb to them as they had planned. But I was not afflicted at all. Those who were there punished me. And I did not die in reality but in appearance, lest I be put to shame by them because these are my kinsfolk. I removed the shame from me and I did not become fainthearted in the face of what happened to me at their hands. I was about to succumb to fear, and I suffered according to their sight and thought, in order that they may never find any word to speak about them. For my death, which they think happened, (happened) to them in their error and blindness, since they nailed their man unto their death. For their Ennoias did not see me, for they were deaf and blind. But in doing these things, they condemn themselves. Yes, they saw me; they punished me. It was another, their father, who drank the gall and the vinegar; it was not I. They struck me with the reed; it was another, Simon, who bore the cross on his shoulder. It was another upon Whom they placed the crown of thorns. But I was rejoicing in the height over all the wealth of the archons and the offspring of their error, of their empty glory. And I was laughing at their ignorance. The Treatise of the Great Seth [online Source]
Prophet Muhammad's (peace be upon him) section.
Contradictions and Errors in the Bible.
Articles by Abdullah Smith.
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