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Chapter 2: Christian Proof Texts

Jeremiah 8:8

By

Issa Ahmad Khalid
(A new convert from Italy)

 

 

CHAPTER 2: CHRISTIAN PROOF TEXTS

 

“How can you say; ‘We are wise, since we have Yahweh’s Law?’. Look how it has been falsified by the lying pen of the Scribes!”   Jeremiah 8:8

 

One can look at this passage and draw two conclusions. Either it is referring to the constant changes the text of the Bible has undergone throughout the centuries, or how one can take a passage from the Bible and build any belief they wish from it. The latter can best be referred to as “Proof Texting”, where one can add their own interpretation to a Biblical passage, thus putting their own “spin” on the message being relayed. Much, if not all, of Christianity falls under this analogy with respect to passages from the Hebrew Scriptures. Even aspects outside Biblical passages have found their way into Christian belief. For example; the “cross” was not utilized as the symbol of Christianity until the 4th Century A.D., prior to which the symbol used by the early Christian Church was that of a “fish”. It seemed that Emperor Constantine “claimed” to have had a vision or dream of a cross in the sky during a battle in 312 A.D. Thereafter, in 326 A.D., Constantine’s mother Helena “conveniently” found a cross to which she “claimed” to be the cross in which Prophet Jesus(as) was placed upon during the “apparent” crucifixion. However, no evidence was brought forth to prove that this cross in particular was in fact the cross to which Prophet Jesus(as) had been placed upon other than the words of Helena herself. Since then, all Christians blindly followed suit and had adopted the cross as the symbol of Christianity. It is most interesting to point out that before then the cross was actually the symbol of the Greco/Roman Sun God (see Appendix 3) and it was merely applied to the Christian beliefs that were slowly being established at that time. This concept of “application” to Christian dogma is no more apparent than in the case of “proof texting” from the Hebrew Scriptures in order to legitimize Christianity’s fallacious beliefs. Thus, in this chapter, I would like to examine the Biblical texts used by Christians in order to prove the validity of their faith. By using both the Bible as well as historical sources, I will attempt to prove, Insha’Allah(God Willing), that these “Proof Texts” have been misquoted, mistranslated, misinterpreted as well as fabricated by Christian leaders and  missionaries, both past and present, whose sole purpose is to lead Christian brothers and sisters further away from the Worship of Almighty God, for Whom all Praise is due. The great majority of these “proof texts” supposedly pertain to Prophet Jesus(as), as the Christian leaders and missionaries would have us believe, however, we will show that this is indeed false contrary to what Christians think which is evident from the following which was written by a notable American Bishop of the catholic Church is a nationally famous magazine who claimed that the test of history to all men, all civilizations and all ages can only be applied to Prophet Jesus(as) because, and I quote;

 

There were no predictions about Buddha, Muhammad, or anyone else except Christ. Others just came and said: ‘Here I am, believe me’. Christ alone steps out of the line and answers: ‘My coming was foretold, even to the smallest detail.’”

 

This, however, is so off the mark that I will use the very Bible of the Christians to disprove all they have come to accept, especially as it pertains to the delusions of this Bishop and others like him. With respect to Prophet Muhammad(saas), I will also prove further in this book, using the same Bible of the Christians, that his advent was in fact foretold (see chapter 4). Please keep in mind that it is not my intention to disrespect Prophet Jesus(as) in any way; as a Muslim I could never do that. However, I would to show my Christian brothers and sisters how far they have been lead astray and how they are now “worshipping the creature instead of the Creator” (Romans 1:25). With respect to the “proof-texting” employed by Christians, I will use the example of the Archer in the forest. The Archer will find an appropriate tree, draw a circle on that tree and then proceed to attempt to shoot an arrow into the very centre of the circle. In the case of Christians and “proof-texting” from the Hebrew Scriptures, we find the exact opposite; the Christian will shoot the arrow first and then draw a circle around it, thus establishing what they perceive as truth. However, this “apparent” truth is built on a weak foundation that cannot stand as it is built on both lies and deception as the following discourse will prove.

 

“How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God(Yahweh/Allah), follow him: but if Baal(Satan), follow him.”  1 Kings 18:21

 

Genesis 3:15;

 

“And I will put enmity between thee (the serpent) and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head and thou shalt bruise his heel.”

 

Humans and snakes have always been natural enemies. Snakes strike at our lower extremities, and we smash their heads to kill them. When did the serpent, which it seems to Christian interpretation is Satan, ever bruise the heel of Prophet Jesus(as)? This verse does not pertain to Jesus(as) in any way. This is, rather, a lesson being relayed to us by Almighty God that one should avoid sin and crush it once it rears its ugly head, much as we would do with snakes. This passage is also used by the Catholic Church to establish the doctrine of “Mother of God” to Mary(ra), the mother of Prophet Jesus(as). This is a fallacious attempt to establish a dogma that finds no support in The Holy Bible.

 

2 Samuel 7:14 & Hebrews 1:5;

 

In the book of Hebrews 1:5, the New Testament quotes a verse from 2 Samuel 7:14;

 

“I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to Me.”

 

This is said by Christian clergy to be a prophetic reference to Prophet Jesus(as) as the son of God. However, if we look at this verse from 2nd Samuel in its entirety, the verse doesn’t end with the phrase quoted in the New Testament, but continues;

 

“When he commits iniquity, I will correct him with the rod of men.”

 

This can in no way possibly fit the Christian Bible’s view of a “sinless” Jesus(as). This verse is speaking specifically about King Solomon(as), as can be proven by 1 Chronicles 22:9-10;

“His name shall be Solomon…he shall build a house for My Name and I will be a father to him and he will be a son to Me.”

 

The Bible frequently refers to individuals as God’s son (see Genesis 2&4, Exodus 4:22, Deuteronomy 32:6, Psalms 2:7, 82:6, 89:26-27, Jeremiah 31:9, Hosea 1:10, Matthew 5:9, Luke 3:38, John 1:12, 20:17 and 2 Corinthians 6:18 just to name but a few). Incidentally, in the Semitic languages (Arabic, Aramaic, Hebrew), the term “Son of God” is synonymous with the term “Righteous Man” as I have covered in chapter 1 of this book.

 

 

Psalms 2:7;

 

“I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, ‘Thou are my son; this day have I begotten thee’”.

 

Prophet David(as) is saying that the Lord said this to “him”….to his own person,King David”. It is not a prophecy of some future event, but rather, a statement. This is not about Prophet Jesus(as). It is a statement made about Prophet David(as), many centuries before Prophet Jesus(as) was even born.

 

Psalms 22:16(17);

 

“For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.”

 

In this passage,  we have a mistranslation of the Hebrew text. The Christian Bible has the following, “they pierced my hands and my feet”, however, when correctly translated from the Hebrew text, it will read, “they surrounded my hands and feet like a lion”, referring to Prophet David(as) being pursued by his enemies, who are often referred to as a lion (see Psalms 7 and 17). The Hebrew word “ka’ari” in the passage clearly means “lion”, as is evident from its use in Isaiah 38:13. With this passage being mistranslated, it intentionally conjures up thoughts of Prophet Jesus(as) and the events of the cross.

 

Psalms 49:15;

 

“But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for He shall receive me.”

 

David(as) here is saying that regardless of what earthly riches one has obtained and acquired, they are meaningless and worthless when you die as everything in this world will turn to dust. Basically, what Prophet David(as) is saying is, “You can’t take it with you”.  All you can take of value with you into death is love and fear of God. David(as) is further saying that God will redeem his soul from the power of the grave, as He will for all His righteous servants; that God will receive him after he dies. All this is said with no mention of Prophet Jesus(as).

 

Psalms 68:18;

 

“Thou has ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou has received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the Lord God might dwell among them.”

 

Prophet David(as) is saying here that Almighty God in Heaven has freed Israel from this captivity of her enemies and has now made the enemies captive, allowing Israel to take their treasures in God’s Name. This passage also states that the Children of Israel will dwell together with their former captors. There is nothing about Prophet Jesus(as) in this verse. David(as) is celebrating a military victory over his adversaries.

 

Isaiah 7:14 & Matthew 1:22-23;

 

“Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophets, saying, ‘Behold a virgin shall be with child and will bear a son and they shall call his name Emmanuel’, which translated means God with us.”

 

Christian missionaries claim that Jesus(as) is the fulfillment of this prophecy, however, there are numerous inaccuracies in the Christian translation. First off, I would like to point out that at no time was Jesus(as) ever referred to as Emmanuel (see Luke 1:31) and secondly, the Hebrew text of Isaiah 7:14 actually reads as follows;

 

“Behold, the ‘young woman’ is with child and will bear a son and ‘she’ will call his name Emmanuel.”

 

The Hebrew word “almah” means “a young woman”, not a “virgin”, a fact recognized by most Biblical scholars. The proper Hebrew word for “virgin” is “bethulah”. Missionaries argue their point by claiming that in an ancient translation of the Bible called the “Septuagint”, 70 great Rabbis translated the word “almah” in Isaiah 7:14 as “parthenos” and that this Greek word means “a virgin”. This claim is false for several reasons:

 

1.      The 70 Rabbis did not translate the book of Isaiah, they only translated the “Pentateuch”, the first 5 books of the Bible known as the “Torah” or the books of Moses. In fact, the introduction to the English edition of the “Septuagint” states the following concerning the translation;

 

“The Pentateuch is considered to be the part the best executed, while the book of Isaiah appears to be the very worst.”

 

2.      In Genesis 34:2-3, the word “parthenos” is used in reference to a non-virgin, a young woman who had been raped.

 

3.      The entire “Septuagint” version that Christian missionaries quote from is not the original, but from a later, corrupted version.

 

The verse also says “ha-almah”, Hebrew for the young woman”, not “a” young woman, specifying a particular woman that was known to Prophet Isaiah(as) during his lifetime. Further, it says “she” will call him Emmanuel, not “they” will call him.

 

This chapter speaks of a prophecy made to King Ahaz to calm his fears of the impending  invasion of two kings, those of Damascus and of Samaria, who were preparing to invade Jerusalem about 600 years before the birth of Prophet Jesus(as). Isaiah’s(as) point is that these events will take place in the very near future and not 600 years later, as Christians claim.

Verse 16 of this same chapter makes this abundantly clear;

 

“For before the boy will know enough to refuse evil and choose good, the land whose two kings you dread will be forsaken.”

 

In fact, in the very next chapter of Isaiah, this prophecy is fulfilled with the birth of a son to Prophet Isaiah(as). As it says in Isaiah 8:4;

 

“For before the child shall know to cry, ‘My father and my mother’, the riches of Damascus and the spoils of Samaria shall be taken away before the king of Assyria.”

 

This verse entirely rules out any connection to Prophet Jesus(as), who would not be born for another 600 years. Incidentally, this “mistranslation” of Isaiah 7:14 by Mathew 1:22-23 also rules out the so-called “virgin birth” of Prophet Jesus(as), as I will explain further on in this discourse.

 

Isaiah 9:5(6);

 

“For a child has been born unto us, a son has been given to us, and the government has been placed upon his shoulders, and his name shall be called ‘wonderful counselor, mighty God, everlasting father, prince of peace’.”

 

This passage, from the Christian Bible, implies that the child will be called “Mighty God and “Everlasting Father and that this child will appear divine, however, this translation is wrong. In the Hebrew text, after “upon his shoulders”, the rest of the verse should read as follows; “and the wonderful counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting father (ie..God) has called his name ‘prince of peace’”. In this correct translation, Mighty God” and “Everlasting Father” are not a part of the child’s name or attributes at all. The child in this verse is actually Hezekiah, and the wondrous deed is the destruction of Sennacherib’s army (see 2 Kings 19:35 and 2 Chronicles 32:21). This verse does not speak of a divine or everlasting son and it certainly does not apply to Prophet Jesus(as).

 

Isaiah 53 (The Suffering Servant);

 

“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.”  verse 3

 

This verse could not pertain to Prophet Jesus(as) as it says the servant would be despised and rejected by all, yet the Gospels say that Jesus(as) was universally popular (see Mark 3:7-9 and Luke 4:14-15). This verse also states that the servant would be well acquainted with sickness and pain, however, we can find no evidence that this was true of Prophet Jesus(as) in the Gospels. In this verse, Prophet Isaiah(as) is speaking of himself in his Prophetic role between God and his people Israel. The Israelites did not accept Isaiah’s(as) message and rejected him.

 

“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”  verse 5

 

Isaiah(as) had been whipped and beaten for the preaching and prophesying he had been doing to the Children of Israel. Nevertheless, despite these adversities and setbacks, common among all prophets of Almighty God, he had delivered the message and had accomplished his mission. By his stripes he showed his commitment to his faith and Almighty God, and this persuaded others to heed his words and warnings, and turn from their evil ways and follow Almighty God’s commands and teachings. Prophet Isaiah(as) is speaking of his own stripes and wounds, no one else’s. This is not a prophecy of the future, but rather a statement in the past and present tense by Isaiah(as), about Isaiah(as) and not Jesus(as).

 

“He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.”  verse 7

 

This verse states that the servant will not open his mouth and protest before his tormentors, yet in the Gospels, Prophet Jesus(as) defends himself quite cleverly at his trial before the Romans (see John 18:1-40). Prophet Jesus(as) had also protested on the cross; “Elih Elih, Lama Sabacthani- God  God, Why Has Thou Forsaken Me?” (see Matthew 27:46). Therefore, according to the Gospels, this verse could not pertain to Prophet Jesus(as) as he did indeed open his mouth and responded to Pilate and the Chief Priests during questioning as well as protest in anguish on the cross.

 

“He was taken from prison and from judgement: and who shall declare his generation? For he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.”  verse 8

 

Here, Isaiah(as) is speaking about a group of people who will suffer great torment and hardship, not an individual. The nation of Israel is always identified as an individual in the Bible (see Exodus 4:22, Deuteronomy 32, Jeremiah 50:19, Hoseah 8:3 and 14:5-6 to name but a few examples). This passage does not pertain to Prophet Jesus(as).

 

“And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.”  verse 9

 

This also could not pertain to Prophet Jesus(as) for the following reasons;

 

1.      Jesus(as) did not make his grave with the wicked, but rather, was put into the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea.

2.      The passage states that their would be no deceit in him, however, Jesus(as)                contradicts himself in John 18:20 because he always taught secretly (see Matthew 16:20, Mark 4:10-12 and Luke 8:56).

3.      Further deceit is attributed to Prophet Jesus(as)-(Ahudu’Billah) when he told the Romans that his kingdom was a spiritual kingdom (see John 18:36) and yet he told his followers to purchase swords (see Luke 22:36), which denotes materialism.

 

Furthermore, this passage could not possibly pertain to Prophet Jesus(as) as it states that the servant would do no violence, yet Jesus(as):

 

1.       Needlessly killed an entire herd of swine. (see Matthew 8:30-32)

2.       Needlessly destroyed a fig tree. (see Mark 11:12-14)

3.      Jesus(as) said in a parable, “Those enemies of mine who didn’t want me to rule over them, bring them here and slay them in my presence”. (see Luke 19:27)

4.       Attacked people with a whip in the temple. (see John 2:15)

 

“Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his offspring and prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.”  verse 10

 

Here it says that the suffering servant would see his offspring and have prolonged days, however, according to the Christian New Testament, Jesus(as) was crucified at 33 years of age and departed this world by physical ascension (see Mark 16:19) [oddly, the ascension of Jesus(as) does not appear in the Revised Standard Version of the Bible], leaving no offspring to speak of. This passage could not be about Jesus(as) as it clearly states that the servant would live a long life and have children. This passage refers to Isaiah(as) and not to Jesus(as). Was this a prophecy about Prophet Jesus(as), as Christians claim? If so, it would only serve to prove the “fallacies” of the New Testament for, according to the New Testament, as well as Christianity, Jesus(as) did not see his offspring or have his days prolonged as he parished on the cross. Again I stress, that is in accordance with Christian dogma and does not reflect the belief of this author.

 

“Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sins of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”   verse 12

 

Prophet Isaiah(as) wrote this as a form of “deathbed statement” prior to his being killed by these “transgressors”, although he did attempted to reconcile them with Almighty God. Their evil was marked all over his back and body from the torture and evil that they inflicted upon him. Another scenario one could use is to identify the “suffering servant” with the nation of Israel. This point can also be proven by Prophet Isaiah(as) identifying the “servant” with the nation of Israel (see Isaiah 41:8-9, 43:10, 44:1-2 & 21, 45:4, 48:20, 49:3 and 54:16-17). Isaiah 53 is clearly a continuation of Isaiah 52 and has nothing at all to do with Prophet Jesus(as).

 

Isaiah 59:20 & Romans 11:26;

 

In Romans 11:26, the Christian Bible quotes Isaiah 59:20 as saying;

 

“The deliverer will come “from” Zion, he will “remove” ungodliness from Jacob.”

 

This is an attempt to establish scriptural support for the Christian dogmatic belief that the Messiah will come to take away the sins of the world, however, a careful examination of the original Hebrew text reveals a powerful dilemma for the Christians. Isaiah 59:20 of the original Hebrew text actually says the opposite;

 

“A redeemer will come ‘to’ Zion and to those ‘who turn from’ transgression in Jacob, declares the Lord.”

 

The original Hebrew text clearly states that the Messiah’s role is not to take away the sins of the world”, but rather, when the world turns away from sin, the Messiah will come. This is according to the Hebrew Bible. It is also noteworthy that the New Testament translates this verse correctly in Isaiah, but incorrectly in Romans.

 

Isaiah 61:1-2;

 

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and opening the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord and the Day of Vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn.”

 

In this passage, Prophet Isaiah(as) is speaking of himself, that he has been anointed by Almighty God to be His Prophet and preach good tidings to the Children of Israel. This is not a prophecy about a future person, namely Prophet Jesus(as), but it is a statement Isaiah(as) is making about himself.

 

Jeremiah 31:15;

 

“Thus sayeth the Lord: A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rachel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children. Because they were not.”

 

Almighty God is Speaking through Prophet Jeremiah(as) to describe how, after being scattered in 597 BC, the Children of Israel were carried off (in 586 BC) as slaves to Babylon. Their children were sold as property (as were the adults as well) and were separated for life. This does not pertain in any way to the life of Prophet Jesus(as).

 

Hosea 11:1;

 

“When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.”

 

The Prophet Hosea(as) here is speaking of the “Exodus” of the Children of Israel out of Egypt and complains in the next verse that they sacrificed to “Baalim” (Satan), as well as burning incense to graven images (idols). Clearly, there is no reference to a future time in this passage with regards to Prophet Jesus(as), but to a time that has already passed.

 

Malachi 3:1;

 

“Behold, I will send My messenger, and he shall prepare the way before Me; and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, sayeth the Lord of Hosts.”

 

Malachi 4:5 states who the messenger is. He is identified by name;

 

“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the Great and Dreadful Day of the Lord.”

 

This puts Christians in a bit of a spot with respect to the Christian’s love of “Literal Interpretations” of Biblical passages. John the Baptist(as) prepared the way for Prophet Jesus(as). However, Malachi(as) did not say; “I will send someone who is like Elijah, or one who will function in place of Elijah”, it clearly states; “I will send Elijah”. In Matthew 11:14, Jesus(as) is quoted as saying;

 

“If ye will receive it, this is Elijah which was to come. He that has ear to hear, let him hear.”

Prophet Jesus(as) clearly says that John the Baptist(as) was Elijah(as) if they only would believe it. Yet, this is the doctrine of “reincarnation”, which the Christian churches adamantly denounces. Either we have a false prophecy from the book of Malachi or Prophet Jesus(as) is preaching and teaching the reincarnation of Elijah(as) as John the Baptist(as)-(Ahudu’Billah). In any event, no one has ever appeared since Malachi’s(as) writing to announce himself as Elijah(as) and furthermore, John the Baptist(as) denied being Elijah(as) in the book of John 1:21. The point I am trying to make here is this, when it comes to the fulfillment of Biblical prophesies, either you employ a literal interpretation, or a metaphorical interpretation and not a “Double Standard”.

 

Matthew 1:1-16 & Luke 3:23-38;

 

These passages pertain to the “so-called” genealogies of Prophet Jesus(as) found in the New Testament of the Bible. In an attempt to prove that Jesus(as) is of the tribe of Judah(as), of the seed of David(as), the Bible authors have compiled two contradicting genealogies that only serve to disprove Prophet Jesus(as) as the Messiah (Ahudu’Billah). In an attempt to explain away the contradiction of these two genealogies, Christian leaders have determined that one is of Joseph (the carpenter) and the other of Mary(ra), the mother of Jesus(as). However, this is inconsistent with their very own scriptures. Both genealogies clearly state that they are of Joseph (the carpenter) and the only mention of Mary(ra) is found in Matthew 1:16; “…and Jacob fathered Joseph, the husband of Mary.” This in no way implies that the genealogy found in Matthew is that of Mary(ra), it merely states that she was the wife of Joseph (the carpenter). As I mentioned above, these two genealogies only serve to disprove Jesus(as) as the Messiah (Ahudu’Billah) and as such creates quite a dilemma for Christians. According to Jewish Scriptures, tribal membership is transmitted through one’s “physical” father (see Numbers 1:18 and Jeremiah 33:17), not one’s mother, and considering that Joseph (the carpenter), is not Jesus’(as) “physical” father, that is according to Christians and most Muslims; a belief to which I personally do not adhere to, Jesus(as) could not possibly be of the tribe of Judah(as). However, this dilemma can be easily solved if one would merely accept the fact that Joseph (the carpenter) was in fact the “physical” father of Prophet Jesus(as). We also find another problem in Matthew 1:11, where King Jeconiah of the Babylonian exile is among the ancestors of Joseph (the carpenter). In the Hebrew Bible, King Jeconiah was cursed by Almighty God to never have a descendant sitting on the throne of David(as) and ruling in Judah ever again (see Jeremiah 22:28-30). Along with King Jeconiah, we also find among the ancestors of Joseph (the carpenter) Jehoiakim (see Matthew 1:11 and also 1 Chronicles 3:16). Jehoiakim was also cursed by Almighty God to never have his descendants sitting on the throne of David(as) and ruling in Judah ever again (see Jeremiah 36:30).  In light of this, the genealogy found in Matthew would only serve to disprove Prophet Jesus(as) as the Messiah (Ahudu’Billah). We find yet even further problems with the genealogy found in the Book of Luke. In Luke 3:31, Joseph (the carpenter) is listed as a descendent of David(as) through his son Nathan, but in 1 Chronicles 22:10, it clearly states that the Messiah must be a descendent of David(as) through his son Solomon(as). So, in Luke we find another instance of disproving Jesus(as) as the Messiah (Ahudu’Billah). Again, dear reader, this is according to the Christian Bible and Judeo/Christian belief. In Islam, all Muslims firmly believe that Prophet Jesus(as) is indeed the Messiah as Almighty God made Himself clear on that fact in The Holy Qur’an.

 

However, most Muslims, like the Christians, also believe that Prophet Jesus(as) was born miraculously, without the agency of a father by a special miracle from Almighty God and as such, Joseph (the carpenter) could not possibly be the father of Jesus(as) and that the only genealogy that would matter in the case of Prophet Jesus(as) would be that of his mother Mary(ra) who was a Levite, being a descendent of Aaron(as), the brother of Moses(as). The fact of the Levite connection is confirmed in not only Jewish literature (the Talmud), but also the New Testament {Mary(ra) being the cousin of Zakariah(as), the father of John the Baptist(as) of the tribe of Levi(as)}, as well as The Holy Qur’an. It is in this to which I implore that Muslims should not adhere to the so-called “virgin birth” of Prophet Jesus(as) as such a concept goes against the nature that Almighty God has Created for us. Also, “virgin births” have always been associated with the birth of pagan gods all through history (see Appendix 3). To even apply such a concept in the case of Prophet Jesus(as) would only serve to dishonour this mighty messenger of Almighty God. As such, it would be wrong to discount the lineage of Joseph (the carpenter), who was indeed of the tribe of Judah(as), regardless of the allegations that have been applied to both his genealogies by the Gospel authors. Considering the contradictory nature of both, their credibility stands in question. Curiously, Jesus(as) denied that the Messiah would be a descendent of David(as), as the Hebrew Bible claims (see Matthew 22:41-45 and Mark 12:35-37). This actually presents and interesting dilemma for the Christian preacher in their contention of the “virgin birth” of Prophet Jesus(as). If Jesus(as) is not of the tribe of Judah(as), as evidence in both would only discount him as the Messiah according to their own scriptures, and thus not being of the seed of David(as), then who does the prophecy found in the book of Revelations 5:5-6 of the New Testament of the Bible pertain to? In light of the above evidence, these genealogies, in accordance with the Judeo/Christian beliefs, could not possibly pertain to Prophet Jesus(as). With further respect to the so-called “virgin birth” of Prophet Jesus(as), it must be realized by Muslims that The Holy Qur’an does not support such a belief. There is no evidence found within the pages of The Holy Qur’an that speaks of the “virgin birth” of Prophet Jesus(as), yet most Muslims adhere to this concept just as the Christians do. It is sad that Muslims have inherited a Christian belief that has its roots in “paganism” but has somehow become a matter of dogma with regards to the Muslim’s beliefs. It must be noted by the Muslims, in regards to the virgin birth, that when Prophet Muhammad(saas) was in discussion with the Najran deputation with respect to Prophet Jesus(as), Prophet Muhammad(saas) had the following to say;

 

“Do you not know that Jesus was conceived by a woman in the manner in which all women conceive? Then she was delivered of him as women are delivered of their children? Then he was fed as children are fed. Then he ate food and drank water and answered the call of nature as all mortals do? Then how can your claim that he was God or Son of God be true?”

 

Aside from the clear arguments presented by Prophet Muhammad(saas) refuting the divinity of Prophet Jesus(as), in which the Najran deputation concurred, he also makes clear the fact that Prophet Jesus(as) was conceived in the manner which all women conceive; that is conceived in the ordinary manner and that Mary(ra) became a wife and mother in the ordinary way. In what manner other than the coming together of a man and a woman is there for a woman to conceive “in the manner in which all women conceive”? Muslims should consider this deeply before succumbing the Christian belief of a “virgin birth”, which has its roots in “paganism”, and coming to accept that what Almighty God meant by “Be and it is”, is Almighty God bringing about the conditions necessary for Mary(ra) to have a child when no man had touched her. That is; she became betrothed to Joseph (the carpenter), got married to him and eventually becoming pregnant with child by him after the consummation of their marriage.

 

In this I encourage my Muslim brothers and sisters to read Chapter 7 of my book, Rational Thinking And Misconceptions Cleared, to which I cover this topic of the so-called “virgin birth” rather extensively.

 

Curiously, the Bible does not support the “virgin birth” of Prophet Jesus(as) either. Let us examine the two Biblical passages that deal with this so-called “virgin birth”. In Matthew 1: 23, it makes reference to Isaiah 7:14, with regards to the virgin giving birth to Emmanuel, however, as I pointed out earlier in this chapter, there is no mention of a virgin in Isaiah 7:14, but rather, a young woman. As such, this passage cannot serve as proof of a virgin birth. In Luke 1: 26-38, we also have a problem. In verse 27, it states that a virgin, Mary(ra), was espoused to Joseph (the carpenter), and further down in verse 34, Mary(ra) states she was never with a man, yet moving back up to verse 26, it clearly says that the Archangel Gabriel(as) visited Mary(ra) after she had been married for six months. In this case, what we have is an “unconsummated” marriage, which after six months, would be nullified. Bear in mind, no mention of the “virgin birth” is mentioned in either Gospel of Mark or John.

 

At this point, we should employ historical authenticity. Mark is the oldest of the canonical Gospels, dating to roughly 70 AD. Matthew, which contains the “deliberate mistranslation” of Isaiah 7:14, dates roughly 80 AD. Luke was composed in and around 95 AD and John at about 115 AD. So, what is the significance of dating the Gospels? If no mention is made in Mark, the “oldest” of the Gospels, and Matthew’s only proof is a “deliberate mistranslation” of Isaiah 7:14, should we accept the evidence, weak as it is, in the much later Gospel of Luke? And why is no mention made of the “virgin birth” in the Gospel according to John, which is the favorite Gospel of the Christian Evangelist? In light of this, one cannot accept the “virgin birth” of Prophet Jesus(as) based on the testimony of Gospel writers who did not even know Prophet Jesus(as). Curiously, St. Paul, the founder of modern Christian thought, did not himself hold the belief in the “virgin birth” of Prophet Jesus(as) as was reflected in the statement he made in the book of Romans 1:3 from the Bible where he made reference to the fact that Prophet Jesus(as) was “made of the seed of David according to the flesh”. This simple statement speaks volumes. I will not get into a long drawn out discourse with respect to this subject; however, I would like to refer you, the reader, to the following book;

 

“Jesus In Heaven On Earth” by Khwaja Nazir Ahmad

 

This book deals extensively with all subjects relating to Christian dogma including the so-called “virgin birth”. You may also read this book on-line at;

 

http://www.muslim.org/bookspdf/jihoe/conts.htm

 

I highly recommend this book to all those in search of truth as this particular publication does a far better and extensive job at explaining this so-called “virgin birth” concept than I could ever hope to do. Therefore, like the bodily ascension and descension, along with original sin and blood atonement, we can safely conclude that the “virgin birth” was yet another pagan concept applied to the good name of Prophet Jesus(as) in order to validate the church’s claim to his divinity. A claim which finds no support from their very own scriptures, The Holy Bible.

 

Matthew 2:23;

 

“He came and resided in a city called Nazareth, that what was spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, ‘He shall be called a Nazarene’.”

 

The easiest prophecy to fulfill is one you have invented yourself. The New Testament of the Bible certainly bears witness to this principle, fabricating a “prophecy” out of thin air and attributing it to the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament). Matthew 2:23 claims that Prophet Jesus’(as) advent out of Nazareth was foretold by the prophets and that he would be a Nazarene. Since a Nazarene is a resident of the city of Nazareth, and this city did not exist during the time period of the Old Testament of the Bible, it is impossible to find this quotation in any of the prophetic books of the Old Testament of the Bible. This prophecy was fabricated out of thin air. It does not exist and is yet another example of “fabricated evidence”.

 

JOHN 10:30;

 

"I and the Father are one."

 

All Christians believe that this is indeed proof in the words of Jesus(as) himself that he is God Incarnate, however, this verse is taken completely out of context. Once again, I give you the analogy that I gave at the introduction to this chapter, to which I feel, deserves further mention, and that is of one who draws a circle on a tree and then proceeds to shoot an arrow in the middle of it. In this interpitation of John 10:30, it certainly appears that the arrow has been shot first and then the circle drawn around it. If one were to study this verse in its proper context, rather than just reading this particular text, you will have a better understanding of what Prophet Jesus(as) meant by these words. When one reads John 10 from verse 25 up to and including verse 30 and beyond to verse 38, you see that what Jesus(as) meant was that he and Almighty God were one in purpose. Almighty God wants people to follow the straight path and Jesus(as), as a True Prophet of Almighty God, is the means to follow that straight path, hence the statement of Prophet Jesus(as) when he said, I am the way the truth and the life. Noone comes to the father but by me. As a Prophet of Almighty God, Jesus(as) was the way for his time, just as Moses(as) was the way for his time as well as Noah(as), Abraham(as) and Prophet Muhammad(saas). If we were to take Prophet Jesus(as) literally in John 10:30, then what do we make of his words in John 17:20-23, were he states the he, along with his apostles and disciples, were one with Almighty God? Are we to take this statement literally also? No, of course not. In this verse we have no evidence of the divinity of Prophet Jesus(as).

 

At this point, I would like to go a bit off topic, and make a brief  reference to one “proof text” the Christian Church uses in regards to Prophet Muhammad(saas). Martin Luther, the father of the Protestant Reformation, once claimed that the Papacy in Rome was the head of the anti-Christ and that Islam was its tail (Ahudu’Billah).This, from the man who stated that, “You can fornicate and murder a thousand times a day, as long as you believe in the blood of Jesus Christ, you will be saved”, as well as saying that “..all peasants were demons and as such should be slaughtered and massacred..”. Sadly, to this day, Christians still adhere to the belief that Prophet Muhammad(saas) was an anti-Christ (Ahudu’Billah). Let us examine their evidence to see if in fact it holds water, and I am referring to Ezekiel 38:4,5,9.

 

Ezekiel 38:4,5,9 makes reference to Gog and Magog as well as Persia attacking Palestine (Israel) and making war on its peaceful inhabitants. This is to happen in some future time of peace in the middle east. The Christians claim that “Gog and Magog” is “Russia”, while “Persia” are the Muslims. However, this is utterly false. This event being described in Ezekiel 38 has already occurred and as such cannot lend support to the “fabricated evidence” provided by the Christian Church. In the early to mid 1200’s, the Mongol hordes began to attack Muslim lands under the leadership of Genghis Khan. They wreaked havoc where ever they went. Mass slaughters and massacres the likes of which were never before seen. They marched from the area now known as Russia (Gog and Magog) and on February 10th, 1258, they attacked and seized Baghdad (Persia). By this time many of the Muslim lands were under the control of the Mongols. When the Mongols moved in from “Persia”, they conquered Gaza, just as Ezekiel 38 foretold. Palestine (Israel) was left waste with all the inhabitants being slaughtered. The peace that was Palestine (Israel) was shattered. With the exception of a brief period in which Jerusalem was under the control of the Christian Crusaders, Muslims, Jews and Christians lived in peace and harmony as one. In July of 1260, the Sultan of Egypt, Saif ad-Din Qutuz attacked the Mongols in Palestine (Israel) and ended their reign of terror. The Mongol power was finally broken by the Muslims, who were the true successors of the Son of Man”, Prophet Muhammad(saas). For this act, Christian Europe owes Islam a great debt. If the Muslims had not finally put an end to the Mongols destructive path, they would have eventually attacked Christian lands and laid waste to the same people who were supporting the Mongols in their raids on Muslim lands. How ironic. There are several other so-called “proof text” the established Christian Church uses in regards to Prophet Muhammad(saas) to further slander this Great Man, however, I will not dwell on them as the purpose of this discourse was to examine the “proof text” as pertaining to Prophet Jesus(as). I would, however, like to point you, dear reader, to the book;

 

“Muhammad In The Bible” by Abdul Ahad Dawud ( Father David Benjamin Keldani)

                                              

Brother Abdul was a Roman Catholic Priest who embraced Islam after discovering the “Truth”. This is perhaps one of the greatest books dealing with the advent of Prophet Muhammad(saas) from the Bible ever written. You can also visit this book on-line at;

 

http://www.muhammad.net/biblelp/index.htm

 

Any seekers of truth would find this information most enlightening. The information is invaluable, drawing from both Biblical and historical facts to prove the rightful status of Muhammad Mustafa(saas) as a True Prophet of Almighty God.I can only hope and pray that, Insha’Allah(God Willing), our Christian brothers and sisters will finally open their hearts and minds and allow the Truth of Islam to penetrate them. Prophet Jesus(as) was and is one of Almighty God’s mightiest messengers, and to elevate Jesus(as) to God like status would only serve to dishonor him, for he considered himself nothing more than a servant of Almighty God, as well as to dishonor his true monotheistic teachings.  To follow those who go against “monotheism” and “rational thinking” will only lead you away from the Grace and Mercy of Almighty God. The Truth of Prophet Jesus(as) can  be found in the following web-site as pertaining to his life, teachings and subsequent death at 120 years of age in Kashmir, where he spent his remaining days preaching among the Children of Israel who were living in that region. For proof of this, I urge you to visit the following web-site;

 

www.tombofjesus.com

 

Here you will find the truth of Prophet Jesus(as) as well as evidence of  his journey into Asia were he seeked out the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel as he promised he would (see John 10:16). Please keep in mind, dear reader, in no way is this information a means to mock Christians, nor should it be used as such. Coming from a Christian background, I very well understand the confusion of Christian dogma and the effect it can have on the believer. Christianity is a religion built on “emotions” and as such must be examined in the light of rationality and common sense. What I have done above was use the very book of the Christians, The Holy Bible, in the most respectful way to show them how far they have strayed from the true monotheistic teachings of Prophet Jesus(as), and the Commands of Almighty God. I wish to end this discourse with a plea to my Christian brothers and sisters; Use the faculties that Almighty God gifted you with and explore the truth, examine the truth and accept the truth. You will indeed find joy and happiness at the end of your journey.

 

May Allah(swt) guide us all to the truth, Insha’Allah(God Willing).

 

 

 

 

 

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