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The Crucifixion of
Written by Abdullah Kareem
The crucifixion of Jesus is the foundation of Christianity and the excuse to live immoral and sinful lives. According to the Pauline doctrine, there is no salvation without the sacrificial death of Jesus, and hence “no salvation outside the Church”. Yet the Gospels provide evidence that Jesus was not crucified at all. It was Judas who took Jesus’ place on the cross while Jesus escaped for three days and three nights. Judas was transformed to look exactly like Jesus, and the Romans crucified him instead.
Jesus said he would disappear:
For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of
a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the
heart of the earth. (Matthew 12:39)
“heart of the earth” does not mean tomb, but rather a secret location. Jesus
knew the Jews wanted to kill him; he planned to hide himself and reappear at
Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that
Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John (although Jesus himself
did not baptize, but only his disciples), he left Judea and departed again for
“heart of the earth” was the city of
When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another.
I tell you the truth, you will not finish going through the cities of
followed his own teaching by fleeing to another city. Jesus can’t die outside
Jesus used to frequently hide:
And the king was sorry, but because of his oaths and his
guests he commanded it to be given. He sent and had John beheaded in the
prison, and his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she
brought it to her mother. And his disciples came and took the body and buried
it, and they went and told Jesus. Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew
from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. (Matthew 14:13, also
John 7:1, 8:59)
Do not believe me unless I do what my Father does. But if I
do it, even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles, that you may
know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father." Again
they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp. (John
crucifixion was not his purpose.
Jesus replied, "Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby
villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come."
But he said, "I must preach the good news of the
For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. (Matthew 18:11, KJV)
But go ye and learn what [that] meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (Matthew 9:13)
1945 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)
us discuss what exactly happened on the night of Jesus’ arrest.
Judas Iscariot, a disciple of Jesus, was won over on the
promise of receiving thirty pieces of silver, if, through his help, Jesus was
arrested. In order to avoid any further trouble, it was decided to make the
attempt at night. On reaching the place where Jesus had gone with a few of his
followers, Judas was told to kiss Jesus, so that the foreign Roman soldiers
could identify him. The plan miscarried. When the soldiers materialised from
the darkness, a tumult ensued. The two Jews were mixed up in the dark, and the
soldiers mistakenly arrested Judas instead of Jesus. Thus, the latter made good
his escape. (Muhammad Ataur-Raheem, Jesus Prophet of Islam, p.
Gospels record the “disciples forsook him and fled” and Jesus was among them.
The Gospel of Barnabas also details what happened at
When the soldiers with Judas drew near to the place where Jesus was, Jesus heard the approach of many people, wherefore in fear he withdrew into the house. And the eleven were sleeping. Then God, seeing the danger of his servant, commanded Gabriel;, Michael;, Rafael;, and Uriel, his ministers, to take Jesus out of the world. The holy angels came and took Jesus out by the window that looks toward the South;. They bare him and placed him in the third heaven in the company of angels blessing God for evermore.
Judas entered impetuously before all into the chamber whence Jesus had been taken up. And the disciples were sleeping. Whereupon the wonderful God acted wonderfully, insomuch that Judas was so changed in speech and in face to be like Jesus that we believed him to be Jesus. And he, having awakened us, was seeking where the Master was. Whereupon we marvelled, and answered: 'You, Lord, are our master; have you now forgotten us?'
And he, smiling, said: 'Now are you foolish, that know not
me to be Judas Iscariot!' And as he was saying this the soldiery entered, and
laid their hands upon Judas, because he was in every way like to Jesus. We
having heard Judas' saying, and seeing the multitude of soldiers, fled as
beside ourselves. And John, who was wrapped in a linen cloth, awoke and fled,
and when a soldier seized him by the linen cloth he left the linen cloth and
fled naked. For God heard the prayer of Jesus, and saved the eleven from evil.
(The Gospel of Barnabas, online Source)
The renowned Muslim commentator Ibn Kathir record a similar tradition
(O you to whom the Dhikr (the Qur'an) has been
sent down! Verily, you are a mad man!) When Allah sent `Isa with proofs and
guidance, the Jews, may Allah's curses, anger, torment and punishment be upon
them, envied him because of his prophethood and obvious miracles; curing the
blind and leprous and bringing the dead back to life, by Allah's leave. He also
used to make the shape of a bird from clay and blow in it, and it became a bird
by Allah's leave and flew. `Isa performed other miracles that Allah honored him
with, yet the Jews defied and bellied him and tried their best to harm him.
Allah's Prophet `Isa could not live in any one city for long and he had to
travel often with his mother, peace be upon them. Even so, the Jews were not
satisfied, and they went to the king of
Allah sid (And (remember) when Allah said: "O `Isa! I will take you and raise you to Myself.'') When `Isa ascended, those who were in the house came out. When those surrounding the house saw the man who looked like `Isa, they thought that he was `Isa. So they took him at night, crucified him and placed a crown of thorns on his head. The Jews then boasted that they killed `Isa and some Christians accepted their false claim, due to their ignorance and lack of reason. As for those who were in the house with `Isa, they witnessed his ascension to heaven, while the rest thought that the Jews killed `Isa by crucifixion. They even said that Maryam sat under the corpse of the crucified man and cried, and they say that the dead man spoke to her. All this was a test from Allah for His servants out of His wisdom. Allah explained this matter in the Glorious Qur'an which He sent to His honorable Messenger, whom He supported with miracles and clear, unequivocal evidence. Allah is the Most Truthful, and He is the Lord of the worlds Who knows the secrets, what the hearts conceal, the hidden matters in heaven and earth, what has occurred, what will occur, and what would occur if it was decreed. (Online Source)
scholar Ibn Kathir mentions a house where Jesus ascended to Heaven through a
window, and it’s confirmed by Barnabas.
The Crucifixion of Judas:
was crucified in Jesus’ place to punish him for treachery. Many people deny that
Judas was crucified, yet the following passages condemn Judas:
Then Jesus replied, "Have I not chosen you, the Twelve?
Yet one of you is a devil!" (He meant Judas, the son of Simon
Iscariot, who, though one of the Twelve, was later to betray him.) (John
While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe
by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction
so that Scripture would be fulfilled. (John 17:12)
cried with a loud voice that God forsaken him:
And about the ninth hour Jesus (Judas) cried with a loud
voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my
God, why hast thou forsaken me? (Matthew 27:46)
And the soldiers came before him, bowing down in mockery,
saluting him as King of the Jews. And they held out their hands to receive
gifts, such as new kings are accustomed to give; and receiving nothing they
smote Judas, saying: 'Now, how are you crowned, foolish king, if you will not
pay your soldiers and servants?' The chief priests with the scribes and
Pharisees, seeing that Judas died not by the scourges, and fearing lest Pilate
should set him at liberty, made a gift of money to the governor, who having
received it gave Judas to the scribes and Pharisees as guilty to death.
Whereupon they condemned two robbers with him to the death of the cross. So
they led him to
can God forsake Jesus? This is absurd; God never forsakes His righteous
For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake his
faithful ones. They will be protected forever, but the offspring of the
wicked will be cut off; (Psalms 37:28)
LORD God, do not reject your anointed one. Remember the great love promised to David your servant." (2 Chronicles 6:42)
For the sake of David your servant, do not reject your anointed one. The LORD swore an oath to David, a sure oath that he will not revoke: "One of your own descendants I will place on your throne- (Psalms 132:10-11)
was forsaken by God, not Jesus!
According to the Gospels, Judas was given a sponge full of vinegar. The vinegar had stimulating effects on the body, the senses were aroused and the body awakened.
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 Judas was poisoned, the vinegar is supposed to have stimulating effects,
yet it killed Judas instantly!
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]
The scholar Michael Baigent confesses that Judas was poisoned:
There is a curious incident recorded in the Gospels that may
be explained by this hypothesis: while on the cross, Jesus (Judas) complained
that he was thirsty. A sponge soaked in vinegar was placed on the end of a long
reed and held up to him. But far from reviving Jesus (Judas), the drink from
this sponge apparently caused him to die. This is a curious reaction and
suggests that the sponge was soaked not in vinegar, a substance that would have
revived Jesus (Judas), but rather in something that would have caused him to
lose consciousness – some sort of drug, for example. And there was just this
type of drug available in the
said he wouldn’t drink any wine (fruit of the vine) until he arrives in Heaven.
But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this
fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's
kingdom. (Matthew 26:29)
was crucified while Jesus escaped. Jesus couldn’t have drunk the wine because
he specifically said he wouldn’t drink any wine. This indicates that Jesus
ascended to Heaven shortly after Judas was arrested. Historically, it
takes three days to die from crucifixion, so Judas was indeed
poisoned on the cross, which resulted in death.
The Gospels record that Jesus died instantly from the poisoned vinegar, but it wasn’t Jesus at all. The crucified was Judas Iscariot:
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)
vinegar Judas drank was really wine, yet Jesus said he wouldn’t drink any wine!
The drink offered to our Lord was vinegar (made of light
wine rendered acid, the common drink of Roman soldiers) "mingled
with gall," or, according to Mark (15:23), "mingled with myrrh;"
both expressions meaning the same thing. 
Jesus was truly hanging on the cross, then he contradicted his own words by
drinking the vinegar (wine), which he promised not to drink (Matt. 26:29, Mk.
14:25, Lk. 22:18)
What Happened to Judas’ body?
are two contradictory passages in the New Testament that record Judas’ death.
The Gospel of Matthew says Judas hanged himself (27:5), yet the Book of Acts
says Judas fell on rocks and his bowels burst open (Acts 1:18). There is no
other solution but accepting the crucifixion of Judas, he was taken down from
the cross and thrown into a field where his bowels burst open.
tradition of Judas hanging himself is fabricated:
Matthew’s Gospel follows the Passion and Resurrection
sections of Mark very closely in the main outlines but adds a number of new
elements – what Beare calls “legendary embroidery”. These are the death of
Judas by hanging (27:3-8); the dream of Pilate’s wife (27:19); Pilate’s
washing of his hands and the acceptance of guilt for the blood of Jesus by “the
whole people” (27:24 ff.) (what terrible persecution and hatred the Jewish
people have suffered at so-called Christian hands because of this addition to
the tale!); certain sayings of Jesus (26:26-9); and the story of the guard at the
tomb (27:62-64) (Tom Harper, For Christ’s Sake, p. 101)
The contradiction between Matthew and Acts cannot be solved, so the only explanation is to reconcile Judas’ crucifixion with Acts 1:18.
to Matthew’s gospel, the chief priests bought a field with 30 pieces of silver.
Judas was already dead when the field was purchased, so his body was thrown
“headlong” after he was crucified.
Notably, some would object to the suggestion of Judas having
been crucified on the basis that, as per Matthew 27:5, Judas threw his
ill-gotten silver back at the priests and “…went and hanged himself”. So some
would object. The author of ‘Acts (commonly held to have been Luke the
evangelist)…for Acts records that Judas “…purchased a field with the wages of
iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his
entrails gushed out”. (Acts 1:18) So if the author of ‘Acts’ and the author of
the gospel of ‘Matthew’ cannot agree on the matter, what truly happened could
be anybody’s guess. (The First and Final Commandment, p. 213)
is good reason to believe that God transformed Jesus to look exactly like
On the other hand, if the proposal of Judas having been
crucified in place of Jesus sounds technically strained, it shouldn’t; God is
described as having restrained the eyes of two disciples (i.e., intimate
companions who should have readily recognized their teacher) when they met the
supposedly ‘risen’ Jesus on the road to Emmaus, “…so that they did not know
him” (Luke 24:16). Another Biblical example would be that Mary Magdalene is
reported to have failed to recognize Jesus outside of the tomb, “…supposing him
to be the gardener…” (John 20:15). A person could reasonably expect Mary
Magdalene to have known better, under normal circumstances. (ibid, p.
In the Old Testament, God transformed Miriam to be leprous:
The anger of the LORD burned against them, and he
left them. When the cloud lifted from above the Tent, there stood
Miriam—leprous, like snow. Aaron turned toward her and saw that she had
leprosy; and he said to Moses, "Please, my lord, do not hold against us
the sin we have so foolishly committed. Do not let her be like a stillborn infant
coming from its mother's womb with its flesh half eaten away." (Numbers
face of Jesus was transfigured on the mount:
After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the
brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was
transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes
became as white as the light. (Matthew 17:1-2)
Brown further says:
Reviewing what can be surmised from unprejudiced historical accounts, opposing views to those of Trinitarian Christianity are seen to have been voiced by a large population of the religious, and spanning the known world. And the opinions of those who denied the crucifixion and death of Christ Jesus were not necessarily either a minority in their time or incorrect in their claim. All that not withstanding, many would argue that from a gut level it makes more sense for God to have punished Judas for his treachery than to have tortured Jesus for his innocence. (ibid, p. 221)
Many early Christian sects believed Jesus was spared:
On the other hand, if the concept of another crucified in place of Jesus sounds foreign to Christianity, it isn’t. Amongst the early Christian groups the Corinthians, the Basilidians, the Paulicians, and the Carpocrations all believe Christ Jesus to have been spared. The Basilidians, in specific, believe that Simon of Cyrene was crucified in his place. Typical of such dissenting groups, all of the above were judged to have been Gnostics and/or heretics by the orthodox Church, and were violently suppressed by a Trinitarian majority who systematically burned dissenters into oblivion for the first fifteen centuries of Roman Catholic rule. (ibid, p. 214)
A Christian may argue “what about Jesus’ trial with Pilate?” the answer is very simple. The trial of Jesus is historically false, and it never occurred. The 19th century scholar Rabbi Wise examined the records of Pilate and concluded:
"In the nineteenth century an eminent scholar, Rabbi Wise, searched the records of Pilate’s court, still extant, for evidence of this trial. He found nothing." 
The book “The Martyrdom of Jesus of Nazareth” (1874) is out of print. The scholar Lloyd Graham records the discovery of Rabbi Wise in his book Deceptions and Myths of the Bible, both can be purchased online.
the trial of Jesus is filled with historical errors. This casts serious doubt
on the Gospel story:
The Sanhedrin was forbidden to meet over the Passover.
(2) The character of Pilate is false, he was brutal and wicked 
(3). There was no Roman custom of releasing a prisoner at the Passover.
(4). Why did Pilate release Barabbas when he was a political threat to
(5) The story of Barabbas is fictional, he never existed.
(6). The Gentile writers exonerated the Romans.
(7) It takes three days to die from crucifixion, not three hours.
(8). According to Jewish Law, Jesus should’ve been stoned, not crucified.
(9). Why did six-hundred Roman soldiers come to arrest Jesus?!
(10). Why did Judas identify Jesus with a kiss when his face was recognizable?
(11) The exact date of Jesus’ crucifixion is unknown. 
(12) The trial of Jesus is recorded differently in each Gospel.
(13) The Jewish philosopher Philo (50 CE) never mentions Jesus’ trial
(14) The Gospels never mention Pilate’s wife (Claudia)
(15) Jesus was crucified for political charges, and for blasphemy. This does mean he was false?
(16) In reality, Jesus was not crucified at all (Quran 4:157)
(17). Why didn’t the Romans seek evidence for the false charges against him?
Here is what scholar T.W. Doane says about Jesus’ trial:
The Jews said unto him: "Thou art not yet fifty years
old, and hast thou seen Abraham'' If Jesus was then but about thirty years of
age, the Jews would evidently have said : "thou art not yet forty years
old," and would not have been likely to say: "thou art not yet fifty
years old," ... ;' therefore, if Jesus was crucified at that time he must
have been about fifty years of age; but, as we re-marked elsewhere, there
exists, outside of the New Testament, no evidence whatever, in book,
inscription, or monument, that Jesus of Nazareth was either scourged or
crucified under Pontius Pilate. Josephus, Tacitus, Pliny, Philo, nor any of
their contemporaries, ever refer to the fact of this crucifixion, or express
any belief thereon. (T.W. Doane, Bible Myths and their Parallels in other
Religions, p. 516)
There is no verification of a significant crucifixion in the writings of historians such as Philo, Tacitus, Pliny, Suetonius, Epictectus, Cluvius Rufus, Quintus, Curtis Rufus, Josephus, nor the Roman Consul, Publius Petronius. The crucifixion also was unknown to early Christians until as late as the Second Century. 
don’t know the exact date of Jesus’ crucifixion. According to
How long was Jesus on the cross before he died? I do not
think anyone knows. Remember, those who might have noticed and relayed that
information had all forsaken him and fled. he appearance of Joseph of
Arimathea, the darkness over the land, the split in the temple veil, the
ecstatic cry of faith from the centurion-all were elements of the developing
legend. The hasty burial before the Sabbath was but a part of the burial
legend. Thus no one knows how long Jesus lived on the cross, how he died, when
he was taken down, or where he was buried, "for they all forsook him and
fled." That means there was no first-day-of-the-week visit to the tomb by
the women to anoint him, since there was no tomb and no sense of when he died
or of where he was buried. (John Shelby Spong, Resurrection: Myth or
Reality, p. 241)
The nativity was placed at the winter solstice, thus
coinciding with the birthday of the Sun-god. And the date for the crucifixion
was made to vary from year to year to conform to the astronomical principle
which fixed the Jewish Passover. (J.M. Robertson, Pagan Christs, p. 68)
“…Mark continues: “The hour of the crucifixion was nine in
the morning” (the third hour, Roman time – Mark 15:25); John, however, tells us
that “It was the eve of Passover, about noon”, when Pilate “handed Jesus over
to be crucified”. Thus, we cannot know the hour of the crucifixion. Nor, in
fact, did the evangelists know; their times were fictional creations, parts of
a theological framework. (Randel Helms, Gospel Fictions, p.
“It is impossible to give definite dates for all the events of the New Testament” (The World Book Encyclopedia, by World Book editors, p. 235)
Regarding the so-called “darkness and earthquake” at the crucifixion, they are later embellishments to the Gospel story. The last gospel (John) never records the events. Paul; and the early Church fathers never mention it. The “darkness and earthquake” are fictional narratives:
“… We have here a good example of the credulity of Western
man. For two thousand years he has been reading about this convulsion and
“darkness over all the earth” without ever questioning it or demanding proof of
it. Yet had it happened, would not some of those able historians have recorded
it? Why did they not?” 
“I wish all fundamentalists would take special note that
while these quite public, literally stupendous events are alleged to have taken
place, not a single other contemporary source can be found to corroborate or
confirm them --- even though this was at a time and in a place where capable
observers, recorders of remarkable happenings, historians, and others were in
no way lacking. There is not a smidgeon of a trace of historicity to be found”.
(Tom Harper, The Pagan Christ, p. 149)
The most striking feature of the early documents is that
they do not set Jesus’ life in a specific historical situation. There is no
Galilean ministry, and there are no parables, no miracles, no Passion in
The gospels included in the New Testament (NT) are widely
agreed to have been written between A.D. 70 and 100. In these four gospels, it
is claimed that Jesus taught in Galilee in the opening decades of the first
century, worked miracles there, or what at an y rate were taken for miracles,
and died in
The ‘empty tomb’ story is fabricated because the empty tomb
never existed. Paul, the earliest Christian writer, never mentions the ‘empty
tomb’ and the Gospel resurrection accounts. The resurrection of Jesus is
hoaxed, it was never mentioned by the Jewish philosopher Philo (50
Judas never rose from the dead; the ‘empty tomb’ is pure
Christianity probably began, and was taken up and preached
by Paul the Apostle, with a different idea of the resurrection than is claimed
today. The evidence suggests the first Christians, at least up to and including
Paul, thought Christ's "soul" was taken up to heaven and clothed in a
new body, after leaving his old body in the grave forever. The subsequent
story, that Jesus actually walked out of the grave with the same body that went
into it, leaving an empty tomb to astonish all, was probably a legend that
developed over the course of the first century, beginning with a metaphorical
"empty tomb" in the Gospel of Mark, most likely written after
Paul's death. By the end of the first century the Christian fiction that would
win total power three centuries later, and thus alone preserve its writings for
posterity, had come to believe in the literal truth of the ensuing legend,
forgetting or repudiating the original doctrine of Paul. (Robert M. Price, The
Empty Tomb: Beyond the Grave, p. 105)
There is a strong probability that the story of Joseph of
Arimathea was developed to cover the apostles’ pain at the memory of Jesus’
having no one to claim his body and of his death as a common criminal. His body
was probably dumped unceremoniously into a common grave, the location of which
has never been known-then or now. This fragment in Paul’s sermon in Acts thus
rings with startling accuracy...the empty tomb tradition does not appear to be
part of the primitive kerygma. (John Shelby
Spong, Resurrection: Myth or Reality: p 225)
The scholar Shelby Spong says Paul never heard of the
We must keep in mind that Paul knew nothing of an event called the ascension that was separate or different from Jesus' resurrection. Paul's writings contain no hint of the two-stage process that would develop later, where resurrection brought Jesus from the grave back to life and ascension then took Jesus from earth to heaven. Paul's proclamation was that God had raised Jesus into God's very life. That was Easter for Paul. For Paul there were no empty tombs, no disappearance from the grave of the physical body, no physical resurrection, no physical appearances of a Christ who would eat fish, offer his wounds for inspection, or rise physically into the sky after an appropriate length of time. None of these ideas can be found in reading Paul. For Paul the body of Jesus who died was perishable, weak, physical. The Jesus who was raised was clothed by the raising God with a body fit for God's kingdom. It was imperishable, glorified, and spiritual. (ibid, p. 51)
There is no doubt that Judas was crucified in Jesus’ place, and the Gospels are fabricated accounts of Pauline Christianity.
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