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The Crucifixion Hoax
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Mark was the first writer to record the crucifixion, yet he was NOT an eye-witness!
The author of Mark, the earliest of the narrative gospels, was not an eyewitness: he is reporting information conveyed to him by a third person or persons, who themselves were quite possible not eye-witnesses (Robert Walter Funk, The Jesus Seminar: The Acts of Jesus, p. 4)
Moreover, the Gospels are anonymous documents, totally unreliable. None of them originate from eye-witness sources.
There is hardly any record of his code of behavior. The books in the New Testament do not even contain eye-witness accounts of his sayings and actions. They were written by people who derived their knowledge second-hand. These records are not comprehensive. Everything which Jesus said and did which has not been recorded has been lost forever. (Muhammad Ataur-Raheem, Jesus Prophet of Islam, 1992 edition, p. 195)
The Gospels Plagiarized
There are many parallels between the Gospels and the Scriptures of
ancient religions. Scholars have collected hundreds of similarities between Christ and the
"I am the goal of life, the LORD and support of all, the inner witness, the abode of all. I am the only refuge, the ONE true friend; I am the beginning, the staying, and the end of creation; I am the womb and the eternal seed. I am heat; I give and withhold the rain. I am immortality and I am death; I am what is and what is not" [Bhagavad Gita 9:18-19]
This statement was plagiarized by the New Testament and put into Jesus mouth:
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. (Revelations 1:8)
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. (Revelations 22:13)
Another passage is borrowed from the scriptures of Buddhism. The Buddha walked upon the water:
He walks upon the water without parting it, as if on solid ground. ANGUTTARA NIKAYA 3.60 ..."
The Buddhist miracle was plagiarized by the synoptic Gospels:
And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. (Mark 14:25, John 6:19)
The sayings of Jesus were plagiarized from the Jewish teacher Hillel, and many other Pharisee rabbis.
"Most of his [Jesus'] teachings, most of
the words ascribed to him, conform to the tenets of Pharisaic thinking. Indeed, some of
his most famous pronouncements are paraphrases, even on occasion almost direct quotations,
(Baigent, Leigh and Lincoln, The Messianic Legacy, p. 60)
With the possible exception of the saying about forgiving ones enemies (and even this is disputed), there is absolutely nothing in the sermon in Matthew, chapters 5 to 7 --- paralleled by Lukes Sermon on the Plain that cannot be found in the Jewish sources..
(Tom Harper, The Pagan Christ, p. 139)
The Pharisee teacher Hillel said:
What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow man: this is the whole law, the rest is commentary. (Talmud, SHABAT 31a)
There are many parallels of this teaching in various scriptures:
"Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful." Udana-Varga 5:18, Buddhism
"What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others." Analects of Confucius 15:24, Confucianism
Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire." - Doctrine of the Mean 13.3, Confucianism.
"Do not do to others what would anger you if done to you by others." - Socrates.
"This is the sum of duty: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you." - Mahabharata 5:1517, Hinduism.
This famous saying was borrowed and put into Jesus mouth.
"In everything do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the law and the prophets." (Matthew 7:12)
The sayings of Jesus (called the Logia) were plagiarized completely, as the scholar Tom Harper emphasizes:
There is plenty of evidence to show that these sayings were not first uttered by Jesus or invented afterwards by his followers. Many of them were pre-existent, pre-historic, and therefore pre-Christian. They were collections of Egyptian, Hebrew, and Gnostic sayings. (Tom Harper, The Pagan Christ, p. 140)
Tom Harper continues:
There is a huge amount of evidence that the core of the spiritual tradition handed down from earliest times was incorporated into collections of the most outstanding and vital utterances spoken by the Christos figure in the cryptic dramas and rituals of the past. These collations of sacred utterances of the divine Son of humans were circulated, in secret, all over the ancient world under the name the Logia, or sayings of the Lord. Having thoroughly weighed the research, I now believe they were the root documents from which the canonical Gospels were extracted. Then, to cover deterioration and suit the various emerging communities of Christians, they were amended, interpolated, and edited by many scribes. I am convinced that this explanation is as near to being the truth of the source, origin, and nature of the Christian Gospels as can be determined. (ibid, pp. 140-141)
Christianity is based on the falsehood of Jesus crucifixion which never took place, but was rather invented during the oral tradition.
Paul asserts that Jesus was crucified, yet he fails to mention any details about this event which would later be recorded in the gospels.
The Gospels are based on hearsay and not historical data based on a chain of transmission. For example, the Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) are reliable because we can verify its authenticity by its chain of transmission! Also, we know the reporters name whereas the writers of the four Gospels are anonymous. Aisha, the wife of the Prophet, reported over 1,000 hadiths to us alone. She was a great scholar of Hadith and the Quran, but the Gospels are unknown, unreliable, and untrustworthy accounts which cannot even stand in the Court of Law.
The laws which exist in the Christian countries of the West, the laws governing birth and death, the formation and dissolution of marriage, the rights over property within and outside marriage or in the event of divorce or death, adoption and guardianship, commerce, and industry, are not to be found in the gospels. They are not the laws which have been revealed to man by God. They are the fruits of deductive knowledge. They are either inherited from the Roman system of law, or are based on the common practice of people over a long period of time, or are statutes erected and amended in accordance with the democratic method, which is the bequest of the ancient Greeks. No one in todays courts of law can refer to the gospels as a binding authority in his dealings with another man, and have it accepted. (Muhammad Ataur-Raheem, Jesus Prophet of Islam, 1992 edition, p. 205)
The main thesis speaks for itself:
There is no reference to Jesus death as a crucifixion in the pre-Markan Jesus material
(Mack Burton, Who Wrote the New Testament? The Making of the Christian Myth, p. 87)
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