Crucifixion Or Cruci-Fiction


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  • Crucifixion Or Cruci-Fiction


  • CHAPTER
    2

    CALL YOUR WITNESSES

    HIGH-PRESSURE SALESMANSHIP

    In trying to prove their dogmas 1, they
    invent shocking statements and posers — one of which has been used as
    the title of this book — "CHRIST CRUCIFIED - Hoax or History?"
    2 No doubt it
    sounds provocative; but it is a borrowed title — from the Christian's
    own extravagances; from his own vocabulary.

    Garner Ted Armstrong, the Executive Vice-President
    and Co-Publisher of the "PLAIN TRUTH" (a Christian Magazine from
    America, which boasts a current, FREE, world-wide circulation of 6
    million copies a month)
    3, attempts to answer his own puzzle under the heading:

    "WAS THE RESURRECTION A HOAX?" This is the
    typical American way of selling religion. He elucidates his poser
    -"HOAX?" -
    with the words, "THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST OF
    NAZARETH IS EITHER THE SUPREME FACT OF HISTORY OR A FLAGRANT.
    DELIBERATE FABRICATION
    FOISTED OFF ON THE FOLLOWERS OF
    CHRISTIANITY."

    Another budding, young "Billy Graham" from America,
    Josh McDowell effuses in his book "THE RESURRECTION FACTOR",
    saying, "I WAS FORCED TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS
    CHRIST IS EITHER ONE OF THE MOST WICKED, HEARTLESS, VICIOUS, HOAXES
    EVER FOISTED UPON THE MINDS OF MEN, OR IT IS THE MOST FANTASTIC FACT OF
    HISTORY." Since it is not possible for an Oriental to match American
    superlatives and extravagant verbiage, I do not have to apologise for
    humbly borrowing their words for the title of my book: "CHRIST
    CRUCIFIED -Hoax or History?"
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    1. Dogma:
    "Principle, tenet, doctrinal system; arrogant declaration of opinion."
    — Oxford Dictionary.

    2.
    Original title of this book.

    3. As
    claimed in their February 1984 issue.

    4. Now
    changed to — "CRUCIFIXION or CRUCI-FICTION?"

     

     

     

    CHRISTIAN OBJECTION

     

    To the Muslim belief that Jesus Christ was "neither killed nor crucified", the Christian objects,
    "how can a man (Muhummed pbuh) a thousand miles away from the scene of
    a happening, and 600 years after an event, pronounce as to what had
    transpired?" The Muslim says that the words Muhummed (pbuh) uttered
    were not his own, but that the Words were "put into his mouth" by the
    All-Knowing, All-Seeing God. The Christian retorts that he is not
    prepared to accept the metaphysical aspect of Muhummed's revelation;
    moreso, in view of the written records by "eye-witnesses" (?) and
    "ear-witnesses" (?) as regards the happenings on that Easter week-end
    some two thousand years ago.

    The Christian plea is valid. Their logic is good. To entertain their
    plea we will call up their witnesses and cross examine them to discover
    the truth or falsity of the matter from their own authorities.
    Admittedly, the key witnesses in the case are Matthew, Mark, Luke and
    John — the alleged authors of the Canonical Gospels. But they have all
    died and are in their graves. "Yes, that is true, but we have in our
    possession their sworn affidavits!" says the Christian.

     

    DEMAND FOR PROOF

    When confronted by the extravagant and conflicting
    claims of the Jews and the Christians to their exclusive rights to
    salvation, Allah subha nahu wa-ta aala
    1 commands us
    to
    demand for proof. He says:

     

    (SURA BAQARA)Holy Quran 2:111

     

    And they have produced the only proof they have; in over fifteen
    hundred different languages! Eleven different dialects of the Bible for
    the Arabs alone! Are we going to swallow them hook, line and sinker?
    No! It is presupposed that when Allah commands us to demand for proof,
    that we would be in a position to analyse the proof, once it is
    produced. Otherwise, it makes no sense to demand for proof; it would be
    nonsense!

     

    1. subha
    nahu wa-ta aala
    meaning, Glory Be To Him!

     

     

     

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