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Errors No. 79 – 81: The Reconstruction of the Temple

The Gospel of Matthew reports this statement of Christ:
“Verily I say unto you. There shall not be left here one stone upon
another, that shall not be thrown down 249.”
The Protestant scholars have therefore said that any construction to be built
on the foundations of the temple would be razed to the ground as had been
foretold by Jesus. The Author of Tehqeeq-e-Deen-ul-Haq, (Inquisition into the
True Faith) printed in 1846, said on page 394:
“King Julian, who lived three hundred years after Christ and had become
an apostate, intended to rebuild the temple of Jerusalem, so that he could thus refute the prediction of Jesus. When he started the construction
suddenly a fire jumped out from its foundations. All the workers were
frightened and fled away from there. No one after him ever dared to refute
the saying of the truthful, who had said, ”The heaven and the earth shall pass
away but my words shall not pass away.”
The priest Dr. Keith wrote a book in renunciation of the disbelievers in
Christ which was translated into Persian by Rev. Mirak entitled ”Kashf-ul-
Asar-Fi-Qisas-e-Bani Israel” (An exposition of the Israelite Prophets) and
printed in Edinburgh in 1846. We produce the translation of a passage from
page 70:
“King Julian allowed the Jews to rebuild Jerusalem and the temple. He
also promised that they would be allowed to live in the city of their
ancestors, the Jews were no less grieved than the king was pleased. They
started the work of the Temple. Since it was against the prophecy of Christ,
the Jews, in spite of their best efforts and all the possible help from the king
could not succeed in their mission. Some pagan historians have reported that
the huge flames of fire burst out of this place and burnt the workers stopping
the work altogether.”
Thomas Newton, in vol 3 (pages 63 and 64) of his commentary on the
prophecies of the Holy Scripture printed in London in 1803 said, which we
translate here from Urdu:
“Omar, the second great Caliph of Islam, spread corruption all over the
world. He reigned for ten and a half years. In this short period he made great
conquests and conquered all the countries of Arabia, Syria, Iran and Egypt.
The Caliph personally besieged Jerusalem and in 637 A.D. signed the treaty
of peace with the Christians who were tired of the prolonged siege. The
Christians surrendered and handed over the city to Omar.
Omar offered generous terms to the Christians. He did not take any
church into his possession, but he requested the high priest for a piece of
land to build a mosque. The priest showed him the room of Jacob and
Solomon’s temple. The Christians had covered this place with dirt and filth
out of their hatred for the Jews. Omar, himself, cleansed the place with his
own hands. Following the example of Omar, the great officers of his army
thought it their religious duty and cleansed the place with religious zeal and
built a mosque there. This was the first mosque ever built in Jerusalem.
Some historians have also added that in the same mosque Omar was
murdered by a slave. Abdul Malik, son of Marvan, who was the twelfth
Caliph extended this mosque in his reign.”

Though, the above description of this commentator is not true in several
places, he has admitted that the first mosque built at the place of Solomon’s
Temple was that built by the Caliph Omar, and that it was extended by Abdul
Malik and still exists in Jerusalem after over 1200 years 250. How would it
have been possible for Omar to succeed in building a. mosque there if it had
really been against the prophecy of Christ?
Since this statement of Jesus is also reported by Mark and Luke, they are
equally responsible for this false description.

 

Error No. 82: A False Prediction

Matthew reports this statement as having been said by Jesus to his disciples:
“And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you,
That ye which have followed me, in regeneration when the son of man
shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye shall also sit upon twelve thrones,
judging the twelve tribes of Israel 251.”
It is quite apparent from this that Jesus assured his twelve disciples, of
eternal success and redemption promising them to sit upon twelve thrones on
the Day of Judgment. This prophetic witness of eternal success has been proved
wrong by the gospels themselves. We have already seen 252 that one of the
disciples of Jesus, namely Judas Iscariot, betrayed Jesus and became an
apostate, how, then is it possible for him to sit on the twelfth throne on the Day
of Judgment?

 

Error No. 83

We find in the Gospel of John:
“And he (Jesus) saith unto him, Verily, verily I say unto you. Hereafter ye
shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon
the son of man 253.”
This is also historically false and incorrect, for, this was said by Jesus after
his baptism and after the descent of the Holy Spirit upon him 254, while we
know that nothing like this ever happened in history after this. These prophetic
words have never come true.

 

Error No. 84: The Ascension of Christ

It is said in John:
“And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from
heaven, even the son of man which is in heaven 255.”
This is also incorrect, as is evident from the fifth chapter of Genesis 256 and
2 Kings Chapter 2 257.

 

Error No. 85

We find this statement in the gospel of Mark:
“For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain,
Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his
heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he
shall have whatsoever saith 258.”
We find another similar statement in the same book:
“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they
cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
They shall take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not
hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover 259.”
And in the gospel of John we read the following statement:
“Verily, verily I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I
do, shall he do also, and greater works than these shall he do; because I go
unto my Father 260.”
The prophetic promise made in the above texts is a general statement that
does not particularise any man or people, particularly the phrase, ”Whosoever
shall say unto this mountain” which is totally unconditional and can be applied
to any people of any time. Similarly the statement, ”He that believeth on me,”
can include any believer in Christ of any time. There is no argument to support the claim that the above predictions were particularly made in respect of the
early Christians. It is therefore, necessary for a mountain to move and be cast
into the sea, if a believer says so to it, of course, with firm belief in Christ.
Everyone knows that nothing like this has even happened in history. We would
like very much to know if any Christian, in or after the time of Jesus, did
perform “works greater than Christ” as the evangelist has made Jesus say this in
the above prediction.
The Protestants have more than admitted that after the time of Jesus the
occurrence of miracles and marvels has never been proved in history. We have
seen many priests in India, who, in spite of making strenuous efforts for many
years are not able to speak correctly in Urdu, let alone take up serpents, drink
poison and heal the sick.

 

FALLIBITY OF LUTHER AND CALVIN

Perhaps we might be allowed at this juncture, for the interest of the readers,
to reproduce two incidents directly related to Luther and Calvin, the founders of
the Protestant faith. We quote this from the book entitled Mira’atus Sidq that
was translated into Urdu by a Catholic scholar and priest Thomas Inglus and
printed in 1857. He relates the following incidents on pages 105-107:
“In 1543 Luther tried to cast out the devil from the son of Messina with a
result similar to the Jews who once tried to cast out devil as is described by
the Book of Acts in Chapter 19. Satan, in the same way attacked Luther and
wounded him and his companions. Stiffels seeing that his spiritual leader,
Luther was being choked and strangled by Satan, tried to run away but being
in great terror was not able to open the latch of the door and had to break
down the door with a hammer which was thrown to him from the outside by
his servant through a ventilator.
Another incident is related of Calvin, the great leader of the Protestants,
by another historian. Calvin once hired a man called Bromius and told him to
lie down in front of the people and pretend to be dead. He arranged with him
that when he heard Calvin say the words, ”Bromius, rise from the dead and
be alive,” he should rise from the bed as though he had been dead and had
just risen, having been miraculously brought to life. The wife of Bromius
was also told to cry and lament over the body of her husband.
Bromius and his wife acted accordingly and people, hearing her cries and
lamentation, gathered there for her consolation. Calvin came and said to the
weeping woman, ”Do not cry. I will raise him from the dead.”
He began to recite some prayers and then holding the hand of Bromius,
said, ”Rise in the name of God.” But his design of deceiving people in the
name of God was not a success as Bromius really had died. God had avenged Calvin for his deception and iniquity. Bromius’ wife, seeing that her
husband had died in reality started crying and blaming Calvin.
Both these leaders were considered to be the greatest spiritual leaders of their
time. If they can be blamed for such acts what remains to be said of the
generality of the people.
Pope Alexander VI, the head of the Roman church and the representative of
the Lord on the earth, according to the Catholic faith, had prepared some poison
for some other persons, but drinking it himself by mistake he died. One cannot
avoid coming to the conclusion that the leaders of both the rival sects do not
possess any of the qualities mentioned in the prediction under discussion.

 

Error No. 86

The gospel of Luke states:
“Which was the son of Joanna, which was the son of Rhesa, which was
the son of Zorobabel, which was the son of Salathiel, which was the son of
Neri 261.”
This genealogical description of the Christ contains three errors:
1. The sons of Zorobabel or Zerubbabel are described very clearly in 1
Chronicles Chapter 3 and none of them has this name. We have
already discussed this earlier and besides this, it is against the
description of Matthew.
2. Zerubbabel is the son of Pedaiah, not Salathiel. He is, however, his
nephew.
3. Salathiel is the son of Jeconias, not of Neri. Matthew has also agrees
with this.

 

Error No. 87

In his account of the genealogy of Jesus, Luke states:
“…which was the son of Sala.
Which was the son Cainan which was the son of Arphaxad 262…”
This statement is also not correct as Sala was the son of Arphaxad, and not
his grandson, which is clear from the book of Genesis 263 and from I
Chronicles.

The Hebrew version has always preference over any translation according to
the Protestants 265. No translation can be preferred to the original Hebrew
version simply because it corresponds with the description of Luke. On the
contrary, such a translation would be considered unacceptable on the grounds
that it has been modified.

 

Error No. 88

We read the following statement in Luke:
“And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from
Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed,
(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria
266).”
This, too, is incorrect because the phrase ”all the world” includes the total
population of the Roman empire. No historian prior to, or contemporary with
Luke ever mentioned this tax before the birth of Jesus in his history.
Later historians, when describing it, only do so using Luke as their source
which is unacceptable. Apart from this, it seems impossible that Cyrenius, who
was governor of Syria fifteen years after the birth of Jesus, could have done the
taxing which was accomplished fifteen years prior to the birth of Jesus. Equally
unbelievable is the notion that Jesus was born during the time of his
governorship, because in this case we are required to believe that Mary
remained in the state of pregnancy for as long as fifteen years. It is so because
Luke has admitted in the second chapter that the wife of Zacharias conceived in
the reign of Herod 267 and that Mary conceived Jesus six month later.
Realizing this ”difficulty” some Christian scholars have declared that verse 2
is a later addition and not written by Luke.

 

Error No. 89

Luke states:
“Now in the fifteenth year of the Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being
governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip, tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the
tetrarch of Abilene 268.”
This is incorrect as the historians have denied of there being any ruler of
Abilene named Lysaneas in the time of Herod and Pontius Pilate.

 

Error No. 90

In the same chapter of Luke we find this statement:
“But Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him for Herodias, his brother
Philip’s wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done 269.”
This is absolutely wrong, as we have shown under Error No. 56 and as will
be discussed later in the book. The mistake was made by Luke and not by the
copier, as has been said by some exegetes admitting the presence of the mistake
in the text.

 

 

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