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Error No. 59: The Earthquake on Jesus’ Crucifixion

Once more we find in Matthew:
“And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the
bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept
arose.
And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy
city and appeared unto many 229.”
This is a concocted story. Norton, the famous scholar, though he favoured
the gospels, said, proving the falsity of this story with several arguments, ”This
is a totally false story. It seems that such stories were prevalent among the Jews
at the time of destruction of Jerusalem. Possibly someone might have written
this story as a marginal note in the Gospel of Matthew, and later on it might
have been included in the text, the translator might have translated it from that
text 230.
The falsehood of this story is evident for several reasons:
1. The Jews went to Pilate, the day after the Crucifixion of Christ, and
said to Pilate:
“Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive.
After three days I will rise again.
Command therefore, that the sepulchre be made sure until the third
day 231.”
Moreover, Matthew, in the same chapter expressly states that Pilate and
his wife were not pleased at the crucifixion of Christ. The Jews would not
dare go to Pilate in these circumstances, especially when there was an
earthquake and the graves opened and the rocks rent. The fact that Pilate
was not pleased at the crucifixion of Christ, would have put him into a rage
against the Jews. They could have not gone to Pilate to say that Christ was a
’deceiver’, God forbid.

2. In the presence of such miraculous signs a great number of people of
that time would have embraced the new faith without hesitation, whereas,
according to the Bible, three thousand people did accept the new faith, but
only when the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples and they spoke several
languages before the people. This event is explicitly mentioned in Acts 232.
The events described by Matthew were obviously of a much more
compelling nature than the disciples speaking in several languages.
3. Is it not surprising that none of the historians of that time and of the
time succeeding it, and none of the evangelists except Matthew, has written a
single word about these events of so great an historical importance
It is of no avail to say that opponents have deliberately avoided any
reference to these events. But what do they have to say of the absence of any
account of these events in the books of those Christian historians who are
considered to be advocates of Christianity. In particular the absence of any
description of these events in the Gospel of Luke is very surprising, as he is
generally known for reporting the rarities of the life of Jesus, as is clear from
the first chapters of his gospel and of the Book of Acts.
We cannot understand why all the evangelists, or at least most of them,
have not referred to these events when they have given full account of events
of no or lesser, significance. Mark and Luke, too, only speak of the splitting
of the veil and not of anything else.
4. Since the veil in question was made of silk, we cannot understand how
a soft curtain of silk could be torn like this, and if it was true, how the
building of the temple could remain unaffected. This objection is forwarded
equally to all evangelists.
5. The bodies of the saints coming out of the graves happens to be in
clear contradiction to the statement of Paul, in which he said that Christ was
the first to rise from the dead.
The learned scholar Norton truthfully said that this evangelist seems to be
in the habit of making his own guesses, and is not always able to sort out the
truth from the available stock of events. Can such a man be trusted with the
word of God?

 

Errors No. 60, 61, 62: The Resurrection of Jesus

The Gospel of Matthew reports Jesus’ answering to some scribes:
“But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation
seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the
Prophet Jonas:
For Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall
the son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth 234.”
We find a similar statement in the same gospel:
“A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall
no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the Prophet Jonas 235.”
The same is understood from the statement of the Jews reported by Matthew:
“Sir, we remember that, that deceiver said while he was yet alive, After
three days I will rise again 236.”
All these statements are incorrect for the fact is that according to the gospels
Jesus was crucified on Friday in the afternoon and died at about nine in the
evening. Joseph asked Pilate for his body in the evening and arranged his
funeral, as is clear from the Gospel of Mark. He was therefore buried in the
night of Friday, and his body is said to have disappeared on the morning of
Sunday, as described by John. According to this detail, his body did not remain
in the earth for more than one day and two nights. Therefore his statement of
staying in the earth for three days and three nights is proved incorrect.
Seeing the error in these statements, Paley and Channer admitted that the
statement in question was not of Jesus but was the result of Matthew’s own
imagination. Both of them said words to the effect that Jesus would have meant
to convince them only through his preachings without their asking a sign from
him, like the people of Nineveh, who embraced the new faith without a sign
from Jonah.
According to these two scholars this statement was proof of a lack of
understanding on the part of Matthew. It also proves that Matthew did not write
his gospel by inspiration. His not understanding the intention of Jesus in this
case, shows that he could well have written similarly erroneous accounts in
other places.

It is, therefore, a natural conclusion that the gospel of Matthew cannot, in
any way be called revelation but is rather a collection of accounts influenced by
the local environment and the result of human imagination.

 

Error No. 63: The Second Coming of Jesus

It is stated in Matthew:
“For the son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels;
and then he shall reward every man according to his works.
Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste
of death, till they see the son of man coming in his kingdom 237.”
This statement has definitely been wrongly attributed to Jesus, because all
those ’standing here’, died nearly two thousand years ago, and none of them
saw the Son of Man coming into his kingdom

 

Error No. 64: Another Prediction of Jesus

Matthew reports Jesus saying to his disciples:
“But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another, for verily I
say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the son of
man be come 238.”
Again this is obviously wrong as the disciples have, long, long ago, done
their duty of going over the cities of Israel, but the S on of Man never came with
his kingdom.

 

Errors No. 65 – 68

The book of Revelations contains this statement:
“Behold, I come quickly 239:”
The same words are found in chapter 22 verse 7 of the same book. And verse
10 of the same chapter contains this statement:
“Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at
hand.”

Further in verse 20 it says again:
“Surely, I come quickly.”
On the basis of these statements of Christ, the earlier followers of
Christianity held the firm belief that the second coming of Christ would be in
their own time. They believed that they were living in the last age and that the
day of Judgment was very near at hand. The Christian scholars have confirmed
that they held this belief.

 

Errors No. 69 – 75

The Epistle of James contains this statement:
“Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord
draweth near 240.”
It also appears in I Peter:
“But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober and watch unto
prayer 241.”
And the First Epistle of Peter contains these words:
“Little children, it is the last time 242.”
And the First Epistle of Paul to the Thessalonians states:
“For this we say unto you, by the word of the Lord, that we which are
alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which
are asleep.
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the
voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ
shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with
them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with
the Lord 243.”
And Paul said in his letter to Philippians: “The Lord is at hand 244.”
And in his First Epistle to the Corinthians, Paul said:
“And they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the
worlds are come 245.”
Paul also said later in the same letter:
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be
changed,
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet
shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be
changed 246.”
The above seven statements are the arguments for our claim that the early
Christians held a firm belief in the second coming of Christ during their own
lifetime, with the result that all the seven statements are proved false.

 

Errors No. 76 – 78: The Signs of the End of the World

Matthew describes in Chapter 24 that the disciples of Jesus asked the
Messiah, when they were on the Mount of Olives, about the signs of the
destruction of the Temple and the Second Coming of Jesus and about the end of
the world. Jesus told them all the signs, first of the destruction of the House of
the Lord, of his own coming to the earth again and of the day of Judgement. The
description up to verse 28 talks of the destruction of the Temple; and verse 29 to
the end of the chapter consists of the events related to the second coming of
Christ and the Day of Judgement. Some verses of this chapter according to the
Arabic translation 247 printed in 1820, read thus:
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days, shall the sun be
darkened, and the moon will not give her light, and the stars shall fall from
heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.
And then shall appear the sign of the son of man in heaven: and then shall
all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the son of man coming in
the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

And he shall send his angels with a great sound of trumpet, and they shall
gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heaven to
the other 248.”
And in verses 34 and 35 it says:
“Verily I say unto you. This generation shall not pass, till all these things
be fulfilled.
Heaven and earth shall pass away but my words shall not pass away.”
The text of the Arabic translation printed in 1844 is exactly the same.
However, the Persian translations of 1816, 1828, 1842 contain:
“Immediately after the trouble of those days, the sun shall be darkened.”
Verse 34 of these translations is identical to the one quoted above. It is,
therefore necessary that the day of Judgment should come at the time when the
House of God has been destroyed and Jesus has reappeared on the earth,
”…immediately after the trouble of those days,” according to the statement of
Jesus. Similarly it is also necessary that the generation contemporary with
Christ should not have died until they saw these event with their eyes, as was
the belief of the early Christians. However they did die centuries ago and
heaven and earth still continue to exist.
The evangelists, Mark and Luke also included similar descriptions in
Chapters 13 and 21 respectively of their gospels. The three evangelists are
equally responsible for this historically proved false statement.

 

 

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