Topic 2: Paul the Usurper or Real Apostle of Christ?
Many modern Muslims hate Paul because Paul clearly taught Christ¶s divinity in his writings.Even though there is a strong case to be made that Paul was a true apostle according to theQuran and early Muslim sources (
), many Muslims do not hesitate to slander and even mock the Apostle Paul. Many Muslims claim that Paul was not a true apostle. They claim that hesimply came in later and corrupted everything somehow.However, Bart Ehrman does not share this radical belief. In fact Bart Ehrman defendsApostle Paul as an early reliable source of information for the life of Jesus. Ehrman contendsthat, based on the evidence, the Apostle Paul knew the original disciples of Jesus and becameone of them.In a radio interview the Infidel Guy challenged the notion that Jesus even existed and claimedthat there is no real evidence for him existing. Ehrman, confused at the assertion becausevirtually no scholars hold this view, corrects the deceived radio host. They then debate andEhrman states the following:We have one author
who actually knew Jesus¶ relatives and knew his disciples
t¶s not an embellishment that Paul met with James in Jerusalem
So what we have is Islam¶s hero Bart Ehrman destroying modern Muslim belief aboutApostle Paul. Ehrman, along with the majority of serious scholarship holds the view that Paulwas a true disciple of Jesus Christ who met with the leaders of the early church shortly after Jesus¶ crucifixion, not a usurper.
: Jesus was buried & His Apostles Reported Visions
Muslims deny that Jesus was crucified. Islam teaches that Jesus was rescued from the cross by Allah and that someone was made to appear like Jesus on the cross. However the hero of Islam, Bart Ehrman, although he disputes the type of burial Jesus had, does concede thatJesus was most likely buried and that his disciples most likely did have visions where they believed they saw the risen Christ!Dr. Ehrman remarks:What I think we can say with some confidence is that
Jesus actually did die
, and that some of his disciples (all of them? some of them?)
claimed to have seenhim alive afterward
. Among those who made this claim, interestingly enough, was Jesus¶own brother James, who came to believe in Jesus and soon thereafter became one of the principle leaders of the early Christian church.
Since Islam denies that Jesus died and was buried one can logically assume that they denythat Jesus¶ followers had multiple experiences in which they thought that they had seen therisen Christ. I am not aware of any Islamic text which states that the post resurrectionappearances were delusions from Allah. However the supposed hero of Islam grants all of this based on the early data. It looks like Bart Ehrman holds to historical views whichundermine Islam in a very strong way.