By: Qazi Ghulam Mustafa

NO CRUCIFIXION - NO CHRISTIANITY "THE DEATH OF JESUS ON THE CROSS IS THE CENTRE OF ALL CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY. . .ALL CHRISTIAN STATEMENTS ABOUT GOD, ABOUT CREATION, ABOUT SIN AND DEATH HAVE THEIR FOCAL POINT IN THE CRUCIFIED CHRIST. ALL CHRISTIAN STATEMENTS ABOUT HISTORY, ABOUT THE CHURCH, ABOUT FAITH AND SANCTIFICATION, ABOUT THE FUTURE AND ABOUT HOPE STEM FROM THE CRUCIFIED CHRIST", says Professor Jurgen Moltmann in his - "The Crucified God" With this quotation we understand that the base of Christianity is the blood of Christ. Hence if there is no crucifixion, there is no Christianity. I appeal to my Christian brethren to read the arguments I have given and analyze the facts with a neutral eye to understand right from the wrong. I have already discussed post crucifixion activities of Jesus Christ in my previous article and lectures, the article has been published by title “Last day of Jesus Christ”. In which, it was concluded that Jesus Christ himself was not prepared to be the lamb of sacrifice, one of the quotations is repeated here for revision:

And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. Mathew 26:39
God is so merciful and He answered Jesus Christ in Book of Hebrews 5:7,

Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;
There are many more reasons given in my previous article regarding the subject. However, we can see in these two here that Jesus asked God let this cup (death) pass from him and the answer of God needs no more clarification that Jesus was given what he desired. Yes, the cup (death) was passed from him. For further details on the activities of Jesus Christ of his last day, please see my article named above on the websites mentioned in the end of this publication.

DEMAND FOR EVIDENCE

The Holy Quran gives way to solve such disputes in chapter 2 verse 111:

“Say Produce your proof, If ye but speak the truth”
On asking the proof we have been provided the Bible, which says Jesus was not willing to be sacrificed as stated above. Besides, Jesus also gave a sign, I should say the only sign that he will be in the belly of the earth for three days and three nights like Jonas was in fish’s belly for three days and three nights (Mathew 12:40). I have published an article and lectures on this topic as well titled as “The only sign Jesus claimed”, where after discussing all facts it was concluded that Jesus was in the tomb only for two days and a night according to the happenings and Bible records. For details, please read above mentioned article of mine.

JESUS IN THE SEPULCHRE
We are told in the Bible that Jesus was buried on Friday night and after two nights and a days, means on Sunday morning Mary Magdalene visited the tomb and found the sepulchre empty. This story has been reported by Mathew, Mark, Luke as well as John. So all these writers are in the witness box now for the record they have provided. This is the only way to analyze the truth. We would first discuss the record of Mathew in his chapter 26:
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In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other

Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
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His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: 4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. 5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. 6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you….. 9And as they went to tell his
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disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. Here I want to draw your attention towards the stay of Jesus in the tomb. The tomb was found empty in just two days and one night, whereas, Jesus claimed for three days and three nights complete in all respects. Furthermore, Jesus’ disciples believed mary and went to see Jesus and worshipped him. In the contrast Mark says in his Chapter 16: And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. 2 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. 3 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away
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the stone from the door of the sepulchre? And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great. 5 And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment;
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and they were affrighted. And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him. 7 But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you. 8 And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid. 9 Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. 10 And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept. 11 And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.
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After highlighting the contrasted words, I do not require to explain the changes in the story. You can see, Mathew says the Angel moved the stone and sat on it, in contrast Mark says, the stone was already moved and a man was sitting inside. Mathew states an earthquake as well, whereas mark does not. Mathew says, Angel talked to Mary outside the sepulchre, whereas, Mark says, they entered the sepulchre. Most amazing thing is that Mathew says, Jesus’ disciples believed Mary, visited Jesus and worshipped him. Whereas, Mark says, they never believed what Mary told them about rising of Jesus. In both the stories we find major differences in happenings, while confusing that what did actually happen?????

Let us see what Luke says regarding the topic. He tells the same story in chapter chapter 24 of his book: Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. 3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: 5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among
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the dead?
He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, 9 And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest. 10 It was Mary Magdalene and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles. 11 And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.
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Thank God Luke atleast agrees for the stone was already removed. Amazingly he says there were two men sitting inside the sepulchre, which totally challenges Mathew and Mark. He further says that Jesus is alive and not to look him among the dead, while showing disagreement with Jesus himself that he would be in the grave for three days and three nights as dead (condition for salvation of my Christian brethren). Furthermore, Mathew says, Mary Magdalene and other Mary visited the tomb. Mark says, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome visited the tomb and Luke says, Mary Magdalene and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women visited the tomb. Which means they all disagree with each other. Finally let us see what John has to say. In his chapter 20: The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. 2 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the LORD out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. 3 Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. 4 So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun
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Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.

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Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie,

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And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. 8 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.
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For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.

I really appreciate John that he has not copied a single word from other gospel writers and produced the story on his own. He says, Mary went to the tomb alone, then calls peter and other disciples to look for Jesus. They come and see not a single man or angel there and they guessed that Jesus is risen. I said guessed because verse 9 says they knew not the scripture. Amazing, they were all closest to their Master Jesus Christ and it is obvious that before the crucifixion of Jesus, he has delivered all commandments and whatever he had to say, still disciples say that THEY DO NOT KNOW ABOUT HIS RISING, which means Jesus had never told them about it. Let us see the differences of all four in black and white. Mathew Time of visit to the tomb Dawn Mark Early morning Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome Removed already Luke Early morning Mary Magdalene and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women Removed already John It was yet dark Only Mary Magdalene firsty then Peter on calling Removed already

Who visited the tomb

Mary Magdalene and other Mary Earthquake Stone was removed by angel, infront of them An angel Sitting on the stone Yes, they also found and worshippe

Disaster How was stone found Who did they find there??? Where did they find ??? Did they believe???

A man Inside sepulchre No, they did not

Two men Inside sepulchre No, they did not

No one No, they even didn’t know about his

d Jesus

rising

WHAT TO BELIEVE
We have been told by our Christian brethren that the books of Mathew, Mark, Luke and John are based on the inspiration of Holy Ghost, which is God (they say). I believe that God has perfect knowledge and He does not make mistakes and forget things. If God is dictating certain happenings to these writers, then it must not contradict with each other. As these writers have given certain statement regarding what happened to Jesus Christ after his alleged crucifixion, we put them in the witness box to verify what they say. I ask, which of the statement from Mathew, Mark, Luke and John you would select being the truth. But you have to justify yourself that why are you selecting this as all these statements are contradictory to each other. Surely if God had inspired Mathew, Mark, Luke and John, we would not have found a single discrepancy in it. How could it be that the same God is telling Mathew that Mary Magdalene and other Mary visited the tome and the same God is telling Mark that Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome visited the tomb. Did God forget what He told Mathew earlier and He presumptuously dictated Mark other names. I need you brothers to look into the matter yourself and see whether it is the Word of God, and surely you will be confused.

Written By: Qazi Ghulam Mustafa
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