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Teaching a Greek Christian the Truth About the Greek New Testament

While in Speakers Corner about two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to discuss the New Testament (and a few of its variants) along with the historicity of the Crucifixion narrative using my Nestle-Aland 28th Edition Greek New Testament…with a Greek Christian. This proved very opportune, as he could openly correct me had I lied or made a mistake about what the Greek New Testament said! I was excited to be put to the test and suffice it to say, I think the discussion went quite well.

We earlier tried to have the same discussion but an older missionary gentleman was listening in (as others do), and while this was not a problem, the moment I raised a problematic question he reacted in an absurd way that led to the conversation ending. Thankfully my Greek colleague was up for round two, where we summarized the first discussion and had a full length discussion on the above mentioned topics. It’s decidedly worth the watch, many thanks to the EFDawah YouTube channel for recording and uploading the dialogue with excellent quality!

and God knows best.

The God that was Killed

 Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ ,

One of the basic attributes that defines God,  is that He has no beginning and no end. In fact, every being that has a beginning and end is created—Consequently, God is not created as He is not characterized by these descriptions or any thing whatsoever that exists in the material world (or the non material). Furthermore, just by reading the title of this article–a question might cross a person’s mind: Can anyone literary kill and murder God? Obviously not—imagine everyday a person attempting to assassinate the Almighty—a weird thing to happen, no?

Hence in short, let me put this straightforward: Any entity that fails to cope with this criterion of having no beginning and no end, is definitely not divine.

So we have a test —let’s simply judge Jesus {as} by this.

(1) Was Jesus created?
Yes! He was formed and shaped in his mother’s womb.

(2) Did Jesus have a beginning and evidently an end?
Yes!

(3) Can anyone kill God?
No!

The results for testing Jesus’ divinity is clear, it’s a negative.

God loves us–He killed Himself for us!

Moreover, the Bible tells us that Jesus, on the way to the crucifixion scene, when he was taken to receive his sentence that Roman soldiers insulted him by (a) mocking him (b) spitting on him and (c) beating him:

 “And then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand and knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again.” – Bible : Matthew (27) : 30-31.

Is this an Almighty God who was allegedly mocked, spit on and beaten on his head numerous times?! I beg to differ.

Now a Christian might say—why not? God out of love and humbleness did that—He became like one of us, he suffered and lived as a human being—this actually just shows the wide care He has toward us and who are we to judge God?

Indeed a lot of Christians use this desperate argument to defend their faith but yet I don’t perceive how love and care are understood when God was allegedly spit on? When he ran and hided to avoid being stoned? Is this love? Do we see affection by allegedly seeing God hiding and seeking refuge from his own creation? How is that displaying “love”?

In fact, Jesus according to the Bible, discarded faith in God while in distress, to the extent he uttered words of amounting to God’s abandonment of his own son:

And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” – Bible : Matthew (27) : 46.

Jesus is accusing God of forsaking Him, that is to abandon Him. Does God show mercy through abandoning his allegedly own son? In fact, CARM’s website on this very subject matters, says it was God’s obligated duty to abandon Jesus in his time of need:

It is possible that at some moment on the cross, when Jesus became sin on our behalf, that God the Father, in a sense, turned His back upon the Son.  It says in Hab. 1:13 that God is too pure to look upon evil.  Therefore, it is possible that when Jesus bore our sins in His body on the cross (1 Pet. 2:24), that the Father, spiritually, turned away.  At that time, the Son may have cried out.

With this in mind, the Christian belief that God the Father abandoned His Son because God considered His Son at this point in time to be evil and therefore turned away from Him, is not only a telling tale of theological absurdity, it’s abhorrent to think that God abandoned Himself and that God saw Himself as inherently the epitome of evil.

If it is that God can choose to be stoned, killed or humiliated then this argument presents the case of God doing other acts, antithesis to His nature—if He would choose that—He can choose to punish the righteous and reward the evils— He can choose to become Satan—or maybe He can choose not to become God anymore—all based on that simple analysis and  awkward, incomprehensible reasoning.

وَرَبُّنَا الرَّحْمَٰنُ الْمُسْتَعَانُ عَلَىٰ مَا تَصِفُونَ
“And our Lord is the Beneficent Allah, Whose help is sought against what you ascribe (to Him) –  Qur’aan : 21 : 112.

Article adapted from site author, Br. Alexus’ works.

and God knows best.
[wa Allaahu Alam].