What Paul has actually tried to explain in the earlier statements is nothing but his own philosophy and craftiness. It is my hope that the intellectuals among the Christians of this modern world will one day realize this fact and they will come to the conclusion that these teachings of Paul have nothing to do with Jesus Christ or God but it is as himself said: "…And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you; the less I be loved. But be it so, I did not burden you: Nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you with guile…" 2 Cor. 12:15-16.
Thus, these teachings of Paul in "The New Testament" are nothing except a service to the Gentiles whom Jesus Christ did not wish to spread his word to, as we have learnt earlier. But Paul was glad enough to spend all his time for them knowing that the more he loved them, the less love he would earn from the true followers of Christ as he admitted that himself. Then, in his above statement, he admitted that he did not burden the Gentiles. This is true in the sense that he had removed all laws and commandments for them by urging them that Christ had redeemed them from the curse of law as in Gal. 3:13.
But, this was only a crafty play and he did entrap all his followers through this craftiness and guileful method. And now, after we have discussed a lot about the real founder of Christianity, who is Paul, let us leave him and his innovations alone and continue to explain other concepts assumed to be correct and authentic by the Christians worldwide.
Muslims believe that the crucifixion of Jesus was not a predestined plan of God as Christians allege or assume. It is commonly believed in Christianity that God had planned from the beginning to send his "only begotten Son" to die on the Cross as a human sacrifice which would remove the sins of the world. In fact, in Christianity, the death on the Cross is considered an "atonement and the redemptive process in which Christ came to die as a sacrifice for the removal of the sins of the world".
But this concept can neither be correct nor authentic for the following reasons:
(1) Jesus prayed three times to God in order to be saved from the cup of death on the cross, he prayed saying; "…O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt…" Matt. 28:39.
This Biblical verse simply meant that he was not ready for that death; he was unlike Abraham's son who volunteered himself to be sacrificed for the sake of God's Will. But here, Jesus shows not only his unwillingness to die but also his open cowardice of being crucified for the fulfillment of God's alleged plan to redeem mankind. Actually, this act will indicate that there was no predestined plan by God for him to be sacrificed for the alleged "atonement or redemptive process" for the removal of sins.
Had it been God's "predestined plan", Jesus could have neither complained nor made any excuse, but contrary to that we see him (Jesus) express his complains and his hesitation to die by asking the Father to take away from him the cup of death on the Cross..!1
Muslims believe in the prophethood and the messiahship of Jesus Christ; they also believe that the prayers and cries of Christ were answered and granted by God, therefore when he said; "...Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me...'' this very prayer of Christ was granted and he did not die on the cross as it is written “…Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you! For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh shall be opened. 0 what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?..." Matt. 7:7-10.
Thus, when Jesus asked his Father "to take away the cup of death on the cross", he was asking for bread; and he, therefore, was given that bread and not a stone, he asked for a fish and ultimately he was given a fish and not a serpent. This is why we believe that Jesus did not die on the cross as his prayers were heard and he described that himself saying; "…Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me, and I knew that, thou hearest me always…" John. 11:41-42.
We also read from the Bible concerning the prayer of Jesus Christ that; "…the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much…" James. 5:16.
This is why, while Jesus was praying to God that he should be saved from death on the cross, the bible confirm the intercession of mercy from the angels by saying; "...and there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him...," Luke. 22:42-43.
In addition to this, we believe that the prayers of Jesus Christ were heard and granted by almighty God, as it is written in the following biblical reports and prophecies:
(a) "…the Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous…" Pro. 15:29.
(b) "…the fear of the lord prolongs life, but the years of the wicked will be short…" Pro. 10:27.
(c) ''…many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all, he keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken…” Psm. 34:19-20.
Jesus Christ was not supposed to die on the cross according to the above prophecy and many others. Paul confirms this fact here by saying; "…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…" Heb. 5:7.
Another piece of evidence which testifies that Jesus Christ was neither killed nor did he die on the cross is the prophecy which was given by Jesus himself. According to the biblical report, Jesus made the prophecy and the only sign which would prove that he was a true messiah. That prophecy is what has been called in the Bible as "the sign of Jonah" and what was the sign of Jonah?
The bible speaks about the sign of Jonah saying; "…now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah; and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights". Jonah. 1:17. "then Jonah prayed unto the Lord his God out of the fish's belly, and said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and He heard me; out of the belly of hell cried, and thou heardest my voice .. and the Lord spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land…" Jonah. 2:1-10.2
The most interesting drama played by Jesus and Christians can be viewed when you are able to analyze between the two important ideas. Jesus claims in the Bible to be like Jonah as he would have the same signs as Jonah; but the Christians say, Jesus was unlike Jonah; as his signs were contrary to those of Jonah.
They say, Jonah was alive in three days and three nights in the belly of the whale but Jesus, they said was dead, and this will make him to be unlike Jonah. Thus, we ask, who is speaking the truth? Jesus or the Christians? We, Muslims, believe that Jesus Christ in his prophecy emphasize that his sign shall be that of Jonah and so he would be the likeness and resemblance of Jonah as he himself had already foretold about it.
Thus when he was asked by the Jews to produce the miracle or the unique sign to prove himself to be the Messiah he immediately foretold about his sign and miracle saying; "...and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the Prophet Jonas: For as 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...” Matt. 12:39-40.3
According to the Book of Jonah, Jonah was alive during the three days and three nights he was in the whale's belly while each one of us would expect him to be dead. Similarly, when we expected Jesus Christ to be dead after his alleged arrest, he must have escaped death miraculously. So he was alive as he had foretold. Both Jonah and Jesus are thus supposed to have similar signs as it is written in Matt. 12:39-40.
From this, we can conclude that Jesus was protected by God, the Creator and was kept somewhere far away from the cross in a very secure place which no man can either go or reach as foretold by the saying: “…The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such things concerning him; and the Pharisees and the Chief Priests sent officers to take him. Then said Jesus unto them, yet a little while am I with you, and then I go unto him that sent me. Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come..." John. 7:32-34.
The Bible testifies that Jesus was unaware of his being a Lamb of God and so he did not have any idea of his death on the Cross of Calvary, but as he realized the plot of the Jews and the Romans against his life, he began to be conscious enough in such a way that he never used to walk in public, and whenever he sensed any danger or threat to his life he immediately and cleverly avoided, and thus put himself in occultation.
The Bible says:
"…After these things, Jesus walked in Galilee; for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him..." John. 7:1. The Bible also says that: "...Then from that day fourth they took counsel together for to put him to death. Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews..." John. 11:53-54.
"...Therefore they sought again to take him; but he escaped out of their hands..."John. 10:39.
We also read in the Bible how Jesus escaped miraculously again from the hands of the Jews. Describing this incident, the Bible says: "…Then took they up stones to cast at him: But Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by..." John. 8:59.4
The fact is that Jesus by the power of the Almighty Allah, had escaped the death on the cross and he himself had foretold about his escape by informing his enemies that they would never find him or arrest him as the place which he intended to go to was unknown to them and that by the power of the Almighty Allah they would never go or enter that place.
Jesus foretold about that incident saying: "…Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me; and where I am, thither ye cannot come..." John. 7:34.
Remember, that when Jesus spoke these words he has not yet been arrested by the Jews, and so it is not correct at all to believe that someone had arrested him and put him to death. It seems that, Jesus was hidden somewhere and according to his words, he was under divine protection. Therefore, we must believe in his words which say;
"…Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me; and where I am, thither ye cannot come..." John. 7:34.
We can conclude by saying that until the alleged event of Crucifixion and the alleged event of rising from the dead, Jesus was claiming to have not yet ascended to his Father; which simply means he was not yet dead when he said to Mary Magdalene;
"…Touch me not, for I am not yet ascended to my Father..." John. 20:17.
According to Jewish beliefs, when a person dies his soul ascends to the Father, the Creator. So when Jesus was speaking to Mary Magdalene that he had not yet ascended to his Father, he was simply informing her that he had not died and that he was alive during all of those three days and nights. Therefore, Jesus was neither killed nor was he crucified.
This is among the best evidences which prove that Jesus Christ was neither killed nor crucified by the Romans and that the report of his death on the cross was just a baseless claim. If we search carefully in the Biblical accounts on Jesus Christ, we can easily find that there had been four plans by God to save Jesus Christ from being killed or hanged on the cross. Starting from his infant life to his adulthood, these plans can be summarized as follows:
This was among the first plans of God to save Jesus Christ from being killed by his enemies. This has been described as follows:
"...the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying. Arise and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: And was there until the death of Herod…" Matt. 2:13-14.
The above passage of the Bible reveals to us the first plan of God to protect Jesus Christ from being killed by his enemies. We see the angel of the Lord appearing to Joseph in a dream and inspiring him to take the child and the mother and flee to a secure place in Egypt.
This simply signifies the divine support and protection for Jesus and that God did not have any predestined plan to ‘sacrifice his own Son’ for the removal of the sins of the world as alleged by the Christians.
Before that we see also the wise men being warned by God in the dream about Herod's plan and desire to kill the child Jesus and so they became extra careful. For example, they did not reveal to the Romans about the birth place of Jesus, and as they understood that this was God's plan to save Jesus from being murdered by Herod, the three wise men also escaped to their country through another way unknown to Herod and his armies and also escaped from arrest, as explained in Matt. 2:11-12.
In order for God to manifest His absolute plan of protecting Jesus from death, He appeared to Joseph for the second time in a dream informing him that the time of returning was at hand as the, enemy of Jesus was already dead.
Also, we are told in the Gospel that Jesus was in Egypt until Herod died in Matt. 1:15. This shows the perfect and absolute protection of God to Jesus, for as soon as his enemy (Herod) had died, Jesus returned to Israel but that was only after the complete assurance from God as described in the Bible.
The Bible speaks in this regards thus; "…But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, Arise and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child's life…" Matt. 2:19-20.
Had God predestined that ‘His Son’ should be sacrificed, He did not have to appear to the wise men and to Joseph (twice) in a dream, warning them about the dangerous circumstances which surrounded them and the Child as for human sacrifice, God does not necessarily need the Cross.
We are told in the Bible that Isaac, the son of Abraham, was to be made a sacrifice had there not been the substitute of a lamb sent by God, instead of him. If the case of Jesus was the same, then he also could have been sacrificed since his early childhood by simply allowing his enemies, i.e. Herod, the Romans and the Jews, to kill him. Instead, God took all those steps and precautions to prevent his death.
This conclusion is necessary as the death on the Cross had never been a commonly known Jewish religious ritual for the removal of sins. Rather the Crucifixion has always been viewed by the Jews and by the inhabitants of Israel as a curse and those who were crucified and faced death under these circumstances were regarded as liars, apostates, and criminals.
It was for this reason that Jesus was not ready to die on the Cross as he dreaded that he would be regarded as liar, apostate or criminal. The death on the cross would have been a victory to his opponents (the Jews and the Romans) who would satisfy their desires of discrediting Christ's divine ministry as it is said in the scripture:
"...For he that is hanged is accursed of God; that thy land be not defiled, which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance..." Deut.21:22-23.5
But for what crime was Jesus persecuted by both the Romans and the Jews? Was it for feeding five thousand people? Or was it for healing the sick? Or was it for raising Lazarus from the dead? How could the Jews have chosen Jesus Christ to be crucified instead of another Jesus who was called Barabbas, a well-known criminal throughout Israel.
By now, you must understand why Jesus had prayed to be saved from the death on the cross in fact this death was a curse as crucifixion was an official punishment for criminals and bandits in Israel of 2,000 years ago and death on the cross was also a shame which symbolized a lack of dignity and social credibility. But by the divine grace and power, Jesus was saved and protected from that death as you have learnt earlier.
Although the Gospel writers were not eye witnesses of the alleged trial and crucifixion of Jesus Christ, strangely enough, these writers have many things to say about both his trial and crucifixion. Let us examine the facts and reports given to us by the so-called inspired writers of the New Testament.
After examining the facts about the trial of Jesus, we understand that Pilate did not wish to kill or crucify Jesus as he found the latter not guilty. He knew that it was only because of envy that Jesus had been delivered to him by the high Priest. The New Testament bears ample testimony of this, saying;
"…For he knew that for envy they had delivered him..." Matt. 27:18.
In fact there was not even two witnesses from among the Jews agreed with each other in their testimony against Jesus Christ, "…But neither did their witness agree together…" Mark. 14:59.
This was a key factor which made Pilate believe that Jesus was innocent and thus he became convinced that it was because of envy that they delivered Jesus to him. As a result, no one had the right to sentence Jesus to death as Pilate had the final word concerning the matter of Jesus Christ.
We have also found another interesting plan of God to save Jesus from the death on the cross. Here again, it was reported that God appeared mysteriously for the purpose of delivering Jesus from the "cup of death" as He reportedly did earlier to Joseph and the wise men through dreams. Now He reportedly appeared even to Pilate's wife.
The wife of Pilate was not in favor of the demand of the Jews to crucify Jesus. Instead, she sent a message to her husband admonishing him and insisting that he should free Jesus. The Bible confirms his saying;"...When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him saying, have thou nothing to do with that just man: For I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him…" Matt. 27:19.
Remember that, God had twice given dreams to Joseph to protect Jesus. He also given dreams to the three wise men for the same purpose of protecting Jesus from being murdered, and here in the above passage of the Bible we see the same thing: God has similarly used dream with Pilate's wife.
This is very important, as Pilate was responsible for Jesus trial and the dream of his wife was clear evidence that God planned to save Jesus from death. Had God wanted him to be killed or murdered, why this dream during the trial?
Why was this dream given to Pilate's wife and not Joseph again? The answer is simple. When God commanded Joseph to flee with the child to Egypt in dream as in Matt. 2:16-19, Jesus was under the care of Joseph, and since Jesus was in the Court of Pilate, God used his wife in a dream so that she might influence her husband to free Jesus, which she did. As a result of this, “…he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying I am innocent of the blood of this just person: See ye to it...” Matt. 27:24.
This indicates that Pilate had freed Jesus believing that he was innocent and so did not deserve to be killed on the cross. Therefore, all reports which contradict this reality can be regarded as doubtful and false.
The dream of Pilate's wife was among several of God's plan to save Jesus Christ from death. Having understood this, Pilate planned to crucify three men on the Friday which was in fact the Jewish preparation for the Sabbath. Pilate declared one of them to be Jesus Christ. He actually performed a drama with the Jews by choosing Friday afternoon to crucify these men, leaving a very short time between the crucifixion and sunset which is the beginning of the Sabbath.
But within this short time, there was an eclipse of the Sun (Mark 15:33) and an earthquake, and the dead rose from their graves and appeared unto many in Jerusalem (Matt. 27:51-52). There is no doubt that these events had occurred through the power of Almighty God to create a state of confusion which would eventually enable Pilate to allow Jesus Christ to escape from Crucifixion since both Pilate and his wife were totally against the death of Jesus Christ.
By God's Grace, Jesus did not die on the cross but was alive, and no one from among these so-called writers of the Gospel had either seen him crucified or seen him rising from the dead, as "…they all forsook him, and fled…" Mark. 14:50.
According to the Bible, the Jews demanded from Pilate that the supposed tomb of Jesus should be guarded to prevent the body from being stolen but this was not done except on the second day. It was not known whether the body was present in the tomb or otherwise, as early in the morning the supposed body of Jesus was not in the tomb. As the guards were not at the tomb's site from the very first night, we must doubt the presence of the body of Jesus therein.
The Jews were only assuming that Jesus might have died; thus, the Angels or the men who were around the tomb revealed the fact to Mary Magdalene and some other women who went to the tomb to seek Jesus but instead they saw an empty tomb. The Angels said to them "...Why seek ye the Living among the dead? ..." Luke. 24:5. For Jesus was not in the tomb as he was alive and had not died as they had assumed.
What had actually taken place on that Friday afternoon was in fact a divine plan to save Jesus from the cup of death. These events - the eclipse of the Sun, the earthquake and the opening of the graves - when they happen do not signify the pleasure of God. Rather they were signs of His anger and the retribution for those who tried to kill the Messiah.
This is clear evidence indicating that on that day, there was a divine plan to save Jesus from the death on the cross was clearly described by the Holy Qur'an when it says: “And their saying: Surely we have killed the Messiah, Isa son of Marium, the messenger of Allah; and they did not kill him nor did they crucify him, but it appeared to them so (like Isa) and most surely those who differ therein are only in a doubt about it; they have no knowledge respecting it, but only follow a conjecture, and they killed him not for sure.” (Holy Qur’an, 4:157)
The Holy Qur'an has stated that Jesus Christ was not killed. It was only made to appear to his enemies that he was killed.
By this and other evidences, we hereby conclude that the story of the Crucifixion is untrue. Rather, Jesus was neither killed nor was he crucified on the Cross at Calvary.
The fifth evidence which can prove to us that Jesus did not die on the Cross was the condition of his body after his alleged resurrection from the dead. The Bible agrees with the fact that the body was buried as a physical body and raised or resurrected as a spiritual body.
If we have to admit (only for the sake of argument) that Jesus died and was buried, then he must have died physically and been buried physically.
The following are two Biblical testimonies:
“…And Jesus answering said unto them, the children of this world marry, and are given in marriage. But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection ...” Luke. 20:27-36.
“…So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body…” 1Cor. 15:42-44.
We learn from Jesus that resurrected bodies are angelic; they cannot die anymore; they are unlike physical bodies which need food, shelter, and sex. In fact, resurrected bodies - according to the Gospel of Luke - are spiritual and so they do not have human physical needs like marriage, sex and food.
And according to the Bible and the teachings of Paul, the body after death is buried while in a physical state but it is resurrected in a spiritual form. Thus, the resurrected bodies are spiritualized as Luke remarked, but, hereunder, we see Jesus Christ as a "physical being" still eating and drinking even after the alleged resurrection from the dead...! Surely, this is strange.
Even after the so-called resurrection of Jesus, the Christians do not have any evidence to prove that Jesus was spiritualized. Hence if he was spiritualized, then he rose from the dead. But the fact that he was the same physical Jesus prove that, the Crucifixion was untrue is just a myth.
To prove that he was the same person physically, Jesus said; "...Behold, my hands and my feet, that it is I myself, handle me and see; for s spirit has no flesh and bones, as you see me have. And he showed them his hands and his feet…" Luke. 24:39-40.
Jesus here wanted to prove to his disciples that he did not die, and so he was not a resurrected person and hence he had flesh and bones. When they were still in doubt about what he was saying to them - that he was alive and had not been resurrected - he asked them for food saying; "…And they gave him a piece of broiled fish and of a honey comb, and he took it, and did eat before them…" Luke. 24:41-43.
"...And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and broke, and gave to them..." Luke. 24:30.6
Before meeting with his disciples, Jesus explained to Mary Magdalene that he was not dead and that he was alive by saying to her; “…touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father...” John. 20:17. This is a Jewish expression which meant that, he was still alive on the earth. Had he died at any time, he must have been ascended to his Father, which means, his spirit could have been in the presence of the Father, the Creator of all things; and now remember that important saying; "…If Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain...” 1 Cor. 15:14.
From what we have learnt, it is a fact that Jesus was all along alive, not resurrected from the dead.
In fact, the death and the resurrection of Christ are two myths and one of the greatest untruths ever told in the history of mankind, and according to the above statement and words of Paul, "If Christ was not risen from the dead, then our preaching is in vain, and your faith is in vain, thus, the religion which based its doctrines on the fiction of the crucifixion and the myth of the resurrection of Christ, in fact that religious faith is in vain".
The concept of Crucifixion is based solely on the doctrine of the Original Sin. This doctrine asserts that Adam sinned and so the sins of Adam are inherited by all of his children, thus all human beings are born sinners. They, the Christians rely upon the concept of the Original Sin to construct their belief in the crucifixion and the resurrection of Christ.
However, there is nothing known as Original Sin in the Old Testament, and the so-called doctrine of Atonement was coined and fabricated by Paul without any permission from either God or from Jesus Christ. But surprisingly, we see Paul innovating his concept saying: "…Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission…" Heb. 9:22.
In the book "Catholic Teachings" by Rev. D. Grout, we read the following:
"Scripture teaches us that Adam's sin passed unto all men (our Blessed Lady excepted) for in the words of St. Paul: 'therefore as by the offence of one (Adam) unto all men to condemnation; so also by the justice of one (Christ) unto all men to justification of life. For as by the disobedience of one man (Adam) many were made sinners, so also by the obedience of one (Christ) many shall be made just” Rom. 5:18-19.
These words make it plain that all men have inherited Adam's sin." 7
Despite what the Christians have been saying for years i.e. that men inherited sins from the sin of Adam which they regard to be "the Original Sin", this concept and the doctrine of the Original Sin itself finds no support in the Old Testament or in the words of Jesus Christ himself.
This is a clear indication that the doctrine of the Original Sin is an innovation and fabrication by Paul and his allies. We see from the Bible that there is no Original Sin, contrary to what Christians believe. The Bible, in this regard says the following: "…In those days they shall say no more. The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children's teeth are set on edge. But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge..." Jer. 31:29-30.
It also says: "…The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die…" Ezekiel.18:1-9; 20-21.
Here, the Bible emphasizes that death and punishment are only for the soul which committed iniquity and not for every created soul as for the soul which conduct with righteousness it shall live and remain blessed forever. This is a clear evidence that the concept of Atonement and the Original Sin is neither correct nor authentic.
The passage which says "but if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live ..." signifies the power of the soul to conquer evil and wickedness. The passage also makes plain to us that the original and correct way for forgiveness of sins is only through "repentance" of our sins to Almighty Allah - the Creator of all things - and turning away from wickedness, not through the blood of Christ as taught by Paul and his friends.
Here Jesus seems that he was unaware of the doctrine of the Original sin? The Christians are knocking at our doors daily to teach us that we are born sinners, but the Master contradicts them by saying; "…Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily, I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein…" Mark. 10:14-15.
To Jesus, little children are not only the true manifestation of God but they are also the kingdom of God in which the source of perfection and endless bliss originate; therefore, children are born sinless and the concept of the Original Sin which asserts that men are born sinners has no origin either in the Bible or in the teachings of Christ.
Forgiveness is the fruit which always comes as a result of repentance from our sins and apologizing to Allah for what we have done. The process is always simple. Of even greater significance, Jesus taught us by saying; "...For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you..." then he taught us to ask forgiveness by saying; "...Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors..." Matt. 6:12; 14.
The forgiveness of sinners by punishing and killing someone else on their behalf is not real forgiveness. It is a just a play which has no place in the divine order. There is no free salvation and redemption without real efforts by the sinners themselves.
Jesus is reported to have said: "...but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments…” Matt. 19:17. He also said, "…Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and the Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven…" Matt. 5:20.
This reinforces the Islamic concept that there is no salvation without righteousness, and this righteousness can only be achieved by keeping the commandments as Jesus taught. Beware of the innovation of Paul and his concept of subordinating all laws and divine principles and all the commandments which are the source of human perfection and Salvation, to his mythology of the Cross of Calvary by saying:
"…Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross... Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days..." Col. 2:14; 16.
If one considers the words of Paul in his above statement, one will see clearly his negligence and his ridicule of God's commandments. By his words, Paul dared to declare the laws of God as "ordinances which are against us and contrary to us". This, in simple language, means that the laws are unfit to guide mankind towards salvation as laws bring calamity to people and so we must only depend upon the Cross of Calvary for our forgiveness arid Salvation.
These words of Paul itself are blasphemous but unfortunately, the Christians agree with them without question as they dogmatically think that Paul while uttering these words was inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Let us now study about the concept of "forgiveness" in the Holy Qur'an, which says;
"... Say: O my Servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah: for Allah forgives all sins for He is oft-forgiving, most merciful. Turn ye to your Lord (in repentance) and bow to His (will), before the Penalty comes on you ... "(Holy Qur’an, 39:53-54)
"If anyone does evil or wrongs his own soul but afterwards seeks Allah’s forgiveness, he will find Allah oftforgiving, most merciful. And if any one earns sin, he earns it against his own soul: for Allah is full of knowledge and wisdom ... "(Holy Qur’an, 4:110-111)
We learn from the above two verses of the Holy Qur'an that, Allah, the Creator of all things is the only source of forgiveness. He forgives all mankind for all types of sins committed, no matter how great those sins are; thus no man is supposed to despair from the Mercy of Allah.
What is required is only his repentance to Almighty God and to turn away from wickedness, and after this step, the divine forgiveness will be granted to that particular person.
In another verse of the Holy Qur'an, it is made clear that whosoever does any evil act or wronged his own soul and then pursued the pardon of God and reforms himself, will find God forgiving, merciful. So you see that the Holy Qur'an does not in any way agree with the doctrine of Atonement and the ritual of a human sacrifice for the removal of sins.
We have previously proved in this book that there is no original sin and that no one is born a sinner, but the Orthodox Christians and their allies claim that everyone in this world is born sinful. Adam and Eve were expelled from heaven for their sin and all their children ever since that time have inherited their sin and are born in sin and are thus sinful.
They continue to assert that it was for this reason that the Son of God, Jesus, did not enter the womb of Mary through the seed of man (Sperm), but it was an immaculate conception, without male intervention, according to the Christians, that was done in order to prevent Jesus Christ from inheriting the sins of Adam and Eve like the rest of Adam's children ..!
This doctrine has no place in the world of reality. Christians have confused themselves by condemning the entire humanity of sinfulness, except Mary and Jesus Christ. We know that this doctrine is wrong and false. If we are counted as sinners being born of man and woman, then, why was the same concept not applicable to Mary, mother of Christ?
And if Mary had also inherited the original sin from 'her two parents’, then why were these sins not inherited by Jesus Christ? In Christianity, we are deemed to have inherited the sins of our ancestors, Adam and Eve thousands of years ago. But the Church has failed to acknowledge the fact that even Mary, according to their doctrine of inheritance of sin, can in no way be excluded as by the same is applicable to the whole human race.
Mary, the mother of Jesus shall be also along the chain of those who inherited sins from their ancestors, without any exception. But let us take another look at the story of Adam and Eve in Genesis; in eating the forbidden fruit, the sin of Eve was graver than that of Adam as it was she who ate first.
Adam was only seduced afterwards through her dictate; and so it is written; “…And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it· was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit therefore; and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat…” Gen. 3:6.
Paul put all the blame on the woman and admitted to his belief saying; “…Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became transgressor…” 1Tim. 2:14.
Surprisingly enough, according to the Bible, woman is considered to be an evil being and wickedness; as it is written; “…the leaden cover was lifted, there was a woman sitting, and he (the angel) said; this is wickedness…” Zec. 5:7.
In the Book of Job a woman is considered to be unclean and everything which comes out of her womb is also unclean. The Bible says; “…A man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble… Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? Not one...” Job.14:1-4.
Then how is it that Mary is considered to be free from the original sins while the Bible is assigning all blames and uncleanness to all women without exception? And how could Jesus be considered clean and innocent while ‘no one can bring clean thing out of an unclean’?
In another Biblical passage we read, "…What is man, that he should be clean? And he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous? Behold, He (God) putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in His sight. How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?..." Job.15:14-16.
Those Christians who have read this passage for years are considered blind-hearted if they did not understand this Biblical expression of the nature of a woman. If anyone who was born of a woman is unclean and is not righteous, then there is no excuse for Jesus being excluded from this phenomenon as he was among those born of a woman. The most interesting part of the above passage is the phrase "…How much more abominable and filthy is man which drinketh iniquity like water …" Job. 15:16. Is Jesus excluded? No. Did he drink water? Yes. The Bible says: "…Now in the morning as he (Jesus) returned into the city, he hungered…" Matt. 21:18. What is this - a hungry man?
If a hungry man does not wish to eat and drink then where has this hunger came from? But Jesus thirsted for water and eventually drank from Jacob's well as it is written: "…Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus said unto her, Give me to drink…Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, how is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria?...” John. 4:6-10.
Finally, we can summarize from all of these evidences by saying that, Jesus used to both eat and also drink water and therefore we cannot repeat other than what the Bible has written that: "…How much more abominable and filthy is man which drinketh iniquity like water…" Job. 15:16.
Can we consider water as iniquity? Water is not iniquity is its literal sense, but it is iniquity in so far as its metaphysical sense is concerned. Water is a liquid which consists of some life-giving substances which - when consumed - generate temporary energy and life but this energy and life are temporary and not eternal. So it may be seen as iniquity as it connects us with only the materialistic side of life. It is in this metaphysical expression, that water may be termed as iniquity and evil as it prolongs material desires and not the spiritual wellbeing of the soul.
The man who eats and drinks water must also experience other aspects of a material life such as sleeping, resting, answering the call of nature, loss of memory, sickness, and death; contrary to a Spiritual Being (Allah) who does not encounter any of these imperfections and limitations. As water and food symbolize the evil which can cause all of these physical imperfections to man, then man in metaphysical expression is considered to be "filthy and abominable" as he is a compound of materials and their components.
John the Baptist was a spiritual man who overcame his physical desires. As he was master of his body metaphysically, he became a spiritual being within his own physical environment and so acquired the spiritual power in such a way that he managed to live without water and food. This attribute of John makes him unique and greater than many other prophets.
Jesus himself confessed this fact saying:"…For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, he hath a devil. The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, behold, a man gluttonous, and a winebibber..." Matt. 11:18-19.
The life routine of drinking and eating in Jesus' life symbolizes his physical existence as a man born of a woman. Due to his nature of being a human he must be governed by the needs of his flesh and blood. Jesus owned nothing of the divinity. as he inherited the humanly limitations which are the result of his natural conducts of consuming what has been termed as iniquity in the Bible (water and food) and which he did consume in his daily life. This is why Jesus having been affected by this symbolic iniquity (water and food), had all these imperfections which may be found in human life.
According to the Bible, Jesus also slept (Luke. 8:23); he groaned in spirit and was troubled (John. 11:33, 38); he became weak (Mark. 14:33); he was tempted by the devil (Luke. 4:13) and he was ignorant of the seasons (Mark. 11:12-13); he (Jesus) was powerless without God (John.S:30), and his wisdom and stature increased as he (Jesus) grew (Luke. 2:52).
All these human qualities and imperfections can be linked to all previous evidences which prove that Jesus was not God and so it is not correct to regard him as God who came to redeem mankind from their ‘original sins’. A man who had all of these flaws cannot be God nor sinless.
And thus to rely on a man (Jesus) who was neither sinless nor a God for your Salvation is like placing all your eggs in a basket.
Finally we learn that Adam and Eve were blessed by God (according to the Bible) but at the same time we hear the Christians preaching about their being cursed as they ate from the forbidden tree. We fail to understand the reason for their being first blessed by God and then cursed afterwards.
But here the Bible says; "And God blessed them" Gen.1:22; 28. The fact that, Adam and Eve were created in the image and the likeness of God signifies their holiness as this image of God is nothing but His righteousness. God is not a physical Being but He "…is a Spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in truth…" John. 4:24.
Adam was the beginning of human history i.e. the first man and his encounter with many obstacles signifies the love of God upon him in preparing him to gain the power to overcome all future obstacles, opposition, and trials. So the first man, Adam, after he was created in the image of God and His likeness started his life by entering into trials, difficulties and temptations - which in fact was a divine blessing for him to acquire the spiritual foresight in the battle against Satan, the common enemy. He became victorious as he was blessed by his Creator and God as in Gen. 1: 22; 28.
As this man was flawless - perfected by God Himself - there was no room for his failure. Thus, the dogma that Adam did fall by eating the forbidden fruit has no truth in the world of reality. In fact, both failing and passing the test and temptation was a blessing for Adam as he was in the divine seminary to be trained as the first son of God and the first man, founder of civilization; and the first creation of God.
Therefore, the fall of Adam and his success in the Garden symbolize the reality of present life on this planet so that, there should be no one who is without defect and perfect except Allah, the Creator of all things. God created Adam, He gave him the authority over everything in the Garden of Eden. Then God, having given all of these blessings to Adam, left him alone to be tempted by Satan so that the everlasting blessings of God might remain in Adam's life. As the human soul is weak without God, Adam failed spiritually. He disobeyed his Lord but the Lord God did not curse either Adam or Eve.
Instead, the Serpent was the only one to have been cursed by God. Adam and Eve were innocent being the victims of the beguiling evil appearing in the form of a Serpent. "…And the Lord God said unto the Serpent, because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life…" Gen.3:14.
The life of Adam and the serpent in the Garden was a trial and temptation. God, the Almighty created Satan as a test and trial for him. Tests and trials in life are not a curse; they are the remedy and a permanent blessing from God to His beloved ones. The tests, temptations and trials of life cause the soul to grow in confidence and happiness.
While to err is human, men learn through their mistakes; therefore, Adam having been blessed by God, was tempted by Satan in the Garden but even though he fell spiritually, we still see him victorious as God stood by him by cursing his enemy, the Serpent. This was an assurance of that eternal divine bliss upon mankind which came as a result of the temptation of the first man.
This temptation not only symbolized the eternal blessing for him and his children but it was the origin of this eternal and God's continuous intervention in our affairs in supporting every struggle and war waged by our souls against the temptations of Satan.
After we have been blessed with this first blessing of temptation through Adam's life, God the Almighty - being a loving God - blessed us again with His blessing of temptation; but this time through Jesus Christ, known in Biblical expression as the second Adam. Jesus also came out of this temptation victorious against the Satan.
The process of renewing this blessing of temptation - through Jesus Christ in the wilderness - after it had been gifted to the first man in the Garden of Eden, is the greatest manifestation of God's love to this universe as His love not only perfected mankind spiritually, morally and intellectually but also facilitated the continuation of the divine institution of learning and acquiring wisdom through temptations and trials.
We are not saved by the blood of Christ "literally". "The blood" symbolizes all that Christ gave in service to humanity; in fact, Jesus gave us love, righteousness, commandments, power to overcome the Satan and confidence in life. These and other precious gifts by Christ are playing a major role in bringing real salvation.
Therefore, salvation cannot be achieved or earned through the "death and the blood of Christ" as believed by Christians, but through the perfect examples of spiritual and moral deeds and obedience to divine commandments. In that there will be the power to overcome Satan. As a result, this permanent confidence will flourish in someone's life. Remember that had it not been for the Institution of "temptation and trial" in the life of the first man, Adam, and in the life of the second Adam, Jesus, the above-mentioned gifts would never have been achieved by our souls. Indeed, it is through hardships and trials that the soul earns the expected perfection and reaches to the cradle of holiness.
The Holy Qur'an has indeed spoken the truth when it says;
"He who created death and life, which He may try which of you is best in deed, and He is the Exalted in might, oft-forgiving"(Holy Qur’an, 67:3)
Therefore, it is only through trial and temptation that the soul can progress towards perfection and its divine goals.
By being schooled in the very institution of trial and temptation which is governed by divine blessings, mankind can preserve order in their physical and spiritual lives, so that the trials and temptations in Adam's life were a blessing and his fall was not a sin as he was in a divine seminary under the care of the Creator Himself, as explained earlier.
Who was Jesus Christ...? Was he the promised Messiah? Was he the Son of Mary?
The Old Testament in its entirety does not mention the name Jesus at all. It would appear that the man Jesus was a myth. If the Christians believe that Jesus was the same promised Messiah of the Jews who was born to Mary the Virgin, then his name was not Jesus! The book of Isaiah which is supposed to contain many prophecies concerning the Messiah who would come, does not mention even once a man known as Jesus Christ.
Instead the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament speaks about the coming of a man called ‘Emmanuel’. This Emmanuel would be born of a Virgin. The Bible in this regard says:
"…Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel…"lsa. 7:14
"…And he shall pass through Judah, he shall overflow and go over, he shall reach even to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy Land O Immanue…l" Isaiah. 8:8.
In the New Testament, in the Gospel according to St. Matthew we read:
"…Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring-forth a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel which being interpreted as, God with us…" Matt. 1:23.
Therefore the Bible - as we have seen in the Old Testament and here in the New Testament - supports our claims that the man called "Jesus Christ" whom the Euro-centric Biblical scholars claim to be the said promised Messiah of the Jews and Christians who came to save the world was never born in Israel. The name Jesus is not a Jewish name and it is very doubtful that the Messiah was given this name by his beloved Jewish mother.
The fact that the name of the Messiah is Immanuel and not Jesus Christ proves that the Biblical scholars have indeed distorted the Bible and several prophecies concerning the true Messiah whose real name was "Immanuel", which in Aramaic means the Messiah (Appointed) and he was a man of "Afro-Semitic origin".
As the work and aim of European scholars of the Bible have always been to change the origin and culture of original Christianity from its Afro-Semitic origin to that of Euro-centric, it was also necessary to change the Messiah's name from Immanuel to Jesus so that the Messiah would represent the so called "ancient European cultural and religious heritage" which had to be hidden in Christianity for the purpose of colonizing the rest of the world and thus impose upon them the Euro-centric ways and style of life through their new religion, "Christianity" using the good and righteous name of Jesus Christ.
The Europeans knew that the name Emmanuel if commonly used throughout the world, would inspire and persuade the whole world to focus and direct their attention to the origin, culture, and civilization of that Messiah; and if that happened, then the whole of Europe and other parts of the world would be dominated by the culture, civilization and religious orders which are contrary to the European style of life. This might even make them dependent on the Middle East. This, in turn would make them weak, politically, economically and even culturally and socially.
Their racial prejudice - supported by their pagan primitive culture - forced them to distort both the name and the facts about the Messiah. As a result the entire life and ministry of this Messiah whom they call Jesus is full of unsolved legends and myths. In fact this is a serious error inflicted on Christianity by Euro-centric Bible Scholars and the self-proclaimed religious leaders of modern day Christianity.
This fact was foretold by the Holy Qur'an 1,400years ago as: "... They, the Christians, have made their Monks, their Priests and Jesus Son Of Mary as lords besides Allah ..." (Holy Qur’an,.9:31)
In Pauline Christianity (Christianity founded by Paul); we are taught that Jesus is God who came to save the sinners through his unique way. According to Paul, the sinners are not saved through their righteous deeds or repentance to God; it is the blood of Jesus which cleanses all their sins in its mysterious phenomenon.
According to Paul, this God (Jesus Christ); became a human being with flesh and blood. The very purpose of his coming to the world was to die on the Cross of Calvary as a human sacrifice whose blood would be shed for the removal of the sins of the world in its peculiar and unique way.
This Jesus who died according to Paul is God himself and the Son of God at the same time. We hereby remind all our readers that we have refuted this mythology with many evidences in the previous pages, but what is important here is to notice that the said hero of salvation, Jesus, is unaware of this Christian dogma and doctrine of Atonement and Salvation through his blood, as he never taught this dogma to any one among his disciples.
The New Testament of the Bible has the following remarks of Jesus Christ:
"…And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable. And be said unto them, unto you it is given to know the mystery of the Kingdom of God: but unto them that are without all these things are done in parables: That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them…" Mark. 4: 10-12.
It is important here to explain that Jesus did not come to save the sinners in that mysterious way believed by the Christians. Had Jesus Christ come to save the sinners, he could have allowed each and every one to benefit from him being a Saviour, so that his divine obligation might be fulfilled. But his disapproval of some from being served by him is a proof that he did not come to save the whole world from sin.
Also, his denial of some from perceiving what they saw and from understanding what they heard is another piece of evidence that he was not a mysterious saviour. Rather, he came to be a model, and that, finally, Salvation is only through righteousness and piety.
Salvation, therefore, can simply be obtained by following and obeying the Commandments. This is the reason Jesus had cleared the matter of Salvation with the phrase "see and perceive" and the phrase "hear and understand". It is by seeing what is good and hearing what is lawful that one is able to manage, to imitate and internalize righteousness. Salvation can be achieved only through this process as Jesus pointed, saying:
"…For I say unto you, that except your rightness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven…" Matt. 5:20.
Here, and in the above passage Jesus is speaking about the righteousness and piety which can be achieved by observing and keeping of the commandments; before that Jesus warned: "…Whosoever therefore, shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the Kingdom of heaven…" Matt. 5: 19.
All of these, prove that Jesus was not a mysterious redeemer of men from sins committed foolishly and negligently. Indeed he came to teach us that Salvation is through repentance; righteousness and piety resulting from observing and abiding by the commandments of God as taught by Moses and all righteous servants of God who observed and kept the commandments throughout their life.
Surprisingly the people of the past were saved without that mysterious salvation of the ‘blood of the Lamb’ as believed by Christians. Here, in the above statement of Jesus, Son of Mary, there is confirmation and endorsement of the Muslim's belief and concept of "Salvation through deeds, obeying the commandments and righteousness" and this is why he added by saying: "…there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the Prophets, in the Kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out…" Luke. 13:28.8
Unfortunately most of our modern day Christians believe that man cannot be rightly guided by God; except through the blood of Jesus Christ. These groups of Christians are here warned by Jesus, that it will be they who will weep and gnash their teeth on seeing Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and all the Prophets who used to have faith in God and who believed in the doctrine of "Salvation through deeds and righteousness".
This righteousness comes from the struggling of souls while observing the divine commandments, as a result of which, the soul achieves what is known as spiritual perfection. And this comes only with the correct faith and doctrine. Therefore, on the believers who aspire to the correct and true salvation will be bestowed all divine favors in the Kingdom of heaven. But at the same time, and according to Jesus, the modern day Christians will see themselves thrown out of the Kingdom of God because of their deviation from the correct doctrine, and for their reliance on the wrong doctrine of "Salvation through the doctrine of the Crucifixion of Christ and the blood of Christ", the doctrine founded by a man known as "Paul", not Jesus Christ.
- 1. It is not God's plan to use a ritual of human sacrifice in order to redeem the sins of the world. This is wrong for because it is written" ... For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice ..." Hosea. 6:6.
Jesus himself knew this fact and thus he commented saying; " ... But that you may know that the son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins 'and then Jesus said,' go and learn what this means, I desire mercy, and not sacrifice, for i came not to call the righteous, .but the sinners" Matt. 9:6,13.
- 2. Despite the fact that Jonah was in the belly of a great fish for three days and three nights, this very person Jonah, remained in the fish's belly "alive" until he was vomited upon the dry land by the same fish in the same state, "alive". Fortunately, the Muslims, the Christians and the Jews are all in agreement that Jonah in his three days and three nights· while in the belly of a fish was absolutely alive and conscious.
- 3. Jesus in very simple language is saying here that, as Jonah was for three days and three nights alive in the whale's belly, so would the son of man (Jesus) for three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. He would escape the death on the cross as miraculously as Jonah had escaped death in the whale's belly.
- 4. We learn from the above biblical verses that Jesus had the power to escape and hide from his enemies, and that he did not wish to be crucified by his enemies. This is a clear indication that the Christian doctrine which asserts that Jesus was a sacrifice of God for the removal of sin of the world is not correct. Had this been true, Jesus might not have wasted any time in hiding and escaping from his enemies. He could have made his arrest easier to fulfil God's so-called original plan of his sacrificial death for the atonement of the sins of mankind.
- 5. Strangely enough, Jesus, according to the gospel was hanged on the tree on Friday and it was feared for him to remain on the tree the night of the Sabbath. Thus, he was taken down in a hurry before the sunset so that the land should not be defiled by his body if it remained hung on the tree at Calvary the whole night of the Sabbath. Calvary is the name of the hill outside Jerusalem where according to the alleged Christian tradition, Christ was crucified. The word "Calvary" is derived from the Latin "Calvaria" which is the translation of the Aramaic word "Golgotha" which means "skull"; this hill was known as "Calvary" or the "Hill of the Skull" because it was habitually used for public executions of the criminals ...".
Ref: The New Illustrated Encyclopedia of Knowledge; p. 92.
- 6. His taking of broiled fish and the honeycomb was with his two hands, and the breaking of bread and giving it to his disciples was done physically with his hands. This signifies that his physical body was present. It was not that he was present spiritually.
This in itself is a clear evidence to prove that he was still a physical, flesh and blood body. It is an undeniable fact that Jesus did not eat and drink just to show his disciples that he could eat. Nor had he done this out of hunger. His acts were in fact an exact response to what they were doubting, which was his escape from death.
- 7. Ref: Catholic Teachings, by Rev. D. Grout, p. 140.
- 8. Note: The above words of Jesus Christ are a warning to those Christians who still think that they will be saved by the blood of Jesus and not through their own deeds, righteousness and abiding by the commandments. Jesus here, assured salvation to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and all the prophets who had committed their lives to righteousness and to obeying the commandments and their religious rituals in faith with their lord, the Creator of all things.