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Response to “Joseph’s 60 Questions”/ and Joseph's Follow-up
60 Questions to Christians 12-22-01
1.To be son is to be
less than divine and to be divine is to be no one’s son. How could Jesus
have the attributes of sonship and divinity altogether?
that Jesus claimed to be God when they quote him in John 14:9:
"He that has seen me has seen the Father". Didn’t Jesus
clearly say that people have never seen God, as it says in John
5:37: "And the father himself which Has sent me, has borne
witness of me. You have NEITHER
HEARD HIS VOICE AT ANY TIME NOR SEEN HIS SHAPE"?
that Jesus was God because he was called Son of God, Son of Man, Messiah,
and "savior". Ezekiel was addressed in the Bible as Son of Man.
Jesus spoke of "the peace makers" as Sons of God. Any person who
followed the Will and Plan of God was called SON OF GOD in the Jewish
tradition and in their language (Genesis 6:2,4; Exodus 4:22; Psalm
2:7; Romans 8:14). "Messiah" which in Hebrew means
"God’s anointed" and not "Christ", and
"Cyrus" the person is called "Messiah" or "the
anointed". As for "savior", in II KINGS 13:5,
other individuals were given that title too without being gods. So where
is the proof in these terms that Jesus was God when the word son is not
exclusively used for him alone?
that Jesus acknowledged that he and God were one in the sense of nature
when he says in John 10:30 "I
and my father are one". Later on in John 17:21-23,
Jesus refers to his followers and himself and God as one in five places.
So why did they give the previous "one" a different meaning from
the other five "ones?
three-in-one and one in three simultaneously or one at a time?
6.If God is one and
three simultaneously, then none of the three could be the complete God.
Granting that such was the case, then when Jesus was on earth, he wasn’t
a complete God, nor was the "father in Heaven" a whole God.
Doesn’t that contradict what Jesus always said about His God and our God
in heaven, his Lord and our Lord ? Does that also mean that there was no
complete god then, between the claimed crucifixion and the claimed
7.If God is one and
three at a time, then who was the God in heaven when Jesus was on earth?
Wouldn’t this contradict his many references to a God in Heaven that
8.If God is three
and one at the same time, who was the God in Heaven within three days
between the claimed crucifixion and the claimed resurrect ion?
that: "The Father(F) is God, the Son(S) is God, and the Holy Ghost(H)
is God, but the Father is not the Son, the Son is not the Holy Ghost, and
the Holy Ghost is not the Father". In simple arithmetic and terms
therefore, if F = G, S = G, and H = G, then it follows that F = S = H,
while the second part of the statement suggests that F ¹ S ¹ H (meaning,
"not equal"). Isn’t that a contradiction to the Christian
dogma of Trinity in itself ?
10.If Jesus was God,
why did he tell the man who called him "good master" not to call
him "good" because accordingly, there is none good but his God
in Heaven alone?
11.Why do Christians
say that God is three-in-one and one in three when Jesus says in Mark
12:29: "The Lord our God is one Lord" in as many places
as yet in the Bible?
12.If belief in the
Trinity was such a necessary condition for being a Christian, why didn’t
Jesus teach and emphasize it to the Christians during his time? How were
those followers of Jesus considered Christians without ever hearing the
term Trinity? Had the Trinity been the spinal cord of Christianity, Jesus
would have emphasized it on many occasions and would have taught and
explained it in detail to the people.
that Jesus was God as they quote in John 1:1 "In the
beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was
God". This is John speaking and not Jesus. Also, the Greek word for
the first occurrence of God is HOTHEOS which means "the God" or
"God" with a capital "G", while the Greek word for its
second occurrence is "TONTHEOS", which means "a god "
or "god" with a small "g". Isn’t this dishonesty and
inconsistency on the part of those translating the Greek Bible? ? Isn’t
such quotation in John 1:1 recognized by every Christian
scholar of the Bible to have been written by a Jew named Philo Alexandria
way before Jesus and John?
14.Wasn’t the word
"god" or "TONTHEOS" also used to refer to others as
well as in II Corinthians 4:4 "(and the Devil is)
the god of this world" and in Exodus 7:1 "See ,
I have made thee (Moses ) a god to Pharaoh"?
Joseph and all,
is little doubt that although the three Abrahamic faiths have common roots
in history, there is a real and tangible tension between the three
regarding the validity of each religions belief in God and how salvation
in acheived. This tension, which sometimes manifests itself into open
conflict, is sometimes unavoidable.
a Muslim, I have my own thoughts on the Trinity and the Ressurection. But
I don't think it is constructive to put Christians "on the
spot". I think the 60 questions are very valid, and should be thought
provoking for all faiths, even Christianity.
is divided into so many traditions, that it is difficult to ascertain what
the true Christian belief regarding the Trinity and the Ressurection
really is. You could submit the 60 questions to a handful of Christian
traditions around the world, and you will get different answers.
are some traditions, such as Unitarianism, that do not believe in the
Trinity, and still they profess themselves as Christians. There are some
bishops of eastern orthodoxies that do not believe in Ressurection, and
still, they profess themselves as Christians.
Trinity and the Ressurection are the most impossible of theological
battles simply because they rely solely on faith. In other words, they
require belief from the heart. There is no logical proof for these
miracles, but they are not meant to be proven, they are meant to be
believed. Those of us who do not believe in them are also entitled to our
opinion of the two miracles.
as Muslims believe that the Archangel Gabriel recited the Holy Quran to
our Prophet Muhammad(saw). Christians or Jews could challenge us on this.
Could we really prove it, with historical or acheological evidence? The
odds are slim. Yet, we have faith that Allah(swt) sent Gabriel to recite
and teach Muhammad(saw) the Holy Quran. Could anyone shake our faith on
this? The odds are slim.
wrote: "What is a mystery to you is quite clear to me. So keep your
opinions of my beliefs to yourself. I don't honestly place much credence
in your beliefs, but I don't sit here and pick them apart."
as Muslims do not subscribe to the validity of the Trinity and
Ressurection, thus it is a mystery to us, but not to Kaydee. The
revelation of the Holy Quran would be a mystery to her, but not to us. See
believe that debate has its proper place. Like I said, I have my own ideas
about the Trinity and Ressurection, and I don't think Kaydee would
appreciate or place much "credence" on them. I think the best
policy may be to wait for an invitation. If a Christian or a Jew wants to
know our belief of what the Trinity or Ressurection is, let them ask. I,
too, have tried the "frontal" approach, but I have found that
faith is a hard wall to hit! Practice tolerance and patience and good
manners, and you will be the best in the sight of people and God. Only
Allah(swt) knows the strength of our iman (faith), but we get a taste of
others when we attack their beliefs!
belong to an Islamic movement that has many goals, and one of those goals
is to dispell the theory of the Trinity and Ressurection. It is referred
to as the "Breaking of the Cross". But I have found that it is
most important to cure our Ummah first, since these beliefs have tainted
our Islamic faith. (This is in no way meant to demean or put down
Christians. It would be the same as if a Unitarian was in your Church
spreading the idea of non-trinitarian belief. I would expect that you
would defend your congregation from these oppinions.)
read somewhere on the postings (can't recall who posted it) that a Muslim
friend said that "a good Christian is a good Muslim, and a good
Muslim is a good Christian." Please be careful, not all Muslims would
agree. A Muslim who recognizes Jesus as a Prophet may not agree with the
Ressurection and Second Comming. There is a common belief among Muslims
that Jesus will come again. But this belief is also regarded as
"Christian influence" by other Muslims.
see, we suffer from difference even in our own Ummah! When we have brought
unity to the Ummah, the true strength of Islam will be apparent. We have
so much work to do! Our time is ill spent trying to convince Christians
that the Trinity is false. There are more important and valuable tasks for
us to accomplish in God's name.
brother in faith,
Aasim made this statement—“I belong to an Islamic movement that has
many goals, and one of those goals is to dispell the theory of the Trinity
and Ressurection. It is referred to as the "Breaking of the
Cross". But I have found that it is most important to cure our Ummah
[faith] first, since these beliefs have tainted our Islamic faith.”)
from Joseph 1-31
Jesus's mission was to the lost sheep of Israel, why was it confined to
Palestine where only two of the original tribes had settled? Did that mean
that Jesus had failed in his mission?
should Jesus specifically forbid, on the one hand, preaching the Gospel to
the Gentiles (Matthew 7:6, 15:24, 26) and yet on the other, tell the
disciples to teach all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the
Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost? (Matthew 28:19)
did Jesus prohibit the Gospel from being preached to the Gentiles during
his ministry (Matthew 10:5, 7:6, 15:24-26) but after his 'resurrection'
tell them to preach the Gospel to the whole world? (Mark 16:15)
Jesus really had made the latter statement, why was there such a fierce
debate within the early Church (and particularly between Peter and Paul)
as to whether the Gospel should be preached to the Gentiles? (Acts
of all the signs that Jesus could have given about himself, he chose to
give the sign of Jonah: This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a
sign but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of Jonah. (Luke
11:29, Matthew 12:39, Matthew 16) Jonah was swallowed alive by a whale and
remained in its belly alive for three days. For Jesus to have properly
fulfilled the prophecy, he would need to enter the tomb alive and come out
alive. Why should Jesus give this, of all signs, if he was to die and be
Jesus's message was for the whole of mankind, why did he forbid his
disciples to preach to the Gentiles? (Matthew 10:5-6)
Jesus was asked what the only way was to true salvation, he replied: keep
the Commandments (Matthew 19:17). The first of the Commandments was to
believe in the Oneness of God (Exodus 20:3). Why did Jesus answer so if he
believed in and was part of the Trinity? Why did he not refer to the
Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost?
said that he had not come to change the Law of Moses (Matthew 5:17). The
Law of Moses teaches that there is one God (Exodus 20:3). If Jesus was
introducing the concept of Trinity, why did he not say that he was
changing the Law of Moses or introducing a different understanding of it?
prophesied that men of his generation would not pass away without
witnessing his second coming and the falling of stars (Mark 9:1, 13:30).
Why was this prophecy unfulfilled? Why was it that Jesus did not return
within the lifetime of his generation?
did Jesus forbid the disciples from calling people fools yet called the
Jewish leaders with names like vipers and children of adultery? Is it
conceivable that a Divine Being would behave in this way?
to Luke, when the Jews tried Jesus they asked him Are you the son of God?
Jesus replied you say that I am (Luke 22:70) which could mean: you say
that I am but I do not. If his divinity was something he came to tell the
world, why did he not plainly say yes instead of couching his answer in
the Old Testament, the term Son of God was applied to David (Psalms
89:27), the nation of Israel (Exodus 4:22), the children of Israel (Psalms
82:6), and Solomon (1 Chronicles 22:10). Jesus also used it for the
peacemakers (Matthew 5:9). If Jesus was referring to himself as the Son of
God in the literal sense, why did he not make it clear that he was
differentiating between a symbolic reference and a literal meaning of the
was the Messiah, the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies. He
frequently made reference to himself as the suffering servant foretold in
the Book of Isaiah (Matthew 8:17 & Isaiah 53:4; Luke 2:30 & Isaiah
52:10; Luke 22:37 & Isaiah 53:12). The Messiah of the Old Testament
was, however, promised by God that he would not be killed (Psalms 34:19,
Isaiah 53:10). How was it, therefore, that the Jews had succeeded in
killing the Messiah if Jesus died on the cross?
Jesus knew that Judas was going to betray him, why did he continue to
permit him as a disciple? Why did he not tell the other disciples so that
Judas could be excluded from his closest circle of followers?
Jesus knew that one of his disciples would betray him, why should he say
that all twelve disciples would sit upon twelve thrones? (Matthew 19:28)
Jesus knew that he was to die on the cross, why did he spend all night
praying in the Garden of Gethsemane seeking deliverance: Father if it is
possible may this cup be taken from me? (Matthew 26:39)
had taught that man's prayers are answered (Matthew 21:22). Why was not
Jesus's prayer answered in the Garden of Gethsemane? What effect would
this incident have on the faith of his disciples and followers to see that
a prayer had not been answered contrary to what Jesus had taught?
Jesus believed that his prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane would not be
heard, why did he tell his disciples earlier that prayers are answered?:
Would any of you who are fathers give your son a stone when he asked for
bread (Matthew 7:9-10) which means that God hears the prayers of man more
than a father answers the wishes of his children and Ask and it will be
given to you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you.
And whatever you ask in your prayers, you will receive, if you have faith.
(Matthew 21:22; John 11:41,42)
Jesus's prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane was not to be heard, why was it
something that he wanted the disciples to witness? If the prayer was not
to be heard, what useful purpose does this story serve?
should Matthew, Mark and Luke all report (Matthew 26:39, Mark 14:36, Luke
22:42) that Jesus asked for the cup of suffering to be passed if possible
yet John (John 18:11) reports that Jesus hastened for the crucifixion
saying shall I not drink the cup the Father hath given me?
did Pontius Pilate just simply ignore his wife's plea to have nothing to
do with Jesus on account of her bad dream? (Matthew 27:19) If the very
mission of Jesus was to suffer death, why should God Almighty show a dream
to Pilate's wife which would cause her to try and persuade her husband to
release Jesus? Would not that appear to counter God's own plan?
Pilate really wanted Jesus to die on the cross, why would he fix the
crucifixion on a Friday evening knowing that the Jews would have to take
him down before Sabbath and that such a little time on the cross was
insufficient for him to die?
Jesus knew all along that he was destined to be crucified to death (indeed
if that was his purpose in life), why did he exclaim on the cross Eli, Eli
Lama Sabachthani meaning my God my God why hast thou forsaken me? (Matthew
Jesus was about to die, how was he able to say in a clear loud and audible
voice that he was thirsty? (John 19:28)
are Jesus's words on the cross: Eli, Eli Lama Sabachthani (Matthew 27:46)
reported in their original Aramaic form? Could it be that Jesus's helpless
cry left such a vivid impression of a man seemingly bereft of hope that
anyone who heard them would remember the exact words?
is often considered to have a stimulating effect, rather similar to
smelling salts. Why, in Jesus's case, did it suddenly lead to his death?
(John 19:29, 30)
could an onlooker tell the difference between a man on the cross who had
died and a man who had fainted (Mark 15:39) particularly when it is
reported that it was dark at that time? (Mark 15:33, Matthew 27:45, Luke
Jesus was dead when he was removed from the cross, why did his body
release blood and water, since blood does not flow at all from a dead
body? (John 19:34)
did Jesus die before the other two who were crucified with him even though
the legs of the other two were broken to hasten death? (John 19:32)
is reported that dead saints came out of their graves and made themselves
known to many (Matthew 27:52). When the Jews saw this, why did they not
immediately profess faith in Jesus? Where did these saints go? Who did
they see? Why is there no account of this story elsewhere other than in
the above story of saints rising from the dead is not based on an actual
historical event, what other statements are there in the Gospels which are
not based on actual historical facts?
said that the killing of prophets ended with the killing of Zacharias
(Matthew 23:35-36). How was it, therefore, that the Jews had succeeded in
killing another prophet?
was meant to be an accursed death (Deuteronomy 21:23). If Jesus was
crucified, did that mean he also suffered an accursed death?
was it that a Roman soldier was so readily prepared to allow Joseph (a
subjected citizen) to take down Jesus's body from the cross without
checking and without Joseph having any apparent lawful authority?
is there is no direct account by Joseph of Arimathea or Nicodemus that
Jesus was dead when he was taken down from the cross? Surely, this
eye-witness account would have settled the matter beyond dispute?
should Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus take so much trouble to recover
the body of Jesus when this would have been the duty of the nearest
did Pilate agree to release the 'body' to Joseph of Arimathea (a known Jew
and follower of Jesus) if he was not sympathetic to Jesus?
was a slow death. It usually lasted several days. Death followed from
exhaustion, inability to respire properly as a result of being in an
upright position or attacks by wild animals. Why did Jesus, who was a fit
and healthy man used to walking the countryside for long distances, die so
quickly in only a matter of a few hours?
Jesus really was expected to die in such a short time, why did Pilate
express surprise at Jesus's death? (Mark 15:42-44)
would the Jews bribe the soldiers to say that Jesus's disciples had stolen
the corpse whilst they (the soldiers) were asleep? If the soldiers had
truly related this story, they might have been asked how they knew that
the disciples had stolen the corpse if they were asleep?
did the Jews not go and check the tomb themselves? They had put much
effort into getting Jesus crucified. A friend of Jesus had been allowed to
take the body away. Why did they not visit the tomb before Mary Magdalene
and Mary the mother of Jesus did?
did Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus not stay with Jesus in the tomb
after taking down his body from the cross to witness the resurrection?
Jesus had apparently told his followers that he would die and rise after
three days. (Matthew 16:21, 17:23, 20:17-19) This report had even reached
the Jews (Matthew 27:63). Why did not Joseph and Nicodemus remain with
Jesus to witness the event?
the Jews really believe that Jesus had died? If so, why did they ask the
Romans for a guard to be placed outside the sepulcher? Matthew says the
Jews explained this by saying that Jesus's disciples could spread false
rumors about him rising from the dead. However, if the Jews really
believed this to be the reason for the request, why could they not have
asked the disciples to produce the risen Christ as proof? If the disciples
had then done so, the Jews could then presumably rearrest Jesus.
were the Roman authorities so disinterested about the apparent removal of
the body if this is what the Jews were claiming?
was the stone moved from the tomb (Matthew 28:2) if it was a supernatural
Mary Magdalene and Mary the Mother of Jesus saw him, he was wearing
gardener's clothing (John 20:15). Where did Jesus get these clothes from?
His own clothes had been taken by the soldiers who had divided them
drawing lots (John 19:23). It was not through Joseph of Arimathea or
Nicodemus because they are only reported of having taken in herbs, aloes
and a linen shroud (John 19:39, 40). What was the significance of Jesus
wearing gardener's clothing (as opposed to normal clothing)? Was it meant
to be a disguise? If so, for what purpose?
were the women who visited the tomb terrified if Jesus was dead (Mark
16:8)? What did they have to be terrified of if the Jews had succeeded in
Jesus could conquer death and rise from the dead, why did he fear seeing
the Jews after the crucifixion? particularly as death had no more power
over him? (Romans 6:9)
did Jesus disguise himself after the resurrection and appear only to the
disciples? Surely, this was the great manifestation of his power and the
fulfillment of the purpose of his creation. What was the purpose in
keeping it all a secret now?
Jesus was the risen Christ, why did he meet his disciples behind closed
doors and not in the open as he used to? (John 20:19)
many times did Jesus ascend to Heaven? Luke (23:43) states that Jesus told
one of those crucified with him that he would be in Heaven that day with
him. Does that mean that Jesus went up to Heaven after his death, came
back to earth and then ascended to Heaven once more? According to John
there appears to be yet another Ascension. When Mary Magdalene asked to
touch him, Jesus forbade her saying that he had not yet ascended to the
Father (John 20:17). Later Jesus appears to the disciples and actually
invites Thomas to touch him, (John 20:27) which must mean that Jesus had
ascended and returned. Thus, is it possible that there were three
Jesus was God and Jesus was dead for three days, does that mean also that
God (heaven forbid) was also dead for three days?
is it that there is not a single direct account of Jesus's life by any of
the twelve disciples or anyone who knew him personally? Can the word of
those who did not know him or have the opportunity to hear him personally
vouch for the accuracy of some of the reported remarks?
was it that the Gospel writers were able to report accurately Jesus's
words, without committing them to memory or putting them on paper, some
thirty to thirty-five years after his death before the first Gospel was
written? Furthermore, given that:
Those writing the Gospels did not hear the words directly from Jesus and
it cannot, therefore, be said that the words left a lasting impression.
They would have been passed on by word of mouth and therefore risked
personal comment being added.
There is no written record of Jesus's words in Aramaic (his spoken
language) thus necessitating a translation at some stage. In the light of
this, what weight can be placed on the reliability of some of the reported
speeches? (Note this question does not relate to stories or parables since
these can be more easily remembered.)
is it that Mark (the first written Gospel) is the shortest account when
one would expect it to be the longest? Did the memories of later authors
(e.g. John - written some 30-50 years later) became clearer with the
passage of time?
the Gospels are the word of God and the authors of the Gospels were
divinely inspired, why are there so many contradictions in them? For
example, why should God tell Mark that it was the third hour when Jesus
was crucified (Mark 19:14) but tell John it was the sixth hour? (John
19:14). Why should God tell Matthew and Mark that the two who were
crucified with Jesus reviled him (Matthew 27:44, Mark 15:32) but tell Luke
that Jesus told one of them that he would be rewarded by being in Heaven
with him that day? (Luke 23:39, 43) Why should God tell Matthew that the
first ones to visit the sepulchre after the crucifixion were Mary
Magdalene and the 'other' Mary (Matthew 28:1) but tell Luke it was Mary
Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the Mother of James and the other women (Luke
24:10) and tell John that it was only Mary Magdalene? (John 20:1)
is it that there is so much confusion and disagreement between the Gospel
writers over the account of the crucifixion and resurrection? Is it fair
to say that nobody was entirely sure of what actually happened?
author of Mark asserts that Jesus was taken up to Heaven and sat on the
right of God (Mark 16:19). This remark could only come from Jesus himself
or an eyewitness account. Since it was not Jesus who reported it, does
that mean that the eyewitness actually went to Heaven and saw Jesus
sitting at the right side of God? If so, was that person also taken to
Heaven and brought back to report the incident?
disciples are said to have witnessed the Ascension (Mark 16:19), Luke
24:50). This must have been the most incredible experience of their lives.
Why is it that not one of them wrote a single word concerning it
afterwards? Why is it that the only accounts related are by others who had
no direct knowledge of the incident?
the story of Jesus's birth, it is said that a star led the Three Wise Men
to Jesus's birthplace. Is it not against the Laws of Nature for a star to
travel in this way? Can the phenomenon be reconciled with our present day
knowledge of astronomy?
Jesus's central message was that of Trinity (a concept alien to the Old
Testament), why did he not elaborate on the subject to explain the
interrelationships clearly? Why did he leave it to Paul to explain?
it credible to say that if all the acts of Jesus in his life-time were
transcribed on paper, the world could not hold the books which would be
written? (John 21:25). Is it merely an exaggeration? If so, what other
it is accepted, as it is by most scholars, that there have been additions,
alternations and amendments to the original Gospels, what confidence can a
reader have that a particular remark attributed to Jesus was not inserted
later as an expression of the Christian faith at that time?
Jesus was God, why did he repeatedly emphasize the importance of the unity
of God? For example:
Hear O Israel the first commandment is that Thy God is One and there is
none other than He (Mark 12:28, 32, Matthew 22:34-40)
I can do nothing on my authority, as I hear, I judge and my judgment is
just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.
(John 5:30, 31)
Old Testament prophesied the coming of a 'Messiah'. This Messiah was never
conceived as a divine figure. How did a prophetic figure become converted
into a divine being?
Jesus was claiming divinity, why did he place himself on an equal footing
with everyone else? My Father and your Father, My God and your God. (John
Jesus was God, why did he forbid the reference of divinity to himself: Why
call me good? Only God is good. (Matthew 19:16-17)
Jesus was claiming divinity, why did he liken himself to the Judges and
Prophets of the Old Testament who had also been called gods, but in a
metaphorical sense? (John 10:34-36, Psalms 82:6). If Jesus was applying
the term 'Son of God' in a literal sense, why would he give this reference
from the Old Testament which was clearly referring to people as sons in a
should Jesus say he could do nothing of his own authority, if he was God?
Jesus was God, why did he not know who had touched him? (Mark 5:30)
Jesus was God, why did he not know what was going to happen on the Day of
Judgment? But of that day or that Hour no one knows, not even the Angels
in Heaven, not the Son but only the Father. (Mark 13:32)
Jesus was God, why would he say that he was sent by God? (John 6:29)
Jesus was God, what need did he have to pray? (Mark 1:35, Luke 5:16)
Jesus was God, why would he curse a fig tree when it had no fruit on it
particularly as it was not the season for its bearing fruit? (Mark
11:12-14, Matthew 21:18-19)
Zebedee asked that his two sons might sit on the right and left of Jesus,
why did Jesus say that the power was not with him but only with God?
Jesus was divine, why did he clearly refer to himself as a man (John
8:39-40) and separate himself from God in describing the relationship 'The
only true God and Jesus Christ' (John 17:3)?
Jesus was God and therefore omniscient, why did he allow himself to be
tricked by Judas?
Jesus was God, why did he die on the cross in a matter of a few hours when
ordinary mortals usually lasted several days? If Jesus was weakened by
bearing the sins of the whole world, why should he say that he was able to
redeem the sins of the world?
is reported to have said: He who receives you receives me, and he who
receives me receives him who sent me (Matthew 10:40, Luke 10:16, John
12:44). Who sent Jesus if he himself was God?
to Christian tradition, Jesus was in hell for three days after his death.
How does one reconcile this with Jesus's remarks on the cross to one of
those crucified with him that today you will be with me in Paradise. (Luke
Jesus believed in and advocated the concept of original sin (i.e. that all
children are born sinful) why did he say that unless a man received the
Kingdom of Heavens as a child he would not enter it? (Mark 10:4-15). Why
should he go to bless them instead of purifying them by baptism if that is
what is required before a child can be cleansed of original sin?
is a cornerstone of Christian belief (Matthew 5:38-40). Is forgiveness the
appropriate action in all instances? If so, would it mean that there could
be no penal system under the Christian Law for punishing offenders?
Jesus's teaching was intended for the entire world as a complete code for
all mankind, why should Jesus confine it to one section of people -- the
Jews only? (Matthew 10:5-6, Matthew 15:24)
Jesus's teaching ended in Palestine, why is it that there are so many
remarkable similarities between the reported life histories of Jesus and
Buddha? These similarities include:
by the Devil
of the temptations
to love one's enemies
followers consisting of small groups of disciples
accompanied by an earthquake
Buddha lived approximately five hundred years before Jesus.)
Jesus meant that he was literally the son of God, why should he confuse
the issue by frequently referring to himself as The Son of Man a term from
the Old Testament which did not imply divinity since the Son of Man (as
understood in the Old Testament) was never a divine being?
the Trinity existed since the beginning of time, were the Jews misled by
all the prophets before Jesus in being told to believe in the Unity of
God? If the Jews were not spiritually advanced to understand the complex
concept of the Trinity, does that apply to the prophets also?
was it necessary for Jesus to die physically so that man could attain
salvation? What significance does physical death have with spiritual life?
to the Doctrine of Atonement, the sins of the guilty are redeemed by the
death of Jesus. Jesus was sinless. How can the sins of the guilty be borne
by the death of an innocent man? Is it divine justice to punish an
innocent person for the crimes committed by the guilty?
Jesus believed in the Doctrine of Atonement, why would he tell his
disciples that if they forgave others, God would forgive them (Matthew
6:14, 15)? If Atonement forgives all sins, what further need is there to
seek the forgiveness of others?
as according to Paul, man can do nothing by himself to attain salvation
(Romans 3:24, 3:28, 9:11, 9:16, Galations 2:16), what is the point of
obeying the commandments? (Mark 10:17-19, Luke 10:25, Matthew 19:16-20)
Atonement forgives all sins, why did Jesus say that blasphemy against the
Holy Spirit would not be forgiven? (Matthew 12:31) Is there a distinction
between forgivable and unforgivable sins? If so, how does one distinguish
between the two?
it is Jesus's death which forgive sins, and not any personal effort on the
part of the sinner (such as carrying out good works, restraining from evil
habits, etc.), what motive is there for a person to avoid sin and evil
Jesus redeemed the sins of the world by his crucifixion, that could only
atone for the sins of the world up to that point. What about sins after
the crucifixion? If it also covers later sins, how does one reconcile that
with Paul's remark that Jesus's sacrifice is for earlier sins and he
cannot be crucified a second time (Hebrews 10:26, 66)
belief in the resurrection and atonement is essential, how was it that
Jesus forgave the sins of an adulteress even though she did not believe in
him nor in his redemption? (Matthew 8:1-11)
taught his disciples to pray during his lifetime. He taught them also to
pray after his death (Matthew 6:9-15). What further need is there to pray
if Atonement forgives all sins?
was to feature as a major teacher and expounder of Jesus's message. Why is
there no reference, directly or indirectly, by Jesus to his work? Jesus
refers to true and false prophets coming after him as well as the Spirit
of Truth but why no reference to Paul?
Paul's teaching was based on Jesus's words, why is not one word based on
Jesus's parables, similitudes or the teachings of the Sermon on the Mount?
was raised as a Jew. Accordingly, he was circumcised, fasted, abstained
from the flesh of swine and prayed. It was also repeatedly said that he
had not come to change the Law of Moses (Matthew 5:17). By what authority,
therefore, did Paul abolish all these practices? What indication did Jesus
give that after his death these practices would no longer be necessary?
salvation can only be attained by belief in Jesus's death and
resurrection, why is there no reference to it whatsoever in the two
greatest summaries of Jesus's teachings: The Sermon on the Mount and the
prophets live their lives as examples for others. If salvation is only
through belief in the Doctrine of Atonement - and that matters more than
anything else - why was it necessary for Jesus to demonstrate all the
numerous acts of kindness, compassion, forgiveness, healing, mercy, love
of his enemies, the condemnation of empty ritual, etc.? If all these
actions were not the central message of Jesus, is it not true that the
majority of his works which comprise the main parts of the Gospels are
rendered utterly irrelevant?
the return of the Prophet Elijah was to be fulfilled by another man (John
the Baptist), why cannot the return of the Messiah (Jesus) similarly be
fulfilled through another person? Is there any historical or religious
record of the same prophet returning to this world?
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