God that never was!
Is God the Author?
Resurrection ?
Who moved the stone?
Resurrection ?


                          By Ahmad Deedat                                      
 In one of my books - "Who Moved the Stone?" I had promised to deal            
with the anomaly, where believers were reading simple English, yet were        
so conditioned that they were understanding exactly the OPPOSITE of what       
they were reading. The following story from real life will not only ill-       
ustrate the point but will also elucidate our present case - "RESURREC-        
TION OR RESUSCITATION?"                                                        
     I was about to leave for the Transvaal on a lecture tour, so I            
phoned my friend Hafiz Yusuf Dadoo of Standerton, informing him of my          
impending visit, as well as to enquire whether he needed anything from         
Durban. He said that as he was taking up Hebrew, I should try and obtain       
a Bible in the Hebrew language with a translation in English side by           
     I went to the "BIBLE HOUSE" in Durban. Without any difficulty I           
found the appropriate Bible for my friend, the "Authorised Version,"           
also known as the "King James Version," looking for one with the best          
print and at the cheapest price, I noticed the lady behind the counter         
had lifted up the telephone to speak to someone. I was out of hearing          
distance, nor was I interested, but after an exchange with the person          
on the other side of the line she put her hand on the mouthpiece and           
addressed me: "Excuse me, sir, are you Mr. Deedat?" I said, "Yes." She         
said, "The Supervisor of the Bible Society would like my pleasure,"            
I answered. She spoke a few more words into the telephone and replaced         
the receiver. I said with a smile, "I thought that you were ringing the        
police." (perhaps because of the number of Bibles I was handling). -           
She laughed and said, "No, it was the Rev. Roberts, the Supervisor, who        
wishes to speak to you."                                                       
WINNING A CONVERT                                                              
     Presently, Rev. Roberts approached me and after introducing himself       
he gestured to me to hand over to him the Bible which I was holding in         
my hand. I handed the book. He opened it and began reading to me - "and        
this is life eternal that they should know Thee the only True God and          
Jesus Christ whom Thou has sent." (John 17:3). (Subsequently, I checked        
up the Gospel references of his quotations).                                   
     After having listened to his reading of this scripture, I responded       
with the words: "I accept!" - meaning the implication of the Message he        
was trying to convey to me. I did not tell him then that what he was try       
ing to convey to me was the same as the Holy Qura'an was telling mankind       
for the past fourteen hundred years - that all must believe in the 'ONE        
words of the Holy Qur'an are as follows:-                                      
     "MOST CERTAINLY THE MESSIAH,                                              
      JESUS THE SON OF MARY,                                                   
     WAS AN APOSTLE OF ALLAH AND HIS                                           
     WHICH HE BESTOWED ON MARY AND A                                           
     SPIRIT PROCEEDING FROM HIM:                                               
     SO BELIEVE IN ALLAH AND HIS                                               
     APOSTLES..."          Holy Qur'an 4:171                                   
LOVE ONE ANOTHER                                                               
     Rev. Roberts must have been elated to hear my words- "I ACCEPT,"          
to his first quotation. He quickly opened the Bible in another place and       
began reading these words attributed to Jesus:-                                
     "A new commandment I give unto you. That ye love one another; as          
I have loved you, that ye also love one another." "By this shall all men       
know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love for one another."               
                                   John 13:34-35                               
A NEW CONVERT?                                                                 
     When he had finished reading these verses, I remarked-"Very good!"        
He was greatly encouraged with my comment. I sincerely meant what I said       
and there was no pretence. The Reverend found yet another quotation to         
clinch a convert for Christ. He began:-                                        
     "Judge not that ye be not judged." "For with what judgement ye            
judge, ye shall be judged; and with what measure ye mete, it shall be          
measured to you again.        Matthew 7:1-2                                    
     To this quotation I responded with the words, "I agree!" My only          
reason for agreeing and accepting everything that the Reverend was rea-        
ding to me was not of the "special discount" I was getting from the            
Bible Society on my purchases, but because these particular quotations         
were conveying the same message and ideals which Allah "Subhanahoo Wa-         
Ta'aala" was commanding the Muslims to preach and practice. I would be         
spiritually jaundiced to take exceptions to what was common to both of         
us - the MUSLIM and the CHRISTIAN. For me to say that an identical mess-       
age from my Book (the Holy Qur'an) was VERY GOOD, but the same message         
in his Book (the Holy Bible) was VERY BAD would be hypocritical in the         
extreme. It would be soul shaming untruth.                                     
THE PURPOSE                                                                    
     What was the real purpose of the Reverend's reading the Scripture         
to me? Indeed, I was getting a special discount on all my purchases from       
the Bible Society and I was perhaps the only non-Christian to get such a       
discount, though it was depending purely on a business transaction, and        
this information must have been passed on the the Reverend as the Head         
of the Bible Society; that I was a Muslim there was no mistaking my iden       
tity, for my beard and my headgear were the badges of my Faith, easily         
recognised as such in this part of the world; and that, despite my nume-       
rous purchases of the Bibles in English (various versions), in Zulu,           
Afrikaans, Urdu, Arabic and other languages, I was not yet "converted."        
Perhaps, what I really needed was a gentle push, the Supervisor must           
have been told. Hence the recitation of the preceding quotations to me.        
The implication of this reading was that I had probably not read those         
beautiful passages; how else was it possible, then, that I had not yet         
embraced Christianity?                                                         
A PROBLEM                                                                      
     The Reverend gentleman had taken the role of a teacher who wanted         
to teach, who wanted to impart new knowledge to his pupil.                     
     Since I am commanded by my Prophet (Peace be upon him) to "SEEK           
BE IN CHINA," I wanted to learn. I said, "I agree with all that you have       
read to me, but I have a problem with your Bible." "What problem have          
you got?" he asked. I said, "Please open the Gospel of St.Luke,Chapter 3       
Verse 23." This he did. I said, "Please read." He read:- "And Jesus him-       
self began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the        
son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli,"       Luke 3:23                     
     I drew the Reverend's attention to the words - "(AS WAS SUPPOSED)."       
I said, "Do you see that the words 'as was supposed' are written within        
brackets?" He said that he saw that. I asked him, "Why are the brackets        
there?" He acknowledged, "I don't know, but I could find out for you           
from some Bible scholars." I admired his humility. Though I knew that          
all Supervisors of Bible Houses in South Africa are retired reverends,         
it was possible that this aspect of Bible Knowledge was beyond their           
sphere. I said, "If you do not know, then let me tell you what the bra-        
ckets are doing there in this verse. You do not have to take the trouble       
of looking for a Bible scholar."                                               
     I explained that in the "most ancient" manuscripts of Luke, the           
words '(AS WAS SUPPOSED)' are not there. Your translators felt that with       
out this interpolation the "little lambs" not well grounded in faith,          
might slip and fall into the error of believing that JOSEPH the Carpen-        
ter was the actual physical father of Jesus. So they took the precaution       
of adding their own comment in BRACKETS to avoid any misunderstanding.         
I said, "I am not trying to find fault with your system of adding words        
in brackets to assist the reader, but what intrigues me is that in all         
translations of the Bible in the African and Eastern languages you have        
retained the words "as was supposed" but have REMOVED THE BRACKETS.Coul-       
dn't the nations of the Earth besides the English understand the meaning       
and purpose of the brackets?                                                   
     What is wrong with the Afrikaner?  Why have you eliminated the bra-       
ckets from the Afrikaans Bible? The Supervisor protested, "I didn't do         
it." I said, "I know that you personally did not do it but why have the        
Bible Society that you represent and your Bible scholars been playing          
with the "Word of God?" If God Almighty did not see fit to preserve Luke       
from error what right has anybody to add to or delete from words in the        
"Book of God?" What right have you to manufacture "GODS WORDS?"                
     The translator's own addition of words in brackets can easily be pu       
into the mouth of St. Luke by merely removing the brackets, and by impli       
cation, if LUke was inspired by God to write what he did, then the inter       
polations automatically become the WORD OR GOD, which really is not the        
case. (More will be said on this subject in the forthcoming publication        
"Is the Bible God's Word?) I concluded my explanation with the words -         
"Your theologians of the day have succeeded where the alchemists of            
yore failed - of turning baser metal into shining gold."                       
THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE                                                           
     At this stage the Reverend introduced irrelevancies into the discu-       
ssion and the subject changed. He made some claims which made me say,          
"You see, sir, you English people do not know your own language." (With        
apologies to my readers whose mother tongue is English). He quickly re-        
torted, "You mean to say that you know my language better than I do?"          
I said, "It would be presumptuous on my part to tell - an Englishman -         
that I understand your language better than you do."                           
     "Then what do you mean that we English people do not know our own         
language?" he demanded. I said again, "You see, sir, you read your Holy        
Scripture in your mother tongue, like every Christian belonging to a           
thousand different language groups, and yet each and every Christian lan       
guage group understands the facts, OPPOSITE to what he is reading." What       
are you refering to?" he asked.                                                
A GHOST                                                                        
     I continued: "Do you remember the occasion when Jesus returned to         
that upper room after his alleged crucifixion 'and saith unto them, his        
(disciples), Peace be unto you' (Luke 24:36) and his disciples were ter-       
rified on recognising him?" He answered that he remembered that incident       
I enquired, "Why should they be terrified?" When one recognises one's          
long-lost friend or one's beloved, the natural reaction is to feel over-       
joyed, elated and one wants to embrace and kiss the hands and feet of          
the beloved. Why did they get terrified?" The Reverend replied that,           
They (the disciples) thought that they were seeing a ghost." I asked,          
"Did Jesus look like a ghost?" He said, "No." "Then why did they think         
that they were seeing a ghost when he did not look like a ghost?" I que-       
ried. The Reverend was clearly puzzled. I said, "Please allow me to ex-        
DISCIPLES NOT EYE WITNESSES                                                    
     "You see, sir, the disciples of Jesus were not EYE-witnessess or          
EAR-witnesses to the actual happenings of the previous three days, as          
vouched for by St.Mark who says that at the most critical juncture in          
the life of Jesus, "they all forsook him and fled." (Mark 14:50). All          
the knowledge of the disciples regarding their Master was from hearsay.        
They had heard that their master was HANGED ON THE CROSS; they had heard       
that he had GIVEN UP THE GHOST; they had heard that he was DEAD AND BUR-       
IED FOR THREE DAYS. If one is confronted by a person with such a reputa-       
tion then the conclusion is inescapable; they must be seeing A GHOST.          
Little wonder these ten brave men were petrified."                             
    "To disabuse their minds from the fear that gripped them, Jesus rea-       
soned with them. He said, 'Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I my-       
self:' To put it in colloquial English, this is how he told them: WHAT         
who walked and talked with you, broke bread with you - flesh and blood         
in all respects.                                                               
     Why do doubts enter your minds? 'Handle me and see,for a spirit has       
no flesh and bones as you see me have.' (Luke 24:39). In other words he        
is telling them: If I have FLESH and BONES, then I am not a GHOST, not a       
SPOOK and not a SPIRIT!" "Is that right?" I asked. "Yes," he replied.          
I continued that, Jesus is telling them, as recorded in this verse, in         
Basic English, that what the disciples were asked to HANDLE AND SEE'           
was not a translated body, not a metamorphosed body and not a resurrec-        
ted body, because a RESURRECTED body  is a SPIRITUALISED body. He is           
telling them in the clearest language humanly possible that he is NOT          
what they were thinking. They were thinking that he was a SPIRIT, a RE-        
SURRECTED body, one having been brought back from the dead. He is most         
emphatic that HE IS NOT!"                                                      
     "But how can you be so sure that the resurrected body cannot mate-        
rialise physically as Jesus had obviously done?" murmured the Reverend.        
I replied: "Because Jesus had himself pronounced that the resurrected          
bodies get spiritualised." When did he say any such thing?" enquired the       
Reverend. I answered, "Do you remember the incident as recorded in the         
Gospel of St. Luke, Chapter 20, where the learned men of the Jews- 'the        
chief priests and the scribes with the elders'- had come to him with a         
number of posers, and among them was one about a Jewess who had seven          
husbands in turn, one after another according to a Jewish custom, and in       
time all seven husbands and the woman too died?" The Reverend said that        
he did remember the occassion. I continued: "The trap that the religious       
heirarchy was trying to spring on him was; which one of the seven husba-       
nds was going to possess the woman on the 'Other side'- at the resurrec-       
tion ?- since they reasoned with Jesus that the seven brothers"had her".       
There was no problem while they fulfilled their obligation of trying to        
give her a child, because they had possessed her one by one in turn, and       
it was after the death of one that the other had taken her to wife. But        
since at the resurrection all seven will be brought to life simultaneous       
ly, there will be strife in heaven because all seven would want to get         
at her at the same time, specially if they had pleasure with her."             
     "Jesus debunked their false notion of the resurrection, by saying         
that at the resurrection 'neither shall they die any more:' (Luke 20:36)       
meaning that the resurrected persons will be IMMORTALISED. They will not       
be subject to death any more, no more hanger or thirst, no more fatigue.       
In short, all the instruments of death will be powerless against the re-       
surredted body. Jesus continues to explain: "for they (the resurrected         
bodies) are equal unto the angles," that is, that they will be ANGELISED       
- spiritualised, that they will become spirit-creatures, i.e. SPIRITS;         
'and the children of God, for such are the children of the resurrection.'      
                                                  (Luke 20:36)                 
JESUS NOT SPIRITUALISED                                                        
     I was taken off from the theme I was expounding two paragraphs            
above by the Reverend with the challenge,"But how can you be so sure..?"       
To continue from where I had deviated above - 'HE IS NOT' what they were       
thinking, that he was not a SPIRIT, not a GHOST, not a SPOOK. To assure        
them further after having offered his hands and feet for inspection and        
verification that his was a material, physical body, and that all their        
bewilderment and disbelief was unjustified, he asked his disciples:"Have       
you here any meat?" (Meaning something to eat). 'And they gave him a           
piece of broiled fish and of a honeycomb, and he took it, and did eat          
before them.'          (Luke 24:41-43)                                         
A DRAMA ?                                                                      
     What was Jesus trying to prove by all his demonstrations of wanting       
his hands and feet to be handled and chewing and masticating broiled           
fish and honeycomb?                                                            
     Was all this a pretence, make-belief, an act or drama? "NO!" Said         
Schleliermacher in 1819, a hundred years before I was born. Albert -           
Schweizer records him saying, "IF CHRIST HAD ONLY EATEN TO SHOW THAT HE        
BEEN A PRETENCE _ SOMETHING DOCETIC."("In Quest of the Historial Jesus,"       
page 64).                                                                      
     I had not know of Schleliermacher and other Christian scholars who        
over a hundred years ago doubted the death of Jesus on the cross as re-        
corded by Albert Schweizer, when I was discussing this subject with the        
head of the Bible Society.                                                     
NO RESURRECTION                                                                
     "What is wrong with you (Christian) folk?" Jesus is telling you in        
the most unambiguous language that he is not a SPIRIT - not spirituali-        
sed, not a RESURRECTED person, and yet the whole Christian world belie-        
ves tht he was RESURRECTED, i.e. SPITITUALISED. Who is lying, you or           
him ? How is it possible that you (each and every Christian) are reading       
your Holy Bible in your own mother tongue and yet EACH AND EVERY LANG-         
DING ? If you read the Bible, say, in Hebrew, and pleaded that you did         
not understand what you were reading, I can appreciate this fact. If you       
read it in Greek and pleaded that you did not really understand the imp-       
lications of what was written; I can appreciate this fact also. But the        
anomaly is that you are reading the Book, each and every one, IN HIS OWN       
MOTHER TONGUE, and are trained to understand the OPPOSITE of what is wri       
tten. How have you been brainwashed, or rather, how have you been "Pro-        
grammed," as the Americans would put it.                                       
     "Please tell me as to who is lying ? Is it Jesus or a thousand            
million Christians of the world? Jesus says, "NO!" to his being resurre-       
cted, and all of you say "YES!" Whom are we Muslims to believe, Jesus          
or his so called disciples ? We Muslims would rather believe the Master.       
Did he not say, "The desciple is not greater than the Master."                 
                                                      (matthew 10:24)          
     This was more than the Reverend had bargained for. He politely excu       
sed himself by saying that as he had to get ready to close his office,he       
would look forward to meeting me again. This was sheer evasive polite-         
     With the Bible Society, I won the DEBATE but lost the DISCOUNT ! No       
more discount for me from the Bible Society. But let my loss be your           
gain. If you dear reader, can remove a few cobwebs from your thinking on       
the subject of the 'CRUCIFIXION,' I will be amply rewarded.                    
 Now here are the verses discussed put together :                              
     "....Jesus himself stood in their midst, and said unto them, Peace        
      be unto you.                                                             
     "....But they were terrified, and supposing that they were seeing a       
     "And he said unto them,....                                               
     "Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me and          
      see; for a spirit has no flesh and bones, as you see me have.            
     "And showed them his hands and feet.                                      
     "And while they yet believed not for joy and wondered, he said            
      unto them, Have ye here any meat?                                        
     "And they gave him a piece of broiled fish, and of a honeycomb.           
     "And he took it, and did eat before them."                                
                                              Luke 24:36-43                    
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 2) What was the sign of Jonah?                                                
 3) Who moved the stone?                                                       
 4) Resurrection or resuscitation?                                             
 5) Is the Bible God's word?                                                   
 6) What is His name?                                                          
 7) The god that never was.                                                    
 8) Islam's answer to the racial problem.                                      
 9) Christ in Islam.                                                           
10) Crucifixion or crucifiction?                                               
11) The Muslim at prayer.                                                      
12) Mohammed-The Prophet of Islam.                                             

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