Just when I thought I had stumbled upon someone who knows and professes the Islamic faith who was also willing to answer questions and really grapple with the questions and answers that come up during inter-religious dialog…no more answers.
I was really looking forward to learning more about how and why people who accept Islam believe what they believe about the crucifixion, and what answers they would give to any response we would give. We (Catholics) believe that Jesus was the full revelation of God to mankind. We know it by the light of the Holy Spirit who guides us to truth, but can also confirm that Jesus really did all that he did through the witness of history. So I’ve always wondered how a rational, thinking person could get past the obvious historical evidence of the crucifixion. What do they do to set that aside? It would drive me crazy! Everyone thought one thing for hundreds of years, but 700 years after the fact a person revised that history. And that person founded my religion. That would really throw me off.
Or the Protestant Bible. My friends in college tried to “save me.” They knew I was Catholic, and they came at me with their tracts and usual Catholic stumper questions. They quoted the Scripture in Revelation warning about changing a word, adding or removing, and said the Catholic Church added 7 books to the Bible. They said that the willful disobedience the Church showed to that Scripture passage when adding books proves that the Catholic Church is the whore of Babylon. Funny thing though. When I told them that it was Luther, the founder and hero of their faith, who had disobeyed that Scripture, they stormed off to prove me wrong. Next time I saw them, suddenly Luther had plenty of justifiable reasons to do what he did and it doesn’t matter anyway. “Um, but you just said that if you added or took away from Scripture it proved that you were the whore of Babylon!” If you believe only the “Whore of Babylon” would change the Bible, then it doesn’t matter who did the changing…the shoe fits! Not only that—but they had been deceived! They were taught a lie! Catholics did not add to the Bible. That would shake me to the very core. It was a deception!!! God is truth.
But clearly this person has been able to set those kinds of thoughts aside, and I really wanted to know his or her reasoning. Perhaps there IS a good answer. If so I would love to hear it.
No one I have encountered has yet been willing to get past this very point in that dialogue. They say it was not Jesus, that only Jesus’ enemies witnessed his death, and since they were the ones fooled by Allah of course they would have mutawatir (all agree in what they saw/heard). I have responded with the witness of many more than just the enemies of Jesus, and never have been given a counter response.
Although this may not be the case here, I am left feeling that they have no other answer. If they do, why not just say it? I don’t mean the poster here specifically, who may have just been too busy or not seen the posts or something. I cannot speak for that person’s reasons for not responding.
(continue in next post).