What about … #49

This is a little book of an author called Ahmed Didat which died some 20 years ago. I found it funny and interesting, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. You may read what follows in the next post “who moved the stone”

Since ¬†I ¬†am ¬†commanded ¬†by ¬†my ¬†Prophet, ¬†peace ¬†be ¬†upon ¬†him, ¬†to ¬†seek ¬†knowledge ¬†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 ¬†himself ¬†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 ¬†brackets ¬†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 ¬†without ¬†this ¬†interpolation ¬†the, ¬†ordinary ¬†Christians, not ¬†well ¬†grounded ¬†in ¬†faith, ¬†might ¬†slip ¬†and ¬†fall ¬†into ¬†the ¬†error ¬†of ¬†believing ¬†that ¬†Joseph ¬†the Carpenter ¬†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! ¬†Couldn’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 ¬†brackets ¬†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 ‘God’s Words?’ Interpolations The ¬†translator’s ¬†own ¬†addition ¬†of ¬†words ¬†in ¬†brackets ¬†can ¬†easily ¬†be ¬†put ¬†into ¬†the ¬†mouth ¬†of ¬†St. Luke ¬†by ¬†merely ¬†removing ¬†the ¬†brackets, ¬†and ¬†by ¬†implication, ¬†if ¬†Luke ¬†was ¬†inspired ¬†by ¬†God ¬†to write ¬†what ¬†he ¬†did, ¬†then ¬†the ¬†interpolations ¬†automatically ¬†become ¬†the ¬†Word ¬†of ¬†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 ¬†discussion ¬†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 ¬†retorted: ¬†“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 ¬†language ¬†group ¬†understands the facts, ¬†opposite ¬†to what he is reading.” “What are you referring 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 ¬†terrified ¬†on ¬†recognizing ¬†him?” ¬†He ¬†answered ¬†that ¬†he remembered ¬†that ¬†incident. ¬†I ¬†inquired: ¬†“Why ¬†should ¬†they ¬†be ¬†terrified?” ¬†When ¬†one ¬†recognizes one’s ¬†long-lost ¬†friend ¬†or ¬†one’s ¬†beloved, ¬†the ¬†natural ¬†reaction ¬†is ¬†to ¬†feel ¬†overjoyed, ¬†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 ¬†queried. ¬†The ¬†Reverend ¬†was clearly puzzled. I said: “Please allow me to explain.” Disciples Not Eye Witnesses “You ¬†see, ¬†sir, ¬†the ¬†disciples ¬†of ¬†Jesus ¬†were ¬†not ¬†eye-witnesses ¬†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 ¬†buried ¬†for ¬†three ¬†days. ¬†If ¬†one ¬†is ¬†confronted ¬†by ¬†a ¬†person with ¬†such ¬†a ¬†reputation ¬†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 ¬†reasoned ¬†with ¬†them. ¬†He said: ¬†‘Behold ¬†my ¬†hands ¬†and ¬†my ¬†feet, ¬†that ¬†it ¬†is ¬†I ¬†myself’ ¬†To ¬†put ¬†it ¬†in ¬†colloquial ¬†English, ¬†this ¬†is how ¬†he ¬†told ¬†them: ¬†‘What ¬†is ¬†wrong ¬†with ¬†you ¬†fellows, ¬†can’t ¬†you ¬†see ¬†that ¬†I ¬†am ¬†the ¬†same person ¬†– ¬†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 ¬†resurrected ¬†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 ¬†resurrected ¬†body, one having been brought back from the dead. He is most emphatic that ¬†he is not!” Spiritualization “But ¬†how ¬†can ¬†you ¬†be ¬†so ¬†sure ¬†that ¬†the ¬†resurrected ¬†body ¬†cannot ¬†materialize ¬†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?”inquired ¬†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 ¬†occasion. ¬†I ¬†continued: ¬†“The ¬†trap ¬†that ¬†the ¬†religious ¬†hierarchy was ¬†trying ¬†to ¬†spring ¬†on ¬†him ¬†was; ¬†which ¬†one ¬†of ¬†the ¬†seven ¬†husbands ¬†was ¬†going ¬†to ¬†possess ¬†the woman ¬†on ¬†the ¬†‘Other ¬†side’- ¬†at ¬†the ¬†resurrection?- ¬†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 simultaneously, ¬†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 resurrected ¬†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 pretense, ¬†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 ¬†could ¬†eat, ¬†while ¬†he ¬†really ¬†had ¬†no ¬†need ¬†of ¬†nourishment, ¬†if ¬†would ¬†have ¬†been ¬†a pretense, something docetic.”( ¬†In Quest of the Historical 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 ¬†recorded ¬†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 ¬†spiritualised, ¬†not ¬†a ¬†resurrected ¬†person, ¬†and ¬†yet ¬†the whole ¬†Christian ¬†world ¬†believes ¬†that ¬†he ¬†was ¬†resurrected, ¬†i.e. ¬†spiritualised. ¬†Who ¬†is ¬†lying, ¬†you or ¬†him? ¬†How ¬†is ¬†it ¬†possible ¬†that ¬†you, ¬†each ¬†and ¬†every ¬†Christian, ¬†are ¬†reading ¬†your ¬†Bible ¬†in ¬†your own ¬†mother ¬†tongue ¬†and ¬†yet ¬†each ¬†and ¬†every ¬†groups ¬†is ¬†made ¬†to ¬†understand ¬†the ¬†exact opposite ¬†of ¬†what ¬†they ¬†are ¬†reading? ¬†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 ¬†implications ¬†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 written. ¬†How ¬†have ¬†you ¬†been ¬†brainwashed, ¬†or ¬†rather, ¬†how ¬†have ¬†you ¬†been ¬†“Programmed,” ¬†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 ¬†resurrected, ¬†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 disciple is not greater than the Master.”? (Matthew 10:24) This ¬†was ¬†more ¬†than ¬†the ¬†Reverend ¬†had ¬†bargained ¬†for. ¬†He ¬†politely ¬†excused ¬†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 politeness! 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 ¬†spirit… ¬†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)

What about … #47

Mary 19:

16. And mention in the Scripture Mary, when she withdrew from her people to an eastern location.

17. She screened herself away from them, and We sent to her Our spirit, and He appeared to her as an immaculate human.

18.¬†She said, ‚ÄúI take refuge from you in the Most Merciful, should you be righteous.‚ÄĚ

19.¬†He said, ‚ÄúI am only the messenger of your Lord, to give you the gift of a pure son.‚ÄĚ

20.¬†She said, ‚ÄúHow can I have a son, when no man has touched me, and I was never unchaste?‚ÄĚ

21.¬†He said, ‚ÄúThus said your Lord, `It is easy for Me, and We will make him a sign for humanity, and a mercy from Us. It is a matter already decided.’‚Äú

22. So she carried him, and secluded herself with him in a remote place.

23.¬†The labor-pains came upon her, by the trunk of a palm-tree. She said, ‚ÄúI wish I had died before this, and been completely forgotten.‚ÄĚ

24. Whereupon he called her from beneath her: “Do not worry; your Lord has placed a stream beneath you.

25.¬†And shake the trunk of the palm-tree towards you, and it will drop ripe dates by you.‚ÄĚ

26.¬†‚ÄúSo eat, and drink, and be consoled. And if you see any human, say, ‚ÄėI have vowed a fast to the Most Gracious, so I will not speak to any human today.’‚Äú

27. Then she came to her people, carrying him. They said, “O Mary, you have done something terrible.

28.¬†O sister of Aaron, your father was not an evil man, and your mother was not a whore.‚ÄĚ

29.¬†So she pointed to him. They said, ‚ÄúHow can we speak to an infant in the crib?‚ÄĚ

30. He said, “I am the servant of God. He has given me the Scripture, and made me a prophet.

31. And has made me blessed wherever I may be; and has enjoined on me prayer and charity, so long as I live.

32. And kind to my mother, and He did not make me a disobedient rebel.

33.¬†So Peace is upon me the day I was born, and the day I die, and the Day I get resurrected alive.‚ÄĚ

34.¬†That is Jesus son of Mary‚ÄĒthe Word of truth about which they doubt.

35.¬†It is not for God to have a child‚ÄĒglory be to Him. To have anything done, He says to it, ‚ÄúBe,‚ÄĚ and it becomes.

36.¬†‚ÄúGod is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him. That is a straight path.‚ÄĚ

37. But the various factions differed among themselves. So woe to those who disbelieve from the scene of a tremendous Day.

38. Listen to them and watch for them the Day they come to Us. But the wrongdoers today are completely lost.

39. And warn them of the Day of Regret, when the matter will be concluded. Yet they are heedless, and they do not believe.

40. It is We who will inherit the earth and everyone on it, and to Us they will be returned.

Customer’s hotel review

I’m wondering…. Do you read the customer’s review before booking a room in a hotel?

To tell you the truth, it is not very often that I do. Living on the roads, you get used to what you find. But on some occasions, an instinct comes to tell you “see what the people say about it”.

And that’s what I did yesterday. I was going to book a room in a cheap place (which I won’t be naming here but it is in Belgium) when i found that I had to pay for the towels and sheets. But how much do they ask for it? Time to check the hotel’s comments, who knows, perhaps someone said the fee. ūüėČ be sure to read all of them and if you had a good laugh as I did, please leave a comment.


Comment 1

We could not enjoy the rented property because it was already rented by another family. Fortunately neighbors were able to accommodate us in a small cottage. We visited the house originally rented and the bathroom is in the room, there is no door to the toilet and the work is not finished (dangerous for children)

Comment 2

The owner was not there and did not welcome us. The room has no door and the only shower in the house was in the room. There are holes on the ceiling and on the floor as well as a cat who does not hesitate to search our things at night (it was not indicated on the ad and I am allergic). None of the features listed on the ad have been verified.

Comment 3

The host was very helpful and gave us good information on how to reach the house. The rooms were big and the bed was comfortable. The bathroom was equipped and soap/towels were provided to the visitors.

· The house address was special and some signs to direct visitors by car would have been helpful. The kitchen could have used lighting as it was dark at night. The bathroom and the main room were combined which was a shame !

Comment 4

Awesome location, you can find everything you need in this big house. Kind owner, always trying to pleased guests need.

Shared house with no privacy, missing door and ceilings, still a work in progress I guess. The only toilet and shower are in the main room with nothing to separate them from bed side, 2nd toilet out of order most of the time.

Comment 5

A bumpy unimproved road to the cottage in a forest area. A lot of garbage outside the cottage. Nobody there. Phone call. Key outside somewhere. Dark inside, hardly any bulbs. Three sleeping rooms, each having blankets as doors. Blankets also before the windows. All cupboards filled with personal belongings; apparently somehow someone lives here and leaves it then for rental purposes. Just one closet upstairs, also in the open air. Floors of the sleeping rooms are being renovated, with missing boards: mind your steps. Someone arrived during the night, heard him / her snore. I am used to sleep everywhere; but this time I had a creepy feeling.

Comment 6
This establishment is almost impossible to reach. The address is very complicated and the city name is wrong. In addition, the owner was not helpful. When we reached the place at 10:30 PM everything was closed and after a phone call we got an answering machine although we specified an arrival time in between 10 and 11 PM. Therefore we had no access to the room. The following day we called again the owner. She lied telling us that she was waiting for us very lately and that she sent SMS. Of course we got nothing. We are asking for a full refund and we noticed similar bad experiences within the comments of the website. Altogether this is everything but serious.

Comment 7
1) The property was difficult to find. The road leading to it was narrow, muddy (especially after a rainy day) and not well signposted. The front of the property was a tip.
2) The living room looks really nice but I think the owner was more concerned about collecting trinkets than actually making the place safe and fit for purpose.
3) There are no doors to the rooms for privacy. Just curtains hanging by the door frames.
4) There is a gap on the floor as you enter one of the rooms and my wife’s foot got caught. Obviously you tend to look into the room as you enter, and a gap on the floor is the last thing you expect.
5) The floor boards outside the property have not really been brushed for a long time and has accumulated gunk which made it very slippery on a rainy day. My 10 yr old son slipped and hurt his back. He was already aware it was slippery, but still slipped because it was just too slippery.
6) The door to the side of the property was not locked and the owner did not leave the key to lock that door. We felt very vulnerable.
7) There is no separate toilet/shower. However, one room had an open plan toilet/ shower. Remember that there are no doors. It means somebody can just go into your room, do his business and leave a stinking smell in your room all the time while you’re in bed. You can even play pass-the-tissue if you want.
8) The worst part of all was when we had a power cut. Yes, an electricity power cut. I can see that other houses have electricity so it’s just the house we are in that has no power. I texted the owner and told her about the power cut. She did not even address that problem. No lights and no heating. It was very cold. The house was not properly insulated.
9) The owner phoned that there were other people coming to stay for the night. We are in the middle of nowhere. Side door unlocked. No doors to the rooms. No lights. And strangers will arrive in the middle of the night! It was a nightmare.


Come on! What’s this place? Be sure to read the reviews before booking somewhere you’ve never been.

What about … #46

Hello again readers, as I said in the previous post “heaven” , the topic of the day is “hell”.¬†

So for those who don’t believe in it, you can’t believe in “good” without believing in “evil”

Or admitting the” cold” and denying the “hot”. It has nothing to do with the kindness of God. When you were little your mom and dad might have whipped you for something you have done wrong, does that mean that your mom isn’t kind with you anymore? No. It’s just that you have to be punished for something that you have done. For example if you steel at work, you’re fired!

So here are the Biblical verses concerning hell:

Revelation 21:8

¬†But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars‚ÄĒthey will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.‚ÄĚ

Matthew 25:46

“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.‚ÄĚ

2 Thessalonians 1:9

They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might

Matthew 13:50

and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Mark 9:43

If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out.

Jude 1:7

 In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.

Matthew 13:42

PThey will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 25:41

¬†‚ÄúThen he will say to those on his left, ‚ÄėDepart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

Revelation 19:20

 But the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who had performed the signs on its behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped its image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.

Matthew 16:19

¬†I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will bebound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will beloosed in heaven.‚ÄĚ

2 Peter 2:4

 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them in chains of darkness to be held for judgment;

Revelation 20:13-14

The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death.

Ezekiel 18:20 

The one who sins is the one who will die. The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child. The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them.

Everyone will exist eternally either in heaven or hell (Daniel 12:2,3; Matthew 25:46; John 5:28; Revelation 20:14,15).

(2) Everyone has only one life in which to determine their destiny (Hebrews 9:27).

(3) Heaven or hell is determined by whether a person believes (puts their trust) in Christ alone to save them (John 3:16, 36, etc.).

(1) Hell was designed originally for Satan and his demons (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10).).

Matthew 13:50 ‚Äúfurnace of fire‚Ķweeping and gnashing of teeth‚ÄĚ

Mark 9:48 ‚Äúwhere their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched‚ÄĚ

Revelation 14:10 ‚Äúhe will be tormented with fire and brimstone‚ÄĚ

Revelation 14:11 ‚Äúthe smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever and they have no rest day and night‚ÄĚ

Revelation 20:14 ‚ÄúThis is the second death, the lake of fire‚ÄĚ

Revelation 20:15 ‚ÄúIf anyone‚Äôs name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire‚ÄĚ

What the Quran says about hell:

When it is said to him, “Fear Allah., He is led by arrogance to (more) crime.Enough for him is Hell;-An evil bed indeed (To lie on)! (Surah Al-Baqara, 206)

Say to those who reject Faith: “Soon will ye be vanquished and gathered together to Hell,-an evil bed indeed (to lie on)! (Surah Al-Imran, 12)

Those who reject our Signs, We shall soon cast into the Fire: as often as their skins are roasted through, We shall change them for fresh skins, that they may taste the penalty: for Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise. (Surah An-Nisa’, 56)

If a man kills a believer intentionally, his recompense is Hell, to abide therein (For ever): And the wrath and the curse of Allah are upon him, and a dreadful penalty is prepared for him. (Surah An-Nisa’, 93)

When angels take the souls of those who die in sin against their souls, they say: “In what (plight) Were ye?” They reply: “Weak and oppressed Were we in the earth.” They say: “Was not the earth of Allah spacious enough for you to move yourselves away (From evil)?” Such men will find their abode in Hell,- What an evil refuge! – (Surah An-Nisa¬í, 97)

Already has He sent you Word in the Book, that when ye hear the signs of Allah held in defiance and ridicule, ye are not to sit with them unless they turn to a different theme: if ye did, ye would be like them.For Allah will collect the hypocrites and those who defy faith Рall in Hell:- (Surah An-Nisa’, 140)

If thou couldst but see when they are confronted with the Fire! They will say: “Would that we were but sent back! Then would we not reject the signs of our Lord, but would be amongst those who believe!” (Surah Al-An¬Ďam, 27)

One day will He gather them all together, (and say): “O ye assembly of Jinns! Much (toll) did ye take of men.” Their friends amongst men will say: “Our Lord! we made profit from each other: but (alas!) we reached our term – which thou didst appoint for us.” He will say: “The Fire be your dwelling-place: you will dwell therein for ever, except as Allah willeth.” for thy Lord is full of wisdom and knowledge. (Surah Al-An¬Ďam, 128)

He will say: “Enter ye in the company of the peoples who passed away before you – men and jinns, – into the Fire.” Every time a new people enters, it curses its sister-people (that went before), until they follow each other, all into the Fire.Saith the last about the first: “Our Lord! it is these that misled us: so give them a double penalty in the Fire.” He will say: “Doubled for all” : but this ye do not understand. (Surah Al-A¬Ďraf, 38)

“Such as took their religion to be mere amusement and play, and were deceived by the life of the world.” That day shall We forget them as they forgot the meeting of this day of theirs, and as they were wont to reject Our signs. (Surah Al-A¬Ďraf, 51)

The Unbelievers spend their wealth to hinder (man) from the path of Allah, and so will they continue to spend; but in the end they will have (only) regrets and sighs; at length they will be overcome: and the Unbelievers will be gathered together to Hell;- (Surah Al-Anfal, 36)

Except those on whom thy Lord hath bestowed His Mercy: and for this did He create them: and the Word of thy Lord shall be fulfilled: “I will fill Hell with jinns and men all together.” (Surah Hud, 119)

For those who respond to their Lord, are (all) good things.But those who respond not to Him,- Even if they had all that is in the heavens and on earth, and as much more, (in vain) would they offer it for ransom.For them will the reckoning be terrible: their abode will be Hell,- what a bed of misery! (Surah Ar-Ra¬Ďd, 18)

In front of such a one is Hell, and he is given, for drink, boiling fetid water. (Surah ńįbrahim, 16)

To it are seven gates: for each of those gates is a (special) class (of sinners) assigned. (Surah Al-Hijr, 44)

“(Namely) those whose lives the angels take in a state of wrong-doing to their own souls.” Then would they offer submission (with the pretence), “We did no evil (knowingly).” (The angels will reply), “Nay, but verily Allah knoweth all that ye did; (Surah An-Nahl, 28)

It is he whom Allah guides, that is on true Guidance; but he whom He leaves astray Рfor such wilt thou find no protector besides Him.On the Day of Judgment We shall gather, them together, prone on their faces, blind, dumb, and deaf: their abode will be Hell: every time it shows abatement, We shall increase from them the fierceness of the Fire. (Surah Al-Isra’, 97)

Say, “The truth is from your Lord”: Let him who will believe, and let him who will, reject (it): for the wrong-doers We have prepared a Fire whose (smoke and flames), like the walls and roof of a tent, will hem them in: if they implore relief they will be granted water like melted brass, that will scald their faces, how dreadful the drink! How uncomfortable a couch to recline on! (Surah Al-Kahf, 29)

Those who reject (Truth), among the People of the Book and among the Polytheists, will be in Hell-Fire, to dwell therein (for aye). They are the worst of creatures. (Surah Al-Bayyina, 6)

 

But he whose balance (of good deeds) will be (found) light,- (Surah Al-Qari¬Ďa, 8)

Will have his home in a (bottomless) Pit. (Surah Al-Qari¬Ďa, 9)

And what will explain to thee what this is? (Surah Al-Qari¬Ďa, 10)

(It is) a Fire Blazing fiercely! (Surah Al-Qari¬Ďa, 11)

 

Nay, were ye to know with certainty of mind, (ye would beware!) (Surah At-Takathur, 5)

Ye shall certainly see Hell-Fire! (Surah At-Takathur, 6)

Again, ye shall see it with certainty of sight! (Surah At-Takathur, 7)

 

Woe to every (kind of) scandal-monger and-backbiter, (Surah Al-Humaza, 1)

Who pileth up wealth and layeth it by, (Surah Al-Humaza, 2)

Thinking that his wealth would make him last for ever! (Surah Al-Humaza, 3)

By no means! He will be sure to be thrown into That which Breaks to Pieces, (Surah Al-Humaza, 4)

And what will explain to thee That which Breaks to Pieces? (Surah Al-Humaza, 5)

(It is) the Fire of (the Wrath of) Allah kindled (to a blaze), (Surah Al-Humaza, 6)

The which doth mount (Right) to the Hearts: (Surah Al-Humaza, 7)

It shall be made into a vault over them, (Surah Al-Humaza, 8)

In columns outstretched. (Surah Al-Humaza, 9)

So you see? How can hell be a myth while the Bible and the Quran affirm its existence? Hell it’s the most horrific place someone could be, you may think that’s funny or weird or even fake, but the day you’ll see it, it will be too late. So let’s be careful and try to make of ourselves what God wants us to be

What about … #45

So what is heaven? What does the Scriptures say?

We’re all aware that when we die, we go somewhere. Either that place is good which is called heaven or bad which is hell.
Unfortunately nowadays most of the people don’t believe in hell (except maybe the Jews and the Muslims). If we look from the XIX century and backwards every believer believed in hell, but since the half of XX century onwards it changed a LOT, here is a link you may read:
http://theologicalstudies.org.uk/pdf/er/hell_gray.pdf

Even the Church don’t believe in hell anymore. Can you believe that? So do you really believe that all those assassins in the world such as Timothy McVeigh or Radovan KaradŇĺińá will go to heaven? Or those thieves that steel things that don’t belong to them? That’s wrong to think that God’s justice is weak. How can you possibly think that hell is a myth? It’s like saying that “evil” doesn’t exist, come on!
Ok, let’s leave hell for another time and continue to heaven.
Here is what the Bible tells us:

Revelation 7:13-17

Then one of the elders asked me, ‚ÄúThese in white robes‚ÄĒwho are they, and where did they come from?‚ÄĚ I answered, ‚ÄúSir, you know.‚ÄĚ And he said, ‚ÄúThese are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore, ‚Äúthey are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. ‚ÄėNever again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat down on them,‚Äônor any scorching heat. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‚Äėhe will lead them to springs of living water.‚Äô‚ÄėAnd God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.‚Äô ‚ÄĚ

Revelation 21:4-8

‚ÄėHe will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death‚Äô or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.‚ÄĚ He who was seated on the throne said, ‚ÄúI am making everything new!‚ÄĚ Then he said, ‚ÄúWrite this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.‚ÄĚ He said to me: ‚ÄúIt is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars‚ÄĒthey will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.‚ÄĚ

Revelation 21:10-27:

10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.

11 It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.

12 It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel.

13 There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west.

14 The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

15 The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls. 16 The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia [or 1,400 miles!] in length, and as wide and high as it is long [1,400 miles wide and tall!].

17 The angel measured the wall using human measurement, and it was 144 cubits [that is 200 feet!] thick.

18 The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass.

19 The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst [these last two stones are unknown or only exist in heaven today].

21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.

22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.

23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.

24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it.

25 On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there.

26 The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it.

27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Revelation 22:3-7

No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever. The angel said to me, ‚ÄúThese words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúLook, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll.‚ÄĚ

Revelation 22:5-9

There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever. The angel said to me, ‚ÄúThese words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúLook, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll.‚ÄĚ I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. But he said to me, ‚ÄúDon‚Äôt do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets and with all who keep the words of this scroll. Worship God!‚ÄĚ

Matthew 5:17-20

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 19:17-19

‚ÄúWhy do you ask me about what is good?‚ÄĚ Jesus replied. ‚ÄúThere is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúWhich ones?‚ÄĚ he inquired. Jesus replied, ‚Äú ‚ÄėYou shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother,‚Äôand ‚Äėlove your neighbor as yourself.‚Äô‚ÄĚ

Ezekiel 28:24-26

‚Äú ‚ÄėNo longer will the people of Israel have malicious neighbors who are painful briers and sharp thorns. Then they will know that I am the Sovereign LORD. ‚Äú ‚ÄėThis is what the Sovereign LORD says: When I gather the people of Israel from the nations where they have been scattered, I will be proved holy through them in the sight of the nations. Then they will live in their own land, which I gave to my servant Jacob. They will live there in safety and will build houses and plant vineyards; they will live in safety when I inflict punishment on all their neighbors who maligned them. Then they will know that I am the LORD their God.‚Äô ‚ÄĚ

Does that mean that Jerusalem is heaven? Because if it is, counting its 125.156 km2 or 48.323 sq mi  of surface and taking note that each person needs 1 sq meter to stand freely, that means that there will be about 126 000 people in heaven. For those people it will look more a prison than heaven.

Now what does the Quran say?

Al Hijr 15:45-48
“Truly! The Muttaqun (pious and righteous people) will be amidst Gardens and water-springs (Paradise). “(It will be said to them): ‘Enter therein (Paradise), in peace and security.’ “And We shall remove from their breasts any sense of injury (that they may have), (So they will be like) brothers facing each other on thrones. “No sense of fatigue shall touch them, nor shall they (ever) be asked to leave it.”

The pilgrimage 22: 23

Truly, Allah will admit those who believe and do righteous good deeds, to Gardens underneath which rivers flow (in Paradise), wherein they will be adorned with bracelets of gold and pearls and their garments therein will be of silk.

Ya-Sin 36: 55-58

Verily, the dwellers of the Paradise, that Day, will be busy in joyful things. They and their wives will be in pleasant shade, reclining on thrones. They will have therein fruits (of all kinds) and all that they ask for. (It will be said to them): Salamun (peace be on you), a Word from the Lord, Most Merciful.

The Groups 39: 73-74

And those who kept their duty to their Lord will be led to Paradise in groups, till, when they reach it, and its gates will be opened (before their arrival for their reception) and its keepers will say: Salamun ‘Alaikum (peace be upon you)! You have done well, so enter here to abide therein.” And they will say: “All the praises and thanks be to Allah Who has fulfilled His Promise to us and has made us inherit (this) land. We can dwell in Paradise where we will; how excellent a reward for the (pious good) workers!”

The Smoke 44: 51-55

Verily! The Muttaqun (pious), will be in place of Security (Paradise). Among Gardens and Springs; Dressed in fine silk and (also) in thick silk, facing each other, So (it will be), and We shall marry them to Houris (female fair ones) with wide, lovely eyes. They will call therein for every kind of fruit in peace and security;

Muhammad 47: 15

The description of Paradise which the Muttaqun (pious) have been promised is that in it are rivers of water the taste and smell of which are not changed; rivers of milk of which the taste never changes; rivers of wine delicious to those who drink; and rivers of clarified honey (clear and pure) therein for them is every kind of fruit; and forgiveness from their Lord. (Are these) like those who shall dwell for ever in the Fire, and be given, to drink, boiling water, so that it cuts up their bowels?

The Moon 54: 54-55

Verily, The Muttaqun (pious), will be in the midst of Gardens and Rivers (Paradise). In a seat of truth (i.e. Paradise), near the Omnipotent King (Allah, the All-Blessed, the Most High, the Owner of Majesty and Honour).

The Event 56: 10-40
And those foremost [ in performing righteous deeds,] will be foremost (in Paradise). These will be those nearest to Allah. In the Gardens of delight (Paradise). A multitude of those (foremost) will be from the first generations (who embraced Islam). And a few of those (foremost) will be from the later time (generations). (They will be) on thrones woven with gold and precious stones, Reclining thereon, face to face. They will be served by immortal boys, With cups, and jugs, and a glass from the flowing wine, Wherefrom they will get neither any aching of the head, nor any intoxication. And fruit; that they may choose. And the flesh of fowls that they desire. And (there will be) Houris (fair females) with wide, lovely eyes (as wives for the pious), Like unto preserved pearls. A reward for what they used to do. No Laghw (dirty, false, evil vain talk) will they hear therein, nor any sinful speech. But only the saying of: Salam!, Salam! (greetings with peace) ! And those on the Right Hand, – Who will be those on the Right Hand? (They will be) among thornless lote-trees, Among Talh (banana-trees) with fruits piled one above another,In shade long-extended, By water flowing constantly, And fruit in plenty, Whose season is not limited, and their supply will not be cut off, And on couches or thrones, raised high. Verily, We have created them (maidens) of special creation. And made them virgins. Loving, equal in age. For those on the Right Hand. A multitude of those (on the Right Hand) will be from the first generation (who embraced Islam). And a multitude of those (on the Right Hand) will be from the later times (generations).

The Man 76: 12-21

And their recompense shall be Paradise, and silken garments, because they were patient. Reclining therein on raised thrones, they will see there neither the excessive heat of the sun, nor the excessive bitter cold. And the shade thereof is close upon them, and the bunches of fruit thereof will hang low within their reach. And amongst them will be passed round vessels of silver and cups of crystal, Crystal-clear, made of silver. They will determine the measure thereof according to their wishes. And they will be given to drink there a cup (of wine) mixed with Zanjabil (ginger, etc.), A spring there, called Salsabil. And round about them will (serve) boys of everlasting youth. If you see them, you would think them scattered pearls. And when you look there (in Paradise), you will see a delight (that cannot be imagined), and a great dominion. Their garments will be of fine green silk, and gold embroidery. They will be adorned with bracelets of silver, and their Lord will give them a pure drink.

The News 78: 32-38

Verily, for the Muttaqun, there will be a success (Paradise); Gardens and grapeyards; And young full-breasted (mature) maidens of equal age; And a full cup (of wine). No Laghw (dirty, false, evil talk) shall they hear therein, nor lying; A reward from your Lord, an ample calculated gift (according to the best of their good deeds). (From) the Lord of the heavens and the earth, and whatsoever is in between them, the Most Beneficent, none can dare to speak with Him (on the Day of Resurrection except after His Leave). The Day that Ar-Ruh [Jibrael (Gabriel) or another angel] and the angels will stand forth in rows, none shall speak except him whom the Most Beneficent (Allah) allows, and he will speak what is right.

The Cow 2: 25

And give glad tidings to those who believe and do righteous good deeds, that for them will be Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise). Every time they will be provided with a fruit therefrom, they will say: “This is what we were provided with before,” and they will be given things in resemblance (i.e. in the same form but different in taste) and they shall have therein Azwajun Mutahharatun (purified mates or wives), and they will abide therein forever.

The Criterion 25: 15-16

Say: “Is that (torment) better or the Paradise of Eternity promised to the Muttaqun (pious and righteous persons)?” It will be theirs as a reward and as a final destination. For them there will be therein all that they desire, and they will abide (there forever). It is a promise binding upon your Lord that must be fulfilled.

Sad 38: 49-54

This is a Reminder, and verily, for the Muttaqun (pious and righteous persons ) is a good final return (Paradise), -, Adn (Edn) Paradise (everlasting Gardens), whose doors will be open for them.Therein they will recline; therein they will call for fruits in abundance and drinks; And beside them will be chaste females restraining their glances only for their husbands, (and) of equal ages. This it is what you (Al-Muttaqun – the pious) are promised for the Day of Reckoning! (It will be said to them)! Verily, this is Our Provision which will never finish;

Qaf 50: 31-35

And Paradise will be brought near to the Muttaqun (pious ) not far off. (It will be said): “This is what you were promised, – (it is) for those oft-returning (to Allah) in sincere repentance, and those who preserve their covenant with Allah (by obeying Him in all what He has ordered, and worship none but Allah Alone). “Who feared the Most Beneficent in the Ghaib (unseen): (i.e. in this worldly life before seeing and meeting Him), and brought a heart turned in repentance, “Enter you therein in peace and security; this is a Day of eternal life!” There they will have all that they desire, and We have more.

Jonah 10: 9-10

Verily, those who believe [in the Oneness of Allah, His Angels, His Books, His Messengers, Day of Resurrection… ], and do deeds of righteousness, their Lord will guide them through their Faith; under them will flow rivers in the Gardens of delight (Paradise). Their way of request therein will be Subhanaka Allahumma (Glory to You, O Allah!) and Salam (peace) will be their greetings therein (Paradise)! and the close of their request will be: Al-Hamdu Lillahi Rabbil-‘Alamin [All the praises and thanks are to Allah, the Lord of ‘Alamin( all that exists)].

Heaven is a reward, so we have to work for it. It works the same way as the wage we take for the work that we do everyday. You get paid for the work you do. You won’t get paid for doing nothing.

Heaven is the place of bliss, for those who are worthy. And God knows best who deserves it.