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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