Paul Demonstrates that Christianity Cannot Be the Truth.
by, 31-05-2011 at 12:43 AM (1104 Views)
Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ ,
Christians depend on the Epistles of Paul (Pauline Epistles) as motivational and inspirational writings of scripture. Paul’s words and his latter identity are usually synonymous with Christianity and the Bible. Therefore, as one who seeks the truth can we look into Paul’s letters to validate or invalidate Christianity as the truth?
Yes we can. We don’t have to dig deep though. There exists a condition in the epistle to the Corinthians which Paul has given that we can use to judge the validity of Christianity. We begin by first looking at 1st Corinthians:
“And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.”
The condition is clear, we base the authenticity of Christianity on the resurrection of Christ Jesus and the evidence that the Bible presents for this. With this in mind, let’s look at the Gospel of Matthew:
“And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.”
The Geneva Study Bible, which a majority of Protestants or Islamophobes would use, such as James White or Sam Shamoun tells us how we should understand the above verses:
“That is to say, the stones broke apart, and the graves opened themselves to show by this act that death was overcome: and the resurrection of the dead followed the resurrection of Christ, as the next verse indicates.”
Succinctly to put it, an evidence given in the New Testament Gospel of Matthew for Jesus’ resurrection is that of Saints in a graveyard of Jerusalem being resurrected from the dead, i.e. dead saints came back to life, as to mimic or prove Jesus did.
However we must look at this closely and ask ourselves, if it is true that many dead persons, came out of graves and walked around Jerusalem, wouldn’t someone have seen this? The Jews never mentioned or spoke of this in their history, neither the Romans, neither any historian on the face of the earth. We’re speaking of a major incident and yet no one can say that this ever happened. Historical sources are quiet on the matter. It is quite absurd to believe that such an event could happen and the only recollection of it in history, are two verses in a document written fifty to seventy years later.
Muslims are not the only persons skeptical about this piece of evidence, in fact Christian scholars themselves have been confused and quite unhappy with this statement in the New Testament. Adam Clarke in his exegesis writes:
“It is difficult to account for the transaction mentioned Matthew 27:52,53. Some have thought that these two verses have been introduced into the text of Matthew from the gospel of the Nazarenes; others think that the simple meaning is this:-by the earthquake several bodies that had been buried were thrown up and exposed to view, and continued above ground till after Christ's resurrection, and were seen by many persons in the city. Why the graves should be opened on Friday, and the bodies not be raised to life till the following Sunday, is difficult to be conceived. The place is extremely obscure.”
He adds a number of interesting questions to the puzzle. Firstly, he expounds upon the fact that these verses can be emendations placed into the Gospel, or in other words corrupted by a heretical group. Secondly, he departs from the majority interpretation and thinks the bodies were not resurrected but just exposed from their graves. Finally, he comes to terms with the problem of this Gospel and ends that this, “evidence” or “miracle” is difficult to be conceived of and therefore extremely obscure.
Hence, as a person objectively investigating the New Testament for validity, if we take into consideration Paul’s condition to judge the authenticity of Christianity or the Christian doctrine, without a doubt the verses looked at in Matthew disprove the faith entirely.
Qur’aan Surah 2, Ayah 16:
"أُوْلَـٰٓٮِٕكَ ٱلَّذِينَ ٱشۡتَرَوُاْ ٱلضَّلَـٰلَةَ بِٱلۡهُدَىٰ فَمَا رَبِحَت تِّجَـٰرَتُهُمۡ وَمَا كَانُواْ مُهۡتَدِينَ "
[These are they who have bartered guidance for error: but their traffic is profitless, and they have lost true direction.]
 - http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/...17&version=KJV
 - http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/...53&version=KJV
 - http://studylight.org/com/gsb/view.c...mt&chapter=027
 - http://studylight.org/com/acc/view.c...mt&chapter=027