How can God be crucified to save humanity?
Christians seemed to have exceeded all limits in attributing lies and fabricating injustices to God Almighty
Christians seemed to have exceeded all limits in attributing lies and fabricating injustices to God Almighty. They have challenged and even undermined the Divinity of God in ways that no other denomination on the face of the earth has ever done before. In reality, this renders them far from praising God or glorifying Him, let alone being true believers.
Christendom claim that when Adam (pbuh) ate from the forbidden tree, he sinned perpetually and angered God Who thereby afflicted eternal punishment upon him which was to continue on his offspring until the coming of Jesus (pbuh). Thus, the sole purpose of the latter’s crucifixion and alleged death on the cross was to relieve later generations from their forefather's sin, and their own of course, which they continue to bear. Christians further claim that all the sons of Adam (pbuh) were imprisoned by Satan, including the Prophets of God, such as Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Solomon and Joseph (pbut).
In contrast, Islam refutes such abhorrent claims as the Qur'an emphatically honors the noble prophets of God Almighty:
And We bestowed upon him Ishaq (Isaac) and Yaqub (Jacob); each of them We guided; and before him, We guided Nuh (Noah); and among his progeny Dawud (David), Sulaiman (Solomon), Ayyub (Job), Yusuf (Joseph), Musa (Moses), and Harun (Aaron). Thus do We reward Al- Muhsinun (the good-doers. And Zakariyya (Zachariya) and Yahya (John) and Isa (Jesus) and Ilyas (Elias), each one of them was of the righteous. And Ismail (Ishmael) and Al-Yasaa (Elisha) and Yunus (Jonah) and Lut (Lot), and each one of them did We prefer above the Alamin [mankind and jinn (of their time).(Al Qur'an, 6:84- 86).
It is well known that Abraham's father was not only a nonbeliever, but a die-hard polytheist who blasphemed God, but God did not punish Abraham for his father's grave sin. How then would He hold him responsible, or the children of Adam, for their forefather's sin? To attribute a wrong or its consequences to someone innocent is itself a calumny and grave sin. God Almighty is far from doing so.
Moreover, the Christian concept of The Original Sin erroneously assumes that Adam did not seek repentance and that God did not forgive him. Indeed, God has declared that Adam (pbuh) repented soon afterwards and was granted forgiveness by Him. This is clearly mentioned in the Glorious Qur’an:
Then Adam received from his Lord words [of forgiveness]. And his Lord pardoned him (accepted his repentance). Verily, He is the One Who forgives (accepts repentance), the Most Merciful(Al Qur'an, 2:37).
he Creator did not abandon Adam (pbuh) because he sinned. According to Islam, by the infinite mercy of God Almighty, it is Him Who first taught Adam how to seek forgiveness for this sins and he was thereby forgiven once he did so. Moreover, the children of Adam were never at any time implicated in their forefather’s sins at all.
Thus, it is therefore necessary to question the spurious assumption that the sons of Adam are to be held accountable for their forefather's mistake, or anybody else’s for that matter except their own, that they had nothing to do with.
In Christian literature, crucifixion is not the only contentious issue by any means, as the life of Jesus (pbuh) himself is much shrouded in mystery, except for the three main years of his ministry. The Orthodox Christian Church makes it a cardinal point of its doctrine that Jesus’ (pbuh) life was taken on the cross, that he was crucified and was buried, that he rose on the third day in body and soul with wounds intact, that he walked about and conversed, that he ate with his disciples, and that he was afterwards taken up bodily to heaven.
The notion of crucifixion, as presented in Christianity, only strengthens the vile claims of the Jews that they were the master minders of Jesus’ (pbuh) death. In defense of this mighty messenger of God against such an ignominy and abomination, the Qur'an clearly upholds:
Because of their breaking of their covenant, and of their rejecting the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations etc.) of Allah, and of their saying: 'Our hearts are wrapped (with coverings, i.e. We do not understand what the messengers say)' - nay, Allah has set a seal upon their hearts because of their disbelief, so they believe not but little.
And because of their (Jews) disbelief and uttering against Maryam (Mary) a grave false charge (that she committed illegal sexual intercourse); And because of their saying (in boast), "We killed Messiah 'Isa' (Jesus) son of Maryam (Mary), the Messenger of Allah" - but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but it appeared to so to them [the resemblance of Isa (Jesus) was put over another man (and they killed that man), and those who differ therein are full of doubts. They have no (certain Knowledge, they follow nothing but conjecture. For surely, they killed him not [Jesus, son of Maryam (Mary)]. 16 But Allah raised him (Jesus) up (with his body and soul) unto Himself (and he is in the heavens). And Allah is Ever All-Powerful, AllWise. And there is none of the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), but must believe in him [Jesus, son of Maryam (Mary), as only a Messenger of Allah and a human being], before his [Jesus or a Jew's or a Christian's] death (at the time of the appearance of the angel of death). And on the Day of Resurrection, he (Jesus) will be a witness against them(Al Qur’an, 4:155-159).
In the Qur'anic verses above, there is a catalogue of iniquities of which the Jews were guilty, and for such iniquities "they are under divine displeasure." 9 Their iniquities included:
- They broke their covenant.
- They rejected Allah's (God's) guidance as conveyed by His messengers.
- They killed Allah's messengers and incurred a double guilt which included murder and that of deliberate defiance of His law.
- They imagined themselves arrogantly self-sufficient, which means a blasphemous closing of their hearts forever against admission of Allah's grace.
But the Jews were famous for their rebelliousness and iniquities against God, His prophets and the true believers:
- They rejected faith.
- They made false charges against a righteous woman like Mary, who was chosen by Allah to be the mother of Jesus (pbut).
- They boasted of having killed Jesus (pbuh) when they were victims of their own self-hallucination.
- They hindered people from Allah's way.
- They, by means of usury and fraud, oppressed their fellow men.
The charge against Mary was that she was unchaste. Such a charge is heinous enough to make against any innocent woman, but it is particularly irreverent to be made against Mary the mother of the prophet of Allah, Jesus (pbuh). The Jews rejected his message from the beginning by ridiculing Allah's power through his extraordinary birth
(Al Qur'an, 17:27-28)
The chastity of women is highly respected in Islam because it such an essential aspect of their dignity and honor that no one is allowed to doubt, unless he or she brings strong evidence, namely, four eye witnesses that she did commit an unchaste act. If they fail to do so, they will be flogged with eighty lashes and barred from being competent witnesses in the future again
In the case of Mary, she was a pure, righteous, pious, virtuous and chaste lady of the highest rank among the women in her time, specially chosen by God Almighty.
Several sects of Christianity like the Basilidans also rejected the claim of crucifixion of Jesus (pbuh) and, instead, believed that someone else was substituted for him.
The Docetae, another sect in Christianity, held the view that Christ (pbuh) never had a real physical and natural body, but only an apparent or phantom body. The Gospel of St. Barnabas also supported the theory that Christ (pbuh) was substituted on the cross.
Moreover, Christians propound that Christ (pbuh) was a man and a god at the same time. He purposely allowed the unbelievers to crucify him so that he would trick Satan.
They claim that Jesus (pbuh) concealed his identity as god, so that Satan would not know him by allowing his foes to capture him, beat him up and spit on his face. 13 According to them, he also allowed them to crucify him, put thorns on his head and manifest the fear of death. In that state, he then cried out to his Lord saying: '"Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachtani? Which means, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?".(Matthew, 27:46)
These words according Christians were spoken so that the Devil will not know that Jesus (pbuh) was "God" or "the son of God" because Satan wants to take his soul to Hell as he allegedly did to Noah, Abraham, Moses and other prophets (pbut) and the believers as well.
AS A RESULT OF THIS DECEPTION,
God will argue against Satan by saying: "For what reason did you take my soul?" Satan will reply: 'Because of your sin". Then god's human side would reply: "I have no sins like other prophets. They had sins by which they deserve that their souls be thrown in Hell-fire." Christians also contend that in this way God was able to establish a pretext (evidence) to punish Satan. Thus, it became permissible for God to punish Satan and save the children of Adam from Hell-fire.
Such claims are illogical, baseless and full of absurdity and defy all reason and comprehension. How could God be captured by Satan in the first place? Moreover, how could God die? Is that possible and how could the accursed Devil kill Him at that? Who can challenge or stand up to the Omnipotent Creator? To claim that God was humiliated, persecuted and then captured and put to death by Satan is itself an abomination and flagrant evil beyond all bounds. Who dares to question or argues with the Almighty? The Glorious Qur'an states:
Say (O Muhammad (pbuh) to mankind). "If the sea were ink for (writing) the Words of my Lord, surely, the sea would be exhausted before the Words of my Lord would be finished, even if we brought (another sea) like it for its aid.
(Al Qur'an, 18:109).
Let us examine these claims in a systematic manner from several angles. First, if we accept that Jesus (pbuh) was saying: "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachtani?” And he was telling the truth only to deceive Satan, he, then is accused of a promulgating heinous lie.
It is impossible, as it is inconceivable, that a righteous prophet, let alone God Almighty would lie and tell some cheap lie at that, in order to deceive the accursed Devil.
Islam teaches that a prophet of God will never lie, since all the prophets were specially chose by God and are therefore infallible and God Almighty is never a liar or a deceiver. The only other alternative is that Jesus (pbuh) did not know that he was the "Son of God" and this is absolutely out of the question. Therefore, we are left with the third and most realistic option that Jesus (pbuh) was no other than a mortal man just like all other prophets of God.