This is from Justin Brierley’s Unbelievable radio show.
The Koran claims that Jesus did not die on the cross.
Mohammed Bahmanpour of the Islamic College in London defends the Koranic view that although “it was made to appear to them” that he died, in fact he was substituted by another.
Jay Smith is a Christian evangelist to Muslims in London and brings to bear Biblical and other historical witnesses to the crucifixion. They debate the issue and whether the Koran or the New Testament is to be trusted as a revelation of God.
Includes listener interactions with the guests.
Here are the opening speeches:
- in Surah 4 (Quran), it says that Jesus didn’t die on a cross
- it only appeared to onlookers as though Jesus died on the cross
- muslims believe that the crucifixion really happened
- but Jesus wasn’t the one who died, it was actually Judas
- most Muslims think that Judas betrayed Jesus
- some Shiites believe that Judas died voluntarily in Jesus’ place
- the gospel of Judas seems to make Judas out to be a hero
- the 4 gospels agree that Jesus died on a cross
- John is an eyewitness and it’s in his gospel
- Paul’s writings also echo the gospels (Romans and epistles)
- the gospel of Judas is a fourth century document
- it reflects gnostic theology, which denies that Jesus had a body
- even Surah 19 says that Jesus actually did die and rise after
- so Surah 4 and Surah 19 are internally contradictory
They take calls from callers and debate issues with each other. It’s interesting to hear the role that history and historical methods plays in each religion.
Speaking of Unbelievable, Justin has an Unbelievable conference coming up on May 14th in the UK. Details are here.