Crucifixion Or Cruci-Fiction


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  • Crucifixion Or Cruci-Fiction



  • CHAPTER
    13

    JESUS NO PHANTOM

     

    ARITHMETICAL CONUNDRUM

     

    The two from Emmaus,

    "rose ... and returned to Jerusalem, and
    found the ELEVEN gathered together, and those who were with them"

    (HOLY BIBLE) Luke 24.33

    Which "eleven?" They "found the
    eleven." Did they include themselves in the number they FOUND? Even
    then the disciples there (of the elected twelve of Jesus) could never
    be more than 10 altogether. Because on this first visit of Jesus to
    that upper-room. Judas and Thomas were definitely not present. But Luke
    was not an eyewitness to this scene. He is simply copying verbatim from
    Mark 16:14 who said. "he
    (Jesus) appeared unto the ELEVEN as they sat eating."

    Now listen to Paul,. the thirteenth
    self-appointed apostle of Jesus. He says that after three days of
    hibernation. "(Jesus) was seen of Cephas (meaning Simon
    Peter), then to the TWELVE"
    (1
    Corinthians 15:5)
    .
    Which "twelve?" The word "THEN" here, excludes Peter! But if you
    add him on, and with all good luck, you can still never get the "CHOSEN
    TWELVE" together to see Jesus, because the traitor Judas had committed
    suicide by hanging —
    (Matthew 27:5),
    long before Jesus
    1 alleged resurrection."

    We are dealing here with a strange mentality,
    where "Eleven" does not mean ELEVEN —
    (Luke 24:33)."Twelve" does not mean TWELVE, and "Three and three"
    means TWO AND ONE!' Jesus would truly sympathise with us:

    "it is hard for you to kick against the
    pricks"

    (HOLY BIBLE) Acts 9:5 2

    1.
    This conundrum is discussed further on, under the heading: <!a href="http://www.jamaat.net/jonah/SignOfJonah.html">"What was the Sign
    of Jonah?"<!/a>

    2.Paul
    says that these words were spoken to him by Jesus, originally in the
    Hebrew tongue — (Acts 26:14).

    ENTER JESUS

    Whilst the two are telling their sceptical
    audience about their encounter with a physical, living Jesus
    (one who was eating food with them), "IN WALKS JESUS" (these are my
    words)
    1 the doors being shut for fear of the Jews. The Christian
    controversialist says: "No! our records state that Jesus simply 'STOOD
    IN THEIR MIDST
    2; he did not WALK in!" It was a question of disappearance
    from Emmaus and a reappearance in Jerusalem — like the "Invisible
    Man",
    like the "Indian Rope Trick", like "Star Trek"
    ( a science-fiction fantasy where people are "beamed" from Space Ships
    to planets and back again). You acutally "see" people disappearing in
    your very sight and materialising in another place. People who believe
    this to be real are victims of their own delusions. They have seen too
    many films and viewed too many TV programmes.

    1.
    "Came Jesus and stood in their midst"
    (John 20:19).

    2.
    In John 20:79, 24. 26, the word "CAME", "CAME", "CAME", contradict
    the notion that he simply appeared, meaning that he materialised out of
    thin air.

    THE HARE AND THE TORTOISE

    But why did it take Jesus (pbuh) so long to
    reach the upper-room? He had "vanished" before the "two"
    made a beeline for Jerusalem, and yet Jesus had not preceded them. He
    was late in coming. It reminds one of the story of the hare and
    tortoise. Could it be that he was nursing his wounds on the way?

    The cultists imagine that Jesus was floating
    around from place to place, appearing and disappearing at will. Jeffrey
    Hunter, the handsome young actor, playing the role of Jesus Christ in
    the film, "King of Kings", made a very sensible observation
    after climbing Mount Zion for the scene of the "temptation" of
    Jesus by the Devil. After heaving and hoving, sweating and panting for
    breath while climbing the hill, he remarked, "FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY
    LIFE I REALISED HOW HUMAN JESUS WAS!"

    Neither Luke nor John, who record this episode
    of Jesus' visit to the upper-room, venture to tell us that he simply
    o-o-z-e-d
    through the key hole, or that he oozed through
    crevices in the wall. O! But why did they deprive us of this vital
    information? Because no oozing happened! But the problem remains — how
    did he get in when the "doors where shut'? —
    (John
    20:19)
    . Amazingly, Luke 24:36, who also records this incident word for word did not think
    fit to add," the doors were shut." It was unimportant to him! Why?
    Because it was irrelevant! Claiming an "orderliness" and judiciousness
    for his writing, he would not confuse the issues –
    (Holy
    Bible, Luke 1:3)

     

    THE UPPER-ROOM

     

    This abode in question, is alternatively
    described as a "guest chamber" and as a "large upper-room" —
    (Mark 14:14-15). It is not the
    whole residence. It is part of a mansion. Do I have to prove this to
    you? Could this be the only room upstairs? Taking into account that
    this particular room contained a table big enough to seat at least 14
    people on 14 clumsy chairs — Jesus and his 12 disciples making the
    "unlucky thirteen", and John the "diciple whom Jesus loved"
    being the owner of the house and "leaning on Jesus’ bosom"
    (John
    13:23)
    making fourteen in all.

    Can you imagine the size of this "guest
    room"?
    — With pantry, and kitchen, and other facilities; and
    downstairs, where the owner's family and servants resided. It was like
    a small palace! Jesus was familiar with this mansion. He had visited
    Jerusalem often for the feast of the Passover. Remember how he directed
    his disciples to find the place? —
    (Luke 22:10).

    My own humble abode has four entrances.
    Perhaps John's "GUEST CHAMBER" had only one main-entrance with 2 doors.
    But was there a need to seal it off from the rest of the house? For the
    visitor, the front doors were sufficient for all their needs — entry
    and exit. And Eastern guests do not pry into passages, attics and
    apartments of their hosts! They are easily gratified with every little
    hospitality bestowed. But Jesus was no stranger to the house. He was
    like a member of the family of the disciple Jesus loved. He had no need
    to knock at bolted doors to terrify his timid flock. There were more
    ways than one of getting in. If there was any misgiving on the part of
    the disciples for his sudden appearance in their midst, he was quick in
    dispelling it.

    "Peace be unto
    you",
    he cried;
    but his little lambs "were terrified!"

    (HOLY BIBLE) Luke 24:36-37

     

    OPPOSITE REACTIONS ON RECOGNISING JESUS

     

    Remember at the break of dawn that very
    morning, a lone woman, Mary Magdalene, was mad with glee on recognising
    him around the tomb. And she had to be stopped in her stride from
    embracing him. But these ten heroes who were rattling sabres in this
    very room were now petrified on recognising their Master. Why was there
    opposite reactions between the men and the woman? — Men terrified,
    woman not afraid? The reason is that the woman was an eye-witness to
    all the happenings around calvary, whereas the men were nowhere in
    sight. Therefore the woman went to the tomb with the intention of
    meeting a LIVE Jesus, and her joy on meeting him. But the ten were not
    witnesses to the happenings, hence their supposition about seeing a
    ghost. They were physically and emotionally on the verge of breaking
    down. Luke succinctly describes their condition:

    "But they were terrified and
    affrighted and supposed that they had seen a spirit."

    (HOLY BIBLE) Luke 24:37

     

    REASON FOR FEAR

     

    The reason for their terror was that
    they thought that the man they saw standing in their midst was not
    Jesus himself but his ghost. Ask your "BORN-AGAIN" friends who
    want to share heaven with you, the reason for the disciples thinking
    that Jesus was a spirit. Ask them, "Did he look like a spirit?" And
    though misguided as they may be, you will hear their answer — "No!"
    Then why did the disciples of Jesus think that Jesus was a spirit, when
    he did not look like one? There is no answer! They are speechless.
    Please help them. Free them from their infatuation. If you don't, they
    will harass us and our people till kingdom come. They will steal our
    children (as they are doing now in Muslim lands), in the guise of
    feeding hungry children, and at times with our own money: Have you
    heard of "World Vision" and the like? Crusades once more but
    with arms invisible.

    The reason the disciples of Jesus were
    afraid was that they had learned by hearsay
    that their Master was killed by being fastened to the cross — that he
    was crucified.
    1 They had learned by
    hearsay that he had "given up the ghost": that he had died. They
    had learned by Hearsay that now he was –"DEAD AND BURIED" for
    three days. A man with such a reputation, would be expected to be
    decomposing in his tomb. FOR ALL THEIR KNOWLEDGE WAS FROM HEARSAY!
    — What they had heard! Because none of them was there to witness what
    was really going on with Jesus at Golgotha. In the most critical
    juncture in the life of Jesus:

    ". . . THEY ALL FORSOOK HIM AND
    FLED."
    2

    (HOLY BIBLE) Mark 14:50

    1. "Crucified": Later on, '"CRUCIFIED OR
    CRUCIPLAYED"
    is discussed. The Gospel writers had not known the
    use of inverted commas to imply, that this is what other, say, or this
    is the ''so-called".

    2. Even more explicit, is Mathew "...Then all the
    disciples forsook him and fled." Mathew 26:65

    THE GENUINE
    DISCIPLES

    Mark is talking about the chosen
    "twelve". Not about Jesus' "secret" devoted ones like the other
    John who took Mary the mother of Jesus home, and Nicodemus
    1 and Joseph
    of Arimathe'a and the like. In view of the dastardly desertion by the
    other "twelve", I am loathe to call these "men" disciples. Or is Mark
    lying? When he said all, did he not mean "All"? There was no come-back
    with these heroes. The author of the fourth Gospel lists a number of
    women from Jesus' entourage. Among them three Marys, "and the
    disciple whom Jesus loved".
    He repeats this phrase a number of
    times without actually identifying him as JOHN their benefactor in
    Jerusalem. Why? If that John is the author himself of the fourth
    gospel, then why does he not say so. Why is he so shy? He was not very
    bashful when asking Jesus to make him and his brother sit: "One on
    thy right hand, and the other on thy Jeft hand in thy Kingdom"
    -
    (Mark
    10:37)
    . The reason for his reticence is that the
    "beloved disciple" is his namesake, i.e. his name is also lohn! The
    rest of the disciples were nowhere to be found when he (Jesus) was most
    in need. They all had, as Mark says, "forsaken him and fled!"
    (Mark
    14:50)
    .

    1. Nicodemus: A selfless soul, who, having risked his
    all in associating with a man (Jesus) condemned by a Roman Court for
    treason, is deliberately blotted out of the 26 Books of the N.T. "It
    is difficult to avoid concluding that the omission in the synoptic
    tradition of the mysterious disciple was intentional,"
    says Dr.
    Hugh J. Schonfield, one of the world's leading, one of the
    world’s leading Biblical scholars.

    WHAT WOULD YOU CALL
    THIS -
    "CRUCIFIXION or CRUCI – FICTION ? "

     

     

     


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