“…killed by the hands of lawless men,” Acts 2:23
by Warren E. Berkley
Those who do not accept the historical fact of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection offer a wide variety of objections. Here’s one I recently discovered while reading the book, “I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist,” by Norman Geisler and Frank Turek.
Muslims offer the explanation of the empty tomb as followed (Qur’an, Sura 4:157-158): “They killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (cer-tain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not: Nay, Allah raised him up unto Himself; and Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise.”
According to the Qur’an, it only appeared that Jesus was crucified. There is no evidence to back this up. And, in fact, all the biblical and historical evidence is against this theory.
And consider, this assertion from the Qur’an comes more than 600 years after the lifetime of Jesus. “How can this be considered a more authoritative source for the life of Jesus than the accounts of the eyewitnesses?” (Geisler, Turek).
The Muslim religion is gaining momentum in the world. Their disbelief in Jesus, however, remains apparent.
Christians continue to place our confidence in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.