In less than a month, Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Florida plans to host “Burn a Quran Day” to mark the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
“ It may not cease with the holy book of the Muslims. I have always maintained that this kind of vitriolic hatred of one religion is a descent on a slippery slope, as no one can say who will be next. I was not surprised, therefore, when I heard Jones recently agree, when asked to do so in an internet podcast interview, to burn “a couple of copies of the Talmud” too, says Akbar Ahmed who is a professor and Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington.”
I will present here a short analysis of the objections and reasons given by the Church to burn the Quran. The first objection raised by Terry Jones on his blog is:
“The Koran teaches that Jesus Christ, the Crucified, Risen Son of God, King of Kings and Lord of Lords was NOT the Son of God, nor was he crucified (a well documented historical fact that ONLY Islam denies). This teaching removes the possibility of salvation and eternal life in heaven for all Islam’s believers. They face eternal damnation in hell if they do not repent”
I will take the objections one by one as that would be difficult to read for one in a single go. Now we will see if the first objection mentioned above is valid? Though the question itself seems ridiculous as all the ten objections are baseless and shows the ignorance and unawareness of Jones from the religion and Bible.
If the Holy Quran is worth burning (God forbids) due to this reason let’s have a look on the Bible what it says about the topic, if it carries the same message does that means we will celebrate a “Burn a Bible day”?Will Terry Jones go out and burn that? Though that is painful to write as we Muslims respect all the religions and their religious feelings. Let’s first take a look what Bible says about the divinity of Jesus Christ, here are a few verses from Bible which shows the oneness of God and that he has no SON.
In the Bible, it is obvious that the words, “children of your Father”, have been used metaphorically.
“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
“That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven; for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust”. (Matthew 5:44-45)
Jesus was not a physical son of God. The Bible refers to Jesus as the son of David:
“The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham”. (Matthew 1:1)
At another place, Jesus presented himself as the son of man:
“And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head”. (Matthew 8:20)
In the present day Bible, not only Jesus but also Jacob has been called the son of God. Jacob, moreover, has been referred to as “first born” son.
“And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the Lord, Israel is my son, even my first born:” (Exodus 4:22)
Jesus was not a partner in the Godhead, as was not Jacob. Both of them were beloved prophets of God.
Now lets have look on the second part of this objection put forward by Terry Jones of Dove church. Did Jesus(as) die or not let’s have a look from the biblical references.
Jesus did not die on the cross, and he was saved from the humiliation of death on the cross. The Bible says:
“he that is hanged is accursed of God”. (Deuteronomy 21:23)
Almighty God did work to save his beloved prophet from an accursed death on the cross. Jesus fervently prayed that the cup of death on the cross be removed. He said:
“O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me”. (Matthew 26:39
The Bible further informs us that these supplications were heard and accepted:
“Who in the days of flesh when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he suffered”. (Hebrews 5:7)
Jesus had predicted to give the sign of Jonas:
“But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:
“For as Jonas was three days and three nights in a whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth”. (Matthew 12:39-40)
For the sign to be similar to that of Jonas, Jesus must have been alive in the sepulchre after the incident of crucifixion.
Jesus was alive when he was being taken off from the cross. A soldier pierced his side with a spear and blood and water came out which normally indicates life. The Bible says:
“But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side and forthwith came there blood and water”. (John 19:34)
Jesus met his disciples after crucifixion and assured them of his life.
“And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them then came Jesus, the doors being shut and stood in the midst, and said, ‘Peace be unto you’. Then saith he to Thomas. “Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands, and reach hither thy hand and thrust into my side and be not faithless, but believing”. (John 20:26, 27)
These are the few of a long list of the references from Bible which proves that Jesus(as) did not die on the cross but he was delivered alive from there.
Jesus was sent to “the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matthew 15:24) as he himself declared. It is historically proven that these lost Israelites had migrated to different eastern countries. Jesus in fulfillment of his heavenly mission went to the lost Israelites and conveyed his prophetic message. In Kashmir, he died a natural honorable death. His tomb, even today can be visited in Srinagar, Kashmir.
Now Mr. Terry Jones says “a well documented historical fact that ONLY Islam denies”
As it is obvious that MR. Terry is not a Christian even, as the aforesaid Biblical references show, because if he had ever read the bible he would not have said the things which even the religion he claims to represent does not support. I wonder if he has ever studied the history. I will present here an article which is a compilation of various views and opinions from scholars of the 18th to 20th centuries on Jesus (as) surviving the Crucifixion, going into a coma and being resuscitated through healing herbs.
The following eminent scholars hold that Jesus Christ (as) did not die on the Cross. You can read it below.