by Edip Yuksel

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A Forsaken God?!
"And about the ninth hour Jesus cried  with  a  loud  voice,
saying,  E'li,  E'li, la'ma sa-bach'-tha-ni? that is to say,
My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"
(Mt  27:46, Mk 15:34)
Obviously,  they use a sensational language to dramatize the
scenario of Crucifixion. They are like a plastic surgeon who
gouges  out  the  eye  while trying to make an eyebrow! This
verse is not only at cross-purposes with fabricated doctrine
of  Christianity, it also reflects the confusion on the part
of the authors of the Gospels.
Evangelists are fond of using the Crucifixion  of  Jesus  by
Jews  as  a  proof  of  his  deity.  One of their "strongest
evidences" about the deity of Jesus is based  on  "the  deep
understanding  capacity  of  Jews." Evangelists pontificate:
"Look, if Jesus did not claim that he was God  or  literally
Son  of God, monotheistic Jews would not have stoned him for
blasphemy."  To  support  their  evidence  they   feel   the
obligation  to  add  that  "Jews  definitely  understood his
teaching." But, the Bible says the contrary:
"Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable
to hear what I say." (Jn 8:43 and Mk 4:13).
Not  only  disbeliever  Jews,  even  his  less  than a dozen
disciples, sometimes had difficulties in understanding  him:
Mark 9:32  Luke 18:34; 9:45 & John 8:27; 12:6.
Unfortunately,  the  evangelists  and  clergy  do not have a
better understanding of  his  teaching  than  the  Jews  who
stoned      him.      Josh     Mc     Dowell,     in     his
"one-million-in-print-book" tries to persuade  us  by  Jews'
deep understanding capacity:
"Jesus  is threatened with stoning for "blasphemy." The Jews
definitely  understood  his  teaching  ..."  (More  Than   a
Carpenter, Josh McDowell, Tyndale, Illinois, 1989, p. 17)
E.  Calvin  Beisner,  a  professional  evangelist, advocates
another common logical fallacy  related  to  the  fictitious
divine sacrifice:
"Think  what  kind of act gets the highest praise among men:
isn't it when someone voluntarily  sacrifices  his  life  in
order  to save the lives or others? Such self-sacrifice is a
tremendous good. The greatest such sacrifice  was  when  God
sacrificed  His  life  in the Person of Jesus Christ to save
the lives  of  all  who  believe  in  Jesus."  (Answers  for
Atheists, p. 10).
Before listing my questions, let me share a brief argument:
I  asked  an evangelist: "Why should God sacrifice 'His son'
in order to show His love and forgive us?" He replied with a
counter  question,  "If you love a girl too much what do you
do?" I said, " I'll try to help her." "Wouldn't you die  for
her?" he suggested. "Why?" I said, "To the contrary, I would
try to keep  myself  healthy  and  handsome.  When  we  feel
desperately  helpless  and not able to find a solution, then
we may sacrifice ourselves. But, God does  not  run  out  of
solutions, and He is never helpless."
Related Questions:
1.  Do fanatic religious people kill others only because
    they claim that they are God? How many prophets were
    killed by "monotheistic" Jews before Jesus?
    Should we infer that all those prophets claimed
    to be God? Why did the "monotheistic" Church sentence
    Galileo to death? Did he claim to be God?
    Why did the "monotheistic" Christians burn Tyndale?
    Did he also claim to be God?
2.  According to that verse (Mt 27:46, Mk 15:34),
    Jesus was not even a human hero. History
    (even this author) has witnessed so many brave warriors
    who did not cry under torture, but they roared their
    slogans into the ears of their murderers.
    How can Jesus deserve to be God, while he,
    according to your record, demonstrates a weakness
    which is considered shameful for a human warrior?
    Who is more courageous according to your own record:
    the first Christian martyr, Stephen (Acts 7:59-60),
    or Jesus (Mt 26:38, 39)?
3.  What was the main mission of Jesus' birth according
    to Paul's disciples, that is, the Gospel writers?
    Wasn't it to sacrifice himself for salvation of
    the human race? Then, why did Jesus try to escape
    from that mission? And why did he start to wail and
    whimper even before his mission was carried out
    (Matthew 26:38,39)?
4.  According to the story of crucifiction, did not Jesus
    accept his divine mission? Did God promise to save him
    or to let him 'die for the sin of humankind'?
    Then, how can he accuse God of forsaking him?
    Isn't this a slander to God? How can God be a betrayer?
5.  If the purpose of Jesus in this life was to die for
    our sins, as it is claimed in the Paulinist
    New Testament, would he not have said on the cross:
    "My God, my God, thank you for fulfilling my mission!"?
6.  You believe that Jesus, your god, prayed as "My God,
    my God, why have you forsaken me." Do you really
    believe that God prayed to himself and asked help
    from himself? Does God call himself as
    "My God, my God"?
7.  When Jesus was dead for three days, was God also dead?
    If "yes," then who controlled the universe during those
    3 days? If your answer is No, then Jesus is not equal
    to God.
8.  "E'li, E'li, la'ma sa-bach'tha-ni" is one of the few
    Hebrew words in the New Testament. Ironically, it is
    one of the most obvious fabrications in the Bible.
    Did the authors of the Gospel decide to keep that part
    in Hebrew especially to make us believe that those
    words were accurately transmitted?
9.  How can killing an innocent person be considered
    the method for salvation? Do we have to kill somebody
    unjustly to deserve salvation? Is this divine wisdom?
10. Is it just and wise to punish your son because of
    the misbehavior of your neighbors' children?
11. What kind of love is it to kill your own innocent son
    in order to be able to forgive your neighbors' children?
12. We can forgive our friends, even our enemies without
    feeling an obligation to kill our loved ones.
    Couldn't God forgive us without killing His "own son"?
13. According to your dramatized teaching, a "son" is
    a greater hero than his "father", since he volunteered
    to sacrifice his life, and his father behaved selfishly.
14. Your "divine sacrifice" story does not deserve
    to be entitled as "sacrifice," since according to your
    own doctrine, God has sacrificed only one-third of his
    personalities. When a human sacrifices his life,
    he sacrifices whatever he has. Doesn't your "divine
    sacrifice" have less importance than "human sacrifice"
    in terms of "sacrifice"?
15. If "all his disciples forsook him and fled"
    (Mark 14:50), then, who are the eye-witness narrators
    of the events following Christ's arrest? How can we
    trust the hearsay that came through his murderers and
16. Some Christian scholars claim that the Greek word
    "stauros" means a piece of timber, not cross.
    If this is correct, then why do you transform
    the stake to a cross?
17. If the salvation of humanity could be accomplished
    only by the Crucifixion, why did God spend thousands
    of years preparing a chosen people for this task?

Moslem Questions on Christianity Edip Yuksel P.O. Box 43476, Tucson, AZ 85733-3476 U.S.A. Tel/Fax: (520) 323-7636

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