A Refutation of Ahmed Deedat’s Crucifixion or Cruci-fiction: Part 16

The index to this series of posts can be found here.  This post is a refutation of “Chapter 16:  Simple Calculations” of Ahmed Deedat’s Crucifixion or Cruci-fiction.

Chapter 16 continues by focusing on the “three days and three nights” mentioned in chapter 15:

WHY “GOOD FRIDAY”?

In my country, we enjoy a four-day holiday around Easter, beginning with what is called GOOD FRIDAY. What makes Good Friday good? They say that because Christ died for their sins on that day. And in tune with that, every Christian country in the world — Britain, France, Germany, America, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe, they all commemorate Good Friday. I have already proved to you that Jesus could not have been on the cross for more than three hours, if at all. For all their rush and hurry, they could not bundle Jesus into the tomb before sunset of Friday.

More than a thousand and one sects and denominations of Christianity, bickering on every aspect of faith, are nevertheless, almost all agreed that Jesus Christ was SUPPOSED to have been in the tomb on the night of Friday. He was still SUPPOSED to be in the tomb on the day of Saturday. And he was still SUPPOSED to be in the tomb on the night of Saturday.  But on Sunday morning, the first day of the week, when Mary Magdalene visited the tomb, she found the tomb empty. You will note that I have repeated the word SUPPOSED, SUPPOSED, SUPPOSED, three times. Do you know why? Surely not to rhyme with the other THREE, THREE, THREE of the prophecy. The reason is that none of the 27 Books of the New Testament record the time of his exit from the tomb. Not a single writer of these 27 “tomes” was an eyewitness to his alleged “resurrection”. The only ones who could have told us, authoritatively, a word or two on the subject, have been utterly silenced.

May another Arab lad makes a find like the “Dead Sea Scrolls”, but this time autographed by Joseph of Arimathe’a and Nicodemus themselves! These two would have told us candidly how they had taken their Master soon after dark that very Friday evening, to a more congenial place for rest and recuperation. Is it not amazing that the only genuine witnesses have been eternally silenced? Could it be that these two and the disciples at Jerusalem were preaching about “ANOTHER JESUS, and ANOTHER GOSPEL”? — (2 Corinthians 11:4).

Jesus’ death by crucifixion was never a point of contention between Paul and his opponents.  Continuing on:

EASY ADDITIONS

If it was the time factor that Jesus was trying to stress in the prophecy under discussion, let us see whether that was fulfilled, “according to the scriptures”, as the Christians boast.

You will no doubt observe from the above table that the grand total amounts to no more than ONE day and TWO nights and, juggle as you may, you will never, never get three days and three nights as Jesus had himself foretold, “according to the Scriptures”. Even Einstein, the Master mathematician, cannot help you for this! Can’t you see the Christian is giving a double lie to Jesus from this one prophecy alone. Jesus said, that he would be LIKE Jonah!

1. The Christians allege that Jesus was UNLIKE Jonah. Jonah was ALIVE for three days and three nights, whereas Jesus was “DEAD” in the tomb!(?)

2. Jesus said that he would be in the tomb for THREE days and THREE nights, whereas the Christians say that he was in the tomb for only ONE day and TWO nights.

Who is lying, Jesus or the Christians? Let them answer.

This prophecy was dealt with in chapter 15.  The problem of the “three days and three nights” only arises because people do not realize the phrase is an idiom.  Esther asks the Jews to pray for three days and three nights (Esther 4:16) but she went into the palace on the third day (Esther 5:1), meaning only two nights passed.  Rabbi Eleazar ben Azariah said, “A day and night are an Onah [a portion of time] and the portion of an Onah is as the whole of it” (Jerusalem Talmud, Shabbath 9.3).  This means that the following phrases are all equivalent in Jewish thought:  “three days and three nights”, “after three days”, and “on the third day”.  Day one of Jesus’ burial would consist of the time in the tomb prior to sundown on Friday.  Day two was the sabbath, lasting from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday.  The third day was from sundown Saturday to sundown Sunday.  Jesus arose from the dead early Sunday morning.  The ideas of the Christians described below are completely unnecessary to make Jesus’ statement accurate and they confict with what the Gospels actually say:

COUNT BACKWARDS TO SOLVE DILEMMA

For all their learning, you have got them hooked. And, they know it! We must not relent. The Christians are already inventing a way out of this dilemma. They have now invented the “GOOD Wednesday” theory. “The Plain Truth” with its monthly FREE worldwide circulation of 6 million copies, is offering further FREE books on the subject of “Three DAYS and three NIGHTS”. There are other organisations in South Africa, like “Bible Revelation” Johannesburg, who are also offering FREE books to prove that the “crucifixion” took place on a GOOD Wednesday, and not on a GOOD Friday.

Mr. Robert Fahey from that great country, America — where almost all (?) new cults originate eg. the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Seventh Day Adventists, the Christian Scientists, the Mormons, you name them, and they have them — representing that premier Christian magazine, named in the previous paragraph, lectured recently in the “Holiday Inn”, Durban. He startled his over-whelmingly Christian audiences with a lot of novel ideas. Among these newfangled doctrines was one about Good Wednesday. He agreed 100% with the present writer’s conclusion that Good Friday was actually disproving Christ’s claim to be the Messiah. To solve this problem he suggested that we count backwards from the time he was discovered to be missing from the tomb, viz. on that Sunday morning, (“first day of the week”) when Mary Magdalene went to anoint him. If we deduct 3 DAYS and 3 NIGHTS from Sunday morning, we ought to get WEDNESDAY as an answer. It is not difficult from here to get your THREE days and THREE nights to resolve the Christian dilemma. The audience, already pre-prepared with a flood of FREE magazines and literature, gave Mr. Fahey a resounding applause.

GOD OR THE DEVIL?

After the meeting, during a personal discussion, I congratulated Mr. Fahey for his ingenuity. “How was it possible for the past two thousand years, that the Christian world had not known their religious arithmetic to get their sums right?” Even to this day the bulk of Christendom commemorate a GOOD FRIDAY instead of a GOOD WEDNESDAY. “Who has deceived the 1,200,000,000 Christians of the world, including the Roman Catholics who claim an unbroken chain of Popes from the first Pope (Peter) to the present Pope, into falsely celebrating GOOD FRIDAY?”, I asked Mr. Fahey.

Mr. Fahey, unashamedly answered: “The Devil!” I said, “If the Devil can succeed in confusing the Christians, and keep them confused for two thousand years in the most simple aspect of Faith, how much easier it would be for the Devil to mislead them in things concerning God?” Mr. Fahey blushed and walked away. If this is the belief of the trendsetters of Christianity, we may well ask, “is this ‘crucifixion’ not the mightiest hoax in history?” Should we not, now, more appropriately, call it cruci-fiction!

CRYSTAL-CLEAR EVIDENCE

I have given you a list on page 50 showing overwhelming proof from the Christian scriptures where it was being said, again and again that Jesus was ALIVE, ALIVE! Yet the disciples did not believe. Will the modern-day disciples believe now? Are they prepared to believe their own Master who had said:- “AS Jonah was . . . SO SHALL the son of man be”? Not likely! Remember Thomas? – Another one of the elected ones of Jesus. Dubbed by the Christians as “Doubting Thomas”?. He was “not with them (the disciples) when Jesus came” — (John 20:24), the first time in the upper-room. Subsequently, when these very disciples who had felt, and touched and eaten with Jesus, testified that they had seen the “Lord” (not God, not the ghost of Jesus, but he himself flesh and blood — ALIVE!), Thomas said unto them:

“Except, I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

(HOLY BIBLE) John 20:25

In the past few chapters I’ve shown that the phsyicality of Jesus’ resurrection body is not a problem for Christians.  John does claim Jesus was risen from the dead when he was making these appearances (John 21:14).

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