Muslims do not believe in Crucifixion. I am sure you’ll agree that there are only two alternative theories:
First Theory: Romans crucified Jesus and details of what exactly happened at the Crucifixion—coming from Pilate, his guards/soldiers, and Mary Magdalene—are true. The twelve disciples of Jesus, who were neither present at the crucifixion nor at the resurrection, believed what they were told and that story ended up in the four synoptic gospels. Let’s call it the Crucifixion Theory.
Second Theory: Jesus was saved by Pilate, their mutual friend Joseph of Arimathea, Nicodemus, Herod and Mary Magdalene. The crucifixion was staged and Jesus never died at the cross. Let’s call it the Deliverance Theory.
Now, ask yourself the following questions as to which of the two theories provides the most consistent answers:
1. Jesus had said, “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Jonah never died in the belly of the whale, so how could Jesus? The Crucifixion Theory has no satisfactory answer. The Deliverance Theory does, as it can be assumed that Jesus went “underground” i.e., he was hiding in an underground shelter in Joseph’s garden. [Jesus was never in the tomb for three days and three nights anyway!]
2. Why Jesus’ legs were not broken, as was the practice during Roman crucifixions? Legs were broken to hasten death, but Christians argue that was not done to Jesus because he had already died. But Roman soldiers could have broken his legs, anyway. How did they know that Jesus was really dead? The Deliverance Theory suggests that Pilate never wanted to kill Jesus and since the Crucifixion was staged, there was no need to break Jesus’ legs.
3. Why would Pilate and Herod, who were enemies, become friends after Jesus was sent to Herod? The Crucifixion Theory has no good explanation. The Deliverance Theory has a plausible explanation: According to Luke 23:12, after Herod too found Jesus innocent, he and Pilate became friends. If Herod and his soldiers had indeed mocked Jesus, if Pilate had thought all along that Jesus was innocent, why would they become friends? It doesn’t make any sense. The only way to explain is that the two men realized what was going on and came up with an elaborate scheme to fool extremist Pharisees. They probably weren’t laughing at Jesus but at their own plot to save Jesus’ life.
4. Why would Jesus recite, “”Eloi, Eloi,lama sabachthani?”–which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” The Crucifixion Theory has no good explanation. As per the Deliverance Theory, that’s a major clue that Jesus didn’t die on the cross! “”Eloi, Eloi,lama sabachthani?” comes from Psalm 22.
There are great many parallels between Psalm 22 and what allegedly transpired during the crucifixion.
Here are some examples:
Psalm 22: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
This is the same as what Jesus had shouted during the alleged crucifixion.
Psalm 22:”All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads: ‘He trusts in the LORD; let the LORD rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.”
Now compare this with Matthew:
“Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads…In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him…’He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him.”
Psalm 22: “Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet.”
This is the same as in the alleged crucifixion.
Psalm 22: “They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.
Compare this with Matthew:
“When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots…Let’s not tear it,’ they said to one another. ‘Let’s decide by lot who will get it.”
Now, whoever wrote the Gospel of John must have been aware that this came directly from the Psalm and apologetically had to add, “This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled which said, ‘They divided my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.'”
To fulfill other portions of the scripture, John has added other details: “Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: ‘Not one of his bones will be broken,’ and, as another scripture says, ‘They will look on the one they have pierced.'”
Psalm 22 was written by David and not Jesus. But for the sake of argument, let’s assume that Psalm 22 was indeed a prophecy for Jesus. Psalm 22 has two parts. The first part ends at verse 22 which reads, “I will declare your name to my brothers; in the congregation I will praise you,” which is the promise that David is making that if God saves him from the “mouths of lions” and “horns of the wild oxen,” he will do all these things. The second part extols God, so that the prayer may he heard. And as we all know, God not only heard David’s prayer, he gave him far greater success than he could have imagined. If John was trying to get his readers to see that it was all a fulfillment of scripture, I think he missed the obvious parallel! Psalm 22 led to a divine rescue mission, and that must have been the case with Jesus as well. Because once Jesus invoked Psalm 22, which he might have done ‘before’ crucifixion, it was probably incumbent on God to rescue His own servant, as He had rescued David earlier. [See also Hebrews 5:7-8].
5. If Joseph of Arimathea was a mutual friend of both Jesus and Pilate, as reported in the Gospel of Peter, why didn’t he approach Pilate during the trial and defended Jesus? The Crucifixion Theory has no explanation. As per the Deliverance Theory, he and Pilate came up with a plan to save Jesus and after staging Crucifixion, Pilate simply handed over Jesus to him. Joseph took Jesus to his estate, moved him to an underground shelter that night, while putting a stone over the tomb to lead people to believe that Jesus had been interred. So it was a perfect plan to put Jesus in the care of a person who had been secretly trying to help him.
6. How Pilate appeased his wife, who didn’t want Jesus dead? The Crucifixion Theory has no satisfactory answer. The Deliverance Theory does.
7. Why would Mary Magdalene try to anoint Jesus two days after he had been allegedly interred into the tomb? The Crucifixion Theory has no good explanation. The Deliverance Theory does. According to Matthew, “59 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. 61Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.” So Joseph already gave Jesus a proper “burial” in front of Mary Magdalene and the other Mary. It’s ridiculous to think that Mary Magdalene came back after two days, wanting to move the tombstone by herself in order to anoint a rotting body. A more reasonable explanation would be that Jesus never died and was living in Joseph’s garden, and Mary came back after the Sabbath to meet him and to anoint him the way she used to do, as reported in the Bible.
8. How did Jesus get out when Jews had already posted a seal on the stone and Pilate had posted his guards? If Jesus was resurrected after the second day, it would have been impossible for him to push the stone from inside. The Crucifixion Theory has no explanation. According to the Deliverance Theory, Jesus was never there in the first place. He was planning to reveal himself AFTER THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS [sign of Jonah]. Even Jews had quoted him saying “‘AFTER three days I will rise again.” But he made an appearance before Mary Magdalene only after two nights and one and a half days. Thus, the Crucifixion theory has a flaw. The Deliverance Theory suggests that he meant other disciples, not Mary Magdalene who knew all along that Jesus was alive.
9. Why Mary Magdalene couldn’t recognize Jesus in the garden or thought that he was a gardener? The Crucifixion Theory has no good explanation. As per the Deliverance Theory, Jesus was in disguise, pretending to be Joseph’s gardener. He was still afraid of being recognized by Pharisees. If he had been resurrected, he would not have been in disguise.
10. Why did Mary Magdalene say, “supposing that he is the gardener…`Sir, if thou didst carry him away, tell me where thou didst lay him, and I will take him away?” Where could she take a corpse all by herself? The Crucifixion Theory has no explanation. The Deliverance Theory suggests that she was asking where Jesus had been hiding and how she could take him away, which means that she knew that he was alive.
11. The night before, Jesus even prayed for help! [He never wanted to die for anybody’s sins!]
Mark 14:36 [also Matthew 26:39]
35Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. 36″Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
42″Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” 43An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.
And his prayers were heard! Here is the final piece of evidence:
7During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.
How can anyone in his right mind ignore this? Only a diehard Christian would be in denial.
No matter how you read it, the Deliverance Theory is so much more consistent than the Crucifixion Theory and has to be accepted as historically more reliable.