Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Christianity’s True Founder, Paul, Admits Fabrication

Christianity’s True Founder, Paul, Admits Fabrication
Muslims do not claim that Jesus’ true disciples corrupted the Bible, but that others
claiming to act in their names did so later on. This is attested to by the fact that the
Trinitarian church felt it necessary to totally obliterate all Gospels written before 325
AD when they officially introduced the “trinity” to the world. This is why we find such
serious contradictions in even the most basic of it’s teachings. For example, we are told
that Saul of Tarsus (St. Paul) is the author of the majority of the books of the New
Testament. He is claimed to be the author of Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians,
Ephesians, Phillippians, Colossians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus,
Philemon, and Hebrews. We would expect such a pivotal character in the Bible and the
author of the majority of the New Testament books to be able to keep his stories straight
at least in such fundamental matters as how he became a Christian and was “saved.”
However, we can find in the Bible a sworn affidavit by Paul that he is guilty of
fabrication. Sound incredible? Let us have a look:
If we read Acts 9:19-29 and Acts 26:19-21, we will find that Paul is supposed to have
“seen the Lord in the way” and accepted Christianity after being a staunch enemy of
Christians and having become famous for his severe persecution of them. Barnabas (one
of the apostles of Jesus) then supposedly vouched for him with the other apostles and
convinced them to accept him. Paul then went with all of the apostles on a preaching
campaign in and out of Jerusalem and all of Judaea preaching boldly to it’s people. Paul
then appointed himself the twelfth apostle of Jesus (in place of Judas who had the devil in
him) as seen in his own books Romans 1:1, 1 Corinthians 1:1 ..etc..
The verses mentioned are:
Acts 9:19-29: “And when he (Paul) had received meat, he was strengthened. Then
was Saul (Paul) certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus. And
straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God. But all
that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called
on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them
bound unto the chief priests? But Saul increased the more in strength, and
confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ. And
after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him: But their laying
await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him. Then
the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket. And when
Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were
all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him, and
brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the
way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in
the name of Jesus. And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem. And
he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but
they went about to slay him.”
Acts 26:19-21 “Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly
vision: But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all
the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God,
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and do works meet for repentance. For these causes the Jews caught me in the temple,
and went about to kill me.”
Contradicted by:
Galatians 1:15-23 “But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's
womb, and called me by his grace, To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him
among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: Neither went I
up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and
returned again unto Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see
Peter, and abode with him fifteen days. But other of the apostles saw I none, save
James the Lord's brother. Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God,
I lie not. Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia; And was unknown
by face unto the churches of Judaea which were in Christ: But they had heard only,
That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he
With regard to the first two passages, Reverend Dr. Davies in “The First Christian,” p.
26-32 says: “These assertions are not inconsistent with each other, but are damaging for
another reason,: they are contradicted by Paul himself in his letter to the Galatians
(Chapters 1 and 2).” Rev. Davies draws attention to Paul’s oath: “Now concerning the
things which I write to you, indeed, before God I do not lie,” which makes his account a
sworn affidavit. He goes on to say: “To the story in Acts, this contradiction is disastrous.
There never was a teaching campaign at Jerusalem and through all of the county of
Judea (Acts 26:20). If Paul was unknown to the Judean communities as he says, then he
had undertaken no mission among them. In fact he had never joined the Judean
movement or even attempted to join it. He only saw Cephas, and Jesus’ brother James.
Even of the other apostles, not to mention more ordinary believers, ‘I saw none’ he
admits. Instead of his having gone ‘in and out of Jerusalem, preaching boldly in the
name of the Lord’ the Jerusalem community had not even known that he was there.
‘They only heard’ he tells us ‘that he who once persecuted us now makes the faith of
which he made havoc’; but they never heard him preach it in Judea.” Rev. Davies
concludes that “..if there is any portion of the New Testament that is authentic, it is
Paul’s letter to the Galatians. If we cannot rely upon this letter, we can rely upon
nothing and may as well close our inquiry. But the fact is that we can rely upon it. The
letter to the Galatians is from Paul himself and by every test is genuine.”
According to the narration in Acts, Paul saw his alleged vision. “Straightway” he began
preaching in the synagogues of Damascus. He built up a reputation through his bold
preaching that amazed the masses. He confounded the Jews of Damascus. Many days
later, the Jews tried to kill him so he escaped to Jerusalem. He met Barnabas who
introduced him to the apostles for the first time. They were all terrified of Paul, but
Barnabas convinced them to accept him. Now Paul and all of the apostles went on a
preaching campaign in and out of Jerusalem speaking boldly in the name of Jesus.
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However, according to the narration in Galatians, Paul saw his alleged vision.
“Immediately” he did NOT confer with “flesh and blood” nor did he go to Jerusalem to
see the apostles, but rather he traveled to Arabia then back to Damascus. He mentions no
preaching in any of these places. After at least three years he goes to Jerusalem for the
first time and meets only Peter and James and no other apostles. He stays with them for
fifteen days but, once again, he mentions no preaching campaign either with all of the
apostles, with some of them, or alone. He also has never been here in the past nor
performed a preaching campaign here in the past since he is unknown by face to them and
they have “heard only” of his claimed conversion.
Some of the contradictions are:
1) Galatians claims that after his alleged vision, Paul “Immediately” spoke to “no flesh
and blood” but rather traveled to Arabia and then to Damascus. So he did not
“straightway,” if at all, preach boldly in Damascus as claimed by Acts (How long
would it take to travel from Damascus to Arabia to Damascus? Could he go and
come back “straightway”?).
2) According to Galatians, Paul did not go to Jerusalem where the apostles were.
Rather, he went to Arabia then to Damascus. Now, after at least THREE YEARS
(not many days), he goes to Jerusalem. It explicitly states that “Neither went I up to
Jerusalem to them which were apostles.” So this is claimed to be his FIRST visit to
Jerusalem after his claimed vision. This FIRST visit is claimed to have occurred at
least THREE YEARS after Paul’s alleged vision. However, Acts claims that MANY
DAYS after his vision he traveled to Jerusalem and performed a bold preaching
campaign with all the apostles. Acts also mentions no intermediate journey to
3) According to Galatians, upon Paul’s arrival in Jerusalem he met Peter and James and
no other apostles. He can not have met any apostles in Jerusalem before this because
he claims that immediately after his vision “Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them
which were apostles” Rather, it claims that he FIRST went to Jerusalem at least
“three years” after his claimed vision. On the other hand, Acts claims that the first
time he met the apostles was many days after his claimed vision at which time he
met ALL of the apostles. This too is obviously his first meeting with them since they
all feared him. Notice the words “they were ALL afraid of him.” This would not be
the case if Peter and James had already met him since even if they had never
mentioned him to the other apostles, still, at the very least they themselves (Peter and
James) would not fear him. Also notice that it was only Barnabas who stood up for
him and not Barnabas, Peter, and James.
4) Galatians claims that after Paul’s first visit to Jerusalem all the apostles feared him
but then Barnabas convinced them to accept him and they ALL went hand in hand
“in and out of Jerusalem” preaching “boldly” to the Jews. However, Acts claims
that his first visit to Jerusalem was after THREE YEARS and upon this FIRST visit
he met ONLY Peter and James. He is not claimed to have gone with Peter and
James on a preaching campaign in and out of Jerusalem, nor could he have done so
in the past with ALL of the apostles since if he had done so he would not have been
“unknown by face to the churches of Judea,” they would also not have “heard
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only” of his conversion but would have witnessed his bold campaign with all of the
apostles with their own eyes.
If the author of the majority of the books of the New Testament can not even keep the
narration of own “salvation” straight then how are we expected to believe him in such
critical matters as the “true” meanings of Jesus’ words, or other matters?
Strange as it may seem, there is a logical explanation for the above contradictions. This
explanation is given by Paul himself. He says: “For if the truth of God has more
abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner?”
Romans 3:7. So Paul is telling his followers that it is necessary for a good Christian to
“lie unto God’s glory” in order for God’s truth to “abound.” Truth and morality will
never be sufficient to completely establish God’s “truth.” He is protesting to us that we
should not label him a “sinner” merely because he lied unto God’s glory. If he had not
lied unto God’s glory then God’s truth would never have been established so fully.
Sound logical?
The careful reader will notice many other holes in the story of Paul’s alleged
“conversion.” For instance, in Acts 22:9 Paul claims that when he spoke to Jesus (pbuh),
those traveling with him “saw the light,” but “they heard not the voice.” While in Acts
9:7 those who were with Paul are claimed to have “stood speechless, hearing a voice, but
seeing no man.” Don’t take my word for it, by all means “prove all things.” The
teachings of Christianity as they are known today are built upon the claims of Paul, the
author of the majority of the books of the New Testament. He is trusted blindly because
he claims to have seen Jesus (pbuh) in a heavenly vision, to have been vouched for by the
apostle Barnabas, to have met and been accepted by all of the apostles, to have preached
with all the apostles boldly in the name of Jesus throughout the land of Judaea, and as a
result of this to have endured severe hardship and persecution. However, anyone who
would simply read their Bible will find that Paul himself swears in the name of God
almighty that this is a fabrication because Judaea had never even seen his face and had
“heard only” of his alleged conversion. Further, he never met any of the apostles save
Peter and James. Even with all of this Christians insist on interpreting the words of Jesus
within the context of Paul’s teachings.
There are so many more similar examples of how Paul openly and blatantly made major
changes to the religion of Jesus that flagrantly contradicted both the teachings of Jesus
and his apostles. Another example can be seen in the following analysis: God almighty
commands in Genesis 17:10-14: “This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me
and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. And
ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant
betwixt me and you. And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you,
every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with
money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed. He that is born in thy house, and he
that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in
your flesh for an everlasting covenant. And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh
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of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath
broken my covenant.” So God himself is telling us that His covenant can only be had
through circumcision. The significance of circumcision was also noted by Biblical
scholars as being not merely an external act: “This was His own sign and seal that Israel
was a chosen people. Through it a man's life was linked with great fellowship whose
dignity was it's high consciousness that it must fulfill the purpose of God” (Interpreter's
Bible, p. 613).
Circumcision was considered of such critical importance to Jewish faith that they
would even violate the Sabbath to circumcise their children if the eighth day fell on the
Sabbath. John 7:22 “and ye on the Sabbath day circumcise a man. If a man on the
Sabbath day receive circumcision, that the law of Moses should not be broken; are ye
angry at me, because I have made a man every whit whole on the Sabbath day?” Jesus
himself was circumcised on the eighth day just like all faithful Jews: Luke 2:21: “And
when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was
called JESUS.” After the departure of Jesus, circumcision became an issue of personal
conflict between the apostle Peter who insisted upon it (preach to Jews only) and Paul
who wanted to do away with it (preach to non-Jews also). Galatians 2:7: “I had been
entrusted with the gospel for the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been entrusted with
the gospel for the circumcised.” Paul then goes into great details about how the apostles
were wrong and he was right and how even Barnabas followed in their “hypocrisy” and it
was necessary for him to show the apostles the truth (in the King James Version, the
actual word used by Paul in Galatians 2:13 is diplomatically translated as
“dissimulation..” However, in the Revised Standard Version of the Bible which was
compiled from more ancient manuscripts than the KJV, the word Paul used is honestly
translated as “hypocrisy”).
Paul now mentions James (James the Son of Thunder, James the Just), Peter (the Rock),
and Barnabas (Paul’s teacher and protector) in the following manner: Galatians 2:14 “I
saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel.” So now it
becomes apparent from Paul’s words that, in addition to all the above, the apostles were
also misguided. It would have been interesting to have heard for instance Barnabas’
version of these matters had he been chosen as the “majority author” of the Bible rather
than Paul. According to many similar passages, it seems that the apostles were constantly
in need of Paul’s guidance to recognize the truth. To get Barnabas’ version of these
matters, his opinion of Paul, as well as what really happened at the cross look for “The
Gospel of Barnabas,” ISBN 0089295-133-1, at your local library, or obtain your copy
from one of the addresses listed at the back of this book.
It is interesting to note that Paul himself was not even sure about his own “visions.” In
2 Corinthians 12:1-5 we read: “It is expedient for me to boast; nothing is to be gained
by it, but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. I knew a man in Christ
above fourteen years ago, whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the
body, I cannot tell: God knoweth; such an one caught up to the third heaven. And I
knew such a man, whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;
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How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is
not lawful for a man to utter. Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory,
but in mine infirmities..” So Paul did not know if the man in his “visions” was “in the
body” or “out of the body.” Paul’s vision also contained “unspeakable words” which
were “not lawful for a man to utter.”
If I told you that I had seen someone in a “vision,” had heard “unspeakable words that
are not lawful to utter” in this vision, had been commanded by this person to “lie unto
God’s glory,” and had been told to nullify the commandments which Jesus (pbuh) had
upheld his whole life, who would you say this described? Who had I seen?
The Qur’an says: “And if it be said unto them: Follow that which Allah has revealed,
they say: Nay, but we follow that wherein we found our fathers. What! Even though
the devil was inviting them to the torture of the fire?” The Qur’an, Lukman(31):21.
What is wrong with this picture? Even if we were to disregard Paul’s sworn admission
of fabrication and were to accept the established beliefs of Paul’s inspiration and
faultlessness (a very big “if”), then we are still left with the following picture:
Paul, a man who according to his own admission “beyond measure” severely persecuted
countless Christians “slaughtered” them, and also “wasted” the church (Galatians 1:13-
15, Acts 8:1-3, Acts 9:1-2, Acts 9:41, Acts 6:5.. etc.), a man who never met Jesus face to
face, underwent a “miraculous” conversion from a persecutor and killer of Christians into
a more perfect teacher of Christianity than the apostles themselves. He was singled out
by Jesus’ ghost to receive a “vision” which was denied the apostles who had
accompanied Jesus (pbuh) during his lifetime (Galatians 1:10-12). Paul had acquired such
a terrible reputation as a persecutor of Christians that no one was willing to accept his
claims of conversion. It was only the intervention of Barnabas, who’s words obviously
carried a great deal of weight with the apostles, which allowed the apostles to grudgingly
accept him. Barnabas then traveled extensively with Paul building up his reputation
among the Jews as a true convert. Once Paul acquired a reputation of his own, he had a
falling out with Barnabas (Acts 15:39, Galatians 2:13). They parted company. Paul now
claimed that Jesus (pbuh) wanted him to “relax” the law in order to make it a little more
palatable for new converts, and this is when Paul began to make drastic changes to the
law of Jesus (pbuh).
Paul decided that his “visions” were sufficient authority to contradict the teachings of
the apostles and consider them hypocrites. Even Barnabas, the apostle who traveled with
Paul teaching him and preaching to the Jews, who was willing to accept this persecutor of
Christians claims of conversion at face value, and the man who single handedly
convinced the apostles to accept this same persecutor of Christians is now considered by
Paul a hypocrite and less able to understand the religion of Jesus (pbuh) than himself.
Paul also believed that “...I labored more abundantly than they (the apostles) all” 1
Corinthians 15:10. So, the apostles of Jesus were such lazy layabouts that Paul was doing
more work than all eleven of them. All of this even though the apostles spent countless
years with Jesus (pbuh) learning directly from him while Paul, who has never met Jesus
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in person, practically overnight transforms from a persecutor and killer of Christians and
the apostles to a more perfect teacher of Christianity than the apostles themselves. It is
quite lucky for us that Paul received this “vision,” otherwise we might have been lead
astray by the lazy, misguided, hypocritical apostles. For Barnabas’ version of these
matters, read “The Gospel of Barnabas.”
Let us time out for a quick analyses of the above verses:
1) Paul according to his own admission “beyond measure” severely persecuted
countless Christians, strove to “slaughter” them, and also “wasted” the church
(Galatians 1:13-15, Acts 8:1-3, Acts 9:1-2, Acts 9:41, Acts 6:5.. etc.).
2) Paul receives “visions” and is saved (Acts 22:9, Acts 9:7...etc.)
3) Paul is not sure exactly what he saw in his visions.(2 Corinthians 12:1-5)
4) Paul’s visions contained “unspeakable words that it is unlawful to utter.” (2
Corinthians 12:1-5)
5) Paul tells us that the person in his visions was Jesus (pbuh). He declares that he
received his teachings of “Christianity” from these visions and from no one else, not
even the apostles. (Galatians 1:12).
6) Paul “lies” unto “God’s Glory” in order that God’s “truth” may “abound”(Romans
7) The apostles differ with Paul regarding the “truth” of the circumcision ordained by
God and other matters.(1 Corinthians 7:19, Galatians 2:7...etc.).
8) The apostles, according to Paul, did not walk “uprightly” according to the “truth of
the Gospel” and were lazy, misguided, hypocrites (1 Corinthians 15:10, Galatians
2:14, Galatians 2:13).
9) Most of the books of the New Testament are written by Paul himself. In them, Paul
himself gives an unblushing pronouncement of how he was a vastly superior apostle
of Jesus (pbuh) than the apostles who accompanied Jesus (pbuh) during his ministry
and they all needed his guidance to see the “truth” of Jesus’ message and how Jesus
(pbuh) and the apostles appointed him the twelfth apostle..
Summary: If the truth of God needs lies unto God’s Glory to establish it, and Paul
himself admits to having lied unto God’s Glory, and the apostles were not following
this “truth” as close as Paul would have liked, then the apostles must not have been
lying against God’s glory enough for Paul’s taste.
Regardless, it is well known that just prior to Paul’s “miraculous” conversion and
“heavenly vision” he had been extremely infatuated with a woman called Popea and had
wished to marry her. Popea was the attractive but ambitious daughter of the high priest of
the Jews. She possessed haughty beauty, and an intriguing mind. She liked Paul but
rejected his offers of marriage. She went to Rome as an actress. She started on the stage
and ended up in Emperor Nero’s bed. She eventually married him and became the
Empress of the Roman Empire. Paul, therefore, had good reason to hate both the Jews
and the Romans. His “vision” coincided with Popea’s rejection. (Jesus Prophet of Islam,
Muhammad ‘Ata ur-Rahim, p. 57).
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These apostles that Paul looked down upon as lazy misguided hypocrites are the
selfsame apostles who had accompanied Jesus (pbuh) during his lifetime, who taught all
of mankind (including Paul himself) the teachings of Jesus (pbuh), and who endured the
persecution of many (including Paul) to convey this message. The Pauline Church (the
Roman Catholic church which later gave birth to other churches such as the Protestant
church) was to later go on and concoct the doctrine of the trinity about three hundred
years after the departure of Jesus, to severely condemn, persecute, and kill any Christians
who did not convert to their own personal brand of Christianity, to have presided over the
death of millions of Christians who did not adopt this belief. To have presided over the
destruction of many hundreds of “unacceptable” Gospels (some sources claim thousands)
some of which were written by the apostles themselves, and to have issued death warrants
for all those found concealing them... and on and on.
Even with all of this, the Gospel of Barnabas has managed to escape this campaign of
destruction of the Gospels and is available today. It confirms all that we have said and
what the Qur’an has been saying for centuries. It also presents Barnabas’ response to
Paul’s claims and his account of what truly happened at the cross and how Jesus (pbuh)
was not forsaken by God to the Jews, but was raised by God, and Judas the traitor was
made to look like Jesus (pbuh) and was taken in his place. Barnabas, of course,
accompanied Jesus (pbuh) and was an eye-witness to his mission. Paul was not.
Getting back to our story... Paul had a falling out with the apostles and decided that
“Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the
commandments of God” 1 Corinthians 7:19. Even though circumcision was held in an
even higher regard than the Sabbath itself in the law of Moses and the “commandments
of God,” still, Paul taught that it is possible to keep the commandments even if, contrary
to the teachings of Jesus and the apostles, this foremost commandment of circumcision
was abandoned.
In the end, Paul decided that all the commandments of God through Moses (pbuh)
which Jesus (pbuh) had kept faithfully till the crucifixion and which the apostles had also
kept were all worthless decaying and ready to vanish away and faith was all that was
required, thereby completely nullifying everything his “Lord” Jesus had taught and
practiced during his lifetime. Romans 3:28: “Therefore we conclude that a man is
justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” He decided that the laws of Moses
(pbuh) (e.g. “thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not kill, ...etc.”) which Jesus (pbuh) had
taught the faithful during his lifetime were a “curse” upon them and no longer necessary,
Galatians 3:13 “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law.” He then went
about explaining the “true” meanings of the teachings of Jesus and Paul’s preachings are
what are now known as “Christianity.”
Paul himself readily admits that he was both willing and able to recruit new converts by
any means at his disposal: 1 Corinthians 9:20 “And unto the Jews I became as a Jew,
that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law(Gentiles), as under the law,
that I might gain them that are under the law” and 1 Corinthians 9:22: “...I am made
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all things to all men, that I might by all means save some” and 1 Corinthians 6:12:
“...all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.”
What are some of these “means” Paul used to “save some,”? Well, as we have seen, one
of them is his admitted habit of LYING AGAINST GOD’S GLORY in order to propagate
his doctrine. However, he believed that the truth “abounded” through his lies (Romans
3:7). Paul also openly admits that his teachings were not obtained from the apostles of
Jesus, but from a vision of Jesus denied the apostles: Galatians 1:12 “For I neither
received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.” Did
Jesus (pbuh) come to Paul in a “vision” and command him to lie against God? Is God’s
light so week that it can only be advanced through Paul’s lies? Are Paul’s lies so “pious”
as to advance God’s glory in a manner that would be impossible through truth and light
alone? Is this what Jesus (pbuh) was teaching him in his “visions”? Is this the religion of
Around the 25th of Sep. 1994 (I forget the exact day), a US newspaper ran an article
about a man in California alleged to be the “Thrill” killer. He was accused of killing six
people. During his trial he did something totally unexpected. He suddenly jumped up
and said three words: “I am guilty.” He had not consulted his lawyer and no one had
expected this turn of events. Was he thrown in jail? No. Was he sentenced to the
“chair.”? No! Well what did happen? This admitted killer of six people was proclaimed
to be mentally incompetent and his testimony could in no way benefit the prosecution.
Does this sound like justice? Does this sound like logic? Paul himself admits that he had
lied. He does not admit to just any lie but a lie against God’s Glory. Is he condemned as
a heretic? No. Is he called a blasphemer? No. Is he burned at the stake? No! He is called
a “saint.” Can any other Christian openly admit to having lied against God’s Glory and
get away with it? If a Christian were to jump up in church and shout at the top of his
lungs “I have lied against God’s Glory,” would the congregation proudly parade him up
and down the streets and call him a “saint”? Would they then burn their Bibles and ask
for divine inspiration from him? Would they “interpret” his “lie” sixty different ways to
make it a “good” and “pious” lie? Would they only interpret the words of Jesus (pbuh)
through his words? Can you picture anyone in their right mind doing such a thing? Is
this how we love God “with all our minds”?
The great apostle of Jesus (pbuh), Barnabas (the defender and benefactor of Paul), in
the opening statements of his Gospel has the following to say about Paul among others:
“True Gospel of Jesus, called Messiah, a new prophet sent by God to the world
according to the description of Barnabas his apostle. Barnabas, apostle of Jesus the
Nazarene, called Messiah, to all them that dwell upon the earth desire peace and
consolation. Truly beloved, the great and wonderful God has in these past days visited
us by His apostle Jesus (the) Messiah in great mercy of teaching and miracles, by reason
whereof many, being deceived by Satan, under pretense of piety, are preaching most
impious doctrine, calling Jesus the Son of God, repudiating the circumcision ordained by
God forever, and permitting every unclean meat: among whom also Paul has been
deceived, whereof I speak not without grief: for which cause I am writing the truth which
I have seen and heard, in the fellowship that I have had with Jesus, in order that you may
be saved, and not be deceived by Satan and perish in judgment of God. Therefore,
beware of everyone that preaches to you a new doctrine contrary to that which I write,
that you may be saved eternally. The great God be with you and guard you from Satan
and from every evil. Amen.”
Paul himself admits that there were those who were preaching a different Gospel than
his own and were gaining converts. He does not name his adversaries, but we can read
about his most noble adversaries in two places wherein Paul uses what Prof. Brandon
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calls “very remarkable terms” to describe them. The first is Galatians 1:6-9. “I marvel
that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto
another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would
pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any
other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you
than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”
The second is 2 Corinthians 11:3-6 “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent
beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the
simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we
have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or
another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. For I
suppose I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles. But though I be rude in
speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been thoroughly made manifest among you
in all things.”
These opponents of Paul were clearly preaching “another Gospel” and “another
Jesus,” they were also obviously operating among Paul’s own target group and
converting his converts. All of this even though their teachings did not exhibit the
“simplicity” that Paul preached but required their followers to work for their salvation.
However, Paul displays amazing restraint when referring to them by not lambasting them
with the vehemence of speech which he is so capable nor questioning their authority.
Rather, he gives a clue to their identity with the words: “...For I suppose I was not a whit
behind the very chiefest apostles” and “we, or an angel from heaven,” and “unto
another gospel: Which is not another.”
Christian scholars today unanimously agree that the very first Christians, including the
apostles of Jesus (pbuh) were all Unitarians and that the trinity was not concocted until
around the beginning of the fourth century. These Unitarians enjoyed a large following
and spread throughout much of North Africa among other places. During this period, any
Roman or Greek gentile who wanted to enter into Christianity pretty much was allowed to
choose which “Christianity” he wanted. The one preached by Barnabas and the apostles
which involved a strict and disciplined law of Moses (pbuh), or the much more simplistic
“New covenant” of Paul which only required “faith in Jesus” and which was later made
more appealing to them by the Pauline Church by incorporating a “Trinity” and other
changes into it so that it would more closely resemble the Roman and Greek established
beliefs of multiple Gods and father-Gods and son-Gods and Demi-Gods and Goddesses
...etc. Toland says in his book The Nazarenes: “...amongst the Gentiles, so inveterate
was the hatred of the Jews that their observing of anything, however reasonable or
necessary, was sufficient motive for a Gentile convert to reject it.” If Paul wanted to
convert these people, he would need to make Christianity a little more appealing to them,
which he (and his church) did.
One of these first Unitarian Christians, Iranaeus (130-200 AD), a follower of the
Gospels of Barnabas and the apostles, and one of the first Christians to be killed because
of their adherence to the unity of God, has the following to say about such as Paul and his
church: “In order to amaze the simple and such as are ignorant of the Scriptures of
Truth, they obtrude upon them an inexpressible multitude of apocryphal and spurious
scriptures of their own devising” (the Gospels in our possession today).
When the Pauline Church gained power and influence in Rome these Unitarian
Christians were officially condemned, persecuted and killed. An attempt was made to
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totally obliterate them and their books by forcing them to accept the trinity or else to be
killed as heretics and by burning their Gospels. Over a million of these Unitarian
Christians were then put to death because of their refusal to compromise their belief. In
spite of this, their beliefs have survived even to this day. When Islam came with the call
to one God and the belief in Jesus (pbuh) and his miracles, these Unitarian Christians
were among the first people to recognize the word of God and accept Islam.
So thorough has Paul and his church been in totally eradicating all of the teachings of
Jesus (pbuh) and his first apostles that very little has survived. Not even Jesus’ (pbuh)
preferred method of greeting his followers. From ancient times, the prophets of God
including Moses, Joseph, David, Jesus, the angels of God and many others including God
himself have made it their custom to greet the believers with the words “Peace be with
you.” This can be seen in such verses as Genesis 43:23, Judges 6:23, 1 Samuel 25:6,
Numbers 6:26, 1 Samuel 1:17, Luke 24:36, John 20:19, John 20:26, and especially Luke
10:5: “And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house” to name a
few. Can anyone guess what Muhammad (pbuh) taught his followers to say when
greeting each other or departing from each other? You guessed it! “Assalam alaikum” or
“Peace be unto you.” Have you ever met a Christian who greets other Christians with the
words of Jesus (pbuh): “Peace be unto you”?
So, what do the scholars have to say about Paul?:
Heinz Zahrnt calls Paul “the corrupter of the Gospel of Jesus.” From “The Jesus
Report,” Johannes Lehman, p. 126.
Werde describes him as “The second founder of Christianity.” He further says that due
to Paul: “...the discontinuity between the historical Jesus and the Christ of the Church
became so great that any unity between them is scarcely recognizable” . From “The
Jesus Report,” Johannes Lehman, p. 127.
Schonfield wrote: “The Pauline heresy became the foundation of the Christian
orthodoxy and the legitimate Church was disowned as heretical.” From “The Jesus
Report,” Johannes Lehman, p. 128.
Another Christian, Mr. Michael H. Hart, in his book “The 100, a Ranking of the Most
Influential Persons in History,” places Muhammad (pbuh) in first place, next comes
Paul, and Jesus (pbuh) after Paul. Like most other western scholars besides himself, he
recognizes Paul as being more deserving of credit for “Christianity” than “Christ”
Grolier’s encyclopedia has the following to say under the heading “Christianity”: “After
Jesus was crucified, his followers, strengthened by the conviction that he had risen from
the dead and that they were filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, formed the first
Christian community in Jerusalem. By the middle of the 1st century, missionaries were
spreading the new religion among the peoples of Egypt, Syria, Anatolia, Greece, and
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Italy. Chief among these was Saint Paul, who laid the foundations of Christian theology
and played a key role in the transformation of Christianity from a Jewish sect to a world
religion. The original Christians, being Jews, observed the dietary and ritualistic laws of
the Torah and required non-Jewish converts to do the same. Paul and others favored
eliminating obligation, thus making Christianity more attractive to Gentiles.”
“If by Christianity we understand faith in Christ as the heavenly Son of God, who did
not belong to earthly humanity, but who lived in the divine likeness and glory, who came
down from heaven to earth, who entered humanity and took upon himself a human form
through a virgin, that he might make propitiation for men’s sins by his own blood upon
the cross, who was then awakened from death and raised to the right hand of God, as the
Lord of his own people, who believe in him, who hears their prayers, guards and leads
them, who will come again with the clouds of heaven to judge the world, who will cast
down all the foes of God, and will bring his own people with him unto the home of
heavenly light so that they may become like His glorified body - if this is Christianity,
then such Christianity was founded by St. Paul and not by our Lord” Dr. Arnold Meyer,
Professor of Theology, Zurich University, Jesus or Paul, p. 122
As we can see, this information is not new. It has been well recognized and
documented for centuries now. Even centuries ago, it was well known that most of what
was claimed by the church could not be verified through the Bible. Thus, a shift was
made from obtaining ones inspiration from the Bible to obtaining it from the “Bride of
Jesus,” the church. Fra Fulgentio, for instance, was once reprimanded by the Pope in a
letter saying “Preaching of the Scriptures is a suspicious thing. He who keeps close to
the Scriptures will ruin the Catholic faith.” In his next letter he was more explicit:
“...which is a book if anyone keeps close to will quite destroy the Catholic faith.”
Tetradymus, John Toland.
Many Christian evangelists would love dearly to provide salvation for their non-
Christian neighbors. So much so that they can not understand how their neighbors can
not see the clear and obvious love God holds for them such that He would actually
sacrifice His only begotten son for them. In order to make this clear for their neighbors,
they draw many analogies. For example, a Christian gentleman from Canada once sent
our local Islamic center a six-page pamphlet with the goal of demonstrating the love of
God to us. The pamphlet contained a short fictitious story wherein all of the players had
Arab names. The story was about a fictitious Arab man who was very moral and upright.
One day, his son committed a serious crime that deserved capital punishment. The
authorities found evidence linking this crime to this man’s house. When the authorities
came, the father falsely admitted to the crime in order to spare his son. The pamphlet
concluded that just as the father’s love for his son made him sacrifice himself, in a similar
manner, God Almighty’s love for mankind drove him to sacrifice Jesus(pbuh).
Now, maybe it is just us, however, at the end of the story we were expecting the parallel
to be that God almighty “the father” would now sacrifice Himself in order that Jesus “the
son” would not have to die, just as the “Arab” father had sacrificed himself to save his
son. Although we appreciated the consideration, still, we could not see the similarity
between the two stories.
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When a person is good and upright, that person may be willing to sacrifice themselves
for the greater good or for a loved one. For example, if a mother sees her son in danger of
being run over by a car, she may very likely run in front of the car in order to save her
baby. If she raised the neighbor’s child with her own and grew very attached to that
child, then she might also be willing to sacrifice herself for the neighbor’s child too. She
might throw herself in front of the car for the neighbor’s child as well. However, have
you ever heard of a mother who, when she saw a car about to hit the neighbor’s child,
threw HER SON in front of the car so that the impact of her son’s body smashing into the
car’s windshield would cause it to swerve away from the neighbor’s child?
As the Bible says “prove all things, hold fast that which is good.” 1 Thessalonians
5:21. “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God ... with all thy mind ... : this is the first
commandment.” Mark 12:30
We would like nothing more than to present much more supporting evidence of these
matters, however, we must end somewhere. For a detailed historical account collected
from the writings of the church itself, I strongly recommend the book “Jesus, A Prophet
of Islam” by Muhammad `Ata ur-Rahim, and “Blood on the cross,” by Ahmed Thomson.
If you can not find these books at your local library then you may obtain a copy at one of
the addresses listed at the back of this book.
For a book that is claimed to have remained 100% the inspired word of God, the sheer
number of contradicting narrations boggles the mind (see chapter two). These matters
have been well known and documented by Christian scholars for a long time now. It is
the masses who don’t know this. The information is out there for anyone who will simply
look for it. The historical inconsistencies and scriptural contradictions are well
recognized in this century and countless books have been written about them. However,
their studies have always stopped short of the final step. People have generally believed
that there is no way to retrieve the original teachings of Jesus (pbuh) after such extensive
and continuous revision of the text of the Bible by the church over so many centuries as
well as the Paulian Church’s massive campaign of destruction of all Gospels not
conforming to their personal beliefs. But where human intellect has failed, God has
intervened. The Qur’an has been sent down by the same One who sent the Gospel. It
contains the original, uncorrupted teachings of God. We invite all readers to study the
Qur’an just as we have studied the Bible, and to make up their minds if our claims bear

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