Eight assumptions

Why Muslims Shouldn’t Use It?

The article to which this rebuttal is attributed to can be found here:

 

http://www.answering-islam.org/Authors/Perez/assumptions.html

    Assumption One: It Could Not Have Been Written by a Muslim Because it Contradicts the Qur’an 

This assumption is no longer an assumption. Latest research by Westerners has proven that the Gospel of Barnabas was not written by a Muslim.

 

http://www.latrobe.edu.au/arts/barnabas/marino.html

 

The contradictions with the Qur’an are due to numerous translations of the Gospel of Barnabas. The translation cannot be as good as the original.

 

The article, to which this article is a rebuttal to, says the following:

 

It also shows a sorry desperation to put Muhammad into the Bible

 

This only shows the lack of knowledge of the writer. Please see the irrefutable evidences:

 

http://www.answering-christianity.com/predict.htm

    Assumption Two: The Gospel is More Reliable than the KJV or NIV 

This is not an assumption. This is a fact. Christians boast of thousands of manuscripts, however no two match each other!

 

Muslims often claim that the four Biblical Gospels have been “corrupted” because there are no Hebrew or Aramaic texts, which are supposedly the “original languages”. This is totally bogus. We have the Peshitta (a Syriac version of the New Testament) with which we can check the Greek texts.

 

Muslims are not the only ones to claim that the Bible is corrupt. The recently discovered books also state that the Bibles are corrupt. Neutral scholars also agree that the Bibles are corrupt.

 

http://www.answering-christianity.com/sake.htm

 

The Syriac version itself is not the original. It is also a translation. The article boasts as if it is the original book but the writer makes fun of himself with such a silly statement. Please see more evidences of the corruption of the Bibles:

 

http://www.answering-christianity.com/ac6.htm#links

  

Second, there is no evidence that Greek is not the original New Testament language

 

I recommend reading the following:

 

http://www.answering-christianity.com/abdul-rahman_klimaszewski/language_jesus_spoke.htm

 

The Gospel of Barnabas is not considered to be the word of God. It is believed to be the word written by Barnabas and can contain errors, no human is perfect. If the Gospel of Barnabas cannot be found in the original language, it cannot be dismissed completely. It can be dismissed as the word of God like the Bibles but the material can contain truth.

 

The KJV translated straight from Greek but where did that Greek come from? That Greek came from Hebrew which is lost. Muslims reject both books as the word of God but believe whatever truth exists in them.

 

  Assumption Three: The Pre-Islam Gospel is the Same as the 15th Century Gospel 

This clearly shows the lack of knowledge of the writer. Muslims believe in the Gospel of Jesus and believe that the book by Barnabas is not the same as that of Jesus (peace be upon him). The book given to Jesus (peace be upon him) was from God and was the direct word of God whereas the book of Barnabas narrates what Jesus (peace be upon him) said and did. The Gospel of Barnabas disappeared from between the 6th and 15th century. This clearly shows that it existed before the 6th century. It was banned in the 5th century and the Church kept it a secret all this long. For details, see the rebuttal to Norman and Saleeb.

    Assumption Four: Pre-Islam Christians Would Have Had a Reason to Conceal the Gospel 

The politics behind this secret are better known to the Church but rejecting this claim is not entirely accurate. The recently discovered books have the mentioning of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in them. Several Islamic concepts can be founding those books. The problem people have with Herod is somewhat acceptable but this issue has not been raised by the article and therefore, not replied to here. Please read it in the rebuttal that is suited to that topic.

The reason why the Church kept it a secret is not a mystery. Such a book would have destroyed their power. Their self-made concept of free salvation and forgiveness through the Church would have been thrown away. It was due to this evil that Prophet Daniel (peace be upon him) gave his famous prophecy:

 

http://islamicweb.com/bible/good5.htm

 

The early Christians were faithful Muslims according to the Qur’an but they were also persecuted openly. A time came when al of them had vanished and it was the same time when the Gospel of Barnabas disappeared completely.

    Assumption Five: All “Apocryphal” Books were Heretical 

All books were not heretical but the Gospel of Barnabas was definitely a heretical book.

 

  1. The GB as we have it (in two vernacular manuscripts united by a Preface) was prepared by Cardinal Giulio Santorio, bishop of Sanseverina, a canon lawyer and Inquisitor. It is, however, clear that he did not compose the work but is using a pre-existing heretical text, adapting it to his purposes.

(source: http://www.latrobe.edu.au/arts/barnabas/marino.html )

  

The reasons for rejecting many books were several. Some of them were rejected because they did not match the current Christian beliefs. Infancy Gospels gave much importance to Lady Mary and according to scholars, this was the reason for its omission. Apocalypse of Peter completely goes against free salvation and license to sin. The reasons for the omission of many Gospels is not important. What is important is that The Gospel of Barnabas was Heretical. 

    Assumption Six: The GOB Was Written by an Apostle Who Knew Jesus 

This is not an assumption and it is the truth. The article has made some silly comments in this section such as follows:

 

It is true that Barnabas knew Jesus; it is NOT true, that He was ever an “apostle” in the meaningful sense of being a member of the Twelve.

 

Barnabas is referred to as an Apostle (Acts 14:4,14) and at other places he is rejected. This contradiction further proves the assumption that the Gospel of Barnabas are more reliable than KJV and NIV Bible. Matthew or John would be accepted if the work attributed to them actually belonged to them. Please see the article “Who were the real authors of the Bible?”

 

The New Testament sees some contradictions in this story which indicate that there is something fishy.

 “rose … and returned to Jerusalem, and found the ELEVEN gathered together, and those who were with them” (HOLY BIBLE) Luke 24.33Which “eleven?” They “found the eleven.” Did they include themselves in the number they FOUND? Even then the disciples there (of the elected twelve of Jesus) could never be more than 10 altogether. Because on this first visit of Jesus to that upper-room. Judas and Thomas were definitely not present. But Luke was not an eyewitness to this scene. He is simply copying verbatim from Mark 16:14 who said. “he (Jesus) appeared unto the ELEVEN as they sat eating.”Now listen to Paul, the thirteenth self-appointed apostle of Jesus. He says that after three days of hibernation. “(Jesus) was seen of Cephas (meaning Simon Peter), then to the TWELVE”(1 Corinthians 15:5). Which “twelve?” The word “THEN” here, excludes Peter! But if you add him on, and with all good luck, you can still never get the “CHOSEN TWELVE” together to see Jesus, because the traitor Judas had committed suicide by hanging — (Matthew 27:5), long before Jesus alleged resurrection.”We are dealing here with a strange mentality, where “Eleven” does not mean ELEVEN — (Luke 24:33).”Twelve” does not mean TWELVE, and “Three and three” means TWO AND ONE!’ Jesus would truly sympathize with us:“it is hard for you to kick against the pricks”     (HOLY BIBLE) Acts 9:5

[By Ahmed Deedat]

    Assumption Seven: The Other Writers Would Have Had to Copy Barnabas 

Barnabas was a true apostle of Jesus (peace be upon him) like Matthew and John. None of the 12 disciples would have had to copy from one another. They lived with Jesus (peace be upon him) and went with him wherever he used to go. They were first hand eyewitnesses and wrote down whatever they saw. The question is whether the work attributed to other disciples is actually theirs. Research shows serious doubts about the real authors and also because of the fact that one of the fathers of Christianity (Constantine) was a pagan who died as a pagan. Conversion at deathbed is a debatable topic and seems unlikely but even if it is true, the fact is that he was a pagan throughout his life, even at the Nicene council.

 

This link will be of immense benefit:

 

http://www.answering-christianity.com/authors_gospels.htm

 

The writer in the article states the following:

 

First, it contradicts the notion that Jesus received a literal book from heaven.

 

This statement deliberately tries to spread misinformation. Either the writer is clever or he seems to be going to Muslims with less knowledge. Muslims believe in the Gospel given to Jesus (peace be upon him) but lost today and believe that it is the word of God. The Gospel of Barnabas is like other Gospels i.e. a storybook or a biography of Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him).

 Qur’an 3:3It is He Who sent down to thee (step by step), in truth, the Book, confirming what went before it; and He sent down the Law (of Moses) and the Gospel (of Jesus) before this, as a guide to mankind, and He sent down the criterion (of judgment between right and wrong). In Mark 8:35 Jesus said: “…but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.”  How could Jesus have said this when there was no gospel when he lived? The gospel did not appear until after his departure from earth. 

It is very clear that there was some Gospel that was with Jesus, the one that Jesus followed and the one in which Muslims believe in. Who has that Gospel?

 The article makes some interesting claims: 

All “gospel” means is “good news.” Thus the “Gospel According to John” is “the good news according to John,” or John’s account of the good news. There is no evidence that such a primordial, original Gospel (Q) ever existed in the Islamic book form (a literal book from heaven).

 

The article rejects anything like the Gospel of Jesus (peace be upon him) and says that gospel means good news.

 

Is Gospel book or good news?
It does mean “good news” but when it comes to the New Testament, it refers to the book.

You seem to believe whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach about a DIFFERENT JESUS than the one we preach, or a DIFFERENT SPIRIT than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed.
2 Corinthians 11: 4 and 5.

If gospel here meant good news, then this verse would not have called some other false message as good news.

Let’s replace it with the meaning here to see if it makes sense!

…or a different kind of good news than the one you believed.

A false message is not good news and therefore Gospel here refers to a book.

 

The article has made some amusing comments based on some verses. It shows that he is not aware of the complete picture.

 

And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; [John 14:16]Who is this Comforter? Ask just about any Islamic apologist and you’ll get the answer Muhammad. Let’s see what else the Comforter will do:

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatever I have said to you [John 14:26].

A “Spirit” in the New Testament is a human Prophet.   Therefore, Jesus had predicted the coming of a human Prophet (spirit) after him and not the Holy Spirit.  Jesus would not have used the word “he” for the Holy Spirit.  He would have used “it” instead in John 14:26 above.   Read 1 John 4:1-3 below:

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world,” (1 John 4:1-3)

(also see 1 John 4:6), or an inspired human, for example read 1 Corinthians 2:10, 2 Thessalonians 2:2, …etc.

Christian scholars see evidence of tampering, especailly with the word “Spirit”:  

In the famous “Anchor Bible” we find the following quote: “The word parakletos is peculiar in the NT to the Johnannine literature. In John ii Jesus is a parakletos (not a title), serving as a heavenly intercessor with the Father … Christian tradition has identified this figure (Paraclete) as the Holy Spirit, but scholars like Spitta, Delafosse, Windisch, Sasse, Bultmann, and Betz have doubted whether this identification is true to the original picture and have suggested that the Paraclete was once an independent salvific figure, later confused with the Holy Spirit. (The Anchor Bible, Doubleday & Company, Inc, Garden City, N.Y. 1970, Volume 29A, p. 1135)

Much more here:

 

http://www.answering-christianity.com/prediction.htm

http://www.answering-christianity.com/comforter_rebuttal.htm

 

The article has asked some questions as follows:

 

Why would Jesus need to send someone to teach the apostles all things if He left them a book with all His teachings in it? And why would they need to copy from this book if the Comforter was going to bring all things to their remembrance?

 

Jesus (peace be upon him) is not referring to the disciples here. “He will teach you…” here refers to mankind.

 He will guide you into all truth:

In the above verses Jesus (peace be upon him) is quoted as saying “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth.” What does Jesus (peace be upon him) mean by “ye cannot bear them now”? If we were to read the Bible, we would find many verses throughout the Bible wherein Jesus (peace be upon him) bemoans the lack of understanding he was constantly greeted with from his disciples throughout his ministry:

“And he(Jesus) saith unto them(the disciples)…..O ye of little faith.” (Matthew 8:26)

“…and (Jesus) said unto him(Peter), O thou of little faith.” (Matthew 14:31)

“he (Jesus) said unto them(the disciples), O ye of little faith.” (Matthew 16:8)

“And he (Jesus) said unto them(the disciples), Where is your faith?” (Luke 8:25)

Notice that these are not common Jews who he is saying these words to, but his own elect disciples. The Bible vividly illustrates how he is constantly going out of his way to simplify matters for them and to speak to them as one speaks to little children. However, even at that, they still misunderstand. He is finally driven to frustration and made to say:

“And Jesus said, Are ye even yet without understanding?” (Matthew 15:16)

“And Jesus answering said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and suffer you?” (Luke 9:41)

The people of the time were taught the Gospel given to Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) but it did not contain everything just like the Old Testament did not contain everything which can be found in the New Testament. The same is with the Qur’an and the same thing has been prophesied by Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him).

 

The article makes the same old incorrect statement about the spirit of truth:

 

The Holy Spirit (the Comforter) came to the apostles, and it was by the power of Him that they were able to preach and write the Gospels

 The Holy Ghost was already with them:

In the above verses we read “if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.” The comforter can not be the Holy Ghost because the Holy Ghost (according to the Bible) was “with” them already (and even quite active) long before the coming of Jesus (peace be upon him) himself and then throughout his ministry. Read for example.

Genesis 1:2 “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness [was] upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”

1 Samuel 10:10 “And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them.”

1 Samuel 11:6 “And the Spirit of God came upon Saul when he heard those tidings, and his anger was kindled greatly.”

“Then he remembered the days of old, Moses, and his people, saying, Where is he that brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of his flock? where is he that put his holy Spirit within him?” (Isaiah 63:11)

“For he (John the Baptist) shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.” (Luke 1:15)

“And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee.” (Luke 1:35)

“And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost” (Luke 1:41)

“And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying,” (Luke 1:67)

“And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.” (Luke 2:25)

“And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost (Simeon), that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.” (Luke 2:26)

“And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him (Jesus), and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:22)

“Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost.” (John 20:21-22)

Did they or did they not already receive the Holy Ghost? Was Jesus (peace be upon him) not still with them when they received the Holy Ghost? Was the Holy Ghost not with Simeon, Mary, Elisabeth and Zacharias before the birth of Jesus (peace be upon him)? Was the Holy Ghost not with Moses (peace be upon him) when he parted the seas? There are many more similar verses to be found in the Bible. In the above verses, we are told that if Jesus (peace be upon him) does not depart then the “parakletos” will not come. Thus, the “Holy Ghost” cannot be the one originally intended since it was already with them. The contradiction is quite obvious.

Much more here:

http://www.answering-christianity.com/prediction.htm

  

The article completely shifts away from discussing the Gospel of Barnabas and starts attempting to refute the prophecy of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in the present day Gospels.

 

Further, we see that this verse also refutes the claim that Muhammad was the Comforter:But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatever I have said to you [John 14:26].

This verse says that the Comforter was to come in the name of JESUS. In whose name did Muhammad come?

 

The Holy spirit part has been answered above. The Holy spirit is actually the Holy Prophet. What does Jesus (peace be upon him) mean by “in my name”?

 

In the same name of Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him):

 Luke 6:40
The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.

Read it in the language of Jesus

“Ein talmeed na’leh ‘al rabbo; shekken kal adam she’MUSHLAM yihyeh k’rabbo.”

“No student can be above his teacher, but everyone that is a MUSLIM, can be as his teacher.” Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was sent in the same name (Muslim) as Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him).  They both were Muslims: http://truthisproven.blogspot.com/2007/02/prophet-muhammad-s-prophecised-in-bible_26.html    Assumption Eight: The Testimony of the GOB is more Reliable than the Testimony of the Apostles 

The testimony of the Apostles does not actually belong to the Apostles.

 

http://www.answering-christianity.com/authors_gospels.htm

 

The article has quoted some verses attributed to Peter but as shown in the link above, the authors of the New Testament are not reliable. The writer assumes as if his Gospels are the criteria. This is what Peter actually said:

 As the Savior was sitting in the temple in the three hundredth year of the covenant and the agreement of the tenth pillar, and being satisfied with the number of the living, incorruptible Majesty, he said to me (Peter),

“Peter, blessed are those above belonging to the Father, who revealed life to those who are from life, through me, since I reminded them, they who are built on what is strong, that they may hear my word, and distinguish words of unrighteousness and transgression of the law from righteousness, as being from the height of every word of this Pleroma of truth, having been enlightened in good pleasure by him whom the principalities sought. But they did not find him, nor was he mentioned among any generation of the prophets. He has now appeared among these, in him who appeared, who is the Son of Man who is exalted above the heavens in fear of men of like essence. But you yourself, Peter, become perfect in accordance with your name with myself, the one who chose you, because from you I established a base for the remnant whom I have summoned to knowledge. Therefore be strong until the imitation of righteousness – of him who had summoned you, having summoned you to know him in a way which forth doing because of the rejection which happened to him, and the sinews of his hands and his feet, and the crowning by those of the middle region, and the body of his radiance which they bringing hope of service because of a reward of honor – as he was about to reprove you three times in this night“.

And as he was saying these things I saw the priests and the people running up to us with stones, as if they would kill us; and I was afraid that we were going to die. And he said to me: “Peter, I have told you many times that they are blind ones who have no guide. If you want to know their blindness, put your hands before your eyes – your robe – and say what you see.”  But when I had done it, I did not see anything. I said “No one sees this way” And he said to me, “Do it again.” And there came in me fear with joy, for I saw a new light greater than the light of day. Then it came down upon the Savior. And I told him about those things which I saw. And he said to me again, “Lift up your hands and listen to what the priests and the people are saying.” And I listened to the priests as they sat with the scribes. The multitudes were shouting with their voice. When he heard these things from me he said to me “prick up your ears and listen to the things they are saying.” And I listened again, “As you sit, they are praising you.” And when I said these things , the Savior said “I have told you that these people are blind and deaf. Now then, listen to the things which they are telling you in a mystery, and guard them. Do not tell them to the sons of this age. For they shall blaspheme you in these ages since they are ignorant of you, but they will praise you in knowledge – for many will accept our teaching in the beginning, and they will turn from them again by the will of the Father by their error, because they have done what he wanted. And he will reveal them in his judgment, i.e the servants of the Word. But those who became mingled with these shall become their prisoners, since they are without perception. And they praise the men of propagation of falsehood, those who will come after you. And they will cleave to the name of a dead man, thinking that they will become pure. But they will become greatly defiled and they will fall into a name of error, and into the hand of an evil, cunning man and a manifold dogma, and they will be ruled without law.”

“For some of them will blaspheme the truth and proclaim evil teaching, and they will say evil things against each other. Some will be named: those who stand in the strength of the archons, of a man and a naked woman who is manifold and subject to much suffering. And those who say these things will ask about dreams. And if they say that a dream came from a demon worthy of their error, then they shall be given perdition instead of incorruption – for evil cannot produce good fruit. For the place from which each of them is produces that which is like itself; for not every soul is of the truth, nor of immortality. For every soul of these ages has death assigned to it in our view, and their eternal destruction, in which they are and from which they are. They love the creatures of the matter which came forth with them. But the immortal souls are not like these, O Peter. But indeed, as long as the hour is not yet come, the immortal soul shall resemble the mortal one. But it shall not reveal its nature, that it alone is the immortal one, and thinks about immortality, having faith, and desiring to renounce these things.”

“For people do not gather figs from thorns or from thorn trees, if they are wise, nor grapes from thistles. For on the one hand, that which is always becoming is in that from which it is, being from what is not good, which becomes destruction for it and death. But that which comes to be in the Eternal One is in the One of the life and the immortality of the life which they resemble. Therefore all that which exists not will dissolve into what exists not. For deaf and blind ones join only with their own kind. But others shall change from evil words and misleading mysteries. Some who do not understand mystery speak of things which they do not understand, but they boast that the mystery of the truth is theirs alone. And in haughtiness they shall grasp at the pride to envy the immortal soul which has become a pledge. For every authority rule, and power of the aeons wishes to be with these in the creation of the world, in order that those who are not, having been forgotten by those that are, may praise them, though they have not been saved, nor have they been brought to the Way by them, always wishing that they may become imperishable ones. For if the immortal soul receives power in an intellectual spirit. But immediately they join with one of those who mislead them.”

“But many others, who oppose the truth and are the messengers of error, will set up their error and their law against these pure thoughts of mine, as looking out from one perspective, thinking that good and evil are from one source. They do business in my word. And they will propagate harsh fate. The race of immortal souls will go in it in vain, until my Parousia. For they shall come out of them, and my forgiveness of their transgressions into which they fell through the adversaries, whose ransom I got from the slavery in which they were, to give them freedom that they may create an imitation remnant in the name of a dead man, who is Hermas, of the first-born of unrighteousness, in order that the light which exists may not be believed by the little ones. But those of this sort are the workers who will be cast into the outer darkness, away from the sons of light. For neither will they enter, nor do they permit those who are going up to their approval for their release.”

“And still others of them who suffer think that they will perfect the wisdom of the brotherhood which really exists, which is the spiritual fellowship of those united in communion, through which the wedding of incorruptibility shall be revealed. The kindred race of the sisterhood will appear as an imitation. These are the ones who oppress their brothers, saying to them, “Through this our God has pity, since salvation comes to us through this,” not knowing the punishments of those who are made glad by those who have done this thing to the little ones whom they saw, and whom they took prisoner.”

“And there shall be others of those who are outside our number who name themselves bishop and also deacons, as if they have received their authority from God. They bend themselves under the judgment of the leaders. Those people are dry canals.”

But I said ” I am afraid because of what you have told me, that indeed little ones are, in our view, the counterfeit ones, indeed, that there are multitudes that will mislead other multitudes of living ones, and destroy them among themselves. And when they speak your name they will be believed.”  The Savior said , For a time determined for them in proportion to their error they will rule over the little ones. And after the completion of the error, the never-aging one of the immortal understanding shall become young, and the little ones shall ruler over those who are their rulers. The root of their error He shall pluck out, and He shall put it to shame so that it shall be manifest in all the impudence which it has assumed to itself. And such ones shall become unchangeable, O Peter.”

“Come therefore, let us go on with the completion of the will of the incorruptible Father. For behold, those who will bring them judgment are coming, and they will be put to shame. But me they cannot touch. And you, O Peter, shall stand in their midst. Do not be afraid because of your cowardice. Their minds shall be closed, for the invisible one has opposed them.”

When he said those things, I saw him seemingly being seized by them. And I said “What do I see, O Lord, that it is you yourself whom they take, and that you are grasping me? Or who is this one, glad and laughing on the tree? And is it another one whose feet and hands they are striking?”

The Savior said to me, He whom you saw on the tree, glad and laughing, this is the living Jesus. But this one into whose hands and feet they drive the nails is his fleshly part, which is the substitute being put to shame, the one who came into being in his likeness. But look at him and me.”

But I, when I had looked, said “Lord, no one is looking at you. Let us flee this place.” But he said to me, I have told you, “Leave the blind alone! And you, see how they do not know what they are saying. For the son of their glory instead of my servant, they have put to shame.”

And I saw someone about to approach us resembling him, even him who was laughing on the tree. And he was filled with a Holy Spirit, and he is the Savior. And there was a great, ineffable light around them, and the multitude of ineffable and invisible angels blessing them. And when I looked at him, the one who gives praise was revealed. And he said to me, Be strong, for you are the one to whom these mysteries have been given, to know them through revelation, that he whom they crucified is the first-born, and the home of demons, and the stony vessel, in which they dwell, of Elohim, of the cross, which is under the Law. But he who stands near him is the living Savior, the first in him, whom they seized and released, who stands joyfully looking those who did him violence, while they are divided among themselves. Therefore he laughs at their lack of perception, knowing that they are born blind. So then the one susceptible to suffering shall come, since the body is the substitute. But what they released was my incorporeal body. But I am the intellectual Spirit filled with radiant light. He whom you saw coming to me is our intellectual Pleroma , which unites the perfect light with my Holy Spirit.”

These things, then, which you saw you shall present to those of another race who are not of this age (i.e., the Arabs who then became Muslims). For there will be no honor in any man who is not immortal, which has shown that it is able to contain him who gives his abundance. Therefore I said, “Every one who has, it will be given to him, and he will have plenty.” But he who does not have, that is, the man of this place, who is completely dead, who is removed from the planting of the creation of what is begotten, whom, if one of the immortal essence appears, they think that they possess him – it will be taken from him and be added to the one who is. You, therefore, be courageous and do not fear at all. For I shall be with you in order that none of your enemies may prevail unto you. Peace be to you, Be strong!

Much more here:

http://www.answering-christianity.com/nt_confirms_apocalypse_of_peter.htm  The article makes the following comment: 

In the opening of the GOB He is called the Christ, but in chapter 42 He says that He is not the Messiah!

 The Gospel of Barnabas calls Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as a Messiah. The Qur’an says that Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) is the Messiah. This part seems to contradict with the Qur’an and the explanation below will be one proof of it being a true book of Barnabas.

When we read the Jewish books, we see that there is no problem with this claim as other Prophets have also been called by this title in 1 Samuel 15:17, 1 Kings 1:39, 1 Samuel 16:13, Leviticus 4. We see that this claim to reject the Gospel of Barnabas is not a valid excuse. 

The article asks a wonderful question:

 

Should we believe Peter, who knew Jesus personally, or the author of the GOB, who doesn’t even know the geography of the Holy Land (Chapter 21)?

 

We should believe in the real book of Peter (The Apocalypse of Peter) and also the real book of Barnabas (The Gospel of Barnabas). Does Barnabas not know the geography of Israel? Explanations given below.

 

The passage reads as follows:

 Jesus went to the Sea of Galilee, and having embarked in a ship sailed to his city of Nazareth; 

Jesus (peace be upon him) going to the Sea of Galilee is not a problem at all. He went to his city is also not a problem but there is a problem if it is stated that Nazareth is right next to the sea of Galilee. However, such a thing has not been mentioned. First of all, it states that Jesus sailed to his city. This does not mean that his city was next to the sea. For example, it takes Mr. A a train and then a bus to go to his home and it is stated that Mr. A took a train to go to his home. Such a statement is not incorrect. Secondly, the sentence posted is a translation which is not as good as the original. What if the most accurate translation read something like this:

 Jesus went to the Sea of Galilee, and having embarked in a ship sailed towards his city of Nazareth; 

This translation buries any kind of issue from this verse. Thirdly, maps were not drawn at that time and the outskirts of a city were considered a part of that city. Perhaps even land outside that city was considered a part of that city.

 

The writer of the article writes:

 

I think I better believe what Paul said!

 

The writer states that Peter calls Paul’s work as scripture and therefore, Paul’s work becomes acceptable. The work attributed to Peter has been proven to be unreliable and written by someone else and Paul’s work speaks for itself:

 

http://www.answering-christianity.com/ac6.htm#links

 

The article by the writer degrades Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him). It puts some hypocrites above Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him). It is claimed that the law has been abolished and some hypocrites have been quoted. However, when we examine what Jesus (peace be upon him) said, we find something else altogether.

 

“Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these Commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:17-20)

 

Anything against this teaching should be thrown away in garbage! Jesus (peace be upon him) is much greater than some hypocrites writing books attributing them to the disciples and claiming superiority over Jesus (peace be upon him).

 

The article asks a question as follows:

  

It is only fair that they should hold the GOB to the same standard as the normal Bibles, isn’t it?

 

It is fair. As far as translation errors are concerned, both books are not differentiated. However, reasons to reject the four Gospels are different. Links above shows why they should be rejected. The authors are not as claimed and this fact has been proven by Christian scholars themselves. Another must see link:

 

http://www.answering-christianity.com/sake.htm

 

The Gospel of Barnabas does not contradict the Qur’an. Alleged differences have been explained. The article sites two examples; Jesus as the Messiah and the seven heavens.

 The Gospel of Barnabas calls Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as a Messiah. The Qur’an says that Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) is the Messiah. This part seems to contradict with the Qur’an and the explanation below will be one proof of it being a true book of Barnabas.

When we read the Jewish books, we see that there is no problem with this claim as other Prophets have also been called by this title in 1 Samuel 15:17, 1 Kings 1:39, 1 Samuel 16:13, Leviticus 4. We see that this claim to reject the Gospel of Barnabas is not a valid excuse. 

The Qur’an speaks of seven heavens whereas the Gospel of Barnabas appears to speak of nine. Let’s examine this point.

 Barnabas narrates the following statement of Jesus (peace be upon him): Truly I say to you that the heavens are nine, among which are set the planets;, that are distant one from another five hundred years’ journey for a man: and the earth in like manner is distant from the first heaven five hundred years’ journey. From this we clearly see some sort of error in translation and understanding. What I understood by heaven here is the sky and the planets. The seven heavens in the Qur’an refer to some other fact whereas heaven spoken by Jesus (peace be upon) is referring to the nine planets. 

Near the end of the article, the writer has made the much-repeated point of Christians that the Qur’an confirms the Bible. It has been answered in much detail by the Muslims:

 

http://www.call-to-monotheism.com/does_islam_endorse_the_bible__

  

But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not. [2 Peter 2:1-3]

 The Hour will not be established until it is not said on the Earth: God. (Sahih Muslim; Tirmidhi)Wolves will give readings in the End Times. Let those who live to see those times seek shelter from their evil in God. They will be very corrupt people. Hypocrisy will prevail, and nobody will be ashamed of it and its manifestations. (Tirmidhi) Soon years containing treacheries and tricks will come. A liar will be declared true in them and a true man will be declared a liar; a treacherous will be designated as trustworthy and a trustworthy as a treacherous. (Ibn Majah) The time will be years of confusion. People will believe a liar and not believe one who tells the truth. (Ibn Ahmad Hanbal) The Hour will not be established until about thirty Dajjals [liars] appear, and each one of them will claim that he is God’s Apostle… (Sahih Bukhari) 

The Christian rejection of the Gospel of Barnabas is biased and baseless. They base their judgments on blind faith and consider the Bible as the criteria. If the complete picture is seen with an open mind, one will see that all evidence is against Constantine the pagan and his work.

          

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