by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad – The Promised Messiah and Mahdias
Extracts from the groundbreaking book.
Christians believe that Jesusas was arrested and crucified, owing to his betrayal by Judas Iscariot, and was later resurrected and raised to heaven. A detailed study of the Gospel, however, disproves this notion altogether. It is written in Matthew 12:40:
“For as Jonah 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.”
Now it is obvious that Jonahas did not die in the belly of the whale, all that happened was that he went into a swoon or a coma. The holy books of God bear witness that Jonahas, by the grace of God, remained in the belly of the whale alive, came out alive, and his people ultimately accepted him. If then Jesusas had died in the belly of the whale, what resemblance could there be between the dead and the living and vice versa? The truth is, that Jesusas was a true prophet and he knew that God, who loved him, would save him from an accursed death. Therefore, on the basis of Divine revelation, he prophesied in the form of a parable and positively intimated that he would not die on the cross, nor would he give up his ghost on the accursed wood; on the contrary, like the Prophet Jonahas, he would be in a state of swoon. In the parable, he had also hinted that he would come out of the bowels of the earth and join his people and would be honoured like Jonahas. This prophecy was also fulfilled, for Jesusas came out of the bowels of the earth and went to his tribes, who had lived in the eastern countries like Kashmir and Tibet. These were the ten tribes of the Israelites who, 721 years before Jesusas, had been taken captive and forced to leave Samaria by Shalmaneser, King of Assur. They eventually came to India and settled in various parts of the country. Jesusas had to make this journey, for the Divine object underlying his mission was to meet the lost tribes of Israel who had settled in different parts of India. This was because these were the lost sheep of Israel who had renounced their ancestral faith after settling in these parts, and most of them had become Buddhists, and gradually started worshipping idols.
Remember, this kind of thinking not only detracts from the dignity of the prophethood of Jesusas but is also derogatory to his claim to spiritual eminence, holiness, love, and knowledge of God, to which he gives repeated expression in the Gospels. Just look it up in the New Testament where Jesusas claims that he is the light and the guide of the world, that he has a relationship of great love with God, that he has been blessed with a pure birth and that he is the beloved son of God. How then, in spite of these pure and holy ties, can the unholy attributes of a curse be ascribed to Jesusas? No, this can never be so! There cannot be the least doubt therefore that Jesusas was not crucified, and did not die on the cross, for his person did not deserve the stigma of death on the cross. Not having been crucified, he was also spared the unclean consequence of the curse, and this no doubt proves that he did not physically go to heaven. Since ascension was a constituent part of the whole scheme and a corollary of crucifixion; it necessarily follows that as he was neither accursed nor did he go to hell for three days, nor for the matter did he die on the cross, the second part of the scheme, namely, that of ascension, also stands nullified. The Gospels contain even more evidence on this, which I proceed to set below. One of these is the following statement of Jesusas:
“But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.”(Matthew 26:32)
This verse clearly shows that Jesusas, after he had come out of the sepulchre, went to Galilee and not to heaven. His words “After I am risen” do not mean coming to life being dead, rather Jesusas used these words in anticipation of what the people were going to say in the future because as it turned out, they thought he had died on the cross. And indeed, if a man is put on the cross with nails driven into his hands and feet, and he faints away for all his suffering, looking more dead than alive – if such a man is saved from his ordeal and recovers his senses, it would hardly be an exaggeration on his part to say that he had come to life again. No doubt, Jesus’as escape from such a predicament was no less than a miracle. There is no doubt that after so much suffering, Jesus’as escape from death was a miracle, but it would be wrong to say that Jesusas had actually died. True, words to this effect are of course found in the Gospels, but this is only the kind of mistake which the evangelists have also made in the recording of several other historical events. In the light of their research, commentators of the Gospels admit that the books of the New Testament can be divided into two parts,
The religious teaching which the disciples received from Jesusas; this constitutes the essence of the teachings of the Gospel.
Historical events, like the genealogy of Jesusas, his arrest and his being beaten; the existence at the time of a miraculous pond, etc., were recorded by the writers on their own authority. They were not revelations but were written down according to the writers’ own perceptions. At places, we find gross exaggerations, for instance, it is stated that if all the miracles and works of Jesusas were put into writing, the world would not be big enough to accommodate them. What hyperbole!
- This is a misprint in the first edition, the word ‘whale’ should be read ‘earth’. [Translator]
- * Besides these, more Jews were exiled to eastern countries as a result of Babylonian excesses. (Author)
- Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas, Jesus in India (Tilford, UK: Islam International Publications Limited, 2003), 17-18.
- Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas, Jesus in India (Tilford, UK: Islam International Publications Limited, 2003), 20-22.