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October 2009 eGazette – Jesus Christ and Atonement

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Friday Sermon
By Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, delivered on 3rd July, 2009.
Hadrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih V

In this the true and the rational Quranic teachings about Jesus Christ are explained for the benefit of the non-Ahmadi Muslims from the following verses of the Holy Quran:

When Allah said, ‘O Jesus, I will cause thee to die a natural death and will exalt thee to Myself, and will clear thee from the charges of those who disbelieve, and will place those who follow thee above those who disbelieve, until the Day of Resurrection; then to Me shall be your return, and I will judge between you concerning that wherein you differ.’ (Al Quran 3:56)

and

And their saying, ‘We did kill the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah;’ whereas they slew him not, nor crucified him, but he was made to appear to them like one crucified; and those who differ therein are certainly in a state of doubt about it; they have no definite knowledge thereof, but only follow a conjecture; and they did not convert this conjecture into a certainty; On the contrary, Allah exalted him to Himself. And Allah is Mighty, Wise. (Al Quran 4:158-159)

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Jesus in India
by Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (peace be upon him)


Jesus in India

Jesus in India is an English version of Masih Hindustan mein, an Urdu treatise written by the Holy Founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835 – 1908).   The Urdu treatise was published in 1899.
The main thesis expounded in the treatise is Jesus’ escape from an ignominious death on the Cross and his subsequent journey to India in quest of the lost tribes of Israel whom he had to gather into his fold as mentioned in the New Testament.
Abundant evidence has been furnished from Christian as well as Muslim Scriptures, old medical books and books of history, including ancient Buddhist records, to illustrate the theme.
Starting upon his journey from Jerusalem and passing from thence through Nasibus and Iran, Jesus is shown to have reached Afghanistan, where he met the Jews who had settled there after their deliverance from the bondage of Nebuchadnezzar.

From Afghanistan Jesus went to Kashmir, where some Israelite tribes had also settled. He made this place his home and here he died. His tomb has been traced and found in Khanyar Street, Srinagar.  You can read the whole text online at alislam.org.

BBC Documentary on Jesus in Kashmir



This thirty minute documentary by BBC, examines what happened to Jesus Christ after he was put on the cross, based on Bible, historical and medical evidence: Part IPart IIPart III

The evidence presented indeed establishes the Quranic claim, “Allah made the son of Mary and his mother a Sign, and gave them refuge on an elevated land of green valleys and springs of running water.” (Al Quran 23:51)

What happened to Jesus?

Another documentary on the truth behind the crucifixion of Jesus Christ 2,000 years ago on
YouTube.

The “Fall of Man” and Anthropology
by Andrew Dickson White (1832-1918)


Andrew Dickson White

The Church has somehow survived the fierce blows from the development of science especially the theory of evolution. The fundamental doctrine of ‘Original Sin’ lost all its philosophical footing with the scientific revolution as evidence piled in the fields of geology, archaeology and biology. The Church, however, has been able to successfully ignore the evidence or push it under the rug and away from the consciousness of the masses. The dogmas of Christianity seem to have survived the blows of Darwinian evolution. But they cannot survive the evolution of printing press into internet and websites, as that allows for the skeletons and demons to revisit centuries later and often!

Here, we reproduce a chapter of a book by Andrew Dickson White, detailing the geological and biological evidence against the doctrine of the fall of man or Original Sin. He was the founding President of Cornell University and published his book A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom, in 1896. You can read this chapter online at alislam.org.

History of Corruptions of Christianity
by Joseph Priestly (1733-1804)


Andrew Dickson White

According to Encyclopedia Britannica, Priestley discovered 10 new gases including oxygen and a gas later identified as carbon monoxide. Just like his contributions to science his writings on religion are masterly and earned him the friendship and tutorship of President Thomas Jefferson. Priestley argued, for example, that the real “mystery” of the Trinity was that so many Christians believed it. For Jesus did not teach it, the Bible did not proclaim it, and Reason could not honor it. Jesus lived as a human being, claimed to be nothing more than the “son of man,” whose mission was to show all humankind how they should live and what God expected of them. The Old Testament honored monotheism, as did the New Testament, rightly read. Whole of his book can be read at www.archive.org.

How to be Free from Sin
by The Promised Messiah (peace be upon him)

Even if a thousand Messiahs were to be crucified, they would never bring about true salvation, for sin can only be got rid of through perfect fear or perfect love. Merely thinking about water cannot quench one’s thirst; one must somehow reach water and put his mouth to it before it can satiate him. The book can be read online at alislam.org.

Humanity First
Walk for Humanity

Humanity First USA – 2009 Walkathon Dates
Chicago Walk on October 3rd, 2009. San Francisco Bay Area Walk on October 17th, 2009. For more details and sponsoring a walker visit https://walk.humanityfirst.org


October 2009


Persecution News
Highlights from the monthly newsreport of August 2009

Narrow escape from a murderous attempt in Kunri, Sindh.

Sectarianism blooms in Township, Lahore

The postal department and an Urdu columnist

Assault on two Ahmadis for their faith in Nankana

Mullas on probing mission in Rawalpindi

A spiteful pamphlet in Lahore

Hostile propaganda in Lahore

Amnesty International’s latest statement on the blasphmey laws

Update on the Ahmad Nagar Ahmadiyya Mosque

Ahmadi Muslims behind bars for their faith

And press clippings.

For this and latest updates of the persecution of the peaceful Ahmadiyya Muslim Community please visit www.ThePersecution.org or at the The Persecution Blog



The Absoluteness of the Certainty of God’s Existence
(by Andrew Conway Ivy 1893-1978)

Albert Einstein said, “The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge.”

In this article Andrew Conway Ivy stresses the importance of reason over blind faith. He writes, “One should never retreat from reason. One should use reason, and use it accurately and aggressively. A faith which is not preceded by reason is a weak faith and is vulnerable to devastating attack and to subversion. Religious faith not based on reason breeds bad character and bad conduct.”

Church

When faced with a difficult argument many a Christians choose to bury their proverbial head in the sand of so called faith. Another area where all Christians except for the Unitarians short circuit reason is when they choose to continue to believe in three gods in one form or the other despite the fact that the whole universe speaks of One Creator.

Ivy makes a clear case for reason over blind faith. He then contrasts Theistic outlook with atheistic or materialist paradigm and demonstrates the superiority of the Theistic perspective. Growing up in the twentieth century USA Ivy did not have any exposure to Islam. Given his experiences he equates Theistic perspective with Christianity. However, once the limitations of Christianity have been demonstrated as in this publication, then only logical and pragmatic survivor of Theistic outlook is Islam! That is our invitation to all the Christian and agnostic readers of this eGazette. Ivy also examines as to what happens to human rights in an atheistic paradigm.

Andrew Conway Ivy (1893-1978) was appointed by the American Medical Association as its representative at the 1946 Nuremberg Medical Trial for Nazi doctors. He became vice president of the University of Illinois, responsible for the medicine, dentistry and pharmacy schools. From 1939 to 1941 he was president of the American Physiological Society. By 1945 he was probably ‘the most famous doctor in the country.’ This article is reproduced from a book the Evidence of God in an Expanding Universe edited by John Clover Monsma, published in 1958. This book is a collection of short articles by different scientists about their views about God. The article can be read online by clicking here.


Original Sin
(by Zia H Shah MD)

The dogmas of Trinity and Original sin are not only bad religion but also bad history.  The word Trinity is not even mentioned in the New Testament.  It is stated in 1890 edition of Encyclopedia Britannica, "The Trinitarians and the Unitarians continued to confront each other, the latter at the beginning of the third century still forming the large majority."  In The Encyclopedia Americana we read, “Unitarianism as a theological movement began much earlier in history; indeed it antedated Trinitarianism by many decades.  Christianity derived from Judaism and Judaism was strictly Unitarian [believing that God is one person]. The Road which led from Jerusalem to the Council of Nicea was scarcely a straight one.  Fourth century Trinitarianism did not reflect accurately early Christian teaching regarding the nature of God; it was, on the contrary, a deviation from this teaching.”

Whereas Pope John Paul II had the wisdom to accept the theory of evolution, the Christians as a whole have not had the wisdom and courage to give up the false doctrine of ‘Original Sin;’ that among many other prerequisites also requires human history of less than 6000 years. This article reviews the biological data that has shattered the dogma of Original Sin, and can be read online at MuslimSunrise.com

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