One of these first Unitarian Christians was a man
by the name of Irenaeus (130-200 AD). Mr. Muhammad
Ata' Ur Rahim tells us in his book " Jesus, Prophet of Islam"
that he was one of the first Christians to be killed because of
their adherence to the unity of God. He is quoted as saying the
following regarding the unending attempts to tamper with the Bible:
" 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 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
" 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
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"
" The Jesus Report," Johannes Lehman, p.
Schonfield wrote: " The Pauline heresy became the foundation of the Christian orthodoxy and the legitimate Church was disowned as heretical."
" The Jesus Report," Johannes Lehman, p.
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" himself.
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 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."
Dr. Arnold Meyer says: " 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 (From: Jesus a Prophet of Islam)
As we have just seen, all of this started with one
lone man, with Paul. It stands to reason that one would wish to
study the life, beliefs, and teachings of this man in order to
verify if the claims he made were indeed true. Paul claims that
he was a prophet of God and/or Jesus. We find this for example
" For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught [it], but by the revelation of Jesus Christ 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"
Thus, if Paul tells us in the books of the Bible
that he is a prophet, then he can be only one of two kinds of
prophet; either a true prophet or a false prophet. Thus, we must
take Paul to trial and have the court decide for us what sort
of prophet he is.
Due to the magnitude of that which is at stake in
this trial, it would be highly unjust to allow personal prejudices
to cloud the outcome of the proceedings. For this reason, justice
demands that the judge be one who's integrity and truthfulness
can be readily and unhesitantly accepted by all. For this reason,
our judge and jury in this matter shall consist of only two individuals:
God Almighty and Jesus Christ. Further, only one single exhibit
shall be brought into evidence, namely, the Bible. Let us then
clear our minds and hearts of all prejudices and let only God
and Jesus tell us what to accept and what to reject. Are we agreed?
Then let us begin.
Let us start the proceedings with the words of God.
" When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that [is] the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, [but] the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him."
Now let us move on and obtain the witness of Jesus
" For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect."
Jesus (pbuh) continues
" Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither [can] a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
Now that the base criteria have been laid out by
God and then His elect messenger Jesus Christ (pbuh), let us now
bring into evidence the words of Paul in the Bible and allow them
to speak for themselves. In order to do this we shall break up
the criteria set forth by God and Jesus above into seven points.
Regarding the first criteria, we bring into evidence
the words of Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 regarding his prophesy
of the second coming of Jesus. Paul
" For the Lord (Jesus) himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words."
1 Thessalonians 4:15-16
Paul in this prophesy was in effect telling his followers
that Jesus would be descending from heaven any second now. Paul
and his followers would then be taken up into the air and meet
Jesus in the clouds. He was telling them that this shall happen
while they are still alive and breathing. Did this come to pass?
No! It was a false prophesy. Two thousand years
have passed since and not only has he and those he was speaking
to turned to dust, but countless generations of their followers
too have passed away and we still await his prophesy to come true.
Let us now study the second criteria. Now, we have
to realize that it is Paul himself and his church after him who
are telling us of his claimed miracles, however, we shall accept
them at face value and take their word for it. In Acts 27, Paul
is claimed to have been saved by an angel from a drowning ship.
In Acts 28, Paul is claimed to have cured many of dysentery. Further
acts of healing are claimed in Acts 19. Because of these claimed
miracles, many people were claimed to have believed in him. As
we have seen in the previous pages, it only took roughly three
centuries for Paul's teachings to take firm hold of the very elect
and divert them from the original message of Jesus, from his original
teachings, from the observance of the Mosaic law, and from the
continuation of the observance of this law in the synagogues and
Temple of the Jews just as the very first apostles had done (Acts
The third criteria draws our attention to Paul's
" To declare, [I say], at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Where [is] boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law."
So Paul succeeded in overthrowing the Mosaic law.
He completely nullified the law which God, Moses,
and Jesus all upheld and commanded their followers to observe
till the end of time (see Duet. 6:17-18, Duet. 11:1, Matt. 15:1-15,
Matt. 5:17-20, Matt. 19:16-21, etc.)
Indeed, Isaiah 42:21 presents a prophesy that requires
the coming prophet to magnify the law of Moses, not
In other words, God says:
" Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish [ought] from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you."
And Jesus says:
" For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be Fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven."
But now Paul comes along and says:
" Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law"
and " Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law."
Let us move on to the fourth criteria. Paul says:
" For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord (Jesus) shall be saved."
The fifth criteria requires that he prophesy in Jesus' name. And once again, Paul says:
" For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught [it], but by the revelation of Jesus Christ."
So according to Paul, everything he taught was by
direct revelation from Jesus.
The sixth criteria requires that Paul cast out devils
and do wonderful works. This he claims to have done in Acts 19:11-12.
The seventh criteria draws our attention to Paul's
" I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee"
A fact which Paul very proudly repeats on more than
one occasion. To which Jesus (pbuh) responds:
" Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves."
So Jesus (pbuh) labeled the Pharisees " children
Further, as we already know, Jesus did indeed " never
know" Paul. In fact, Paul new so little of Jesus that he
only quoted Jesus directly once throughout his whole ministry
(1 Corinthians 11:26). Only a few of Jesus' actual teachings are
ever mentioned in Paul's Epistles, and even then they are not
attributed to Jesus. They were most likely popular homilies which
had been circulated in the community and thus indirectly found
their way into his Epistles.
Indeed, Daniel 7:25 describes the very greatest of all false Christs as follows:
" And he shall speak [great] words against
the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High,
and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into
his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time."
Now, although Paul is not this final
False Messiah, and although no Muslim shall ever attempt to make
such a claim, still, it is interesting to note the great degree
of similarity he exhibits with that most evil of all false prophets.
For example, THE False Messiah shall change times and laws,
and so too did Paul nullify the Law. THE False Messiah
shall speak great words against God, and so too does Paul. For
example, the Bible says:
" The law of the LORD [is] Perfect, converting the soul: The statutes of the LORD [are] right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD [is] pure, enlightening the eyes."
And " Therefore thou shalt love the LORD thy God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, always."
And " For verily I (Jesus) say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven."
However, Paul says in Romans 7:6 that the law is
dead He further says in Galatians 3:13 that the law is a curse.
In Galatians 3:10 he claims that those who labor under the law
of God are under a curse. And he claims in Hebrews 8:13 that Gods
covenant is old, decaying, and ready to vanish
As we can see from the above, both God and Jesus
condemn Paul and his teachings in no uncertain terms. They themselves
bear witness against him and his innovations which they totally
reject and which shall be brought to witness against him on the
Day of Judgment. Who better and more unbiased a judge shall we
bring to witness against Paul and his innovations that Jesus Christ
and God Himself?
Many Christian evangelists who follow the theology
of Paul would dearly love to provide salvation for their 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 titled " God our Heavenly
Father," with the goal of demonstrating the love of God to
us. His efforts were sincerely appreciated and his message was
accepted in the spirit it was sent. However, far from proving
his point, this pamphlet only served to thoroughly confuse the
The pamphlet contained a short fictitious story about
an Arab man named " Akbar" 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.
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
infant 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
I would like nothing more than to present much more
supporting evidence of these matters, however, by God's will this
sampling shall be sufficient. For a much more detailed historical
account of the above issues, collected from the writings of the
church itself, I recommend the books:
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 conservative 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 Pauline 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 original Gospel down upon Jesus (pbuh). It contains the original, unchanged teachings of God. I 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 merit.