Peter's Denial: A Case Study

Jun 18th, 2015
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While getting ready to teach a Sunday School class on the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, my mother asked me what Islam teaches about these issues. Honestly, I responded that the Qur'an simply states categorically that Jesus didn't die, the Jews only thought they killed him. While that leaves room for countless theories, from the switching of bodies with a look-alike, to the swoon theory, the basic teaching is that Jesus did not die and come back to life, but rather ascended to heaven without dying.

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Peter's Denial: A Case Studyby Elisabeth StroutWhile getting ready to teach a Sunday School class on the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, my mother asked me what Islam teaches about these issues. Honestly, I responded that the Qur'an simply states categorically that Jesus didn't die, the Jews only thought they killed him. While that leaves room for countless theories, from the switching of bodies with a look-alike, tothe swoon theory, the basic teaching is that Jesus did not die and come back to life, but rather ascended to heaven without dying. I concluded with the assertion that Christians themselves cannot trust their own Bible's teaching, as it's riddled with contradictions. My parents confidently disavowed any possibility of discrepancy between the Bible's four accounts of the event, andas a result, I've spent the last few days studying the four Biblical crucifixion and resurrection narratives closely, to analyze the contradictions between them.There are quite a few, and while some may be written off with the "inclusive" explanation (i.e. Matthew and Mark recount Jesus' last words as being "my God, my God why have you forsaken me", Luke claims they were "into

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