Who Is Allah?

Aug 24, 2007 Full story: The Brussels Journal 203,963

“Allah is a very beautiful word for God. Shouldn't we all say that from now on we will name God Allah? [...] What does God care what we call him?”

From the desk of Soeren Kern on Fri, 2007-08-24 11:56 Europeans love to mock the salience of religion in American society. via The Brussels Journal

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MUQ

Dammam, Saudi Arabia

#160182 Jan 26, 2013
Excerpts from the Gospel of Barnabas, Part-41

Chapter 84 Prayers to God should be pure

.. "Now I tell you that there be in the world greater madmen, said Jesus, "because with the service of God they mingle the service of the world. So much so that many of blameless life have been deceived of Satan, and while praying have mingled with their prayer worldly business, whereupon they have become at that time abominable in the sight of God. Tell me, when you wash yourselves for prayer, do you take care that no unclean thing touch you? Yes, assuredly. But what do you when you are making prayer? You wash your soul from sins through the mercy of God. Would you be willing then, while you are making prayer, to speak of worldly things? Take care not to do so, for every worldly word becomes dung of the devil upon the soul of him that speaks."…

The disciples answered: "It is most true." Then Jesus said: "Truly I say to you, that every one when he prays speaks with God. Is it then right that you should leave speaking with God in order to speak with man? Is it right that your friend should for this cause be offended, because you have more reverence for God than for him
Note: These preachings of Jesus are missing in Gospels- MUQ

Chapter 85, Satan and his ways

"When a man works ill or talks ill, if one go to correct him, and hinder such work, what does such an one?" said Jesus. The disciples answered: "He does well, because he serves God, who always seeks to hinder evil, even as the sun that always seeks to chase away the darkness." Jesus said: "And I tell you on the contrary that when one works well or, speaks well, whosoever seeks to hinder him, under pretext of aught that is not better, he serves the devil, no, he even becomes his companion.

For the devil attends to nought else but to hinder every good thing. "But what shall I say to you now? I will say to you as said Solomon ;the prophet, holy one, and friend of God: "Of a thousand whom you know, one be your friend."
Then said Matthew: "Then shall we not be able to love any one." Jesus answered: "Truly I say to you, that it is not lawful for you to hate anything save only sin: insomuch that you cannot hate even Satan as creature of God, but rather as enemy of God. Know you wherefore?

I will tell you; because he is a creature of God, and all that God has created is good and perfect. Accordingly, whoever hates the creature hates also the creator. But the friend is a singular thing, that is not easily found, but is easily lost. For the friend will not suffer contradiction against him whom he supremely loves. Beware, be you cautious, and choose not for friend one who loves not him whom you love. Know you what friend means? Friend means nothing but physician of the soul;.

And so, just as one rarely finds a good physician who knows the sicknesses and understands to apply the medicines thereto, so also are friends rare who know the faults and understand how to guide to good. But herein is an evil, that there are many who have friends that feign not to see the faults of their friend; others excuse them; others defend them under earthly pretext; and, what is worse, there are friends who invite and aid their friend to err, whose end shall be like to their villainy. Beware that you receive not such men for friends, for that in truth they are enemies and slayers of the soul.

Note: Where else to find such beautiful preaching except in this Gospel- MUQ
(Abridged)

bmz

Since: Mar 08

Singapore

#160186 Jan 26, 2013
Alex123 aka WM wrote:
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The Mussolini and Italians would walk on water if thats the quickest way to retreat from the Brave Allied forces!
But they did not have high resolution night vision, which Jesus had. Please read this story from Mark 6 and look out for Stefano's 'Grande' comment:

"45 Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray.

47 Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land.

48 He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. Shortly before dawn he went out to them, walking on the lake......."

Having studied the three accounts, I conclude that the boat had not gone far out at all.

If it had been stuck up at about 4 miles, Jesus would not have been able to see men straining at oars in the dark, even if it were a full moon night. And how could have those men seen Jesus walking in the dark stormy night?

I think the boat was stuck up all night, a few metres away from the shore and Jesus waded in to help and the fools thought he was walking on water.

The story is absurd!

bmz

Since: Mar 08

Singapore

#160187 Jan 26, 2013
MUQ wrote:
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OH, now it is a "Christian Convert to Islam"? So the "Blame" has to be shared between Islam and Christianity?

Or may be first he was a Jew, then he converted to Christianity and then he converted to Islam?
Who knows when "experts" get on the tail, they can "discover and prove anything"!!

The ONLY thing these "experts" do not agree upon is the Truth!!

Why Barnabas should not write a Gospel, I do not know. he was there with Disciples since the very beginning. he fell out with Paul, so he must have some differences with him.

And these differences were not "why you take red pencil from my cupboard type"....they were deep theological differences.

So it is very "logical" for Barnabas to put his side of the story.

And it had to be different from Paul's views that is also certain.

And the Church is against this Gospel that is also certain.
Well said and a great post.

Enjoyed reading your brilliant and helpful post, MUQ and I agree with that.

Barnabas was the one, who had asked the elders to grant fellow-ship to Paul and that is how both became friends.

The split between Barnabas and Paul is quite clear in Acts 15:36-41 and you will be surprised to know that the same Paul, who opposed Mark's choice, considered him useless, asked Timothy the following, after Barnabas was out:

"Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry."

And see what Paul wrote in Colossians:

"My fellow prisoner Aristarchus sends you his greetings, as does Mark, the cousin of Barnabas.(You have received instructions about him; if he comes to you, welcome him.) "

Barnabas out, Mark in again!

So, Paul used Mark as he had no real knowledge.

As for the Church, Paul's lies had already been accepted and established. There was no way the Church could kick Paul out and bring back Barnabas. So, Barnabas was erased.

I believe that there were serious differences between Paul and Barnabas. Barnabas sat in the company of Jesus, Paul did not.

Salaams
BMZ
MUQ

Jubail, Saudi Arabia

#160192 Jan 26, 2013
bmz wrote:
<quoted text>
Well said and a great post.
Enjoyed reading your brilliant and helpful post, MUQ and I agree with that.
Barnabas was the one, who had asked the elders to grant fellow-ship to Paul and that is how both became friends.
The split between Barnabas and Paul is quite clear in Acts 15:36-41 and you will be surprised to know that the same Paul, who opposed Mark's choice, considered him useless, asked Timothy the following, after Barnabas was out:
"Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry."
And see what Paul wrote in Colossians:
"My fellow prisoner Aristarchus sends you his greetings, as does Mark, the cousin of Barnabas.(You have received instructions about him; if he comes to you, welcome him.) "
Barnabas out, Mark in again!
So, Paul used Mark as he had no real knowledge.
As for the Church, Paul's lies had already been accepted and established. There was no way the Church could kick Paul out and bring back Barnabas. So, Barnabas was erased.
I believe that there were serious differences between Paul and Barnabas. Barnabas sat in the company of Jesus, Paul did not.
Salaams
BMZ
Thank you brother BMZ for your clarifying notes and comments.

Why only Branabas? Paul fell out with Every other Disciple of Jesus! With Peter, with James and with elders at Jerusalem.

Once he got "Nominal acceptance" at Jerusalem (mainly due to efforts of Barnabas), he distanced himself from them and went to work amongst Gentiles and Romans and others who knew very little of the theology.

These people were idol worshippers, so it was very "natural" for them to digest that God has taken a human form and come and visit earth.

No Jew will digest this or accept this or be silent on this. So the "tug of war" between Paul and Disciples of Jesus started at a very early age.

These Gospels were "combat writings" and not "Pure Scripture".

Salaam and Regards.

MUQ

bmz

Since: Mar 08

Singapore

#160195 Jan 26, 2013
MUQ wrote:
<quoted text>
Thank you brother BMZ for your clarifying notes and comments.
Why only Branabas? Paul fell out with Every other Disciple of Jesus! With Peter, with James and with elders at Jerusalem.
Once he got "Nominal acceptance" at Jerusalem (mainly due to efforts of Barnabas), he distanced himself from them and went to work amongst Gentiles and Romans and others who knew very little of the theology.
These people were idol worshippers, so it was very "natural" for them to digest that God has taken a human form and come and visit earth.
No Jew will digest this or accept this or be silent on this. So the "tug of war" between Paul and Disciples of Jesus started at a very early age.
These Gospels were "combat writings" and not "Pure Scripture".
Salaam and Regards.
MUQ
Yes, that is true.

Paul had always wanted to win at any cost.

This from 1 Corinthians 10, sums up very well:

"Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, 33 just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved."

"Please everyone" was Paul's motto.

Salaams
BMZ
John

Australia

#160197 Jan 27, 2013
muslim wrote:
<quoted text>
King James
Numbers 31:17.
Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that has known man by lying with him.
Numbers 31:18.. But all the young girls, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.
Webster's Bible
Numbers 31:18..
But all the female children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.
Young's Literal Translation
and all the infants among the women, who have not known the lying of a male, ye have kept alive for yourselves.
New Living Translation
Numbers 31:40.. and 16,000 virgin girls, of whom 32 were the LORD's share.
3-year old virgin girls! sic trinity!
What are you drivelling about?
The above quotes are not condoned in the bible. They are a description of what happened, not commandments.
The sick behaviour of islam, they are the commandments of the butchering paedophile necrophiliac mo.
Paul WV

Beckley, WV

#160198 Jan 27, 2013
bmz wrote:
<quoted text>
Is that all you could say?
Read my post addressed to Buford again and try to reply point by point, if you can.
"Is that all that you could spell and say?
Read again!
" You need to get Tu Quoque out of your mind, Buford. That will never help you.
Was this fellow Paul like Joshua or Isaiah or Jeremiah or Ezekiel and many others?
The man was neither a prophet nor ever had met Jesus. He did not even sit in the company of Jesus for a second.
So, in terms of Scripture, Paul was a nobody!
Was Luke a disciple of Jesus? Did he sit for ten seconds in the company of Jesus or his disciples?
Obviously, the answer is a NO!
And what is Paul's contribution? A dozen or so letters that he wrote to a few people? What right do you have to call those letters, scripture?
Same goes for the gospels! Was Mark a disciple of Jesus? No! Right? The man just collected tales and wrote his hadith book. He was the Ibne Ishaq of his time. Was that book endorsed by Jesus? Was it left by Jesus?
I have already told you that Injeel means the wisdom and knowledge granted by God to one of the most obedient slaves of God, namely Jesus.
The New Testament cannot be called a scripture. Period. Now, you know why I cannot call the NT a scripture.
Muhammad recited Qur'aan. What did Jesus recite or what did he exacly reveal? Nothing!
Jesus was just a teacher and he came to reform Judaism. That is why some of the Jews considered him a Rabbi.
Question: Did Jesus ever talk to his disciples about Paul? "
Give it your best shot and remember the Bible cannot help you.
Baloney, baloney and more baloney.
John

Australia

#160199 Jan 27, 2013
bmz wrote:
<quoted text>
But they did not have high resolution night vision, which Jesus had. Please read this story from Mark 6 and look out for Stefano's 'Grande' comment:
"45 Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray.
47 Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land.
48 He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. Shortly before dawn he went out to them, walking on the lake......."
Having studied the three accounts, I conclude that the boat had not gone far out at all.
If it had been stuck up at about 4 miles, Jesus would not have been able to see men straining at oars in the dark, even if it were a full moon night. And how could have those men seen Jesus walking in the dark stormy night?
I think the boat was stuck up all night, a few metres away from the shore and Jesus waded in to help and the fools thought he was walking on water.
The story is absurd!
You are desperate.
The most absurd story of them all is the story of the child raping, mass murdering, corpse banging thug mo somehow being god's prophet.
LOL.

bmz

Since: Mar 08

Singapore

#160204 Jan 27, 2013
John wrote:
<quoted text>
You are desperate.
The most absurd story of them all is the story of the child raping, mass murdering, corpse banging thug mo somehow being god's prophet.
LOL.
No.

For absurd stories, you must read the not-so-holy Bible.

About the absurd story of Jesus walking on water, my point could be read again here:

"45 Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray.
47 Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land.
48 He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. Shortly before dawn he went out to them, walking on the lake......."

Having studied the three accounts, I conclude that the boat had not gone far out at all.

If it had been stuck up at about 4 miles, Jesus would not have been able to see men straining at oars in the dark, even if it were a full moon night.

And how could have those men seen Jesus walking in the dark stormy night?

I think the boat was stuck up all night, a few metres away from the shore and Jesus waded in to help and the fools thought he was walking on water."

Nothing can walk on water. Either you swim or float or dive. If Jesus had tried that, he would have drowned.

bmz

Since: Mar 08

Singapore

#160205 Jan 27, 2013
Paul WV wrote:
<quoted text>
Baloney, baloney and more baloney.
Why don't you try to refute what I wrote?

Tell me what exactly were the disciples told to preach, when Jesus sent them out two by two?

bmz

Since: Mar 08

Singapore

#160206 Jan 27, 2013
John wrote:
<quoted text>
What are you drivelling about?
The above quotes are not condoned in the bible. They are a description of what happened, not commandments.
The sick behaviour of islam, they are the commandments of the butchering paedophile necrophiliac mo.
Those filthy orders in the Bible, were given by Yahweh and are the description of what was required by Yahweh. Of course Yahweh did not screw 32 women. They were offered to the priests.
Buford

Hurricane, WV

#160208 Jan 27, 2013
MUQ wrote:
<quoted text>
OH, now it is a "Christian Convert to Islam"? So the "Blame" has to be shared between Islam and Christianity?
Or may be first he was a Jew, then he converted to Christianity and then he converted to Islam?
Who knows when "experts" get on the tail, they can "discover and prove anything"!!
The ONLY thing these "experts" do not agree upon is the Truth!!
Why Barnabas should not write a Gospel, I do not know. he was there with Disciples since the very beginning. he fell out with Paul, so he must have some differences with him.
And these differences were not "why you take red pencil from my cupboard type"....they were deep theological differences.
So it is very "logical" for Barnabas to put his side of the story.
And it had to be different from Paul's views that is also certain.
And the Church is against this Gospel that is also certain.
Suit yourself, unthinking slave.

http://www.answering-islam.org/Gilchrist/Chal...

6.4 The Original Authorship of the Gospel

Muslim: Barnabas was known to have been one of the great disciples of Jesus. How can you even contemplate trying to discredit a Gospel written by him? If he was one of the twelve, why do you Christians conveniently reject everything he wrote?

One of the great questions about this Gospel is indeed its original authorship. Who wrote it? Although it is obvious that the book is a forgery of relatively recent times it is important nonetheless to prove to Muslims that Barnabas could never have been its author. Throughout the book its author is said to have been one of the twelve disciples of Jesus yet it is well known that the real Barnabas only appears on the scene after the death and resurrection of Jesus and, furthermore, that he only received his name as a result of an incident that took place much later. The evidence is found in the following passage:

Thus Joseph who was surnamed by the apostles Barnabas (which means, Son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, sold a field which belonged to him, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet. Acts 4:36-37

It was only when this man Joseph encouraged the early Church by donating the proceeds of the sale of his property to the disciples of Jesus that he was given the surname bar-nabas. Thereafter he is a prominent personality in the record of the initial development of the Church and is mentioned elsewhere in the New Testament (Galatians 2:9). He was most certainly not one of the original twelve, however, whose names are all recorded in two of the Gospels (Matthew 10:2-4, Luke 6:14-16). He is not mentioned at all in the four Gospels and the composer of this forgery has, as it were, left his fingerprints on its text by including what is a glaring anachronism. Jesus is said to have called him by name on numerous occasions of which the following passage is an example:

Jesus answered:‘Be not sore grieved, Barnabas, for those whom God hath chosen before the creation of the world shall not perish’. Gospel of Barnabas, para 19

Such an address before Jesus ascended to heaven was impossible if he only received the title some time after the event.
Buford

Hurricane, WV

#160209 Jan 27, 2013
bmz wrote:
Barnabas sat in the company of Jesus
Braindead Muslim Zealot,

How does it feel to continually make completely unsupported assertions?

I've already remarked that you are such an habitual liar that you don't even know when you are lying.

See: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-the-symptoms...
Buford

Hurricane, WV

#160210 Jan 27, 2013
People suffering from sociopathy, or antisocial personality disorder, may display a wide range of behaviors associated with the disorder, which generally causes them to have an overall disregard for the needs and rights of others. One of the primary symptoms of sociopathy is chronic lying, which is often used to manipulate others. Sociopaths do not feel guilt or remorse for hurting other people, though they are often superficially charming and likable. They typically see themselves as superior to other people, and have a general disregard for societal norms and rules. They also tend to be impulsive, making irresponsible decisions and engaging in behaviors that hurt other people.

Pathological lying is one of the symptoms of sociopathy that most patients display. Sociopaths are highly manipulative and will do anything to get others to do what they want. This often includes lying, either directly or by pretending to think or feel things they really do not. In most cases, they are extremely convincing and able to fool others into believing them.

A lack of feeling of regret or shame is another of the symptoms of sociopathy. People with the condition often use or hurt other people for their own benefit and have no concern for how this makes them feel. They themselves typically only feel very shallow emotions, and are not really capable of loving others; they are also not usually capable of empathy and in fact show scorn for emotion in others. They are often good at pretending to be pleasant and likable, however, and can typically mask their true nature when interacting with people.

Most people with sociopathy are highly egocentric, with an inflated sense of superiority. They consider themselves to be better than everyone else, which typically means they have little regard for the rules and ethics of society. Their behavior often reflects an overall scorn for societal norms, and an overall sense of entitlement due to their idea that they are superior to others.

Another of the symptoms of sociopathy is impulsivity and irresponsibility. Many sociopaths will make decisions quickly, with little or no regard to the consequences, as long as they get what they want at the time. This can lead them to engage in dangerous or damaging behaviors such as doing drugs, being sexually promiscuous, or physically abusing others. In many cases, sociopaths have a history of juvenile delinquency associated with engaging in these types of reckless behaviors.
Alex123 aka WM

London, UK

#160211 Jan 27, 2013
MUQ wrote:
<quoted text>
Thank you brother BMZ for your clarifying notes and comments.
Why only Branabas? Paul fell out with Every other Disciple of Jesus! With Peter, with James and with elders at Jerusalem.
Once he got "Nominal acceptance" at Jerusalem (mainly due to efforts of Barnabas), he distanced himself from them and went to work amongst Gentiles and Romans and others who knew very little of the theology.
These people were idol worshippers, so it was very "natural" for them to digest that God has taken a human form and come and visit earth.
No Jew will digest this or accept this or be silent on this. So the "tug of war" between Paul and Disciples of Jesus started at a very early age.
These Gospels were "combat writings" and not "Pure Scripture".
Salaam and Regards.
MUQ
Salaams brother.
You raise some important and yet obvious points.
1. The "Character" Paul (who was saul paul the magician who appears after BJ disappears?!!! Was it BJ himself?) mentions James and Peter. But what historical evidence is there to confirm if they were alive at that time.

2. James seems to have disagreed actively with this "Paul" and I think he was "bumped" off by the "character" Paul.

Was James' name used to "legitimise" the deviation from Judaism giving a third way to Gentiles (First and the second being Judaism proper, and a diluted "Noahide version")

3. Same with Peter. There is a lot of mystery surrounding him. Now this is the chap who cuts ear of people, lies about Jesus and runs away!

The "hole-yeah" church thinks he was the 1st pope!!
The credentials of first pope: denied by lying about jesus, fled like coward, married, couldn't defend anything, bad swordsman, bad fisherman, uneducated and quite often was naked.

4. The names of Peter, James plus others may have been "used" to promote the NEW Gentile pagan religion by dragging Jewish scriptures in (kicking and screaming) to lend credence to it.

5. Besides many "provable" lies of this "paul", we have a huge clue in a few remaining disciples "cowering in fear" upon hearing the news of "paul"'s arrival in Jerusalem!!!!

WHY???

Has the "holy ghost" deserted them?

Surely, if old "paul" was "filled with this ghost" then the last remaining disciples should also be "filled with this ghost"!!

Why couldn't the "ghost" in each of them recognise the "sincere" intention and "truth" behind "paul"'s claim!!!

Surely the "cowering" good men -the disciples, knew that "paul" was an evil liar and a murderer wo has "finished" off almost all true followers of Jesus the Jewish man who came only for the Jews.

Salaams.

Since: May 12

Location hidden

#160212 Jan 27, 2013
bmz wrote:
<quoted text>
Is that all you could offer in your off-topic rebuttal?
Read again what I wrote:
Ignorant Fool,
Think hard if you really have a brain. Why would the so-called Treasurer of the Jews hide the people's wealth? If he had done that, the Jews would have killed Kinana.
And you think that Kinana was the treasurer of all the Jews?
Can you confirm from Jewish sources if Kinana had been appointed Treasure by the Jews?
The Jews never let anyone take control of their wealth. Each person had his own wealth. And you fools believe that he was their treasurer?
Kinana, the murderer, was killed by Muhammad b. Maslama because Kinana had murdered his brother. And the punishment was justified. Kinana earned it.
Stefano, are you coming from the lineage of Kinana? LMAO! Buford surely is from Kinana's line.
I will be off to bed and will read your incoherence tomorrow. Thanks and good night"
Try your level best to reply point by point. OK?
Brainless fool,

which of the two lines I wrote is unclear to your lazy neuron?

Read again what I wrote to you:

"Do I have to think hard in order to answer to the conjecture you made up?

Don't be more ridiculous than ever."

“Legumes of the World Unite ”

Since: Sep 11

Location hidden

#160213 Jan 27, 2013
bmz wrote:
<quoted text>
Those filthy orders in the Bible, were given by Yahweh and are the description of what was required by Yahweh. Of course Yahweh did not screw 32 women. They were offered to the priests.
Have you gone senile on us?
Buford

Hurricane, WV

#160215 Jan 27, 2013
Medieval Sources of the Gospel of Barnabas

It is not hard to prove to Muslims that this Gospel was first compiled many centuries after the times of both Jesus and Muhammad. Three of examples of medieval influences will be considered here.

1. The Centenary Year of Jubilee

One of the laws Moses gave to the people of Israel was that a jubilee year was to observed twice every century when slaves would be liberated and debts cancelled. God ordained it in these words:

A jubilee year shall that fiftieth year be to you. Leviticus 25:11

About 1300 AD Pope Boniface the Eighth decreed that the jubilee year should be reintroduced but that it should only be held at the turn of each century, that is, once every hundred years. After his death, however, Pope Clemens the Sixth decreed that the jubilee year should revert to every fifty years following the Biblical decree and there was talk thereafter of reducing it further. In the Gospel of Barnabas this saying is attributed to Jesus:

And then through all the world will God be worshipped, and mercy received, insomuch that the year of jubilee, which now cometh every hundred years, shall by the Messiah be reduced to every year in every place. Gospel of Barnabas, para 82

The anachronism is obvious – the author of the Gospel of Barnabas could only have spoken of the jubilee year coming every hundred years if he knew of the decree of Pope Boniface. Whoever wrote this Gospel makes Jesus repeat a proclamation which was only made at least thirteen centuries after his time! This proves that the Gospel is a forgery of not earlier than the 14th century AD.
Buford

Hurricane, WV

#160216 Jan 27, 2013
2. Quotations from Dante’s Inferno

Dante was an Italian who lived at about the same time as Pope Boniface. He wrote a well-known classic titled Divina Comedia – the "Divine Comedy". It was a fantasy about hell, purgatory and heaven according to the beliefs of his time. Many passages in the Gospel of Barnabas show a dependence on his work, one of which is a saying attributed to Jesus of the prophets of old:

Readily and with gladness they went to their death, so as not to offend against the law of God given by Moses his servant, and go and serve false and lying gods. Gospel of Barnabas, para 23

The expression dei falsi e lugiardi (false and lying gods) is found elsewhere in the Gospel of Barnabas. Jesus is recorded as again using this phrase (para 78) while Herod is also said by the author to have "adored the false and lying gods" (para 217). The cliche is found in neither the Bible nor the Qur’an but is a direct quote from Dante!(Inferno 1.72).

In its actual descriptions of heaven and hell the Gospel of Barnabas follows Dante exactly while contradicting the Qur’an. Jesus is said to have declared to Simon Peter:

Know ye therefore that hell is one, yet hath seven centres one below another. Hence, even as sin is of seven kinds, for as seven gates of hell hath Satan generated it: so there are seven punishments therein. Gospel of Barnabas, para 135

Dante gives precisely this description in the fifth and sixth cantos of his Inferno. Speaking of the heavens the Gospel of Barnabas states that they are nine and that Paradise itself is greater than all of them together (para 178). This again parallels Dante who also speaks of nine heavens with an Empyrean, a tenth heaven above them all. These depictions of heaven, however, directly contradict the Qur’an which teaches that after Allah had created the earth, he fashioned paradise as seven heavens (Surah 2:29).
Buford

Hurricane, WV

#160217 Jan 27, 2013
3. The Medieval Environment of the Gospel

Other passages from the Gospel show that the author was more at home in the climate and seasons of southern Europe than in the land of Palestine. He makes Jesus speak of how beautiful the world is in summer-time when the harvest and fruit abound (para 169). This is a fair description of Italy in summer but not of Palestine where the rain falls in winter and the fields are parched in summer.

Likewise the Gospel of Barnabas speaks of storing wine in wooden wine-casks (para 152), a common practice in medieval Europe but not in first-century Palestine where wine was stored in skins (Matthew 9:17). Further proof of the author’s ignorance of the geography of Palestine is found in this statement:

Having arrived at the city of Nazareth the seamen spread through the city all that Jesus had wrought. Gospel of Barnabas, para 20

In this passage Nazareth is represented as a harbour on the Lake of Galilee. After this Jesus is said to have gone "up to Capernaum". Every disciple of Jesus would have known that Capernaum was the city on the shores of the lake while Nazareth is up in the hills. Jesus would have gone up from Capernaum to Nazareth, not the other way around as the Gospel of Barnabas has it.

These evidences all prove that the Gospel of Barnabas is a forgery compiled in southern Europe sometime around the 16th century after Christ. Let us proceed to examine other evidences that discount the authenticity of this book that calls itself a Gospel.

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