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Bahá'í vs Islam vs Christian (35:13)

Some Christians might object to Bahá'í beliefs about the resurrection since Bahá'ís also accept the Qur'an as the word of God, and the Qur'an appears to say that the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus (the central episode in Christianity to most Christians) did not happen. In the Qur'an it states: ".. they [the Jews] said (in boast), 'We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Apostle of God';- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them.. for of a surety they killed him not.. Nay, God raised him up unto Himself.." (qur 4:157-158) [-ed] (35:14) see

If the Bahá'ís are correct and the Qur'an is correct, what could have been the intended meaning in the Qur'an? Some Muslims believe that the Qur'an is simply referring to the Jews who believed they had 'killed' Jesus, whereas they really had not - He having instead been physically "raised" back to God. Other Muslims believe that Jesus did not really die while on the cross, and was later resuscitated - or as is most commonly believed, that another person (often assumed to have been Judas) was crucified in Jesus' place. [-ed] (35:15)

If the scriptures of both Christianity and Islam are literally true, why are these interpretations so conflicting? It is simply because they are based upon an incorrect assumption. Both Christian and Muslim interpreters believe that the next world (heaven) is a physical place. (please see Explanation in Note Ri). [-ed] (35:16) Ri

Although both texts are "literally true", this incorrect "physical" perspective (or bias) has required the ascension of Christ to be of viewed in terms of His physical body, and for Christians the "appearances" of Jesus after the resurrection as well (the Qur'an does not address the Biblical accounts of post-crucifixion appearances). [-ed] (35:17)

When the Next World is regarded as a place for spirits, however, the conflict disappears - the resurrection is seen exactly as reported in the Qur'an: "they killed him not (not His true Self, the Word of God), but so it was made to appear to them (since His physical body was killed)". [-ed] (35:18)

If the intent of the Qur'an statement was to clear-up the physical misconceptions made by both Christians and Muslims, however, it essentially fell on (spiritually) deaf ears, since like the Christians, Muslims persist in seeing the resurrection in strictly physical terms - most Muslims denying the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus altogether (see en. wikipedia.org/ wiki/ Islamic view of Jesus' death). [-ed] (35:19)

When viewed Spiritually, however, the Muslim and Christian texts can be seen in complete harmony. Both Muslim and Christian texts (as well as Bahá'í) make it clear that the reality of Christ (the true essence, the 'Word' for all eternity) was not killed and state plainly that God raised Jesus up. There was no separation between the crucifixion and the resurrection - His Spirit went immediately to God at the time of His body's death. [-ed] (35:20)

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