Temptation of Christ: How God is Tested!

17:37 Posted by Ijaz Ahmad
Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem,
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ ,

PYEM, has issued an article by a supposed "Doctor of Theology", after having myself studied theology under the works of Dr. Dale B. Martin, I am left to conclude that this person (named Jamilah) has indeed received a doctorate, the college of which can be viewed here.

Supposedly, Jesus said in Matthew 4:7 (NIV), "Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’"

For some reason, unbeknownst to myself, this "Jamilah", seems to interpret that when Jesus says you should not put the Lord to test, it somehow refers to him. However this has to be the single most inane statement a human being can ever make. I shall refute her using three arguments:
  • A scholar's exegesis.
  • An analogy.
  • Jesus' power not his own.
To begin with, Adam Clarke (available here) in his scholarly exgesis, states the following concerning Matthew 7:4 :

To expose myself to any danger naturally destructive, with the vain presumption that God will protect and defend me from the ruinous consequences of my imprudent conduct, is to tempt God.
What he's saying is that Jesus is under God's protection (Matthew 4:6):
‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’
Therefore to tempt Jesus, in anyway will invoke the protection of God upon Jesus through the angels. By testing the protection of Jesus, you're testing or tempting God's power. So both the Bible and a scholar of Christian Bible interpretation, both prove that Jesus is not referring to himself as God in those verses. Rather if he had said:

"Do not put me, your Lord and God to test!"
Then we can say it refers to Jesus, but this was not said, therefore Jamilah (a coptic Christian) seems to have decided to leave Christian scholarship and the Bible behind to make up her own beliefs, which is wrong (see this post)!

We now turn to an analogy. What if the disciples were being tempted and they said that to tempt them is to tempt God, does that make them God? Of course not (however Jamilah and PYEM may believe in this). In Mark 16:20 it says:

Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.
Again, we see, similar to Jesus, the disciples were giving God's gifts of miracles and protection, i.e. through God they preached. Jesus too did the same. Does that make them God as well? 

Lastly, how do we know that as in Mark 16:20, that God worked with Jesus and that Jesus himself was not the source (power) of these miracles? The Bible of course! Acts 2:22 says:

“Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know."
The question begs itself then, since we have proven through the Bible and through Christian scholarship that Matthew 4:7 does not make Jesus a God, from what crazy and irrational source did PYEM make up this belief?

The fun does not end there! PYEM, goes on to state that this verse from the Qur'aan says we should do Satan's bidding (53:19-20) :

Have ye thought upon Al-Lat and Al-'Uzza And Manat, the third, the other?
I have an honest question for Jamilah, where in this verse does it say to follow any of these 3 false Gods? She pulls one verse out and leaves the rest of it! This is called pseudo intellectualism, she is hiding something. This is called Christian deceit, what is she hiding? Just three verses later, Allah (swt) explains why He is mentioning these pagan idols:

These are nothing but names which ye have devised― ye and your fathers― for which Allah has sent down no authority (whatever). They follow nothing but conjecture and what their own souls desire!― even though there has already come to them Guidance from their Lord!
God is condemning those who follow them, that is why God is asking us to think about idols! Think about how stupid they are, for they are man made and not of any benefit. I am asking PYEM why they decontextualized these verses and purposely left them out. Deceit seems to be what they want to use! It is very desperate of them and we give them our pity. 

She then goes on to quote some of Tabari's and Ibn Ishaq's works. This is really a joke! What is the source of Tabari's or Ibn Ishaq's works? What do Muslim and non-Muslim scholars say about the authenticity and historical accuracy of these narrations?

Traditionalists, in books on Rijal, have explicitly stated that Ibn Ishaq used to borrow from the Jews stories concerning the battle of the Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). As Ibn Ishaq does not mention the name of any narrator whatsoever in this case, there is every likelihood of the story of having been passed on by the Jews.(Allama Shibli Nu'Mani, Sirat-Un-Nabi, volume II, p 173-174)

As for Ibn Ishaq's actual book, in the introduction it states:
Ishaq's work is not a biography in the modern sense, but more a compilation of anecdotes and traditions collected by him and arranged in chronological periods.
Therefore, while they can make claims and quote mere irrational and unproven traditions (without sources), I have quite clearly demonstrated that they have lied, deceived and no more than pulled the wool over their own eyes by essentially making up their beliefs and falsifying Islamic beliefs. We do pray for them and we do hope that one day they can post a single honest article where they do not need to misinform fellow Christians and pervert their own beliefs.
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1 Response to "Temptation of Christ: How God is Tested!"

  1. Anonymous Said,

    lol......useless discourse, a wate of time for both camps.....lol.....learn to be humble...:)

    Posted on 6 March 2011 at 07:02


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