At the age of 9, Deedat left India to join his father in what is now known as Kwazulu-Natal. His mother died only a few months after his departure. Arriving in South Africa, Deedat applied himself with diligence to his studies, overcoming the language barrier and excelling in school, even getting promoted until he completed standard 6. However, due to financial circumstances, he had to quit school and start working by the time he was at the age of
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Chairman, ladies and gentlemen. But it was made to appear to them so. And those who dispute therein, are full of doubts. They have no certain knowledge; they only follow conjecture, guesswork. For of a surety, they killed Him not. Could anyone have been more explicit, more dogmatic, more uncompromising, in stating a belief than this? The only one who was entitled to say such words is the all-knowing, omniscient Lord of the universe.
The Muslim believes this authoritative statement as the veritable Word of God. And as such, he asks no questions, and he demands no proof. He says, "There are the words of my Lord; I believe, and I affirm. The Muslim responds that these are the words of God Almighty.
And therefore, as such, God knew what had happened. We would all have been Muslims! We have eyewitness and earwitness accounts of these happenings which are stated for us in the Holy Bible, more especially in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Now, the implication of this crucifixion is this: it is alleged that Jesus Christ was murdered by the Jews by means of crucifixion 2, years ago, And as such, the Jews are guilty of the murder of Jesus Christ. We have our points of difference with the Jews - that is a different question altogether.
This afternoon, I will try my very best to do justice to my cousins, the Jews. Now, in this argument, this debate, this dialogue, I am actually the defense counsel for the Jews, and Josh McDowell is the prosecuting counsel.
And you, ladies and gentlemen, are the ladies and gentlemen of the jury. I want you to sit back, relax and at the end of this, give judgment to yourself, to your own conscience whether the Jews are guilty or not of the charge as alleged by the Christians. Now, to get to the point, as the defense counsel for the Jews, I could have had this case against the Jews dismissed in just two minutes - in any court of law, in any civilized country in the world, simply by demanding from the prosecuting counsel the testimonies of these witnesses, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, And when they are presented, in the form of sworn affidavits, as we have them in the gospels, I could say that, in their original, they are not attested.
Matthew, the Gospel according to St. Mark, the Gospel according to St. Luke, the Gospel according to St. Do you know what it means? It is only assumed that these are their work. And as such, in any court of law, in any civilized country, they would be thrown out of court in just two minutes.
I said twice because one of the testators in the Gospel of St. Mark, chapter 14, verse 50, tells us that at the most critical juncture in the life of Jesus, all His disciples forsook Him, and fled. If they were not there, the testimony of those who were not there to witness what happened will be thrown out of court. I said, twice in two minutes, in just seconds flat, the case would be over. In any court of law. But where is the fun of it? You have come a long way from far and wide, after all the threatening rains.
And now, if we say the case is closed and go home, where is the fun of it? To entertain you, I will accept those documents as valid, for the sake of this dialogue, and we are now going to put these witnesses into the box for cross- examination. And I want you to see where the truth lies.
And St. Luke has been described by Christian authorities as one of the greatest historians. As a historical book, the Gospel of St. Luke is unique. Now, we get St. He tells us that it was Sunday evening, the first day of the week, when Jesus Christ walked into that upper room, the one in which He had the Last Supper with His disciples.
This is three days after His alleged crucifixion. He goes in, and He wishes His disciples, "Peace be unto you. Is that true? I would like to ask Him, why were the disciples terrified? Because when one meets his long-lost master, his grandfather, his guru, his Rabbi - we Eastern people embrace one another; we kiss one another. Why should His disciples be terrified?
So Luke tells us they were frightened, because they thought He was a spirit. And you can verify in your own Bible at home. They were frightened, they were terrified because they thought He was a spirit. And he says no. And they all say no. And everyone is puzzled - unless Josh can explain. Every Christian is puzzled. I will tell you. The reason is because the disciples of Jesus had heard from hearsay that the Master was hanged on the cross.
They had heard, from hearsay, that He had given up the ghost. In other words. His spirit had come out: He had died. They had heard from hearsay that He was dead and buried for three days. All their knowledge was from hearsay, because as I said at the beginning Mark, chapter 14, verse 50 , your other witness says that at the most critical juncture in the life of Jesus all His disciples forsook Him and fled.
They were not there. So, all the knowledge being from hearsay, you come across a person who you heard was dead for three days. When you see such a person. They are thinking that He has come back from the dead.
Why are you afraid? He says, "Handle Me and see. Handle Me and see. For a spirit has no flesh and bones, as you see me have. I am asking the English man - the one who speaks English as his mother tongue - since I have flesh and bones. I say. That is, he is not a spirit, he is not a ghost, he is not a spook. And everybody responds "yes. You are thinking that I was dead, and I have come back from the dead and am resurrected. It is not a translated body; it is not a resurrected body.
Because a resurrected body gets spiritualized. Who says so? My authority is Jesus. You say, "Where? What does he say? You see, the Jews were always coming to Him with riddles; they were always asking Him, "Master, shall we pay tribute to Caesar or not?
Master, this woman, we found her in the act. What shall we do to her? Now, they come to Him and they ask Him, it says. And when he fails the third brother does likewise, and the fourth and the fifth and the sixth, and the seventh. Seven brothers had this woman as a wife.
Now, they want to know from Him that at the resurrection, in the hereafter, which one is going to have her, because they all had her here. In other words, there will be a war in heaven, because we believe that we will all be resurrected simultaneously. All together.
And these seven brothers wake up at the same time. My wife! So they want to know from Him which one is going to have her on the other side.
Check it out. In answer to that. Jesus said about these resurrected men and women, "Neither shall they die anymore. It needs food, shelter, clothing, sex, rest.
Without these things mankind perishes.
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