Biblical Illness: “God exalted him to the highest place and gave him a name that is above every name.” (Philippians 2:9) Vs “(Now that he (Jesus) ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?” (Ephesians 4:9)
“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.” (1 Peter 3:18 – 20)
Note; (1 Peter 3:18 – 20) is reiterated in the (Apostles’ Creed) as “[Jesus] who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, buried and descended into hell.”
Excuse; 1st) Jesus went to Hell to try to save some of the doomed. 2nd) the doomed were angels in Heaven that Jesus tried to save.
Rebuttal: 1st) This confirms Jesus is not the highest because his abode was the lowest in the Bible. God in the Quran is always the Highest, Most Supreme. 2nd) To claim Jesus was trying to save angels to avoid the embarrassing Biblical claim that Jesus descended to Hell rather than Heaven, is an affront to the obvious Bible passages and creed that says otherwise. Selective reading will not grant escape from Jesus descending to Hell in the Bible.
First, the reason why the unsaved souls in (1 Peter 3:18 – 20) were not angels is because they were from “days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared”. We know that angels were created before men (Job 38:4-7).
Second, we know Jesus was not rescuing unsaved angels in Heaven because according to the Bible; Heaven is a place for the righteous while the abode for unsaved angels is “Hell” (Matthew 25:41).
In (2 Peter 2:4), the imprisoned angels are in “Tartarus”, a Greek word used to describe a place ‘Lower than Hell’. Therefore, in an effort to defend Jesus from being in Hell, they have exposed Jesus to be in “Tartarus”, a place lower than Hell.
Note; Some Christians try to insinuate that the Holy Quran suggests that Jesus will go to Hell because those who worship idols and their idols will go to Hell (Quran 21:98). The Jesus in the Gospel is similar yet different from the Jesus in the Quran in that there is no ambiguity concerning the entity of Jesus. Jesus will not go to Hell, because Muslims do not worship Jesus and Jesus never asked to be worshipped. The idols referenced in the Holy Quran may be the crosses and statues sprawled across most Churches.
Quran Cure: Without dispute, the Holy Quran confirms God is the Highest: “His Throne doth extend over the heavens and the earth, and He feeleth no fatigue in guarding and preserving them for He is the Most High, the Supreme (in glory).” (Quran 2:255)
Biblical Illness: “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.” (Revelation 22:12) Vs “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:22-23)
Excuse; None available.
Quran Cure: While Jesus in the Bible does not give -any- credit to those who do some good, the Holy Quran shows how God gives us accountability and appreciation:
“That is (the Bounty) whereof Allah gives Glad Tidings to His Servants who believe and do righteous deeds. Say: “No reward do I ask of you for this except the love of those near of kin.” And if any one earns any good, We shall give him an increase of good in respect thereof: for Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Ready to appreciate (service).” (Quran 42:23)
“For He will pay them their wages, nay, He will give them (even) more out of His Bounty: for He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Ready to appreciate (service).” (Quran 35:30)
“If you set apart for Allah a goodly portion, He will double it to your (credit), and He will grant you Forgiveness: for Allah is most Ready to appreciate (service), Most Forbearing” (Quran 64:17)
Biblical Illness: “May our Lord Jesus Christ himself – encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17) Vs “And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.” (Matthew 27:32)
Note; According to most Bible commentaries, including the Matthew Henry Complete Commentary, the Romans gave the cross to Simon because: 1) it was too heavy for Jesus. 2) The added weight of the cross caused Jesus to swoon and the Romans feared that Jesus might faint or die before reaching the cross.
Excuse; In an attempt to avoid the contradiction in (John 19:17) which does not mention Simon helping Jesus with the cross, apologists concede that both Simon and Jesus carried the cross because it was too heavy and Jesus was –too weak- to carry the cross.
Rebuttal: It is agreed that Jesus was –too weak- to carry the cross himself for men have weaknesses whereas God does not.
Quran Cure: The Holy Quran shows God has no weakness as in the Bible:
“No just estimate have they made of Allah: for Allah is He Who is strong and able to Carry out His Will.” (Quran 22:74)
“Allah is gracious unto His servants. He provideth for whom He will. And He is the Strong, the Mighty.” (Quran 42:19)