Have You Heard of the Red Letter Bible?
By Shaikh Khalid Yasin
(this is a transcript of a talk given by Shaikh Khalid Yasin)
The five Gospels is a 550 page book containing translations of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. 550 pages of 4 people who we don’t know what their last names were. Matthew who ? Mark who ? Luke who ? and John who ?
Secondly, 82% of those 550 pages, yes , eighty-two percent are not the
words of Jesus Christ at all. I don’t say that, it’s the Christian scholars of 364 denominations say that 82% of the five hundred fifty pages of the Gospels are not the words of Jesus Christ at all.
And the way they have determined that to show that to you and I is that in the New Testament they have done something called the ‘red letter’ bible. How many of you have seen the ‘red letter’ Bibles ? Those are the Bibles that whatever Jesus said himself is in red letters. You will find for yourself, that only 20% of what is in the New Testament is written in red. That 20% is what allegedly Jesus Christ said.
Biblical scholars and theologians alike have learned to distinguish the Jesus of history from the Christ of faith.
It has been a painful lesson for both the church and scholarship. The distinction between the two figures is the difference between a historical person who lived in a particular time and place and a figure who has been assigned a mythical role in which he descends from heaven to rescue humankind and of course eventually returns back to heaven.
We want to continue to review the words of Jesus Christ himself. Jesus Christ said :
“and this is the life eternal that they may know You the only true God and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” John 17:3
“that ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God” (Romans 15:6)
and Jesus Christ said to a woman :
“I ascend unto my Father and your Father and to my God and your God” (John 20:17)
So by Jesus Christ’s words, he was a prophet of Nazareth. He’s a prophet of God. He’s a man that eats and drinks. He’s a man sent by God. He is the Son of man. Man meaning human, he’s the son of a woman, Mary, who was pure and untouched, chosen by God to have a son through a phenomenal birth.
Now we want to examine a totally different view of Jesus as taught and represented by St. Paul, the father of the modern Church. In doing so we will talk about the new covenant, the New Testament and what has inevitably become a new religion built around a new Christ and a new Jesus.
Let’s make reference to Paul himself. By his own admission, Paul said :
“that I was on my way traveling on the road to Damascus”
What was he doing ?
He said :
“i was on a mission to capture or to kill or trap Christians”
because Paul or, at that time his name was Saul of Tarsus, was a bounty hunter. What was his hunt ? What was his prey ? It was Christians. Paul used to trap them, bind, hold and arrest them and deliver them to the Romans to be jailed and killed for a price.
Now on one of those excursions, Paul said that he was on the road to Damascus and he was riding on a horse along with some other people and he said he heard a voice but the other people didn’t hear it.
He said he saw a light but the others didn’t see it and he fell off his horse but the others didn’t fall off their horse .
Paul said that in a vision he saw Jesus Christ and Christ revealed to him :
“Paul Paul why do you persecute the Church. Paul I have selected you to be an apostle to the Gentiles”
Now that is the only time that Paul said he saw and talked to Christ but those that were with him, they
didn’t see Christ, didn’t see the light, they didn’t hear the voice and didn’t fall off their horses. But at best Paul saw something. We cannot deny that Paul saw something but isn’t it strange that after that one vision Paul straightaway understood that he was now the 12th apostle of Jesus Christ to replace Judas. A good replacement.
Judas of course had already betrayed. Jesus Christ had already been lifted and now there were only 11 genuine disciples, and Paul said he had been appointed to fill that gap. He now became the 12th apostle by his own appointment.
Isn’t it strange that of the 27 books of the New Testament, 15 of those books are absolutely written by Paul himself. The church fathers are of the opinion that the first five books were also written by Paul or under the influence of Paul. Why is that ?
Because, Paul wrote his books between 50 and 60 years after Jesus Christ left. The other books, the four Gospels and Acts were written between 90 and a 110 years after, therefore whoever wrote Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Acts were influenced by Paul who wrote first. Most Christians don’t know that.
If you get the majority of the books written by Paul, who never saw Jesus physically, and you got another five books of four Gospel writers, who also never saw Jesus, never ate with Jesus, never talked to Jesus, never sat with Jesus and never heard directly from Jesus then you have got at least 20 books written by human beings who had no direct connection with Jesus Christ.
Also all of these books were written without the authorization, without the assistance, without the witnessing, without the documentation, without the collaboration of the other twelve apostles who were living. Where were they living ? In Antioch or Jerusalem or Galilee. One would ask why didn’t they write themselves, and why were they passed up , why were they not collaborated with those that allegedly wrote the 20 books ?
Shaikh Khalid Yasin (born in 1946) (also known as Abu Muhammad and Abu Muhammad Khalid Yasin ) is an American revert from Christianity to Islam who lectures in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.