Muslim produces BBC series questioning the divinity of Jesus
The alternative explanations for these miracles that Omaar suggests include mass hysteria or delusion, and he questions whether the crucified body of Christ could have been ‘thrown to dogs in a rubbish dump’. The BBC is promoting this as ‘Rageh’s journey’, but it is manifestly more an Islamic slant on the man Christians believe to be the Son of God. The Qur'an corroborates Isa the miracle-worker, but for the Jesus of the Bible they were proof of who he was.
The Old Testament reveals a high ethical conception of God who works miracles for high ethical purposes, and unfolds a dispensation of prophecy leading up to Christ. In fulfilment of this prophecy Christ works miracles. His answer to the messengers of John the Baptist was that they should go and tell John what they had seen (Luke 7:22; cf. Isaiah 35:5). Jesus openly professed to work miracles. He appeals repeatedly to his ‘work’ as most authentic and decisive proof of his divine sonship (John 5:18-36; 10:24-37) and of his mission (John 14:12), and for this reason condemns the obstinacy of the Jews as inexcusable (John 15:22, 24). He worked miracles to establish the Kingdom of God (Matthew 12; Luke 11), gave to the Apostles (Matthew 10:8) and disciples (Luke 10:9, 19) the power of working miracles, thereby instructing them to follow the same method, and promised that the gift of miracles should persist in the Church (Mark 16:17). At the sight of his marvellous works, the Jews (Matthew 9:8), Nicodemus (John 3:2), and the man born blind (John 9:33) confess that they must be ascribed to divine power.
To refute the miracles is to deny the immanence of God and the divinity of Jesus, and one is left more with an Islamic view of God and a Muslim Jesus – prophet, but not divine. The series is yet a further example of the BBC's pathological inclination to undermine Christianity and exalt Islam uncritically. The religio-politics here? Well, Cranmer is forced to pay a compulsory government tax of £131.50 to finance the BBC. He wonders why a portion of this could not be spent on a documentary in which a prominent Christian presents an evidence-based examination of the claims of Islam and the character of Mohammed…