Dear friends, Peace
I am a qualified clergy man from Pakistan and Canada since 30 years.
I have read "Thus Speaks The Bible" by Dr. Shabbir Ahmed twice.
Please help me answer the questions and objections raised below. I have many more and my faith is shaken. Thanks.
A fairy tale phenomenon
4:31 While the word was in the king's mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, ----; The kingdom is departed from thee.
4:33 The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, ----, till his hairs were grown like eagles' feathers, and his nails like birds' claws.
4:37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, ----: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.
5:1 Belshazzar the king [son and successor of Nebuchadnezzar] made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand.
5:5 In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king's palace: ----.
5:8 Then came in all the king's wise men: but they could not read the writing, ---.
5:10 ----: and the queen spake and said, ----:
5:12 ---- the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be called, and he will shew the interpretation.
5:13 Then was Daniel brought in before the king. ----?
5:14 I have even heard of thee, that the spirit of the gods is in thee, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom is found in thee.
5:15 And now the wise men, the astrologers, ---- could not shew the interpretation of the thing:
5:17 Then Daniel answered ----.
5:18 O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour:
5:22 And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this;
5:23 But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; ----; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, ----:
MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN
5:25 And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.
5:26 This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it.
5:27 TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.
5:28 PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.
5:29 Then commanded [King] Belshazzar, and they clothed Daniel with scarlet, and put a chain of gold about his neck, ---- that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.
WHAT IS ALL THIS?