Have a look at this video featuring James White and a rapper:
The verse in context:
‘God has sealed them [the Jews] in their disbelief, so they believe only a little – and because they disbelieved and uttered a terrible slander against Mary, and said, ‘We have killed the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, the Messenger of God.’ They did not kill him, nor did they crucify him, though it was made to appear like that to them; those that disagreed about him are full of doubt, with no knowledge to follow, only supposition: they certainly did not kill him – God raised him up to Himself. God is almighty and wise.’
Surat An-Nisā’ 4:155-157. Translation by Abdel Haleem
This video is addressed to Muslims. But White just does not get it. The verse in question was not by Muhammad but was revealed by Almighty God who knows all things – yes, even the truth of events in the 1st century! The argument assumes that Islam is false, ie that the Quran expresses the limited understanding of a 7th century Arab. But from the Muslim perspective nothing could be further from the truth. White’s limited knowledge of the events surrounding the last days of Jesus’s life cannot compare with the perfect knowledge of White’s Creator, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. White assumes his unbelieving premise in his conclusion.
The whole presentation therefore misses the point, and is strangely circular. White will need to come up with arguments that actually engage the Muslim perspective rather than just assuming the truth of the Christian one.
The Islamic viewpoint is in fact impossible to refute, as one of the world’s greatest Christian philosophers candidly admitted:
‘Historically it is very difficult to dispute the qur’anic verse since presumably it would not be possible for observers at the time to tell the difference between Jesus being crucified and his only appearing to be crucified – unless what is suggested is that someone else was crucified in his place.’
Rev Professor John Hick, Religious Pluralism and Islam, lecture delivered to the Institute for Islamic Culture and Thought, Tehran, February 2005.
(The disputed historical question of the crucifixion of Jesus is really a very minor issue for Muslims as Jesus did not go around Galilee preaching that forgiveness of sins was made possible through his death but instead through simple repentance to God – without a mediator – which is what Islam teaches too, see Matthew 5-7 and passim).
For further discussion see my article The Crucifixion and the Qur’an