Is the Bible Corrupted as the Muslims Claim?
The Qur'an indicates that the scriptures of the Bible were acceptable at the time the Qur'an was given to Muhammad. The Qur'an indicates that Allah says, "O People of the Book! You have no grounds to stand on unless you stand by the Torah, the Gospel, and all of the Message that has come to you from the Lord." (Sura 5:71)
While certain Muslims claim that the Biblical text is corrupted, they do not seem to be able to identify exactly which passages are corrupt, they cannot produce any evidence of corruption, nor can they identify when those passages became corrupted.
You see, if they say passages were corrupted before the time of Muhammad, they contradict the Qur'an. For the Qur'an indicates: "Also before you, the messengers we sent were only men, to whom We granted the Revelation: If you do not know this, ask those, the people of the Remainder [of the Scripture, Taurat (Torah) and Injeel (Gospel)]."
Here Allah indicates that Muslims can safely inquire into the Scripture and receive a truthful answer.
On the other hand, if they say it was corrupted after the time of Muhammad, they show their ignorance about the ages of the manuscripts which form the basis of the text of the Bible. All the text of the Bible has been found on manuscripts dating before the time of Muhammad. And, every few years there seems to be a discovery of additional ancient fragments of the Biblical text.
So, my Muslim friends, if you claim the texts of the Bible are corrupted, you must indicate which texts are corrupt, show ancient manuscripts with the accurate text, and identify when and how they become corrupt. This will be difficult for you. Logic says you must accept the Biblical text as it currently is.
But, you must claim the Bible is corrupt because it contradicts the Qur'am in many places.
If the one True God gave both the books of the Bible and the Qur'am, then that God is confused and not to be trusted.
Of course, one example of the contradictions between the Qur'an and the Bible regards the death of Jesus.
The Qur'an clearly states: "And because they said (in boast): 'We killed the Messiah, Isa (Christ, Jesus) the son of Maryam (Mary), the messenger of Allah;' - But they did not kill him, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ in this (matter) are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge; They follow nothing but idle talk, for sure they did not kill him:-" (Sura 4:157)
However, the Bible clearly contradicts this.
Scriptures from the Old Testament clearly predict the death of the Messiah and why he would die. Here is just one example for Isaiah 53:5-10
Jesus, himself, announced that he would die on a number of occasions. Here is one example from Matthew 17:22-23
When Jesus was being crucified there were witnesses present, including his mother and the disciple whom Jesus loved. Here is what happened while Jesus was on the cross as recorded in John 19:27-27
Jesus was seen by his followers, even when they did not expect to see him. Here is the incident when Mary from Magdala first saw Jesus after he was resurrected as recorded in John 20;11-17
These are accounts written down by actual eyewitnesses to the events.
Now, my Muslim friend, I know you want to be reasonable. So, is it better to believe eyewitnesses to the events or to believe something that contradicts the eyewitnesses accounts written hundreds of years later?
Please let me know what you really think.
I welcome your comments:
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