Why Do We Believe the Bible Is the Word of God? - The tenth reason
10. The tenth reason why I believe the Bible is uniquely the Word of God is because of the testimony of the Quran.
There are several verses in the Quran that testify of the spiritual value and greatness of the Bible (the Old and the New Testaments), which makes one wonder about those who belittle the Bible and claim it has been altered in spite of all the clear and obvious verses that are mentioned in the Quran such as:
“And dispute ye not with the people of the Book (the Jews and the Christians) Except with means better (Than mere disputation) unless it be with those of them who inflict wrong (and injury) But say, we believe in the Revelation which has come down to us and in that Which came down to you. Our God and your God is One; and it is to Him we bow” (Sura 29:46).
“But why do they come to thee for decision, when they have the Torah before them” (Sura 5:46).
“It was revealed the Law to Moses and therein was guidance and light” (Sura 5:47).
“And in their footsteps we sent Jesus the son of Mary confirming the Law that had come before Him; We sent Him the Gospel therein was guidance and light” (Sura 5:49).
“Say: O people of the Book (Jews and Christians) you have no ground to stand upon unless ye stand fast by the Law,(the Torah) the Gospel and all the revelation that was come to you from your Lord” (Sura 5:71).
“Let the people f the Gospel judge by what God has revealed therein. If any do fail to judge by what God has revealed they are (no better than) those who rebel” (Sura 5:50).
“O ye who believe in God and His apostle, and the scripture which He has sent to His apostle and the scripture which He sent before (him) any who denies God, His angels, His Books, (books in the plural, not just the Quran), apostles and the day of judgment, has gone far, far astray” (Sura 4:136).
“If thou wert in doubt ask to what we have revealed unto you, then ask those who have been reading the book before thee” (Sura 10:94).
“ It is He who sent down to thee in truth, the Book, confirmingwhat went before it; And He sent down the Law (the Torah) and the Gospel before this, as a guide to mankind” (Sura 3:3).
“To whom we have give the Book, that it hath been sent down from thy Lord in truth. Never be then of those who doubt” (Sura 6:114).
“And before thee also the apostles we sent were but men, to whom we granted inspiration if ye realize this not, ask of those who possess the message” (Sura 16: 43) “The message” here means the Holy Bible as mentioned in (Sura 21:7).
“In the past we granted to Moses and Aaron the criterion (for judgment) and a light and a message for those who would do right” (Sura 21:48).
“Before this we wrote in Psalms after the message (given to Moses) my servants the righteous, shall inherit the earth” (Sura 21:105).
“We have without a doubt sent down the message and we will assuredly guard it” (Sura 15:9).
(In Surat the Kahf verse 27) says “None can change His Words,”
(and in Surat Yasin 64 it says), “No change can there be in the Word of God”
(and in Surat Alenaam 34, 115it says “There is none that can alter the words of God.”
There are two verses in which the Quran requests the Muslims to ask the Jews and the Christians when in doubt, thus requesting unequivocally from them to refer to the Bible.
“If thou wert in doubt as to what we have revealed unto thee, then ask those who have been reading the Book before thee” (the Bible) (Sura 10: 94).
Also we read: “This is our way with the apostle we sent before thee: thou wilt find no change in our ways” (Sura 17:77).
The question can be asked who are those who possess the message? Indeed, they are the Jews and the Christians who read the Bible and there shall be no fear on them.
“Say ye: ‘We believe in Allah and the revelation given to us and to Abraham, Ishmael, Jacob, and the Tribes and that given to Moses and Jesus and that given to Prophets from their Lord we make no difference between one and another of them and we bow to Allah” (Sura 2:136).
The accusation of which Muslims accuse the Jews and the Christians - that they have tampered with the Old and the New Testament - demands an answer to the following questions.
Many Muslim scholars, when faced with the Quranic verses that direct them to the Bible, adhere to the saying that the Bible we have currently in use is tampered with. It is not the true Bible to which Allah in the Quran is pointing. That statement in itself is in dire need of proof. How can they verify beyond the shadow of a doubt that this is true, and that the Bible is tampered with?
Let us examine the evidence and arrive at the logical deduction together.
The primary principle in any court of justice is that no verdict will be pronounced against any person without hearing all the evidence. On this basis, it is expected from the one who doubts the accuracy of the Bible to examine all the evidence objectively, and gather all the facts and proofs and then decide whether it has been tampered with or not.
God in His Holy Bible has warned repeatedly against altering His Word by saying:
“Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you. Neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you” (Deut 4:2).
“What things so ever I command you observe to do it; thou shall not add thereto, nor diminish from it: (Deut. 12:32).
“Every word from God is pure; He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him. Add thou not unto His Word, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar” (Prov. 30:5-6).
“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this Book, if any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book. And if any men shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the Holy City, and from the things which are written in this book” (Rev. 22:18-19).
“My covenant I will not break, Nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips” (Ps. 89:34)
“The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever” (Is.40:8).
Let us suppose that we have accepted the idea of alteration. Would the Jews not have eliminated from their Scripture (The Torah) the parts that describe them in harsh expressions? The Lord says about them that they are a stubborn and rebellious people. Furthermore, they should have omitted the parts which speak about the sins and transgressions of their kings and prophets such as the sins of Abraham, David, Solomon and others. Certainly they did not do that. In addition to that, there are many prophecies concerning the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ which are written very clearly in more than 48 prophecies in the Old Testament. Just for example Isaiah 53 and Psalms 22.
1. When did the Jews and the Christians tamper with the Old and the New Testament? Before the time of the prophets or after?
Certainly, the previous Quranic verses prove beyond the shadow of doubt that it was accepted during the time of Mohammad.
If we say it was tampered with after the death of Mohammad, then we have to face the fact that Christianity has reached into Asia, Europe and Africa, and it is impossible to have it changed.
2. The Jews and the Christians had so many different sects and interpretation of Scriptures.
3. The Christians during 600 AD. had different sects in regard the person of Christ.
4. Christ never accused the Jews of changing the Old Testament.
5. Where is the original Scripture to compare it to what the Christians have?
6. The Quran never accused the Christians as being infidels.
7. For what purpose or benefit did the Jews and the Christians tamper with their Scripture and how could they pass the tampered Scriptures to their children after them?
8.The Bible was available IN SEVERAL LANGUAGES BEFORE Islam. How can all these different translations contain the same alteration?
9. Did all the different nationalities get together with all their manuscripts in a conference to change the Biblical text?
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