Monday, 22 October 2018

Which Book is More Credible, The Bible or The Qu'ran?

Islamic scholars argue that our Bible has been tampered with. Therefore, Allah sent Muhammad to bring the full revelation to humanity. The Qu'ran says in  sura 3:71, (FAMILY OF IMRAN) , "O People of the Book! Why do you confound the truth with falsehood, and knowingly conceal the truth?"

But we know that our scriptures are the same today as they were when they were penned. Firstly, scribes were meticulous in their copying of God's Word. According to Joe Casey, author of Understanding Islam, scribes would copy one letter at a time. They also counted each letter. If the copies had the wrong number of letters, and if the central letter was wrong, the copy would be rejected and recopied afresh.

We know too from the Dead Sea Scrolls that the book of Isaiah hadn't essentially changed in twelve-hundred years from the oldest copy scholars had before their discovery of those scrolls. Only minor mistakes such as misspelled words were seen in those ancient copies.

But according to The Hadith, Abu Bakr was the first to collate the texts of the Qu'ran from those who had been with Muhammad and heard his proclamations. Since he was dead, Abu Bakr had no choice but to gather together every fragment of information from those followers.

According to Toby Jepson's book, The Bible Vs. Qu'ran, all other Qu'ran were destroyed and only this official version became the standard.

But our Bible, especially the New Testament, couldn't have been tampered with. Since they wrote on papyrus sheets which were fragile, many copies were made and distributed. Paul even wrote in 1 Thessalonians 5:27 (KJV), "I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren."

Paul also wrote in Colossians 4:16 (KJV), "And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea."

Additionally, church fathers wrote lectionaries, commentaries on the New Testament books. If all the verses quoted in them were collated just from those documents, there would be only eleven verses missing.

Furthermore, the New Testament books were translated into three different languages. It would have been impossible for any ecclesiastic le leader to gather and change all those copies. People would know right away that they had the correct version and not the doctored one from that leader.

This subject could fill a whole book but I'll write just the highlights in my next paperback called You Think You're Going to Heaven?On Thursday, I'll post more about the Bible and it's veracity.

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