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Popular Myths of Islam – Part 3

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ChristianityVsIslamToday we are going to look at the final two of the five popular myths of Islam.

Myth No. 4 The Bible is Corrupted but the Qur’an is Pure

This is one of the objections that Muslims have against the Christians and Jews. They say that the Jews corrupted the Old Testament and the Christians corrupted the New Testament.

It is not difficult to prove this to be nothing more than a myth. Both the Old Testament and the New Testament have been around much longer than the Qur’an. The Qur’an originates in the 600’s and you would think there would be more evidence to prove its purity, but the Christian and Jewish Scriptures offer much more evidence of their purity and does the Qur’an.

The religious departments of our colleges and universities have attacked the reliability of the Christian and Jewish Scriptures. They have developed the science of textual criticism and the more they try to prove the Bible to be unreliable they find more proof of its reliability.

When we subject the Qur’an to the same scrutiny we find the it comes up short. Muslims tell us that the Qur’an has been perfectly preserved and dates back to the 7th century yet the earliest manuscript they have presented is supposedly only 9th century, some 200 years after Muhammad. Although I haven’t verified this yet, I have come across evidence that the oldest manuscript of the Qur’an is really thirteenth century.

Even before the fist Qur’an was written down we know that there were seven oral Qur’ans. This was before Uthman ordered the first Qur’an to be written and canonized.

From the scriptures of the Sunnah, we learn that there was trouble determining which oral Qur’an was the correct one. This is from the most authoritative source of the Hadith – Sahih Bukhari, Vol 6, Book 61, Number 510

In case you disagree with Zaid bin Thabit on any point in the Qur’an, then write it in the dialect of Quraish, the Qur’an was revealed in their tongue….. Uthman sent to every Muslim province one copy of what they had copied, and ordered that all the other Qur’anic materials, whether written in fragmentary manuscripts or whole copies, be burnt.”

Here is blaring contradiction. They say that the god Allah is the author of both the Bible and the Qur’an and the Qur’an says that they make no difference between the Qur’an or the ‘Book’ (Bible).

Surah 2:136

Say ye: “We believe in Allah, and the revelation given to us, and to Abraham, Isma’il, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to Moses and Jesus, and that given to all prophets from their Lord: We make no difference between one and another of them: And we bow to Allah in Islam.”

Yet, they tell us that the Bible has been corrupted but the Qur’an is still safe and pure from corruption. This begs the question, why was Allah strong enough to preserve the Qur’an but not the Bible? After all, the Qur’an says that there is no difference between the ‘the revelation give to us’ (the Qur’an) and ‘that given to Moses and Jesus, and that given to all prophets from their Lord’ (the Bible).

Today, it has become a popular argument by Muslim apologist to say that the Old Testament text was corrupted by the Jews and the New Testament text was corrupted by the Christians. Therefore, Allah had to correct it by giving man the last testament through Muhammad. (Sound similar to the Mormons?)

The amazing thing is that this was never taught in early Islam. Muhammad taught that it was only the doctrine that was corrupted, but not the text. He said that a section of Christians ‘distort’ the Bible with their tongues but he did not say or suggest that the text was corrupted.

Surah 3:78 “There is among them a section who distort the Book with their tongues: (As they read) you would think it is a part of the Book, but it is no part of the Book;

In many placed the Qur’an teaches that the “Book” the Old Testament and the New Testament was protected and preserved just as the Qur’an.

Surah 5:44-48It was We who revealed the law (to Moses): therein was guidance and light. …. for to them was entrusted the protection of Allah’s book, and they were witnesses thereto: …. 48 To thee We sent the Scripture in truth, confirming the scripture that came before it, and guarding it in safety:”

Surah 15:9 “We have, without doubt, sent down the Message; and We will assuredly guard it (from corruption).”

To conclude our discussion on this fourth myth, the Qur’an has a questionable beginning. Seven versions were floating around and it was given to common ordinary men to guess and debate which rendering was the correct one. Then to make matters worse, no one can come behind them and, with a scholarly examination, study to see if one rendering is better than another, or validate the canonized version.

The Bible has a far superior background and stands up to the most stringent test that any critic has ever laid upon it.

Here is a link to a good page about the original manuscripts of the bible both Old and New Testament.

It includes information about the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Septuagint and the Masoretic Text.

There are over 6,000 early manuscript copies or portions of the Greek New Testament in existence today. When we include the Latin Vulgate and other early versions, we have over 24,000 early copies or portions of the New Testament (twice that many when including quotes by early church fathers) and they give evidence that the Bible we hold in our hands today is the same as when the various books were originally penned.

Now let’s look at the last of these myths.

Myth No. 5 Muhammad received revelations from the Angel Gabriel.

Everything rises and falls on this. If what Muhammad received was not from the angel Gabriel, then the message is not from God. We believe that it wasn’t Gabriel and that it was a demon. We believe this because the messages were different. We also believe this to be true because Muhammad, himself, thought he was demon possessed as we shall see.

600 years before Muhammad drew breath, God warned us that their would be false prophets. We were told to be alert and careful as the deception will be great. Even the devil has the power to appear as an angel of light.

II Cor 11:13-14 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

This passage tells us that Satan can present himself as an angel of light. It, therefore, behooves us to examine the claims of Muhammad saying that he was visited by an Angel of God while he was in the cave. Especially since the revelations from this Jinn, spirit being, are so different from the Biblical text.

One difference we see is that almost every time we see an angelic messenger engaging an earthly man in the Bible, they are afraid initially but comforted and told by the angel not fear and be at peace. This did not occur with Muhammad’s Jinn. In fact, we find that Muhammad believed that he was demon possessed and tried to kill himself. In the Sira, which is like scripture to Muslims, it says:

Sira 153 “I thought, Woe is me POET OR POSSESSED. Never shall Quraysh say this of me! I will go to the top of the mountain and throw myself down that I may kill myself and gain rest. So I went forth to do so and then, when I was midway on the mountain, I heard a voice from heaven saying ‘O Muhammad! thou are the apostle of God and I am Gabriel.”

It was Kadisha, Muhammad’s first wife, that persuaded him that he was not demon possessed. Finding him in a disturbed state she asked the prophet to let her know when the Jinn reappears to him. So when the Jinn appeared the Sira says:

Sira 154 “…the apostle said to Khadija, ‘This is Gabriel who has just come to me.’ ‘Get up, O son of my uncle,’ she said, ‘ and sit by my left thigh’. The apostle did so, and she said, ‘Can you see him?’ ‘Yes,’ he said. She said, ‘Then turn round and sit on my right thigh.’ He did so, and she said, ‘Can you see him?’ When he said that he could she asked him to move and sit in her lap. When he had done this she again asked if he could see him, and when he said yes. She disclosed her form and cast aside her veil while the apostle was sitting in her lap. Then she said, ‘Can you see him?’ And he replied, ‘No.’ She said ‘O son of my uncle, rejoice and be of good heart, by God he is an angel and not a satan.’ I told ‘Abdullah b Hasan this story and he said, ‘I heard my mother Fatima, daughter of Husayn, talking about this tradition from Khadija, but as I heard it she made the apostle of God come inside her shift, (sexual intercourse) and thereupon Gabriel departed, and she said to the apostle of God, “This verily is an angel and not a satan.”

From authoritative Muslim sources it is clear that Muhammad had to be persuaded into believing that this Jinn was an Angel from Heaven and not a demon. This Jinn, who is called the Angel Gabriel is referred to as the angel of revelation. Muhammad never heard directly from God, the only source of revelation was this Jinn. Therefore, every Muslim is trusting that this Jinn was from God and their eternal destiny is based upon his revelation to Muhammad. Given just the Muslim sources, the credibility and surety is rather thin to say the least.

Let’s get this straight, In the Bible God says that Mary will bear a Son who will be called Emmanuel which means “God with us.”

Matthew 1:18-23 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Gabriel told Mary the same thing. Notice that The Son of David, who is the Son of God, will reign forever.

Luke 1:30-35 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

Explain to me why God would give this revelation to Mary and Joseph and then 600 years later tell Muhammad that everything he said was wrong and Muhammad was to correct it. To the Gabriel that spoke to Mary and Joseph, Jesus was the Son of God and God with us. The the Gabriel that spoke to Muhammad Jesus was just a man and not the Son of God.

Think about the difference between the power of Allah and the power of Jehovah. According to Islam, Allah does not have the power to enter into his creation nor to speak any language but Arabic. The God of the Bible speaks every language and does enter into His creation.

The bottom line is that one message is a lie and one is the truth. You have to decide which is true. The message of Muhammad’s Gabriel left him confused, fearful, and wanting to kill himself. The message of the Bible’s Gabriel always said fear not, and never left them confused or wanting to kill themselves.

We also need to remember that the message of the Bible’s Gabriel was the fulfillment of prophecy.

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

This brings up another thought. The Bible is full of fulfilled prophecy to prove that it is the Word of God. The Qur’an has no such proof. We just have to take the word of the Islamic leaders.

Well there you have it. We have exposed all of the popular myths of Islam. There is no way that Islam can be from God. All of the evidence points to the jinn, the supposed angel Gabriel, being a demon and that his purpose was to oppose the message of the true God.

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