by Babu G. Ranganathan
Muslims believe that God (Allah) originally gave His revelation (the
Scriptures) to Jews and Christians, but Muslims claim that those
Scriptures which God originally gave to Jews and Christians became
corrupted and changed and that is why Muslims believe God called
Mohammed and gave him new revelation, but all the evidence from hundreds
of ancient manuscripts show that the message of the Judeo-Christian
Scriptures has not been changed but, instead, remarkably and
substantively preserved through centuries. For example, the present
Christian New Testament revelation of Jesus Christ is completely
trustworthy. Muslims believe that the original revelation God gave to to
Jews and Christians became perverted, corrupted, and changed. What
Muslims are saying is that God (Allah) was not capable or willing to
preserve His original revelation to Jews and Christians.
Unlike the Koran, the Christian Scriptures were written over a span
of thousands of years, and numerous ancient manuscripts of both Old and
New Testaments show that the Christian Bible we have today is completely
reliable, unchanged in any substantive way. God preserved the
Judeo-Christian Scriptures remarkably in spite of imperfect humanity and
the vast span of time.
Any so-called "mistakes" in the ancient manuscripts are not
substantive and do not affect any doctrine. There are human mistakes,
but they are minor (i.e. spelling, etc.). We have hundreds of ancient
manuscripts to compare and corroborate. All this just goes to show that
in spite of man's fallibility, God preserved His Word.
The KJV Bible translation is is based on the least reliable
manuscripts, but the KJV is still accurate, just not as accurate as
other translations based on older manuscripts. There are no
contradictions between the older and younger manuscripts. The difference
is in greater accuracy, not contradictions.
We have copies of enough ancient manuscripts and the corroboration
with other historical documents to know that Christians, indeed, have
the Word of God.
God preserved His Word to the Jews and Christians with more than
enough substantive accuracy in spite of human fallibility and frailty in
the copying process.
We can tell where the insignificant errors are precisely because we have enough older and accurate copies.
The Muslims don't have one ancient biblical manuscript to support
what the Koran teaches about Jesus, not one! The Muslims claim God's
Word has been corrupted. Where's the evidence for the corruption? To say
that God's Word had become corrupted is Muslim fantasy and an insult to
God. We have hundreds of ancient manuscripts testifying to the truth
that Jesus Christ, indeed, is the divine Son of God.
Muslims claim to respect Jesus Christ as one of God's prophets, but
the Jesus that Muslims believe and respect is a different Jesus from
what The Christian Scriptures (The Bible) reveals. And it is the Jesus
of the Christian Scriptures that all men will face on Judgment Day! The
Muslims believe that Jesus was just a great and holy man, but not the
uniquely divine Son of God who created all life and the universe as the
Christian Scriptures teach. Jesus Christ Himself, in the Christian
Scriptures, claims to be uniquely divine and the Son of God. This the
Muslims will not accept. The Muslims sincerely believe they are honoring
Jesus but they are sincerely wrong as long as they refuse to accept
Jesus Christ as the Supreme Lord and Savior. Calling two different
persons the same name doesn't make them the same. The Jesus of the Koran
is not the Jesus of the Bible!
THE TRINITY is three divine Persons united with one nature and
purpose. When the Bible talks about one God, the "one" does not mean one
person. It's not a singular oneness. It is a composite oneness. The
Bible says that God is love. Love cannot be alone. Love must have an
object to love. That is why God (Who is love) cannot be just one Person.
The three Persons of the Trinity are united in Their divine essence and
purpose (not divided and competing against one another) like the gods
Our sins are so great that it required God Himself to come and pay
for them with His Own blood. The unconditional love of God expressed in
giving us sinners His eternal and only begotten Son to pay for our sins
is a love you will never find in the Koran.
animals sacrifices for sin in the Old Testament were a picture of
Christ's future sacrifice for sin. Those animal sacrifices also had to
be repeated to show they are not sufficient to settle once and for all
the sin issue before God. No animal can take the place of man.
The New Testament teaches that Jesus Christ was uniquely the Son of
God, both completely divine and completely human, that He was born of a
virgin, lived a sinless life, and died a cruel death on a Roman Cross to
pay the full penalty for the sins of men, and who bodily rose from the
The Christian Scriptures teach that no human being can earn or merit
salvation no matter how many good works are done, that all our
righteousness is filthy rags in God's infinitely holy sight and falls
infinitely short of the perfection in thoughts, words, and deeds that
God requires from every life. The Christian Scriptures teach that only
through faith in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ can a person be freely
forgiven by God of all his sins. The Christian will never be perfect in
this life, but God Himself will dwell within the true Christian and
cause the Christian to do good works out of genuine love for his God and
his fellow man. God can be just in freely forgiving our sins when we
come to Christ because His Son Jesus Christ paid the full price of all
sins and iniquities.
How could Jesus take the guilt and blame for sins we have committed?
The arrangement was made in eternity past between the Father and the Son
for the Son to take the responsibility for the moral actions of all
those whom the Father gave the Son from every nation and tribe in the
world. God has a right to His own jurisprudence!
Just as a co-signer to a loan takes the responsibility to pay
someone's else's debt should the loan go into default so too Christ took
the legal and moral responsibility of debt for the sins of mankind and
we are all sinners and we all have an infinite moral and spiritual debt
before an infinitely holy God that we can never be able to fully pay
through anything that we can do.
Even Muslims will accept the fact that the first man, Adam, took the
moral responsibility for the whole human race in his act of disobeying
God's command not to eat of the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden.
So, why should not Jesus Christ be able to take the moral responsibility
of those who will be saved through His perfect obedience to the Father.
The Bible says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have
everlasting life" (John 3:16, KJV).
I encourage all Muslims, and everyone, to read the Gospel of John in the New Testament.
Christian scholar Dr. James White, of Alpha and Omega Ministries, answers many questions and arguments Muslims have about the reliability of the Christian Scriptures. Dr. White is an expert on Islam and the Koran and you can view his debates with Muslim scholars on the Internet at Youtube.com .
Readers are encouraged to read the author's Internet article, CHRIST WAS BEGOTTEN, NOT CREATED