WHY do Muslims believe the text of the Bible has been corrupted?

1.   The Quran declares the Bible to be a true revelation of
     God and demands faith in the Bible.

     Sura 2:40-42,126,136,285; 3:3,71,93; 4:47,136; 5:47-51,
          69,71-72; 6:91; 10:37,94; 21:7; 29:45,46; 35:31; 46:11

     a.   All these above texts presuppose the availability of the
          true revelation of God to the people of Muhammad's day.
          Sura 3:71,93; 10:94; 21:71
     b.   A true Muslim is obliged to believe in all the
          revelations of God. Sura 2:136; 4:136; 29:46
     c.   The Quran makes no distinction between God's revelations
          Sura 2:136

2.   The Quran claims that NO ONE can change the Word of God. 
     Sura 6:34; 10:34


3.   The Bible and the Quran do not agree.

     The Bible and the Quran differ widely on fundamental concepts
     of faith and practice.


4.   Since the Bible existed before the Quran the burden of proof
     is upon the Muslim to prove that the Bible is incorrect AND
     that the Quran is correct.

     a.   The Bible was completed 500 years before the Quran was
          revealed to Muhammad.  If someone today wrote a book that
          contradicts a historical document written at the time of
          an event that took place in 1497 the person who wrote the
          second book would have to be able to prove the older
          document was false AND also prove its facts were true.
     b.   The document written at the time of the event would not
          have to prove itself against a latter document. This is
          neither logical, rational or true to the principles of
          the science of history.
     c.   Merely proving that the older document was not accurate
          also does not by default mean the newer document is true.
          It must stand on its own and prove itself.



5.   In 1064, Ibn-Khazem, FIRST charged that the Bible had been
     corrupted and the Bible falsified. This charge was to defend
     Islam against Christianity because Ibn-Khazem come upon
     differences and contradiction between the Bible and the
     Quran. Believing, by faith that the Quran was true, the Bible
     must then be false. He said, "Since the Quran must be true it
     must be the conflicting Gospel texts that are false. But
     Muhammad tells us to respect the Gospel. Therefore, the
     present text must have been falsified by the Christians after
     the time of Muhammad."
     His argument was not based on any evidence or historical facts
     but only on his personal faith, reasoning and desire to
     safeguard the Quran.
     This led him to teach that, "The Christians lost the revealed
     Gospel except for a few traces which God has left intact as
     argument against them."


6.   Many great MUSLIM teachers DO NOT believe the Bible has been
     corrupted and ACCEPT the authenticity of our PRESENT New
     Testament texts.

     a.   Ali al-Tabari (died 855) accepted the Gospel texts
     b.   Amr al-Ghakhiz (869)     "    "    "    "
     c.   BUKHARI (810-870)            "    "    "    "
          (he gathered some of the earliest tradition of Islam
          quoted the Quran itself to support his belief in the text
          of the Bible Sura 3:72,78)
     d.   Al-Mas'udi (956)         "    "    "    "
     e.   Abu Ali Husain Bin Sina  (1037)"   "    "
     f.   AL-GHAZZALI (1111)        "    "    "    "
          (probably the greatest Muslim scholar he lived after Ibn-
          Khazem but did not accept his teachings)
     g.   Ibn-Khaldun (1406)       "    "    "    "    "    " 
          (he lived after Ibn-Khazem but did not accept his
          teachings but rather believed the earlier Islamic
     h.   Sir Sayyid Ahmad Khan, founder of the Aligarh College
          "In the opinion of us Mohammedans it is not proved that
          corruption (tahrif-i-lafzi)...was practiced."
     i.   Fakhruddin Razi, on the authority of Ibn Abbas, a nephew
          of Muhammed, "The Jews and early Christians were
          suspected of altering the text of the Taurat and Injil;
          but in the opinion of eminent doctors and theologians it
          was not practicable thus to corrupt the text, because
          those Scriptures were generally known and widely
          circulated, having been handed down from generation to


WHY do YOU believe the Bible text has been corrupted?  
WHY do you believe Ibn-Khazem rather then the witness of the Quran,
the word of Muhammad, and these 10 great Muslim scholars who
all believed the Bible texts to be truthful?

Christians Answer Muslims, Gerhard Nehls, 1992
Can We Trust the Bible?, J Wijngaard
Quran, A. Yusuf Ali
Kitab al-Asnam, Ibn al-Kalbi, 1952
Sahih al Bukhari, 6th ed. 1986
The Islamic Christian Controversy, LCA 1996

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