The Qur’an says the Bible is the Word of God

In our culture, it is becoming increasingly common to run into Muslims wherever we go. The global population of Muslims around the world is approximately 1.6 billion. That makes them the largest un-reached people group in the world. Muslims, like everyone else, need desperately to hear the gospel. However Islam poses very distinct challenges to the Christian faith. In many ways, Islam is a direct contradiction to some of the most important claims of Christianity. The Bible teaches that “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9) The Qur’an, however, claims that Jesus didn’t even die on the cross, which means He never rose from the dead. Furthermore, to claim that Jesus is equal with God is to commit the sin of shirk, which is the greatest sin one can commit in Islam.

When we attempt to share our faith with Muslims, quite often we will come to a stalemate. The real issue for both Muslims and Christians is authority. Who’s “word of God” is the real “word of God”? I don’t think any Christians believe it is the Qur’an, and Muslims don’t believe that it is the bible. In point of fact, most Muslims are taught that the bible has been corrupted, and that what we now read as Christians is no longer what was originally written. However, despite the fact that a large number of Muslims believe this, there is a problem: The Qur’an says the opposite. It says the Bible is the Word of God.

Here is a simple, straight-forward tactic, that we can use with our Muslim friends and co-workers to help show them that the Bible can be trusted. By employing this, we can lead them to see what the gospels say about Jesus; namely that he claimed to be God, died by crucifixion, and rose from the dead on the third day. The argument goes like this:

  1. The Qur’an says the words of God cannot be changed or corrupted
  2. The Qur’an says the Bible is the Word of God
  3. Therefore, the Bible could not have been corrupted

This is a powerful argument to combat the charge of biblical corruption, because it forces Allah into a dilemma. Either Allah protected the Bible from being corrupted and we can therefore trust what it says, or he could not protect it, which means Allah was defeated by mere humans, and did not have the power to stop them from changing his words. Let’s take it a step at a time…

  1. The Qur’an says the words of God cannot be corrupted

This part of the argument is probably the easiest one to establish, as most Muslims have a very high view of God, as they should. To suggest that Allah could be defeated by humans is out of the question. The Qur’an affirms this in several places:

Surah 6:115 – “None can change His words”

Surah 10:64 – “No change can there be in the words of Allah”

Surah 6:34 – “There is none that can alter the words (and decrees) of Allah”

There are many passages like this, and it clearly establishes one thing: No one can change the words of Allah according to the Qur’an.

  1. The Qur’an says the Bible is the Word of God

First of all, Islam has a high view of many of the key biblical figures. People like Abraham, Isaac, Ishmael, Jacob, Moses, and even Jesus, are all described as prophets in the Qur’an.

Surah 2:136 –“Say, [O believers], “We have believed in Allah and what has been revealed to us and what has been revealed to Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and the Descendants and what was given to Moses and Jesus and what was given to the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and we are Muslims [in submission] to Him.”

Here we see that what was revealed to Moses (the Torah), and what was revealed to Jesus is all considered to be the revealed word of God.

Surah 29:46 even tells Muslims not to argue with Jews and Christians, as they believe in the same God as Muslims:  “And do not argue with the People of the Scripture except in a way that is best, except for those who commit injustice among them, and say, “We believe in that which has been revealed to us and revealed to you. And our God and your God is one; and we are Muslims [in submission] to Him.”

The Qur’an specifically addresses the Gospels, telling Christians that they should judge by them in Surah 5:47: “And let the People of the Gospel judge by what Allah has revealed therein. And whoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed – then it is those who are the defiantly disobedient.”

The only way for this command to make any sense at all, would be if the Gospels were not corrupted in Muhammad’s time. Why would Allah tell Christians to judge by a book that has been corrupted? He would not unless he was immoral, and so Muslims are forced to affirm that the reason Christians were told to Judge by the Gospels is because they are the Word of God. If Muslims could trust the bible in the 7th century when Muhammad was alive, then they can trust it today. We have complete copies of the entire bible from the 4th century, almost 400 years before Muhammad, and nothing has changed since then. The bibles we have in our homes match manuscripts written before Muhammad ever existed, and so it could not have been corrupted before Muhammad was born either.

This brings us to the conclusion:

  1. Therefore, the Bible could not have been corrupted.

Based on this line of reasoning, the only logical thing for a Muslim to do would be to read the Gospels. However, once they do, they will encounter a Jesus far different than the Jesus of the Qur’an. They will see Him possessing the authority to forgive sins, something only God can do. They will see that Jesus really did die on the cross, unlike what the Qur’an teaches. In fact, Muslims are some of the only people who think Jesus never died on the cross, and they believe it solely based on the Qur’an. Jesus’ death by crucifixion is one of the most well established historical facts around, and I don’t think any credible scholar outside the Muslim world thinks he survived the cross. Finally, they will see Him claiming to be God, something that Islam forbids.

Here is the big problem for our Muslim friends: If the Bible was corrupted as many Muslims believe, then Islam is false, because the Qur’an says the Bible is the Word of God, and so the God of Islam obviously could not even protect His own words from being corrupted. However, if the Bible is the uncorrupted Word of God, then they are forced to affirm scripture that completely contradicts the Qur’an, and Islam is still false.

By affirming the Bible, specifically the Gospels, The Qur’an has put itself in a very bad position. By being able to point this problem out to Muslims, we might just be able to get them to open the Bible without them assuming it has been corrupted. Rather, they have to view it as another authoritative scripture, and take what it says about Jesus seriously.

Muslims are a people who are passionate about God and who want desperately to please Him. However we engage those around us, we must do so with gentleness and respect. Expect a lot of resistance from a Muslim. The average Muslim takes about 7 years to accept Christ, and so we cannot be discouraged if we do not see any progress in our interactions. In most cases, their entire lives and sense of identity is on the line. A Muslim who converts to Christianity will most likely be completely disowned by their family and community, and may even lose their lives in the process. It is because of this that we must continue to demonstrate the love of Christ, regardless of whether they ever come to accept Him. They are a people loved By God, and hated by Satan. They are a people in need of the real Jesus – the Jesus of the Bible.

Comments
  1. Sara says:

    This is really interesting! Thank you so much for helping me learn the different perspectives and worldviews there are out there and also for helping me defend my faith.

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    • defendingyourfaith says:

      I am glad it is helping you! Please feel free to give me some ideas on things to blog about. I hope you are gaining the courage to share your faith with the people around you as well!

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