The Qur’an states that Allah has guarded, watched over, and preserved the Scriptures that were written before the Qur’an, Muslims claims that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are corrupted. Logically, from a Muslim’s perspective, it follows that Allah has failed to guard His own Holy Word. This is surprising, since the Qur’an clearly states the opposite. Another translator wrote,
As noted above, the Qur’an confirms that the prior scriptures were the words of Allah. And in Sura Yunus (Jonah), it states that the words of Allah cannot be changed. Yet, many Muslims claim that the Jews changed the words of the Old Testament scriptures. Apparently, these Muslims are kafirs and believe that Allah’s word can be altered and changed!
Because Muslims believe that Allah failed to guard and preserve the Holy Scriptures, it is necessary to respond to Muslims and their skeptical challenges and rejection of the Old and New Testament writings of the ancient prophets and apostles.
Muslim writes:— “Even if the truth is bitter to swallow, Islam says it like it is. In this day and age of Internet and intellect, all the evidence one needs in this regard is available and accessible. There are tens of Christian/Western web sites which attack the Bible left, right and centre. What was accepted as God’s infallible word for centuries, is now being questioned and revised continually.”
Response:— Muslims praise the ancient prophets far and wide, but then join their critics and skeptics in their attack against what the prophets wrote. This is why a Muslim’s praise of the ancient prophets is empty and disingenuous. To praise the name of a prophet while rejecting the writings of the prophet is, in realty, to reject the prophet and to mock Allah who sent the prophet with his message. While it is appropriate to discredit a false prophet and his writings, it is hypocritical to praise a prophet of Allah and, then, to reject his message. To do the latter is to engage in sinful unbelief and to deny the divine revelation from Allah. And this is exactly the hypocrisy of Muslims:— praising the prior prophets but rejecting their message.
The attacks upon the Old and New Testament are not a new phenomena that has emerged with “the age of Internet and intellect.” Classical Christianity has been answering objections for the last two thousand years. So, it is simply not true to claim that God’s infallible word has been accepted unquestioned for centuries. It is not surprising there are web sites attacking the Bible, attacks that have been on-going for centuries.
Equally deceptive is the expression, “Islam says it like it is.” There is no intellectual freedom “to say it like it is” within a Muslim nation. There is abundant freedom to attack Christianity within a Muslim country, but there is no intellectual freedom to question Islam, the Qur’an, or Muhammad. Muslims must accept Islam on blind faith. To question Muhammad and his message is life threatening, because the penalty for disbelief is execution and death for a Muslim. The sword of Shari’ah law hangs heavy over intellectual freedom and pursuit of the truth. The consensus of Muslim jurisprudence is summarized in the classic manual of Islamic Sacred Law, Reliance of the Traveller.
So, if a Muslim were to investigate impartially the claims of Islam, Muhammad, or the Qur’an, and, then deny some aspect of Islamic dogma, the Muslim would face execution under Islamic religious law.
From an Islamic perspective, a Muslim cannot pursue the truth in an unbiased intellectual manner. Such pursuit of the truth is not compatible with Islam and its intellectual bondage. A Muslim cannot “says it like it is.” A Muslim must view all reality in the shadow of Muhammad’s recitals and traditions. Hence, there are no Muslim institutions of critical religious thinking in any Muslim nation. So, while a Muslim may brag about web sites that attack the Bible in Western nations, their boasts are hollow, because there is no intellectual freedom to question the Qur’an or Muhammad in any Muslim nation on the face of the earth. Where are the web sites in Muslim countries that question the validity of the Qur’an or the moral behavior of Muhammad? Why are Muslims so afraid of religious liberty and critical thinking?
Last edited 11/10/2000