FOOD FOR THOUGHT: ON THE BIBLE AND QUR’AN!

The Bible was at one point a divinely inspired work, but it became altered in its early history to the point of being a much more humanly work. It was copied over into many different languages, several edits were put into the early versions, several books were added or removed, and eventually the original version in the original text that was first ever made was lost. We don’t have a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of the original Bible, as one Biblical scholar named Bart Ehrman put it. And the true message of Jesus Christ was lost in the canon of the church. Jesus taught worshiping God alone. Even in the Bible that we have today, Jesus taught that. But Paul completely misunderstood it, and then the church was organized and went to the Jesus and the Holy Spirit and God being all the same thing, worshiping Jesus instead if God alone, etc.

That’s partly why the message of Islam was brought to mankind. To restore the message that had been lost. Not only was the Holy Qur’an revealed in one language and done so it an extremely beautiful and poetic manner, but it’s been preserved completely in its original language and original context since it was first revealed. And even before the first hard copy of the Qur’an was written down, there were numerous companions of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, who memorized the entire Qur’an that was revealed to the Prophet. After several people memorized the entire Qur’an word for word, it was written down. And there are millions of people worldwide who have memorized the entire Qur’an exactly the same way.

Now even though the Bible was altered and it’s a more humanly work nowadays, that doesn’t mean we can’t still learn from it. We can learn a lot from the stories and verses in the Bible. Many of the lessons very closely resemble the teachings found in Islam. So even though the Bible may be in error since it was changed, we can still learn so much from it. And we can verify what is true in the Bible by comparing it to the Holy Qur’an. Some stories appear in the Bible that are confirmed by stories in the Holy Qur’an. Some stories when compared show indications of change. Others are neither confirmed nor denied, but we can still learn important lessons from them. That’s why even as a Muslim I’m fond of reading the Bible AND the Holy Qur’an. Now that being said, for new Muslims, it’s important to understand the key differences in whether or not each text was preserved or not. As long as we keep those differences in mind, we can read the Bible and and still remain Muslim without having doubts when reading.

(Continued via Tareq McDonald, posted 19 mins. ago)

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