Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Do You Believe the Christian Bible?

I have a question too. I believe I read somewhere that the Quran "corrected" parts of the Christian Bible. Is there a link or something where I can read more about what parts Muslims believe were in need of correction?

Thanks in advance!

I hope that the following answers your questions (and 'Eesa means Jesus in Arabic):

"The Muslims are all obliged to believe in the Gospel (Injeel) that Allah revealed to His Prophet Jesus the Messiah (peace be upon him). The one who denies that is a kafir (disbeliever) according to scholarly consensus.

Allah says:

“And in their footsteps, We sent ‘Eesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), confirming the Tawrat (Torah) that had come before him, and We gave him the Injeel (Gospel), in which was guidance and light and confirmation of the Tawrat (Torah) that had come before it, a guidance and an admonition for Al-Muttaqun (the pious)” [al-Maa’idah 5:46]

Our belief in the Gospel dictates that we should also believe that it exists and that it was revealed completely, and we believe that everything that he brought from Allah was true.

But there is nothing in Islam to tell us whether this Gospel was written and compiled at the time of ‘Eesa (peace be upon him) or who wrote it, or who preserved it and disseminated it, or whether the Messiah taught it to the people orally or whether the disciples transmitted it and who believed in it, or whether some of it was written down and some was not. These are questions that we cannot answer for certain nowadays, rather some researchers deny that there was even a true Gospel that was compiled in the form of a book; rather it was just words that were transmitted."

Copyright Islam Q&A

Basically, we believe that there was a Gospel, and that it was the word of God, however, we believe that through translation, transmission, and on purpose, several parts lost their meanings, or several parts were omitted or added, so the Bible that exists today is not the one that existed in the time of Jesus (peace be upon him).

For instance, we believe that pig and alcohol were also forbidden for Christians, but the people allowed it for themselves and changed the text.

Therefore, any verse from the bible, as a Muslim, I cannot tell you with certainty that it is true, nor can I say it is untrue because we do not know which parts of the Bible contain some truths from the time of Jesus and which parts were made up. We also believe the same thing with the Torah (that certain parts have changed from the time of Moses, peace be upon him).

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