|Which Faith should we follow: Islam or Yeshua (Christianity)?|
Islam and the Gospel
And if thou (Muhammad) art in doubt concerning that which we reveal unto thee, then question those who read the Scripture (that was) before thee. (The Qur'an, Sura 10:95)
Blessed be the God of Abraham (Ibrahim), whose words are perfect in truth and incorruptible! (Sura 6:115; 10:65; 6:34). Amen! He has provided a way for all seekers of truth to resolve the dilemma of Islam!
What is this dilemma?
It concerns the Bible's testimony of Isa (Yeshua of Nazareth), of the Qur'an's affirmation of that Scripture, and of Islamic teachings contrary to that same Scripture.
For the Qur'an attests to the truth of the testimony of the Gospels (the Injil), of the Law of Moses (Taurat) and of the biblical prophets, and the Qur'an claims guardianship of the Scripture that preceded its writing (Sura 5:46-48; 10:38; 5:68; 2:136; 2:1-4). Furthermore, the Qur'an forbids anyone, on pain of shameful punishment, from making distinctions between the authority of the apostles and prophets of God, or from choosing between God's words. No one is permitted to believe in part and reject a part. Those who presume to do so, it says, are infidels in reality (Sura 4:150-52; 2:89; 2:139; 42:15; 29:46-47).
How then can anyone deny the truth of the testimony of the Gospels, Moses and the prophets concerning Jesus? or to make the claim that men have corrupted the incorruptible Holy Word of God? To do so is to deny the Qur'an's own doctrines, and to admit to infidelity in the keeping of the Scriptures!
Besides this, incontrovertible textual evidence (such as the Dead Sea Scrolls and more than 14,000 extant ancient manuscripts of the New Testament, many of which predate the writing of the Qur'an) shows that the substance of the Bible's teaching has been transmitted into our time with great precision. "The Book" of Muhammad's time is unquestionably the Bible of today.
As the Qur'an plainly denies the possibility of the corruption of the words of the Scripture (Tahrif-i-Lafzi), the claim is therefore made by Muslim clerics that Christian doctrines which contradict those of Islam are due, rather, to Tahrif-i-Manawi, the corruption of the sense of Scripture, and that these Christian teachings are based on misinterpretations of God's Word.
This claim is easily tested.
Therefore, to all who would humble themselves to the will of the God of Abraham in truth, the following testimony of Holy Scripture is presented.
No seeker of truth should fear to resolve the dilemma of Islam, as the Qur'an, in (Sura 10:95), directs Muhammad and, by implication, all seekers of truth, to examine the authenticity of the Qur'an's teachings in the light of the Bible.
What the Bible says:
Jesus is, by nature, God's one and only Son.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God....And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth. (John 1:1,14)
As God's sinless Son, come in virgin-born flesh, Jesus fulfilled the priestly office of Messiah, the Christ, by offering his life as an atoning payment for our sins. (The atoning sacrifice foretold in the book of the prophet Isaiah, 52:13-53:2.)
The gospels' testimony could not be clearer: Jesus was crucified and died on the cross—accomplishing his sacrifice for our sins. (This death by crucifixion is graphically foretold in Psalm 22.)
Jesus conquered death—after three days rising bodily from the grave—and appeared to all his disciples (who were among more than 500 eyewitnesses), lastly to Thomas, who doubted his resurrection.
The risen Lord Jesus ascended to heaven and is now sat down at the right hand of the Father, but the Holy Spirit of the Lord has come, and is now with us, just as Jesus promised.
Jesus is the one whose teachings we should follow.
[He said,] "I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life." (John 8:12) "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)
Jesus is the creator.
He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name... (John 1:10-12)
The issues of the divine sonship of Jesus and His atoning death on the cross are crucial to the integrity of the Bible and the destiny of humanity: No mere man could offer himself as a taintless asham—a sin offering acceptable to God; and without an acceptable sin payment, sinful humanity would have no hope of being reconciled to their thrice-holy, all-transcendent Creator.
Yet on these issues, among others, Islam disagrees with the Bible's witness of Jesus of Nazareth, Son of Man, Son of God, Savior of the World!
As it is impossible for divine revelation to be in actual disagreement with itself, the dilemma of Islam is clear: Either the Bible and the Qur'an are both false, or the Bible is true, and the Qur'an is true only insofar as it agrees with the Bible; where the Qur'an is in disagreement with the Bible, it is false.
The Qur'an testifies to the truth of the Bible, yet the Bible says nothing of the Qur'an.
The Bible needs no authentication from any other source.
Among its many distinctives which set it utterly apart in authority, such as its unfailing prophecies, the very construction of the Bible self-reveals its divine origin. The Bible is not one book, but 66, written over a span of some 1,400 years, by some forty men of widely varying occupations. It was written on three different continents, in three different languages...yet when these texts are brought together there is complete agreement—not only in its central theme (God's redemptive activity in the lives of men), but on issues in the hundreds, it reveals one consistent view!
A scholar renowned for his great learning was once asked to cite the most important information he had ever learned. He answered, "Jesus loves me! This I know, for the Bible tells me so!" (The lyrics of a child's song.) Amen!
Open the Bible to John's Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. And enter, humbly, as a child, into the presence of the Truth and the Glorious Light of the World!