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Muslims face an irreconcilable conundrum.
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Surah 4:157 That they said (in boast), "We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah";- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not:-
That single verse denies ALL of the prophets and apostles of the New Testament and the WHOLE SUBJECT of the new covenant. The crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is what Christianity IS ABOUT.
Now here's the conundrum:
sura 5:47 Let the people of the Gospel judge by what Allah hath revealed therein. If any do fail to judge by (the light of) what Allah hath revealed, they are (no better than) those who rebel.
Sura 5:68 Say: "O People of the Book! ye have no ground to stand upon unless ye stand fast by the Law, the Gospel, and all the revelation that has come to you from your Lord." It is the revelation that cometh to thee from thy Lord, that increaseth in most of them their obstinate rebellion and blasphemy. But sorrow thou not over (these) people without Faith.
Any claim that the bible was corrupted prior to the 7th century would suggest that Allah was in error when he made his recommendations to "judge by" and "stand fast by" "all the revelation that has come to you from your ("people of the book" Jews & Christians) Lord.
Sura 80.13 (It is) in Books held (greatly) in honour, 14 Exalted (in dignity), kept pure and holy,15 (Written) by the hands of scribes- 16 Honourable and Pious and Just.
Sura 48.29 ... This is their similitude in the Taurat; and their similitude in the Gospel is: like a seed which sends forth its blade, then makes it strong; it then becomes thick, and it stands on its own stem, (filling) the sowers with wonder and delight. As a result, it fills the Unbelievers with rage at them. Allah has promised those among them who believe and do righteous deeds forgiveness, and a great Reward.
To say the bible was corrupted later, would suggest that Allah didn't know the future, otherwise why would he make such a poor recommendation? Besides, to make the claim of corruption after the 7th century would be utterly preposterous, since we have over 5300 partial or complete manuscripts of Godís Word that were penned prior even to 300AD, in every popular language that was known to man, that were read all over the known world. Let alone the Dead Sea Scrolls, some of which can be positively dated to 350BC, that were found in a cave at Qumran in 1947, that verify the textual integrity of the bible as we have received it. Indeed many centuries before Jesus was made manifest His crucifixion was prophesied:
Psalms 22:16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.
18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.
Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for [his] only [son], and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for [his] firstborn.
So what do those Gospels that Mohammed's "Allah" told us to "judge" and "stand fast by" say?
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Matthew 3:17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Mark 14:24 And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.
1John 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son [to be] the propitiation for our sins.
1John 4:15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
My Muslim friends, even you believe that Jesus was the only person in human history to be conceived by a virgin, by the will of God. How could that possibly make Him not the Son of God?
1John 2:22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. 23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: [(but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also].
1John 5:10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.
Do you deny the record that God gave of His Son?
John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
32 Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him. 33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: 34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.
After his crucifixion, death and resurrection Jesus said:
Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
John 5:22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:
Are you ready to stand in judgment before, the Word, Jesus Christ, the Son of God? You could die in a car accident tomorrow, or of an aneurysm even in the next few moments. Forever is a very long time.
Mohammed's is the only anti-another-religion, religion. Islam is antichrist.
Mohammed even gave Muslims advice similar to that which he gave Christians and Jews:
sura 4:136 O ye who believe! Believe in Allah and His Messenger, and the scripture which He hath sent to His Messenger and the scripture which He sent to those before (him). Any who denieth Allah, His angels, His Books, His Messengers, and the Day of Judgment, hath gone far, far astray.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
How can you "believe in" "the scripture" that came before Mohammed if you haven't even read it? Here is a link to an introduction to the Gospels from the same King James version that the famous Islamic debater Ahmed Deedat quoted from.
Or simply click on the links on the individual verses that might interest you.
Mohammed even admitted to the event of the cross, but then spun an opposite version than the hundreds, or more likely thousands, of eye witnesses that attended the event, over five centuries before Mohammed was even born. But that brings up another Islamic conundrum. Consider the verse that opens this page and then:
Surah 19:33 "So peace is on me the day I was born, the day that I die, and the day that I shall be raised up to life (again)"! 34 Such (was) Jesus the son of Mary: (it is) a statement of truth, about which they (vainly) dispute.
That death by crucifixion and resurrection to life again happened in three days.
It's no wonder that Mohammed himself even admitted, that he thought it was a demon that met him in the cave. (video)
It would seem that God gave Mohammed just enough rope to hang himself with his own words, but it's not like we weren't warned.
Matthew 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
But Mohammed even came as a ravening wolf. Are we to believe that Mary didn't realize that it wasn't her Son that died on the cross? Or the disciples that removed His body? That would be an impressive body double wouldn't it?
Don't Muslims believe that Jesus Himself raised the dead during His ministry on earth? What about the vast volumes of even secular historians of the day that at least verify that Jesus was crucified?