Is the Quran or Bible the Word of God? Christianity or Islam?

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Quran Manuscripts, Copyist Errors, and Viable Variants

Appreciating the textual tradition of the Quran, such as copyist errors, should open doors for Muslims to understand that the textual tradition of the Christian and Jewish Scriptures does not invalidate them from being the Word of God.

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Have you read the Bible?

Have you read the Bible? Here are two helpful videos introducing Genesis, the first book of the Bible.






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Does the Bible Contradict Itself?

The Bible is the Word of God and while there are difficulties, there are not any errors or contradictions. I therefore encourage Muslims to study the Bible especially since the Quran contradicts history by denying Jesus’ death on the cross.






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Jesus’ View of the Bible and the Bible’s Reliability

Muslims say they believe in Jesus. Muslims say they love Jesus. Muslims say the believe Jesus was a great prophet. However, Muslims do not believe what Jesus believed; they do not believe everything Jesus historically taught as necessary for salvation.
Jesus lived His life by the Hebrew Scriptures. One of the greatest evidences for the reliability of the Bible is that Jesus not only lived by the Bible, Jesus is alive – His tomb is empty (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
Do you believe in Jesus – the Jesus of history? Do you follow His example? Do you believe what Jesus believed about Scripture?






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Do Christian Beliefs about the Bible and Muslim Beliefs about the Quran Put them in a Circular Stalemate?

Christians believe the Bible is the Word of God. Does this mean we are stuck in a circular stalemate?






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The Quran has not been perfectly preserved.

Christians have every right and every responsibility to challenge Muslim belief that the Quran has been perfectly preserved.






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Muhammad Al-Azami and Cherry Picking

Many Muslims cherry pick Bart Ehrman in trying to discredit the reliability of the Bible. This post looks at how the Muslim Scholar, Al-Azami, isn’t just cherry picking, but selling snake oil.






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Muhammad Al-Azami

This post explores one of Muhammad Mustafa Al-Azami’s arguments against the reliability of the Christian Scriptures in which Azami relies heavily upon the speculations of Burton Mack’s “The Lost Gospel.”






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Quran errors or perfect preservation?

While it is the belief of many Muslims that the Quran has been perfectly preserved, the process of printing has introduced errors.






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Dan Wallace Explains the New Testament Variants in Ten Minutes

Muslims argue against the reliability of the New Testament by pointing out that there are variants in the different manuscripts. Here are two helpful and succinct videos explaining the New Testament variants in just ten minutes.






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What Most Muslims Don’t Know or Won’t Admit About the Quran

Many Muslims argue that the Bible is unreliable because manuscripts have copyist errors but the same is true for the Quran. Muhammad Mustafa Al-Azami, Professor Emeritus at King Saud University, notes that Quran manuscripts—like the Old and New Testaments—evidence “obvious scribal blunders resulting from exhaustion.”






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Is the Bible or is the Quran Guilty of Tahrif

Usually questions of tahrif focus on the Bible; however, the Quran is guilty of tahrif.






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Accuracy in Oral Tradition

Jesus is remembered for is being a great teacher. This post contains an interview of Dr. Craig Keener, professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary, explaining why Christians believe in the reliability of the New Testament which was written after Jesus ascended into heaven. I’ve also included a clip from James Dunn on the importance of memory in the ancient world.






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Dan Wallace on the Reliability of the New Testament

Muslims argue against the reliability of the New Testament by pointing out that there are variants in the different manuscripts. To help answer these objections I am posting the following video by Daniel Wallace, Professor of New Testament at Dallas Theological Seminary, and the Executive Director of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM).






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If the Quran is the Word of God, where are the Torah, Psalms, and Gospels?

Previous prophets built upon what God had revealed to earlier generations. Muslims don’t. Muslims are only left with what Muhammad said about Moses.






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Bart Ehrman’s New Testament Forgery Theory

Bart Ehrman, a New Testament scholar argues against the reliability of the Scriptures. He has recently come out with a book called Forged: Why the Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are. Here are a few Christian answers to Bart Ehrman from Drs. John Warwick Montgomery and Mike Licona.






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When were the Gospels and hadiths written?

Muslims say they believe in Jesus; however, they do not believe in the Jesus of history. There are two essential things Muslims do not believe about Jesus: (1) Muslims do not believe what Jesus taught about His death on the cross; (2) Muslims do not believe what Jesus taught about the Bible.






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Do Muslims believe in things that never existed and never happened?

Muslims say they believe in the Bible; in fact, there are several passages in the Quran that speak highly of the Gospel(s), the Torah, and the Psalms. However, the reality is that Muslims believe in something that does not exist and never existed: an Islamic version of the Torah, Psalms, and Gospels.






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The Bible is about Jesus

A helpful overview of the Bible from Tim Keller.






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The Bible and Blood

The Bible is a book with 66 chapters and written over a period of about 1,500 years (Moses – Apostle John). Here is a helpful overview of the Bible with an emphasis on the importance of the shedding of blood for sin.






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