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

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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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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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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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Disproving the Quran

Does the Arabic Quran perfectly preserve what Muhammad recited? Is the Sana Quran the “smoking gun” and proof that the Quran is false?

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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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Sana Quran

The Sana Quran palimpsest is a significant find because it is one of the oldest extant Quran manuscripts; it is different from the standard Quran disseminated by Uthman; and it is manuscript evidence of a different textual tradition from Uthman.

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The first complete Arabic Quran printed by movable type

The first complete Arabic Quran said to have been printed by movable type appeared in Venice in 1537-8. It was thought to have been completely lost until a copy showed up in the 1980s, displaying a very faulty text.

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Does the Arabic Quran perfectly preserve what Muhammad recited?

The Cairo edition of the Arabic Quran is based on readings that in a “small number of cases” contradict earlier sources and whose text is “often at odds with manuscript evidence.”

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Are there copyist errors in Quran manuscripts?

There are over 250,000 manuscripts of the Quran. When comparing them it is always possible to find copying mistakes here and there; this is an example of human fallibility.

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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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Yusuf Estes

One arguments some Muslims like Yusuf Estes use against the deity of Jesus comes from the Bible and Numbers 23:19, “God is not a man.” In this post I show why this is a dishonest use of the Bible.

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Bart Ehrman

Bart Ehrman’s explanation why he would not attempt to apply his scholarship toward the Quran.

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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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Islam, Grace, and the Bible

A group of Pakistani clerics want Pakistan’s Supreme Court to declare certain passages of the Bible as blasphemous. They believe the Bible’s depiction of “Muslim Prophets” as sinners undermines their sanctity. To help explain this I’ve included a video by Sinclair Ferguson about God’s grace.

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