Islam’s View of the Bible

The regard and view of the Bible from the standpoint of Islam needs to be understood on several fronts. First, it does not matter how men view the Scriptures, they are the inspired Word of God (II Timothy 3:16-17; I Peter 1:20-21). The Qur’an was written by a man who claimed to be a prophet, just as other religious organizations were born of men who claimed to have received some additional insight from God (Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses, et al.). The generic view/claim of the men who attempt to perpetrate these frauds is that something in the Bible needs to be corrected or altered for their newly emergent system to come into prominence. Of course, God has instructed them of this necessity (as this validates their mission). Their obedience to Scripture is only insofar as it serves their purpose and agrees with what they are proposing. 

Islam is no different in this respect, only so from the assertion that the Bible has many corrupted passages (which coincidentally are those that contradict the teaching or contrived “prophecy” of Muhammad), which in many instances is more evidence that the Qur’an is filled with self-contradictions. This is no clearer than in the efforts of Muslims to deny Biblical credibility while at the same time the Qur’an says that the books of Moses, Psalms, and the Gospels were all revelations from God. 

If Muhammad (a.d. 570-632), while alive, claimed to have received the revelation (the Qur’an) from Allah (which he did claim), it would logically force us to conclude that the Holy Scriptures (already in existence) could not have been subject to corruption at that time. Ask a Muslim when the Bible (which the Qur’an claim is from Allah) became corrupt if, since the Qur’an (which they also claim is from Allah) states that Allah’s words cannot be changed? 

The Word of the Lord is to last forever, as Jesus stated: “the scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35). The Greek word, luo, for broken here means “to loose, dissolve, sever, break (or) demolish.” This same Greek word is translated broken in Acts 27:41 and used of the breaking up of the ship in which Paul was a passenger. A ship may be broken up (destroyed, dissolved, dissipated) but not the Word of God. 

The works of the devil can be destroyed but not the Scriptures: “To this end was the Son of God manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil” (I John 3:8b—luo is translated “destroy” in this passage).

Johnny Oxendine