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Rebuttal to Walid's book's "Introduction" section:
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Note: Considering readers with English as their second language, this book is written using simple and basic English. For Muslim readers many names have been translated into Arabic.
Today over half the population of the world claims to be either Muslim or Christian, with two separate religious books and two separate faiths which teach that someday everyone will stand before God and be judged. Each claim to believe they alone have the true message from God. Muslims claim that the Bible we have today is a corrupted version from the original, while the Christians claim that God never will allow his word "the Bible" to be corrupted. Yet God's judgment which will decide our eternal destiny --heaven or hell, depends on whether we accepted His truth. Islam claims that the way to heaven is to declare Allah as the one and only God and Muhammad as His last and final messenger for mankind. Christianity claims that faith in Christ's redemption by dying on the cross alone as the final act from God, and is the only way to heaven. The bottom line is that one of the choices has to be correct and the other is wrong. The right choice leads to eternal heaven, and the other leads to eternal hell. I will share with you why I believe that the Christian choice is the only way to heaven.
The Bible not only contains bold contradictions and errors in it, but ironically, it admits that it is corrupt. Consider the following few examples that consist of historical contradictions in the Bible:
II Samuel 10:18 talks about David slew the men of 700
chariots of the Syrians and 40,000 horsemen and Shobach the commander.
I Chronicles 1:18 says that David slew the men of 7000 chariots and 40,000 footmen
I Chronicles 9:25 says that Solomon had 4000 stalls for
horses and chariots.
I Kings 4:26 says that he had 40,000 stalls for horses
Ezra 2:5 talks about an exile Arah having 775 sons.
Nehemiah 7:10 talks about the same exile Arah having 652 sons.
II Samuel 24:13 So God came to David, and told him, and said unto
him, shall SEVEN YEARS OF FAMINE come unto thee in thy land? or will thou flee three
months before thine enemies, while they pursue. thee?
I Chronicles 21:11 SO God came to David, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Choose thee. Either THREE YEARS OF FAMINE or three months to be destryed before thy foes, while that the sword of thine enemies overtaketh thee;
How did Judas die?
"And he cast down the pieces of silver into the temple and departed, and went out and hanged himself." (Matthew 27:5)
"And falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all of his bowels gushed out." (Acts 1:18)
2 Samuel 6:23 Therefore MICHAL the daughter of Saul had no child
unto the day of her death.
2 Samuel 21:8 But the king took the two sons of Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, whom she bare unto Saul, Armoni and Mephibosheth; and the five sons of MICHAL the daughter of Saul, whom she brought up for Adriel the son of Barzillai the Meholathite.
2 Kings 24:8 Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he began to
reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months. And his mother's name was Nehushta, the
daughter of Elnathan of Jerusalem.
2 Chronicles 36:9 Jehoiachin was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months and ten days in Jerusalem: and he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD.
26th year of the reign of Asa I Kings 16:6-8
36th year of the reign of Asa I 2 Chronicles 16:1
How old was Ahaziah when he began to reign?
22 in 2 Kings 8:26
42 in 2 Chronicle 22:2
Who was Josiah's successor?
Jehoahaz - 2 Chronicle 36:1
Shallum - Jeremiah 22:11
Also, your original scriptures are all doubtful according to the Bible's own theologians and historians. It's quite hilarious that even the Bible itself admits that it has been tampered with and corrupted by man's garbage:
"`How can you say, "We [the Jews] are wise, for we have the law of the LORD," when actually the lying pen of the scribes has handled it falsely?' (From the NIV Bible, Jeremiah 8:8)"
The Revised Standard Version makes it even clearer: "How can you say, 'We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us'?
But, behold, the false pen of the scribes has made it into a lie.
(From the RSV Bible, Jeremiah 8:8)"
And regarding who wrote the books and gospels of the Bible, well here is a sample of what the NIV Bible's theologians and historians wrote:
"Serious doubts exists as to whether these verses belong to the Gospel of Mark. They are absent from important early manuscripts and display certain peculiarities of vocabulary, style and theological content that are unlike the rest of Mark. His Gospel probably ended at 16:8, or its original ending has been lost. (From the NIV Bible Foot Notes, page 1528)"
"Although the author does not name himself, evidence outside the Scriptures and inferences from the book itself lead to the conclusion that the author was Luke. (From the NIV Bible Commentary, page 1643)"
"The writer of this letter does not identify himself, but he was obviously well known to the original recipients. (From the NIV Bible Commentary, page 1856)"
"The letter is difficult to date with precision....(From the NIV Bible Commentary, page 1905)"
"It seems safe to conclude that the book, at least in its early form, dates from the beginning of the monarchy. Some think that Samuel may have had a hand in shaping or compiling the materials of the book, but in fact we are unsure who the final author or editor was. (From the NIV Bible Commentary, page 286)"
"Although, according to tradition, Samuel wrote the book, authorship is actually uncertain. (From the NIV Bible Commentary, page 322)"
"The date of the composition is also unknown, but it was undoubtedly during the monarchy. (From the NIV Bible Commentary, page 322)"
"The author is unknown. Jewish tradition points to Samuel, but it is unlikely that he is the author because the mention of David (4:17,22) implies a later date. (From the NIV Bible Commentary, page 360)"
"Who the author was cannot be known with certainty since the book itself gives no indication of his identity. (From the NIV Bible Commentary, page 368)"
"There is little conclusive evidence as to the identity of the author of 1,2 Kings. (From the NIV Bible Commentary, page 459)"
"Whoever the author was, it is clear that he was familiar with the book of Deuteronomy. (From the NIV Bible Commentary, page 459)"
"According to ancient Jewish tradition, Ezra wrote Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah (see Introduction to Ezra: Literary Form and Authorship), but this cannot be established with certainty. (From the NIV Bible Commentary, page 569)"
"Although we do not know who wrote the book of Esther, from internal evidence it is possible to make some inferences about the author and the date of composition. (From the NIV Bible Commentary, page 707)"
"The unknown author probably had access to oral and/or written sources....(From the NIV Bible commentary, page 722)"
"Regarding authorship, opinions are even more divided....(From the NIV Bible Commentary, page 773)"
How do you respond to this?
Please visit: Just who were the original authors of the Bible? to see the book's bibliography to the above quotes.
Also, why don't you visit: Contradictions and proofs of Historical Corruptions in the Bible, and see exactly what I mean, instead of acting like a total fool and saying things that even the Bible refutes in it!
To understand the differences one must spend ample time searching through the evidence for each claim.
Not really, because it is easy to see the man-made narration in the Bible which clearly shows and proves that the entire Bible is not the True Word of GOD Almighty. Please visit: What parts of the Bible do Muslims believe are closest to the Truth? and Why?
As the Quran declares; "Produce your evidence if you are really truthful." (Al-Baqarah:112). The Bible on the other hand declares; "Produce your cause saith the Lord; bring forth your strong reasons saith the King of Jacob." (Isaiah 41:21). And In respect to both requests and as commanded by both, I will ponder these issues, and weigh each claim on the scientific scale.
I dedicated several years studying this very issue, comparing both the Bible and the Quran, and share my experience as I pondered into the Bible attempting to find the alleged corruptions its charged with. The results of this comparison are astonishing. Readers will increase their knowledge with the evidence I gathered in the areas of Prophecy, History, and Science.
The issues will include a comparison between the Bible and the Quran on subjects, events and persons like; Peace and War in Islam, Science in the Bible and the Quran. Israel and the Muslim nations in prophecy. Prophecy in the Quran. The Historical, Manuscript, Prophetic and Archaeological evidence of the Bible.
My aim is to show the problems of how Muslims view the Christian faith and to provide hundreds of facts and evidences to prove to Muslims why Christianity is the only way.
What "Christianity"? Is it the Unitarian Christianity where they believe Jesus was a creation of GOD Almighty and his Servant, or is it the Trinitarian Christianity where they believe that Jesus was the Creator of the Universe?
Please visit: The early Christians rejected Trinity.
Answering Trinity - A proof from the Bible that Jesus was not the Creator of the Universe.
With 18 years living in the Holy Land, growing up as a Muslim, I lived, breathed, and walked in the Islamic path, studying the Quran and practicing the faith. I hope the reader keeps an open mind and heart as he reads this. Praying that God will open our hearts and minds to better understand His truth. May God be with you as you ponder into this. To Him we give glory, and to Him we submit.
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