How would you share your faith with a Muslim?
Listen as I talk with Raheem, and if you like, feel free to share your comments as to how you thought the conversation went. I'm always open to suggestions and constructive criticism.
I thought it was a good-natured conversation, but obviously we differ on the character and nature of God, and how God has revealed Himself to man.
Some notes to consider as you listen: (things that came up in the dialogue)
1) The Alleged Corruption of the Word of God
Raheem says, "The Bible is awesome...it's the Word of God...but it's been corrupted."
Consider this verse from the Qur'an: And the word of your Lord has been fulfilled in truth and in justice. None can alter His words, and He is the Hearing, the Knowing. Surah 6:115
Surah 6:115 says that no one can change the words of Allah. Islam says that the Bible is the Word of God, but it has been corrupted. If 6:115 is true, that means that the Qur'an testifies to the incorruptibility of the text of the Bible. The position is self-defeating.
2) "Slay the infidels wherever you find them."
"So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them." Surah 9:5
3) "Copyist Errors"
The Bible, in its original writings, is perfect. It is inspired of God, but that doesn't mean that every copy is inerrant. This may scare some Christians, but give it some thought. I could write a Bible verse - "Jesus wwept." Now I wrote that verse, but I wrote it wrong. Does that mean the original is also wrong? No. I made a copyist error, that's all. You would still understand what I meant, even though I made a mistake.
A Few Facts about Copyist Errors:
- No significant doctrines are affected.
- They are minor errors - often it is a name or a number.
- Due to the multitude of manuscripts that we presently possess, we can look to them for the content of the original writings.