Was the Bible Preserved?


The basis of any faith lies in its scripture which can be traced back in history so its authenticity can be determined.

We all know that the Bible was written by men and is not the direct word of God. Although it’s alleged to be “divinely inspired”, that certainly is not the same as being the word for word speech of God. While the Islamic creed necessitates belief in the previous Scriptures, it also hold that none of them exist in their original forms today. Despite this fact, Christians persist in their misleading claim that the Qur’an supports belief in the Bible. Obviously that’s just to create doubt in the minds of believers. Such claims don’t even have any basis to begin with. But if we have the resources to prove their allegations false, then why not? It’s true that the Qur’an speaks of earlier Scriptures and the obligation to believe in them. But do these scriptures exist today? Is the Bible one of them? And were they preserved as was supposedly promised? If not, why and how did they get corrupted?

In order to properly understand this, let’s tackle it one step at a time,

First off, every Muslim believes that throughout history Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’aala revealed His word to mankind through Prophets and Messengers (peace be upon them) in the form of Scriptures, some of which are mentioned by name in the Qur’an (like the Injeel, Torah and Zaboor) while others are not. So basically these would serve as a reminder, guide, rulebook, criterion to believers and their descendants. They were commanded to follow every rule in the book, obviously because it was from their Maker and Sustainer, just like we, the ummah of our Prophet sallaAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, are commanded to follow the Qur’an.

Today Christians claim that God promised to preserve the Bible from every error till the end of times. On the contrary, the Qur’an says that the earlier scriptures were corrupted by people. Books like the Christian Bible and the Jewish Torah that carry the names of these original Scriptures cannot be considered to be the revealed Books of God. These may contain some portions of the original revelation but it has been proven that much of their content has been tampered with so it cannot be considered to be God’s words. However we are required to have faith in their original unadulterated versions.

“Do you covet [the hope, O believers], that they would believe for you while a party of them used to hear the words of Allah and then distort the Torah after they had understood it while they were knowing?” (The Noble Qur’an 2:75)

They used to “hear the words of Allah” and then “distort” them. This is clear proof that the people to whom the Torah was sent distorted its words. What about the Bible then? Read the following verses to find out.

“And indeed, there is among them a party who alter the Scripture with their tongues so you may think it is from the Scripture, but it is not from the Scripture. And they say, “This is from Allah ,” but it is not from Allah . And they speak untruth about Allah while they know.” (The Noble Qur’an 3:78)

“And [mention, O Muhammad], when Allah took a covenant from those who were given the Scripture, [saying], “You must make it clear to the people and not conceal it.” But they threw it away behind their backs and exchanged it for a small price. And wretched is that which they purchased.” (The Noble Qur’an 3:187)

Both these verses speak of “Al-Kitab” which translates to the Book/the Scripture. The question is which book/scripture are these verses referring to? I’m sure you’re aware of the title “people of the Book” which is used many times in the Qur’an to refer to the Jews and the Christians. Now relate the Al-Kitab mentioned here to the title. It does ring a bell, right?

Also, Allah ‘Azza wa Jal says in the Qur’an,

“Inna nahnu nazzalna-dhikra wa-inna lahu lahafithoon”

“Indeed, it is We who sent down the Qur’an and indeed, We will be its guardian.” (The Noble Qur’an, 15:9)

When Allah is speaking of preserving His Word from corruption, He is referring to the Qur’an and not the earlier scriptures. The word used here is “Adh-Dhikr” meaning the Reminder/Message. This is one of the names of the Qur’an. There’s a reason why Allah has promised to preserve the Qur’an. It’s because it is the Final Scripture and is meant for all the generations to come till the last day, unlike the previous scriptures which were meant only for a certain time for a certain people.

I don’t know if I’ve done justice to the topic. There’s so much to say and I’m sure there’s more solid evidence out there. But I really hope through this post I was able to shed some light on this topic and that it benefited someone even if it’s just one person.

The reason I chose to research (I hardly did any. And that’s why I think I might add some more later on insha’Allah) and write on this topic was because I was part of this weird discussion which honestly wasn’t going anywhere. Supposedly there’s a verse in the Bible which speaks of its preservation from corruption similar to the verse of the Qur’an. So the person was arguing that if both the books are from the same God, then how can it be that one is preserved and the other isn’t? I know it’s silly. But you can’t tell that to them. It needs to be proven. And that’s how I’m here trying to reason it out.

Everybody knows that the Bible has contradictions, it’s as plain as day. I don’t see why someone should believe in a book written by men. Just any men, a variety of them from different backgrounds in different circumstances over different time periods each claiming to have been inspired by God. It’s just too much. I find it completely contrary to reason.

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