I apologize for the low-tech nature of this video. I want to add to my apologetic video collection and I am sacrificing quality for quantity right now. Hopefully, the shaky handheld footage from my cell phone is not too distracting for you, and that my unrehearsed sharing of a Prezi presentation I made doesn’t keep you from getting the reasons why we can trust the Gospels to be factual accounts of the life of Jesus Christ. Without further apologies (I’m sorry), here’s an apology (defense) for the truthfulness of the Gospels:
I made a reference in the last blog post in this series that mentioned that the Qur’an claims that the prophets of the Old Testament were prophets of Allah and that the Injeel (The Gospel of Jesus) is also from Allah. I received a comment asking to provide the citations in the Qur’an in case Muslims deny that the Qur’an teaches this.
The following is a Muslim run website that lists the verses in English that mention the Injeel (The Gospel): http://www.quranfromallah.com/Topics/Quran-Gospel.html
The first verse listed is a key verse, Surah 3:3, which reads, “It is He Who has sent down the Book (the Quran) to you (Muhammad SAW) with truth, confirming what came before it. And he sent down the Taurat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel).” I’d suggest remembering this Qur’an citation.
This verse directly says Allah sent the Qur’an to confirm the Torah and the Gospel. If the Qur’an is to confirm the Gospels, then it shouldn’t contradict the Bible, but since it does contradict the Bible, Muslims claim that the Qur’an was sent to “correct” the Bible, to “correct” the corruption that has occurred in the Bible. The Qur’an however doesn’t say that Allah sent the Qur’an to “correct” what came before, but to “confirm” what had already been given.
We’ll need to ask Muslims some questions. Who corrupted the Bible? When was it corrupted? Why was it corrupted? What part of the Bible has been corrupted? Muslims do not have answers to these questions! I have only met one Muslim who has given an answer to me. He told me that the apostle Paul corrupted the Bible, because Paul was not a true believer. He was a pagan. I shared with the Muslim that this is impossible. Paul was a contemporary with Jesus and Jesus’ apostles. If he was changing or corrupting God’s Word, the other apostles would have stopped it. I also shared that the apostle John definitely outlived Paul. John would have been able to correct any of Paul’s distortions after Paul’s death, if he actually did corrupt them. The Muslim responded, “I don’t know anything about John. I don’t want to speak about what I don’t know.”