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Mar 22 2017

Objection overruled: the Bible has not been changed

God named Ishmael ‘God hears’ before he was born. Years later, God heard Ishmael’s cry when he was perishing in the wilderness and opened his mother’s eyes to see a spring of water from which she gave him drink – and he lived! Islam claims Ishmael as a spiritual forefather. Today’s Muslims are in the wilderness perishing and crying out for living water. Let the Church pray to the Father to reveal the well of living water, Jesus, so they might live!
Objection overruled: the Bible has not been changed

When the strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his belongings are undisturbed and secure. But when someone stronger than he attacks and overpowers him, he robs him of all his armor on which he had relied and divides his [goods as] spoil” Lk 11:21-22 AMP).

“The strong man” of Islam has gone to great lengths to ensure the captives in his house are “undisturbed and secure” by building strongholds against the message of the Gospel. One of these “pretension[s] that sets itself up against the knowledge of God” (2 Co 10:5) is that the Bible is untrustworthy because Jews and Christians have changed it, including removing Muhammad’s name.

Interestingly, the Qur’an itself does not accuse the Bible of corruption. Rather, it instructs Muslims to read the Jewish and Christian scriptures, always referring to them positively and respectfully (Gordon Nickel, The Gentle Answer, chapter 3). The claim of corruption (Arabic tahrif) originated some time after the Qur’an was compiled to account for discrepancies between it and the Bible. Nevertheless, Muslims consistently claim the Bible has been changed, and that Allah had to give another book, the Qur’an, to correct and supersede it.

This false claim deters many Muslims from reading or owning the Bible. Some have read the Bible to glean evidence to prove the claim, and some of these have  been shocked to discover the truth while reading it (see Khalil’s testimony: http://morethandreams.org/the-dreams/the-story-of-khalil/)!

Missionaries to Muslims are trained to counter the claim of tahrif. The process can be complex and demanding:

  • “Are you saying God can’t protect His own word? Prove your claim. What parts have been changed?”
  • “The Qur’an says the Bible is God’s word. So let’s look at what the Bible says about itself (Mt 5:18, 24:35; 2 Ti 3:16; 1 Pe 1:24-25; 2 Pe 1:20-21).”
  • “Let me prove to you that the Bible is one of the most reliable ancient texts in the world.”
  • “I can assure you that Jews and all the different Christian denominations could never agree on what changes to make!”

Can you envision a Holy Spirit intervention among Muslims – even the polemicists, imams and scholars – that makes them so hungry for the true word that they ask for Bibles, and devour and digest it?

Let’s use our divinely powerful spiritual weapons to demolish this lie that sets itself up against Muslims knowing the truth about God through His word (2 Co 10:4-5).

Father, we cry out to you on behalf of those in darkness and gloom, who are without Your word to be a lamp to their feet and a light for their path. Disturb the false security of believing Your word is corrupted. Break their chains (made of interlocking lies) and the bronze gates and iron bars (prohibitions and fears) that keep them from receiving revelation from Your precious living and active word! Pour out Your Spirit to stir up such a hunger for revelation of truth that nothing can keep Muslims from seeking, devouring and digesting Your word! May Muslims who turn and follow You provoke the church to jealousy by their love for Your word.

(Ps 119:105, 107:13-16; Isa 45:1-3; Heb 4:12)

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Leslie knows by faith and experience that our heavenly Father puts His prayers in our hearts and then listens to our hearts’ cry as we pray them back to Him. We hear God, and God hears us.
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