By Nolan Johnson
Welcome to our sixth and last Debunk, where we will be taking a look at one of the largest and most prominent religions in the world, Islam. A quick note: there’s a lot to Islam, more than can be covered in a single article. If you’re interested in learning more, there’s plenty of websites and books on Islam, even some from a Christian’s perspective of evangelizing to them. However, we will be covering a bit, so keep reading to learn about the other Holy Books in a Muslim’s life, along with other elements of their walk with Allah. There’s a lot to go over, so let’s get right into it, shall we?
Islam was founded sometime around the 7th century A.D. It was founded by the Prophet Muhammad, who is said to have received visions from the angel Gabriel. It was revealed to him that there is only one God, Allah, and one’s whole purpose is to live devoted to Him. One who lives devoted to Allah is known as a Muslim. There are five key things to a Muslim’s faith, known as the Five Pillars. They are “Shahada: to declare one’s faith in God and belief in Muhammad, Salat: to pray five times a day (at dawn, noon, afternoon, sunset, and evening), Zakat: to give to those in need, Sawm: to fast during Ramadan, (and) Hajj: to make a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once during a person’s lifetime if the person is able” (HISTORY).
Like Christianity, Muslims also have holy literature. While there are three other holy books, the Quran, or Koran, is the holiest book in Islam as the text “is considered the sacred word of God and supercedes any previous writings” (HISTORY).
The Tawrat is the revelation sent to the Prophet Musa. It is very similar to Talmud in Judaism or the Old Testament in Christianity; it is their legal book. However, they have lost the original message of the Tawrat. The Zabur is the revelation sent to the Prophet Dawud. It is very similar to Psalms; it is filled with songs for Muslims to praise Allah. Similarly to the Tawrat, the Zabur’s original manuscripts have been lost to time. Finally, the Injeel is very similar to the New Testament, even with Jesus as the main Prophet who receives Allah’s revelations. It, like the two before it, has lost its original copy, and that is why Muslims aren’t allowed to read “the holy books that have been altered” (Quran Reading). Those, along with the Koran as the revelations sent to Allah, comprise Islam’s holy books.
That is pretty much it for this article’s explanation of Islam. Again, there is way too much to it to cover in a single article, but that is a simple, condensed version of their faith. Now onto the debunking part.
To be honest, Islam is extremely similar to Christianity. I am not saying that it is the same, but there are many people in history that are in both Islam and Christianity, such as Abraham and Jesus. However, they contradict each other, and this is worrying for either Islam or Christianity, as the law of non-contradiction states that only one opinion of a particular topic can be true at one time (or, in the case of religion, for all time). Now, Islam has some very convincing texts, but they are missing one thing: the original messages. For all of the texts, they are missing the texts that the original manuscripts would have said. For the Bible, however, there are many copies of the ancient texts, the oldest dating back to the first half of the second century. Also, Islam uses many of the same texts as the Bible uses. This may be confusing at first until one realizes that Islam prohibits Muslims from reading the so-called “holy books that have been altered.” This does make sense, as if they were to read the whole Bible, there would be holes blown through Islam, such as the existence of the Trinity. Instead, it is Muslims who are reading the altered books, with many things taken out of them. Related to this is the matter of Jesus. This isn’t just Islam, many people do this. They say that Jesus was a great teacher, a good man, a wise philosopher, but deny that He was the Son of God. This makes no sense because Jesus said that He was the Son of God many times. Great teachers and good men tend to not lie, especially frequently or about them being the Son of God, so if He was lying, then He is not a good teacher. Or maybe He was crazy and babbled random things; still not a good teacher. Or maybe He was who He said He was. If He was, then His claims are not boasts or ramblings, but truth from the Son of God.
Now, this is a good argument against an atheist who you can show the whole Bible, but it may not work against a Muslim with a translation that doesn’t have such verses as “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14) or “And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17 ). However, those verses and many more that contradict or disagree with Islam are in the Bible, so the course of action is clear: you must make a Muslim see the Word of God as inerrant. The best way to do this would probably be to know their holy books to show the similarities and differences of the texts, but not possessing any of those, I’ll have to do the best I can with just the Bible.
Take, for instance, the various scientific truths found in the Bible. There were natural phenomena found in the Bible way before science could have figured them out. Take, for instance, the law of Entropy, which states that all is in a state of decay: “In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded” (Psalms 102:25-26) or the ocean currents: “the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas” (Psalms 8:8) (The Christian Post).
In cohesion with science is the vast amount of history in the Bible; take the great Flood. Most of the world’s peoples and even religions have recorded a massive flood: “A Sumerian king list from c. 2100 BC divides itself into two categories: those kings who ruled before a great flood and those who ruled after it. One of the earliest examples of Sumero-Akkadian-Babylonian literature, the Gilgamesh Epic, describes a great flood sent as punishment by the gods, with humanity saved only when the pious Utnapishtim (AKA, “the Mesopotamian Noah”) builds a ship and saves the animal world thereon. A later Greek counterpart, the story of Deucalion and Phyrra, tells of a couple who survived a great flood sent by an angry Zeus. Taking refuge atop Mount Parnassus (AKA, “the Greek Ararat”), they supposedly repopulated the earth by heaving stones behind them that sprang into human beings” (Christian Research Journal). Or the many nations of the ancient world, like Jericho or Jerusalem, or Samaria. The Bible has given many specific details about the places and time of power of many of these ancient nations. (Christian Research Journal).
Hopefully this article has proven insightful into the world of Islam and proving the Bible inerrant. Go in peace, and do your own research; it is very helpful and you can create your own method of evangelizing.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”