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The “Power” of God

in Relation to the Holy Books


Ask the Question

What is the

POWER

of God in relation to His Holy Books? Is God “

ABLE

” to protect His Holy Books from change and corruption? The answer is absolutely

YES

!

According to both the Bible and the Qur’an, God is more than “

able

” to protect His Holy Books!


The Bible

Deuteronomy 29:29

.....The Secret things belong unto the Lord our God; but those things which are revealed belong unto us belong unto us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Psalms 12:6-7

.....The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver tested in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation forever.

Psalms 146:5-6

.....Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord, his God; Who… keepeth truth forever.

Isaiah 46:9-10

…..Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.

Isaiah 55:11

.....So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth; it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

Mark 12:24

…..And Jesus, answering, said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?

Mark 13:31

…..Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Luke 16:17

…..It is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.

The “Power” of God

in Relation to the Holy Books

The Qur’an

Bakara 2:20 & 255

.....Allah has power over all things… Allah! there is no god but Him, the Living, the Eternal. Neither slumber nor sleep overtakes Him. His is what is in the heavens and what is in the earth. Who can intercede with Him except by His permission? He knows what is before them and what lies behind them, and they can grasp only that part of His knowledge which He will. His Throne embraces the Heavens and the earth, and it tires Him not to uphold them both.

An'am 6:115

.....Perfected is the Word of your Lord in truth and justice.

There is nothing that can change His words

.

Hajj 22:52

.....And We never sent a messenger or prophet before you, but (without doubt) when he framed a desire, Satan cast into his desire some affair. But Allah abrogates what Satan casts. Allah establishes (perfects) his signs (revelations), and Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise.

Luqmân 31:27

…..And if all the trees in the earth were pens, and the sea, with seven more seas to help it, (were ink),

the words of Allah

could not be exhausted. Truly

Allah is

Mighty

, Wise.

Muhammed 47:32

.....Those who disbelieve and hinder others from Allah's Way and dispute with the Messenger after the guidance has been manifested to them, can in no way harm Allah, but

Allah indeed will render all their works of no effect

.


Hâkka 69:44-47

.....And if he had invented false sayings concerning Us, We assuredly had taken him by the right hand and then severed his life-artery, and none of you could have held Us off from him.

Buruj 85:21-22

.....Indeed this is a glorious Qur’an, preserved in a well-guarded tablet.

Fundamental Errors of Logic

Which Muslims Make in

Relation to the Word of God


Argumentum ad ignorantium

An attempt to gain support for some position by dwelling upon the impossibility of proving the opposite. “People who do not know how to read Greek or Hebrew, and have not studied the Science of Textual Criticism, those who know nothing about the history of how the Bible was compiled, but nevertheless say that the Bible has been changed, they are guilty speaking out of their own ignorance and have built a case based upon an “argumentum ad ignorantium”.

Zumar 39:9

…..Can those who know and those who do not know ever be equal? But only men of understanding will pay heed.

Petitio principii

Begging the question assumes the conclusion to be proved or circular reasoning. “The Bible has been changed because the Qur’an says it has been changed.”

Isaiah 8:20

…..To the law and to the testimony; if they speak not according to

this word

, it is because there is no light in them.

Argumentum ad populum

Addresses popular feelings, passions or prejudices, not the facts. “The Bible must be changed because everybody says it has been changed.”


Ignoratio elenchi

An irrelevant conclusion arrived at by substituting some other proposition more or less nearly related to it. “The New Testament must have been lost and corrupted because the Christians underwent a tremendous persecution under the Roman empire.”


Argumentum ad hominem

An appeal based on the character of the person against whom it is directed. “The Jews must have corrupted their holy books because they were such bad people.”

Humazah 104:1

…..Woe to every slanderer and backbiter.

Fundamental Errors of Logic

Which Muslims Make in

Relation to the Word of God


Argumentum ad verecundiam

An appeal based upon the reverence which most people feel for a great name without considering the evidence for the arguments which are advanced for or against the position. “The Bible must have been changed because some neo-orthodox German theologians claim that it has been changed.”

Hujurat 49:6

…..O you who believe! If a wicked person brings you some news, inquire into it carefully lest you should harm others unwittingly and afterwards be sorry for what you did.

Argumentum ad baculum

An appeal to the big stick! Might makes right. “At an Islamic Cultural Center in New Jersey where I was the Christian spokesperson in a debate on the subject of “Has the Bible Been Changed?”, a Muslim theologian from Turkey in defense of the Scriptures said; “The Bible has not been changed!” Afterwards other Muslims at the conference threatened the Turk saying, “Don't say that again or we will kill you!”

Bakara 2:256

…..There is no compulsion in religion.

Argumentum non sequitur

The fallacy of the consequent occurs when the conclusion doesn't really follow from the premises by which it is supposed to be supported.


A.

If,

“The Bible is the Word of God” (valid fact)

B.

If,

“No Man Can Change the Word of God” (valid fact)

C.

Nevertheless,

“The Bible Has Been Changed.” =

invalid conclusion


Yûnus 10:17

.....Who is more wicked than the man who invents a lie about Allah and denies His revelations? Truly the

evil-doers shall not succeed.

(Copi, Introduction to Logic, 1990)

A Correct Logical Syllogism

in Relation to the Word of God


A.

If, “God’s Purpose is that He Does Not Want

His Holy Books to be Changed” = valid fact


Deuteronomy 4:2

.....Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish anything from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.

Hijr 15:9

.....We have, without doubt, sent down the Reminder, and We preserve it.

B.

If, “God’s Power is such that He is Able to Protect

His Holy Books from Being Changed” = valid fact


Isaiah 55:11

.....So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth; it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

Hâkka 69:44-47

.....And if he had invented false sayings concerning Us, We assuredly had taken him by the right hand and then severed his life-artery, and none of you could have held Us off from him.

C.

Then, “The Logical Conclusion is that

The Bible Cannot Be Changed” = valid fact


Matthew 5:18

.....Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no way pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Mark 13:31

…..Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

An'am 6:115

.....Perfected is the Word of your Lord in truth and justice. There is nothing that can change His words.

İsrâ 17:77

.....(Such was Our) way with the messengers We sent before you. And you will find no change in Our ways.

A Correct Logical Syllogism

in Relation to the Word of God

A.

If, “The Bible is the Word of God” = valid fact


1 Corinthians 14:37-38

.....If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.

Nisâ 4:136

.....O you who believe! Believe in Allah and His messenger and the Scripture which he has revealed to His messenger and

the Scripture

which He revealed before you.

B.

If, “No Man Can Change the Word of God.” = valid fact


Matthew 24:35

.....Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Kahf 18:27

.....No one can change His words.

C.

Then, The Logical Conclusion is that

The Bible Cannot Be Changed.” = valid fact


Isaiah 40:8

.....The grass withereth, the flower fadeth, but the word of our God shall stand forever.

1 Peter 1:23-25

.....Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God which liveth and abideth forever... But the word of the Lord endureth forever.

Yûnus 10:64

.....No change can there be in the words of Allah.

Qaf 50:29

.....My word cannot be changed.

Claims of Corruption

Imply that God Did Not “Know”

that His Holy Books Were Being Changed

and thus Belittle the Character and Nature of God

el-Alîm

The Omniscient One,

who is well aware of everything


Hebrews 4:12-13

.....For the

Word of God

is living and powerful… Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight, but all things are naked and open unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

Bakara 2:29, 32, 115 & 231

.....He has knowledge of all things… You alone are the Knower, the Wise… Allah is all-Embracing, and Allah is

All-Knowing

… Do not make the revelations of Allah a mockery. Remember the favors He has bestowed on you and the Book and the wisdom which he has revealed, wherewith He does exhort you. Fear Allah, and know that He has knowledge of all things…

el-Bâsîr

The Observant One,

who sees and hears all things


Psalms 94:7-9

.....Yet they say, The LORD shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard it. Understand, ye stupid among the people; and ye fools, when will ye be wise? He who planted the ear, shall he not hear? He who formed the eye, shall he not see? He who chastiseth the nations, shall he not correct? He who teacheth man knowledge, shall he not know?

Al-Mu’min 40:56

.....Assuredly, those who wrangle concerning the Revelations of Allah without any authority having come to them, there is nothing but pride in their hearts; but they will never attain to their ambitions. Therefore take refuge in Allah. It is He Who hears and sees.

Claims of Corruption

Imply that God Did Not “Know”

that His Holy Books Were Being Changed

and thus Belittle the Character and Nature of God

er-Rakîb

The Watcher,

who keeps watch over his creation


Jeremiah 31:28, 31-34

…..And it shall come to pass that, as I have watched over them, to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict, so will I watch over them, to build, and to plant, saith the LORD… Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of İsrâel, and with the house of Judah… I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people… for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

Ahzâb 33:52

…..Allah is Watcher over all things.

el-Mevla

The Watcher,

who protects his own


Psalms 146:5-6 & 10

.....Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD… who keepeth truth forever… The LORD shall reign forever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the LORD.

Al-i İmran 3:150

.....But Allah is your Protector, and He is the best of helpers.

Tevbe 9:51

…..Say: “Nothing will befall us except what Allah has ordained. He is our Guardian. In him let the believers put their trust.

Muhammad 47:11

…..That is because Allah is the Protector of the believers, and the disbelievers have no protector at all.

Claims of Corruption

Imply that God Did Not “Care” if

His Holy Books Were Being Changed

and thus Belittle the Character and Nature of God

el-Vedûd”

The Loving One,

compassionate and loving to his servants


Jeremiah 31:3, 31-34 & 37

.....The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an

everlasting love

... Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a

new covenant

with the house of İsrâel, and with the house of Judah... for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more... Thus saith the LORD, If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will cast off İsrâel for all that they have done, saith the LORD.

Hûd 11:90 & 96

…..Ask forgiveness of your Lord and turn to him (in repentance). For my Lord is indeed Merciful, Loving… And We sent Moses with Our revelations and a clear authority.

Buruj 85:14 & 21-22

.....He is the Forgiving and Loving... Indeed this is a glorious Qur’an, preserved in a well-guarded tablet.

er-Rezzâk”

The Supplier,

who provides for both the spiritual

and physical needs of believers

Philippians 4:1 & 19

.....So stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved… my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Tur 51:38 & 58

.....In Moses too (there was a portent). We sent him forth to Pharaoh with clear authority… Allah! He it is that gives livelihood, the Lord of unbreakable might.

Claims of Corruption

Imply that God Did Not “Care” if

His Holy Books Were Being Changed

and thus Belittle the Character and Nature of God

er-Reshîd”

The Guide,

who leads believers towards perfection


Psalms 48:14

…..For this God is our God forever and ever; he will be our guide even unto death.

Psalms 119:9 & 105

.....Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word... Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Kahf 18:17 & 23-24

.....He whom Allah guides is rightly guided… Do not say of anything: “I will do it tomorrow,” without adding, “If God wills”. When you forget remember your Lord, and say, “May Allah guide me and bring me nearer to Truth.”

el-Hafîz

the Guardian,

who keeps watch over everything


Proverbs 2:8

.....He keepeth the paths of justice, and preserveth the way of his saints.

Hûd 11:57

…..For my Lord is Guardian over all things.

Cin 72:26-28

.....He (alone) knows the unseen, and does not reveal to anyone His secret. Except to every messenger whom he has chosen, and then He sends down guardians who walk before him and behind him. That He may know that they have indeed conveyed the message of their Lord. He surrounds all their doings, and keeps count of all things.

Claims of Corruption

Imply that God Was Not

Faithful” or “Trustworthy”

to Protect His Holy Books from Being Changed

and thus Belittle the Character and Nature of God

el-Mû'min

The Faithful One,

who can be trusted


Psalms 119:89-90 & 152

.....Forever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations...

Tevbe 9:111

.....That is a promise binding upon Allah in the Torah and the Gospel and the Qur'an. Who is more faithful to his promise than Allah?

Al-Hasır 59:23

.....He is Allah besides whom there is no other god. He is the Soverign Lord, the Holy One, the Source of Security the keeper of Faith; the Guardian, the Mighty One, the All Powerful...

el-Velî

The Guardian,

who protects his saints as a close friend


Nehemiah 9:6

.....Thou even thou, art Lord alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are in it, the seas, and all that is in them, and thou preservest them all.

Al-i İmran 3:68

…..Allah is the Protecting Friend of the believers.

A’raf 7:155 & 196

.....You are our protecting friend; therefore forgive us and have mercy on us, You are the best of all who show forgiveness… My protecting Friend is Allah, who revealed the scripture. He befriends the righteous.

Claims of Corruption

Imply that God Was Not

Faithful” or “Trustworthy”

to Protect His Holy Books from Being Changed

and thus Belittle the Character and Nature of God

el-Hâdî”

The Guide,

who leads and guides in safe paths


Psalms 25:9

.....The meek will he guide in justice; and the meek will he teach his way.

Psalms 73:24

…..Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.

Al-Hajj 22:54

.....And those who have been given knowledge may know that it is the truth from your Lord, so that they may believe therein and their hearts may submit humbly unto Him. And surely Allah guides those who believe to the straight path.

el-Müheymin

The Preserver,

who watches over and protects his people


Psalms 12:6-7

.....The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver tested in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation forever.

Psalms 121:7-8

…..The LORD shall preserve thee from evil; he shall preserve thy soul. The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

Al-Hasır 59:23

.....He is Allah besides whom there is no other god. He is the Soverign Lord, the Holy One, the Source of Security the keeper of Faith; the Guardian, the Mighty One, the All Powerful...

Claims of Corruption

Imply that God Did Not Care About

Maintaining the Standard of

Truth” and “Justice” in His Holy Books

and thus Belittle the Character and Nature of God

el-Adl

The Just and Righteous One,

whose word is perfect in veracity and justice


Psalms 119:142 & 144

.....Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is truth... The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting, give me understanding and I shall live.

An'am 6:114-115

..... Shall I seek other than Allah for a judge, when He it is who has revealed to you scripture, fully explained?... Perfected is the Word of your Lord in truth and justice. There is nothing that can change His words.

A’râf 7:29, 32 & 181-182

…..Say: “My Lord enjoins justice… Thus do We detail Our revelations for people who have knowledge… And those whom We created there a nation who guide with the Truth and establish justice therewith. And those who deny Our revelations…

el-Hakem

The Judge,

who settles all disputes

John 12:48-49

.....He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not

my words

, hath one that judgeth him:

the word

that I have spoken, the same

shall judge him

in the last day. For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father, who sent me he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.

Zumar 39:69-70

…..And the earth will shine with the light of her Lord, and

the book

will be placed open, and the Prophets and the witnesses will be brought, and the people will be

judged

with full equity, and none will be wronged. And each soul will be paid in full for whatever it had done.

Claims of Corruption

Imply that God Did Not Care About

Maintaining the Standard of

Truth” and “Justice” in His Holy Books

and thus Belittle the Character and Nature of God

el-Hakk

The Truth,

who is genuine and true


Isaiah 45:23 & 55:11

.....I have sworn by myself,

the word

is gone out of my mouth

in righteousness

, and shall not return... So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth; it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

John 14:6

.....Jesus saith unto him,

I am

the way,

the truth

, and the life; no man cometh unto the father, but by me.

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