When dealing with a case such as an accident, detectives are always looking for witnesses. One is never enough. They usually need more. The goal is to get a complete and valid understanding of the incident.
This is true of other things in life. More witnesses result in a more complete story.
The Quran states that Allah revealed the Injil to Prophet Isa.
Christians believe that four of Jesus’ followers wrote the Injil after receiving revelation from Allah.
Why do Christians believe that? Does that indicate the Injil is inconsistent or contradictory?
What is actually found in these books? We all need to understand this because it relates to our eternal destiny.
Why Are There Four Books in the Injil?
Each witness testifies to what they saw when an accident happens. Their perspectives are often different from each other. However, that doesn’t mean their explanations are incorrect. Instead, this creates a more complete picture of the incident.
The four writers of Injil wrote about the life of Jesus. They wrote from their own point of view based on their unique life experiences.
So, does this mean the story of Isa is untrue? Certainly not! Written by four different people, the story becomes even more convincing. Each of their stories complement each other and makes it more believable.
The Meaning of Injil: Good News
The word Injil comes from the Greek word meaning Good News. According to Christianity, the “Good News” refers to the life of Isa on the earth. And, according to Islam, it refers to vision that was revealed to Prophet Isa. Why is it called “Good News?”
The Good News conveyed in the Injil is actually the message of salvation for all sinners. It’s called good because it frees us from the punishment of sin.
The Injil Contains Guidance and Light
We need to highlight that both Muslims and Christians believe in the existence of Injil. This means that both belief systems acknowledge that Isa brought “Good News” to the world.
“. . . We sent him (Isa) the Gospel: therein was guidance and light (which illuminates). . .” (Qs 5:46).
This verse makes it clear that Isa brought “Good News” in the form of guidance and light. The Bible explains who the guidance and light are:
“Jesus (Isa) answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life . . .’” (Injil, John 14:6).
“When Jesus (Isa) spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. . .’” (Injil, John 8:12).
Based on the verses above, we can conclude that the Good News is Isa Himself and His work. He is the Way (Guidance) and the Light.
The Essence of the Original Injil
There is only one Injil, and that Injil contains Allah’s salvific work through Isa. We can understand a complete picture of who Isa Al-Masih is and His work on the earth through the Gospel writers.
This is the good news: Isa Al-Masih came into the world as the Way, the Truth and the Light to save mankind from the slavery of sin. Do you want to follow Isa and receive the promise of salvation?
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