We believe that it is difficult to prove that the present-day Torah and Gospel (Old and New Testaments) “have been mixed (corrupted) by the hand of man.” Certainly this opinion is often heard, but where is the proof? What is more, at the time that the Koran was written, the Torah and Gospel were considered to be light and to be true. If this was not so, certainly there would not have been a command to receive them. It seems that Muhammad was sure that the Torah, Psalms, and Gospel that existed then were still true. If not, he would not have encouraged people to believe and follow those books (Qs 3:4,5; 5:66-68; 21:7).
The ancient manuscripts of the books of the Torah and Gospel, like the Codex Vaticanus and Codex Alexandrinus, date from at least 350 years before the Koran existed, and their contents are the same as the present-day Torah and Injil (Old and New Testaments).. If it is true that the Old and New Testaments have been changed, when exactly were those books changed? Before the Koran was revealed or after it? Who changed them? Which parts of them were changed?
Christianity Had Already Spread Throughout The World
How had they possibly been changed when Christianity and the Bible at that time had been spread through many places in the world, so that even if a small part was changed, it would certainly have been made known. At that time, there were many manuscripts of the Bible which were distributed everywhere, so that it would be impossible to change all of the manuscripts that existed. Isn’t that so?
Also, how could God’s Word be changed when the Jews and Christians were very strong in defending and guarding it because they were certain that this Word is the revelation of God? Furthermore, what would be purpose of Christians try to change or corrupt their own Holy Book? What advantages would they gain from doing such a thing?
Finally, if it is true that the Torah and Gospel (Old and New Testaments) were changed by men, would God Himself (who had revealed these Scriptures) remain silent, and in such a way, allow His Word to be ruined by the hand of man? It would be impossible for God who is all powerful to allow such a thing to happen!
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