2. The Holy Scripture
We believe in the Bible. We believe that the 66 books found in the Christian Bible today are the word of God without any error. They have been translated, but they have never been corrupted. If you were taught that the Bible was corrupted because there were thousands of manuscripts, this is wrong. There were indeed many manuscripts, but these many manuscripts all agreed about the teaching of the Bible and about Jesus. The fact that so many manuscripts exist and they all agree is proof that the Bible is the word of God. Even though God used many men over many years to write the Bible, the manuscripts all contained the same message. This message is that the world was in trouble because of sin and it needed a Savior. All manuscripts agree that Jesus was that Savior the world needed.
You have been taught that Jesus was not crucified. But the Bible teaches that Jesus was crucified by his enemies and that he died on the cross. However, he did not remain dead. After three days he rose from the grave and showed himself to many people. By doing this he won victory over death and sin. Eventually he ascended to Heaven. Today he sits at the right hand of God the father. All of this is written in the original Bible, and the Torah (Old Testament) and Injil (New Testament) all tell this story. This is but one of the ways that we know the Bible to be true and never corrupted. The Bible did not need to be corrected by any other book.
My Muslim friend, if you have been taught that the Bible was corrupted because there are books that are not included like the gospel of Barnabas, or other books, please know that these books were never accepted by the true church and those who did accept them were labeled as heretics from the beginning. If you believe the Quran always existed and cannot be changed because it is God’s word, how can you accept that the word of God which came before it was changed?
Mankind is born sinful. This is called the doctrine of original sin. I know, dear Muslim friend, that you do not believe in original sin. But if you believe, like we do, that God created Adam and Eve and they sinned, then the Bible teaches us that through them all of us are born sinners. Even if you do not believe in original sin, you are still a sinner. You know that God has commanded you to do certain things. Still you do not do them. You also know God has forbidden certain things, but you do them anyway. This is called sin. Sin breaks the fellowship between man and God. God is totally holy and he cannot stand sin in any way. But man is always sinning, so how can God and man be together? The only way is by seeking God’s forgiveness.
Mankind have brought great shame to themselves and have broken fellowship with God the Father. Because of this sin which separated man, Jesus had to step in and reunite us with the father through his death on the cross. We must realize that we are sinners. This is the first step to be in fellowship with God. The next step is to accept the payment of Jesus’ sacrifice for us on the cross so that we may be in fellowship with him. You are taught that Jesus is a prophet. Jesus was much more than a prophet, he was God. To believe anything less is blasphemy against Jesus. You must also believe that after Jesus died on the cross, he rose again. Maybe this picture will help to illustrate.
Jesus came and died for the whole world. He came so that you may be saved.