“Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be ye not therefore partakers with them” (Eph 5:6-7).
I’ve looked at dozens and dozens of testimonies of so-called Christians who have converted to Islam; I’ve purchased books of them from Islamic bookshops; I’ve searched Islamic website after Islamic website looking for and reading these testimonies. Why? Because I want to know what has motivated them to leave the Truth and embrace a fiction. I want to read their reasons why they would abandon Christianity and Jesus, the Son of God; I want to read their strongest arguments against the Bible to see if there is any legitimacy in them. These testimonies are from Baptists, Pentecostals, Orthodox, Catholic, and liberals; pastors, priests, theologians, academics, doctors, ordinary people, men, women; Western and Middle Eastern. Many of them were just nominal Christians who never were genuine committed Christians; they had been brought up in a Western country, or grown up with some connection to a church, or had been brought up in a Christian family, or were pastors’ or missionaries’ children, or had some kind of involvement with someone somewhere who was Christian. But nearly all of them did not understand the Bible properly or well; even the priests and academics had a wrong understanding of the Bible and therefore of Jesus and the gospel; so they were not equipped to deal with the claims of Islam and their attacks on Christianity.
I’ve also read the best Muslim apologists that I know of to weigh their arguments, their challenges, their theology, their claims that the Bible is wrong – Islamic websites, books, online videos – I’ve read all of Ahmed Deedat’s books and watched videos of him overcoming his Christian opponents and ridiculing them; but they all fail. I’ve read books by Western scholars and Western Higher Critical theology which seem to be where many Muslim apologists get their arguments from – the books which debunk Christianity and try to make it look stupid and fanciful.
But for all this, I’ve never read a convincing argument against the Bible. I’ve weighed their arguments against the Bible and found every single one of them insubstantial. For sure, some of what I’ve read has really challenged me, particularly Western scholars such as Professor Bart Ehrman or Dr. Laurence E. Brown. But a little digging – even sometimes simply reading the Bible passages under attack – shows their attacks to be bogus and unfounded.
Faith, not knowledge
And for all that we’re all trying to prove or disprove the Bible, we cannot come to Christ by proving him to be true or by forming a good argument. God’s criterion is faith. Yes, the Bible is true, Jesus did exist and he is God; he was raised from the dead and he did ascend to heaven – the Bible is not a book of fiction and stories; it has not been spin-doctored by the disciples or anybody else. The Bible is a record of eyewitnesses to Jesus Christ; it is historically true, and archaeology, among other disciplines and sciences, demonstrates that and gives good reason to believe it. But the Bible doesn’t require a person to have or acquire academic knowledge before they can come to God; it says: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen….without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:1, 6).
The simplest of people can come to God through belief in Jesus as the Son of God and Saviour, and consequently have more knowledge than the greatest pagan philosopher or atheistic scientist. King David said, “I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts” (Psalm 119:100). And the apostle Paul wrote: “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness: but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent (intelligent). Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe….But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence” (1 Corinthians 1:18-21, 27-29).
So don’t be afraid of enemies such as Ahmed Deedat, or Professor Bart Ehrman, or Dr. Laurence E. Brown, or scientist Maurice Bucaille, who want to rob you of your salvation – God will judge them. If you wish to be saved, put your faith, your trust, your hope, in Jesus Christ, and he will do the rest – and you will have peace in your soul because you will have peace with God. “…if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9-10).
“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy or vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Col 2:8-9).