IS THE BIBLE GODS WORD?-Chapter 1-What they Say

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IS THE BIBLE GODS

WORD?

By Ahmed Deedat

CHAPTER ONE

WHAT THEY SAY

CHRISTIANS CONFESS

Dr. W. Graham Scroggie of the MOODY BIBLE INSTITUTE, Chicago, one of the most prestigious Christian Evangelical Mission in the world, answering the question — “Is the Bible the Word of God?” (also the title of his book), under the heading: IT IS HUMAN, YET DIVINE. He says on page 17: “Yes, the Bible is human, though some, out of zeal which is not according to knowledge, 1 have denied this. Those books2 have passed through the minds of men, are written in the language of men, were penned by the hands of men, and bear in their style the characteristics of men.” (Emphasis added).

Another erudite Christian scholar, Kenneth Cragg, the Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem, says on page 277 of his book, “The Call of the Minaret”: “Not so the New Testament3 . . . There is condensation and editing; 4 there is choice, reproduction and witness. The Gospels have come through the mind of the Church behind the authors. They represent experience and history.” 5

If words have any meaning, do we need to add another word of comment to prove our case? No! But the professional propagandists, after letting the cat out of the bag, still have the face to try to make their readers believe that they have proved beyond the shadow of any doubt that the Bible is the “irrefragable 6 Word of God.” Their semantic gymnastics — equivocating, and playing with words — is amazing!

1. Out of ignorance.

2. The Bible is not Just a Book. It is a selection and compilation of many books.

3. As opposed to the Qur’an.

4. Another word for Interpolating.

5. Emphasis are mine.

6. Indisputable.

Both these Doctors of Religion are telling us in the clearest language humanly possible that the Bible is the handiwork of man, all the while pretending that the are proving to the contrary. An old Arab saying goes: “IF SUCH ARE THE PRIESTS, GOD BLESS THE CONGREGATION.” With this sort of drive, the hot-gospeller and the Bible-thumper is “inspired” to harry the “heathen.” 1 A theological student — a not-yet-qualified young evangelist — from the University of Witwatersrand, became a frequent visitor to the Newtown Mosque in Johannesburg, with the “noble” thought of “witnessing”2 to the members of its congregation. When I was introduced to him, (and having learnt his purpose), I invited him to lunch at my brother’s residence — a stone’s-throw from the Mosque. While discussing the authenticity of the Bible over the dinner table and sensing his stubborn dogmatism, I put out a feeler: “Your Professor Geyser, (The Head of the Department of Theology) does not believe the Bible to be the Word of God.” Without the slightest surprise he answered, “I know.” Now I personally had no knowledge of the Professor’s conviction about the Bible. I had only assumed so from a controversy which raged around him about the “Divinity of Christ.” 3 He had taken issue with the orthodox believers on this point some years ago. I continued further, saying, “Your lecturer does not believe the Bible as being God’s Word.” The young evangelist, responded again, “I know” but he continued this time-with the words, “but I believe that it is the Word of God!” There is no real remedy for such people. Even Jesus bewailed this sickness:

“… seeing they see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.” (Matthew 13:13) Al-Qur’an, the Holy Book of God, also condemns this mulish mentality:

These pages are now addressed to those sincerely humble souls, who are genuinely interested in seeking the Light of God, and who wish to be guided by it. As for the other, with a sickness in their souls, the facts presented herein can only increase the disease of their hearts. 1. See “How Lost are the Heathen?” by the same MOODY PRESS of Dr. Scroggie.

2. When the Christian talks of “witnessing” he means propagating, proselytizng, converting.

3. This subject is dealt extensively in the book — “CHRIST IN ISLAM”

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10 Comments

  1. hunkabread
    Posted January 26, 2008 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    Is the Qur’an the word of God?

  2. formerthings
    Posted January 27, 2008 at 2:46 am | Permalink

    Psalm 78:2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old.

    Hmmmm who spoke in parabales?

    Luke 8:10 Jesus said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God (Christians): but to others in parables;(Muslims)that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.

  3. Posted January 27, 2008 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    formerthings said
    Psalm 78:2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old.

    Hmmmm who spoke in parabales?

    Luke 8:10 Jesus said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God (Christians): but to others in parables;(Muslims)that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.

    MY REPLY :

    Do you know the difference between PARABLE AND HUMAN ERRORS OR HUMAN MISTAKES ?

    Presuming that your first language is English .

    Luke 8:10 Jesus said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God (Muslims): but to others in parables;(Christians )that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.

    Peace

  4. Posted January 27, 2008 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    hunkabread said

    Is the Qur’an the word of God?

    MY REPLY :

    Yes ,beyond doubt it is the Only uncorrupted true word of God on the face of Earth now , it is also the last and final message of God to the entire Humanity not just for the Jews like the Bible .

    Peace

  5. hunkabread
    Posted January 28, 2008 at 1:03 am | Permalink

    Was not the Qur’an an “Image” given to an Educated Man in a Cave? Did this man not have others write what he Imagined? Why is it more people choose to believe the Bible as the Said All By the Above all and more people are forced to believe the Qu’ran as the Above all? I have researched the countries that are forced by government to believe in the Qu’ran and they make up the majority of it’s followers. Seems kinda fishy….

  6. Posted January 28, 2008 at 5:21 am | Permalink

    Most religions, dating back to ancient ancient history, are merely adaptations and counterfeits of one another. The ancients did their best to make sense of the world around them, and they didn’t do a terrible job of it. Personally, I don’t find it surprising at all that today’s “Christian” traditions are merely adaptations of ancient pagan ones.

  7. Posted January 28, 2008 at 5:58 am | Permalink

    hunkabread said

    Was not the Qur’an an “Image” given to an Educated Man in a Cave? Did this man not have others write what he Imagined? Why is it more people choose to believe the Bible as the Said All By the Above all and more people are forced to believe the Qu’ran as the Above all? I have researched the countries that are forced by government to believe in the Qu’ran and they make up the majority of it’s followers. Seems kinda fishy….

    MY REPLY :

    No Quran is not a Imagination it is the last and final revelation of the One true God of all , when you say more people choose to believe in Bible rather than the Quran which was forced on the people according to your fantasy , then let me remind you some chapters of History in case you forgot them

    WHO CONVERTED BY FORCE MILLIONS OF NATIVE AMERICANS TO CHRISTIANITY , WHO NEARLY WIPED OUT THE NATIVE AMERICAN RACE FROM AMERICA BY SLAUGHTERING THEM ?

    MUSLIMS OR CHRISTIANS ?

    WHO CONVERTED MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN THE MIDDLE EAST ON THE POINT OF SWORD ?

    MUSLIMS OR CHRISTIAN CRUSADERS ?

    WHO CONVERTED BY FORCE MILLIONS OF JEWS AND MUSLIMS TO CHRISTIANITY DURING THE SPANISH INQUISITION ?

    MUSLIMS OR CHRISTIANS ?

    WHY THERE ARE MILLIONS OF ARAB CHRISTIANS AND JEWS IN MIDDLE EAST TODAY ? DESPITE 1,400 HUNDRED YEARS OF MUSLIM RULE ?

    IT IT BECAUSE OF RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE OF MUSLIMS OR OF CHRISTIANS ?

    WHY EVEN AFTER 800 HUNDRED YEARS OF THE MUSLIM RULE IN SPAIN THERE ARE 99 PERCENT CHRISTIANS IN SPAIN TODAY ? AND WHY THERE ARE VIRTUALLY NON EXISTENT ORIGINAL SPANISH MUSLIMS IN SPAIN TODAY ?

    IS IT BECAUSE OF RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE OF MUSLIMS ? OR IS IT BECAUSE OF RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE OF CHRISTIANS ?

    So please Mr hunkabread refresh your knowledge about History then speak your fantasies and don’t mix your fantasy with the reality and Historical facts .

    Peace

  8. hunkabread
    Posted January 28, 2008 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    Doesn’t all of what you just stated also include you’re own twist of history? I see your not open to the Truth. Enjoy the journey, Believe in the history as you interpret it.

  9. Posted January 28, 2008 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    hunkabread said

    Doesn’t all of what you just stated also include you’re own twist of history? I see your not open to the Truth. Enjoy the journey, Believe in the history as you interpret it.

    MY REPLY :

    So hunkabread what is your History ? and which part of the History I have twisted , speak lies and believe in them that is your History I guess or Rather your fantasy as I have mentioned previously .

  10. Melanie
    Posted February 8, 2008 at 6:29 am | Permalink

    Luke 11:10 (King James Version)
    Public Domain

    [Jesus said:] 10For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.


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