May I See Your Receipt?

Some non-religious people who haven’t spent time researching the difference between Christianity and Islam seem to think they are pretty much the same. Ancient myths, constructed out of available stories, equally implausible to a non-believer. Essentially the same, equally flawed holy books.

But to Christians, that attitude is frustrating in the extreme.  It is self pleasing, self validating and lazy. Especially in the world as is.

People living privileged protected lives here in the US can afford, so they think, to ignore the very real danger inherent in Islam’s ideology. If you accept the polling data, the lowest figure, the most optimistic, says that 5% of  Muslims  are committed to violent Jihad. A small percentage, but of a very large pool. That would mean a minimum of 50 million Muslims anxious to kill for Islam. They find justification for their ideology in the text of the Qur’an.  That ideology is based on the claim that the Qur’an is a successor to the Bible. The proof Islam offers is the so called uncorrupted texts, the Tawrah and Injils.

So what, say the unbelievers, the New Testament is just hearsay and gossip too. The Gospels were written hundreds of years after Jesus, corrupted by translation after translation. Weren’t they?

Well, let’s take a look at the evidence. We’ll stick with the New Testament and the Injils.

Here is a Wikipedia page about New Testament textual criticism. This explains current methods for examining ancient documents.

Here is a general introduction. Biblical Manuscript 

And here are links to the thousands of New Testament fragments and nearly complete Bibles. If you want to take the time, you’ll see that the variations in the text are almost all grammatical or clerical. Those disputed additions by committee, which so offend non-believers, stand out in relief. But this lets you see that the essential message of the Gospel–Christ’s Crucifixion and  Resurrection–remains consistent from the beginning.

Codex Sinaiticus 

Codex Vaticanus

Codex Ephraemi Rescriptus

Codex Alexandrinus

NT Uncials

 NT Papyri 

Lastly, here is the Wikipedia page on the Injils

Notice please, no links to view a copy of an Injil. That is because no Injil has ever been found.

You could look it up. In fact, maybe you’d better.

 

 

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