The importance of reading the Gospel

Do not believe those who tell you it is unnecessary to read the Bible. Their opinion contradicts the Qur’an itself. The Qur’an states clearly that all Muslims must follow and obey the teachings of the previous Holy Scripture (The Bible). The following Surahs are clear on this subject:

Surah 2:136 states: “Say ye: ‘we believe in Allah and the revelation given to us and to Abraham… and that given to Moses and Jesus and that given to (all) Prophets from their Lord we make no difference between one and another of them: and we bow to Allah (in Islam).”

Surah 2:285 states: “The Messenger believeth in what hath been revealed to him from his Lord, as do the men of faith. Each one (of them) believeth in Allah, His angels, His books, and His Messengers. ‘We make no distinction (they say) between one and another of His Messengers.’ And they say: ‘We hear and we obey…’”

Surah 4:136 reads: “O ye who believe! Believe in Allah and His Messenger and the scripture which He hath sent to His Messenger and the scripture which He sent to those before (him). Any who denies Allah, His angels, His Books, His Messengers, and the Day of Judgment hath gone far, far astray.”

My dear Muslim reader, to enjoy a right and complete relationship with God, you must read the Gospel (the New Testament). This will increase your understanding of Jesus Christ (Al-Masih, Isa). It will also help you to understand the Salvation God wants you to experience through faith in Him.

The Koran mentions the Good News of Jesus in Surah 3:45 “Behold! The angel said: ‘O Mary! Allah giveth thee Glad Tidings of a Word from him: His name will be Christ Jesus…”

According to the Qur’an, all Holy Books are equal

In Surah 2:285 and Surah 4:136 cited above, notice that “His Books” is plural. This means all the Holy Books. In Surah 2:136, please discern the important phrase, “We make no difference between one and another of them.” This is a clear command that Muslims should regard all Holy Books as equal revelation.

As we read in Surah 4:136, if any Muslim ignores or rejects any part of God’s revelation in the Torah or in the Gospel, he has “gone far, far astray.” Also, God would condemn him as an infidel, as we read in Surah 40:70–72: “Those who reject the Book and the (revelations) with which We sent Our messengers: But soon shall they know—when the yokes (shall be) round their necks, and the chains; They shall be dragged along—In the boiling fetid fluid; Then in the fire shall they be burned.

Clearly, the Qur’an commands all people to read and obey God’s revelations in the Bible; it is an essential part of being a Muslim. It is very clear that Muhammad himself considered the holy scriptures of the Jews and the Christians to be books that lead people to become Muslims (fully submitted to God).

The Qur’an also indicates that the Jews and Christians, who lived in Muhammad’s time, rejected the Qur’an. You can read about this in Surah 2:91: “When it is said to them: ‘believe in what Allah hath sent down,’ they say, ‘We believe in what was sent down to us.’ Yet they reject all besides, even if it be truth confirming what is with them…”

It is a fact that Muhammad wanted Arab Christians and Jews to believe that he is a prophet in the line of Biblical prophets. The Qur’an also recorded that Jews and Christians rejected Muhammad (Surah 2:120).

The Qur’an considers the Bible to be preeminent

Surah 10:94 is a command given to Muhammad (and all Muslims) to treat the Bible as the primary source of enlightenment: “If thou [Muhammad] wert in doubt as to what We have revealed unto thee then ask those who have been reading the Book from before thee…” This verse clearly instructs all the Muslim believers to refer to the Bible when questions arise regarding the Qur’an’s meaning. It is clear from this verse that in the event of any doubt about certain revelations in the Qur’an, Muhammad is commanded by God to consult with the Jews and Christians who have been reading their Holy Scriptures. So Surah 10:94 is a command to Muhammad to test the truthfulness of his own message by the contents of the Holy Scriptures of the Jews and the Christians. This verse clearly shows that the Qur’an does not supersede the Gospel.

I’d also like to remind you that if Muhammad had doubt and was commanded to ask, then you, my dear Muslim reader, have the permission, also, the obligation, to examine all things and think about all the information that you receive so that you can, by God’s guidance, you can determine the whole truth.

My dear friend, the Qur’an does not claim that God sent the Qur’an to prevent corruption, or to alter or replace the holy Word of God, which is the entire Bible (Torah and the Injeel). On the contrary, the Qur’an confirms Biblical authenticity.

Jesus also declared that He came not to abrogate previous revelations. He said: “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.” (Matthew 5:17–18 nkjv) He also said: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will by no means pass away.” (Matthew 24:35 nkjv)

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