To My Muslim Friends by Wayne


1) Did you know there are over 24,000 old manuscripts, that is hand written copies, of portions of the New Testament (NT) today. Over 5,000 of these old manuscripts are in Greek, the language the NT was written in. Many manuscripts are in Latin, Syriac, Aramaic, or Coptic. We could easily construct the entire New Testament from A) the many Greek manuscripts we possess or from B) the Latin, Syriac, Aramaic, and Coptic manuscripts. We could also construct all but a few verses of the entire NT from C) the writings of the Earliest Church Fathers.
2) Did you know only around 3 percent of the Greek words in the New Testament are in question. Many of these questions concern the original spelling of words, word order, etc. Some words, sentences and phrases are in question. None would change any important teaching of the New Testament. Comparing old hand written copies of the New Testament one finds they are 98% in agreement with each other.
The NT was completed around 95 AD when John wrote Revelation. R.A. Baker Ph.D. has an article on the development of the New Testament Canon. The following old Greek manuscripts contain most of the Bible or the NT: The Vatican manuscript 350 AD= Bible. Codex Sinaiticus 350 AD= NT. Codex Alexandrinus 425 AD= Bible. Manuscript of Ephraem 450 AD= NT. Geddes MacGregor lists over 50 important Bible manuscripts in his book "The Bible in the Making." While hardly any hand written copies are from the 2nd century over 25 are dated from the 3rd century (200's). Bruce Metzger lists over 30 NT manuscripts that are complete and without gaps in "Manuscripts of the Greek Bible : an introduction to Greek Palaeography." There are more surviving manuscripts of the NT than there are of any other piece of ancient literature.
3) The oldest surviving manuscripts of most of the ancient Greek authors are dated at least 700 years or more after the author's original work.Scholars believe that in essence we have the original works of the ancient Greek authors, so why wouldn't one believe we have copies of the writings of the New Testament authors?
4) Like many people today, the writers of the New Testament were multilingual and could easily converse back in forth in Aramaic, Greek, and Hebrew.
5) Did you know the God of the Bible says He loves you? "For God so loved the world, He gave his only begotten (unique) son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16. John 1:29 says, The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. 1st John 1:7 says, "...the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." Jesus says if we love and obey him, his Father will love us and they will come in live with us. John 14:23. In John 14:6 Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." The death of Jesus himself (not someone who was made to appear like him, Quran 4:157), and his physical resurrection was foretold many times before it happened, in both the Old and New Testament.
6) Did you know Jesus is called or referred to as the son of God over 40 times in the New Testament? You can go to www.blueletterbible.org and type in "son of god" without the quotes and quickly read every place the phase son of God appears in the Bible. After that you might also want to just type in the words god and son. Quran 5:47 says to let the people of the Gospel judge by what is therein. So the people of the Gospel or Christians should judge the Quran by what is in the Bible.
Click here to learn more about why Jesus is called or referred to as the son of God. Note: Christians do not believe God or Allah is the Messiah (Jesus). Quran 5:72. (They do believe Jesus is God, the second person of the Godhead). They do not believe Allah is the third of three. Quran 5:73. (They believe God the Father is the first, or incharge person in the Godhead). Philippians 2:11. John 14:28. John 5:18. 1st Corinthians 15:27-28. They also do not believe Jesus and his mother Mary are both gods. Quran 5:116. They believe in the one (echod) God there are three eternal persons, the Father, the Son (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit.
The next paragraph quotes almost every place in the New Testament the phase son of god appears.
Matthew 4:3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. Mat 4:6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Mat 8:29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? Mat 14:33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God. Mat 26:63 But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God. Mat 27:40 And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. Mat 27:43 He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God. Mat 27:54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God. MarK 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; Mar 3:11 And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God. Mar 15:39 And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God. Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. Luk 3:38 Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God. Luk 4:3 And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. Luk 4:9 And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: Luk 4:41 And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ. Luk 8:28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not. Luk 22:70 Then said they all, Art thou then the Son of God? And he said unto them, Ye say that I am. John 1:34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God. Jhn 1:49 Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel. Jhn 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. Jhn 5:25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. Jhn 9:35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? Jhn 10:36 Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? Jhn 11:4 When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. Jhn 11:27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world. Jhn 19:7 The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God. Jhn 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. Act 9:20 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God. Romans 1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: 2 Corinthians 1:19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea. Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Ephesians 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. Heb 6:6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. Heb 7:3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually. Heb 10:29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? 1John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 1Jo 4:15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. 1Jo 5:5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? 1Jo 5:10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 1Jo 5:12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 1Jo 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. 1Jo 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. Revelation 2:18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass; Note: the above quotes were from the King James Version of the Bible.
7) Did you know, the Bible foretold the dispersal and later regathering of the Jews from all nations. It says Jehovah will defeat all their enemies, in the end times. The Bible even lists many of their enemies. Read the following chapters in the Bible to see what nations Jehovah says he will defeat. Ezekiel 37, 38, 39. Zechariah 12, 14. Joel 3. Psalms 83. Revelation 1, 16, 17, 18, 19. Daniel 7. What is the religion of these nations the Bible says will war against the Jews and be defeated by Jehovah?
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