What does the Qur’an think of the Christian Bible? 

The traditional answer is that Allah revealed the Torah to Moses, the Psalms to David, and the Gospel (or Injil in Arabic) to Jesus (3:3).  Later Allah revealed the Qur’an to Muhammad, so we have continuity once again.  Several times so far we have seen the Qur’an appeal to the “People of the Book” to simply look into their own Bibles to see that what Muhammad was now revealing centuries later was no different from what had come before.  The traditional answer continues that these previous revelations had since been corrupted by Jewish and Christian writers, leaders and theologians (see 3:71, 78) thus the Hebrew and Christian Bibles of the seventh century (and today) were no longer the pure revelations given by God and therefore could not be trusted.  Jesus was given a “book” or “Gospel” that taught a message akin to the Qur’an, but then Paul and others re-invented Jesus and the Gospel to support their claims that Jesus was God.  Same goes for the Old Testament.  So for all intents and purposes, the real Torah and Gospel are lost. 

So turn to the Qur’an, today’s reading implores once again.  When you have come to see the truth of the Qur’an, to turn away and return to the half-truths of corrupted past revelations is ludicrous.  And dangerous (3:77).  The truest followers of Abraham — the original Muslim, in a way — will return to a submissive monotheism that outdates both Judaism and Christianity (see the post from 1/11).  And to turn a prophet like Jesus into a “lord” and to claim to be Jesus’ “servant,” well Allah would never approve of that (3:79-80). 

So, what does the Qur’an think about the Christian Bible?  Why bother with that old thing when you could have something even better? 

Bible - Quran

Trading a Bible for a Qur'an