Has the Bible been “corrupted”?

Quran Ali ‘Imran 3:3-4

He has revealed to you ˹O Prophet˺ the Book in truth, confirming what came before it, as He revealed the Torah and the Gospel previously, as a guide for people, and ˹also˺ revealed the Decisive Authority. Surely those who reject Allah’s revelations will suffer a severe torment. For Allah is Almighty, capable of punishment.

Why would Allah "confirm" the Torah and the Gospel as a "guide for people" if it was corrupted?
Quran Al-An’am 6:115

The Word of your Lord has been perfected in truth and justice. None can change His Words. And He is the All-Hearing, All- Knowing.

Quran Al-Kahf 18:27

Recite what has been revealed to you from the Book of your Lord. None can change His Words, nor can you find any refuge besides Him.

If the Torah and the Gospel come from Allah, how can anyone "change His Words"?
Quran Al-A’raf 7:157

˹They are˺ the ones who follow the Messenger, the unlettered Prophet, whose description they find in their Torah and the Gospel. He commands them to do good and forbids them from evil, permits for them what is lawful and forbids to them what is impure, and relieves them from their burdens and the shackles that bound them. ˹Only˺ those who believe in him, honour and support him, and follow the light sent down to him will be successful.

Quran Al-Ma’idah 5:47

So let the people of the Gospel judge by what Allah has revealed in it. And those who do not judge by what Allah has revealed are ˹truly˺ the rebellious.

Why does Allah command us to judge by a "corrupted" book?
Quran Al-Ma’idah 5:68

Say, ˹O Prophet,˺ “O People of the Book! You have nothing to stand on unless you observe the Torah, the Gospel, and what has been revealed to you from your Lord.” And your Lord’s revelation to you ˹O Prophet˺ will only cause many of them to increase in wickedness and disbelief. So do not grieve for the people who disbelieve.

Why would Allah tell us we have no ground to stand upon unless we stand on a "corrupted" book?
* The Quran clearly maintains that the gospel is authoritative for Christians. This only makes sense if the author of the Quran believed that Christians had the word of God with them.
Quran Yunus 10:37

It is not ˹possible˺ for this Quran to have been produced by anyone other than Allah. In fact, it is a confirmation of what came before, and an explanation of the Scripture. It is, without a doubt, from the Lord of all worlds.

Quran Yunus 10:94

If you ˹O Prophet˺ are in doubt about ˹these stories˺ that We have revealed to you, then ask those who read the Scripture before you. The truth has certainly come to you from your Lord, so do not be one of those who doubt,

Why would Allah ask you to "read the Scripture before you" if it has been "corrupted"?
Quran Al-Baqarah 2:40-44

O children of Israel! Remember My favours upon you. Fulfil your covenant and I will fulfil Mine, and stand in awe of Me ˹alone˺. Believe in My revelations which confirm your Scriptures. Do not be the first to deny them or trade them for a fleeting gain. And be mindful of Me. Do not mix truth with falsehood or hide the truth knowingly. Establish prayer, pay alms-tax, and bow down with those who bow down. Do you preach righteousness and fail to practice it yourselves, although you read the Scripture? Do you not understand?

How do you "hide the truth" if the Scriptures are already "corrupted"?
Quran Al-Baqarah 2:91

When it is said to them: “Believe in what Allah has revealed,” they reply, “We only believe in what was sent down to us,” and they deny what came afterwards, though it is the truth confirming their own Scriptures! Ask ˹them, O Prophet˺, “Why then did you kill Allah’s prophets before, if you are ˹truly˺ believers?”

2 Logical Options for Muslims

  1. Christians have the inspired, preserved, authoritative Word of God
    • Islam is false… Islam contradicts what is in the Bible
  2. Christians do not have the inspired, preserved, authoritative Word of God
    • Islam is false… The Quran affirms the inspiration, preservation and authority of the Bible

Either way…. Islam is false.