Islam in India
Loving greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
It seems that the Muslim population in India’s twin cities of Secunderabad and Hyderabad is 700,000, including 40 to 60 preachers converted from Christianity. In the whole country of India there are an estimated 136 million Muslims, the second highest number in any country, but only 12% of India’s population.
Mohammedans are rapidly increasing in number, mainly because they permit polygamy, allowing their men to have four wives, and they encourage families to have many children. Iran’s Supreme Religious Leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, is reported to have ordered that every Mohammedan woman should give birth to 16 children. As Mohammedans thus increase in number, they can implant sharia (Islamic law) and take the world into their hands. Such is the desire and argument of Khomeini. It is no matter whether any adults accept Mohammedism or not; their numbers will increase by people being born and brought up in their religion. They do not permit their people to accept any other religion, imposing penalties of ostracism from family and community, or even death in some countries.
A real Christian by living a Christlike life can win a Mohammedan and not by arguments. It is not winning a victory over a Mohammedan but saving a soul. Loving conversation is desirable and will greatly help.
Conflicts Between the Bible and Quran
The Bible has no connection whatsoever with the Quran, since the Bible came into being hundreds of years before the Quran. Because the Quran talks about the Bible, inevitably we have to respond.
Mohammedans must respect and accept the Bible. Here are some Quran verses on the subject:
“And who believe in that which is revealed unto thee [Mohammed] and that which was revealed before thee and are certain of the hereafter, these depend on guidelines from their Lord. These are the successful” (Q. 2:4-5).
“Oh, Muslims, we believe in Allah and that which is revealed unto us and that which was revealed unto Abraham and Ismail, Isaac and Jacob and the tribes and that which Moses and Jesus received and that which the prophets received from their Lord. We make not distinction between any of them until we have surrendered” (Q. 2:136).
“But if you [Mohammed] are in doubt as to what We have revealed to you, ask those read the Book before you; certainly the truth has come to you from your Lord, therefore you should not be of the disputers” (Q. 10:94).
According to the Quran the Mohammedans have to believe (1) Taurat (or Al-Torah), the Pentateuch (Law of Moses; (2) Zabur (or Al-Jabur), the Psalms of David; (3) Sahifa (e-Envia), the writings of the Prophets; (4) Injil (or Al-Injil), the Gospel about Jesus Christ.
The Quran commands that Jews and Christians must believe in the Quran; but what the Bible teaches the Quran does not teach, and what Quran teaches the Bible does not teach. The Mohammedans therefore must know what is in the Bible even before knowing what is in Quran because the Bible was revealed before the Quran. In comparing the Bible and Quran, it is a matter of common sense to know first about the things revealed in the beginning, and then afterwards the things revealed in the end. It is quite in order that when a Mohammedan believes in all the four – Torah, Zabur, Injil and Quran – he should start with Torah and then one by one and at last come to Quran. Only then, one will know the truth in a balanced way. Mohammedans should not only know what is written in the Bible but also believe in it and do accordingly — so says Quran 2:136 and 29: 47.
The Mohammedan may say, “O.K., I will read the Bible and believe it, but the Bible has been changed; what is available is not the original Bible.” We can answer this by asking some questions:
a. Does the Quran declare that the Bible has changed? If it does not, why should anyone now say it has?
b. If the Bible as we know it has changed, the original, unchanged Bible must be produced to identify and prove the changes.
c. When was the Bible changed? Before the time of Mohammed or after? If the answer is “before,” then why did Mohammed tell his followers he believed the Bible which had been changed? If the answer is “afterward,” then can any Mohammed show one unaltered Bible and prove which is the original and which is the altered? Of course, the claimed original would have to be in its original language. A translated Bible is bound to have alterations, but those are not the sort of changes claimed by Muslims. Since the Bible was already translated and available all over the world in several languages by the time of Mohammed, we have to conclude that the Quran is wrong in claiming the Bible has been changed.
Quran’s Errors About Christ
Some Mohammedans argue that whatever Jesus Christ said or did was said and done only for people living at that time. This is an argument not even found in the Quran! The work of the cross was for people past, present and future, and the truths he said are eternal. Jesus Christ is the last Word of God.
The message of the Bible is that man is a sinner, by birth and by his deeds, and is punishable with eternal death. From this punishment man cannot save himself, but God has provided righteousness, forgiveness of sin and salvation for man through Jesus Christ. Salvation is only through Christ Jesus; there is no other name under heaven whereby we can be saved.
Muslims deny the death and resurrection of Jesus, thus taking the very heart out of the gospel of Christ. (Their story is that Jesus was caught up to heaven and someone else was crucified but not resurrected.) But Mohammed, who came along about 600 years later, cannot successfully deny what so many eyewitnesses on the scene testified to. Nor can he successfully dispute the Bible stories of David, who lived about 1600 years before him; Moses, who lived about 2000 years before him; or Abraham, who lived about 2600 years before him.
Any “gospel” other than the gospel of Christ is a perversion of the true gospel and is no gospel at all.
Much is made by Muslims of the angel Gabriel’s part in revelations to Mohammed. Bear in mind that the Bible clearly shows that Satan can take the form of an angel — even Gabriel, for that matter — and give false “revelations.” For Satan is a liar, a deceiver and the father of liars (see 2 Corinthians 11:14-15; John 8:44; Revelation 12:9 and 20:3). There is only one Gabriel, the one who promised Mary that her son would be called the Son of God and would reign over a kingdom that would never end (Luke 1:26-37). Gabriel would never bring a revelation contradicting previous revelations.
Space does not permit further examination here of the many conflicts between the Quran and the Bible. Thoughtful Christians will see the value of studying the Book carefully and being able to give Muslims “the reason for the hope that [we] have . . . with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15).
—By Edward Rouse. Edward and his wife, Sarada, care for needy children in Hyderabad, India, where he preaches regularly to a congregation of over 300.