The Oldest Text of the New Testament?

 What’s the Oldest Surviving Text of the New Testament?

by Ibn Anwar

   I recall numerous instances of facing Christian detractors who would attempt to undermine Islam by questioning the validity of the primary sources that support it. Specifically, they would question the Hadith. Their main assertion would be that the Hadith is unreliable since it was compiled 200 years after the fact(in reference to Sahih Bukhari). Though this is absolutely false I do not wish to delve into it here. In this article we shall discuss the Christian source material instead. As it happens, the Christians do not have any record or documents that date to the first century CE in support of their New Testament. Most of the documents that make up the New Testament are traced back to either the mid second century or later(many are later) e.g. Chester Beaty Papyrus 1(P45)[3rd Century], Chester Beaty Papyrus II(P46)[A.D.200], Chester Beaty Papyrus III(late 3rd century), Bodmer Papyrus II(P66)[A.D.200] and Bodmer Papyrus XIV-XV(P75)[early 3rd century). In fact, modern scholarship realise that the works attributed to Matthew, Mark, Luke etc. are in reality anonymous(Click here for further details). We have absolutely no idea who wrote them! One of the reasons for this absolute ambiguity and vagueness is due to the fact that NONE of the originals(if there were even any)survives. Scholars say that what they have now are copies of copies of copies of copies of copies made from purported originals. In reality this is nothing more than guess work. We have no idea if there were even originals to begin with since they do not exist anymore to substantiate the so called copies and there is absolutely no chain of transmission whatsoever so as to substantiate the authority of those who transmitted the words and messages down to the copyists(whoever they were). As mentioned, the books themselves are totally anonymous. Professor Bart D. Ehrman, the foremost textual critic notes:

Debate: Monotheism vs Trinitarianism. What Did Jesus teach?

Ibn Anwar vs John_14_1 

The recording is of the most recent formal debate I had on Paltalk with a Christian. The topic was on the Trinity, did Jesus teach it? Insha’Allah, I will add a commentary on the debate when I can.  The time allocated was very restricted, thus many of the points raised by the opponent could not be addressed during the debate. However, I did manage to deal with most of them during the Q & A session. Unfortunately, it was not recorded. So, insha’Allah I shall endeavour to respond to the unaddressed claims in the upcoming commentary. In the meantime I hope you will enjoy the debate.

 

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Matthew 28:19

 Matthew 28:19 is not original and is an interpolation  according to Biblical scholars

by Ibn Anwar, BHsc (Hons), MCollT

  I’m sure many of you have come across avid Trinitarians who use this verse time and again to prove the Trinity. However, even if one were to accept the verse as true and authentic for the sake of argumet it does not in any way prove the Trinity doctrine. Mr. James Patrick Holding from tektonics.org in his response to Pastor A. Ploughman(who wrote on the issue)admits:

Did Paul ever speak and teach on his own?

 Textual evidence for Paul’s non-inspiration

by Ibn Anwar

 Christians would have it that their liege lord Paul of Tarsus was ever inspired and received direct revelation from Jesus Christ himself. This concept stems from the following verses(and many others):

“For I make known to you, brethren, as touching the Gospel which was preached by me, that it is not after man. For neither did I receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but through revelation of Jesus Christ.” (Galatians 1:11-12)

“If any man thinks himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him take knowledge of the things which I write unto you, that they are the commandment of the Lord.”(1 Corinthians 14:37)

And of course, the famous 2 Timothy 3:16:

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”

Paul of Tarsus(Part 2)

Jesus VS. Paul

  by Dr. Roshan Enam

Edited by Ibn Anwar for Unveiling Christianity

Quotations from the Qur’an and the Bible are colour coded as follows:

Colour coding:

Translation of the Words of Allah S.W.T from the Qur’an

Words of Paul(From the Epistles)

Possible words of Jesus from the Gospels and quotations from the Old Testament

Words of others beside the above are in the same colour as the rest of the text

Paul of Tarsus( Part 1)

St. Paul, the Root of Christian Missionary deception

By Malik Ali

There was an apostle, who wrote an epistle,
strange faith did he jostle, and scriptures entwistle.
His doctrines pentacostal, made GOD’s people bristle,
and blapshemy collosal, led to his dismissal.
Apostle, epistle, collossal, dismissal,
His writings bescissel, make faith so afissile. 
Anonymous

GOD created man in his image.
Then the Christians came along and recreated GOD in man’s image. 

Are all Muslims condemned to enter hell?

 Does Surah Maryam, 71 condemn everyone including Muslims into hell?

by Ibn Anwar

  In an article published on Answering-Islam at http://www.answering-islam.org/Quran/Contra/qi029.html that seems to be the general idea. We read the following from the article:

From the entry under Martyrs in The Concise Encyclopedia of Islam by Cyril Glass�:

 

    Believers who die for their faith, in defense of it, or persecuted for it, are assured of Heaven. They are buried as they died, unwashed and in the same clothes, the bloodstains testifying to their state.

This is also expressed in various hadiths. For example we find in Bukhari, Volume 9, Book 93, Number 621:

 

    Narrated Al-Mughira:Our Prophet has informed us our Lord’s Message that whoever of us is martyred, will go to Paradise.

MY RESPONSE:

What is not mentioned above by the author is that others beside those who die “for their faith, in defense of it, or persecuted for it” who are Muslims and believers and do righteous works are also assured paradise as can be seen again and again in the Qur’an and Sunnah:

“Truly, the Muttaqun (the pious and righteous persons) will be amidst Gardens and water-springs (Jannah). (It will be said to them): `Enter therein (Jannah), in peace and security.’ And We shall remove from their breasts any deep feeling of bitterness (that they may have). (So they will be like) brothers facing each other on thrones. No sense of fatigue shall touch them, nor shall they (ever) be asked to leave it.” (15:45-48 )