A common argument made by Christian apologists to try and confuse Muslims is the following: If the Bible is indeed corrupt, then why didn’t Allah preserve it? Why didn’t he preserve his words, and why did he allow his own books to become corrupt?
The argument is meant to try and cast doubt on Allah’s all knowing wisdom, and in turn, to cast doubt on whether Allah can be a true God due to this supposed deficiency. The irony is that this argument backfires completely on the Christian apologist, because the argument is an actual REALITY with their own god, and their own book.
Let me explain, Christians already believe the God of Islam is a false God, so there’s no need for now to try and go on the defensive, let us simply play along. All right, so according to the Christian apologist, Allah wasn’t displaying wisdom or strength by allowing his words to get corrupted and for the originals to be lost etc.
Now comes the big irony, it is a fact, an undisputed fact, that we do NOT have the original books of the Bible. We don’t have a single ORIGINAL AUTHENTIC book of the Bible, not only don’t we have an original authentic book of the Bible, we don’t even have a single authentic original copy of the Bible! What we have instead, are none original books of the Bible, and the none original books of the Bible were in fact copies of the copies of the copies of the copies of the copies of the supposed original Bible that we don’t even have! So the real question now is, why didn’t YAHWEH, the God of the Bible, preserve his own original inspired writings? Why are we instead left with unoriginal copies? Unoriginal copies that have been ALTERED, as well as CHANGED?
Just go take a look at the manuscripts, they are filled with differences amongst each other, as is often said, no two manuscripts agree with one another, and as is also said, there are more textual variants between the manuscripts than there are actual words in the Bible! As a result of these textual variants with one another, scholars have been left but to try and figure out which passage and manuscript has the actual original reading, and even if they manage to agree on which is the original reading (in many cases they don’t), there is no certainty that it is actually the original reading because the reading itself is not based on an original copy, but a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy! So you’re still no nearer to the actual original text you’re trying to reach at. And this is also why many textual scholars of the Bible say that the original actual text of the Bible is forever lost, and even trying to get close to an original reading of the Bible is a mute discussion.
So as one can see, the argument can be used much more forcefully against the Christian apologist, because they already believe Allah is a false God, so you can just play along and say all right I accept your argument, BUT now if we apply the consistency of your argument, then you’re in much bigger trouble, and if we apply the actual logic of the argument, then your God must be disregarded as well.
I will end this article with a question I already asked, as the Christian apologist often asks, why didn’t Allah preserve his words, my question to you is: Why didn’t Yahweh preserve his original inspired words?