Has the Bible been corrupted? Since one of the top four objections Muslims have to the gospel is the erroneous belief that the Bible has been corrupted, in this episode Dr. Cynthia asks expert Georges Houssney, “Has the Bible been corrupted?” Houssney is a Bible translator who has supervised translation of the Bible into Arabic. He has investigated the sources of the Bible to see if it has been corrupted. Houssney cites the thousands of manuscripts of the Bible showing just how accurate Bible and the message of the gospel is, coming down from the early years after Jesus. Houssney challenges all Muslims not to simply believe what they have been told about the Bible being corrupted- they must look for proof! They will discover that the bulk of the evidence to the question “Has the Bible been corrupted?” is an overwhelming NO!
Huda on Islam (English) is a video clip of Huda, a in reality. In it Huda, a former Muslim is driving Dr. Cynthia to a meeting about Islam when she starts talking about Islam. Dr. C grabs the camera to catch her in candid discussion. Huda relates with animation how she feels she was deceived in Islam for many years while she lived in a Muslim country with no access to the truth. She is very glad that now, due to the internet and websites (like this) Muslims across the world finally have access to the truth.
By watching debates, Huda has learned that the Muslim debaters and leaders do not have good answers to the objections put forward by Christians, atheists, and other critics of Islam. She says there are many ugly things about Mohammed and Islam which are hidden from the Muslim world. Because of this, Huda was well into adulthood before she came to America and discovered the truth about Islam. She challenges all Muslims to research through the internet, and every other ways to find out the truth about Islam.
This clip is the testimony of a former Muslim who for safety’s sake goes by “MBI.” MBI lets us know that before he became a Christian, he used to debate against Christians. He thought he had the truth and the good answers. This former Muslim shares with us two Bible verses that Christians shared with him that opened his mind to the truth and out of Islam: John 14:6 and Romans 5:8. He was stunned to hear that no one came to God except through Jesus, as is said in John’s gospel. He says when he learned that the God of the Bible loved us even when we were sinners, in the contrast of to Allah of the Qur’an who only loved the good, was so striking that it closed the door on Islam for him. Now he is a Christian, a former Muslim who is “sold out” for Jesus!
While Huda and Dr. Cynthia are on a trip they come across a mosque. This triggers a diatribe by Huda on Mosques in America. As Huda sees it, she had no choice about what religion she would follow until she came to America long into adulthood. She points out the impossible challenges Christians have in trying to build churches in the Middle East, compared with the ease with which Muslims can build mosques in America. She strongly feels this is unfair.
Huda states Muslims should build mosques in their own countries, not America. Dr. Cynthia points out (in the background) that the United States has freedom of religion. As Huda claims in other video clips as well as this one, she fears that Americans will loose their freedoms if Islam takes root by building Mosques in America. She has said, off camera, if Islam gains power in America, “Then women will be nothing again.”
Being candid reality, this video clip exposes Huda’s gut reaction to Mosques in America. It also reveals a glimpse of the Middle Eastern attitude, still held even now that she is a Christian, that not all religions should be allowed in a country. Do not fear however, we at www.ChristianfromMuslim.com are not saying that there should be no mosques in America. In a later instructional clip that was used in this same TV episode, Dr. Cynthia explains why we do indeed allow Mosques in America.
What Huda likes about the Bible in Arabic with subtitles.
In this clip of “Dr. Cynthia’s Side,” she discusses the place of disillusion with Islam in the process of Muslims leaving Islam and/or becoming Christian from Muslim. The nearly universal presence of violence and human rights abuses in Muslim countries have caused many to become disillusioned with Islam. When Huda was a Muslim, she looked at the Muslim world, its trials and abuses, from the view that since Islam was the true religion, it must be the best. “No country in the world practices true Islam,” she would say. Iran under the Shah before the revolution she felt was the closest to true Islam, because of the more open attitude there at that time.
However, when an Arab evangelist BE, who works with Dr. C, challenged Huda that the teachings of Islam actually reinforce the abuses in the Muslim world, she began to look into facts for herself. In this way, Huda’s disillusion with Islam because of its principles was added to her disillusion with Islam because of its practices. Her example underscores the teaching of BE that in order for a Muslim to have the courage to leave Islam, they must move beyond disillusion with Islam to knowing that it is wrong.
New believers commonly ask, “Where do I start reading the Bible?” This is an important question because the Bible is a very large book, and although every part is important, some places are definitely better for a new believer to start reading that others. For many Muslims a good place to start reading the Bible is the first book, Genesis. In Genesis are the stories of Adam, Abraham, and Noah – characters with which Muslims are already familiar and call “prophets.”
It is also important for seekers and new believers to learn about Jesus. The Gospel of John is great favorite among Christians for its beautiful and spiritual analogies. But the Sermon on the Mount is refreshingly powerful in is message, and Muslims should not miss it, so Matthew is an excellent place to start. And you could start reading the Bible with the Gospel of Mark, which being the shortest gospel is very fast paced and gives a quick view of the life of Jesus. Since it is held to be the earliest gospel, it is one that Muslim critics of Christianity are most likely to accept: yet even it shows the remarkable and unique person of Jesus Christ.
And finally, Dr. Cynthia says you can start reading the Bible based on what is being studied at your church or in your Bible study group.
Jesus or Mohammed? This is a question anyone who compares Christianity and Islam must ask. Who is the true prophet, Jesus or Mohammed? In this video clip Dr. Cynthia interviews Georges Houssney, coming from the Arab world, for his guidance in how we can determine who has the true message, Jesus or Mohammed?
Although Muslims claim that both Jesus and Mohammed are prophets, since they make opposite claims of what is true, how we should live, and how we get to heaven, a sincere seeker of truth must decide who brings the true message, Jesus or Mohammed? Houssney tells us to start with what both men claim about themselves. Mohammed claims to be “only a warner.” Jesus claims to be the Son of God and Savior. Since the difference between the two messages is extreme and impacts our eternal destiny, we must determine which brings the true message from God – Jesus or Mohammed?
How do I find the Truth? In this video clip Dr. Cynthia asks Luke Price for a method we can use to find the Truth. Seeing intense violence and violation of human rights in most Muslim countries, many in Islam are discouraged and doubting. First they doubt Islam, but since they believe that Islam is the final revelation of God with his final prophet, it makes them doubt the existence of God as well. They start to ask, “How do I find the Truth?” This clip is designed to provide tools for them – as well as any seeker – to learn how to objectively find the truth. Price provides us with tools of logic to help us find the truth. We can use these tools to help determine if anything, everything, or nothing is true.
Why is the crucifixion important? This is what Dr. Cynthia asks guest Bob Siegel in this video clip. Siegel, a Christian coming out of a Jewish background, adds to the historical proof that Jesus died on the cross, confirmation from the writings of Jesus’ Jewish enemies of the time, who also document that Jesus died on the cross.
Siegel explains to us that the crucifixion is important because through it Jesus not only fulfilled his prophecy that he would die and arise again, but the crucifixion is important because Jesus’ death was a blood sacrifice in our place. He quotes the apostle Paul in Corinthians about the essential importance of this doctrine in Christianity. The crucifixion is important because without it, the Christian hopes of forgiveness and resurrection from the dead are without basis.