Copyright © By Dr. Adel Elsaie, Book Title: "Please Revise the Bible, Again"
1.5 Stop the Clash and Start the Debate
people get information and base their decisions from the media. The world has
been bombarded with false information about Islam and the Muslims. TV
Evangelists, neoconservative book authors, “terrorist experts”, terrorism
This intensive brainwashing process was used before in Nazi Germany and
The problem at hand is the intensive brainwashing of the Christians to convince the public that Islam is their real enemy. Yet, there are still some few voices of reason from honest and intellectual people and organizations. Unfortunately these voices are drowned in the venomous ocean of hate and prejudice.
Consequently, we Muslims and Christians have two alternatives. The first is to believe in the clash of civilization and war of ideology, help increase more violence and terror, and face eventual global catastrophe between the West and 2.8 Billion Muslim and Chinese (1.5 Billion Muslims and 1.3 Billion Chinese.) Some Christian radicals believe that this will be the battle of Armageddon that is described in Revelation 16:16 as the final battle between good and evil. Muslims also believe in a final battle between good and evil and in the second coming of Jesus as a Muslim prophet.
Until that final battle happens, should we be involved in violence, clash, and wars? Or should we be involved in understanding, dialogue, and debate? Should we be involved in human suffering? Or should we be involved in human peace and security? Should we be involved in establishing human justice? Or should we be involved in exporting human injustice to some parts on earth? Therefore, the second alternative is to have a debate between Christian scholars (from Christian countries) and Muslim scholars (from Muslim countries.)
If the problem is between the “peaceful Christianity” and the “violent Islam” as many Christian radicals claim, then let us have a debate between Christian and Muslim scholars. Certainly debates are much wiser than killing millions of people. And we are not talking about a local debate in a mosque, church, or a town hall. We are talking about a televised debate about Christianity and Islam in the Muslim and Christian worlds. There is much information that the average Christian and Muslim are not aware of. We have debates between presidential candidates, and certainly such a religious debate is more important than any other debates because it affects global peace. We can have a debate between the two religions that claim to be a monotheistic religion and worship the One and Only true God of Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad.
But before we agree on a debate, Christians have to agree on one version of the Bible. Muslims have only one Quran, in the same Arabic text from the time of revelation until now, and they do not play the versions game that some Christian scholars have mastered. I personally have 5 different versions of the Bible, and sometime a Christian refers to one verse in the bible that I find in one version and is deleted in another Bible, and in a third Bible the meaning of the verse is completely changed. As such, I do not know if this verse was truly inspired or not, and why the meaning is changed. So the Christians have to agree on one version of the Bible, and revise the other versions accordingly. If you have only one version of the Bible and you are not interested in other versions, you may be lucky. But if you have, like myself, more than one version and try to compare crucial verses, you are in for a big surprise and a bigger confusion.
It is also recommended that Christian debaters learn Arabic to read the
original version of the Arabic Quran. This is not a difficult task, Thomas
Jefferson did it! This is a very worthy cause to stop the human killings and
tortures and to avoid a clash of civilization or war of ideology. Also, Thomas
Jefferson single-handedly produced his own Bible using four different
translations in the process. He placed Greek, Latin, French and English (King
James Version) side by side, so that Jefferson, who was fluent in all four
languages, could better determine the most accurate reading. He used cut and
paste on blank papers. So if
The British ruled
This book is intended to help the Christian scholars to develop a single unified revision of the Bible. A system for referencing each verse should be adopted, and the history of the ancient copies should be explained. Verses of the Bible that are proven to be written by humans as marginal notes, and included in the main text in the following version should be taken out. Why am I doing this service? Simply because I believe that I am among the vast majority of Muslims and Christians that prefer peace over war, debate over clash, and understanding over violence. As for the battle of Armageddon, it is no use to even think to push God to do His Work. This battle is going to happen according to God’s Will, not according to the desires of the interpreters of the Bible.
Revising the Bible is not out of the ordinary. The Bible has been revised many times with verses deleted and by changing critical words that affect the Christian theology. The following is just a sample of revised Bibles where the word “revised” appears on the title:
Revised Standard Version.
New Revised Standard Version.
Revised Version KJV
Revised Douay-Rheims: Holy Bible
English Revised Version.
Geneva Bible revised.
Revised Luganda Bible.
Korean Revised Bible.
It is a fact that revising the whole Bible, Old and New Testament, is a monumental task. Therefore, it is our intention to present road map of why and how to revise only the four Gospels into a single Gospel much like what Thomas Jefferson did. To accomplish that, Jefferson “Gospel” is presented as a historic document that a single knowledgeable human developed. This is followed by comments that Christian scholars can use to issue a single version of the Gospel. We will not attempt to produce a revised New Testament. This is done out of respect to Christian theologian scholars, unlike some Christians that attempted to write “their own fake Quran” based upon arrogant and distorted ideas. This resulted in a mediocre work that not many Muslims attempted to read, but mainly used by Christian missionaries as part of their Weapons of Missionary Deception.
The main references in this book are the Quran and the different versions of the Bible, thus it should be easy for the reader to check these references. Also, a major part of the information on Christianity in this book was obtained from Western authors and friends whether they are Christians or not. Allah addressed mankind to get to know each other, Surah 49, Ayah 13:
“O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of God is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And God has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things).”
Consequently, as a Muslim I had to form my ideas about Christianity from its sources. That is something that most critics of Islam never tried.