Allah had made with them, thus passing this covenant to the
Arab nation. The Koran and Hadith state that the tampering
with the Bible was accomplished by changing the meaning
of the Scriptures and changing the text of the Scriptures. All
this keeps most Muslims from ever reading the Bible. Why
read a book that is merely a Jewish Christian fiction?
This is also one reason why many fanatical Muslims
hate Jews and Christians — and why we are called infidels.
The average Muslim believes that Jews and Christians are
under a curse for changing their Scriptures: ‘‘Because of
their breaking the Covenant, We [Allah] have cursed them
and made hard their hearts. They changed words from their
places and have abandoned a good part of the Message that
was sent to them. And you will not cease to discover deceit
in them, except a few of them. But forgive them and
overlook. Verily! Allah loves the kindly’’ (Sura 5:13).
Muslims throughout history have demanded that Jews
and Christians accept the Koran’s assertions that both
Christians and Jews lost favor with Allah because they
tampered with the revelations that Allah gave to them.
Of course, this did not happen and could not have
happened. In the first place, we have copies of large
portions of the Old Testament and the entire New Testament
that date from long before the time of Muhammad. With
some minor textual variations that do not affect essential
doctrines, these ancient manuscripts are the same as the
versions we have today. This in itself gives lie to the
assertion they were corrupted.