What is the Evidence that the Injeel Ever Existed?


بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ ,

The Injeel is the revelation from God which Muslims believe was given to Jesus the Christ. Christians often ask, where is the historical record of such a document or where are the witnesses to its existence. Using simple logic, I’m going to demonstrate that Christ did in fact receive revelation/ revealed knowledge from God, proving the Islamic claim.

1. Jesus Christ is a Prophet (Matthew 11:9; Mark 6:15; Luke 7:16; 24:19 [parallel to Matt 21:11]; John 7:40; 9:17 – Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary).
2. A prophet is one who receives knowledge from God, whether that be in the form of commands, guidance, historical narratives etc, this is known as revelation.
3. Thus Christ received revelation (revealed knowledge) from God because he is a Prophet of God.

We don’t have to put a name on this knowledge, but the very fact that he did receive knowledge from God as a Prophet – is enough to substantiate the Islamic claim that he did indeed, receive revelation (knowledge). Thus qualifying the Islamic position.

Islam does go one step forward and names this revelation, the “Injeel“, but giving the knowledge from God to Christ a title, does not negate the knowledge itself or the probability of its existence.

Logically speaking, once a Christian accepts that Christ was a Prophet, and are claiming he received no revelation, then they are claiming one or more of the below statements:

1. Christ was not a true Prophet (as he was a Prophecy-less Prophet).
2. Christ’s knowledge from God did not truly come from God (thus he was a false Prophet).
3. If he was a Prophet (as proved above) and did not get revelation from God, then it must be Satanic in origin.

Since the Christian cannot accept these points, he has no choice but to concede that Christ did receive revelation from God and thus the Christian would have qualified the Islamic claim. There is one closing portion of advice I would like to quote:

“You must agree. You cannot say, as so many students and others do, “ I find nothing wrong with your premises, and no errors in reasoning, but I don’t agree with your conclusions.” All you can possibly mean by saying some thing like that is that you do not like the conclusions. You are not disagreeing. You are expressing your emotions or prejudices.” – How to Read a Book, Mortimer J. Adler.

Feel free to use this quote when using the above logical argument to demonstrate the Christian’s weakness of intellect and coherent reasoning.

wa Allaahu ‘Alam.

2 comments

  • Hi Ijaz
    You said this…
    1. Jesus Christ is a Prophet (Matthew 11:9; Mark 6:15; Luke 7:16; 24:19 [parallel to Matt 21:11]; John 7:40; 9:17 – Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary).
    2. A prophet is one who receives knowledge from God, whether that be in the form of commands, guidance, historical narratives etc, this is known as revelation.
    3. Thus Christ received revelation (revealed knowledge) from God because he is a Prophet of God.

    We don’t have to put a name on this knowledge, but the very fact that he did receive knowledge from God as a Prophet – is enough to substantiate the Islamic claim that he did indeed, receive revelation (knowledge). Thus qualifying the Islamic position.

    You missed one of the main functions of a prophet and that is to perform miracles and since you used the bible to show that Jesus was a prophet well lets use it to look at a prophets works.

    Deu 18:20    But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.Deu 18:21    And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken?Deu 18:22    When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.

    Deu 34:10    And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face,Deu 34:11    In all the signs and the wonders, which the LORD sent him to do in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh, and to all his servants, and to all his land,

    Did Muhammad come preaching in the name of YHWH?

    Did Muhammad speak prophesies for YHWH?

    You said you don’t have to put a name on this knowledge…why?

    1. You don’t know what Jesus was given but it qualifies your Islamic position how?

    A. You have no evidence of the Injeel what was written and if not where is the oral transmission of it.

  • – Matthew 11:9 [written about John the Baptist; John 11:7 “As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John”]
    – Mark 6:15 “But others said, “He is Elijah.” And others said, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” [reports what people were saying, not what Jesus or his disciples were saying]
    – Luke 7:16 “Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited his people!” [again, just reports what people were saying without affirming or denying the veracity of those claims]
    – Luke 24:19 “And they said to him (Jesus), “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all people” [reports what people were saying about Jesus]
    – John 7:40 “…some of the people said, ‘This really is the Prophet’” [reports what people were saying about Jesus]
    – John 9:17 “So they said again to the blind man, ‘What do you say about him, since he has opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.” [reports what a man was saying about Jesus]

    * Prooftexts fail to demonstrate that Jesus is a prophet; fail to show that Jesus received revelation from God as a prophet (rather than, say, having knowledge of God inherently as the second person of the Trinity)
    * Definition of “prophet” is both un-biblical and un-Qur’anic
    *Argument does not show that Jesus received revelation as the prophets until John did, nor that any such revelation exists as an eternal scripture in a book in heaven, as Islam claims.
    *Argument relies on texts that Muslims consider unreliable and, therefore, undercuts its own warrant.

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