posted on May, 23 2014 @ 07:21 PM
originally posted by: andr3w68
a reply to: DeadSeraph
Although the way he put the information across might have a few spelling errors and misnomers, it doesn't take away from the fact that he might have a
point. Anything that is contained in a humans brain is subject to error. The Koran and Bible are both no different... Whole books have been
subtracted and added to the bible, so how can we be sure the information hasn't changed?
You can't present information that poorly and expect anyone to take you seriously.
I would also add that claiming mistranslations or variations in the text over the centuries is a weak argument for various reasons. In the case of the
Qur'an, it actually would be prone to less errors in translation since it has primarily been kept in Arabic since it was first written down. While it
has been translated to other languages, it has remained in Arabic in it's original form that entire time. Even the new testament doesn't have that
sort of consistency since it was probably passed down orally at first (like the Qur'an), then written down in Aramaic/Hebrew, then translated to
greek, then to latin, etc. In Islamic tradition, scholars of the Qur'an study it in it's original language (Arabic), and it's verses and prayers are
recited in Arabic in mosques all around the world.
The other reason it is a weak argument is because for both the Qur'an AND the New Testament, there are manuscripts dating to within 100 years of the
birth of either religion which verify the accuracy of modern translations. There really are no errors in translation, merely the complexities of
transliteration which occur in any document that is translated from one language with it's own alphabet, syntax, grammar,etc, to another completely
different language. For instance a word in hebrew can have multiple meanings just as a word in english can. The translation itself is correct, but
which meaning the author intended may be open to interpretation based on the context of the rest of the document.
It's not a good argument against Islam (OR Christianity), and is often parroted by people who don't know any better. At the end of the day, both
religious texts are a matter of faith, and you don't need to use the "Chinese Whispers" argument against either one. You either believe Muhammad
received the Qur'an from the angel Gabriel or you don't. Similarly, You either believe Jesus was who He said He was in the NT or you don't.
There are better arguments against both religions, and critics of them should discard poor arguments if they wish to be taken seriously by the
adherents of either.
edit on 23-5-2014 by DeadSeraph because: (no reason given)