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Does Jeremiah 8:8 imply that the Bible is corrupted?
Even though the Qur'an states there is “guidance and light” in the Torah (Sura 5:43), many Muslims often quote Jeramiah 8:8 as proof that the Torah has been “corrupted.” The text says: “How can you say, ‘We are wise, for we have the law of the LORD,’ when actually the lying pen of the scribes has handled it falsely?” (Jeremiah 8:8)
It is important to look at the context. The above verses are part of Jeremiah's "Temple Address" in Jeremiah 7:1-10:25. The first important clue is that God through the prophet Jeremiah states in verse 7: "My people do not KNOW the requirements of the LORD.” He does NOT say that they do not HAVE them. Then in verse 8, he takes up the false security of those scribes who claim that they have the law, although they do not obey it and distort it with their false interpretations. The next verse gives us the context of how legitimate these scribes were: "The wise will be put to shame; they will be dismayed and trapped. Since they have rejected the word of the LORD, what kind of wisdom do they have?” (Jeremiah 8:9)
It’s that time of year, once again, when we hear people saying, “Peace on earth and good will between men.” This constant refrain in songs and conversations is uttered by many from all quarters at this time of year. However, what's interesting is that many people don't know that this quotation is actually a passage from the Bible. And even many Christians, sad to say, don't know what it really means.
Muslims celebrates the festival of Eid al-Adha with great feeling. This festival is observed in memory of the sacrifice that Abraham offered God. Muslims believe that God put Abraham to the test by asking him to sacrifice his son. At the right moment God provided a ram to sacrifice. Was God pointing forward to a Momentous Sacrifice in the future?
The Qur'an teaches that men and women were created from a single soul (Sura 4:1) and that God will reward both men and women (Sura 16:97; 33:35; 43:70). However, Muhammad the prophet of Islam said, "Amongst the inmates in Paradise the women would be in the minority." (Sahih Muslim, Hadith No. 6600). Elsewhere he is mentioned to have said, "Had it not been for women, God would have truly, truly been worshipped" (Kanz-el-'Ummal, Vol. 21, H. 825). About ritual prayer Muhammad said, "Prayer is annulled by a dog, a donkey and a woman (if they pass in front of a praying person" (Sahih Bukhari, vol. 2, 135). So why is there such a contradiction?