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Did Jesus Need to Give A 'Command' To MakeThese Records? 

  We note that some in Islam find themselves in such a weak position that they argue that these records are not valid since since there is no record that Jesus gave his Companions a specific instruction to make them. 

  We would point out first that to argue from Islam's fallen standards is hardly valid after what we have seen! However, for the sake of those who are deceived by such empty arguments we will address it in Islamic terminology.

  All we need consider is why such people make this accusation when even Islam derives its own actions from assessing its materials so that
  1/ If something is obviously obligatory, then it is Halal. 
  2/ If something is obviously unacceptable, then it is Haram. 
  3/ But most importantly, if things are not plainly in either of these categories, then it is up to the people to decide for themselves.

  We find that similar acknowledgements are made by the chief Shi'ah missionary of Tanzania - and he mentions the Qur'an, amongst other things:

"First of all, let me emphasize that your whole approach to this matter is wrong. You are labouring under the presumption that everything to be lawful should be expressly allowed in Sheriat, while the dictum accepted in all sects of Islam is that everything is lawful unless it is expressly forbidden. We cannot declare an act unlawful just on the ground that it was invented after the Prophet. Other wise we shall have to burn all the books of traditions, commentaries of Qur'an, Fiqhah of Imams Abu Hanifah, Shafii, Malik and Ibn Hanbal. Not only this, but we shall have to think whether it is not haram to have the Qur'an in our houses which has been divided in thirty parts and its alphabets marked by dots, and pronunciations made clear by adding fat'ha, kasra and Dhamma (sic) etc. Again, we shall have to ponder whether it was lawful for the First Caliph and third Caliph to unify the different qira'ats of Qur'an which were prevalent among the Companions of the Prophet." (Your Questions Answered, Rizvi, p. 60)   Is it not plain then, that even by Islam's fallen standards such an action requires no direct command? Again the followers of Islam are found having no basis to defend their own religion and so falsify arguments against others. 

  The Gospel records are completely valid records - even from the Islamic perspective.
  Neither, then, did it require a 'command' from Jesus for the succeeding 

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generations of the Community of Believers in al-Masih to compile 'between two covers' not only the Companion and Tabii Gospel records, but also the Companion Epistles for the sake of preserving the Faith of Jesus.

  Since Jesus had given a Promise of Divine Guidance [by the Holy Spirit's Presence in them] the Companions were Divinely Enabled to enlighten the people. They did this in their personal teaching when present, and in their Gospel records and letters when absent.

The Gospel Record Is "The Word Of God" Written, "The Revelation Of His Will" Written 

  Thus the Gospel records and the Companion Epistles are collectively worthy of the term "the Word of God Written". Christians denote it this way  since it is the expression of God's Will to mankind in written form. 

  This is the record known as the 'New Testament'. It relates all that is considered reliable concerning the New Covenant, the Faith of al-Masih. 

  It comprises the true LAST TESTAMENT, for no-one would come after Jesus to point the Way. 

  He himself is the Way as he said:

"I am the way the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father except by me."   Only He paid the sacrifice for sin, as the Prophets of old had foretold. 

  The New Testament is, then, the only reliable authority on matters of the True Religion of the Living God. It is clear in its presentation and explicit concerning the Way of Salvation.

  To find that there are copyists errors, and even some small discrepancies in certain early manuscripts [like Islam will now declare the Samarqand manuscript to be] is quite normal. 

  To find that the doctrinal content is uniform in even those early Manuscripts is God's provision for Those Who Want Truth - the people who seek to be right with Him before they die - the true 'muslims'.

  Only those blinded by Satan think otherwise.

This Is Why The Qur'an Faced Opposition

  Is it any wonder then that the Jews and Christians of the Hijaz questioned this new Qur'an declaring their allegiance to what they already possessed? Of course not. In fact the comment recorded by Ibn Ishaq from the Jews is quite understandable. Their 'Book' too did not resemble the Qur'an. They asked:

"Is it true Muhammad, that what you have brought is the truth from God? For our part we cannot see that it is arranged as the Torah is." (Sirat Rasul, ibn Ishaq, #399).    Their adamant decision was:

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"We will never give up the Torah and never change it for another." (Sirat Rasul, #685/6). 

Indeed, one would have to be willing to 'change Books' in order to accept Islam and the Qur'an. And this is what we saw as the charge from Maududi when he wrote:

"It is on account of these special features of the Qur'an that all the peoples of the world have been directed to have faith in it, to give up all other Books and to follow it alone." (Towards..., Maududi, p. 77)    The Jews, who were People of Learning, evidently also perceived the baffling and confusingly 'different arrangement' as a warning sign that something was wrong. 

  Those who knew the clarity of the content of the Injil records also knew that the baffling Qur'an did not belong with them. Neither did Muhammad. 

Jesus Had Certified The True Scripture

  In fact, one can see clearly the wisdom of God functioning through history preparing the safety of the Scripture of the People of the Torah and Gospel long before Muhammad was to come. 

  First He certified the Scripture of Bani Israel. 

  Although the early Hebrew was somewhat like early Arabic, God had caused that Scripture to contain the Words of God, Hadith, Sirah, etc., from the beginning.   Then, almost 300 years before Jesus was born, He had it 'fixed' into the complete written form of the Greek language. This is known as the 'Septuagint' 1. Then He had Jesus, His (non-sexual) Son, come into the earth from Heaven and certify the Scripture of Bani Israel which was in use in his day. Who is better 'qualified' to do this than One from Heaven!

  Next, God had Jesus' Companions and Tabi'un record his profuse use of the Old Testament as 'Proof' that it was not 'corrupt' as Islam claims. Further He endued the Companions and Tabi'un of Jesus with special Divine Recall and Enlightenment so they could make clear and accurate records - all that was necessary for transmitting Jesus' teachings clearly.

Thus the True God sent His (non-sexual) Son into the world to certify His Scripture which was in the hands of Bani Israel, and further to provide Divine Inspiration for those who would be responsible for writing the Gospel Records. 
God did this so that coming generations who wanted to know the Father's Will through the Son, would have written 'Proof' for it all.

  Those who fight against this Scripture fight against the True God.

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  1/ This fact reflects the trustworthiness of the Torah and Prophets for in about 280 BC the entire Old Testament was translated into the complete written language of Greek, as Yusuf Ali notes:
  "The Septuagint was supposed to have been prepared by 70 or 72 Jews (Latin, septuaginta = seventy) working independently and at different times, the earliest portion dating from about 284 B.C. This version was used by the Jews of Alexandria and the Hellenized Jews who were spread all over parts of the Roman Empire." (Appendix II, p. 285)
  Further to this, while the Appendices of the Yusuf Ali translations continue to state "The primitive Torah must have been in old Hebrew, but there is no Hebrew manuscript of the Old Testament which can be dated with certainty earlier than 916 A.D.", the fact is that since his time Old Testament MSS in Hebrew have been uncovered which go back a further 1000 years to before Jesus' day. 

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