[quote="Trebor135, post:13, topic:321576"]
Tim--unfortunately, Muslims won't accept those arguments, since they insist that Jesus declare, "I am God; worship me!", in those exact words: otherwise, they believe, his statements are not clear enough for us to conclude that he was claiming to have a divine nature.
Which is why Christians have to pose the same type of questions to Muslims about how explicitly the Qur'an supports their doctrines (see the links in my first post in this thread).
Exactly. I normally don't like answering a question with a question, but this seems to be the best approach to at least put Muslims in an open frame of mind, that the Bible is a different kind of book and Christianity a different kind of faith than the Koran and Islam. They might be unable or unwilling to think outside the Islamic box, however.
In my experience, Muslims insist on the exact phrase, "I am God; worship me." Although there is plenty to construct a pretty convincing picture, they will not accept it in one fashion or another, from their own (mis)interpretation to the claim of corruption.
[quote="aidanbradypop, post:6, topic:321576"]
Where is the evidence that Mohammad was the final prophet? We we start searching for "evidence" then we often allow our faith to suffer.
The "miracle" of the uncorrupted Koran is their "evidence." Like it is the only document in history to be preserved. It may be relatively intact, but the validity of the message and the messenger can certainly be questioned.
[quote="OxygenMan, post:4, topic:321576"]
Muslims often claim that key part of both the Old and New Testaments were changed to support various Jewish of Christian claims. But they have never been able to produce the supposed original versions, or anything hinting at them. There is no evidence that the books were ever radically changed, but there is good evidence that they were fairly consistent over time.
Another "Bingo!" They can never produce the so-called "Injeel." As far as hints, they do bring up the non-canonical books. They also gleen scholarly discussion, so common in a free and open society outside of Islam, for differences of opinion. Such exchanges in Islamic culture would likely bring about a death fatwa for someone.
[quote="Trebor135, post:7, topic:321576"]
Offer your interlocutor a list of "demands" in return--see here, here, and here--to demonstrate the inconsistency of a Muslim in raising such objections.
I have mixed feelings about answeringislam. It is sometimes a bit long-winded. Sometimes it just swings and misses, prompting a Muslim response that is reasonable and rational. I wouldn't be surprised if they could come up with some pretty decent replies to 1. b abd c in the second link, for example.
I think the answering islam makes a lot of stuff more complicated than it has to be. Unfortunately, there aren't a lot of resources like it. Muslims spend a lot of time, energy and resources attempting to undermine the Christian faith. We should have resources to defend it better on-line, for example.
However, I do like Shamoun's approach of putting the onus, the burden of proof, on Islam in its repudiation of Christianity. If Christianity is such a huge misunderstanding, one would think the critics would have something more substantive than "They killed him not."