Who Is “Evidence for God’s Unchanging Word?”Evidence for God’s Unchanging Word is a network of Jesus’ followers from across South Asia. We are committed to promoting the seldom-heard evidence for the reliability of God’s Word. We believe that God has spoken to mankind through his unchanging Written Word, and we promote the neglected Taurat, Zabur, and Injil. We believe that the Qur’an testifies clearly to the eternal validity of these Scriptures and to the unique role of Jesus as sinless “Messiah” or Savior and Living Word of God. It is through Jesus that we have experience forgiveness and reconciliation with God, and a new meaning and motivation for life.
We are committed to accurately following the Scriptures, not man’s cultural traditions. Just as Jesus was wrongly opposed and condemned by Jewish religious authorities, so too Jesus’ authentic followers throughout history are regularly condemned by both Muslim and Christian clerics alike, clerics who too often are more concerned with their narrow cultural traditions than with bold obedience to God’s Word. Jesus didn’t call himself Christian or Muslim, and his followers simply called themselves “the Way.”
Questions Regarding Naik
Why do you criticize Zakir Naik about evolution? If you believe in God & Scripture, you cannot believe in evolution anyways.Regardless of whether evolution is true or false, it is clearly wrong to argue using lies. There are sincere scientists committed to the authority of God’s Word who have a variety of different perspectives on evolution. Allah knows best!
Why do you criticize Zakir Naik?If Zakir Naik were just another humble scholar, it would be inappropriate to criticize him in this way. But Zakir Naik has set himself up as television preacher before millions, frequently using misinformation and arrogantly denigrating those who differ with him. The higher the public position a person gets into, the more stringent standards will be demanded of him.
Isn’t Zakir Naik good if he boosts people’s faith in God’s Word?Zakir Naik uses falsehoods like “miracles of science” to support the belief in God. The problem is, when thoughtful people investigate these and see how weak the arguments are, it actually damages their belief in Scripture of any kind.
Questions Regarding Perspective
Why don’t you follow the mainstream of Islam and the Ulama?Among both Muslims and non-Muslims, communalism, dead tradition and unwillingness to reexamine beliefs hinder us from truth and development. In the Qur’an we find a helpful principle:
if you obey the majority of people, they will take you away from the path of The God. That is because they follow CONJECTURE, and they fail to think.” (Quran, Sura al-An’am 6:114-116)
Jesus taught the same principle:
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. (Matthew 7:13,14)This was the mistake of the Jews–they neglected to follow the Torah and became absorbed in their clerical traditions which contradicted the clear Word of God.
You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men.” (Mark 7:8)
Think for Yourself?The verse above from the Qur’an continues:
if you obey the majority of people, they will take you away from the path of The God. That is because they follow CONJECTURE, and they fail to think.” (Quran, Sura al-An’am 6:114-116)Many young Muslim students learn from early on not to question the mainstream, for sincere questions about religious authority are met with threats and intimidation: ‘Are you better than the sahaba who fought with the Prophet?’, or ‘Do you hate the Prophet that you question his Sunnah?’ And when they are older, they simply repeat to the younger generation what was told to them about going to Hell and disrespecting the Prophet. On the contrary, the Qur’an says that the majority go to hell because they don’t think critically but follow conjecture. Every individual has an obligation before God to use his reason and intellect to the best of his abilities to understand what God’s Word is really saying, not blindly follow fallible clerics.
Why don’t you follow Ahadith?The choice is whether to focus on the ahadith (unrevealed human traditions) or Scripture (God’s Word). The hadith wasn’t collected until around 200 years after Muhammad’s death, first by Imam Bukhari (d. 256/870). In his introduction, Bukhari states that out of almost 600,000 hadith, he could only record about 1% as authentic. It is universally acknowledged by Muslim scholars that thousands of false hadith were composed in the early period of Islam and this was considered permissible. Muhammad (pbuh) himself said:
“Do not write anything from me except the Qur’an. Whoever wrote, must destroy it” (Muslim, Zuhd 42:7147; Hanbel 3/12,21,39)Caliph Umar knew this well, and therefore:
“…he instructed the Muslims throughout the provinces: “Whoever has a document bearing a hadith, shall destroy it.” The Ahadith, therefore, continued to be transmitted orally and was not collected and written down until the period of al-Mamun. (Muhammad Husayn Haykal, The Life of Muhammad, Cairo, 1935)Umar also ordered Abu Hurayra not to narrate any more ahadith. Likewise Zaid Ibn Thabit (primary collector of the Qur’an) repeated 30 years after Muhammad’s death, “The messenger of God ordered us never to write anything of his Hadith.” (Reported by Ibn Hanbal) Although God promised to preserve his Word, he gave no similar promises of preserving human traditions. Even among the traditions of Bukhari there are contradictory traditions and impossibilities which cannot be accepted. The Qur’an emphasized the validity of the previous Scriptures over and over, but it never mentioned following hadith.