Is the Bible God’s Word: Ahmed Deedat Versus Jimmy Swaggart

Epigraph: They desire to extinguish the light of Allah with the breath of their mouths, but Allah will perfect His light, even if the disbelievers hate it. (Al Quran 61:9)

Additional suggested reading: If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants

The Holy Quran has a nuanced position about the Bible.  Some of this is word of God and a significant part is word of men.  In the New Testament there are 13 letters of Saint Paul and he is not considered to be a prophet by the Muslims.

A simple comparison, how the Christian apologists defended the Bible a few decades ago and now, tells more about the Bible than all their arguments put together.

A lot of what Jimmy Swaggart offered would not be defended by present day Christian apologists, but, the same cannot be said about Deedat’s presentation.

Jimmy Lee Swaggart (born March 15, 1935) is an American Pentecostal pastor, teacher, musician, author, and televangelist. He has preached to crowds around the world through his weekly telecast. According to the official website for Jimmy Swaggart Ministries, his 1980s telecast was transmitted to over 3,000 stations and cable systems each week.[1]

Sexual scandals in the late 1980s and early 1990s led the Assemblies of God to defrock him, and to his temporarily stepping down as the head of Jimmy Swaggart Ministries.[2]

Swaggart makes some tall claims about himself, about him being saved as a proof for the truth of the Bible, around 1 hour 49 minute mark and obviously the claim was falsified by the scandals that followed.

Swaggart’s television ministry, which began in 1975, continues airing nationally and internationally. The weeklyJimmy Swaggart Telecast and A Study in the Word programs are seen nationwide and abroad on 78 channels in 104 countries as well as live over the Internet.[3]

Most or at least very many Christians do not believe the Bible to be literal word of God, any more. The biggest utility of this debate is to record, what the main stream views were about the Bible, just a couple of decades ago.

In this debate Jimmy Swaggart claims that if the text of Bible is corrupted then our faith is in vain.  This comment is around 20 minute mark.

Additional Reading

Where is the Injil, is it the Q document or ‘Q?’

Compilation of the Holy Quran into a text

If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants

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