Colonel Muammar Gadaffi, the dictator of the african nation of Lybia, claimed in a speech yesterday that the Bible is a "forgery". Here is the "best of" what he said:
"The Bible we have now is not the one that was revealed to Issa [Jesus] and the Old Testament is not the one that was revealed to Musa. Muhammad is mentioned in both (original versions), but the Tora and Bible we have now, there is no mention of him....
It means that it (Bible) has been forged. Prophet Muhammad was sent to mankind. Allah wanted mankind to have one religion. The Koran that we have is the only book that was sent by Allah. We believe in the Bible as well as the Tora.....
We cannot be Muslims unless we believe in Issa...We have to look for the Bible and Tora that were sent to Moses and Jesus, but where can you find them? Unfortunately, the holy book that was sent by Allah was written by mankind and forged...."
This is the momment where I put my "History Expert" Hat on. As a History Major, I'm REALLY into History. Religious History has also facinated me. So when I see a dictator, whose only real professional expertise is that he can terrorise people into doing what he wants, gets up on a stage and starts lecturing about the textual history of the Bible, I know everything out of his mouth is going to be some ideological theory that he was brainwashed with.
The fact is that numerous historians from various backgrounds have shown that the Bible we have today was written and organized in it's current form long before Mohammed was even BORN! Historians such as Josephus and Phileo vouched for the historical authenticity of the Bible. We know that Alexandrian scholars of the 3rd and 4th Centuries had the Old and New Testament texts. There is tons of historical proof to show that Mohammed was NEVER in the "original text" of the Bible because Mohammed was not even alive when the different books of the Bible were written and when it was organized.
This farce that runs in Islamic circles that Mohammed was suppose to be in the Christian Bible and in the Jewish Torah and Tanakh is historically inacurate and intellectually dishonest. And the fact that Gadaffi helps to propagate this idiocy is sickening. When gullable and uneducated people get a whiff of this kind of rhetoric, they can get confussed and get led to believe it may be true. This is what concerns me. Educated people know better, but how do we make sure the uneducated or blissful masses are not so deceived by propaganda?