All Muslims have been trained to use the following verse to “prove” that the Bible is corrupt.
How can you say, ‘We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us’? But behold, the lying pen of the scribes has made it into a lie.
Are Muslims right?
First of all, IF the Bible is corrupt how can we trust a verse from the SAME corrupt book that alleges it is corrupt?
Does it make sense?
It is like a liar telling you, “Hey, I am a liar. Believe me.” Is the liar lying or is he speaking the truth? How can you ever accept anything the liar says?
Now let’s look at the verse.
Who are scribes?
In Israel, scribes are the official interpreters of the Old Testament. Their duties included TEACHING and INTERPRETATION.
The scribes were not writers or authors of scripture.
The scriptures had already been written. The scriptures was already in existence for hundreds of years!
The scribes were not writing any new scriptures! It was already written!
What the scribes were writing were their false interpretations (tafseer) of the scriptures and they were teaching those falsehood to the people.
This is what is being condemning in Jeremiah 8:8, where the pen of the scribes writing their false interpretations and thus the scribes were teaching lies. They were not re-writing or changing any scriptures!
Here is more proof that scribes are teachers.
“And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he was TEACHING them as one who had authority, and not as
their SCRIBES”. Matt 7:28-29
Jesus was teaching scriptures unlike the scribes. And note that He was teaching from what was already written and he was interpreting them accurately.
No wonder Jesus condemned the scribes.
“But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in. (Matthew 23:13)
What was He condemning them for? For corrupting the already written Scriptures?
No. He was condemning them because despite being religious leaders, they were TEACHING the people wrong things and leading them away from the kingdom of heaven!
In Jeremiah’s time too, there were deceptive and evil scribes who were doing that.
And that, ladies and gentlemen is what Jeremiah 8:8 is all about.
As you can see, it is the Muslim “scribes” today who are misinterpreting and teaching falsehood to every Muslim.
By the way, here is another verse that Muslims should learn.
“They read from the book, from the Law of God, clearly, and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading.”
Nehemiah lived AFTER Jeremiah.
If during the time of Jeremiah, the Book of the Law was changed or corrupted, how can it still be intact at the time of Nehemiah and being read clearly and being understood clearly?
What about during the time of Jesus? Did Jesus lament that the Book of the Law had been changed or corrupted?
“For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law…”