Are new Bible Translations Pandering to Muslims?

World Magazine has a new article, “Holding translators accountable,” in its October 8, 2011 issue, which covers Wycliffe Bible Translators and its agreement “to new standards in debate over contextualizing Scripture for Muslim settings.” World further reports, “The problem with translating “Son of God” and “God the Father” literally in Muslim contexts, translators say, is that it implies that God had sexual relations with Mary. Some translators have turned to non-literal renderings, like “beloved one of God.””

These new translations geared toward Muslims create more problems in Christian outreach to Muslims than Muslims’ problem with “trinity.” Muslims need to know the Qur’an erroneously accuses Christians of worshiping three gods: father, mother and son. The Qur’an even questions how the father could have a son without a consort (6:101.) If we Christians can’t articulate Biblical teachings which even ancient Christian creeds addressed long before the advent of Islam, we have a ginormous problem.

Some Christians have suggested adopting “interpretations” or “meanings” to refer to Bible versions since they are translations of original languages. Muslims came up with these excuses in order to downplay problems with the Qur’an. They even argue “one cannot discuss the Qur’an without knowing classical Arabic.” Are we going to argue Bible translations are not true renderings of original Greek and Hebrew?

If Muslims are offended and would not get saved because of the true rendering of the Scripture as it was in the original languages, it is not our fault. Remember He said, “All that the Father gives me will come to me…”

  • pat dropthemsg

    Sir, Christianity of the present day Bible, has already been thrown out of public in the world of knowledge i.e. Europe, after enlightenment and industrial revolution because it is not consistent with human reason. And no matter how hard you try to understand, it is a futile attempt in the air. And to use the Bible-oriented method towards Koran or Muslims or Islam is a sure indication of desperation because you don’t agree with or accept or respect their central figure Muhammad. If not, then there is no need to punch your fist in vacuum. Do you know that : Christians want secularism, no Bible in their public life. But, Muslims want sharia, Islamic laws in their midst. What an irony.

    • Hussein

      Pat Dropthemsg,
      Thank you for your comment. Would you please use your real name or another name and not try to confuse this blog’s audience by assuming another person’s name or handle? Thank you.
      Please understand that I do not subscribe to the notion that the West is Christian. You must not know who are Christian is otherwise you would not have lumped them together. By the way, Christians must not use the Qur’an in their outreach to Muslims because the Bible suffices. After all “the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” I used to be a Muslim and no Christian talked me about Jesus using the Qur’an. The Jesus in the Qur’an and the Hadith is not Jesus Christ. Why Christian missionaries waste their time with this approach is beyond me. I hope you realize that Islam is a concoction of Muhammad because no supreme being had a hand it.

  • daniel

    Many Christians basically refute the gospel of Jesus Christ in pandering to those of other religions. It has amazed me to see pastors and elders and leaders in the church preach and teach that the Muslims worship the same God we do!!

    God bless you Brother as you uplift Jesus Christ, the way, the truth, and the life, and no one goes to the Father except thru him :)

  • GEorge.Afrah

    @ flo fan, you said”Actually X-tians do worship Mary, especially Catholics. They pray to her and praise her. ” yes the prayers! but what kind of prayers are they?and under what Title do they pray for Mary!? do the Catholics call Mary: you, our third god: Mary, please help us!? god forbid!, i am sure it is not so. your argument vaguely based on misconception, arising from lack of concrete knowledge of the things addressed. but anyway i can infer the obvious, that is, you may want to allude what muhammed based his unfounded accusations on, in the Koran, that is the tree gods belied by an ancient Heretical sect: Collyridianism, and gullibly insinuated that all Christianity is just the same as the heretic faction, E.G, quran, says(5:116)” And [beware the Day] when Allah will say, “O Jesus, Son of Mary, did you say to the people, ‘Take me and my mother as deities besides Allah ?’”" and the same quran emphasizes the unfair, calumnious accusation and adds to the absurdity: take a look. and writes here:(5:73)”They have certainly disbelieved who say, ” Allah is the third of three.” And there is no god except one God.” after such devious instructions in the Koran have clearly misled the muslims for centuries, it is not a matter of surprise to see them groping in the misery, and ignorance.

  • FloFan

    Actually X-tians do worship Mary, especially Catholics. They pray to her and praise her.

    Perhaps your sect doesn’t believe in that, but it seems your sect does believe God is the actual father of God/Jesus, who is the Son of God, but God at the same time