A Muslim objects,
“John 5:31 “If I bear witness to myself my testimony is NOT true.”
However the infallible himself says in chapter 8:
John 8:14 “…”Even if I do bear witness to myself, my testimony IS true.”
Hmmm well IS it or IS IT NOT?? To be or not to be that is the question my friends.”
I think that Muslims could easy deceive a Christian who doesn’t know the Bible well, but unfortunately for them some of us aren’t Christians just for the sake of being called Christians. Some Christians actually don’t like it when we argue with Muslims about the Bible but if we have to study and follow the footstep of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Apostles then we have to defend the Gospel (Philippians 1:7). We are commanded to defend it (Colossians 4:6; 1Peter 3:15…). After all, during His earthly ministry, the Lord Jesus argued a lot with the Jews until they have had enough and decided to kill Him. Paul also argued a lot with the Jews and Pagans (Acts 17…)
Now, let’s answer this Muslim’s objection. Are John 5:31 and John 8:14 contradicting each other?
Why do Muslims always (and they are good at it) reap God’s words out of context to prove their case? How can they think they are right when they know they completely distort God’s Words?
Jesus is not saying His witness of Himself is untrue. He is pointing out that ‘if’ He alone bore witness of Himself, it would be untrue. Since Jesus did not bear witness of Himself alone, His witness of Himself is not untrue.
To solve this blatant distortion, let me quote the context of these verses and this should become clearer instantly:
5:31 If I testify about myself; my testimony is not true.
5:32 There is ANOTHER who testifies about me, and I know the testimony he testifies about me is true.
5:33 You have sent to John, and he has testified to the truth.
5:34 (I do not accept human testimony, but I say this so that you may be saved.)
5:35 He was a lamp that was burning and shining, and you wanted to rejoice greatly for a short time in his light.
5:36 “But I have a testimony greater than that from John. For the deeds that the Father has assigned me to complete – the deeds I am now doing – testify about me that the Father has sent me. – John 5:31-36
Jesus clearly says that if He is the only one who testifies for him, then His testimony is not valid. What is He talking about? He is speaking about the generally accepted legal standards which were given in the Torah (Deuteronomy 19:15). One witness is not enough to convict a man accused of any crime or offense he may have committed. A matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.
But, then Jesus continues to show in the following verses that he has indeed those needed witnesses, namely John the Baptist, God the Father Himself, and His own work [i.e. His miracles…]; which all testify for Him. So there is indeed ample testimony for His truthfulness and on the basis of these testimonies people should believe Him.
Now, what does the other passage say?
I quote: “John 8:14 – …Even if I do bear witness to myself, my testimony IS true.” Hmmm well IS it or IS IT NOT??”
Look at what this Muslim does, he didn’t quote the entire passage in context. The sentence doesn’t end there, Jesus continues with a “because … “ and gives the reason for it.
Let us look what the whole passage actually says:
8:13 So the Pharisees objected, “You testify about yourself; your testimony is not true!”
8:14 Jesus answered, “Even if I testify about myself, my testimony is true, BECAUSE I know where I came from and where I am going. But you people do not know where I came from or where I am going.
8:15 You people judge by outward appearances; I do not judge anyone.
8:16 But if I judge, my evaluation is accurate, BECAUSE I am not alone when I judge, but I AND the Father who sent me do so together.
8:17 It is written in your law that the testimony of two men is true.
8:18 I testify about myself AND the Father who sent me testifies about me.” – John 8:13-18
As we see, if we continue to read on, Jesus actually said that the Father is the other witness for His testimony. In John 10:30, He also said that He and the Father are one, meaning whatever His testimony is, it’s the father’s too. This is exactly what He said in 8:16, “But if I judge, my evaluation is accurate, because I am not alone when I judge, but I and the Father who sent me, do so together.”
So, the so-called contradiction fails! Without distorting the Bible, Muslims can’t beat the truth. The truth will always be the truth. Both passages he quoted agree with each other, so I don’t see where the contradiction here is.
I hope this will open the eyes of truth seeking Muslims to reject Islam and accept the Lordship of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I’d like to take this time to call on Muslims and anyone who isn’t born again to receive their salvation. Click here to know how. God bless you.
Talking about contradictions; click here if you want to know those ones in the Qur’an that shows that the Qur’an is self-condemned because of these contradictions, the Qur’an can’t be from God according to Qur’an 4:82.