In The True Message of Jesus Christ, Dr. Bilal Philips claims that Jesus Christ was merely a prophet of Allah who reaffirmed the central message that was later revealed to Muhammad. Dr. Philips argues that although Jesus claimed to be the Son of God in the Bible, modern translations of the Bible are corruptions of the original revelations given by Allah. Only the Qur'an, which downgrades Jesus' status from the Son of God to a prophet, reflects God's true, uncorrupted message.
This Reply to The True Message of Jesus Christ demonstrates that Dr. Philips' arguments are flawed and suffer from serious weaknesses on multiple levels. First, Dr. Philips' claims are not historically grounded. Second, he misconstrues the text and meanings of the Bible. Third, he employs circular reasoning to support his assertions. Fourth, the claims Dr. Philips makes with respect to the corruption of the Bible conflict with even the teachings of the Qur'an on the divine inspiration of the Torah and other Hebrew and Christian scriptures.
Some of Dr. Philips' claims about the Bible are correct, though ultimately, they relate to minor or ancillary points, such as discrepancies in extant biblical manuscripts as to a king's age when he began to rule. While such minor discrepancies exist, they should be expected in the copying and transmission of texts over thousands of years and they do not suggest deliberate falsification of the text for dogmatic purposes. Such discrepancies do not alter the overall message of the Bible—that "God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life" (John 3:16).
The True Message of Jesus Christ fails to persuasively demonstrate that man has corrupted the Bible, that the Qur'an is God's true and divinely inspired book and that Jesus' true message is that He is merely a prophet of Allah, rather than God's sacrificial lamb, offered "as the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world" (1 John 2:2). Ultimately, the book fails to defeat the hope given to all who put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ.