How the Textual critics hurt missionary work: I am a missionary and focus on tribal peoples, but have discipled former mslms as well. Right now I am just strugglign to get healthy. Here is a story that may be profitable regarding textual criticism and missionary work: One former Mslm that I discipled came to me distressed one day after I bought him a bible commentary. What was the problem? The commentary mentioned that it was uncertain whether a particular passage was in the originals or not. Humanly speaking, I thought I had lost him right there back to Islam. I had bought him a tool to study Scripture and it led him to doubt Scripture. He asked me, "Is the Bible not certain?" and "Do people not know what exactly is in the Bible?" This bible commentary had cast doubt on a number of passafges such as the endign of Mark, the adultery passage, and the Comma. "How can I be sure that the Bible is really the Word of God, then?" He asked. I felt as if the "Christian" resources I had given him were undoing his faith. It is ironic that there are men who debate Muslims and yet their views on textual criticism fall right into the propaganda of the Muslims. They vigorously debate Mslms and yet their view of textual criticism gives the mslm the victory over our faith. After all, the Qur'an is fairly settled; after the Battle of Yamama and 70 men who had memorized the Qur'an fully were killed the Caliph Abu Bakr compiled the Qur'an and the 3rd Caliph Uthman copied it ( and all old copies were destroyed). Because of this, and because of the reluctance to translate the Qur'an out of Arabic (the Mother Book in Heaven is in Arabic, after all), the Qur'ans that circulate today are all uniform whereas our bibles are not. What is more, even in public schools in the country where I serve, the teachers tell the students that while the Christians are, indeed, The People of the Book as well, they cannot trust their Injil because the Jews have corrupted their text. Meanwhile, Christian scholars say pretty much the same thing - that many manuscript readings cannot be trusted. If the lie is the same, perhaps the source of the lie is the same as well. I have concluded that the most vile enemies of the Scripture are not the followers of Muhammad, but the professors and textual critics sitting in many Christian seminaries, and those who hurt the faith of these "little ones" on the mission field by making them doubt the Scriptures. ----Follow-up on this family: In this particular case, the man was persecuted. The Mosque loudspeaker told his neighbors not to associate with him. He had trouble finding work. His wife considered divorcing him. But over many months, she too believed. She wore her mslm veil for a time to church (ha ha, a bit awkward but nobody said anything, thankfully). He is now in Bible school and their 2 kids are enrolled in a Christian school. I will try in the future to do better as a missionary. Please pray for me and any failings that I may have.