To begin, this is an illogical argument because one can take any religious text and add or delete a verse from it. There’s no magical force field around the text itself.
Stewjo004, a Muslim, and author of the article:
“Corruption of the Scriptures: Part I – Does Islam Confirm the Bible As a Scripture from God?”
Thank you! Yes, that is why the charge of 2:79 and 3:78 [ the charge that Muslims make; that the Jews and Christians totally corrupted the text of the Bible] holds no water, considering that it was a “party of them” that misinterpreted the book and a group that wrote things down and claimed it is from God, etc. – it would not result in the wholesale loss of the Bible (Torah, Zobur, Prophets, Gospels, NT) because there were so many other copies of the Bible before and at the time of Muhammad.
All we have to do is to do comparison and textual criticism and we can get to the originals with 99.9 certainly, giving allowance for copyist errors and textual variants. (which we are open and honest about)
The Qur’an affirms the previous Scriptures and claims to watch over them and guard and protect them at the time of Muhammad.
Surah 10:94; 3:3; 5:46-48; 5:68)
So if you are in doubt, [O Muhammad], about that which We have revealed to you, then ask those who have been reading the Scripture before you. The truth has certainly come to you from your Lord, so never be among the doubters. Surah 10:94
He has sent down upon you, [O Muhammad], the Book in truth, confirming what was before it. And He revealed the Torah and the Gospel. Surah 3:3
And We sent, following in their footsteps, Jesus, the son of Mary, confirming that which came before him in the Torah; and We gave him the Gospel, in which was guidance and light and confirming that which preceded it of the Torah as guidance and instruction for the righteous.
And let the People of the Gospel judge by what Allah has revealed therein. And whoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed – then it is those who are the defiantly disobedient.
And We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], the Book in truth, confirming (مصدقا ) that which preceded it of the Scripture and as a watcher/guard/protector (muhaymenan مهیمناً ) over it. So judge between them by what Allah has revealed and do not follow their inclinations away from what has come to you of the truth. To each of you We prescribed a law and a method. Had Allah willed, He would have made you one nation [united in religion], but [He intended] to test you in what He has given you; so race to [all that is] good. To Allah is your return all together, and He will [then] inform you concerning that over which you used to differ. Surah 5:46-48 (with my emphasis)
Say, “O People of the Scripture, you are [standing] on nothing until you uphold [the law of] the Torah, the Gospel, and what has been revealed to you from your Lord.” And that which has been revealed to you from your Lord will surely increase many of them in transgression and disbelief. So do not grieve over the disbelieving people. Surah 5:68
Other verses which show that God calls the previous Scriptures “the Reminder” الذکر (Al-Zekr or Zikr) and “the Criterion” الفرقان (Al-Furqan)
“Verily, we have sent down the Reminder الذکر (Al-Zekr) , and, verily, WE will guard it.”
إِنَّا نَحْنُ نَزَّلْنَا الذِّكْرَ وَإِنَّا لَهُ لَحَافِظُونَ – 15:9
The verse states clearly that God is promising to protect the scripture (the Reminder).
It also demonstrates that the text of the Holy Bible is not corrupt, nor can it be, by the Qur’an’s own admission.
If anyone argues that the word “Reminder (Zikr – Arabic)” is only talking about the Qur’an, the following verses refute that argument, since it also refers to the Torah as “Reminder”:
“And already have we written in the Psalms after the reminder that the earth shall my righteous servants inherit.” Surah 21:105
And We have already written in the book [of Psalms] after the Reminder (Al Zekr / الذکر that the land [of Paradise] is inherited by My righteous servants.
These other passages also identify the scriptures in the possession of the Jews and Christians as the Reminder:
وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَا مِن قَبْلِكَ إِلَّا رِجَالًا نُّوحِي إِلَيْهِمْ ۚ فَاسْأَلُوا أَهْلَ الذِّكْرِ إِن كُنتُمْ لَا تَعْلَمُونَ – 16:43
And We sent not before you except men to whom We revealed [Our message]. <b>So ask the people of the message (Al-Zekr = the Reminder) if you do not know.</b>
And We sent not before you (O Muhammad SAW) but men to whom We inspired, so ask the people of the Reminder [Scriptures – the Taurat (Torah), the Injeel (Gospel)] if you do not know.
And We had already given Moses and Aaron the criterion (Al-Furqan – الفرقان )and a light and a reminder ذکرا for the righteous
And, indeed We gave Musa (Moses) the guidance, and We caused the Children of Israel to inherit the Scripture [i.e. the Taurat (Torah)],
A guide and a reminder ذکری for men of understanding.