Islamicized Gospel: Contextualization Gone Mad
As an occurring controversy in the Gospels, we find that the Pharisees and Sadducees did not like Jesus claiming to be the Son of God. Yet Jesus stood his ground. No wonder that Peter proclaimed, ‘You are the Son of the Living God’ and Jesus not only accepted it but also told him that it was the Father who revealed it. With such a backdrop, how would you feel if a certain missionary came along and told you that in their outreach and in their translation of the Bible for Muslims, they have discarded words like ‘Father in heaven’, the Son of God or his Son?