The Qur’an (Koran) is the holy book of Islam. The followers of the political-religion of Islam are called Muslims. To be a Muslim one follows the Qur’an and the Hadith (reported actions and sayings of Muhammad). Here are the facts and truth about the Qur’an that every person should know whether Muslim or not.
Here are five questions about the Qur’an that will be answered:
- Is the Qur’an violent?
- Is the Qur’an the word of God?
- Is the Qur’an similar to the Bible?
- Is the Qur’an true?
- Is the Qur’an the same as the Old Testament?
Is the Qur’an violent? Violence is just about every where these days. We see violence on TV, in movies, video games and in real life often on the news. So the violence in the Qur’an is not surprising. The history of Islam and Muhammad (Mohammed) himself is nothing but violent and that is what is surprising. One important note is that the Qur’an says it will have contradictions and where it does one is to apply the newer verse over the older. The newer verses in the Qur’an are more violent in nature than the older.
“Fighting is obligatory for you, much as you dislike it.” – Sura 2:216 The Qur’an not only mandates fighting but specifically says to “slay the infidels (Jews and Christians) wherever you find them” Sura 2:191
In the Bible its followers are commanded to love and pray for your enemies (Matthew 5:44) and “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 19:19)
Is the Qur’an similar to the Bible? The short answer is no. There is no book like the Bible. The Qur’an tries to make reference to Biblical characters and so forth but always fails to correctly interpret or represent them as presented in the Bible. In fact, the Qur’an declares itself an enemy to the Bible. The Qur’an bids followers to “not take the Jews and Christians for friends… surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.” Qur’an, Sura 5:51
Is the Qur’an the same as the Old Testament? The Old Testament consists of 39 ancient texts spanning from the book of Genesis to Malachi which was written 400 years B.C. whereas the Qur’an was written in the 7th century A.D. Muslims believe the Qur’an to be the final revelation from God however it does not corroborate anything from the Old or New Testament and does what the New Testament calls “preaching a different gospel” (Galatians 1:8). The Old and New Testament go hand-in-hand corroborating God’s revealed word to mankind and closes with the book of Revelation. Both Deuteronomy 4:2 and Revelation 22:18,19 are commands not to add or takeaway from the words of God (Genesis to Revelation) also Proverbs 30:6 says “Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.”
Is the Qur’an the word of God? Here’s the thing. The Qur’an and the Bible are un-apologetically against each other. The Bible says God has an eternally begotten Son, Jesus, and anyone who says otherwise is accursed. The Qur’an says their God (Allah) has no Son and anyone who says otherwise is accursed. So one book is right and the other wrong.
The Bible on the other hand was written over a span of over 1,500 years by 40 different authors all corroborating the story of their God Yahweh. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob has many names such as I Am that I Am, Jehovah, Yahweh, Yeshua (translated Jesus in English) whereas Allah in the Qur’an doesn’t have a name. Allah is a generic term for “the god” it is not a name. The apostle Paul uses the same term in 2 Corinthians 4:4 “In whom the god of this world (Satan) hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” So how would that read if we used Arabic for “the god?” It would read “In whom Allah hath blinded the minds of them…”
In order to justify the 7th century book, the Qur’an, supposedly written by one man, Muhammad, Muslims have to say that the Bible and other history books are wrong. So it states “O People of the Book (Jews and Christians)! there hath come to you Our Apostle (Muhammad) revealing to you much that ye used to hide in the Book and passing over much (that is now unnecessary): There hath come to you from Allah a (new) Light and a perspicuous Book.” Qur’an, Sura 5:15
Is the Qur’an true? The short answer is no. The Qur’an does not contain accurate history nor does it at all represent the revealed word of God which is found only in the Holy Bible.
Islam rejects the Trinity and the God of the Bible, insisting instead that Allah alone is the one true deity. It denies that Jesus is God, that He died on the cross, and that He was raised from the dead. Instead, say Muslims, Jesus was but one of thousands of prophets sent by Allah, the greatest of them being Mohammed. In other words, Jesus was merely a man.
Islam rejects the salvation of forgiveness through Christ, teaching that only Muslims can be saved. According to the Koran, if a person follows Islam and does enough good deeds to outweigh the bad, Allah may allow him to enter paradise, but even then he can’t be certain. The only sure pathway to heaven is killing and being killed in jihad, a holy war.
Islam gives lip service to the Bible as a holy book, but it undermines and denies every fundamental doctrine about sin and salvation taught in the Bible. In fact, Islam today is the most powerful system on earth for the destruction of biblical truth and Christianity—thousands of Christians are dying under Islamic persecution, especially in the Middle East, Africa, Indonesia, and other parts of Asia.
Clearly, Islam and Christianity are mutually exclusive. Both claim to be the only true way to God, but both cannot be right. There is no atonement in Islam, no forgiveness, no savior, and no assurance of eternal life. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a message of hope; Islam is a religion of hopelessness. – John MacArthur, The Gospel According to Islam
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