The Quran is not the Word of God
Supporters of the Quran make claims that are self-contradictory. None more obvious then the assertion made by Mohammed when he pointed to the Old and New Testament as the basis of authority of his teaching and even went so far as to tell others to compare his teachings to the Bible’s in order to lend credibility to his own words. Sura-13,16,17,20,21,23,25,26,28,29,32,35 39-48,53,54,61,62,66,74,80, 87,98,…etc. The Quran itself teaches that it is a continuation of the Bible and it will not contradict it Sura 2:136. Since the Bible came 600 years before the Quran, it is only logical to acknowledge it as the higher authority. The Quran must yield to it and corroborate it. However, once comparisons are made we find this is not the case. The Quran contradicts the plain truth of Scripture in many places, especially with regard to the doctrine of the crucifixion. The Quran says that Jesus did not die on the cross. Sura 4:157,158. The Bible devotes a third of the space in the Gospels alone to the final week of Christ leading up to the Crucifixion, where it speaks in great details about his death, resurrection and ascension. The Muslim scholar who wishes to fend off his critics finds himself in a bind at this point. For he opposes the cross and what it stands for, yet realizes that the Bible is spoken of in the Quran as reliable and because the Bible precedes it and it has been established and appealed to as written by the same God as the Quran the Muslim finds himself in a quandary. More often than not, his response is forced to reckon the implausible. He insists that Allah cannot make mistakes and that the Quran cannot be wrong in the face of obvious inconsistencies. Here is where the Christian can speak with confidence about the Bible as not being problematic when brought under scrutiny. In fact the Bible encourages a fair and open examination of its content in its historical setting, its theological accuracy, and literary genre. Many have started out as skeptics but became believers once they understood the central message and origin of this book. The Islamic scholar may purport inspiration for the Quran but cannot support their claim. To the contrary, any clear and logical study becomes almost impossible since any criticism of the Quran is considered blasphemous and such an endeavor would be met with grave consequences. One can see then how little real research has ever been attempted by the Arab world regarding the Quran.
When faced with contradictions in their book, the Muslim must insist that the Quran is correct and that the Bible has been corrupted. It does not seem to matter that the Christian can point to thousands of manuscripts both Greek and Hebrew with no apparent errors while the Quran does not have any of its original documents. When Mohammed went into a trance or seizure what he said was recorded afterwards on whatever available surface material could be found. Often his words were recorded on bones, stones, palm leaves, tree bark and sometimes put to memory and given afterwards to be recorded. There are many mistakes in the Quran about Biblical characters and events. The Quran does teach a six day creation, but in another place it speaks of an eight day creation when you add up the days from Sura 41:9, 10, 12. The Quran says that one of the sons of Noah refused to go into the ark and drowned Sura 11:32-48. The Quran reports that Ishmael went to sacrifice with his father Abraham and not Isaac as the Bible teaches. The Quran speaks of Mary as giving birth under a palm tree and not in a stable. Mistakes about Joseph, Moses, Mary, Jesus and other Biblical characters along with teachings about the Holy Spirit, and Christ life, mission and imminent return are only but a small portion of these. The contradictions number well over a hundred so that in the final analysis any notion that Allah and the Christian God are the same is unfounded. The Quran is not a continuation of the Bible. This matter then brings up an interesting question: how then did accounts from the Bible find its way into the Quran?
Simply put portions of the Scriptures along with a wide selection of other material can be found in the Quran. Mohammed drew on material from varying sources to make up the Quran. Jewish, Arabian fables, Sabian, Gnostic and Eastern religious sources were already in existence in the surrounding cultures of that day. No one can confidently hold that this synthesis of religious material from Pre-Islamic Arabic cultures was in actuality a revelation from heaven. Middle Eastern Scholarship has proven that the religion of Islam was really a composite of previous known beliefs and practices of that time. Mohammed conveniently amalgamated them into one system and even added some of his own thoughts to it.
So how then can we be so sure that the Bible is the true Word of God? In two weeks time: Why confidence in the Bible is well warranted.