Have you seen, heard or been part of a debate between a Christian and a Muslim? Such debates are usually about the deity of Jesus Christ or the superiority of the Koran. What is amazing is the Muslim’s ability to quote Bible verses. It is because they are taught how to memorise from an early age (their greatest accomplishment is to memorise the Koran).
In such a debate, it is important to remember that you cannot compare the Bible and the Koran. They are completely different in the following ways:
- How they were written.
- The Bible was written over a period of about 1,500 years (1,400 BC to before 100 AD, from Genesis to Revelation) by 40 different writers (inspired by the Holy Spirit). It consists of 66 separate booklets.
- The Koran was verbally revealed to Mohammed1 by Allah, through the angel Gabriel (not the Gabriel of the Bible2) over a period of 22 years. After Mohammed’s death his verbal communications were compiled and written down.
- The Bible is filled with genealogies of people.3 Matthew 1:1-16 and Luke 3:23-38 give the genealogy of Jesus Christ, Son of David, Son of Abraham.
- The Koran does not mention Mohammed’s genealogy, although we know he must have been a descendant of Ishmael, the son of Abraham by Hagar. 4 Mohammed’s genealogy should be easy to demonstrate.
- The Bible covers thousands of years of history. For example, God proves in the Old Testament that He is in control of history. God doesn’t just talk, He acts. Jesus’ personal history is recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The historical background includes the Herod’s,5 the Pharisees and Sadducees,6 et cetera.
- The Koran has some history, but it comes mainly from the Bible (which preceded it). There is not much original history.7 If the Koran is superior to the Bible, it should abound in historical details, especially proving how powerful Allah acts in history.
- Most of the events in the Bible take place in and around Israel. So the Bible abounds in details, towns, times and people.
- This is largely missing from the Koran.
Why is the difference between the two books important? Muslims in general don’t accept that Jesus is the Son of God who came as a human and died on the cross. That is fine. Anybody is entitled to believe what he or she wants about the Bible and its doctrines. However, one cannot attack Biblical themes with arguments from the Koran, because the two books differ completely.
A Muslim who wants to argue from the Koran, first has to prove that the Koran is historically a superior book to the Bible. That has never been done. When a Christian and a Muslim debates, remember that their books differ completely.
- 609-632 AD
- Daniel 8:16; 9:21
- Ruth 4:18-22; Ezra 7:1-5
- Genesis 16
- Matthew 2:3; Acts 12:1; Acts 25:13-22
- Matthew 16:1
- J Gillchrist, The Qur’an, The Scripture of Islam, Life Challenge Africa, 1995,