Debating the Bible and the Koran

Have you seen, heard or been part of a debate between a Christian Bible:Koranand 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:

  1. 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.

2. Genealogies

  • 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.

3. History

  • 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.If the Koran is superior to the Bible, it should abound in historical details, especially proving how powerful Allah acts in history.

4. Geography 

  • 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.

References

  1. 609-632 AD
  2. Daniel 8:16; 9:21
  3. Ruth 4:18-22; Ezra 7:1-5
  4. Genesis 16
  5. Matthew 2:3;  Acts 12:1; Acts 25:13-22
  6. Matthew 16:1
  7. J Gillchrist, The Qur’an, The Scripture of Islam, Life Challenge Africa, 1995,

God, Allah, Isis and Boko Haram

The world at large is very hostile to the word ‘religion.’ After all, is it not the source of trouble in Bible Koran differencemany countries at present? ISIS and Boko Haram decapitate people, abduct and rape girls, and kill people without mercy. At present, especially Isis (Islamic State), is a real threat.

In popular literature, it is mostly ‘religion’ that is at fault. The word includes all types of religious faiths, like Christianity, Islam, etc. Yet if we look closely at what is happening in the world, it is mostly adherents to Islam that use suicide bombers to kill civilians, and commit other atrocities. If Christianity is so dangerous (according to atheists like Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Michael Shermer, etc), why is their barbarity so conspicuously absent in the news?

Isis and other Muslim groups are doing what Allah commanded them to do, ‘…I will instil terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers: smite you above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them. This because they contended agains God [Allah] and his messenger [Mohammed]: if any contend agains God and his messenger, God is strict in punishment.’’ 1

Muslims are told to fight, ‘O believers, fight the unbelievers near you, and let them find you harsh, and know that God stands with the pious.’ 2    NB!  The God of the Bible (with His Son, Jesus) is not the same as the ‘God’ of Islam, Allah, who has no son.

More people than we can count quote the Old Testament and say that the God of the Bible is such a Tyrant. Look what He did (and they support it by very childlike exegesis). Yet the question is, where are the belligerent Christians who kill people left, right and centre? You don’t find them, because Jesus said, “‘Put your sword back in its place, …for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and He will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?'”  3

God, the Creator and Owner of the universe, doesn’t need His followers to infiltrate and conquer the world. The Holy Spirit is the ‘secret agent’ that efficiently convinces people of guilt in regard to sin, righteousness and judgement. 4  God does not need to be upset if people insult Him, because nobody can depose Him. He is patient and wants everybody to come to repentance.5

What is the moral of the story?

Anybody who writes about the dangers of ‘religion’ and does not distinguish between, for instance Christianity and Islam, obviously doesn’t know the subject. He does not realise that there is a vast difference between the Bible and the Koran.

The Bible cannot be equated with religion. It is about reality. It is about God who is busy gathering citizens for His new, eternal heavens and earth. The citizens will love and obey their perfect leader (God), as part of His big family (the recipe for a successful Kingdom).

We as believers in Jesus should never be ashamed of our Gospel. It is true, powerful and wonderful good news that changes people’s lives.

References

  1. Abdullah Yusuf Ali, English Translation of the Holy Qur’an, Islamic Propagation Centre International, 2008, Surah 8:12-13
  2. The Qur’an, Tarif Khalidi, Penguin Books, 2009, Surah 9:123
  3. Matthew 26:52-53
  4. John 16:8-11
  5. 2 Peter 3:9

What Israel and Hamas should teach Christians

As we have seen recently in the news, groups like Boko Haram and Isis, who are all adherents to Israel, Bible, HamasIslam, are very violent. They want to rule and impose Sharia law on as many people as possible.

The war between Hamas and the Israeli army also made headlines. Hamas represents the Arab idea that Israel should be annihilated. That is the only outcome that will satisfy them. Why?

In our minds it has to do with the Koran and the Bible. Muslims regard the Koran as superior to the Bible. It is supposed to be the last revelation of Allah. If they can annihilate Israel it will show that the God of the Jews is powerless and inferior to Allah. It will also show that the Bible is not inspired by the Holy Spirit. So if Israel and all the Jews are destroyed, then God’s promise to Abraham will be null and void, ‘The whole land Canaan [Israel], where you are now an alien, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.’ So if Israel is not the inheritance of the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Bible lied and the Koran wins. The logic is the same as that of most atheists: if you can prove that the Bible is wrong, you don’t need to believe in God.

What do we as Christians learn from this?

# 1. There is no chance that Israel will be annihilated. Why? The Bible and Israel cannot be separated. For thousands of years people have tried to change, destroy, or make the Bible unimportant. No one has ever succeeded and no one will. Paul, the Jew, wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that all Israel will eventually be saved.2 That means they will not be annihilated. The hatred and war against Israel is supernaturally inspired by God’s enemy, just as he hates Christians and Scripture. We need to persevere, like Israel, to protect ourselves.

# 2. Comparative religious studies need not threaten us. Why? Other religious books like the Koran, the Book of Mormon, the Vedas, et cetera cannot compare with the Bible. None of them has a background of thousands of years of history. The Bible is a supernatural revelation of God. It is a book of truth that encourages us to persevere in difficult times. Relief will come.

# 3. Religion is not an evolutionary development and atheism is not true. Evolutionists or atheists can never explain the origin of a book like the Bible, a country like Israel, and Jesus.  Just as Hamas is the enemy of Israel, intent to destroy it, evolutionism and atheism is the enemy of the Bible and God, intent to destroy them. Perseverance is necessary.

# 4. The Bible irritates the enemy, as Israel irritates Allah. The message of the Bible is very simple: God is building His Kingdom and it will be completed in the eternal paradise on the new heavens and earth. The devil hates it and wants to deprive us of it, as Allah wants to deprive the Jews of their country. Like Israel, Christians have to see that they never let go of their hope in Jesus.

Application.

‘Israel, the country promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob reminds us of our promised eternal country.

References

  1. Genesis 17:8
  2. Romans 11:26
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