If a Christian happens to find themselves in a discussion with a Muslim about who’s holy book is better, some Muslims will make the claim that since the Bible is older than the Koran, the Bible should be considered outdated. They argue that God gives updated revelations to men over time and that the Quran is updated information to replace the Bible. Their belief is that the Quran is the only truth and that the Bible has been corrupted by evil men since it does not agree with what the Koran says.
However, they seem to be unaware that even their prophet Mohammed in his earlier years claimed the truth revealed to him should be verified by the Bible. If we were to follow their argument about newer is better, then both the Book of Mormon and the Jehovah Witness Bible, which came after the Koran, would make the Quran outdated. Here’s what was “revealed” to Mohammed–
We did indeed aforetime
Give the Book to Moses:
Be not then in doubt
Of its reaching (thee):
And We made it
A guide to the Children
And We appointed, from among
Them, Leaders, giving guidance
Under Our command, so long
As they persevered with patience
And continued to have faith
In Our Signs. [Sura 32: 23-24]
And if they reject thee,
So did their predecessors,
To whom came their apostles
With Clear Signs, Books
Of dark prophecies,
And the Book
In the end did I
Punish those who rejected
Faith: and how (terrible)
Was My rejection (of them)! [Sura 35:25-26]
So Mohammed is told that the children of Israel were blessed with guidance when they followed the Bible and that rejection of the writings of the apostles in the Bible brought punishment. Basically, even Mohammed claimed he was told to follow the Bible.
The better question would then be which book presents facts accurately? I will now give a few examples for how the Quran can’t seem to get it’s facts straight–
That they rejected Faith;
That they uttered against Mary
A grave false charge;
That they said (in boast),
“We killed Christ Jesus
The son of Mary,
The Apostle of God”;—
But they killed him not,
Nor crucified him,
But so it was made
To appear to them,
And those who differ
Therein are full of doubts,
With no (certain) knowledge,
But only conjecture to follow,
For of a surety
They killed him not:— [Sura 4: 156-157]
It is historically proven fact mentioned in the ancient writings of the Talmud, Cornelius Tacitus, and Lucian of Samosata that Jesus of Nazareth was indeed crucified and really died, so Mohammed obviously didn’t check his facts.
In Sura 37:100-108, the Quran claims Abraham took Ishmael to sacrifice him and not Isaac, as the Bible claims in Gen. 22–
[37.100] My Lord! grant me of the doers of good deeds.
[37.101] So We gave him the good news of a boy, possessing forbearance.
[37.102] And when he attained to working with him, he said: O my son! surely I have seen in a dream that I should sacrifice you; consider then what you see. He said: O my father! do what you are commanded; if Allah please, you will find me of the patient ones.
[37.103] So when they both submitted and he threw him down upon his forehead,
[37.104] And We called out to him saying: O Ibrahim!
[37.105] You have indeed shown the truth of the vision; surely thus do We reward the doers of good:
[37.106] Most surely this is a manifest trial.
[37.107] And We ransomed him with a Feat sacrifice.
[37.108] And We perpetuated (praise) to him among the later generations.
The Koran says in Sura 19:23 that Jesus was born to Mary under a palm tree, not a stable as told to us in Luke 2–
[19.22] So she conceived him; then withdrew herself with him to a remote place.
[19.23] And the throes (of childbirth) compelled her to betake herself to the trunk of a palm tree. She said: Oh, would that I had died before this, and had been a thing quite forgotten!
[19.24] Then (the child) called out to her from beneath her: Grieve not, surely your Lord has made a stream to flow beneath you;
[19.25] And shake towards you the trunk of the palmtree, it will drop on you fresh ripe dates:
The Quran says in Sura 40 tbat Haman was in Egypt at the same time as Moses and that Pharaoh hired Haman to build the Tower of Babel–
[40.23] And certainly We sent Musa with Our communications and clear authority,
[40.24] To Firon (pharaoh) and Haman and Qaroun, but they said: A lying magician…
[40.26] And Firon said: Let me alone that I may slay Musa and let him call upon his Lord; surely I fear that he will change your religion or that he will make mischief to appear in the land…
[40.36] And Firon said: O Haman! build for me a tower that I may attain the means of access,
[40.37] The means of access to the heavens, then reach the God of Musa, and I surely think him to be a liar. And thus the evil of his deed was made fairseeming to Firon, and he was turned away from the way; and the struggle of Firon was not (to end) in aught but destruction.
However, both the Bible and secular history agree that Haman served under King Ahasuerus (Xerxes) in Persia. The Bible says the Tower of Babel was built in Mesopotamia, modern day Iraq, not in Egypt. The Tower of Babel and Haman were also in completely different time periods from each other and from Moses and Pharaoh.
If the Koran says Muhammad’s revelations can be verified by the Bible, why doesn’t the Koran agree with the Bible? Muslims claim this is because all Bibles have been tampered with, but in reality the only Bible manuscripts that show any tampering are the manuscripts from the Alexandrian texts. The Masoretic and Textus Receptus have no evidence whatsoever of being tampered with. Furthermore, history recorded in ancient times by people who had nothing to do with the Bible, verify the existence of characters in the Bible like Haman, Mary, and Jesus and verify the culture or incidences mentioned in the Bible that affected their lives.
Passages from the Quran even show that it is scientifically inaccurate. Sura 18:86 says, “Until when he reached the place where the sun set, he found it going down into a black sea, and found by it a people. We said: O Zulqarnain! either give them a chastisement or do them a benefit.” Everyone knows the sun doesn’t go down into a black sea.
There is only one book that can be counted on to convey reliable spiritual truths in addition to reliable history and reliable science and that’s the Bible. All other so-called “holy books” just don’t compare.
For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth. [Psalm 33:4]
–posted by Harry A. Gaylord–