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Can the Quran be considered reliable?

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better, some Muslims will make the claim that since the Bible is older than the Koran, the Bible should be considered outdated.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is better, then both the Book of Mormon and the Jehovah Witness Bible, which came after the Koran, would make the Quran outdated.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
Of Israel.

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
Of Enlightenment.

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–

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11 thoughts on “Can the Quran be considered reliable?

  1. THE ANSWER OF YOUR QUESTIONS IS SIMPLE BACK TO YOU

    ALL ALLAH’S PROPHETS FROM FIRST HUMAN COUPLE PROPHETS ADAM &HIS WIVE HAWA( EVA )
    UNTIL LAST PROPHET OF ALLAH ( MUHAMMAD THE MESSENGER ) WITH ALL THEIR FAMILIES & COMPANIONS WITH BELIEVERS & ALSO ALL ALLAH’S ANGELS
    WHICH NOW LIVE IN GARDEN PARADISE ABOVE SKIES

    THEY ALL NOW HAVE NO EXIT PERMITTED TO LEAVE GARDEN PARADISE FROM ALLAH TO MEET YOU ON EARTH TO GIVE YOU SOME EXPLANATION

    ( WHO THE F#^*! YOU THINK YOU ARE )
    I SAID TO MYSELF

    THEY ALL OVER THERE HAVE DUTIES FROM ALLAH TO TAUGHT ALL CHILDREN WHO DIED YOUNG ON EARTH
    ( BECAUSE OF SO MANY REASONS LIKE WAR/ABORTION/ etc )

    ALLAH’S PROPHETS & ALLAH’S ANGELS ARE NOW TEACHING THOSE BABY BOYS & GIRLS
    IN GARDEN PARADISE ABOVE SKIES

    HOW TO COMMUNICATE WITH AL’QURAN LANGUAGE & TO MAKE THEM TO BECOME VIRGIN KINGS & VIRGIN QUEENS OF GARDEN PARADISE ABOVE SKIES & LIVE IN EACH HAS OWN BIG BIG PALACE FROM ALLAH TO MAKE THEM HAPPY FOREVER & EVER

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  2. Can somebody tell me how Muhammad decided that it was none other than the angel Gabriel that conveyed every sura in the koran to him whereas Muhammad or his uncle had never ever seen angel Gabriel before this occurrence? For that matter couldn’t it have been the angel Satan who did all that misguidance just as he had the power to mislead Adam & Eve in the garden of paradise?

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    1. You’re right to ask those questions Shantha. Muhammad gives four contradictory accounts of how he received the Quran. Sura 2 says he got it from Gabriel. Sura 15 says he got it from a group of angels. Suras 16 & 26 say he got it from the “holy Spirit.” Suras 53 & 81 say he got it from Allah who came to him as a man. Either he was lying or he got it from evil spirits because the true God doesn’t lie or contradict himself.

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  3. Peace be with you and God’s blessings.

    I testify that God is the only thing worthy of worship, and that all his messengers brought the truth, including Muhammad.

    I read the Qur’an almost every day, in Arabic, and I testify that it is a miracle from God, unmatchable. I testify knowing that these matters are much heavier than this world.

    The scriptures before the Qur’an were not protected from tampering, but the Qur’an is. I’m sure that if you ask with full courage and the hope of untold rewards, you will find out for yourself what is the truth.

    You must be willing to let go of all that you love in order that God may reach you. It is not that you could lose. God will never take away what is valuable to you, but He will add to it if He wills.

    I was Christian. I believed what you believe. I learned and I thank my Lord, I was able to grow and become aware of what God gave the people of the faith in the Qur’an.

    We are of the same direction; we worship the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth. We differ in details, but we want the same forgiveness and eternal happiness. Please never give up on Islam.

    Your post shows that on some points, you do not correctly understand what the Qur’an is teaching, and thus you’ve not even judged it on its teachings, but rather on your idea of them. This is quite common. I, myself, too some time to understand the Qur’an correctly before I was able to see what it really was teaching.

    I have a post called “Why I believe the Qur’an” on my blog. Perhaps you’ll look at it.

    Abdullah

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    1. [I testify that God is the only thing worthy of worship]

      Your god, Allah, is an impersonal “thing”, but Jehovah is a person.

      […the Qur’an…is a miracle from God]

      It’s such a miracle that whoever wrote it wasn’t informed that the sun doesn’t go down into a black sea.

      [The scriptures before the Qur’an were not protected from tampering, but the Qur’an is.]

      Where’s your proof of this statement? The Bible has been proven to be spiritually, historically, and scientifically truthful. The Quran doesn’t have such a record. If the Quran was protected, why is it so contradictory? Caliph Uthmann, who wrote one of the most popular translations of the Quran, left out a large amount of verses in the Quran that appeared in earlier versions. Anyone familiar with Quran history knows that it is accepted fact that verses from it have been wiped out and that it has also had verses added [see Shorter Encyclopedia of Islam, pp. 278-282].

      Muhammad once had a disciple named Abdollah Sarh who often encouraged the prophet to re-word, take out, and add words to the Suras. Muhammad followed Sarh’s suggestions. Then Abdollah Sarh became disenchanted with Islam when he realized that if Mohammed and his revelations were truly from God, he would not have been so quick to change the revelations. Mohammed eventually killed Abdollah Sarh when he violently conquered Mecca. Probably because Muhammad was hoping to stop his former disciple from spreading what he knew about the Quran. [Ali Dashti, 23 Years: A Study of the Prophetic Career of Muhammad. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1985, p. 98].

      [We are of the same direction; we worship the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth]

      The Quran clearly says that Allah has no son and denies the historically proven fact that Jesus of Nazareth died and resurrected. Additionally, the Bible, which has no doctrinal errors, states that he who does not have the Son does not have the Father. The Trinity is a package deal. Denying one of them means you have none of them. So we are not of the same direction and Allah is not the Creator. We can’t be spiritual brothers since we don’t have the same spiritual father.

      […you do not correctly understand what the Qur’an is teaching, and thus you’ve not even judged it on its teachings, but rather on your idea of them.]

      I understand the Quran well enough to know that it is based on lies, half-truths, contradictions, and historically and scientifically inaccurate statements. My prayer for you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ is that you will repent and confess a genuine belief that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father.

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