Quranic Inspiration

For muslims, the Qu’ran is the Word of God. It is considered to be a miracle
of inspiration such as only God could produce. For muslims, the Qu’ran
is so holy that it cannot be truly translated. Only the original in arabic
is considered to be truly the Qu’ran. When an arabic scholar does his very
best to “translate” the Qu’ran, what he actually produces, in the minds
of muslim scholars, is an “interpretation”. Since I myself don’t speak
arabic and have no plans to at the moment, I will limit my evaluation of
the Qu’ran to the best available “interpretations”.

I’ve met muslims who don’t understand arabic but who nevertheless “read”
it in the original arabic. I’m not sure what is gained by following the
form and perhaps the sounds of words one has no understanding of, but there
it is. Of course, there are many who take the time to learn arabic that
they might read the Qu’ran in its original language. Whilst in Turkey I
read some Islamic literature in English written to explain to non-muslims
the merits of the muslim faith. This book mentioned one Turkish man who
not only learned arabic but, out of respect for the Qu’ran, refused to
speak with his non-arabic speaking family in anything but arabic. This
man was held up as a good example of a very pious man in the islamic faith.
Such is the reverence which exists for the Qu’ran and by extension, the
arabic language.

If the Qu’ran is a true miracle of God, then surely it can stand up
to close scrutiny and investigation. Emotions have a place in all religious
issues, but we must not allow hot emotions to cloud our thinking or to
cover otherwise glaring weaknesses should they become apparent. God gave
us a mind – let us use it. In these questions of evaluation and investigation
is not enough to simply chant, “There is but one God, Allah and Mohammed
is His prophet.”, “these are the teachings from your Lord” or any other
muslim slogan. It is not enough to fiercely affirm what needs to be first
tested.

Contradictions with the Bible

Say: “We believe in God, and that which has been sent down on us, and
sent down on Abraham and Ishmael, Isaac and Jacob, and the [Jewish] Tribes,
and in that which was given to Moses and Jesus, and the Prophets, of their
Lord; we make no division between any of them…“. Arberry, Interpreted
p.85.

Mohammed had obviously heard some Bible stories, but he seems to have
got them confused and mixed up when it came out in his prophetic utterances.
The stories in the Qu’ran relating to events described in the Bible contradict
the Bible in many points, on historical, not so much doctrinal details.
In Sura 2:241 Muhammed confuses the persons of Saul and Gideon. In Sura
2:55-60 the Israelites were said to be “a scanty band” vastly inferior
to the Egyptians. But in Exodus 1:7-10 the Egyptian king said to his people
that the Israelites had become “more and mightier than we”. There are many
other historical discrepancies.

The Qu’ran contradicts every existing manuscript we have of the Bible
texts, yet the Qu’ran tells muslims to believe these earlier scriptures
and “make no division between them”. Is there a muslim alive who takes
this to heart, and has seriously  researched to find out what the
Scriptures written before the time of Mohammed actually contained? Or was
this verse only uttered in the beginning to bolster credibility for Mohammed’s
utterances, by making out that they belonged to a long and ancient tradition
of true prophetic utterances which God gave to Moses, David and other prophets?

The Qu’ran itself does not directly imply that the Christian and Jewish
scriptures had been corrupted at that time, but merely that the Christians
and Jews had been hiding some of the truth. It is true that the Orthodox
church was hiding a lot of the truth of the gospel by that time, but not
the things which Mohammed was claiming! By the seventh century the Orthodox
church was already way off course with its system of priestcraft, and was
so corrupt in many places that people gladly renounced this corrupt system
to embrace the new religion of  Islam. Apparently the previous Scriptural
truth had been so well hidden by Christians and Jews that Mohammed himself
never had a chance to read the Bible for himself.

In practice, Mohammed never encouraged his followers to check out the
previous Scriptures, even when they became available. One time someone
came with a copy of the Jewish Torah and presented it to Mohammed. 
This man was quickly “put in his place” with words to the effect that there
was no need to even look at it, since Mohammed’s revelations were better.

Could it be that the spirit inspiring Mohammed was truly afraid that
the mere quotation of the writings of Moses would reveal serious holes
in Mohammed’s own history and doctine?

This practical repudiation of the Scriptures in Islam helps to explain
why there are so many contradictions between the Bible and the Qu’ran on
even historical details. Neither Mohammed nor his followers bothered to
check out the Scriptures. This isn’t surprising, since Mohammed was illiterate
and not even the Orthodox church leaders of that day (7th century) were
really Scripturally based anyway. They had already begun to revert to priestcraft
and idolatrous practices – the worshipping of the Queen of Heaven and icons,
for example. In fact, I believe that it was the corruption of the so-called
Orthodox church in those days which made the rise of Islam possible. If
the Christians had been living, proclaiming and teaching the Bible in Arabia
in the days of Mohammed, Islam would simply never have been able to take
root. The “Orthodox” church of that time was indeed weak and corrupt and
replete with heresies, making it an easy target for a new religion such
as Islam.

When we come to doctrinal issues, especially in the New Testament, the
contradictions between the Bible and the Qu’ran are even more evident.
The New Testament repeatedly declares that Jesus Christ was the Son of
God, that he was crucified and resurrected to pay for our sins and make
possible our salvation, but the Qu’ran expressly denies all these things.
The New Testament was written by people who walked with Jesus. Mohammed,
however, only heard about him six centuries later and even what he heard
he seems to have gotten confused. A muslim may argue that Mohammed got
the truth directly from God, or through the angel Gabriel, and didn’t need
to be an eyewitness of any events concerning Christ. But why someone coming
to the Qu’ran for the first time believe this? Is there any evidence? Apart
from an appeal to blind faith in Mohammed, what external evidence exists
to suggest that the Qu’ran truly is the Word of God?

The muslim may argue that the Bible was corrupted by Christians, but
where is the solid evidence for this? The textual evidence for the New
Testament is outstanding!  Let a muslim tell me when
the Bible was corrupted, by whom, and why it
is that there is such overwhelming agreement between the different texts
found in different places, many of which are dated to before 

the time of Mohammed.  If Allah knew the texts were corrupted, why
did he say “we make no division between” the former Scriptures and the
revelations of Mohammed?

If you take the parts out of the New Testament which contradict the
revelations in the Qu’ran, almost nothing would be left! In practice muslim
apologists never tell us exactly which parts of the New Testament they
believe to be corrupted. Like other non-Christians, muslims only take the
occasional verse from the Bible out of context in order to prove their
points.

The Proof offered by the Qu’ran of its own Divine Inspiration

The proof offered by in the Qu’ran for its inspiration is this: no one
can make a verse like one of the Suras. Well, I think I can, quite easily.
The way we can test it is this. Find me a group of muslims who have read
just part of the whole Qu’ran. I will present them each with two verses.
One will be from the Qu’ran, and one from my own imagination, imitating
the style of the Qu’ran. Each one will be asked to decide which is the
true Surah. If my verse get the same number of votes as the verse from
the real Qu’ran or more, then I suggest, I have succeeded in making a verse
like one of the Suras. Is that fair?

If it is impossible to conduct some kind of scientific experiment on
this point, then the claim of the Qu’ran is simply not falsifiable. As
far as I am concerned, that kind of claim has no value at all as evidence.
It should be possible to devise an experiment, the results of which either
confirm or reject the hypothesis in question. And who is better qualified
to define what “the like of” means than a muslim? But if the proposition
is true by definition, then I suggest it doesn’t count as evidence. It
would be like saying: “The article you are now reading is inspired by God.
The proof? Can you make a sentence like one of the sentences in this article?
You think you can? Ah, but your sentence is not in my article! It is a
cheap imitation, not really like any sentence in my article at all! Oh,
your sentence is in my article? Excuse me, then you copied it, didn’t you?
You have not made a different sentence, “like” mine! So you see, my article
IS inspired!”

Internal Contradictions

In Sura 11, the Qu’ran teaches that “Noah’s Son was drowned” in the
Flood. The Qu’ran itself contradicts this statement in Sura 21, where it
declares that “we saved him [Noah] and all his kinfolk from the great calamity…”.
Is it possible that Noah’s sons were all saved from the great calamity,
yet one drowned in flood? What does “the great calamity” in Noah’s day
refer to, if not to the flood which wiped out all the rest of mankind?

Does Allah change his mind about he is sending down?

In Sura 2:100 the Qu’ran teaches, “And for whatever verse We abrogate
or cast into oblivion, We bring a better or the like of it; knowest thou
not that God is powerful over everything?”

Apparently then, the Qu’ran teaches that some verses that Allah has
brought down have been abrogated – that is, they are no longer binding
or applicable. Apparently, Allah changed his mind about some of the verses
he gave through his prophet. In this Allah is different to the God of the
Bible, “with whom there is no shadow of turning” (James 1:17), who is “the
Lord, who changeth not” (Malachi 3:6), whose Word “endureth forever”.

Allah may have found it necessary to abrograte some of his own verses.
But what does this say about his ability to communicate His Word? Why couldn’t
he get it right the first time? Is it possible that the being which inspired
the Qu’ran was less than perfect?

Some of Mohammed’s contemporaries, noting these changes, charged the
prophet with tampering with the message. But they are then charged with
ignorance! “And when We exchange a verse in the place of another verse
– and God knows very well what He is sending down – they say, ‘Thou art
a mere forger!’ Nay, but most of them have no knowledge”.

Allah may know best what he reveals, but how are mere mortals supposed
to sort out the meaning? How does a muslim decide which verse is “exchanged”
or now preferred by Allah?

Incapable of interpretation?

In addition to all this, the Qu’ran describes itself as having some
parts which are clear – the essential parts – and other parts ambiguous,
incapable of interpretation. Only God is supposed to know the interpretation
of the ambiguous parts. But how does a muslim know which parts are
essential and which parts are ambiguous? If there is no fundamental guiding
principle on this issue, then a muslim can never be sure which parts of
the Qu’ran he is supposed to understand!

Two Different Pictures of God

Modern archeology has proven that “Allah” (originally “Al-illah”) was
one of the gods in the arabic pantheon of deities. His symbol was the crescent,
which is of course found on the majority of mosques today.  Allah
is in fact the Mesopotamian “moon-god” that was worshipped in Ur of the
Chaldees at the time of Abraham. All Mohammed did was take this deity and
make out that he was the “only true God”.

Lest someone should claim that Allah is the God of the Bible, let the Qu’ran itself speak on the matter. Say: “Unbelivers, I do not worship what you worship, nor do you worship what I worship. I shall never worship what you worship, nor will you ever worship what I worship. You have your own religion, and I have mine.” (Sura 109). The Qu’ran refers to Christians and Jews as unbelievers in many places, since they don’t believe in Muhammed. Therefore, by the Qu’ran’s own admission, our God is not the same as Allah. Furthermore, if the Sura 109 in the Qu’ran be true, no unbeliever will ever worship Allah – no one will convert to Islam “nor will you ever worship what I worship”. So believers in the Qu’ran should not be concerned about true muslims becoming Christians, nor should they engage in the futile attempt to win Christians to the worship of Allah.

The picture of Allah as revealed by the Qu’ran is quite different to
the one of God revealed in both the Old and New Testaments. The Qu’ran
teaches that Allah is not only utterly transcendant but also the author
of evil. “God is the best of devisers”, “my guile is sure”
are quotes from the Qu’ran concerning Allah! Mohammed said, ” My sincere
counsel will not profit you, if God desires to pervert you;
He is your lord ….” (Arberry, Interpreted pgs 200, 193, 243 quoted in
‘The Facts on

Islam” by John Ankerberg and John Weldon).. The Qu’ran frequently refers
to “the man whom Allah deliberately misleads”.

If a man had the character of Allah, as described in the Qu’ran, no
one in their right mind would want to do business with him! For Allah is
apparently a god who misleads, perverts people, changes his mind and encourages
polygamy, concubinage, wife-beating, slavery and “holy” war on the enemies
of islam. The more serious people are about following Allah and the Qu’ran,
the more social wreckage they will create both in the home and in the international
arena.

As examples of this, we can take the country of Sudan, where muslims
from the north come south to the Christian areas, and, with government
sanction, take people as slaves, kill, loot and burn villages. Or how about
Indonesia, where muslim mobs chanting “God is great” kill, loot and rape
their Christian compatriots? What about muslim terrorist groups which consider
innocent citizens as legitimate targets? All this activity can easily be
justified by the Qu’ranic concept of Jihad, or Holy War.

If Allah misleads people, why should we trust him? And if he predestines
what people believe and our faith or unbelief is utterly determined by
Allah, then why does he continually threaten unbelievers with endless burnings?
To what end?

The God of the Bible is revealed as a faithful Father, a God of love,
of truth and of justice. The God of the Bible is “too pure to look upon
sin” and is “not willing that any should perish, but desires that all men
come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4). God “has no pleasure
in the death of a sinner” and according to the Bible even sent Jesus, His
Son into the world to pay the price of our sins so that we COULD be forgiven,
despite the just penalty of death that sinners such as you and I deserve.

The Spiritual Power behind Islam is Demonic

What sort of being could be the inspiration behind the revelational
utterances of Mohammed recorded for us in the Qu’ran?

 

Actually, the Qu’ran shows every sign of being a spiritistic revelation,
similar to those coming out of modern-day New Age channellers. Even Mohammed
himself thought at the beginning that he may have been possessed by a jinn
(a demon). His fits, foamings at the mouth and other manifestations certain
fit in with that idea. This is how demon possessed people behave. The Hebrew
prophets, and Jesus Christ never behaved like this. But all over the world
where demons are listened to, you will find this kind of behaviour.

 

If this is the case, then those who follow the Qu’ran have been deceived
by a demon pretending to be God. Muslims need our prayers because a mere
intellectual argument will not be enough to set them free. Only the Holy
Spirit of God moving in response to our prayers can reveal to them the
truth, which is in Jesus. Only by a revelation of Jesus Christ himself
can muslims come out of the bondage to sin that is the islamic religion.

What do YOU think?

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