Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bible versus Koran (Part Three)

Part One and Two showed the differences for the following eight topics:
Was Jesus Christ crucified?
Born of a Virgin
Only Begotten Son
Same Honour
No Distinction
All have sinned
 9. The Other Cheek
The Koran
 "The sacred month and the sacred precincts are under the safeguard of reprisals: whoever offereth violence to you, offer ye the like violence to him, and fear God, and know that God is with those who fear Him." (Sura 2:190).

The Bible
"But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also." (Matthew 5:39).

10. Wages

The Koran
"Verily they who recite the Book of God, and observe prayer, and give alms in public and in private from what we have bestowed upon them, may hope for a merchandise that shall not perish: God will certainly pay them their due wages, and of his bounty increase them: for He is Gracious, Grateful, And that which we have revealed to thee of the Book is the very Truth, confirmatory of previous Scriptures: for God knoweth and beholdeth his servants." (Sura 35:26-28).

The Bible
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23).

11. Lead us not into Temptation

The Bible
“Let no one say when he is tempted, 'I am tempted by God;' for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.” (James 1:13).

The Koran
"Those who believe shall God stablish by his steadfast word both in this life and in that which is to come: but the wicked shall He cause to err: God doth his pleasure." (Sura 14:32).

"Verily God misleadeth whom He will, and guideth whom He will." (Sura 35:9)

"This is God’s guidance: by it will He guide whom He pleaseth; and, whom God shall mislead, no guide shall there be for him." (Sura 39:24)

12. How Many Daughters?

The Bible
“Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters. And they came and drew water, and they filled the troughs to water their father’s flock. Then the shepherds came and drove them away; but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.

“When they came to Reuel their father, he said, 'How is it that you have come so soon today?'

“And they said, 'An Egyptian delivered us from the hand of the shepherds, and he also drew enough water for us and watered the flock.'

“So he said to his daughters, 'And where is he? Why is it that you have left the man? Call him, that he may eat bread.'” (Exodus 2:16-18).

The Koran
“And he [Moses] found beside them, two women keeping back their flock: 'Why do ye,' said he, 'thus?' They said, 'We shall not water till the shepherds shall have driven off; for our father is very aged'...One of them said, 'O my father, hire him: for the best thou canst hire is the strong, the trusty.' He said, 'Truly to one of these my two daughters I desire to marry thee...'" (Sura 28:23-27).

It is easy enough to see how the unlettered prophet, knowing of the Bible only at second hand, might make a transmission error like 'two' for 'seven.' What is strange is that his followers are obliged to insist that 'two' is correct, and 'seven' is wrong.

The Bible says nothing about the Koran, but the Koran says a great deal about the Bible. The claim that the Koran 'confirms' prior scripture is a truth claim, because Mohammed recommends his hearers investigate what he is telling them by inspecting prior scripture. Unfortunately, people have been following this advice for more than a millennium, and many have died as a result, because when the People of the Book fail to affirm the Koran's consistency with Bible truth, the Muslims are prone to start killing them. Truth to tell, the Koran does not confirm prior scripture, but deviates from there. Mohammed did not take it well when the Jews of Medina told him so, nor have his followers ever taken it well.

Mohammed was greatly encouraged by the sympathetic hearing he received from Christians and Jews in Mecca:

"And now have we caused our word to come unto them, that they may be warned: They to whom we gave the Scriptures before it, do in it believe. And when it is recited to them they say, 'We believe in it, for it is the truth from our Lord. We were Muslims before it came.'” (Sura 28:51-53).

He was so far elated by this encouragement as to instruct his followers to confirm his mission by inquiring of the Christians and the Jews:

"And if thou art in doubt as to what we have sent down to thee, inquire at those who have read the Scriptures before thee." (Sura 10:94).

"And we sent none, previous to thee, but men to whom we had revealed ourselves. Ask ye the people who are warned by Scriptures, if ye know it not." (Sura 21:7).

Mohammed admitted the inspiration of the Bible, and even demanded his followers believe in it:
"SAY: In whatsoever Books God hath sent down do I believe: I am commanded to decide justly between you: God is your Lord and our Lord: we have our works and you have your works: between us and you let there be no strife: God will make us all one: and to Him shall we return." (Sura 42:14).

"Dispute not, unless in kindly sort, with the people of the Book; save with such of them as have dealt wrongfully with you: And say ye, 'We believe in what hath been sent down to us and hath been sent down to you. Our God and your God is one, and to him are we self-surrendered' (Muslims)." (Sura 29:45).
The unlettered prophet did not himself know the material he was putting out, was shot full of contradiction with the Bible. His followers to the present day are obliged to disobey his command to believe "in whatsoever Books God hath sent down," substituting instead the pretence that the Bible has been 'corrupted,' because far from confirming the Bible, the Koran contradicts it.

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