Thursday, November 6, 2014

Bible versus Koran (Part Two)

Part One showed the differences for the following four topics:
Was Jesus Christ crucified?
Born of a Virgin
Only Begotten Son
 5. Same Honour
The Koran
"It beseemeth not a man, that God should give him the Scriptures and the Wisdom, and the gift of prophecy, and that then he should say to his followers, 'Be ye worshippers of me, as well as of God;' but rather, 'Be ye perfect in things pertaining to God, since ye know the Scriptures, and have studied deep.' God doth not command you to take the angels or the prophets as lords. What! would he command you to become infidels after ye have been Muslims?" (Sura 3:73-74).

The Bible
"...that all should honour the Son just as they honour the Father. He who does not honour the Son does not honour the Father who sent Him." (John 5:23).

6. No Distinction

The Koran
"Say ye: 'We believe in God, and that which hath been sent down to us, and that which hath been sent down to Abraham and Ismael and Isaac and Jacob and the tribes: and that which hath been given to Moses and to Jesus, and that which was given to the prophets from their Lord. No difference do we make between any of them: and to God are we resigned (Muslims).'" (Sura 2:130).

"Say: We believe in God, and in what hath been sent down to us, and what hath been sent down to Abraham, and Ishmael and Isaac, and Jacob, and the tribes, and in what was given to Moses, and Jesus, and the Prophets, from their Lord. We make no difference between them. And to God are we resigned (Muslims)." (Sura 3:78).

 The Bible
"Jesus said to him: I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6).

7. Intercessor

The Bible
The Old Testament promises an intercessor:

"By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities....He poured out His soul unto death, and He was numbered with the transgressors, and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors." (Isaiah 53:11-12).

The New Testament reports that He has come:
"Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us." (Romans 8:34).

"Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them." (Hebrews 7:25).

He ransomed lost sinners:
"For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." (Mark 10:45).

The Koran
The Koran rules out the possibility of intercession:
"And fear ye the day when soul shall not satisfy for soul at all, nor shall any intercession be accepted from them, nor shall any ransom be taken, neither shall they be helped." (Sura 2:45)

"And dread the day when not in aught shall soul satisfy for soul, nor shall any ransom be taken from it, nor shall any intercession avail, and they shall not be helped. (Sura 2:117)

 8. All Have Sinned

The Koran
Mohammed warns of the Day of Wrath. He diagnosed the ill he could not cure, because he brought no medicine to heal the sin-sick soul. The Koran promises justice on the day of reckoning:

"Fear the day wherein ye shall return to God: then shall every soul be rewarded according to its desert, and none shall have injustice done to them." (Sura 2:281).

The Bible
The Bible does not rule out the theoretical possibility of salvation by works, but reports the set of those thus saved to be empty: "For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God..." (Romans 3:23).

The living God does not offer lost sinners justice, and thank goodness for that! Our sins are covered in His blood: "In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence..." (Ephesians 1:7).

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