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The Qur’an, From The Bible’s Point Of View
For the purpose of this study, the author assumes that there is significant religious purpose in the Qur’an and is studying it the same way he studies the Bible. After a year of research, this author is of the opinion that Islam was never meant to be a new religion. It was supposed to be a signpost pointing to Jesus. Unfortunately, these signs would not be obvious to Muslims since they have been buried by human interpretation. This author also has serious reservations concerning Islam.
This study looks at Islam and some of the claims of Muslims by examining the Qur’an. The Christian perspective is used because Islam was greatly influenced by the Christianity of that time. (In fact, Christians in the time of Muhammad, and even Christians today bear some responsibility for the way Islam developed.) Nevertheless, it will be shown that many Islamic claims are not supported in the Qur’an. This study demonstrates that the Bible remains the superior revelation and proposes a new way of understanding the Qur’an and Islam.
Muslims say their religion is the true way, the successor to Christianity and Judaism. They base this on several other “facts” and claims:
The Qur’an Points To The Bible
The Qur’an has an extremely high regard for the prophets of the Bible and also for Jesus. It never says the Bible was corrupted. Over and over it tells how Jacob’s children (Israel), and even Jesus’ followers (Christians) failed to obey God. It warns against disobedience. The reader is encouraged to do good and reject evil. To submit to God’s will (to be a Muslim) is to follow what the prophets taught.
How does one follow the prophets’ teachings to obey God? The Qur’an does not make this clear. An example of this can be seen in the command that Muslims pray five times a day. The Qur’an does not say how one is to pray. In order to know how to pray, Muslims consult the Hadith and the Sunnah. These two books record Muhammad’s actions, life and sayings. Both of these books were written by men. They did not come from the angel. If a believer wants to hold only with what God revealed (rather than what men wrote), she or he must turn to the Bible.
Was Islam supposed to be a “new” religion? The various points above show that the Bible remains the superior revelation. The law, history, covenant, descriptions of God’s character, holiness, the deep spiritual teachings of Jesus, psalms, miracles, and prophecies are all in the Bible. The Qur’an refers to so much of the Bible it relies on the Bible’s authority. If we accept the Qur’an’s claim that it confirms the Bible, why would it lack the many details found in the Bible? This suggests it is simply a signpost pointing to the Bible. But if it is a signpost, the current form of Islam derived from it is easily misdirecting many people. If it isn’t a “signpost” for the Bible, this leaves many disturbing questions.
We began with the hypothesis that the Qu’ran was an inspired book. We end with the conclusion that this is not the case. There are other web sites which do not begin with such a hypothesis. One might call them extremely “hard hitting.” They present the Qu’ran in a very negative light.
After a year of reading and studying the Qur’an, I feel there remain serious differences between the Qur’an and the Bible. See: Reservations