Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Testimony of the Quran to the Bible, part 3


This is the last part of the evangelistic pamphlet for Muslims. Part one was published March 1, and part two was published on October 18. Get equipped to evangelize Muslims. You will need boldness, though, because some will be very angry with the content of part 3 (and the end of part 2). I have had credible threats of serious bodily injury or death for passing these out when in crowds of Muslims--it was more dangerous than evangelizing at the sodomite pride parade in San Francisco. However, "every creature" means what it says, and that includes Muslims, and God can protect you (He has protected me).

VI. Does the Quran Contradict Itself?
The Bible never contradicts itself, meeting a necessary standard of truth for the Word of God. The Quran contains many contradictions.
1a.) Pharaoh drowned with his army in the Red Sea: “And truly we gave to Moses nine clear signs. Ask the children of Israel: when he came to them, Pharaoh said to him: Lo! I consider you one bewitched, O Moses. Moses said, ‘In truth you know that none sent down these signs save the Lord of the heavens and the earth as proofs, and I consider you indeed, O Pharaoh, to be one doomed to destruction!’ So he resolved to remove them from the face of the earth: but we drowned him and those with him, all together. (17:101-103; cf. 28:40; 43:55)
1b.) Pharaoh did not drown with his army in the Red Sea: “We took the children of Israel across the sea: Pharaoh and his hosts followed them in insolence and spite. At length, when overwhelmed with the flood, he said: ‘I believe that there is no god except him whom the children of Israel believe in: I am of those that submit to him.’ ‘What! Now! When up to now you have rebelled and been of the wrong-doers? But this day we save you in your body that you may be a sign for those after you. Lo! Most of mankind are heedless of our signs.’” (10:90-92)
2a.) Noah and all his family survived the Flood: And Noah, when he cried of old, we heard his prayer and saved him and his household from the great affliction. (21:76)
2b.) One of Noah’s sons drowned in the Flood: “And it sailed with them amid waves like mountains, and Noah cried unto his son - and he was standing aloof – ‘O my son! Come ride with us, and be not with the disbelievers.’ He said, ‘I shall betake me to some mountain that will save me from the water.’ Noah said, ‘This day there is none that saves from the commandment of Allah save him on whom he has had mercy.’ And the wave came in between them, so he was among the drowned.” (11:42-43)
3a.) Allah created the earth before the heavens: “He it is who created for you all that is in the earth. Then turned he to the heaven, and fashioned it as seven heavens.” (2:29)
3b.) Allah created the heavens before the earth: “The heaven . . . he built[.] He raised the height thereof and ordered it; and he made dark the night thereof, and he brought forth the morn thereof. And after that He spread the earth.” (79:27-30)
4a.) Muslims that die in jihad will go straight to heaven: “And if you are slain, or die in the way of Allah, forgiveness and mercy from Allah are far better than all they amass. What though you are slain or die, when to Allah you are gathered?” (3:157-158)
4b.) Every Muslim will go to hell (for a time, at least): “Man says: ‘What! When I am dead, shall I then be raised up alive?’ But does not man call to mind that we created him before out of nothing? So, by your Lord, without doubt, we shall gather them together, and also devils with them, then shall we bring them forth on their knees round about hell . . . and certainly we know best those who are most worthy of being burned therein. Not one of you but will enter it; this is, with your Lord, a decree which must be accomplished.” (19:66-71)
5.) The Quran states that mankind was created from a blood clot (96:1-2), water (21:30), burned clay (15:26), dust (3:59), nothing (19:67), earth (11:61), or a drop of thick fluid (16:4; 75:37). Which is it?
These are only a few of the numerous contradictions in the Quran.
VII. Are There Factual Errors in the Quran?
The Quran contains severe factual errors. It teaches that meteors and comets are missiles fired at “satans” and jinn who try to listen to the reading of the Quran in heaven, and then pass on what they hear to men in surahs (37:6-10; 55:33-35; 67:5; 72:6-9). The fact is that meteors are chunks of matter that burn up in the atmosphere and comets follow regular orbits around the sun, rather than chasing evil spirits around. The Quran teaches that the earth is held down and kept from being moved around by mountains, as one might use bricks to hold the corners of a sheet on the ground during a windy day: “We set mountains upon the earth lest it should move away with them” (21:31; 16:15; 31:10), for Allah “made the earth as a wide expanse, and the mountains as pegs” (78:6-7) to hold the earth down. The Quran teaches that the world is not a sphere, but is flat: “[T]he earth . . . was leveled flat” (88:20), and Allah “made the earth for you like a carpet spread out” (20:53). Thus, when Allah in the future will “remove the mountains . . . you will see the earth as a level stretch” (18:47); when Allah will “break . . . the mountains . . . into scattered dust[,] [he] will leave [earth] as an empty plain, wherein you see no curve” (20:105-107). There are many further scientific errors in the Quran; one very blatant further example will be given. The Quran states that Alexander the Great (Dhu’l-Qarneyn), before travelling down a road to a land where people lived between two mountains and talking to them, followed a road to one end of the flat earth and saw the sun set in a muddy spring. He talked to the people that lived by where the sun set in the muddy spring, and then took a road to the other end of the flat world and found people who lived by where the sun rises and who could not get shelter from its heat as it started to go into the sky:
They will ask thee of Dhu’l-Qarneyn. Say: I shall recite to you a remembrance of him. Lo! We made him powerful in the earth, and we gave him means to accomplish everything he pleased. And he followed a road, until he came to the place where the sun sets; and he found it to set in a spring of black mud; and he found near the same a certain people. And we said, O Dhu’l-Qarneyn, either punish this people or use gentleness towards them. He answered, Whoever of them shall commit injustice, we will surely punish him in this world; afterwards shall he return to his Lord, and he shall punish him with a severe punishment. But whoever believes, and does that which is right, shall receive the most excellent reward, and we will give him in command that which is easy. Then he followed a road, until he came to the place where the sun rises; and he found it rising upon a people whom we had exposed to its flaming rays. Thus it was; and we comprehended with our knowledge the forces which were with him. Then he followed a road, until he came between the two mountains; beneath which he found a certain people, who could scarcely understand what was said. (18:83-93; cf. Hadith Bukhari 9:520).
The fact is that the sun does not go around the earth, nor does it fall into a pool of black mud at sunset. The earth and the sun are millions of miles apart in outer space. The sun is also far too large to fit into a spring of black mud. Alexander the Great did not go to either the end of the supposedly flat earth where the sun goes down or the end of the supposedly flat earth where the sun rises. Alexander the Great, the people who supposedly lived where the sun sets in the mud, and the people who supposedly lived where the sun rises from the ground would burn up because the temperature of the sun is many thousands of degrees. The scientific error here is monstrous.
VIII. Is There Any Proof that the Quran is the Word of God?
As noted above, the Biblical prophets were validated by astonishing miracles. The Bible also recorded many facts about the nature of the world thousands of years before they were discovered by modern science. The Bible contains hundreds and hundreds of detailed and specific prophecies that were fulfilled to the letter. In contrast, the Quran teaches that Muhammad did not do any miracles (3:183-184; 2:118-119; 6:37, 109; 20:133). There is nothing in the Quran like the astonishing scientific accuracy of the Bible. There are no predictive prophecies in the Quran. In short, there is nothing in the Quran that proves that it comes from God, while, as has been demonstrated above, there is overwhelming proof that it did not come from God. This is not surprising, since the last book of the Bible pronounces a curse upon anyone who would add anything further to the Word of God: “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book” (Rev 22:18-19).
Further evidence that the Quran is not God’s Word comes from the fact that after a spirit being first appeared to Muhammad, he said, “Woe is me, [ecstatic] poet or [demon] possessed—Never shall [my tribe] say this of me! I will go to the top of the mountain and throw myself down that I may kill myself and gain rest.”[1] What prophet in the Bible thought that he was possessed by the devil and therefore contemplated suicide (as Muhammad did frequently) after receiving God’s Word? Does experiencing the true God lead to regular thoughts of suicide? Or is not such a sign of demon possession (Mr 9:22; Jn 8:44)? Muhammad also admitted that Satan interjected material into his prophecies from Allah. For example, Muhammad declared, as revelation from Allah, the following: “Did you consider the al-Hat and al-Uzza and al-Manat, the third, the other? Those are the exalted swans; truly their intercession is accepted with approval.”[2] This revelation, commanding people to serve three idols [al-Hat, al-Uzza, and al-Manat], shocked Muhammad’s disciples. He later withdrew his revelation, explaining that Satan had deceived him into making these prophecies. The Bible indicates that such an affirmation makes one a false prophet worthy of death: “But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die” (Deut 18:20). These facts contradict the idea that the Quran is a revelation from God.
IX. What Must I Do?
Every Muslim is bound to accept the Quran’s teachings that the Bible is the perfect revelation of God, preserved from the time it was given by God until today. Not only does the Quran assert this, but there is overwhelming evidence in favor of the truth that the Bible is God’s Word. The Bible is validated by miracles performed by the prophets who gave it, by astonishing scientific accuracy, and by many hundreds of specific prophetic predictions that have been fulfilled with pinpoint accuracy. Since the Bible and the Quran contradict each other, and the Bible is true, the Quran is not God’s Word. The Quran also contradicts itself, has no predictive prophecies, and contains blatant scientific errors. Not only did the prophet of the Quran, Muhammad, do no miracles, but he feared his original call came from Satan, not God, and he admitted that Satan could deceive him and that some of his revelations came from the devil. The truth is that the Bible is the perfect and pure Word of the one true God, while the Quran is an imperfect and impure product that did not come from God. You must receive the Bible and reject the Quran.
Having recognized that the Bible is the true and complete Word of God, you must immediately repent of the sin of following a god other than the one true God revealed in the Bible, and of following a false religion—for “idolators . . . shall not inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Cor 6:9). You must also turn from all your other sins and trust the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, to save you from sin and hell. Will you this very moment turn to the crucified and risen Savior, Jesus Christ? “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” (Jn 3:36).


For more information about the Bible, the Quran, salvation, and how you can know the one true God, please contact the Bible-believing church listed below, or visit http://sites.google.com/site/faithalonesaves/salvation. If you have now trusted Jesus Christ as God, Lord, and Savior, the next steps for you are to separate from false religion (2 Cor 6:14-18), confess Christ publicly (Mt 10:32-33), identify with Him in baptism (Ac 8:12, 36-38), unite yourself with God’s true people (Heb 10:25), and begin to study the Bible (2 Tim 2:2) so you can fulfill your purpose in life—to glorify, serve, and fellowship with your loving Redeemer and new heavenly Father (Rev 4:11; Jn 17:3).

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[1] http://answering-islam.org/Silas/demons.htm. Note that ecstatic poets were considered at the time to be moved by supernatural forces other than God, as were those openly possessed, so that a companion of Muhammad narrated: “As we reached the place known as Arj there met us a poet who had been reciting a poem. Thereupon Allah’s Messenger [Muhammad] . . . said: Catch the satan or detain the satan, for filling the belly of a person with pus is better than stuffing his brain with poetry” (Sahih Muslim 27.5611). Therefore “as for poets, the erring follow them” (26:224). Muhammad would hardly say “Woe is me—God has made me His prophet!” Obviously Muhammad thought that the supernatural spirits that had come to him were evil, and this thought led him to contemplate suicide.
[2] http://www.answering-islam.org/Shamoun/satanic_verses.htm. The Quran confirms that Muhammad believed that Satan inspired some of the words of his prophecies, but tries to affirm that all true prophets had Satan mix falsehood in with their revelations, in direct contradiction to the Biblical fact that anyone who states even one word from a false god is a false prophet (Deut 18:20)! “Never did we send a Messenger or a Prophet before you, but when he did recite the revelation or narrated or spoke, Satan threw some falsehood in it” (22:52). Can the Muslim know what else revealed to Muhammad was given by Satan? How can anything in the Quran be trusted? What if it all came from Satan?

3 comments:

Michael Gormley said...

Truth, what is it?

The definition of 'truth' is 'opposite of error'. Truth means it is conformable to fact. It is correct.

Truth in action, is when the human conscience agrees with the intellect. Truth is 'ONE'. There can be only one truth, (John 17:17-23).

17 Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth.
18 As you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world.
19 And I consecrate myself for them, so that they also may be consecrated in truth.
20 "I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word,
21 so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me.
22 And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one,
23 I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me.

Any variation in the one truth is not truth at all, but error.

So how do you test for the truth? I have already given you the answer in the first paragraph. You have to look for error, and you have to see if the truth is conformable to fact. Here are some guidelines. Consult your conscience as you follow these pointers...

1. Have you felt uncomfortable (conscience speaking) with some Bible verses that do not seem to conform to the teaching of your Church? All of Scripture is harmonious and it all should fit together like a giant picture puzzle.

2. When you do question some teaching, do you get definitive answers every time?

3. Do you get meaningless or nebulous answers that don't make sense?

4. Are you absolutely sure that you are in the Church that Jesus Christ founded? He only founded 'A' Church in Mathew 16:18. That verse does not say 'Churches'. I am reminded of 1 Cornthians 10:12, "Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall."

5. There are over 33,800 different Christian sects in the world today. How can you be sure you have chosen the right one?

6. Remember, 'TRUTH IS ONE', so how can there possibly be 33,800 different Christian Churches, all teaching that ONE TRUTH?

7. If all those Churches taught the same truth, then there would not be 33,800, but only one. What does an examination of conscience say now?

8. That means there have to be 33,799 Churches teaching error. If that is the case, then there are 33,799 Churches on the 'wide path' and only one on the 'narrow'. I don't like those gambling odds of 1 in 33,800. Does that bother your conscience?

9. Most all Churches claim to be the Church of truth. Who do you believe? Which one is right? Which Church does the Bible say is the Church of truth?

10. The Church of truth is spelled out in the Bible. It is the only Church that was given the authority, the one in whom the Holy Spirit dwells forever, John 14:15-17.

11. "But he who does the truth comes to the light that his deeds may be made manifest, for they have been performed in GOD", John 3:21. This verse says it all.

12. If you haven't found truth then you haven't found GOD.

Gary said...

Michael,

I'm not sure why you post your comment here, because the topic is dealing with the Quran, not which church is the "one" true church.

I went to your web site to try to figure out what you where talking about and discovered that you are Catholic, thus the "truth" of what you speak, is the Catholic church.

Dr. Kent has spoken about the universal church vs local church in the past and you may wish to look at some of his previous posts on this matter. Once you understand the Independent Baptists' point of view, you will be better able to discuss this topic when Pastor Kent brings it up.

Thomas Ross said...

Dear Mr. Gormley,

Thanks for the comment. I agree with you that if you haven't found the truth, you haven't found God. I rejoice that I have found the truth, Jesus Christ Himself, John 14:6, who has revealed Himself through HIs Word, which is truth, John 17:17. I am also very happy that I am part of one of His true churches, and I have no problem at all in my conscience of being part of the one of which I am a member. I agree that all churches other than the kind Jesus Christ started are false.

Since you, as you affirm, want to follow the truth, please read the short pamphlet "Bible Truths for Catholic Friends" at:

http://sites.google.com/site/faithalonesaves/salvation

(note-no "www" at the front). If you are a sincere seeker for truth, you should read it with an open heart, carefully pondering the verses mentioned. I will be happy to respond to you if you go ahead and read it carefully. Thanks. You can know the truth, and the truth will set you free.