You will never convince individuals that hold the Qur’an “near and dear to their hearts” that the Bible is more reliable than the Qur’an by relying on archeological evidence or textual criticism. The Qur’an devotees have been conditioned to view the Bible as a book that has been corrupted in the 1st century and is, therefore, unreliable. The truth of the matter is that there is plenty of evidence in the Qur’an itself that shows the Bible to be a reliable source. A few simple questions to the Qur’an devotees should cause them to question what they believe, or cause death and destruction to those in the vicinity.
One would think that the followers of Islam were made of glass. When confronted with challenging questions about the Qur’an, Islamists tend to shatter and fall apart. They try to silence critics by claiming Islamophobia or slander, and pitching fits by trying to destroy as much property and injure as many people as possible. It would seem this is counterproductive, unless one is trying to silence all critics and push forward an illogical and untruthful ideology and agenda.
Consider a few facts. Jesus warns us in Matthew 7:15 to beware of false prophets. In Matthew 24:11 He warns that false prophets will come and mislead many. Paul warns that Satan disguises himself as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14). Paul warns us that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is so unique that even if an angel from heaven comes and preaches a different gospel, contrary to what Paul has taught, let him be accursed. Mohammed would have been wise to heed these warnings.
It might surprise you to find that the Qur’an teaches the following about Jesus.
According to the Qur’an:
Qur’an 3:46 (Jesus born of a virgin)
She (Mary) said: My Lord! How can I have a child when no mortal hath touched me? He said: So (it will be). Allah createth what He will. If He decreeth a thing, He saith unto it only: Be! and it is.
Qur’an 3:48 (Jesus performed miracles)
And will make him a messenger unto the Children of Israel, (saying): Lo! I come unto you with a sign from your Lord. Lo! I fashion for you out of clay the likeness of a bird, and I breathe into it and it is a bird, by Allah’s leave. I heal him who was born blind, and the leper, and I raise the dead, by Allah’s leave. And I announce unto you what ye eat and what ye store up in your houses. Lo! herein verily is a portent for you, if ye are to be believers.
3:45 (Jesus is the Messiah)
And remember) when the angels said: O Mary! Lo! Allah giveth thee glad tidings of a word from him, whose name is the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, illustrious in the world and the Hereafter, and one of those brought near (unto Allah).
That is where the similarities between the Bible and Qur’an end. The Qur’an begins to teach a different gospel that denies the deity of Christ, His crucifixion, and His resurrection, cornerstones of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
According to the Qur’an:
Qur’an 5:116-117 Jesus is not divine.
Qur’an 4:157 Jesus did not die on a cross.
Qur’an 4:158 Jesus did not rise from the dead.
Qur’an 10:68 Jesus is not God’s Son.
According to the Bible:
1 John 2:22 Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son.
1 John 4:3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.
2 John 1:7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist.
Despite the Qur’an’s departure from the True Gospel of Jesus Christ, It is fascinating to see the Qur’an teach that the Bible is reliable and unable to be changed. Why would Mohammed or Allah instruct the followers of Islam that the Bible was given as a guide and unable to be changed? If Islam began in the 6th century, how can the Islamists claim the Bible was corrupted in the 1st century, and yet state its reliability in the Qur’an?
He hath revealed unto thee (Muhammad) the Scripture with truth, confirming that which was (revealed) before it, even as He revealed the Torah and the Gospel. (3) Aforetime, for a guidance to mankind; and hath revealed the Criterion of right and wrong.
And if thou (Muhammad) art in doubt concerning that which We reveal unto thee, then question those who read the Scripture (that was) before thee.
Those who follow the messenger, the Prophet who can neither read nor write, whom they will find described in the Torah and the Gospel (which are) with them. He will enjoin on them that which is right and forbid them that which is wrong.
Say O People of the Scripture! Ye have naught (of guidance) till ye observe the Torah and the Gospel and that which was revealed unto you from your Lord.
Why would Allah instruct Mohammed in this way if the Bible was corrupted in the 1st century? The Qur’an instructs Muslims again and again to read the Christian Scriptures. In fact, the Qur’an explains that no one can change the words of Allah, which begs the question…than who could have altered them?
Shall I seek other than Allah for judge, when He it is Who hath revealed unto you (this) Scripture, fully explained? Those unto whom We gave the Scripture (aforetime) know that it is revealed from thy Lord in truth. So be not thou (O Muhammad) of the waverers. (114) Perfected is the Word of thy Lord in truth and justice. There is naught that can change His words. He is the Hearer, the Knower
And recite that which hath been revealed unto thee of the Scripture of thy Lord. There is none who can change His words, and thou wilt find no refuge beside Him
This is what David Wood http://www.answeringmuslims.com calls the Islamic dilemma. If the Bible is true and God’s word – Islam is false, because Islam preaches another gospel. If the Bible is false and not the Word of God, then Islam is false because the Qur’an points to the Bible. Either way…Islam is false. Oh, I don’t know…I think Mohammed should have thought that one through a bit better!