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"What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?" - Jesus Christ

ISLAM - HOW DOES IT COMPARE TO THE BIBLE?

Islam is a religion founded in 7th century Arabia . Formerly a trader, Muhammad claimed to have got the Koran by revelation from God (Allah). The Koran consists of Surahs that are numbered. Thus (3:48) refers to verse 48 of Surah 3. Let's give Islam a critical look.

I think there are flaws in Islam and I will be pointing them out. I don't intend to hurt anyone, but only point them to Jehovah, the God of the Bible. Also note: this article is about the Koran and Allah - not about Muslims in general. Many Muslims are nice people.

There are three primary claims of Islam. Let us examine them one by one.

Claim 1: Muhammad is the (most important) prophet of God

Unfortunately for Muslim apologists, Muhammad does not measure up to this claim.

Claim 2: Allah is the one, true, creator-God.

This claim is refuted by the following:-

Reason 1: Allah is self-contradictory: He claims to be the same as the God of the Bible (Koran 2:136-139, for example), but does not agree with what God says in the Bible. Has the Bible been corrupted?

Reason 2: Allah's claims to performing miracles are highly suspect - they consist of one-liners in the Koran, without any historical context mentioned or archaeological validation possible. For example:-
"And ye know of those of you [Jews] who broke the Sabbath, how We said unto them: Be ye apes, despised and hated!" – Koran 2:65
So Allah turned some Jews to apes one day. Good. When? Where? What were the names of those Jews? Did Allah warn them?

Reason 3: Allah fails to provide a solution for human nature as follows:-
  1. It is evident that humans are born with a sinful nature.
  2. It is this sinful nature that is responsible for the evil and suffering in the world.
  3. Even if a person believes in Allah and does good deeds, this sinful nature is still there in the person – no Muslim even claims to be perfect.
  4. Allah promises paradise to those who believe in him and do good deeds (Koran 2:25).
  5. Thus, paradise will be populated by sinful people, and thus will have the same problems that our world has. Nowhere does Allah address this issue. The way Muslims treat each other now (see the image, which shows Muslims from ISIS killing other Muslims) provides a glimpse of what Allah's "paradise" would be like if it really existed.
 
Reason 4: The very fact that sinful humans can earn acceptance with Allah by belief and good works shows that Allah is not infinite in his holiness (and thus, unworthy of exclusive worship). If he is only finite in his holiness, it is difficult to see how he could be infinite in his other attributes (like time). If Allah is finite in time, he collapses before the atheist challenge: If you claim that God exists and made everything, then who made God?
 
Reason 5: Is something good because Allah says it is good, or does goodness exist in itself, and Allah happens to be good? If the former is true, it means that Allah is arbitrary. If the latter is true, it means that Allah is not supreme in his character because goodness exists as an ideal higher than Allah. Either way, the Koran's claim that Allah is supreme, loving and merciful is refuted. Doesn't the same objection apply to the Biblical God?
 
Reason 6: Allah is unfair. He admits undeserving Muslims into heaven. Although they deserve to be put in hell, Allah conveniently flings Jews and Christians into hell-fire instead! (See the Hadith: Sahih Muslim 037/6665, 037/6666, 037/6668). What about Jesus dying instead of others?
 
Reason 7: Allah's commands to kill people in return for a sex paradise betray him to be ethically deficient. The same applies for the lying and stealing that he commands. The hatred he espouses towards non-Muslims also shows him to be ethically deficient.
 
Reason # 8: The Koran implies that Allah created a miserable earth; viruses, parasites, earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, disease ridden animals torturing each other, etc. The Koran would have us believe that all this misery was going on before the first sin was committed. For all his enthusiasm to make animals and humans suffer, Allah has never suffered, making him "off bounds" to us humans, since he does not share in our universal experience. A lot of human suffering is caused by human genius (think of Hitler, the KGB, etc). Why did Allah make humans so intelligent and capable if his ultimate purpose for humans is to put them in a sex paradise?  Such a god would not be worthy of worship even if he were real. Also see: Is pain good? and The Problem of Evil
 
Reason # 9: Allah offers no freedom of conscience. If you're born into a Muslim family and conclude that Islam is false, Allah commands other Muslims to kill you. If you are non-Muslim, Allah's command to Muslims is to subjugate you until you convert. Just think: If God was really of this mind, He would not create human beings with free will; He would create robots!
 
Conclusion: Allah fails to substantiate Claim 2 of Islam. A self-contradictory, ethically deficient person making unsubstantiated claims with loopholes in them cannot be God.

Claim 3: The Koran is God's message to man, delivered to Muhammad.

The Koran does not have features that suggest divine origin or proofs of authenticity like the Bible. Nor is it a masterpiece of Arabic literature. Thus, Claim 3 fails because the Koran comes across as a book that any creative human author could have composed. Details

Conclusion: The Koran is not God's message to man, but Muhammad's invention.

Confused Islamic Polemics

Islamic apologists adopt a self-contradictory stance:-

Islamic apologists sometimes say that the Bible has been corrupted, but they point to certain passages in the Bible which they think lend support to Islam. This is self-contradictory (you cannot rely on a corrupted book to prove a point).

Some Islamic apologists claim that "science" has disproved the Bible, since the Bible implies that the earth is only a few thousand years old, while most secular scientists believe the earth is billions of years old. But these apologists forget that the same secular scientists believe that all life, and the entire universe arose out of natural processes, in opposition to the Koran's creationist teaching. Thus the same atheists whom Islamic apologists invoke to "disprove" the Bible also "disprove" Islam. If Islamic apologists believe that atheistic scientists are right about the age of the earth but not about its origin, they need to explain/justify it.

Islamic apologists sometimes say that the Bible has been corrupted, but they point to certain passages in the Bible which they think lend support to Islam. This is self-contradictory (you cannot rely on a corrupted book to prove a point).

When Islamic apologists are shown contradictions or errors in the Koran, they respond that we must be wrong in our judgment because we don't know Arabic and are relying on an English translation of the Koran, and the Koran can truly be expressed only in Arabic. This raises the obvious questions: Why do Muslims use and promote translations of the Koran [if it can lead to misunderstanding]? Why can't Allah (who claims to be the creator of all men, and not just the Arabs) express himself adequately in other languages? Why did he create so many languages in the first place? If Muslims represent a monolingual God of love, why don't they offer free Arabic classes for non-Muslims? 

Some Islamic apologists claim that "science" has disproved the Bible, since the Bible implies that the earth is only a few thousand years old, while most secular scientists believe the earth is billions of years old. But these apologists forget that the same secular scientists believe that all life, and the entire universe arose out of natural processes, in opposition to the Koran's creationist teaching. Thus the same atheists whom Islamic apologists invoke to "disprove" the Bible also "disprove" Islam. If Islamic apologists believe that atheistic scientists are right about the age of the earth but not about its origin, they need to explain/justify it. 

Inter-faith debates are not allowed in Islamic countries; Christian apologetic sites that disprove Islam are blocked. So Islamic apologists need to explain their keenness to debate. 

Conclusion

Islam does not agree with the Bible and the claims of Islam stand demolished. If you are a Muslim, take your time to verify what I've said. Turn to Jesus for eternal life. If you live in an Islamic country, harassment, torture and death may await anyone who realizes that Islam is false. But take heart. The Lord Jesus asked us not to fear Islamic (or Catholic, or atheist) authorities who can destroy our bodies but Jehovah, the God of the Bible who can destroy souls in hell. You may want to check: