The Qur'an -vs- The Bible (Christian-KJV)
Given the fast growth rate of the Islamic Faith around the world, the use of the Qur'an is being seen in many homes and communities. Many are questions are being asked, as well as, the confusion of its status and value in today's society, especially in non-muslim countries. For example:
- Is the Qur'an a secular or a "Holy Book?"
- Can it be compared to the Bible? If so, how are they alike and different?
- What is the Qur'an's origin? Who is its author (s)?
- Does it speak of Jesus?
- Can Christian doctrine be found in the Qur'an?
- Are there any values or lessons for the Christian to learn?
- Which book is older- The Bible or The Qur'an?
- Is it possible to bring one to Christ using the Qur'an?
These and other questions are being asked in light of the times we're living and the accessibility of the Qur'an.
In addition, some seek to say some of the stories, events, and acts of violence in the Bible are in the Qur'an. Does it make a difference which book I read and believed? A case in point, a Muslim scholar Fareed Zakaria, in a Newsweek article entitled, “Why They Hate Us: The roots of Islamic Rage—and What We Can Do About it", wrote:
- “The historian Paul Johnson has argued that Islam is intrinsically an intolerant and violent religion. Other scholars have disagreed, pointing out that Islam condemns the slaughter of innocents and prohibits suicide. Nothing will be solved by searching for ‘true Islam’ or quoting the Qur'an. The Qur'an is a vast, vague book, filled with poetry and contradictions (much like the Bible). You can find in its condemnations of war and incitements to struggle, beautiful expressions of tolerance and stern pictures against unbelievers. Quotations from it usually tell us more about the person who selected the passages than about Islam. Every religion is compatible with the best and the worst of humankind. Through its long history, Christianity has supported inquisitions and anti- Semitism, but also human rights and social welfare.” Is this a fair assessment of the teachings of the Koran and of the Bible?
How would you answer the questions above and the Muslim scholar, Fareed Zakaria? Is he correct in his conclusion? How to answer any of the questions in this OP depends on your understanding and familiarity of the Christian Bible. What say ye? CM