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Why Christians Choose the Bible, Not the Quran

Kitab-13Have you ever tried to compare the Quran and the Bible? You will discover there is a big difference between the two books. The Bible is full of prophecies, whereas the Quran is not.  What God tells us through His Prophets about things to come is called "prophecy."

Testing the Quran and the Bible through Prophecy

The only way you can know a book is from God is if the prophecies in the book come true. True prophecies are very specific. Some Muslims claim “And when books spread abroad” (Qs 81:11) is a prophecy. Books were spread abroad at the time of Muhammad. But this is not a prophecy. It is too general. Therefore, we can’t test the Qur’an to see if it is really from God based on a “prophecy” like that.

On the other hand, God’s prophet Micah prophesied 500 years before the coming of Isa Al-Masih that He would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:1-2). This is a true prophecy. It gives a specific location of where, in the future, something would take place.

The Bible gives us many more prophecies as well. It records God’s words given through many of His prophets on things to come. These prophecies can be tested. They have been tested, and found to be true. This is why Christians believe the only Book from God is the Bible.

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If the Quran had fulfilled prophecies in it, like God’s Book, there would be a reason to believe it. But it does not. We can’t test the Quran. No, you just have to believe that Muhammad received it from the angel Gabriel. You have to believe the words of one man are more accurate than the words of many prophets.   

Old Testimony Prophecies Fulfilled by Isa Al-Masih

Read how prophecies from the Old Testament were fulfilled by Isa Al-Masih in the Injil!

Theme

Old Testament Prediction

New Testament Fulfillment

Descendent of tribe of Judah

Genesis 49:10

Matthew 1:2-3

Born of a virgin

Isaiah 7:14

Matthew 1:18

Born in Bethlehem Ephrathah

Micah 5:2

Matthew 2:1

His exaltation

Isaiah 52:13

Philippians 2:9

He would be despised

Isaiah 53:3

Luke 23:35

He would be pierced

Isaiah 53:5

John 19:35

He would suffer

Isaiah 53:7-9

1 Peter 2:21-23

He died with evil people  

Isaiah 53:11

Matthew 27:44

Claimed to fulfill this prophecy

Isaiah 53:12

Luke 22:37

He bore our sins

Isaiah 53:12

Hebrews 9:28

He prayed for crucifiers

Isaiah 53:12

Luke 23:34

His words on cross predicted

Psalm 22:1

Matthew 27:46

He was to be mocked

Psalm 22:7-8

Luke 23:35

Clothes divided by casting of lots

Psalm 22:18

Matthew 27:35

His words on cross predicted

Psalm 31:5

Luke 23:46

He will have no broken bones

Psalm 34:20

John 19:33

Would receive vinegar, gall

Psalm 69:21

Matthew 27:34

Time of his birth

Daniel 9:25

Luke 2:3-7

His body will be pierced

Zechariah 12:10

John 19:34

His triumphal entry

Zechariah 9:9

John 12:13-14

He is betrayed by a friend

Psalm 41:9

Mark 14:10

Betrayed for 30 pieces of silver

Zechariah 11:13

Matthew 26:15

He is struck and spit on

Isaiah 50:6

Mark 14:65

His resurrection

Psalm 16:10

Matthew 28:9

His ascension to heaven

Psalm 68:18

Luke 24:50-51

There are many, many more prophecies found in the Old Testament that Isa Al-Masih fulfilled.  The list above only contains a few of all them. God preserved these prophecies for us.  Now we can be sure God's Book is true. Thus we can rely on Isa Al-Masih as our Sacrifice for our sins.

Hopefully, in light of these prophecies, you will come to know Isa Al-Masih as your personal Savior. Here is an explanation of how you can receive eternal life.

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1.    Why is focusing on fulfilled prophecy a good way to determine if a religious book is from God?  Is there a better way?
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3.    Why do some people, in spite of the list of fulfilled prophecies, still reject the Bible as the Book of God?

 

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# Michael Lee Cline 2012-06-11 21:59
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You keep using the word "test." I do not think it means what you think it means. You're using the Bible to prove that the Bible is right.

I quote: "We cannot test the Quran." No, you just have to believe that Muhammad received the words from the angel Gabriel.

Well, we cannot test the Bible. You just have to believe that the authors of the Injil based their stories on the life of a real man. The earliest extant fragment of the New Testament is the Rylands Library Papyrus p.52, a piece of the Gospel of John dated to the first half of the 2nd century. That's not contemporary.
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# Caleb Rahmat 2012-06-12 16:48
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Dear Michael,

Thank you for your comment! Your views are respected and appreciated by us. Perhaps the article was unclear or confusing to you.

The purpose of the article was not to establish the dates of manuscripts, but to show the fulfillment of prophecy in the Bible. The existence of Jesus Christ is not in question.

The historical evidence for Christ is overwhelming. Other than a very rare historian who has placed his emotions above his intellect, Christ as a real historical figure is accepted the world around - even by atheist scholars.

Please read this article for more information about how we know the Bible is true: http://www.isaandislam.com/The-Bible/should-muslims-trust-the-bible.html

CR/J
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# Sabr Nooh 2012-06-26 23:53
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You claim that the Qur'an has no prophecies (excluding the day of judgement) and that is incorrect. You claim that the only way to tell that a book is from God is by prophecies that have come true. This is also incorrect.

The Qur'an 2:23,24 says: "And if you are in doubt about what We have sent down upon Our Servant [Muhammad], then produce a surah the like thereof and call upon your witnesses other than Allah, if you should be truthful. But if you do not, and you will never be able to, then fear the Fire, whose fuel is men and stones, prepared for the disbelievers."

The proof that the Qur'an is from God is given in the challenge to make a surah (chapter) comparable to those in the Qur'an. In 1,400 years no one has done so. The beginning of surah 30 and surah 111 are also prophesies that have come true.
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# Jasmin 2012-08-30 21:41
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Sabr Nooh,

Here is a prophecy according to some Muslim scholars from Qs 30:42, "Corruption has spread on land and sea because of what men's hand have wrought."

This is not a prophecy. This is a general statement. It is like me saying, "The world is full of evil."

Many books contain many "so-called" prophecies, and then because of the laws of probability, a couple of them come true.

What makes the Bible different is that every single prophecy about Isa Al-Masih in the Old Testament is very specific and is fulfilled in the New Testament. Study carefully the list of prophecies about Isa Al-Masih in the article above. You will see that the Quran cannot match any of those prophesies.

J/JG
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# shaquille_jr 2012-08-24 07:13
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You claim that the Quran cannot be proven. But the Quran tells us how the universe was created and no one at the time could prove it. Then science discovered it in 1960. What do you say to that?

The Quran tells us how humans were created and no one had knowledge about that at the time. In the 20th century science discovered it. And many other things have also been proven.

The Quran is unchanged by human hands. It's pure.
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# Jasmin 2012-08-24 17:55
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Dear Shaquille,

Thank you for your comment. You are right that certain parts of the Quran can be proven through science. Do you know that Genesis 1:1, written thousands of years before the Christian era, also said that God created the world? Did you know that the Gospel, written 550 years before Muhammad, said that God created the world? Do you realize that Muhammad got most of his theological ideas from the Jewish Taurat and the Christian Injil?

Shaquille, the same can be said about the creation of mankind. It is all recorded in clear detail in the Taurat.

As Christians, we believe that all truth is from God, and we can affirm the parts of the Quran that are true.

But again, as the above article explains, the Quran can't be proven in the same way as the Bible through prophecies. Every single prophesy about Isa Al-Masih that is given in the Old Testament is then fulfilled by Isa in the New Testament.

J/JG
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# Zameer 2012-09-16 10:18
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If the Bible is God's Word then why is it in different forms - the Old and New Testaments? What does it mean?

In the New Testament, Jesus Christ (p.b.u.h.) is the Son of God, He is begotten of the Father. In the King James edition this word does not exist. Who did write it, Muslims or Christians?
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# Jasmin 2012-09-20 22:11
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Dear Zameer,

Thank you for your question. The Old and New Testaments are not different forms of the Bible. The Old Testament is the first part of the Bible and was complete by the time Jesus lived on earth.

Whenever Jesus talks about "the Law and the Prophets" He is referring to the Old Testament. The New Testament is the second part of the Bible and was written after Jesus returned to Heaven. God's Holy Spirit inspired men to correctly record the Words of Isa Al-Masih. God also gave further revelation to the Apostles.

Zameer, you will see that the Word "begotten" is in the New Testament. Please note, "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth" (Injil , John 1:14, NKJV).

Sometimes the word "begotten" is translated as "One and Only."

J/JG
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# Adli 2012-09-21 04:18
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The Word of God is embodied in Jesus. The Bible is the word that come from God's Word.

But in Islam, the Quran is the word of God dictated through Muhammad, and we have the original text as a reference.
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# Jasmin 2012-09-26 20:56
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Dear Adli,

Thank you for your comment. You are right that the Word of God is given directly through Jesus. In fact, John 1:1, 14 says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God... The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."
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# Arjumand Hussain 2012-10-15 17:08
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Dear Sir/ Madam,

I am shocked to see that you are ignorant of the teachings of the Quran. What silly logic are you giving about a book being true only if it predicts the future. Which Bible are you talking about my friend?

With so many versions, how can the book be true? I as a Muslim believe in the Bible as a book of God. But over time, people have distorted facts about the Bible and have created different versions.

On the other hand, there is only one Quran, and Allah will protect His word forever. There are at least ten million Muslims who know the Quran by heart. May I recommend that you at least read the Quran once.
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# Jasmin 2012-10-22 23:45
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Arjumand,

There is only one Bible. You are right that the Bible has many translations, but they are all from the same Greek and Hebrew manuscripts. Much research and work have been done to preserve those manuscripts, and when the manuscripts we have now are compared to the fragments that date back to the 2nd century BC (Taurat) and the 1st century AD (Injil), they are the same.

The differences between different Bible translations are very minor, such as the differences in translations of the Quran. The differences are because different scholars disagree about what word is best to convey the message in the original Greek and Hebrew languages.

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# Muhammad Maaz Khan 2012-10-18 06:26
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The Quran tells us about many Prophets. And the Quran is the only book which has never been changed since its revelation, but various versions of the Bible have been made.
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# Jasmin 2012-10-22 23:37
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Muhammad,

You are right that the Quran tells about many prophets. It also states that to fully learn about those prophets, one must read the Taurat and the Injil (Qs. 2:136).

The Bible has not been changed. There are many verses that attest to this. Some of them are:

"The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of our God will stand forever" (Isaiah 40:8).

"Your word, O Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens" (Zabur [Psalm] 119:89).

The Bible (Word of God) is eternal! It "stands firm," ie, it cannot be changed.

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# Jasmin 2012-10-29 22:55
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# Ismail Abdullah 2012-11-17 17:45
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Are you sure of your proof? Even the prophesies regarding Isa (Jesus) were not fulfilled according to your Bible. e.g Was Jesus Christ ever called Immanuel?

Consider the Holy Quran with care. It is the only book Allah (God) promised to prevent from human's manipulation, is this not a prophecy? This makes it different from the Bible.

As you know, the Bible contains a lot of contradictions and errors. The Quran has confirmed prophecies that exist among us but you can't figure them out because you don't really want to know the truth.
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# Jasmin 2012-11-19 18:45
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Ismail,

You state that the Quran is the only book God promised would not be changed. I must disagree with you. There are many verses in the Bible stating that it will not be changed and is eternal.

"The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of our God will stand forever" (Isaiah 40:8).

"Your word, O Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens" (Zabur [Psalm] 119:89).

The Bible (Word of God) is eternal! It "stands firm," ie, it cannot be changed.

"I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished" (Injil, Matthew 5:18).

The Bible cannot be changed until every prophecy has been fulfilled, which will be after the end of time as we know it, for the Bible even prophesies about what life will be like in Paradise after Isa Al-Masih returns to earth.
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# imtihanah 2012-12-08 10:12
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The Quran is the holy book of Islam (Word of God), but we also read Hadiths (Word of the prophet Muhammad S.A.W). So, we have more books to read and learn than those of the Old and New Testaments.

Hadiths contain not only guidance but also prophecies spoken through the prophet Muhammad S.A.W. Some prophecies of Al-Quran (mainly scientific, i.e. about plate tectonic theory) and some in Hadiths have been fulfilled.
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# Jasmin 2012-12-12 21:25
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Imtihanah,

The Hadiths cannot be the revelation of God nor should Muslims believe them. For example: The Prophet said, "If a house fly falls in the drink of anyone of you, he should dip it (in the drink), for one of its wings has a disease and the other has the cure for the disease" (Sahih Al-Bukhari: Volume 4, Book 54, Number 537). When the Hadiths contain these kinds of ideas, it is clear that the Hadith are not reliable.

Explaining how the earth works, i.e. plate tectonic theory, is not a prophecy. A prophecy is foretelling of what will happen in the future. For example, the prophet Isaiah foretold that Isa Al-Masih would suffer for the sins of humanity 500 years before he lived. ”But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all” (The Prophet Isaiah 53:5-6).

Remember that the Old Testament pre-dates the Quran by thousands of years and the New Testament pre-dates the Quran by at least 500 years. Also it is important to note that most of the content of the Quran have been taken from the Old and New Testaments.

JG
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