Muslims tell me that they know the Quran is true because it is coherent. It does not have contradictions. But, when reading the Quran carefully, it appears more disjointed than coherent. Let’s look at why many readers feel this way.
How Many Angels Spoke to Mary?
The Quran gives more than one account of Mary finding out she will give birth to Isa Al-Masih. In the first account, the Quran records that several angels appeared to Mary (Qs 3:42, 45). In Qs 19:17-18, though, the recording states that only one angel was sent to Mary.
In Qs 3:47, Mary only addresses one angel. If there were several, why does she only address one? And why does only one answer? The dialogue matches that of Qs 19:17, but the description does not.
Can God Command Someone to Do Evil?
Several verses in the Quran clearly state that Allah can’t make someone sin. Qs 16:90 states, “God commands (people) to maintain justice, kindness, and proper relations with their relatives. He forbids them to commit indecency, sin, and rebellion. God gives you advice so that perhaps you will take heed.” Qs 6:131 also says that God cannot destroy a city without just cause.
But Qs 17:16 states, “And when we (Allah) decide to destroy a village, we send a definite command to those who lead a life of luxury in it to commit lewdness, and thus the word of torment is justified against them. Then we destroy it with complete destruction.” In other words sometimes God wants to destroy a city but doesn’t have just cause. What does He do? He commands the people in that city to sin so that he will have a reason to destroy it.
Contradictions about God’s Power and Jesus Having God’s Power
You might think this contradiction strange, as almost all Muslims will adamantly state that Jesus is not God. They believe the Quran clearly states that.
The Quran gives clear guidelines to distinguish the true God from false gods. Qs 16:17, 20-21 state: “Is He then Who creates like him who does not create? . . . And those whom they call on besides Allah have not created anything while they are themselves created; Dead (are they), not living, and they know not when they shall be raised.”
Therefore, false gods cannot create, bring death, cause life, or resurrect. False gods are dead, not alive. On the contrary, the true God is alive and is the Creator. The true God is the source of life, which means He causes death and life.
The Quran actually records Jesus as being able to do many of these things! Qs 3:49 states that Isa created a bird out of clay and gave it life. This same verse also says that He healed the blind and brought the dead back to life! In other words, Jesus satisfies the definition of the true God.
Our Goal In This Series of Articles about Contradictions in the Quran
Our goal at Isa and Islam is to help you think through what the Quran says. We believe that it is important to study your Holy Book critically. Then decide if you have a foundation for your belief.
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