Everything in the Quran that agrees with the Bible is accepted by Christians. However, Christians will not accept the Quran as a divine revelation if any part of the Quran contradicts either the Bible or the Quran itself.
The Creation Story
Christians believe that Heaven and Earth were created in six days. This is stated in the Bible and some verses of the Quran. But, the Quran in Sura 41:9-12 tells us that the earth was finished in six days, and the heavens took an additional two days to create. How can this be? The Bible’s creation story is consistent from beginning to end wherein the Quran’s creation story changes from six days in Sura 7:54 to eight days in Sura 41:9-12
The Crucifixion of Jesus
The most compelling contradiction for a Christian concerns the death of Jesus. The Bible tells us that Jesus was crucified and died upon the cross. In Qs 19:33, the Quran agrees with the Bible. But Qs 4:157-158 denies the death of Jesus. Which one is true? Jesus did not die (Qs 4:157,158), or Jesus did die (Qs 19:33)”…the day I was born, and the day I die, and the day I shall be raised alive!”
Mary the Mother of Jesus
The Bible tells us that Mary was the mother of Jesus, and Miriam was the sister of Moses and Aaron. The Quran names Mary as the sister of Aaron, when Aaron lived 1570 years before Mary (Qs 19:28). If the Quran is perfect, why doesn’t it differentiate between Miriam, the sister of Moses and Aaron, and Mary who became the mother of Jesus Christ (Qs 19:28)? Also, Mary was not from the tribe of Levi, but from the tribe of Judah.
Is Alcohol to be Enjoyed or Is It Evil?
In Qs 47:15, those who keep their duty to God are promised rivers of wine. In Qs 5:90, alcohol is referred to as Satan’s handiwork.
Noah’s Family was Saved from the Flood
The Bible teaches that Noah and all his children were saved from the flood in Genesis Chapters 7-8. The Quran agrees with this in Qs 21:76, but is contradicted in Qs 11:43. Which part of the Quran is true? ”Noah … we saved him and his household from the great affliction” (Qs 21:76); or, ”Noah cried unto his son … 0 my son! Come ride with us and be not with the disbelievers. He said: ‘I shall betake me to some mountain that will save me from the water.’ . . . And the wave came in between them, so he was among the drowned” (Qs 11:42-43).
Free Will or Compulsion of Religion
Which of the statements is true? “There is no compulsion of religion” (Qs 2:256), or “0 Prophet! Strive against the disbelievers and the hypocrites, and remain firm against them” (Qs 66:9). “Fight against such of those who have been given the Scripture and believe not in God nor the Last Day, and forbid not that which God has forbidden by His messenger, and follow not the religion of truth …” (Qs 9:29). There are also many other verses which have no connection with defending oneself, but only teach attacking people, warring against them, killing them, and forcing people to become Muslims.
King Solomon and the Jinn
According to the Quran in Qs 34:12-14, King Solomon was assisted by jinn (genies) in the building of the temple and other works. The works of King Solomon are all detailed in the Bible. The idea of jinn helping build the temple of God is preposterous.
Abraham and Idols
Is it true that Abraham, the father of faith and the worshiper of the one true God, kept one large idol and lied about it? (Qs 21:59-61)
Other Contradictions and Questionable Verses
The Bible states that Terah was the father of Abraham (Genesis 11:26), not Azar (Qs 6:75).
The Bible tells us that Pharaoh’s daughter adopted Moses (Exodus 2:5). The Quran states that Moses was adopted by Pharaoh’s Wife (Qs 28:8, 9).
The Bible tells us that it was Gideon, a judge of Israel, who led the battle against the Midianites (Judges 7). The Quran states that it was King Saul Qs 2:249-251). Also, this was not the time of Goliath (Qs 2:249).
In the Quran, Haman is confused with Pharaoh (Qs 28:6, 7, 38; 40:24, 36). Pharaoh was in Egypt, but Haman was in Persia (Esther 3:1-7). There were hundreds of years between the time of Pharaoh and Haman, so it was impossible for Pharaoh to command Haman to build a tower.
Which one of these statements is correct? “Mothers shall suckle their children for two whole years” (Qs 2:233), or “… the bearing of him and the weaning of him is thirty months…” (Qs 46:15)? Does this mean being pregnant with a child for six months is usual and enough?
Is it true that cow’s milk comes from its stomach? “…drink that which is in their bellies, from betwixt the refuse and the blood, pure milk …” (Qs 16:66).
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