Louis Palme / Aug 28, 2014

The Quran makes numerous bold statements that it is the verbal word of God and it is clearly authentic.  Here is the most straightforward claim: “Will they not ponder on the Quran? If it had not come from God, they could have surely found in it many contradictions.” (Surah 4:82)   The Quran fails its own test – as there are many statements that contradict science and documented history: 

  1. The sun does not set in a pool of black mud. – 18:84
  2. Mountains are not supporting poles (or pegs) for the earth. -- Surah 78:7
  3. The moon cannot be used to compute the seasons and years. – Surah 10.5
  4. Egypt has never experienced a “year of abundant rain.” – Surah 12:49
  5. Crucifixion was not a method of killing in Pharaoh’s time. – Surah 7:122
  6. Mary, the mother of Jesus, was not Aaron’s sister and lived 1,500 years later. – Surahs 3:36 and 19:27
  7. It was Samuel, not Mary, who was a temple ward. The temple priest was Eli, not Zacharias. (I Samuel 3) – Surah 3:36-3:37
  8. God did not give the Gospel (Injil) to Jesus when he was a baby, for all of the real Gospels contain the complete life story of Jesus. – Surahs 5:46, 19:30, and 57:27
  9. The Christian “Trinity” is not God, Jesus, and Mary. – Surahs 4:171 and 5:116
  10. Christians and Jews do not pray toward a qiblah (earthly focus for God) – Surah 2:141-145 

Careful reading of the Quran confirms that it was compiled by Mohammed and others who had only a fragmentary understanding of history and science.  During his lifetime, Muhammad was constantly accused of concocting “stories of the ancients.”  (Surahs 6:25, 8:31, 16:24, 22:5, 27:68, and 64:17)  In exasperation, Mohammed inserted a verse into one of the final Surahs of the Quran:  “Believers, do not ask questions about things which, if made known to you, would only pain you; but if you ask them when the Quran is being revealed, they shall be made plain to you. . . Other men inquired about them before you, only to disbelieve them thereafter.” (Surah 5:101) 

If God, the Creator of the Universe, truly dictated the Quran it would be error-free, unambiguous (see Surah 3:8), without corrections or abrogation (see Surah 2:106), and most certainly a blessing for all of mankind – not just the Muslims (see Surah 3:110).  The unquestioned belief that the commands in the Quran came directly from God is the root cause of the present turmoil in the Middle East by ISIS and other Muslim “true believers.”

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