One would think that the Koran, like other holy books, would try to carve out its own set of claims and distance itself from claims of other holy books. The strange thing is that the Koran doesn’t do this as people may presume; according to the Koran, the Koran and the Bible are supposedly on equal footing. Did you know that the Koran actually validates the Bible, and in so doing invalidates itself?
What Does the Koran Say About the Bible?
So what does the Koran actually say about the Bible?
“He (God) sent down to you the Book with the Truth, confirming what came before it; and He sent down the Torah and the Gospel.” IKoran 3:3
Here, the Koran Says that the Bible (Torah and the Gospel) is the revelation of God and is inspired by God. In unequivocal terms, the Koran states that the Bible is the inspired word of God. Since the Koran itself is claimed to be the words of Allah, the authority of the passage cannot be more important. If Allah has revealed that the Torah and Gospel (aka the Bible) were sent by him, then the Bible cannot err in its claims. But those claims make things quite uncomfortable for the Koran.
The Unalterability of God’s Revelation
Some will claim that Islam has a concept of abrogation whereby newer revelation can replace older ones and set a new precedence. But we have to be careful when we’re speaking about direct revelation from God. The Bible also has new revelations, but in the biblical context, there is no such thing as overturning; subsequent progressive revelation only clarifies and enriches past revelation. Even Jesus confirmed that He did not come to abolish the Law, but to fulfill it. The Koran, itself, agrees that God’s words cannot be altered,
“The Word of your Lord has been completed, in truth and justice. There is no changing to His words.” IIKoran 6:115
However, now the matter becomes worse for Koran’s claim about the validity of the Torah and the Gospel. The Koran states that none of God’s words are alterable, which also includes Koran 3:3. This means that there can be no new transmission of revelation that can override that which God has already revealed – the Torah and the Gospel are valid. In other words, the Koran states that the revelation from God written down in the Bible is final and unchangeable.
The central message of the Gospel is that Jesus is the incarnate God who died for the sins of mankind, rose from the dead, and claimed to be the divine Son of God. When the Koran validates the Bible, it also validates this central message of the Bible. However, the Koran also rejects the central claims of Christianity. The Koran denies the central claims of Christianity all the while accepting and upholding the Torah and the Gospel, which cumulatively make those claims.
To summarize, let’s consider our alternatives concerning the Koran and the Bible. The Koran says that the Bible is the true and inspired word of God. The Bible says many things that directly contradict other claims made in the Koran. In light of these facts, the list of potential options we have available to us are as follows:
- If the Bible is false, then the Koran is also false because the Koran says that the Bible is true.
- If the Bible is true, then the Koran is unnecessary at best and wrong at worst because the central message of the Bible is in complete disagreement with explicit claims made in the Koran.
- If the Koran is true, then the Bible is true. But if the Bible is really true, then the Koran must be false, again because the central message of the Bible is in complete disagreement with explicit claims made in the Koran.
- If the Koran is false, then the Bible may be true or false. The legitimacy of the Bible must be tested against its own claims and not the Koran’s.
Notice how under no circumstance can the Koran logically be considered to be true; that option is not logically possible. By validating the Bible, the Koran has excluded itself as potentially true because the claims in the Bible are opposed to the overall message of the Koran.
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