Sunday, October 26, 2008

Shining God’s Light on the Koran - Is it Inspired? Part 3

Sam continues his on-going series which contrasts the Judeo-Christian Bible with the Islamic Koran on a variety of topics. He aims the beam of the Biblical laser on the Koran to expose, to reveal what it really says. See his previous articles here.


Inspiration, Part 3

In comparing writings of the Holy Bble and the Koran, we must consider who is the source of inspiration and the stated facts.

THE KORANIC ACCOUNT

We have honored some prophets above others. To King David We revealed the Psalms (Surah 17:55).

Say (O Muhammad, to mankind): Who is an enemy to Gabriel! For he it is who has revealed this Koran to your heart as a guide from Allah; bringing pleasant words for the people of faith. This confirms what was revealed previously. All who are an enemy of Allah, his angels, or his apostles, or Gabriel, or Michael, will certainly find that Allah is the enemy of those who do not believe (Surah 2:97).

Those who are an enemy of Allah, and his angels, or his prophets, or of Gabriel or Michael! Allah is himself an enemy of those who do not believe (Surah 2:98).

You shall remember in Scripture the account of Mary: she withdrew by herself to a solitary place in the east away from her relatives. We sent Our spirit to her in the likeness of a full grown man. On seeing him she said: May the Allah of mercy defend me from you. If you fear Allah leave me and go your way. He said: I am only an envoy from your Lord arrived to provide you a son without any father (Surah 19:16-19).

She said: How can I bear a son when no man has touched me and I have always been chaste? He said: No problem, it is easy for Me (Surah 19:20,21a).

She conceived him, and withdrew with him to a distant palce (Surah 19:22).

This was Jesus the son of Mary. This is the whole truth which many still doubt. It is beneath the dignity of Allah to beget a son! Upon His command he only needs to say: “Be,” and it is (Surah 19:34,35).

The Ruler of the heavens and the earth, he has sired no son nor has he anyone equal to him in his domain. He has created all that there is and placed it where he desires (Surah 25:2).

The words of Allah shall never change (Suah 10:64).

COMMENTARY ON THE KORANIC ACCOUNT

According to the Koran the words of Allah do not change. Presumably, he knows everything, and his knowledge is not developing as mankind’s does. Therefore, he can get his information correct the first time it is written.

The Koran takes credit for the inspiration of the writing of the Psalms by David who was the King of Israel. The Koran claims to confirm the writings of the Holy Bible. Why then is the Holy Bible banned in Saudi Arabia?

The Koran states that it was the angel Gabriel who revealed to Muhammad what it was that he was to write in the Koran. At the very least when “We” is mentioned in the Koran it is referring to Allah and Gabriel. Since Michael is also referred to in context with Gabriel the “We” may also include the angel Michael.

“Our spirit” is in the form of a man. “Our” is plural which means more than one. “Spirit” is singular which means one. The spirit of Allah is one of the spirits. The spirit of Gabriel is one of spirits. One of the spirits is of the creator and the other is the spirit of an angel. Is it really possible for them to combine as one spirit? I do not think so. Is the status of an angel being raised to that of the Creator?

A father is an originator of something (1). The man who came to Mary was the originator of the child of Mary. He did not have a sexual relationship with Mary but he was the one who caused her to become pregnant. The Koran says he caused Mary to conceive. Conception is the union of sperm and egg. He provided the sperm. It does not matter how he provided it. Only that he did it. He only need say “Be” and it is. This makes him the father. “Beget” is to bring into being (2). He is the one who brought the child of Mary into being and it was a boy. Therefore, he begat a son.

The man is said to be both angelic and divine. Is Gabriel able to say “Be” and it is? Is Gabriel the creator or a co-creator with Allah? Allah is able to say “Be” and it is. Whose son then is the son of Mary: That of Allah or that of Gabriel? Isn’t it reasonable to say that the one who can say “Be” and it is; is the one who sired the child of Mary? Yes, it is Allah.

It is written in the Koran that Allah never begat a son. This cannot be true because he sent his spirit with that of an angel to a young woman and caused her to become pregnant. It does not matter how He made her pregnant. It only matters that he did. Therefore the Koran lies when it says that Allah did not beget a son.

First, Allah says that he did make Mary pregnant. Then he says that he did not make Mary pregnant, or any other woman for that matter. Which is it? The Koran contradicts itself. The Allah of the Koran can not be trusted to speak the truth.

THE BIBLICAL ACCOUNT

The Lord said unto my Lord, You sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool (Psalm 110:1).

And Jesus answered and said, while He taught in the temple, How say the scribes that Christ is the son of David? For David himself said by the Holy Spirit, The Lord said to my Lord, You sit on my right hand, till I make your enemies your footstool. David therefore himself called him Lord; and whence is he then his son? And the common people heard him gladly (Mark 12:35-37).

Why do the heathen rage and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against his Christ saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my King upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: The Lord hath said unto me, You are my Son; this day have I begotten you. Ask of me, and I shall give you the heathen for your inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron; you shall dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. Be wise now therefore, O you kings: be instructed, you judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him (Psalm 2:1-12).

The Lord hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn away from it; Of the fruit of your own body I will set upon your throne (Psalms 132:11).

For the Lord hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation. This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it (Psalm 132:13,14).

There will I make the horn of David to bud: I have ordained a lamp for mine anointed. His enemies will I clothe with shame: but upon himself shall his crown flourish (132:17,18).

COMMENTARY ON THE BIBLICAL ACCOUNT

Jesus said that David’s inspiration came from the Holy Spirit. This shows the Trinity for David wrote: “The Lord said to my Lord”. This is two persons, and Jesus added the third person by saying the information David spoke and wrote was by the Holy Spirit. “The Lord” is God the Father, Yahweh in Hebrew. “My Lord” is God the Son, “Adonai” is the word for Lord in Hebrew. ‘My’ refers to David himself. God the Holy Spirit is the One providing David with the information to record.

Those who deny that God has a Son, who is Himself God, are enemies of God the Son. God the Father promises that the enemies of God the Son will be made the foot rest of God the Son, who is Jesus the Christ. Christians are the body of Christ, so one day those who do not believe that Jesus is God will be under the feet of the Christians (Ephesians 1:20-23; Colossians 1:18).

The Scribes said that Christ is the son of David. Jesus asks, “how is the son of David, his Lord?” This question they cannot answer. The key to the answer is that Christ is God and has prior existence as God before becoming the Christ, Messiah, or Anointed One. Yet, Jesus affirms this is the situation.

God’s promise to David is that as one of his descendants, the fruit of his body, He will set on David’s throne. This person is the Christ who is Jesus, God in flesh. It is God the Father who has chosen Jesus the Christ to be his King in Jerusalem, which is Zion. The kings of the earth will fight against it, but they cannot win. They are only losers. Zion is the place where God has chosen to reside while ruling the earth.

The enemies of Jesus the Christ will be covered with shame while Jesus prospers.

COMPARE AND CONTRAST THE KORANIC & BIBLICAL ACCOUNTS

The inspiration of the Koran claims to be from Allah and the angel Gabriel, while the inspiration of the Psalms as claimed by Jesus and Peter and Paul, is from the Holy Spirit (II Timothy 3:16,17; II Peter 1:20-21). Seeing that in the Koran, it declares that “We”, Allah and Gabriel also inspired the writing of Psalms. There is a discrepancy between the two texts. The question is which text is correct?

The words of Allah never change. In the Koran it is stated that Allah has no partner in his rule of the universe nor has he ever begotten a son. Psalms was written more than two millennium before the writing of the Koran. The Psalms state that God, Yahweh, does beget a Son, Adonai, and that, He, Himself (Jesus) would become a descendant of David, King of Israel.

CONCLUSION

The Koran is a change from what was written earlier. Either the words of Allah do change, or the Allah of the Koran and his angel Gabriel did not inspire the Psalms. If people were given the opportunity to read both the Holy Bible and the Koran they would conclude the Koran is a counterfeit word from God. Moslems are prevented from reading the Holy Bible on their own and reaching their own conclusions.

REFERENCES

1. Webster’s New World College Dictionary, fourth edition, Page 517
2. Webster’s New World College Dictionary, fourth edition, Page 130
3. The Koran’s passages is a paraphrase of several English translations.
The Koran, translated by N.J. Dawood: A Penguin Classic
The Qur’an, translated by M.H. Shakir: Tahrike Tarsile Qur’an, Inc
The Holy Qur’an, translated by Maulana Muhammad Ali: Ahmadiyya Anjuman Isha’at Lahore Inc. U.S.A.
The Koran, translated by Marmaduke Pickthall: Everyman’s Library
4. The Holy Bible is paraphrased from the King James Version
The Liberty Annotated Study Bible: Liberty University & Thomas Nelson, Inc.

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