The Bible and the Quran

After the hail storm news coverage of a Florida preacher’s plan to burn the Koran on September 11, 2010, I prayed about the situation and considered the following details.

I believe this began as nothing more than a publicity stunt in an attempt to
recruit new followers.  This preacher does not have the good intention to share eternal salvation with the people, but rather he has a desire to mislead people.

Each side of this controversy contain a small minority, who do not represent the interests of their religion, and yet they receive a large amount of publicity.  Their comments are targeted to receiving this attention.

The sad fact of the matter is, this world is full of people who are followers.  They do not examine a situation, but follow the suggestions of those taking the most drastic stands on the subject.

I was disappointed in the reaction to this problem by our leaders.  They stated they were against the burning of the Koran, but they all stopped short of casting blame where it belonged.  There is a time and place to be a diplomat and a time and place to point out error.  Everyone fell short of calling this a publicity stunt, andreprimanding the media for turning this into a circus.

In the United States we have freedom of speech and freedom of the press.  With these rights come responsibilities.  When news ratings become more important than lives, I have to ask, how has the media exercised  their ethics?

Hundreds of Christian leaders spoke out condemning the burning of the Koran.  I wondered how many of them suggested for this preacher to read the Koran before burning it.  What would he have uncovered if he took the time to read it?

I am not an authority on the Koran and neither am I an authority on the Bible, but I see some similarities.  Both the Bible and the Koran both cover a number of common subjects.  How can you discuss the differences if you have no idea what is written in the other book?  How can you ever hope to reach the other side if you don’t know what they believe?

The threatened burning of the Koran brings another fact to the surface.  Only a small minority on either side will take the time to study the differences on their own.  Both sides consist of a majority consisting of followers.  This may be the means to an end.

This site consists of a number of verses from the Koran corresponding with parallel verses from the Bible.  I have discovered if you have a basic knowledge of the Bible, it does not take a great amount of time to locate parallel texts.  The Internet contains a number of sites containing the Koran and the Bible with the ability to search text. If there is another site listing parallel verses between the Bible and the Koran, I would like to know about it.

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6 responses to “The Bible and the Quran

  1. Hi:

    Let me recommend Brothers Kept Apart by Walter Phillips. It is a comparative analysis of both books.

    Regards,
    Walter

  2. There are a lot of similarities between the Bible and the Book of Mormon.

    There are a lot of similarities between the Old Testament and the New Testament.

    ‘If there is another site listing parallel verses between the Bible and the Koran, I would like to know about it.’

    I have documented some of them at http://www.bowness.demon.co.uk/mirc1.htm

    • Steve
      Interesting post. I do have one question.
      According to Acts , Peter, an Aramaic-speaking Jew managed, in a moment of terror, to remember the exact phrase from the Greek translation of Ezekiel 4:14! Was it realistic for somebody described in Acts itself as ignorant (idiotes) and illiterate to bring to mind a Greek translation that he would not have known? I think not. I suspect Luke ‘borrowed’ words from the Greek translation of Ezekiel 4:14 to put into the mouth of Peter. It is not as though it is a common phrase which Peter might have hit on himself. ‘Medamos, Kyrie’ (By no means,Lord) is used only here and in Acts 11:8.

      Most of the OT is written in Hebrew. I’m not sure what language Luke and Peter spoke, but why would Luke try to remember the Greek translation? The term, by no means Lord, comes from Acts 10. This is Peter’s answer while he was in a trance. In Acts 11 he is retelling the story, using the same words. I don’t see why Luke would be telling Peter what he said in the trance. There is no indication Luke was with Peter at the time.

      Act 11:8 KJV But I said, Not so, Lord: for nothing common or unclean hath at any time entered into my mouth.

      Act 10:10-14 KJV And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, (11) And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: (12) Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. (13) And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. (14) But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.

  3. hi..i agree that quran n bible is almost tell the same thing..allah or god or jesus is teaching the good thing..i personally reject quran because the teaching of muhammad in the book of quran.this guy spoil the quran.he teaching the bad thing(killing and revenge)..many of muslim think that christian is bad because they current war from christian nation..the truth is bible NEVER TEACH to killing each or hurt other..its HUMAN mistake..>not the bibleLET GOD OR ALLAH DO ITplease do not kill yourself(JIHAD or CRUSADERS)<..
    make it simple GOD OR ALLAH WANT HIS CREATION(all religion) TO LOVE EACH OTHER..

    • Hello! While I deeply cherish and respect Christians the fellow or female before me has it all wrong. First off please don’t assume. There is only ONE chapter about the Muhammad Jesus is talked more about. Never once does it say kill someone. Jihad “holy war” is a mindset. Not an action. Fighting violence infact with faith. I am a Muslim but I believe in order to understand Islam we must go back in time nd read the other books of God. To deny the Torah and Bible is indeed against Islam. We look to Moses abd Jesus as examples. Muhammad MARRIED a Christian woman actually. and built a church. So please think positive. You think God wants you to have hate? When no on believed Jesus he still was willing to sacrifice himself! let Jesus be the example.

  4. I just love understanding among hearts of men…like Miriam rightfully said..All we need is Love and live as Jesus did not on religion…This human body is the key o…

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