Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Koran and the Bible

There is a more important difference between Christians and Radical Islamists than peace and Jihad.

The difference centers around Jesus, who He is and why He came to this earth.

Jesus lived about 33 years. The four Gospels record about 45 different days of those years. In the 89 chapters of the Gospels that record these forty-five days, 40 of those chapters are on the last six days of His life and another five days that cover His resurrection, appearances, and His ascension into Heaven. Almost half of the four biographies cover the week of His death and resurrection.

In the 230 remaining chapters of the New Testament, every single chapter speaks of or assumes Jesus’ deity, His death, and resurrection.

In other words, the New Testament is about nothing else.

The Koran speaks of the Injil, the New Testament as an inspired book. However, Muslims think that it has been changed by the Christians who added these verses of His deity, death, resurrection, and forgiveness because of this expression of love for sinners.

Here are a few verses from the New Testament.

“If you are the Christ," they said, "tell us." Jesus answered, "If I tell you, you will not believe me, and if I asked you, you would not answer. But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God." They all asked, "Are you then the Son of God?" He replied, "You are right in saying I am.” Luke 22:67-70

“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.” Romans 5:6

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

“He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.” Romans 4:25

“He told them, "This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” Luke 24:46, 47

Muslims think that the New Testament contains some of the original Injil but the original has been lost. Mohammed memorized what is now the Koran in the 7th century A.D. It was later written down. Here are statements from the Koran. I have them in Arabic form if you would like to see them.

“The Jews call ‘Uzair a son of Allah, and the Christians Call Christ the Son of Allah. That is a saying from their mouth; (In this) they but imitate What the Unbelievers of old Used to say. Allah’s curse Be on them: how they are deluded By Allah and His Messenger, Nor acknowledge the Religion Of Truth, from among The People of the Book, Until they pay the Jizya With willing submission, And feel themselves subdued.” Surah 9:30

“They disbelieved indeed Those that say That Allah is Christ The son of Mary Say: “Who then Hath the least power Against Allah, if His will Were to destroy Christ The son of Mary, his mother, And all-every one That is on the earth? For to Allah belongeth The dominion of the heavens And the earth, and all That is between. He createth What He pleaseth. For Allah Hath power over all things.” Surah 5:17

“Christ the son of Mary Was no more than A Messenger; many were The Messengers that passed away Before him. His mother Was a woman of truth. They had both to eat Their (daily) food. See how Allah doth make His Signs clear to them; Yet see in what ways They are deluded Away from the truth!” Surah 5:75

“That they said (in boast), “We killed Christ Jesus The son of Mary, The Messenger of Allah”:--But they killed him not, Nor crucified him. Only a likeness of that Was shown to them. And those who differ Therein are full of doubts, With no (certain) knowledge. But only conjecture to follow, For of a surety They killed him not:” Surah 4:157

The Jesus of the Bible is not the Jesus of the Koran. They cannot both be true. If the Koran is not true then Mohammed is a false prophet and all Muslims are followers of a false prophet.

If you have not read the New Testament there will be a guide on the next Roots by the River to help and encourage you.

How to Read the New Testament in 67 days.

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