I think this is a good 5 minute simple overview.
this is a very simplistic overview. Is Allah God, yes. Is the Muslim’s Allah the Christian God? no. Many translations use Allah as the translation for God, so much so that in Muslim countries some courts have to rule against Christians using the name Allah as God. Example: http://bibledbdata.org/onlinebibles/indonesian_tb/01_001.htm
Yes, it is a simple overview.
Yes, Allah is the Islamic god in the Quran. He was the Arabian pagan god of the moon that Muhammed proclaimed as the one true god and attempted to link it all to the Judeo Christian faith. This is not new. Shortly after the Exodus the Egyptian Pharoah attempted to proclaim one of their deities as the one true god as well. That didn’t last long.
Allah is not the God of the Bible. As Muhammed attempted to connect Allah with the Bible, in a way it is just an early cult like Jehovah Witnesses or Mormonism. The similarities between Muhammed and Joseph Smith are very interesting.
In my opinion, the Bible could not record the conversation between the one true God and Moses; and hence the confusion of the Catholics Protestants.
I give here text of the verses consisting of the words exchanged exactly in the conversation with the context of the Quran:
[20:6] He is the Gracious God Who has settled Himself on the Throne.
[20:7] To Him belongs whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth, and whatsoever is between them, and whatsoever is beneath the moist subsoil.
[20:8] And if thou speakest aloud, it makes no difference, for He knows the secret thoughtand what is yet more hidden.
[20:9] Allah — there is no God but He. His are the most beautiful names.
[20:10] And has the story of Moses come to thee?
[20:11] When he saw a fire, he said to his family, ‘Tarry ye, I perceive a fire; perhaps I may bring you a brand therefrom or find guidance at the fire.’
[20:12] And when he came to it, he was called by a voice, ‘O Moses,
[20:13] ‘Verily, I am thy Lord. So take off thy shoes; for thou art in the sacred Valley of Tuwa.
[20:14] ‘And I have chosen thee; so hearken to what is revealed.
[20:15] ‘Verily, I am Allah; there is no God beside Me. So serve Me, and observe Prayer for My remembrance.
[20:16] ‘Surely, the Hour is coming; I am going to manifest it, that every soul may be recompensed for its endeavour.
[20:17] ‘So let not him who believes not therein and follows his own evil inclinations, turn thee away therefrom, lest thou perish.
Please see the verse 20:13 which mentions, “I am” thy Lord” and verse 20:15 which mentions, “I am” Allah.
To me, “I am” or “I am that I am” are just confused words of the vague Bible. The fanciful Catholic Protestants stretched them and eulogized them too much.
So, “I am” was an incomplete sentence conveying hardly anything meaningful until Quran clarified and gave the exact words exchanged between the one true God and Moses.
I’m going to pull over my previous comments from the other blog in response to your comment for reference. Then I will address your specific points.
On the Bible:
“You wrote: “The present Bible is neither a literal Word of God not it is inspired one;”
This is your opinion. It is very possible that the Bible is the literal word of God. I believe the prophets were moved, guided, and inspired by the Holy Spirit. There is no way for you to prove your assertion.
You wrote: “it has been tampered with, additions were made into it by the narrators and the scribes;”
You are incorrect. The Bible has the greatest amount of manuscript evidence than any other book from ancient times.
For the Old Testament the earliest copies are dated back to 200 B.C. Those were compared that to the oldest copy we had previously and there were no changes for 1000 years. If you research the process that the Jewish scribes went through to preserve the integrity of the text you would understand.
For the New Testament, the oldest partial manuscripts we have includes 43% of the entire New Testament and dates back to the 1st and 2nd centuries. These confirm that there have been no changes to 43% the New Testament writings. We have 100% of the New Testament in partial manuscripts (combined) that date from 100-300 AD and prove the integrity of the NT 100%. The oldest, complete manuscript is the Codex Sinaiticus, which dates back to around 350 AD. We have even greater evidence of the NT’s integrity with thousands of manuscripts that had been translated into multiple languages from various early time periods as well.
Anything (a tiny, tiny percentage) that does not appear in the earliest copies that we have are very much noted to let everyone know that those few texts don’t appear in the earliest manuscripts. Those few things may be authentic, we just can’t prove it as of yet. Even if you remove those few things, it does not change the truth of the message or that the writers of the Bible encountered God and witnessed Jesus Christ and all He did.
The Bible is the most well preserved and authenticated collection of writings from ancient times. There are no other ancient documents that can in anyway compare to the care and careful work that was done to protect and preserve the Bible for future generations.
You wrote: “…though originally the messengers prophets mentioned in it did receive Word of Revelation from the one true God.”
I believe the prophets in the Bible did receive true revelation of God about Himself and the truth of our existence. YHWH is the true God and Jesus Christ is His prophet. So much so that Jesus is called THE “Word of God” in John 1:1. Jesus was God incarnate, He died for our sins, took our place under God’s wrath, so that we can be saved and have eternal life with Him forever.”
On the Quran:
“Looking at your blog I can see that you are Muslim. If you were to apply the liberal standard of scholarship you use against the Bible to the Quran, it would be just as problematic.
The Quran was passed on orally for a couple of years after Mohammed died (632 AD – 600 years after Jesus walked the Earth). No one person had the entire oral teachings memorized. Also, there was a battle between Muslims where close followers of Mohammed (Salim for example) who had memorized much of Mohammed’s teachings were killed by other Muslims due to politics. The first Quran (Hafsah Codex) was drawn together in writing by 634 AD and every passage had to be witnessed by two men. However, this most important original manuscript of the Quran was destroyed by Muslim leaders in 667 AD. As well as many other Qurans with variants to this one.
The Hadith (Sahih Bukhari. In Volume 6, Book 61, Number 510) records how the Muslims were very concerned of the different recitations of the Quran. Muslim source materials report that at least four different versions (all different and written by direct followers of Mohammed) of the Qur’an existed before the political order was given to have them burned. (Refer to “Al-Tamhid 2, 247). Once Caliph Uthman had his scribes write down the “perfect” version of the Quran, they had all the variant manuscripts burned. Why? It goes back to the Hadith, “Hudhaifa was afraid of the different recitations of the Qur’an.”
The Quran that we have today was the one motivated by political leaders who wanted a “perfect” manuscript. It was not the original that was recorded so carefully (Hafsah Codex). Since there are no other manuscripts to examine, we can’t even know for sure if the current Quran really records the teachings of Mohammed accurately. Perhaps it records the teachings of the political leaders instead.
For further reading: http://www.harvardhouse.com/quran_purity.htm“
Yes, it is your opinion that the Bible is corrupted, but as I wrote that is far from the truth. It is the most preserved set of documents of all time from the ancient past.
We can’t even trust that the Quran is the true teachings of Muhammed because the current Quran is the one that was commissioned for political reasons. They wanted a “perfect” set of teachings, and then they burned all the rest. We know their were other versions. Not to mention all the Muslims who were killed by other Muslims like Salim who had been a companion of Muhammed.
Allah is not the same God of the Bible whose name is YHWH. During Moses’ exchange with God in Exodus 3, God declares that His name is that He exists. “I am” refers to the truth that He is real, He is involved, and He will save His people. It can also be translated as “The Self-Existant One.” Jews and Christians are not confused.
Allah has his roots in the Arabian pantheon of false gods, and Muhammed chose him to be the one true god. He destroyed all of the idols in the Ka’aba, but he kept one. For more information on this with references see these websites:
Shortly after the Exodus, the Egyptians tried to do this as well, but it did not last long.
“Egypt During the New Kingdom, the cult of the sun god Ra became increasingly important until it evolved into the uncompromising monotheism of Pharaoh Akhenaten (Amenhotep IV, 1364-1347 B.C.). According to the cult, Ra created himself from a primeval mound in the shape of a pyramid and then created all other gods. Thus, Ra was not only the sun god, he was also the universe, having created himself from himself. Ra was invoked as Aten or the Great Disc that illuminated the world of the living and the dead.”
You can read more here: http://ancienthistory.about.com/cs/egypt/a/locegyptmonothe.htm
I’ve read the entire Quran, and I reject it completely. It distorts the true scriptures of the Bible, and it denies the truth about my Lord and King, Jesus Christ. It presents a different Jesus than the one of the New Testament. Muhammed came 600 years after Jesus, and he came claiming that the Bible was corrupt, that he had the true word of God, and that he was the supreme prophet. He even blasphemed Jesus by saying that the Gospel was that Muhammed was going to come. What a lie. This is what the true prophets had to say about those who come prophesying lies.
“And the Lord said to me, ‘The prophets prophesy lies in My name. I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, divination, a worthless thing, and the deceit of their heart’” (Jeremiah 14:14).
“…there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:7b-9).
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).
Paul writing in his second letter to the Corinthian Christians wrote, “But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it” (2 Corinthians 11:3-4). Paul feared for the believers because of the false prophets that would come along preaching a different Jesus to try to deceive them. That is exactly what Muhammed attempted to do as does his followers from then until now.
John wrote, “Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son” (1 John 2:22).
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