Who inspires Islam?
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
Muslims believe that their book, the Qur'an, was 'sent down' from heaven unfettered by the hands of men. As such it is regarded as 'pure,' without error and the better (and last) revelation from God or Allah (somebody who is not the God of the Bible). As the deities of the Bible and the Koran are different (Allah does not have a Son) the two books have nothing to do with each other. They are totally different, so there is no reason for Muslims to say the Bible has been superseded by the Koran. We have written in another article that the chief differences between the two books are the lack of historical background in the Koran, and that it has only one 'writer' who received his revelation over a period of 23 years. The Bible is set in history, and was written by 40 men over a period of 1500 years.
Remember the differences between the two books when considering Muslims' attacks on the Bible. The situation is, in a certain sense, ridiculous because Muslims have nothing to do with the Bible. If they claim their book is superior, it is fine. Muslims have to believe it. Anyone who challenges the superiority of the Koran might just be killed and there are few people who are brave enough for that. If the Bible with its message of God's new heaven and earth is so wrong, why does it concern them? Are Muslims not satisfied with Allah's heaven, Buddhists with nirvana, Hindus with karma and atheists with going nowhere after death? What compels them to attack the Bible?
In 1 John 2:22 and 1 John 4:2 it is written that those who deny Jesus' deity are identified as the antichrist. By denying that God has a Son and opposing Jesus as the Son of God, they identify themselves as the antichrist. The Bible teaches that the world is divided into two groups of people: those who are pro- and those who are anti Christ. If they belong to the antichrist group, who inspires them and what is their goal? The Bible identifies the spirit person who is the arch enemy of God. He is called the devil and it is his job to attack the integrity of the Bible and keep the salvation message of the Bible hidden. The purpose is to prevent people from finding the way to God's heaven (see Ephesians 6:11, 2 Timothy 2:26, Matthew 13:19,28, Revelation 12:9).
That is the background to remember when a Muslim debates a Christian. It is an open display of the hostility towards God, Jesus and His followers, inspired by another spirit than the Holy Spirit. We see the evil one's character of violence and destruction in the groundless, continual attacks against Israel. Israel has no gold, oil, uranium, or rich deposits of ores that would make it a desirable target (if it had those resources, the West would long ago have invested heavily in the country, instead of rejecting it). The only reason they hate Israel is because it is God's country and people. The descendants of Ishmael hate the descendants of Isaac, because God promised Israel to the descendants of Isaac, not Ishmael (the Arabs). That is despite the fact that God never excluded them from salvation.