Bible versus Quran: 1000+ Differences & Contradictions
18 Sept. 2012
The Bible: Its Divergences from the Quran and Islam
THE GOSPEL OF MARK
Mark was a close co-worker of and translator for Peter and wrote down what Peter and other apostles told him - likely written ca. 65 AD. (Muslims boast the Quran is written just years after Muhammad, and that NT took much longer time. But if we accept that the Quran was finished in 656 AD (it may be one or a very few years earlier), that means that Muhammad's last words and deeds were 24 years old, AND HIS FIRST MUSLIM ONES IN 610 AD WERE 46 YEARS OLD WHEN UTHMAN HAD THE QURAN WRITTEN - and all the others in between. Of the 3 oldest gospels are one (Luke) from ca. 60 AD or maybe even a little earlier and two (Matt. and Mark) from ca. 65 AD. (Matt. perhaps one or a very few years later - but in any case before 70 AD). (John's is from 90 - 100 AD.) Jesus worked from 30 AD to 33 AD. This means Jesus' youngest words and deeds in Luke were some 27 years old, and his oldest some 30 years - and in Matthew and Mark some 5 years more. And as for the letters and Acts: The likely oldest is Jude's which may be was written as early as in 45 AD (12 years after Jesus' death and 15 years after he started his mission). The others then are successively older, but with a very few exceptions even the oldest one is from not later than 67 AD - 37 years after Jesus started his teaching and 34 years after his death. The Quran in this "competition" often boasted about by Muslims, hardly is the winner.)
Muslims may counter that bits and pieces were written down before Utman made his "official" Quran. But there is no indication for that things were not noted down also in Christianity earlier than the surviving scripture - in fact there are indications for that this really happened. F.x. one possible explanation for the similarities between the 3 first Gospels, is that they took material from an earlier "book".
001 Mark 1/1a: "- - - Christ - - -". This is not 100% correct. Christ is the Greek version of that name (it really is a title, not a name, at least not originally), and is used in NT because NT originally was written in Greek. The word "Christ" was not used as a name/title for Jesus, however, until years after his death - the name/title used was Messiah. This fact is worth remembering when the Quran claims that Mary was told her son's name would be Christ Jesus.
002 Mark 1/1b: "- - - (Jesus was*) the son of God (Yahweh*)". A very clear message.
003 Mark 1/2-3: "I (Yahweh*) will send my messenger (indicated John the Baptist*) ahead of you (indicated Jesus*) who will prepare your way (Ma. 3/1*) - a voice (indicated John the Baptist's*) of one calling in the desert, 'Prepare the way for the Lord (indicated Jesus*), make straight path for him (Is. 40/3*)". If this is correct, it is clear foretelling about John the Baptist and about Jesus.
004 Mark 1/4+5: "- - - sins - - -". Because there are - sometimes great - differences between f.x. the moral codes of the Bible and the Quran, there often are - sometimes great - differences between what is a sin in the Bible and in the Quran. Similar goes for a number of other words and expressions - f.x. right, wrong, righteous, good, bad, evil, etc. Also see Mark 3/28+29 and Acts 3/14 below.
005 Mark 1/7-8: "After me (John the Baptist*) will come one more powerful than I - - -. I baptize you (people*) with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit". If correctly quoted this is a clear foretelling about Jesus, especially if you add other things John said. This, like much more quoted in NT also would be difficult for the writer to falsify, because too many at that time knew the truth - if he made up too much or central points, many would "arrest" him, and also the trustwortyness and credibility of the followers of the religion would be destroyed. Also see Matt. 1/22 above.
006 Mark 1/10+12: "- - - the Spirit - - -". One of the many names for the Holy Spirit. Like Allah and like Muhammad it had several names, a fact worth remembering when Muslims claim - as normal for Islam without documentation - that when Jesus before he left them the last time, told his disciples that he would send them a helper, he meant Muhammad, because he did not use the name "the Holy Spirit", but "the Spirit of Truth". (The claim really is unbelievable, among other things because how could Muhammad be a helper to the disciples? - he was born nearly half a millennium after the last one of them was dead! Besides it is quite an irony to call a man like Muhammad with his belief in the use of dishonesty as a working tool, "the Spirit of Truth".)
#007 Mark 1/11a: "And a voice came from the heaven (indicated = Yahweh*) - - -". All places in the Bible it is made clear that it is Yahweh who makes things happen - often via his (according to the Bible) son Jesus - and not other gods like f.x. Allah. This is so obvious that we comment on it just a few times.
008 Mark 1/11b: "And a voice came from heaven: 'You (Jesus*) are my Son, whom I (Yahweh*) love; with whom I am well pleased'". If this quote is correct, there is no doubt neither about Jesus being the son of Yahweh, nor about supernatural beings being involved. And this incident like so many others in NT were difficult to falsify, because there were too many witnesses who knew if or if not this happened.
009 Mark 1/21: "- - - the Sabbath - - -". See Eze. 20/12, Eze. 20/20a, 22/26, and Eze. 23/38 above.
010 Mark 1/25: "'Be quiet!' said Jesus sternly (to a bad spirit). 'Come out of him!' The evil spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek". Well, personally we do not believe in demons or evil spirits. But in the old times one believed that (among others) the ones with mental illnesses were possessed by evil spirits or demons. This may explain the use of this word. If Jesus healed mentally sick, that is impressive and be sure it was impressive. Also see Matt.8/2-3 above.
One of the many differences between Jesus and Muhammad, is that according to both the Bible and to the Quran, Jesus made miracles - including healing the sick - but Muhammad not. (You will meet many claims about Muhammad making miracles, but these claimed miracles all are from the Hadiths, written around 200 - 270 years after the death of Muhammad, and the Quran indirectly, but very clearly proves that they are all made up stories. F.x.:
If there had been miracles around Muhammad, skeptics had not asked for miracles to prove Muhammad*s tales - they had known miracles had happened. The Quran tells about many such requests for such proofs.
If skeptics all the same did ask for proofs for a divine connection, the obvious answer would have been to tell about Muhammad's miracles if there had been any. There is not one such answer anywhere in the Quran to these requests.
If there had been miracles connected to Muhammad, no follower had asked for such proofs - they had known about the miracles. All the same there in the Quran are reported such requests.
If some followers or skeptics all the same had asked for proofs, they would ever so fast have been reminded about the miracle if there had been any. There is not one case in the Quran about anyone being reminded about miracles connected to Muhammad.
And the strongest point: If Muhammad had made miracles, he would have answered any questioners by reminding them about these miracles. There is not one case of such an answer from Muhammad in the entire Quran. On the contrary: Muhammad each time had to explain away the questions for proofs.
There only is one conclusion possible to make from these facts: The claims in the Hadiths about miracles connected to Muhammad are made up stories. This fact is strengthened by another fact: Islam/its scholars admit that "there is no miracle connected to Muhammad, except the making of the Quran".
These facts have a most serious aspect: Many imams, religious leaders, and some Islamic scholars tell their people about the glorious miracles and thus proofs for divine connection connected to or performed by Muhammad reported in the Hadiths. This in spite of that it is impossible for knowers of the Quran not to see that this book proves there were no miracles connected to or performed by him. Serious dishonesty. (But then dishonesty often is permitted in Islam - yes, advised "if necessary" when it comes to defending or promoting the religion - cfr. f.x. Al-Taqiyya (the lawful lie) and Kitman (the lawful half-truth). These are dark spots in Islam's moral code you hardly find in any other of the big religions. But for people knowing about this - included Muslims - it has the ominous effect that one knows one can never 100% trust a Muslim's word in some serious questions and in religion; what if he/she simply is telling you an al-Taqiyya or a Kitman or a Hilah?)
As a "brother" of al-Taqiyya and Kitman, etc., we should also mention the tradition for "Hilah": A "device to stop, hinder, or trick - - -. Strategy to avoid or circumvent legal principles or rigid constructs. - - - utilized - - - to solve contradictions between (political powers, cultural choices, etc*) and Quranic principles". (The Oxford Dictionary of Islam). In plain words: Ways/tricks of seemingly or formally being honest or correct, while in reality being dishonest or incorrect. It seems that this aspect of "the religion of truth" was first campaigned by the Hanifi law school, but later utilized also by the other 3 Muslim law schools. "Hilah" is dishonesty in disguise. True honesty is not always central in Islam and among Islam's religious and moral forefront.
And there is a side case which also is serious - perhaps the most serious of all aspects in this connection: The arguments Muhammad used when he explained away the lack of miracles and questions for other proofs for that Allah existed and for that Muhammad had a connection to Allah/a god: A main claim here was that Allah did not prove anything and did not make any miracles connected to Muhammad, because miracles would not make anyone believe anyhow. For one thing Muhammad himself told about Pharaoh Ramses II's (or according to some scientists perhaps his successor Merneptah, also named Merenptah - but in that case the Exodus was a bit later than 1235, as this pharaoh reigned from 1213 BC to 1203 BC, and not much earlier like Islam likes to claim, to be able to find a pharaoh one does not know how died, and thus one who may have drowned) sorcerers who all of them became Muslims(?!) because of miracles connected to Moses, and he also knew about the miracles connected to or performed by Jesus, and the effects of them, and for another thing Muhammad was too intelligent and knew too much about people not to know that real proofs for a god - f.x. real miracles - would make many believe in that god. Muhammad simply was lying - and had to know he was lying - each time he told things like this.
And if he lied about this in the Quran, what more did he lie about? "A man who lies about small things, also lies about big things".
Also see Matt 8/2-3 above and Acts 9/34-35 below.
011 Mark 1/28: "News about him (Jesus*) spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee (because he made miracles*)". This was one clear effect of making miracles - and all the same Muhammad tried to explain away requests for miracles or other proofs for his god, by claiming miracles or proofs would not have any effect anyhow. Also see Mark 1/25 just above.
012 Mark 1/31: "So the fever left her (the mother-in-law of Simon*) and she began to wait for them.
A parallel to Mark 1/25 above.
013 Mark 1/34: "- - - and Jesus healed many who had various deceases. He also drove out many demons - - -". A parallel to Mark 1/25 above.
014 Mark 1/42: "Immediately the leprosy left him (a man*) and he was cured". A parallel to Mark 1/25 above.
015 Mark 1/45: "As a result (of making miracles*), Jesus could no longer enter a town openly (too many came to him*) but stayed outside in lonely places. Yet the people still came to him from everywhere". Also see Mark 1/25 above, the rather similar Matt. 8/2-3 above and not least Acts 9/34-35 below.
016 Mark 2/5: "- - - sins - - -". See Mark 3/28+29b below.
017 Mark 2/7: "Who can forgive sins but God (Yahweh*) alone?" If this rhetoric question is correct, there is nothing of this left for f.x. Allah - this even more so as Allah in any case cannot forgive anything, because that will change his predetermined Plan, which nobody and nothing can change, according to several clear statements in the Quran.
018 Mark 2/12: "He (a paralytic*) got up, took his mat and walked out (on Jesus' word*) - - -". A parallel to Mark 1/25 above.
019 Mark 2/17: "- - - righteous - - - sinners - - -". Parallels to Mark 1/5 above.
020 Mark 2/24+27+28: "- - - the Sabbath". See Eze. 20/12, Eze. 20/20a, 22/26, and Eze. 23/38 above.
021 Mark 2/28: "- - - the Son of Man - - -". A name for Jesus used sometimes in the NT - mostly it is Jesus who uses the name about himself.
022 Mark 3/4: "- - - good - - - evil - - -". See Mark 1/5 above.
023 Mark 3/5: "He (a man*) stretched it (his hand*) out, and it was completely restored (on Jesus' word*)". A parallel to Mark 1/25 above.
024 Mark 3/11: "You (Jesus*) are the Son of God (Yahweh*)". One more indication for that Muhammad's never documented claim that Jesus just was an ordinary human being, not the son of the god, may be wrong.
025 Mark 3/15: "- - - drive out demons - - -". A parallel to Mark 1/25 above.
##026 Mark 3/28a+29a: "I (Jesus*) tell you (teachers of the Jewish law*) the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, he is guilty of an eternal sin". It is not fully clear in the Bible what the Holy Spirit really is, but it is very clear - f.x. here - that it is something very special. Here it f.x. is told that to sin (blaspheme) against the Holy Spirit carries a heavier punishment than even against (indicated) Jesus and against Yahweh himself. Muslims claim the Holy Spirit just is another name for the angel Gabriel, but it is impossible to read the Bible with an open mind without seeing that the Holy Spirit is something VERY special - and something far more than an angel, even an arch angel. It is even possible that anybody claiming the Holy Spirit just is Gabriel, is blaspheming against the Holy Spirit, if the Bible is reliable on these points.
027 Mark 3/28b+29b: "- - - sin - - -". Remember that what is sin in the Bible and what is sin in the Quran - and the other way around - may be widely different. This is one of the far more than 100% proofs for that Yahweh and Allah are not the same god - if they had been, sin in the Bible and sin in the Quran had been more or less identical or at least very similar. (Muslims may try to explain this away by claiming that the Bible is falsified, but we remind you that both science and Islam strongly have proved that this claim is wrong.)
By the way: The same goes for words like righteous, just, right, good, bad, unjust, offence, wrong, crime, etc. They may cover very different meanings in the two books. Also Acts 3/14 is relevant here. The differences in the two books' moral etc. codes behind the differences in the meanings of such words, are strong proofs for that Yahweh and Allah are not the same god.
028 Mark 4/7: "Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and chocked the plants - - -". Is this the condition for non-Muslims in some Muslim areas?
029 Mark 4/24: "With the measure you (people*) use (for others*), it will be measured to you - - -". If this is correct, and if Muslims are measured with the measure they use for non-Muslims, not all of them will be well off if there is a next life.
030 Mark 4/39: "He (Jesus*) got up and rebuked the wind and said to the waves, 'Quiet! Be still!" Then the wind died down and it was completely calm". A parallel to Mark 1/25 above.
031 Mark 5/15: "When they (some people*) came to Jesus, they saw that the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind". A parallel to Mark 1/25 above.
032 Mark 5/20: "So the (earlier demon-possessed*) man went away and began to tell- - - how much Jesus had done for him (healed him*). And all the people were amazed". But Muhammad claimed miracles would make no real impression, and that Allah because of that made no miracles. (If Allah predestines everything, why did he not predestine a reaction he would like to miracles?) Also see Mark 1/25 above, the rather similar Matt. 8/2-3 above and not least Acts 9/34-35 below.
033 Mark 5/29: "Immediately her (a woman's*) bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering". A parallel to Mark 1/25 above. Also see Matt. 8/2-3 above and not least Acts 9/34-35 below.
034 Mark 5/42: "Immediately the (dead*) girl stood up and walked around - - -". A parallel to Mark 1/25 above.
035 Mark 6/7: "- - - he (Jesus*) sent them (his disciples*) out two and two and gave them authority over evil spirits". Also his disciples to a degree at least healed people and at least a few times (later) resurrected dead persons according to the Bible. Also see Mark 1/25 above.
036 Mark 6/13: "They (the disciples*) drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them". Similar to Mark 6/7 just above.
037 Mark 6/42: "They all (some 5ooo men + women and children*) ate and were satisfied (from five loaves of bread and two fishes*) - - -". A parallel to Mark 1/25 above.
038 Mark 6/48: "About the fourth watch of the night he (Jesus*) went out to them (his disciples in a boat*), walking on the lake". A parallel to Mark 1/25 above.
039 Mark 6/56: "- - - all who touched him (Jesus*) were healed". A parallel to Mark 1/25 above.
##040 Mark 7/15: "Nothing outside a man can make him 'unclean' by going into him". This means there is no food - or for that case medicine - which can make a man ceremonially unclean. This in contrast to the Quran's - and for that case the Jews' - rules for ceremonially cleanliness concerning food.
##041 Mark 7/18a-19a: "Don't you (Jesus' disciples*) see that nothing that enters a man from the outside can make him 'unclean'? For it doesn't go into his heart but into his stomach, and then out of the body". Similar to Mark 7/15 just above.
###042 Mark 7/18b-19b: "'Don't you (Jesus' disciples*) see that nothing that enters a man from the outside can make him 'unclean'? For it doesn't go into his heart but into his stomach, and then out of the body'. (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods 'clean')". This is not the case in the Quran.
As many of the Islamic laws are closer to the old Mosaic laws than to the often milder ones introduced by Jesus, it was essential for Muhammad to stress that Jesus just was confirming the old Mosaic laws, f.x. concerning food. That the claim was not true, did not matter much to him, and does not matter much to Islam of today. But already the Quran in 5/15c below confirms that old laws were changed. And both Matt. 15/11-20 and Peter's visions in Acts 10/10-16 made it clear that Jesus and/or Yahweh changed laws - and Mark 7/14-19 and not least the Quran in 3/50a directly confirm that Jesus did change some of the old laws, included food laws - even though this clearly was not (the main reason) why he came to Earth.
These verses are among the reasons why Christians have no ceremonially unclean food (except food dedicated to other gods) - Jesus clearly nullified those laws.
###043 Mark 7/20-23: "He (Jesus*) went on: ' What comes out of a man is what makes him 'unclean'. For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts (a lot of Muhammad's and the Quran's thoughts are evil according to normal moral codes and codes of conduct*), sexual immorality (Muhammad f.x. raped at least Rayhana bint Amr and Safiyya bint Huayay*), theft (Muhammad and his followers lived mainly from theft and extortion, etc. most of the time in Medina*), murder (Muhammad had many of his opponents murdered*), adultery (Muhammad and all his women - 36 known by name - means there was a lot of adultery according to Yahweh's rules for such things*), greed (a lot of Muhammad's followers followed him because of bribes and/or the possibility to steal and rob and enslave - and also Muhammad wanted riches, at least for bribes), malice (a number of rules in the Quran - at least of the rules concerning non-Muslims - are pure malice according to normal moral and ethical codes*), deceit ("war is deceit" to quote Muhammad in Ibn Ishaq's 'Life of Muhammad' (really "Sirat RasuliI-Lah" = "Life of the Messenger of Allah" written in Baghdad on the order of the Abbasside caliph Al-Mansur around or shortly after 750 AD)), lewdness (does anybody find any lewdness in the Quran or in Hadiths - or in Muhammad?*), envy (no comments*), slander (a lot of what Muhammad told about non-Muslims simply was slander*), arrogance (read some of Muhammad's words about himself late in his life*) and folly (you cannot blame Muhammad for being a fool - but perhaps some of his followers were, who were unable to see mistakes, contradictions, etc. in his teaching, and were unable to draw the unavoidable conclusions from them*).
No further comments about who may be 'unclean' should be necessary.
044 Mark 7/27: "'First let the children eat all they want', he (Jesus*) told her (a woman*), 'for it is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs". First the Jews and then the others.
045 Mark 7/30: "She (a woman*) went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone". A parallel to Mark 1/25 above.
046 Mark 7/37: "People were overwhelmed with amazement (from the miracles of Jesus*) - - -". But Muhammad claimed that the reason why his god made no miracles, was that it would have no effect anyhow. Also see Mark 1/25 above, the rather similar Matt. 8/2-3 above and not least Acts 9/34-35 below.
047 Mark 8/2: "- - - compassion - - ". A word hardly used in the Quran.
048 Mark 8/8: "The people (some 4ooo men + women and children*) ate and were satisfied (from 7 loaves of bread and a few fish*)". A parallel to Mark 1/25 above.
049 Mark 8/25: "Jesus put his hands on the (blind*) man's eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly". A parallel to Mark 1/25 above.
050 Mark 8/29: "- - - Christ - - -". See Mark 1/1a above.
051 Mark 8/31a+39: "- - - the Son of Man - - -". A name for Jesus used sometimes in the NT - mostly it is Jesus who uses the name about himself.
#052 Mark 8/31b: "- - - (Jesus told*) that he must be killed and after three days rise again". Jesus here even foretold this according to the Bible. Muhammad claimed that none but he (Muhammad) - not even Jesus - knew what they were talking about concerning this, and that Jesus was not killed. (If Jesus was killed and became alive again, he clearly was someone much more special than Muhammad, and Muhammad wanted to be the greatest.)
###On the other hand: If Jesus was not killed but taken up to heaven alive (like Islam indicates), that is an as good proof for that Jesus was something very special.
053 Mark 9/1: "I (Jesus*) tell you (some people*) the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God (Yahweh*) come with power". One of the mistakes in the Bible - all those people are dead long ago. (If this is not a parable to the rise of the Christian religion.)
054 Mark 9/7: "- - - a voice came from the cloud: 'This is my (Yahweh's*) Son, whom I love. Listen to him". If this is true, there is no doubt about the relationship between Jesus and Yahweh.
055 Mark 9/9a: "- - - Jesus gave them (the disciples*) orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead". Similar to Mark 8/31/b above.
056 Mark 9/9b+12+31a: "- - - the Son of Man - - -". A name for Jesus used sometimes in the NT - mostly it is Jesus who uses the name about himself.
057 Mark 9/27: "But Jesus took him (the sick boy) and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up (healed*)". A parallel to Mark 1/25 above.
058 Mark 9/31b: "The Son of Man (Jesus*) is going to be betrayed into the hands of men". This was exactly what happened according to the Bible.
059 Mark 9/31c: "They (his enemies*) will kill him (Jesus talking about himself in 3. person*), and after three days he will rise". Similar to Mark 8/31b above.
060 Mark 9/41: "- - - Christ - - -". See Mark 1/1a above.
061 Mark 9/42a: "And if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me (Jesus*) to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck". If this is true, Muslims had better not convert Christians to Islam, because a number of things Islam accepts and even promotes, are sins according to NT.
062 Mark 9/42b+43+45+47: "- - - sin - - -". See Mark 1/5 above.
063 Mark 10/9: "- - - what God (Yahweh*) has joined together (in marriage*), let man not separate". Jesus did not accept divorce. One of the really strong proofs for that Jesus was not in the same line in religion as Muhammad with all Muhammad's women and with his rules for divorce.
064 Mark 10/10: "Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman, commits adultery against her. And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery". Compare this to the Quran's rules for divorce - and for that case for sex with captives in and after "holy" wars (and "everything" is "holy" war), with slaves, and with children. Comment like Mark 10/9 just above.
065 Mark 10/14: "- - - the kingdom of God (Yahweh*) belongs to such as these (small children*)". For comparison: In the Quran the ones with best priority to Paradise, are the warriors. Any comments necessary? Not the same god, not the same religion, not comparable preachers.
066 Mark 10/19: "(To get eternal life*) You know the commandments: Do not murder (Muhammad had many murdered - included mass murder*), do not commit adultery (according to Jesus' rules for it, Muhammad committed wholesale adultery - and also rape*), do not steal (Muhammad lived from stealing and extortion the last some 10 years of his life - and his followers went on doing it), do not give false testimony (much of what Muhammad told about non-Muslims were false - and slander on top of it), do not defraud (do you find such things in Muhammad's new teaching?), honor your father and mother (well, here it for once is agreement between Muhammad and Jesus/NT).
If Yahweh is the real god, you will not find Muhammad in Paradise.
066a Mark 10/22: "All things have been committed to me (Jesus*) by my Father (Yahweh*)". All Jesus' commitments and his power regarding this he got from Yahweh - it is Yahweh who is Jesus' source of power. Also note that he used the words "my Father" about Yahweh.
067 Mark 10/23+24: "How hard is it for the rich to enter the kingdom of God (Yahweh*)!" For a contrast: One of the incitements Muhammad used to gain and to keep followers, was the possibility to become rich through stealing, robbing, extortion and slave taking - and bribes - - - - and the ones most sure to get to Paradise, were the murderous warriors striving for Muhammad and striving to become rich.
068 Mark 10/25: "It is easier for a camel to get through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God (Yahweh*)". Her is an interesting little fact: The small door in or beside a gate of a walled city, to make it possible for people to get in and out even if the gate was closed, some places was called "the needle's eye". For this story in the Bible, this fact means little, as few camels were able to enter such a door, too. But you find a similar statement in Islam, and the Arab word used there for camels also may mean a thick rope - and a rope easily will be able to enter a door.
One more thought provoking fact here: Many Muslims grew rich (from stealing/robbing, extortion, and slave taking).
069 Mark 10/33a: "- - - the Son of Man - - -". A name for Jesus used sometimes in the NT - mostly it is Jesus who uses the name about himself.
070 Mark 10/33b+45: "- - - Gentiles - - -". Non-Jews.
071 Mark 10/33-34: "'We (Jesus and his disciples*) are going up to Jerusalem', he (Jesus*) said, 'and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later he will rise". This is a foretelling of exactly what happened according to the Bible. And interesting: If this is true - and even the Quran indicates that Jesus was very reliable (and both science and Islam (not from free will) have indirectly, but very clearly proved that the Bible is not falsified, in spite of Muhammad's never documented claims about this) - Muhammad and the Quran are wrong when they claim - as normal for Islam without documentation – that Jesus neither was killed, nor resurrected.
072 Mark 10/43-44: “- - - whoever wants to become great among you (the disciples/people*) must be your servant, and whoever wants to be the first must be slave for all". In the Quran the greatest - except for prophets, etc. - are the brave and ferocious warriors. This is one of the solid proofs for that Yahweh and Allah are not the same god - if they had been, such a fundamental rule as this had been similar or identical.
##073 Mark 10/45: "- - - (Jesus came*) to give his life as ransom for many". This indicates that Christians are right when they believe Jesus took away sins from his followers. And if the Christians are right on this point, Muslims are wrong on this and a number of other points.
074 Mark 10/52: "Immediately he (the blind man Bartimaeus*) received his sight and followed Jesus along the road". A parallel to Mark 1/25 above. Note that Bartimaeus afterwards followed Jesus - miracles have effect in spite of Muhammad’s contra intuitive claims about the opposite. Also see Acts 9/34-35 below, Mark 1/25 above, and the rather similar Matt. 8/2-3 above.
075 Mark 11/17: "- - - my (Yahweh's*) house will be called a house of prayers for all nations" (Is. 56/7). See Is. 56/3 and Is. 56/6-7 above. Clearer than here it hardly is possible to tell that Yahweh is for everybody. What is then left for Allah? - if he exists.
076 Mark 11/25(26?) "- - - sins - - -". See Mark 1/5 above.
##077 Mark 11/30: "- - - baptism - - -". This is a most central formal act in NT. In the Quran it is not even used, not to mention being of any religious consequence or value. One of the strong proofs for that Yahweh and Allah are not the same god, and for that Jesus and Muhammad were very far apart religiously - very far apart, yes, further apart than Jesus and Buddha (Buddhism after all is a religion of peace - like Jesus' religion is (sometimes misused, but that is not Jesus' fault). Islam is a religion of war, in spite of Muslims' nice slogans about "the religion of peace" - propaganda is not always true.)
078 Mark 12/1-8: If you write "Yahweh" for the one who planted the vineyard, and "Jesus" for the son, you see the parallel between this parable and the story of Jesus.
079 Mark 12/10: "The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone" (Ps. 118/22). This may well be about Jesus - he was thoroughly rejected by the leaders, but became the foundation of the largest religion ever.
###080 Mark 12/25: "When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven". Compare this to Allah's Paradise with top earthly luxury - at least compared to Arabia at the time of Muhammad + lots and lots of sex for the men: One of the at least 200% proofs for that Yahweh and Allah are not the same god - if they had been, the description of the Paradise had been similar or identical, but their Paradises are antipodes.
We also may admit that Yahweh's Paradise sounds much more tempting and worthy of a god, than Allah's vulgar edition of one.
081 Mark 12/26: "I (Yahweh*) am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the god of Jacob". Ishmael is not mentioned - he also according to the Bible is outside the covenant made with Yahweh.
082 Mark 12/31: "The second is like it: 'Love your neighbor (= the wide meaning; your fellow human beings*) as yourself.'" You do not find a similar commandment in the Quran, and especially not concerning non-Muslims.
083 Mark 12/35: "- - - Christ - - -". See Mark 1/1a above.
084 Mark 12/43-44: "I (Jesus*) tell you (his disciples*) the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything - all she had to live on". Here is a huge difference between the moral code of Jesus/NT and Muhammad/the Quran. Muhammad repeatedly told his followers to be generous, but made it very clear that they should not give more than they well could afford. One more indication for that Yahweh and Allah are not the same god - and for that Jesus and Muhammad were "worlds" apart in too many moral questions.
085 Mark 13/10: "And the gospel must first be preached to all nations (before the Day of Doom(?) can happen*)". There is no doubt that Yahweh and Jesus and their religion were for the entire world - in spite of Muslims claims about Jesus being only for the Jews. NT clearly shows he was "first for the Jews and then for the Gentiles (the non-Israelites).
086 Mark 13/21+22: "- - - Christ - - -". See Mark 1/1a above.
087 Mark 13/25: "- - - the stars will fall from the sky - - -". This is not a difference from the Quran, but a similarity - - - and both are wrong. That the stars can fall on earth is a physical impossibility.
088 Mark 14/8: "- - - to prepare for my (Jesus*) burial". Another, though not very clear, foretelling about what was going to happen.
#089 Mark 14/9: "I (Jesus*) tell you the truth, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world - - -". Whoever claiming Jesus and his teaching were only for the Jews, have never read the whole Bible. There are many points in the book showing that the teaching is for all the world, and like here also that Jesus and his gospel is for all the world - perhaps "first the Israelites and then the Gentiles (non-Jews*)", but the Gentiles are included.
090 Mark 14/17: "I (Jesus*) tell you (his disciples*) the truth, one of you will betray me - - -". A clear foretelling. As a contrast Muhammad never was able to give a clear foretelling.
##091 Mark 14/24a: "This is my (Jesus'*) blood of the (new*) covenant - - -". This renewed or new covenant - also mentioned f.x. in Luke 22/20 - is NEVER mentioned by Muhammad, the Quran, Islam, or Muslims.
##092 Mark 14/24b: "This is my (Jesus'*) blood of the (new*) covenant which is poured out for man - - -". The wine was a symbol for the blood Jesus was to loose on the cross (his life as expiation for the sins of man according to NT.)
093 Mark 14/25: "I (Jesus*) tell you (his disciples*) the truth, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine, until the day when I drink it anew in the kingdom of God (Yahweh*)". Here are two points: For one thing Jesus accepted wine, whereas Muhammad at least near the end of his life prohibited it (and so strongly as Muhammad was against it in the end, it is another indication for that Jesus* and Muhammad's religions were different ones). And for another thing here is a foretelling - according to the Bible this was Jesus' last wine on Earth - and real foretelling was something Muhammad was unable to make.
094 Mark 14/27: "I (Yahweh*) will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered". Foretelling or not (unclear in case* - Zec. 13/7), this is what happened to Jesus' disciples when Jesus was arrested and killed.
095 Mark 14/36: "'- - - father (Yahweh*)', he (Jesus*) said - - -". One of the many places in NT where Jesus indicates or says he is the son of Yahweh. And remember here that even the Quran reckons Jesus to be reliable, and remember that both science and Islam (not from free will) have proved that the Bible is not falsified, in spite of Muhammad's and the Quran's never documented claims about such falsifications.
096 Mark 14/41a "And you (the high priest) will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One (Yahweh*) and coming on the clouds of heaven". Jesus here very directly tells that he has a most close contact to Yahweh.
098 Mark 14/61a: "- - - Christ - - -". See Mark 1/1a above.
099 Mark 14/61b: "- - - the blessed on - - -". Here Yahweh.
100 Mark 14/61-62: "'Are you (Jesus*) the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One (Yahweh*)?' 'I am', said Jesus - - -". A clearer confirmation on this point hardly is possible to give. And as mentioned other places: Jesus was reckoned to be very truthful and reliable both by the NT and by the Quran. (It is unlikely the Greek word "Christ" was used - highly likely the corresponding Hebrew word "Messiah" was what was used. But as the Gospels originally were written in Greek, the Greek version of the title/name was used.)
101 Mark 15/25: "It was the third hour when they crucified Him (Jesus*)". This is one more of the points difficult for anyone to falsify - there simply were far too many witnesses to what happened. Muhammad strongly denied that Jesus was executed - we are back to the fact that if Jesus was killed and then came back alive, he more or less had proved his connection to the god, and nobody would believe Muhammad when he claimed that he, not Jesus, was the greatest of prophets ever. But Islam's explanations for what they claim happened, are very lame and logically more or less impossible - believe them if you are able to.
102 Mark 15/31: "- - - Christ - - -". See Mark 1/1a above.
103 Mark 15/38: "The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom." If this is true it is obvious something supernatural was involved with Jesus. And remember that this claim had been stupid to set forth if it was not true, because such a happening fast would have been known by any Jew, and anybody thus would have known whether it was true or not. (The priests might try to hide such a thing, but too many of them had access to the Temple to hide such a strategic miracle.) Also see Acts 9/34-35 below, Mark 1/25 above, and the rather similar Matt. 8/2-3 above.
##104 Mark 15/40-41: "Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs." Who believe they had not recognized the truth if it was not Jesus on the cross like the Quran and Islam claim?
105 Mark 15/42+16/1a: "- - - the Sabbath". See Eze. 20/12, Eze. 20/20a, 22/26, and Eze. 23/38 above.
##106 Mark 16/1b: "When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus' body". This they had not done unless they knew the dead one was Jesus.
107 Mark 16/5: "- - - a young man dressed in a white robe - - -". Clearly the Bible means this was an angel.
108 Mark 16/6a: "'Don't be alarmed", he (the angel*) said. 'You (the 3 women in Mark 16/1 above*) are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified". According to Islam angels have no will of their own, they just obey the god. This in case means that the angel repeated what the god had ordered him to say. And if the god then spoke the truth (via the angel), there is no room for doubt about the crucifixion of Jesus - - - not unless the god lied. This in stark contradiction to Muslim claims saying Jesus was not killed.
109 Mark 16/6b: "'Don't be alarmed", he (the angel*) said. 'You (the 3 women in Mark 16/1 above*) are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen!" According to the same logic as in 16/6a just above, there also is no doubt that according to the Bible Jesus came alive again - was resurrected.
110 Mark 16/9-20: It is not absolutely sure these verses are original ones. Because of that we do not comment on them in this connection.
Sub-total: 110 + 223 = 333 remarks.
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