Bible versus Quran: 1000+ Differences & Contradictions

 

The Bible: Its Divergences from the Quran and Islam

Galatians

 


Written by Paul, but unclear where (Corinth? Ephesus?) and when.

 

#001 Gal. 1/1a: "- - - sent - - - by Jesus Christ and God (Yahweh*) the Father - - -". 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.

002 Gal. 1/1b: "- - - God (Yahweh*) the Father - - -". Paul here refers to Jesus' words that Yahweh was his - Jesus' - father. Muhammad strongly denied this - nobody would believe Muhammad was the greatest ever of prophets if they believed Jesus was the son of Yahweh, and they also hardly would believe in Muhammad's teaching in case, but chosen Jesus' teaching instead (also Muhammad's insisting on monotheism may have had some influence, as he was unable to understand that even if Jesus perhaps was the son of Yahweh, still according to NT there was only one god: Yahweh).

003 Gal. 1/1c: "- - - God (Yahweh*) the Father, who raised him (Jesus*) from the dead - - -". This is what Paul said and highly likely believed (he f.x. did too much and went through too much for too little profit, if not the reason was that he believed in his mission) - strongly contradicting Muhammad at this point, telling Muhammad and everyone else that Jesus died and was raised again. It is highly likely Paul, living when and shortly after it all happened, knew a lot more about this than Muhammad who lived in a distant country and without real sources 500 years later. Paul - and a lot others - strongly declared that Jesus died, and then was resurrected 3 days later. And according to Paul - and many others included Jesus himself - Yahweh was the father of Jesus.

004 Gal. 1/3-4: "- - - Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us - - -". According to all the NT - included Paul - Jesus died as expiation for the sins of humanity, to save believing humans. Islam strongly claims this was not the case (in addition to that they deny he was killed at all).

005 Gal. 1/4: "- - - sins - - - evil - - -". See Acts 3/14 above.

006 Gal. 1/6+7+8+9+11: "- - - gospel - - -". Gospel is a word also used in the Quran when referring to those parts of the Bible, and a word frequently used by Muslims when talking about those parts of that book. But hardly any Muslim is aware of that the word is something more than a diffuse name, and that the word is a title meaning "the story of Jesus birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension to Heaven". Muslim scholars of course know this, but for some reason or other they do not tell it to the people. The result is that many Muslims do not see the close connection between Jesus, Jesus' history, and the gospels, or that the gospels are the central parts of Jesus' teaching.

007 Gal. 1/8: "But even if we (Paul and the 12 and others*) or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we have preached to you, let him be eternal condemned". Muhammad preached a very different "gospel". No further comments necessary.

008 Gal. 1/9: Identical meaning to Gal. 1/8 just above. This sentence is meant as a strengthening of Gal. 1/8.

009 Gal. 1/15-16: "But when God (Yahweh*) - - - was pleased to reveal his Son to me (Paul*) so that I might preach him among the Gentiles (non-Jews*) - - -". According to Paul Yahweh - and Jesus - both were for all humanity. Also see Gal. 1/1b above.

010 Gal. 1/16: "- - - his (Yahweh's*) Son - - -"." See Gal. 1/1b above.

011 Gal. 1/17: "- - - I (Paul*) went immediately into Arabia - - -". This is one of the not few times Arabs or Arabia are mentioned in the Bible. But note that Arabs and Arabia ALWAYS are mentioned in neutral terms like here, or as opposers or enemies, NEVER as friends, not to mention close relatives or brothers. Also Arabs and Jews never are said to be - or even indicated to be close friends, relatives or brothers in the Quran (the only exception is that bad Arabs/hypocrites one place were said to be close to Israelites). Worth remembering when Muslims very wrongly quote 5. Mos. 18/15+18 totally out of context and claim without any documentation that when Moses told the Israelites/Jews about a prophet like himself once in the future "from among their brothers", he was not talking about Jesus but about Muhammad - this in spite of that the context is very clear about that Moses spoke about the Jews' fellow Jews when he said their brothers.

But there is one more point here concerning Muhammad in the Bible: The word used in the Arab original, "maktub", is stronger than just "written". Verse 7/157 in reality states that Muhammad is clearly mentioned in the Torah (the 5 "Books of Moses") and in the Gospels. This is obviously wrong - not even the strongest believer in Islam can claim that Muhammad is clearly mentioned any of those two places (that is why they have to cherry-pick and claim wrong meanings of the texts to be able to find him). Thus no matter if Muhammad really was hidden in 5. Mos. 18/15 and 18/18 or other places, the Quran all the same had been wrong, because Muhammad definitely is not clearly mentioned anywhere in the Bible.

012 Gal. 2/7: "- - - I (Paul*) had been entrusted with the task of preaching the gospel (the teaching of Jesus - the "good news") to the Gentiles (non-Jews)". Jesus and his god Yahweh also were for the non-Jews - for the whole humanity - according this verse among many others.

013 Gal. 2/8: "For God (Yahweh*) - - - was also at work in my (Paul's*) ministry as an apostle to the Gentiles (non-Jews*)". Similar to Gal. 2/7 just above.

014 Gal. 2/9: "They (James, Peter, and John of the original 12 apostles*) agreed to that we (Paul and Barnabas*) should go to the Gentiles (non-Jews*) - - -". Also the original disciples/apostles agreed to that Jesus and his teaching was also for the non-Jews.

015 Gal. 2/16: "- - - a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ". Neither Muhammad nor the Quran nor Islam agrees to this. If the Bible tells the truth, are then Muslims in any way "justified"?

016 Gal. 2/17: "- - - sinners - - - 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.

017 Gal. 2/20a: "- - - the Son (Jesus*) of God (Yahweh*) - - -". It is most clear what Paul meant about this. Muhammad sharply disagreed - Jesus was just an ordinary human, he claimed. It is likely Paul had more and more reliable information about Jesus than Muhammad, especially as the Quran with all its errors is not from any god, so that he cannot have got any real information that way.

018 Gal. 2/20b: "- - - the Son of God (Yahweh*), who loved me (Paul/the humans*) - - -". "Love" is a very central word in the Bible, and especially in NT. In the Quran it is a peripheral word, except connected to persons with close relationship. One of the strong proofs for that Yahweh and Allah are not the same god, not to mention that Jesus and Muhammad are not mentally related - how often did Muhammad talk about loving the humans or "love your enemies"?

019 Gal. 2/20c: "- - - the Son of God (Yahweh*), who loved me (Paul/the humans*) and gave himself for me." Here = "Died for me" - see f.x. Gal. 1/3-4 above.

020 Gal. 2/21a: "- - - righteousness - - -". See Acts 3/14 above.

021 Gal. 2/21b: "- - - Christ died - - -". See 2.Cor. 4/14 above.

022 Gal. 3/1: "- - - Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified - - -". See 2.Cor. 4/14 above.

023 Gal. 3/2+5a: "Did you (Christians at the time of Paul*) receive the Spirit (the counselor sent by Yahweh/Jesus according to the Bible*) by observing the law, or by believing what you heard?" If Islam had been right about that Jesus meant Muhammad and not the Holy Spirit when he talked about the counselor in John 14/16a, this should be corrected to: "Did you (Christians at the time of Paul*) receive Muhammad (the counselor sent by Yahweh/Jesus according to the Bible*) by observing the law, or by believing what you heard?". A not very believable sentence to use an understatement.

###The results of Islamic cherry-picking of points, often are helpless and involuntary - and frequently black - jokes when correct contexts are used. 500+ years wrong time-line, a very different religion of discrimination, distaste if not hate, too often Fascistic not to mention Nazi ways of thinking, and war, a very different moral code, and a man very different from both the Holy Spirit - whatever that really is - and Jesus. Etc.

Also the comments to Acts 1/4-5 are relevant here.

024 Gal. 3/2+3: "- - - the Spirit - - -". See 2. Cor. 3/18 above.

025 Gal. 3/4+5b: "- - - his (Yahweh's*) Spirit - - -". Another of the many names for the Holy Spirit. Also see 2.Cor. 3/18 above.

026 Gal. 3/5c: "- - - work miracles among you - - -". Quite a number of miracles are reported in NT, and a number of them are too difficult to dismiss, as there were reported too many witnesses - or like here speaking to witnesses who at once had "arrested" not correct claims. In the Quran not one miracle is reported in spite of requests for such proofs for the existence of Allah and/or for Muhammad's connection to him. (In the Hadiths there are claimed some 20 different miracles performed by Muhammad, but the explaining away in the Quran of all requests for miracles, and also its never mentioning even one miracle performed by Muhammad/Allah, prove that those stories all are made up ones - if they had been real, the Quran had told about them instead of trying to tell f.x. that the reason why Allah made no miracles, was that it would make nobody believe anyhow (a hopeless claim logically and psychologically - so hopeless that any person as intelligent as Muhammad knew he was lying each time he said things like that)).

027 Gal. 3/6: "- - - righteousness - - -". See Acts 3/14 above.

028 Gal. 3/8: "All nations will be blessed through you (Abraham*)". Some Muslims misquote these words from Gen. 12/3, 18/18, 22/18 and claim they are the real followers of Abraham - and thus have the correct religion - because Muslims are the ones who bless Abraham, which is turning the meaning of the words upside down.

029 Gal. 3/13: "Christ (Jesus*) redeemed us (humans*) from the curse of the law - - -". At least he changed some of the old laws, and especially a number of the ones added by overzealous humans.

030 Gal. 3/14a: "- - - in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles (non-Jews*) through Jesus Christ - - -". According to Paul - and also the 12 original disciples/apostles and others - Jesus was for everyone, not just for the Jews (strongly contradicting Muhammad also on this point).

031 Gal. 3/14b: "- - - the Spirit - - -". See 2. Cor. 3/18 above.

032 Gal. 3/21: "- - - righteousness - - -". See Acts 3/14 above.

033 Gal. 3/22a: "- - - sin - - -". See Acts 3/14 and Gal.2/17 above.

034 Gal. 3/22b: "- - - what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ - - -". Not one word - not in the entire Bible about a possible later savior or prophet, f.x. Muhammad.

035 Gal. 3/22c: "- - - what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe". Not to "believing Jews" but to "those who believe". See Gal. 3/14a above.

###036 Gal. 3/25: "Now that faith (Jesus and his teaching*) has come, we (Christians*) are no longer under the supervision of the law (of Moses*)". In other words Christians are only obliged by those laws endorsed by Jesus. This is in accordance with Jesus' words that nothing in the law (of Moses) would be changed "until everything was accomplished" (Matt. 5/18). And now that Jesus had accomplished everything - his mission fulfilled - the parts of that law which had become irrelevant, were - well, irrelevant. Remember this next time you meet a Muslim claiming that also Christians should be bound by the Laws of Moses, because Jesus once said those laws should not be changed (Muslims always skip the last words - "until everything is accomplished").

037 Gal. 3/26: "You (Galatians/humans*) are all sons of God (Yahweh*) through faith in Jesus Christ - - -". A parallel to Gal. 3/22b above.

038 Gal. 3/27: "- - - baptized - - -". See 1. Cor. 1/13 above.

039 Gal. 3/28a: "There is neither (here = there is no difference between*) Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor woman, you are all one in Christ Jesus". Jesus is for all humanity according to this. And: What is the situation on these points in Islam? - are everyone similar and of the same value?

040 Gal. 3/28b: "There is neither (here = there is no difference between*) - - - male nor woman - - -". In the Quran there are great differences between man and woman.

041 Gal. 3/28c: "- - - you are all one in Christ Jesus". Nothing is said about that this is or will be possible in any other being - f.x. in Muhammad. In the Quran it is very clear that f.x. warriors are more worth than others (and consequently have easier access to the best parts of the heaven.(In the Bible the Heaven is one and the same for all who go there.)

042 Gal. 3/29: "If you (people*) belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs (to Paradise*) according to the promise (from Yahweh*)". But what if you f.x. belong to Muhammad and his very different religion and very different god?

043 Gal. 4/4: "God (Yahweh*) sent his Son (Jesus*) - - -". Very clear words for your money from Paul - and strongly contradicting Muhammad's much later and never documented claim that Jesus just was an ordinary man, and that he himself - Muhammad - was the greatest ever of prophets. And we may remind you that Paul had much better and more reliable sources for his knowledge about this than Muhammad had.

044 Gal. 4/6a: "- - - God (Yahweh*) sent the Spirit (the counselor sent by Yahweh/Jesus according to the Bible*) of his Son (Jesus*) into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, 'Abba, Father'". If Islam had been right about that Jesus meant Muhammad and not the Holy Spirit when he talked about the counselor in John 14/16a, this should be corrected to: "- - - God (Yahweh*) sent Muhammad (the counselor sent by Yahweh/Jesus according to the Bible*) of his Son (Jesus*) into our hearts, Muhammad who calls out, 'Abba, Father'". A not very believable sentence to use an understatement - the contents simply is logical nonsense.

###The results of Islamic cherry-picking of points, often are helpless and involuntary - and frequently black - jokes when correct contexts are used. 500+ years wrong time-line, a very different religion of discrimination, distaste if not hate, too often Fascistic not to mention Nazi ways of thinking, and war, a very different moral code, and a man very different from both the Holy Spirit - whatever that really is - and Jesus. Etc.

Also the comments to Acts 1/4-5 are relevant here.

045 Gal. 4/6b: "- - - the Spirit of his (Yahweh's*) Son (Jesus*) - - -". One of several names for the Holy Spirit. Also see 2.Cor. 3/18 above.

046 Gal. 4/6c: "- - - his (Yahweh's*) Son (Jesus*) - - -". There is no doubt about what Paul - and the others - meant about this relationship. And they had much better and more reliable sources for such information, especially as the Quran and all its errors, etc. are not from a god, as Muhammad did not know the Bible - he hardly had seen it or the other Jewish scriptures before he came to Medina, and likely he did not see much of it there, too, except perhaps some of the OT or other old Jewish scriptures - and as Muhammad thus mainly relied on legends, apocryphal (made up) stories, and even fairy tales (f.x. Luqman was a figure from Arab - though not Biblical - fairy tales), etc.

047 Gal. 4/6d+29: "- - - the Spirit - - -". See 2. Cor. 3/18 above.

#048 Gal. 4/7: "So you (Galatians/humans*) are no longer a slave (of the god*), but a son (of the god*)". If Paul is correct here, here is a fundamental difference between the Yahweh and Allah - according to the Quran, even the truest Muslim is a slave, not a son/daughter, under his claimed god Allah.

049 Gal. 4/12: "- - - wrong." See Acts 3/14 above.

050 Gal. 4/24: "- - - for the women (Sarah and Hagar*) represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar('s covenant - Yahweh gave her some promises: 'I will so increase your descendants that they will be too numerous to count" (1. Mos. 16/9), and he (Ishmael - her son) would be a wild one and live in hostilities to "all his brothers" (1. Mos. 16/12) - and Ishmael would be made into a (great)nation also (1. Mos. 17/20 and 21/13) - and Ishmael should be the father of 12 rulers (1. Mos. 17/20), which they became (tribal rulers - 1. Mos. 25/16). (For the other covenant see Gal. 4/28 below.

051 Gal. 4/25a: "- - - Mount Sinai in Arabia - - -".

052 Gal. 4/25b: "- - - Arabia - - -". See Gal. 1/17 above.

053 Gal. 4/28: "Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise (the new covenant - see Gal. 4/24 above*).

054 Gal. 5/2: "- - - if you (people*) let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all". Muslims use circumcision - but the Jesus one meets in the Bible is of no value to them, only the twisted (compared to in the Bible) picture painted of him in the Quran.

###055 Gal. 5/3: "Again I (Paul*) declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obliged to obey the full law (of Moses*)". Indirectly declared: Christians - who do not use circumcision, and thus declare they are followers of Jesus, not of Judaism - only are obliged by those laws endorsed by Jesus. This is in accordance with Jesus' words that nothing in the law (of Moses) would be changed "until everything was accomplished" (Matt. 5/18). And now that Jesus had accomplished everything - his mission fulfilled - the parts of that law which had become irrelevant, were - well, irrelevant. Remember this next time you meet a Muslim claiming that also Christians should be bound by the Laws of Moses, because Jesus once said those laws should not be changed (Muslims always skip the last words - "until everything is accomplished").

056 Gal. 5/5a: "- - - the Spirit - - -". See 2. Cor. 3/18 above.

057 Gal. 5/5b: "- - - righteousness - - -". See Acts 3/14 above.

058 Gal. 5/6a: "For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcised has any value". Another difference from Islam, where circumcision has a value.

###059 Gal. 5/6b: "The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love". There is nothing like this sentence in the Quran. Actually in the Quran the most valid expression for belief in the god, is to go to war for the god and the leader and be killed - that is the most sure way to go to Paradise, and the most sure way to go to the best parts of Paradise. Yet another indication for that Yahweh and Allah are not the same god.

060 Gal. 5/13a: "- - - sinful - - -". See Acts 3/14 and Gal. 2/17 above.

061 Gal. 5/6c+13b+14a+22b: "- - - love". See Gal. 2/20b above.

#####062 Gal. 5/14b: "The entire law is summoned up in a single command: 'Love your neighbor (here = fellow humans*) as yourself". There is nothing like this in the Quran - not even a trace of way of thinking. Also see Gal. 5/6b above.

063 Gal. 5/16+17+18+22a+25: "- - - the Spirit - - -". See 2. Cor. 3/18 above.

064 Gal. 5/17+19a: "- - - sinful - - -". See Acts 3/14 and Gal. 2/17 above.

065 Gal. 5/19b: "- - - sexual immorality - - -". According to moral rules from NT there is lots of sexual immorality permitted in the Quran. Polygamy - Muhammad had 11 longtime wives, 16 short time and 7 one does not know if he was married to or not (+ 2 concubines). Unmarried sex - Muhammad as said had 7 one does not know if he was married to or not + 2 concubines + raping at least 2 women. Rape - this is lawful and good in connection to so-called holy war (rape in the name of the god is somewhat special) - Muhammad raped at least Rayhana bint Amr and Safiyya bint Huayay, and also his slave woman Marieh hardly had much of a choice (one does not know if he raped more captives, but the casual way his men accepted his rapes, may indicate something. As far as we know, Islam is the only of the big religions which accepts rape - "lawful and good" - and within wide rules. Child sex - Muhammad had sex with his child wife Aishah from she was 9 years old, and because of that many Muslims accept sex with children from they are 9 years old, even today.

Surah 8/69 in the Quran: (Allah/Muhammad says:) "But (now) enjoy what ye (Muslims*) took (=stole*) in war (valuables, captives, slaves (as for raping girls and women Muhammad in Hadiths says coitus interuptus is not advisable, because it is for Allah to decide whether there shall be a child afterwards or not)), lawful and good". That this has to be done in the name of Allah (during/after a "holy" war) makes this immoral extra despiceable. An extreme proof for that Jesus and Muhammad were not in the same religion, the same moral code, the same code of conduct, the same code concerning honesty in words and deeds, etc., not to mention had the same point of view on Jesus words: "Do to others like you would have them do to you" (Luke 6/31). Add this to what we know of historical facts, included about religions, from this part of the Roman Empire at the time of Jesus, and there only is one conclusion possible: Except for the monotheism - whoever said/says the basic thoughts and teaching and religion of Jesus ever were even distantly related to the teaching, etc. of Muhammad, simply did/does not know what he/she was/is talking about - or he/she is using an al-Taqiyya (a lawful lie - accepted in Islam (but in no other of the big religions) for several wide purposes (f.x. to cheat women), and advised to use "if necessary" to defend or promote Islam). The claim that they were in the same line of prophets, we do not even bother to comment on here.

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 of 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.

066 Gal. 5/24: "- - - sinful - - -". See Acts 3/14 and Gal. 2/17 above.

067 Gal. 6/1+8a: "- - - sin - - - sinful- - -". See Acts 3/14 and Gal. 2/17 above.

068 Gal. 6/7: "A man reaps what he sows". If this is true, followers of Yahweh and Jesus, and followers of Allah and Muhammad will have very different "harvests".

069 Gal. 6/8b: "- - - the Spirit - - -". See 2. Cor. 3/18 above.

070 Gal. 6/12: "- - - the cross of Christ." There is no doubt that Paul - and the others - really meant that Jesus was crucified (and died and was resurrected) - and Paul and the others had a lot more and more reliable information about this, than Muhammad had 5 centuries later. This even more so as the Quran with all its mistakes, etc. is not from any god, and the sources Muhammad used were folk tales, legends, etc. - even fairy tales. Plus his own wish to be the greatest ever of prophets, something not a soul would believe if they believed Jesus was the son of the god.

#We may add that some Christians say Jesus was nailed to a pole, not to a cross, but even if true it is a totally non-interesting detail in the big picture, and with no effect for the believed effect of the execution.

071 Gal. 6/14: "- - - the cross of our (the Christians*) Lord Jesus Christ - - -". Similar to Gal. 6/12 just above.

072 Gal. 6/15: "Neither circumcision nor uncircumcised means anything - - -". For Muslims it does. One more difference between NT and Islam.

Sub-total: 72 + 1389 = 1461 remarks.

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This work was uploaded with assistance from M. A. Khan, the author of Islamic Jihad: A Legacy of Forced Conversion, Imperialism and Slavery, and the editor of islam-watch.org website.