Q. Is there any conflict between the Koran and the Bible?
Yes, there are many, far too many to list here, but perhaps you want the bottom line. Here it is:
The Koran is anti-Christian.
In 610 A.D. it is reported that Muhammad claimed to receive the first of the Koran from the Angel Gabriel. In a cave on the summit of Mt. Hira where he reportedly often went to pray and fast, he claims to have received his first revelation. Illiterate himself he recited what he “received” to others who recorded his visions over a period of time in the Koran. Muhammad claimed that this process continued for twenty-three years.
While there are many objectionable teachings found in the Koran, we will consider just two which are clearly direct violations of doctrines taught in the Scriptures. For instance:
Consider Galatians chapter one:
6* ¶ I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; 7* which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 8* But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! 9* As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!
Many have claimed to have received “visions” and “revelations” over the centuries through the agency of angels. These verses help us to understand the foolishness of believing such claims. Notice also that the apostle says that people who make such claims are “accursed.” The Greek word is “anathema.” The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915 Edition) says that this Greek word… “gradually came to have the significance of ‘anything devoted to destruction.’ Whereas in the Greek Fathers…(anathema) came to denote excommunication from society, (and) in the New Testament the word has its full force. In common speech it evidently became a strong expression of execration, and the term connoted more than physical destruction; it invariably implied moral worthlessness.”
There is absolutely no question that this is one of the strongest words expressing condemnation to be found in the New Testament.
Here is the point. All who claim to receive visions from angels that teach anything which contradicts the teaching of the New Testament are condemned by the God of the universe to eternal destruction, and so are those who follow such teaching.
The second doctrine which the Koran clearly violates is the teaching the Bible gives us concerning our Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us:
1 John 4:9
“By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.”
“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
“No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.”
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
Now, compare these verses with what the Koran teaches about Jesus Christ:
Sura 19:,12 29,88
“Praise be to God who has never begotten a Son, who has no partner in his Kingdom.”
This passage from the Koran tells the Christian all he needs to know about the attitude that Islam possesses toward Jesus as revealed in the Scriptures.
To our Muslim friends we say:
“He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
Islam needs what every false religion needs today, to turn in repentance and obedience to Jesus Christ, who is Lord of Lord’s and King of King’s.
“And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation,”