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by Phillip Vanwinkle
JULY 30, 2016

3 Verses from the Quran That Everyone Should Know

There are many passages that Christians should remember when it comes to discussing things with Muslims. These three will help you to know a little more about what they teach. When you hold these teachings up against the Bible you will see a noted difference!

#1 - Jesus' Crucifixion

That they said (in boast), We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah;- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not: 158 Nay, Allah raised him up unto Himself; and Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise; (4:157-158, Yusuf Ali)

In this passage, "they" refers to the Jews, who were going around boasting that they killed Jesus. But in reality (according to the Quran) Allah did not allow Him to be killed, but rather Allah caused another person (many say Judas) to take on the exact appearance of Jesus, and this person was killed instead.

It is interesting to note that if this is true, then Allah started Christianity. Allah raised Jesus up (according to them) but put someone who was an exact replica to replace Him. The Jews killed that man, and His followers began what is the largest religion on the planet. If Islam were the religion of Allah, how could he not have foreseen this error in judgment?

Another passage from the Quran to keep in mind in regard to the idea that Jesus did not die is 19:33, where the infant Jesus says: Peace is to me the day I was born, and the day I die, and the day I am raised alive.

#2 - Christians Are to Judge by the Gospel

And We caused Jesus, son of Mary, to follow in their footsteps, confirming that which was (revealed) before him in the Torah, and We bestowed on him the Gospel wherein is guidance and a light, confirming that which was (revealed) before it in the Torah - a guidance and an admonition unto those who ward off (evil). 47 Let the People of the Gospel judge by that which Allah hath revealed therein. Whoso judgeth not by that which Allah hath revealed: such are evil-livers. (5:46-47, Pickthall)

Let the people of the Gospel judge by what Allah hath revealed therein. If any do fail to judge by (the light of) what Allah hath revealed, they are (no better than) those who rebel. (5:47, Yusuf Ali)

The Quran says that people of the Gospel (Christians) are to judge by the things written in the Gospel. There are three things we will discuss later about this verse:

  1. This proves that Mohammad believed the Gospel was accurate and reliable at that time.
  2. If Christians are to judge according to the Gospel, then we are to hold up the Quran to the Gospel and judge it; if we do as Allah has commanded, then we find that the Quran teaches a different gospel from Jesus. (Galatians 1:8-9)
  3. If Christians are to judge according to the Gospel as directed by the Quran, then we are to eliminate the Quran as God’s word, because it teaches a different gospel. If, on the other hand, the Gospel had been corrupted by the time Muhammad wrote it, why did he not know, and instruct Christians and Jews to abide in the books that God had given to them?

#3 - Muslims Are Instructed to Fight Against Those Who Do Not Believe in Islam

Fight against such of those who have been given the Scripture as believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, and forbid not that which Allah hath forbidden by His messenger, and follow not the Religion of Truth, until they pay the tribute readily, being brought low. (9:29, Pickthall)

Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued. (9:29, Yusuf Ali)

This is the second to the last of the writings of Mohammad. It is the final commission as given to their prophet. So anything he had written before this, those peaceful passages, are to be abrogated by this passage (see Q 2:106; 16:101).

Muslims are told that they are to fight against those who do not believe in Islam, even if they are “people of the book” (a reference in the Quran to Jews and Christians). But what was Jesus’ response to people who did not believe in Him? Teach them, and if they refused, leave them alone—God will judge them on the judgment day.

What was Mohammad’s response to those who did not accept Islam? Fight against them, until they were subjugated…basically, his tactic was to force them to submit.

What was the “Jizya” (tribute) according to the original Quranic Sources?

Jizya

= 20% of belongings/income (applies to poorest)
= 40% of belongings/income (applies to middle class income)
= 80% of belongings/income (applies to the wealthy)

So, Allah told Muhammad to physically fight against everyone who did not accept Islam as the Truth. If Christians and Jews chose not to accept Islam, they were forced to pay these "taxes" to Muslims. It was worse for those who were pagans, or had no belief system. They had no “Jizya” choice—for them it was convert, or die (2:193; 9:5).

This explains one reason why Islam spread so quickly. When given the choice to either say a little prayer to "accept" Allah and his messenger, or be violently subjugated, humiliated, and have your belongings taken by force, and even be put to death, many understandably chose to “become Muslim.”

For further information, here is a video that covers these verses in more detail: Three Quran Verses Every Christian Should Know (from answeringmuslims.com)


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