[quote=BeeSweet!]… I’d like to give it a try to explain why the Bible is superior, I assume you mean to the Qur’an. The proof for this in my opinion can be found when **comparing similar elements of the two books. **The Qur’an is lacking in my opinion as compared to the same stories in the Bible, and it actually means very little in comparison without the Bible as it’s support (therefore making it in reality inferior to the Bible). There is so little character development in the Qur’an, so much of it seems to assume the reader and/or those listening, already knows the stories and characters. How would people already know of Adam, Noah, Abraham, et al… unless they had been already told of them in the Bible?
Why should they know? Muslims know plenty about Adam, Noah, Abraham, et al just by reading the Qur’an.
What people tend to fail to understand about the Qur’an is that it is not a history book. It is a book of guidance, as I will further explain. As the Qur’an says in 2:2 This is the Book; in it is guidance sure, without doubt, to those who fear Allah;
When the Qur’an tells a story, it is for a reason. The same story will often appear numerous times, to teach a lesson. Sometimes to teach many lessons. The story of the creation of Adam for example appears 5 times, in different places. So if you were the read the Qur’an cover to cover (which is not the typical way of reading it) you would confront the same story five times in a different context. Many scholars believe that chapters are paired in the Qur’an, like 17 and 18–I give this example in regards to the story of Adam. The two chapters are approximately the same length, with similar formula, with one having subject matter concerning Jews, and the other with subject matter concerning Christians. The same story about Adam appears with a small difference.
While focusing more on the Children of Israel, chapter 17 includes the story that the angels were told to prostrate to Adam, but Iblees (Satan) refused–and then it says that he was arrogant. This is a lesson for the Jews who refused to accept Muhammad as a prophet because they said that they the Jews were better. Satan had a legitimate beef, he was made of fire but Adam made of clay, so he said he was better, and in refusing to bow disobeyed God’s command.
On the other hand, chapter 18 contains more themes which deal with Christianity, the same story appears in nearly the same place (mid-way through) in the chapter, and begins identically the same–word for word. But it changes, after saying the angels were told to bow but Satan didn’t, this version of the story says clearly that he was one of the jinn! The mistake Christians make about Satan is calling him a fallen angel–the Qur’an clears this misconception (as angels cannot disobey God) and says plainly that he was not an angel, he was a jinn.
So in a context for Jews, there is a lesson for Jews; in a context for Christians, a lesson for Christians–and the same goes on through the entire Qur’an. The stories are not history–they are lessons that the Muslims need to learn.