The Bible, the Qur’an, and Science is an objective study of the Old Testament, the Gospels and the Qur’an. This book seeks to spiritually unite by highlighting similarities in the texts. It sheds new light and dispels many preconceived ideas in separating what belongs to Revelation from what is the product of error or human interpretation.
I did not even get through with the Introduction, or the Preface, before having the feeling this was not entirely “…an objective study…” or comparative study of the Bible, Qur’an, and Science. But far from me to stop reading a book solely on such an observation. I knew by the end of the introduction where this doctor was going with his assertions; despite the explanations for such by the Christian community and the archaeologists, etc. But I still believe that one can learn more from an adversary based upon his position on certain subjects, especially religion & religious texts. Also, do you remember the old adage?
Yeah! Remember that! Most of us purchase books based upon their cover. So I read on…because I wanted to understand the mentality.
He out-rightly states, and relies on, sura 2, verse 256, in his portrayal says,
“There shall be no compulsion in religion”; however, if you read the statement in its entirety it says, “There shall be no compulsion in religion; the right way has become distinct from the wrong way. Whoever renounces evil and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handle; which does not break. Allah is Hearing and Knowing.”
So, if you believe rightly, there is no compulsion. For brevity sake I will not subit all, but shortcuts to such references where the Qur’an in essence, if not blatantly, where Islam forces one to submit or die. While these may not be all-inclusive, it is enough to get the message through to those who do not believe concerning Islam’s stance on peacefully coexisting with others.
Dr. Bucaille makes assertions without proof, or negating nor acknowledging, supposed contradiction within the Biblical text. He pushes a belief that the Bible is not science compliant and science denier position. Which is completely foolish. While throughout the history of Christianity there were church father’s who denied such sciences as the earth being round and that the earth was the center of the universe, but those were men who made those decisions and held those beliefs. There was a time that church fathers stated and outright outlawed the possession of bibles by laymen…because we are too stupid to understand what lies within those pages. On the flip-side, there was a time where one of the Calif’s made it unlawful to possess a Qur’an. All the Qur’ans were collected and burned. And the original Qur’an was purportedly taken into heaven with Muhammad and Allah…so, where did our present Qur’an come from or originate?
He spoke of how deceitful the Jews were and all non-believers, but fails to remind us that the Qur’an states:
“And the disbelievers planned, but Allah planned. And Allah is the best of planners.” – Quran 3:54
It is hard to believe a man who says he is being objective in his presentation and study, yet deals in half truths and partial information. Which opens us up to another thing, the doctrin of al-Taqiyya.
Taqiya or taqiyya (Arabic: تقیة taqiyyah, literally “prudence, fear”) is an Islamic term which refers to precautionary dissimulation or denial of religious belief and practice in the face of persecution. (ref: Wikipedia)
While I was dismayed with the book itself, I was grateful for the opportunity to read something that was outside of my comfort zone and showed me that people do not believe as I believe. Hence, they will take great strides to usurp my purposeful walk with God.
I believe you understand what is going on here. But if you seek to follow Christ, not everyone will believe what you have to say, nor will they sit idly by as you share the Gospel truths. Be forewarned, my brethren!
Godspeed & Good Reads!