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Ah - the old saw about Old Testament versus Koran

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Submitted by Sully (United States), Dec 3, 2007 at 18:25

The Old Testament refers backward in time to wars in it's time that were fought against very specific peoples in specific places.

The Koran refers to war in the present tense against broad groups of people wherever they exist. It is a manifesto for continuous war until all unbelievers are subdued.

Another big difference is that the harshest commandments in the Old Testament, if taken literally, are divine law to at most ten million people worldwide. The harsh commandments given in the Koran are divine law to hundreds of millions of people.

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