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The narrative Bible and the erratic Quran

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Submitted by Brutus Balan (Australia), Oct 11, 2011 at 01:00

Thanks Gabrielle.

I consider ... what shows up the Quran as false is there is NO NARRATIVE of the Arabic race and its self professed prophet Muhammad. ... the Quran finds its point of reference and content in the Jewish Bible. Without the Bible, the Quran is just Ayaths (verses), like, "O man do this" and "O man don't do that" sentences to recite endlessly in a mournful lament very loudly from the minaret (nowadays through cone speakers) like the Buddhist mantra. Therefore, it is impossible to discuss any context of the text of the Arabic Quran in a meaningful way. Hermenuetics do not apply to the Quran devoid of a narrative context.

Whereas, in the Bible, the whole human story since creation is in a historical context that need to be interpreted in its context for its immediate local application and if any the extended implication for all times. That requires hermeneutics - (the science of interpretation, esp of Scripture or the branch of theology that deals with the principles and methodology of exegesis).

The Old Testament begins with God's creation of the world and man and that is the history of the world until the calling of Abraham (Genesis 1- 12) through whom God raised a special people (Jews) unto Himself to reveal the coming of Jesus to save sinful mankind from damnation (Yes, Hell). The Jews (not the Moon god (Allah) worshiping Arabs) were the recipient and custodian of God's (Jehovah-Elohim = the Lord God) revelation. Jesus fulfilled this when He was born 2,000 years ago. The New Testament was then written by inspiration by the apostles in a narrative form of the Life of Jesus, His works and words (the Gospels) and then followed on by the final revelation (History of the early Christians, Instructions for life and hope and end time prophecy). That is the Bible.

The whole Bible is in a narrative context except the book of Psalms (Hymns) and Proverbs. The Quran which itself is counterfeit, cannot be really understood without the unreliable Hadith/Sunnah. Yet the Muslims hold to the Quran as the Allah's authoritative word and in it is a verse saying that it is forbidden to consult any other book but the Quran. But the Muslims run to the Hadith even though they say the collection of hear say stories about Muhammad (Hadith) are unreliable. Many of the Muslim practices/rituals are not found in the Quran but the Hadith, like praying 5 times a day ritual. This is a major contradiction and inconsistency.

Now all the text and events in The Bible is in a historical context and hermeneutics must be strictly applied to understand it. It is not a pick what you like and drop what you don't like as one approaches the Bible. The Bible is not a Buffet of religious niceties catering for sundry taste. It is a coherent whole and if one falls as error, the whole collapses.

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