recently I have read the whole Koran in order to get a sober and objective judgement on the Koran. I hope I am allowed to say that I have read the Bible several times too.
Here is my judgment (I try to be as objective as possible):
What is my general impression of the Koran?:
Answer: The Koran is more a devotional book than a holy scripture or revelation of God. At the time, when Mahomed (Muhammad) or Muslim officers wrote down the Koran, the Old Testament (first section of the Bible) was yet known for a long time. The Koran reveals nearly nothing new beside the Old Testament excepted that Mahomed and Jesus would be ambassadors of God too beside the prophets mentioned in the Old Testament like Noah, Abraham, Moses, David etc..
I don’t want to claim that Mahomed has just copyed passages of the Old Testament but one thing is undeniable that he just wrote down texts which had yet been written down by biblical authors long ago.
It is true that the Koran rejects the Trinity of God and the devine sonship of Jesus Christ, but I don’t want to consider that issue now.
What I want to consider now, is the fact that the Koran is NO holy scripture like the Bible. This is an objective judgement, and I am not led by hate. The Koran is poor. The Bible is rich. Of what is the Bible rich? The Bible contains a lot of interesting stories (Esther, Job), talks between people, talks between God (Jesus) and people, wisdom (proverbs), prophecy (revelation), words of salvation (the 4 gospels, the epistles), historical data like dates, locations, names of people involved in the stories, parables, reports about miracles Jesus did, songs, prayers, psalms etc..
The Koran is somewhat (sorry) boring. It just repeats the following all the time: there is a hell of fire, there is a paradise, Mahomed is the highest prophet, believers will end up in gardens where creeks flow through, there will be a Judgement Day, there is a devil (Iblis), you should give the tax for the poor, you should pray daily etc. These statements get repeated and repeated and repeated. Sorry, after some time of reading I started to gape.
The Koran has two big lacks. It doesn’t provide a detailed law (the Bible has a perfect law) and the Koran gives us no solution how we can be set free from our sinfulness (we love it to do what God has forbidden, and we hate it to do what God wants us to do). The Koran doesn’t know a Redeemer or Saviour, but it is a matter of fact that we need one. In daily life we experience our own sinfulness and the sinfulness of our neighbours. We cry: “who will set me free from this body of death?”
Answer: Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Christ came down from heaven, born by the Virgin Mary, called Jesus from Nazareth in order to save us poor sinners.
A Christianity based on the Bible is very advanced. An Islam based on the Koran is somewhat backward.
Choose between progress and backwardness.
In contrast to the Koran, the Bible has an inner proof for its genuineness: in the New Testament we can read about the fulfilment of a lot of prophecies written down in the Old Testament. This is interesting because the NT was written down much later than the OT. Concerning the prophecy, for the authors of the NT it was not possible to deceive in any way.
To reject the Islam as a heretical doctrine, it is not necessary to read the Koran because it is publically known that the Islam rejects the Trinity and the devine sonship of Jesus Christ. It is impossible to unite Christianity and Islam because the Islam rejects basic doctrines of Christianity. Every Moslem should become a Christian right now!!! Islam provides no salvation for nobody! Only Jesus saves!