I was a Muslim, I understood Islam and believed in the teachings of the Quran, but when I examined these evidences, I knew that in the balances the Quran was found to be wanting. It does not match the required evidence demanded by the Bible to warrant it as being divine. The Quran does not compare when it comes to Biblical evidence. Since God is 100% Truth, He sent the Bible with four different elements that no other book in the world has; Manuscript evidence, Archeological evidence, Prophetic evidence, and the evidence of Science in the Bible (MAPS). Muslims claim that the Quran has the last of the four (Science), which I challenge later in this writing.
I would like to address the prophetic evidence for now, and ask the reader to examine it as Islam encourages.
The Bible is the only religious book in existence that dared to detail thousands of prophecies. These prophecies are vast and varied, some concern the rise and fall of world empires, and many have already been fulfilled.
In no other religious literature will you find hundreds of detailed predictions that have been fulfilled precisely as they were forecast. No human has ever presented such detailed predictions of future events. Those who point to the occasional lucky guess of Nostradamus, Jean Dickson, and other false prophets, ignore the hundreds of totally incorrect predictions they also made. Henry C. Roberts, the editor of The Complete Prophecies of Nostradamus, (Jericho NY: Nostradamus, Inc. 1976) and one of the strongest supporters of Nostradamus admitted in his introduction, that these prophetic writings are "unintelligible and garbled to the uninitiated. The strange, broken, and often incoherent nature of the quatrains, both in French and English, is the hallmark of prophetic media." Edgar Cayce, the so-called "American Sleeping Prophet", made many false claims on locating oil wells and mineral deposits.
Even today, forecasting the near future markets is an unpredictable gamble. In truth, all man made prophecy and attempts to predict future have been fruitless. The best men have come up with can be obtained at your local Chinese restaurant when you get a bill with Chinese fortune cookies.
God claims that the ability to predict and fulfill prophecy is a unique attribute of His nature. He said: "For I am God, and there is no other; I am God and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, `My council shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure'" (Isaiah 46:9-10).
In this passage, the prophet Isaiah declares that only God foreknew future events, He also declares them and then brings them to pass. God also said: "For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled." (Matthew 5:18).
The idea of Bible Prophecy is that God has drawn out his plan prior to its execution (from the beginning), so as to prove when it comes about, that He alone is in control, and that my friends, is real evidence.
In another verse, God challenges you from the Bible: "Present your case, says the Lord. Bring forth your strong reasons, says the King of Jacob. Let them bring forth and show us what will happen; Let them show us the former things, what they were, That we may consider them, And know the latter end of them; Or declare to us the things to come. Show the things that are to come hereafter, That we may know that you are gods; Yes, do good or do evil, That we may be dismayed and see it together. Indeed you are nothing, And your work is nothing; He who chooses you is an abomination." (Isaiah 41:21-24).
The God of the Bible challenges you; will you accept the challenge? He continues in chapter 42 verse 9: "Behold, the former things have come to pass, And new things I declare; Before they spring forth I tell you of them." God sees all of history, past present and future. He does not guess what the future holds, He knows!
God said that the only way to know His true message is predictive prophecy, and if that very element is missing, we must NOT to believe the prophet. These prophecies have to be very unique, not just a general guesswork as with false prophets. For God to manifest His love and will for mankind, He must make Himself known personally in such a way that a finite man would realize beyond a shadow of doubt that the infinite God was revealing Himself. This irrefutable verification is reserved to the Judeo-Christian Scriptures alone. No honest person can remain an unbeliever after even a brief study of prophecy, and prophecy is the missing element in ALL other sacred scriptures and religions of the world. Though it is claimed in the Quran, an honest research and comparison with the Bible will prove that this claim is unfounded.
Not the Hindu Vedas, the Bhagavad-Gita, the Book of Mormon, the sayings of Buddha, and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy combined can match Biblical prophecy. By contrast, prophecy comprises about 25% of the Bible (8,352 verses). No other religious book can produce the same. In simple terms; Where's the beef?
Read the following samples in your Bible to understand some of these prophecies:
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