A false religion - for many reasons

6) The Quran has contradictions.  

The truth is there are many contradictions in the Quran. This problem is conveniently solved by the “doctrine of Abrogation”, whereby a better revelation cancels out another revelation.  This doctrine is revealed in two different verses:


Sura 2:106: “Whatever communications We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, We bring one better than it or like it. Do you not know that Allah has power over all things?” (Shakir transaltion.)

“Any message which we annul or consign to oblivion We replace with a better or a similar one. Do you not know that God has the power to will anything?” (Asad translation.)

Sura 16:101: “And when We change (one) communication for (another) communication, and Allah knows best what He reveals, they say: You are only a forger. Nay, most of them do not know.” (Shakir translation)

“And now that We replace one message by another - since God is fully aware of what He bestows from on high, step by step - they [who deny the truth] are wont to say, “Thou but inventest it!” Nay, but most of them do not understand it! (Asad translation)


Contradictions & Errors

What did Allah create the Human Race from?

Did Allah create the human race from: 1) the earth, 2) clay from black mud 3) clay alone 4) water 5) dust 6) brings out the living from the dead. NOTE: Allah sometimes refers to self as WE.


11:61 Shakir: "And to Samood (We sent) their brother Salih. He said: O my people! serve Allah, you have no god other than He; He brought you into being from the earth, and made you dwell in it, therefore ask forgiveness of Him. . ."

15:26 Sahih International: "And We did certainly create man out of clay from an altered black mud."

15:28 Sahih International: "And [mention, O Muhammad], when your Lord said to the angels, "I will create a human being out of clay from an altered black mud."

15:33 Sahih International: "He said, "Never would I prostrate to a human whom You created out of clay from an altered black mud."

17:61 Sahih International: "And [mention] when We said to the angels, "Prostrate to Adam," and they prostrated, except for Iblees. He said, "Should I prostrate to one You created from clay?"

"32:7 Sahih International: "Who perfected everything which He created and began the creation of man from clay."

23:12 Sahih International: "And certainly did We create man from an extract of clay."

38:71 Sahih International: "[So mention] when your Lord said to the angels, "Indeed, I am going to create a human being from clay."

25:54 Sahih International: "And it is He who has created from water a human being and made him [a relative by] lineage and marriage. And ever is your Lord competent [concerning creation]."

21:30 Sahih International: "Have those who disbelieved not considered that the heavens and the earth were a joined entity, and We separated them and made from water every living thing? Then will they not believe?"

24:45 Sahih International: "Allah has created every [living] creature from water. And of them are those that move on their bellies, and of them are those that walk on two legs, and of them are those that walk on four. Allah creates what He wills. Indeed. . ."

3:59 Sahih International: "Indeed, the example of Jesus to Allah is like that of Adam. He created Him from dust; then He said to him, "Be," and he was."

30:20 Sahih International: "And of His signs is that He created you from dust; then, suddenly you were human beings dispersing [throughout the earth]."

35:11 Sahih International: "And Allah created you from dust, then from a sperm-drop; then He made you mates. And no female conceives nor does she give birth except with His knowledge. . ."

30:19 Sahih International: "He brings the living out of the dead and brings the dead out of the living and brings to life the earth after its lifelessness. And thus will you be brought out."


Note: Except for Asad version, all other versions are here:


Islam denies that Jesus was crucified on the cross. 


Sahih International-4:157: And [for] their saying, "Indeed, we have killed the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, the messenger of Allah." And they did not kill him, nor did they crucify him; but [another] was made to resemble him to them. And indeed, those who differ over it are in doubt about it. They have no knowledge of it except the following of assumption. And they did not kill him, for certain.

4:158: Rather, Allah raised him to Himself. And ever is Allah Exalted in Might and Wise.


No serious historian doubts the existence or crucification of Jesus Christ. Early historians wrote that Jesus was crucified and these non-Christian historians had no motive to fabricate Christ's death. 

* Tacitus, a Roman historian, born in 55 AD, wrote in his Annals (15:44) an explanation of how Emperor Nero, who died in 68 AD, blamed Christians for the great fire of Rome on July 19, 64 A.D. In this passage Tacitus confirms what was common knowledge in the second half of the first century - that Jesus Christ had been crucified:


“Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judea, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome, where all things hideous and shameful from every part of the world find their center and become popular.”
* Josephus -  was a Jew who became a Roman citizen. In 93 AD, Josephus published his lengthy history of the Jews, called Jewish Antiquities. In book 18.3.3  Josephus wrote: 

“About this time there lived Jesus, a wise man, if indeed one ought to call him a man.  For he was one who performed surprising deeds and was a teacher of such people as accept the truth gladly. He won over many Jews and many of the Greeks. He was the Messiah. And when, upon the accusation of the principal men among us, Pilate had condemned him to a cross, those who had  first come to love him did not cease.  He appeared to them spending a third day restored to life, for the prophets of God had foretold these things and a thousand other marvels about him.  And the tribe of the Christians, so called after him, has still to this day not disappeared.”   


Some scholars believe the type in bold face was inserted later. Even if it was, the rest of the writings prove Jesus existed and was crucified.

* Mara bar Serapion was a philosopher in the Roman province of Syria. Serapion, who was believed to be a Pagan, wrote a letter to his son, also named Serapion, which refers to Jesus of Nazareth, calling him a wise king:


“What advantage did the Athenians gain from putting Socrates to death? Famine and plague came upon them as a judgment for their crime. What advantage did the men of Samos gain from burning Pythagoras? In a moment their land was covered with sand. What advantage did the Jews gain from executing their wise king? It was just after that that their kingdom was abolished.”


This letter was probably written between 95 AD and 165 AD.

* Julius Africanus (c. 160 – c. 240) was a Christian historian who wrote Chronographiai, a history of the world from Creation to the year AD 221. His work does not survive except in fragments, chiefly by Eusebius and Georgius Syncellus. 

Fragment 18 from Syncellus mentions “Our Saviour’s Passion and His Life-Giving Resurrection:”


“. . .and the mysteries of His doctrine, and the resurrection from the dead, these have been most authoritatively set forth by His disciples and apostles before us. On the whole world there pressed a most fearful darkness; and the rocks were rent by an earthquake, and many places in Judea and other districts were thrown down. This darkness Thallus, in the third book of his History, calls, as appears to me without reason, an eclipse of the sun. . .”


Africanus argued that an eclipse of the sun cannot occur during the full moon, as was the case when Jesus died at Passover time. The fact of Jesus' crucifixion must have been well known by that time, as unbelievers like Thallus (50 AD? to 75 AD?) thought it necessary to explain away the darkness as a natural phenomenon. Thallus argument took the existence of Christ and His death on the cross for granted. Neither Jesus nor the darkness at his death were ever denied as factual. 

Africanus continued: 


“Phlegon records that, in the time of Tiberius Cæsar, at full moon, there was a full eclipse of the sun from the sixth hour to the ninth—manifestly that one of which we speak. But what has an eclipse in common with an earthquake, the rending rocks, and the resurrection of the dead, and so great a perturbation throughout the universe? Surely no such event as this is recorded for a long period. But it was a darkness induced by God, because the Lord happened then to suffer. . .”
In conclusion, the Resurrection is the only conceivable explanation for the beginning of the Christian Faith. Without the resurrection, there is no Christian church. After Christ was crucified, the disciples were terrified and scattered.  If Christ had not risen from the dead, the Christian church would never have started.  It was only after the risen Christ appeared to the disciples that His followers believed and received power from on high after receiving the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. None of the original Apostles became rich and famous by becoming Christians.  Most of the original apostles were tortured and executed. It is inconceivable that the Apostles would live a life of depravation, then face torture and death to perpetuate a myth. 
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