Why Is The Bible, And Not Some Other Religious Book, the Word of God?
Why is Romeo and Juliet the work of Shakespeare and not some other author? Because Shakespeare wrote it and not someone else. So the Bible alone, we believe, is truly the Word of God. His Spirit moved holy men of old to pen it and He has preserved it down through history. (1 Peter 1:21)
Couldn’t He have inspired other religious books also? Well, first of all, there is a serious derth of alternatives. Consider what other monotheistic (we are talking about God, not a plethora of specialty-shop ‘deities’ a la the Greeks and Romans) world religion touts an allegedly sacred revelation inspired by some God other than the Judeo-Christian God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the God and Father of Jesus Christ? There is only one in that category—Islam and its holy book, the Koran.
Of all the faults and flaws at various levels one one might cite against the Koran as a purported body of divine revelation—they are many and weighty, one in particular in devastating to its claims. It is historically inaccurate at many points where one would less expect it. E.g , While Islam claims Abraham and Moses in its lineage, the Koran is a curious book in that somehow in the transmission between Allah and the Prophet Muhammed, they can’t even get the facts of their lives straight, at least not according to the OT.
Beyond that, I would only respond in the same vein that Sen. Lloyd Benson, way back then a vice-presidential candidate, responded in a debate with Sen. Dan Quayle, his Republican opponent. When Quayle tried to invoke (to Democrats) the ‘sacred’ JFK in some favorable comparison to himself, Benson replief indignantly, “Mr. Quayle, I see not the slightest resemblance between you and President Kennedy (or some such statement).” That rejoinder got a big laugh from a crowd that thought it was like a mouse comparing himself to an elephant.
Likewise, in my view, no favorable comparison can be drawn at any level between the Bible and the Koran. To those who might beg to differ, we will only say, you have every right to your own opinion, but not your own facts. As religious writings, they do not belong in the same universe. And in the case of those who would dispute that view, no arguments are ever sufficient to give sight to the blind, so we will make no further attempt to dissuade other than recommend, if you haven’t read the Koran, do so and draw your own conclusions. Then read the Bible.