Does the Qur’an replace the Bible?Question: "Does the Qur’an replace the Bible?"
Answer: Rather than replacing, the Qur’an urges Muslims to read the Bible.
Many Muslims have never read the Bible because they think the Qur’an has replaced it. The Qur’an, however, never claims to annul the Bible. The Qur’an praises the Bible as God’s guiding truth (Surah 5:46; 3:3; 10:94-95).
Some Muslims say that just as the Gospel (Injeel) abrogated the law (Tauret), the Qur’an replaces the Gospel. However, the Gospel did not abrogate the law. The perfect Jesus came, not to abolish the law, but to fulfill the law.
Jesus said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished” (Matthew 5:17-18).
Jesus showed that God’s law is even harder to keep than men think. “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. . . . You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:21-22, 27-28).
Have you met that perfect standard? The Bible says none of us can keep the law’s demands. We deserve death (Romans 3:23; 6:23). Thankfully, Jesus faultlessly kept the law of God. As the perfect sacrifice, Jesus paid the penalty for sin by dying on the cross. Find out how Jesus’ death gives life to believing sinners.
Trust God’s Word, the Bible, which can never be replaced. “The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever” (Psalm 119:160).
Recommended Resource: Answering Islam: The Crescent in Light of the Cross by Norm Geisler.
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