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The Bible versus the Quran and the violence

 

 

Tom H. C. Anderson made a study (January 20th, 2016) comparing with the Bible and the Quran that is the Quran really more violent than the Bible? Tom H. C. Anderson is the founder and managing partner of Anderson Analytics (developers of OdinText), a consultancy and software development firm that takes a “next generation” approach to research by fusing advanced analytics and traditional methodologies with leading edge technologies like data and text mining.

At first we should pay attention that Tom H. C. Anderson is not an expert and scholar, neither the Bible and the Quran. Anderson compared words of the Bible and the Quran through text analytics method. Anderson emphasized that his analysis is not exhaustive, nor is it intended to advance any agenda or to conclusively prove anyone's point. Anderson brought out that terrorism is connected to Islamic fundamentalism and is there something inherently violent about Islam.

As the result of Anderson's word comparison he stated that the Bible has more emotions of hate than the Quran and in the Bible was less thoughts related to trust. According to word comparison references to destruction and violence was in the New Testament 2,8%, the Quran 2,1 and the Old Testament 5,3%.

When we study this subject more deeper, so we see indisputably the result that the Quran is a more violent book than the Bible. The Old Testament has been written during many thousand years telling about the works of God, salvation history of the Old Covenant, phases of Israel's nation and its ancestors' history. The New Testament has been written during about 50 years telling ministry of Jesus, salvation and faith, describing shortly the history of the Early Church and about the message and teaching how to believe in the Lord Jesus. The Quran has been written during 23 years telling about Allah and how Muslim must believe in Allah and live as a Muslim.

It is obvious and clear that words war and kill appear more often in the Old Testament than the Quran, because OT tells the history of several thousand years about wars of Israel and nations who have attacked against Israel. The words war and kill in the Bible don't mean only wars of Israel, but also warfare that other nations have practiced against Israel many times. The Quran has only 23 years history, so in relation to the war and violence, we can't compare the Old Testament and the Bible, because OT has recorded wars and violent actions over many thousand years and the Quran only during 23 years.

We should also remember that the Old Covenant era has ended and Israel has no intentions to conquer the world as Islam has. The Bible places connected to war have ended and those Bible passages don't have any kind of impact to present times. The Quran's last Sura 9 says that fight and slay (kill) the pagans (non Muslims) wherever you find them. Sura 9 order to curse the Jews and Christians. Sura 9 says that Allah has sent his prophet (Muhammad) to guide people to find the real religion, which shall set aside other religions. The Quran's "holy war" is valid everywhere at all times. This makes the Quran more violent book than the the Old Testament.

Jesus forbade killing in the New Testament and said, all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. The New Testament is not all violent book, because Jesus forbid the war and the violence. The Quran is a more violent book than the New Testament.

The word hate can appear also in positive meaning in the Bible, because it appears many times in such kind of connections, which commands to hate the sin, hate iniquity and injustice deeds and hate idolatry. The appearing of the word hate in the Bible don't always tell about negative hate and thus we can't make analyses and make conclusions how many times the word hate appears in the Bible.

If we want to make the word comparison, so the most reliable comparison should make from the original texts, but directional comparison can make through the Bible and Quran versions that are faithful to the original texts. We should notice in the word comparison that words can appear either positive or negative meaning and therefore comparison don't tell the whole truth.

The word comparison or rather what is the message of the book should make between the New Testament and the Quran, because the Old Testament era has ended and Israel has no world conquer intentions as Islam has.  The message of the New Testament is  in the power at present, revealing the salvation history of the New Covenant and therefore we should compare it with the text of the Quran and not with the Old Testament.

I used in the word comparison King James Version 1769 (OT, NT), because it is very accurate version and very close to the original text. The text of the Quran is Yusuf Ali, which is one of most popular English versions and it is also very close  to the original text. The words are in basic forms.

Bible OT:

War 205 times
Kill 75 times
Slay (106 times
Destroy 212 times
Violence 48 times
Battle 128 times
Fight 93 times
Beat 23 times
Strike 11 times
Terror 26 times
Smite 107 times
hate 69 times

Bible NT:

War 15 times
Kill 44 times
Slay 7 times
Destroy 31 times
Violence 8 times
Battle 5 times
Fight 10 times
Beat 13 times
Strike 1 times
Terror 3 times
Smite 10 times
hate 16 times

Koran Yusuf Ali:

War 21 times
Kill 6 times
Slay 29 times
Destroy 27 times
Violence 6 times
Battle 3 times
Fight 46 times
Beat 2 times
Strike 11 times
Terror 21 times
Smite (5 times
hate 6 times

The word battle appears in NT five times and four of them it appears in places where nations are at war against one another at the end of the times. The New Testament never uses the word battle in relation to where believers must or should kill their neighbors in armed wars or conflict. NT forbids killing of neighbors in every situation. In the last revelation of the Quran says that fight and slay (kill) the pagans (non Muslims) wherever you find them. The word slay appears in the New Testament, such places, in which is told how God's prophets were killed, how Jewish religious leaders wanted to kill the apostles of the Early Church, how the Hellenist Jews wanted to kill apostle Paul and how in the last days devastations the third part of the people shall die through the actions of evil powers.

In the New Testament the word slay never appears such connections in which the disciples of Jesus should kill their neighbors. The Quran is much more violent and warlike book than the New Testament, because the Quran says that fight and slay (kill) the pagans (non Muslims) wherever you find them.

When we compare the command not kill, so it appears in the OT 5 times, in the NT 6 times and in the Quran once. In the Quran the words not kill appears in the place, in which is said that believer women shall not kill their children (this should be self-evident without instruction). In the New Testament the words not kill appears 6 times, in which it means that a believer can't kill his neighbors. The last revelation of the Quran says that fight and slay (kill) the pagans (non Muslims) wherever you find them and because it is the last revelation, so it is always in the power. The message of the Quran is more merciless and violent, because the Quran advises to kill non Muslims wherever you find them. The command of Sura 9 to kill non Muslims wasn't bound to certain and specific time, but it is always in the power, because it is the last revelation of the Quran. The Quran is more violent and warlike book than the New Testament, because according to Jesus' teaching a believer can't kill his neighbors and not use violence against his neighbor.

The next I bring out some positive words from the Bible and the Quran. The words are in basic forms:

Bible OT:

Salvation 115 times
Save 164 times
Help 107 times
Grace  37 times
Mercy 208 times
Love 124 times
Kindness  37 times
Goodness 42 times
Holy  375 times
Holiness 30 times
Longsuffering  4 times
Peace 296 times
Comfort 39 times
Trust  107 times

Bible NT:

Salvation 43 times
Save 62 times
Help 10 times
Grace  122 times
Mercy  53 times
Love 157 times
Kindness  6 times
Goodness 6 times
Holy  169 times
Holiness 13 times
Longsuffering  13 times
Peace 296 times
Comfort 23 times
Trust  27 times

Koran Yusuf Ali:

Salvation 10 times
Save  20 times
Help 82 times
Grace  74 times
Mercy  156 times
Love 38 times
Kindness  20 times
Goodness 2 times
Holy  16 times
Holiness 0 times
Longsuffering  0 times
Peace 56 times
Comfort 6 times
Trust  53 times

Through my word comparison in the New Testament appears much more positive words than the Quran. As I earlier brought out, so appearing of single negative words don't tell the whole truth that what is negative and positive. The positive words tell much more, because usually they are used to describe positive things, not negative things.

In the New Testament the words love thy neighbor or love your neighbor appears 7 times, but not even once in the Quran. The concept love your neighbor include respecting his neighbor, every kind of inviolability concerning his neighbor, you can't kill your neighbor, you should love your neighbor as yourself. This concept lacks from the Quran, but in the New Testament, it appears 7 times. Number seven in the Bible tells about the perfection of God and it also the number of the perfect works of the God. The New Testament advice to love his neighbor through the love of God, but in the Quran is not this of kind of teaching. Because in the Quran is not this command, so therefore the New Testament is a more philantrophic book than the Quran.

In the New Testament appears words love the Lord God and love God 8 times, but in the Quran is not the words love the Lord God and love God or love Allah. The New Testament teaches about deep reverence and love toward God, but in the Quran is not such kind of command through those words that I before mentioned.

In the New Testament the words love your enemies or love ye your enemies appears 3 times, but in the Quran is not those words. The Quran is a more merciless and ruthless book than the New Testament, because the Quran doesn't know the concept of loving the enemies. The New Testament is merciful book, because it teaches how to love your enemies. In the New Testament God is close and secure to the people, because a man can approach to God and love God. In the Quran, Allah is distant, because you can't love Allah.

The Quran is not the book of the love, because it doesn't advice to love God, neighbor and enemies, but NT does. The New Testament is the book of the love, which tells about the great love towards God, neighbor and even the enemies. For this reason the New Testament is full of love and the love story book how God loves the people.

Tom H. C. Anderson's study conclusions that the Bible is more violent than the Quran is not true, because as we have seen, so different study proves that the Quran is a more violent book than the Bible. The New Testament doesn't command to kill people, going to war or using the violence, but the Quran commands to kill non Muslims.

Many people say that the Bible is a violent book, because the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) have practiced bloody crusades killing by the sword several dozens of million people during its history. Some people also say that the bloody inquisition's history and pedophilia cases of RCC would prove that the Bible is a violent and ruthless book. He who claims and believe this way is blind and can't see the truth. The Lord Jesus forbade violence and killing of the people. Jesus said that the people who take the sword shall perish with the sword. Jesus also condemned all kinds of sexual sins.

The Roman Catholic Church has worked against the commandments and teachings of Jesus by its bloody killings, sexual sins and other sins. This means that the RCC is not genuine and Biblical Christianity, but its false imitation, because Jesus forbade absolutely killings of the people and none disciple of Jesus doesn't kill or approve killings of the people. The New Testament and Jesus forbid using of the violence and killing of the people. The bloody history of the Roman Catholic Church proves that RCC has nothing to do with the teachings of Jesus and the New Testament.

I have to bring out one very important point of view. Muhammad killed, ordered to kill and approved killing of the people. The Lord Jesus didn't kill anyone, didn't approve killing of the people and didn't order to kill the people. The violence and aggression of the Quran rise from the deeds of Muhammad and the last Sura, which says that kill non Muslims wherever you find them. When you compare between each other the deeds of Jesus and Muhammad, so you notice that the Quran is much more violent and warlike book than the New Testament. According to existing evidence Jesus has more love and was more merciful than Muhammad, because Jesus honored people's inviolability and the life that Muhammad didn't do.

We have seen that the message of the New Testament is more merciful book  than the Quran. What is the most important message of the New Testament? The New testament tells that all people are slaves of sin and going to eternal damnation, but if a man repent and believe in the Lord Jesus, so the Lord Jesus saves him, because God loves the people and doesn't want that the people would be destroyed. The Bible says that God loves the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Jesus should not perish, but have everlasting life. According to the teaching of the Bible sinless life of Jesus, His atonement blood, Hid death and His resurrection would be accounted for the remission of sins, who repent and believe in Jesus, If you believe,  so God shall forgive all of your sins and shall give you eternal life.
 



 

Petri Paavola 19.2.2016

Sources:
33/38 Finnish Bible
Biblia 1776 Finnish Bible
King James Version 1769
Quran Yusuf Ali
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