The meaning of Islam is submission to God. A Muslim is one who submits to God. But what does it mean to submit to God? Can you submit to someone you know little or nothing about?
The Qur'an actually says very little about God in comparison with the Bible. The little it tells of what God did in the past is repeated over and over. It says even less of what God is like. Holiness, love, justice and righteousness occupy only a few verses. The Bible is filled with verses of God telling us how much He loves these qualities.
The Qur'an admonishes its readers to do good, obey and believe, but has very little in the way of law or what exactly to do. These are taught from the Sunnah and the Haddith, records of Muhammad's life, precedents and decisions. But these are not the Qur'an, and they did not come from God's angel. They were written centuries later by Islamic scholars. Compare this with the laws God gave Israel on Mt Sinai.
If a Muslim submits to God by what is taught in the Sunnah and the Haddith, and these are not part of the Qur'an, and not from the angel, is this really submitting to God?
Is the Qur'an's Allah the same as the lord God in the Bible?
In the Bible, God says,
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. (Revelation 1:8 KJV)
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. (Revelation 22:13 KJV)
Contrast this to what the Qur'an says of Allah.
Surah 53:25 But it is to Allah that the End and the Beginning (of all things) belong.
Surah 92:13 And verily unto Us (belong) the End and the Beginning.
Surah 57:3 He is the First and the Last, the Evident and the Hidden: and He has full knowledge of all things.
Allah, is claimed to be the first and the last, but there is no phrase where Allah himself actually says,
I am the First and the Last. Allah is said to have the beginning and the end. This is not the same as Revelation saying God is the beginning and the end. And finally, Allah is never mentioned as
the one who is, was and is to come.
Only the God of the Bible, the lord God, has ever claimed a threefold "Alpha and Omega," "First and Last," and "Beginning and End" statement. Only the God of the Bible says He knows the past, present and future (Isaiah 41:4, 26-29; 42:8-9; 43:10-13; 44:6-8; 45:18, 21-23; 46:9-10).
Thus the numeric principles derived from Revelation 1:8 are much more appropriate to the Bible than to the Qur'an. Even if similar numeric features can be found in the Qur'an, this would be no different than finding them in other texts like A Study In Scarlet, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It would be purely coincidental.
Quoting the prophet Isaiah, Jesus said,
This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.
RSV Matthew 15:8-9
Jesus was speaking to the Jews of his day, but his warning, like Isaiah's prophecy apply equally to us. God wants us to listen to Him, not to men, not to
scholars, and not to what we think He wants.
The Qur'an actually testifies against Muhammad and Muslims.
Surah 6:107 If it had been Allah's plan, they would not have taken false gods: but We made thee not one to watch over their doings, nor art thou set over them to dispose of their affairs.
Surah 17:54 It is your Lord that knoweth you best: If He please, He granteth you mercy, or if He please, punishment: We have not sent thee to be a disposer of their affairs for them.
Surah 27:92 And to rehearse the Qur'an: and if any accept guidance, they do it for the good of their own souls, and if any stray, say: "I am only a Warner".
Surah 35:23 Thou art no other than a warner.
Surah 39:41 Verily We have revealed the Book to thee in Truth, for (instructing) Mankind. He, then, that receives guidance benefits his own soul: but he that strays injures his own soul. Nor art thou set over them to dispose of their affairs.
Surah 42:6 And those who take as protectors others besides Him, Allah doth watch over them; and thou art not the disposer of their affairs.
Four times the Qur'an says Muhammad is not to be a disposer of affairs. But the moment he picked up the sword, Muhammad became a
disposer of affairs. Any Muslim who appeals to the life of Muhammad makes him a
disposer of affairs and violates their own scripture. This is the plain text of the Qur'an. There is no such contradiction in the Bible.
I bow down toward thy holy temple and give thanks to thy name for thy steadfast love and thy faithfulness; for thou hast exalted above everything thy name and thy word.
RSV Psalm 138:2
Then the LORD said to me,You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.
RSV Jeremiah 1:12
The numbers Numerics Gematria from Exodus 34:6-7 prove beyond doubt that God continually preserves and looks after His word in the Bible. And now we have further proof of this preservation in a Chinese version of the same verse. Muslims have been taught that the Bible was corrupted. They have been taught the language of the Qur'an is special and sacred. They are wrong. Nothing in the Qur'an even comes close to the miraculous mathematical features found in the Bible (Hebrew, Greek and Chinese). (Click for more on Why Not Arabic?)
The Bible is superior to the Qur'an in every way. God talks about Himself in the Bible, describing who He is and what He wants. We learn of holiness, justice, righteousness and love from the lessons recorded in the Bible. We learn from the laws God (not an angel) gave us.
Jesus also said,
For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
RSV Matthew 5:18-19
Jesus was not talking about corrupted scriptures, and he was not referring to laws made up by men. To truly submit to God is to submit to God's laws.
Thou meetest him that joyfully works righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways. Behold, thou wast angry, and we sinned; in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved?
RSV Isaiah 64:5
Without the Bible, we would have no idea what God meant by righteousness. Without the Bible it would be impossible to remember God, His ways, and what He has accomplished. Without the Bible, there is no way of submitting to God. There is no way of being a true Muslim without following the Bible. Following Muhammad, the Sunnah and Haddiths is transgressing the Qur'an and not submitting to God.