Food for Thought-Bible vs. the Quran


On a day (and in a time) where veiled and not so hidden religious intolerance is passed around as good theology and solid journalism, I thought I’d do a brief demonstration.

Can you tell the difference between the Bible and the Quran?   Are you able to tell, just by reading, if you are presented with similar themed examples from both texts.

There are lots of places where the Judeo-Christian scriptures sound more like the Quran than we are comfortable admitting.  Maybe we need to think about the inherent violence (and similarities) in our own religious traditions as we condemn others who use sacred texts to justify murder.

Example 1.

They made for him what he willed of elevated chambers, statues, bowls like reservoirs, and stationary kettles. [We said], “Work, O family of David, in gratitude.” And few of My servants are grateful.


I will open my mouth in a parable; I will declare the mysteries of ancient times. That which we have heard and known, and what our forebears have told us, we will not hide from our children.

Example 2.

And We certainly gave David from Us bounty. [We said], “O mountains, repeat [Our] praises with him, and the birds [as well].” And We made pliable for him iron,


With my lips I will recite all the judgments of your mouth. I have taken greater delight in the way of your decrees than in all manner of riches.

Example 3

You must destroy all the people given over to you. Do not look on them with pity and do not serve their gods.


Do not wait until you find them. Rather, seek and besiege them in their areas and forts, gather intelligence about the various roads and fairways so what is made wide looks ever smaller to them.


One thought on “Food for Thought-Bible vs. the Quran

  1. This is such a timely piece. Provoking in the best possible way.

    From the content it’s really difficult unless you are familiar with the passages. I’ve heard it said that the Quran is very lyrical. I’d be guessing that the lines that flow more like poetry are from the Quran.

    Thanks for the reminder / wake up.


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