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A foundational reason why the Qur'an could not be Divine in origin

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A basic test that any prophet must meet is consistency of doctrine with the revelation that has preceded it: the New Testament goes to great lengths to demonstrate that it completes and fulfills the Old, for example Christ says:

''Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.
For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." Matt. 5.17-19

Had He claimed otherwise, he would immediately have been recognised as a false prophet. Christians and Jews strenuously argue over whether the New Testament fulfills these criteria or not - but noone would doubt that the New Testament takes great pains to demonstrate its authenticity by this criterion.

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Counterfeits can be very convincing, even to 'experts', but the best qualification for discerning the Truth by the means God has ordained to humble and bless us,
is a clean conscience and an ardent desire, not primarily a great intellect. He fills the hungry with good things and sends the proud away empty.

Christ said, 'If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.' John 7.17.

The litmus test God tells us He has given us is rooted in the Torah, for example Moses revealed, and is more:

"If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,
And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;
Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams:
for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.
And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee." Deut .13.1-5

To this day, some Orthodox Jews, like Asher Norman, justify the execution of the Messiah on the basis of failing to fulfill this test.
Christians argue that not only does Jesus fulfill these criteria, but the essence of the Torah, the means of access to God's presence,
has been abnegated and denied by so-called 'Orthodox' Jews, who for their Hellenic notions would not be regarded as orthodox by their Biblical forebears. Each of the true prophets, including Moses himself, had to face this test of consistency
and demonstrate independent seals of Divine authority (Exod.3.13, 4.1-9).

That is why Christ when he walked with two troubled disciples from Emmaus after His rising from the grave, said, ''O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?"
And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. Luke 24. 25b-27.
He, like Christians today, appealed to the detail of the length and breadth of previous revelation to confirm who He is and what he had done.

Or again He confronted the Pharisees with the challenge from their own writings,
'Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.' John 5.39. And again, He continued, 'Do not think that I will
accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.
But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?' Jn. 5. 45-47.

This was the basis of the method of the Apostles as they sought to persuade doubters of their need of mercy and grace, 'And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.'
Acts 28.23.

This was the acid test of truth for those enquiring to see if the new message was from God or just a counterfeit, 'These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.'
Acts 17.11.
                                                          TestsThese tests are insufficient to detect the 'superbill'.

The basic problem with the Qur'an is that it doesn't even attempt to address these issues properly.

The change in the direction of the Qiblah, the introduction of pagan sites and rites of worship, the introduction of new feasts and fasts, the implementation of the copycat Adha sacrifice, the innumerable and massive discrepancies with scriptural narratives, the 1,001 nights fairy-tale anecdotes (like Solomon's corpse being fixed upright for year after his death to fool the Jinn), amongst many others not only fly directly in the face of the plain prohibitions of Scripture about assimilating pagan myths and practices, they often represent a regression to old and obsolete form of approach (see John 4.19-22 or Heb. 12.18-29 for example).
All these innovations are unauthorised by miraculous foretelling, which new revelation should always be accompanied by (Deut. 18.22, Jer. 28.11 for example), and by a man of character which may be described as mixed at best, sometimes noble and rigorous but also sometimes scandalously immoral, even by the low standards of his own times, at worst (Matt. 7.16).

The sad reality is that Muslims are living in a three storey house, with no second or first storey below them - a castle in the air, devoid of support by previous revelation.

The imagined corroboration they seek from the Torah, Zabur and Injil just doesn't exist - it is pure presumption -
these books testify to the necessity of a substitutionary blood sacrifice for atonement, the Divine Sonship of the Messiah, and the principle of justification by faith without works, even if unbelieving Jews try to deny it, as we often testify to them.

To those who fondly imagine that Jews and Christians have uniquely conspired to modify the preChristian Jewish scriptures to embarass Muslims,
of which manuscripts exist from long before Messiah's advent (7 centuries before their prophet), or that the disparate groups of Christians have conspired to corrupt the New Testament to embarass Muslims, of which fragments exist right back in the second century (5 centuries before Mohammed) - nothing must seem impossible -
not even pigs flying and castles floating in the air.

Again to pay lipservice to the Torah and Injil but claim that Almighty God would fail to keep His cast iron promise is selective doubt and a base and ignoble form of blasphemy.
'The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.' Psalm 12.6-7.

To our dear Muslim friends, we say, wake up from this death sleep - it is high time to awake - before the Dawn scatters the shadows of sin!

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To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

(Isaiah 8.22)

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