I posed this question to someone called CreationPhysics
on Twitter (please try to ignore the glaring oxymoron) but I received no reply.
Christians claim to know that the Bible is the inerrant word of God because of fulfilled prophecies, among other things which I will touch on in a moment. However, the argument of fulfilled prophecies is one of the most frequently used argument I have personally encountered in my debates with Christians against the validity of the Bible. So here is my question:
The Quran contains fulfilled prophecies
as well. How does a Christian know that the god they are worshiping is the right one (assuming that any god exists) and that Allah isn't perhaps the one true god, since an equal amount of evidence points to this being the case?
The authors of the Quran were divinely inspired by Allah in the same way as the authors of the Bible were divinely inspired by God. We similarly only know this because they say as much in the religious texts. Both the Quran and the Bible are canonised texts, although the Quran was only canonised in 650 AD since Islam is a somewhat younger religion than Christianity.
The Quran is replete with prophecies, miracles, prophets, and commands, and was also not written by one man but by many divinely inspired men. It even has archaeological evidence
to back up its claims in much the same way as the Bible does.
Another argument Christians frequently use proclaiming the Bible as divinely inspired and infallible is the argument from facts, which essentially runs along the lines of: the Bible contains accurate scientific facts about the Earth that are way before its time.
One of the many verses generally singled out for this include Job 26:7 He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.
Other than the fact that it is plain to see that these types of verses are wildly open to interpretation, my primary point regarding this is that the Quran has many such scientific facts
. Not only that, there are far more of them
than there are in the Bible and they are much more in line
with modern medical, scientific and anthropological knowledge than the meager facts presented in the Bible are. Bearing in mind the approximate 600 year difference in the age of the religions, since Christians claim the authors of the Bible were divinely inspired surely their eternal, omniscient deity would not have been effected by this minuscule time variation. The Quran is, in this instance, arguably a much more reliable text from a theistic, theological perspective.
There are also texts written around the same time as the Quran sharing the same content as the Quran in much the same way as the Bible has the Dead Sea Scrolls and Homer has the Homeric Cycle.
Indeed, there are many rationalised (note: not rational) arguments
regarding the authenticity of the Quran. One of the primary ones include apparent knowledge that the Quran was written at the time of the Prophet Muhammad and approved by him, the only religious document in history to be received by the religious figure about whom it was written.
Yet, through all of this, Muslims worship Allah and Christians worship Yahweh/Jehovah. How do Christians make the decision between the two gods? What makes the magic of the Bible more likely than the magic of the Quran when they are equally feasible? Is it simply a coincidence of geographical birth that leads Christians to believe in the Christian deity? And if so, how can any Christian be sure that what they believe is utterly true rather than merely circumstantial, especially since belief in the Christian god is faith-based and therefore reliant on a lack of empirical evidence?