Why the Bible Offends Muslims
Christians may often wonder why most Muslims don't have a high regard for today's present Bible, and why most Muslims feel insulted by the book as well, Christians may conclude that this feeling the Muslims get is simply because were bad people who hate the truth etc.
So to make things simple, I thought I would give some of the main reasons as to why the Muslims feel offended by the Bible, by doing so it will allow the Christians to know where we are coming from, and will hopefully get rid of some of the silly theories I mentioned above (Muslims hate the Bible because they hate the truth! They are evil Muslims who are taught to hate the Bible!)
The Bible's describing of God
Now Muslims have a very high regard for God, and we as Muslims read some depictions of God within the Bible which we find truly unacceptable and insulting to the almighty God. For instance in the Book of Genesis we read the following description about God:
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3 And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. (Genesis 2:2-3)
So according to the Bible, after God created everything, he took a nice rest on the 7th day. Now Christians will say that God didn't literally take a rest, well that's not the point, it doesn't matter what you say, the fact is is that God is given a description that does not befit him, surely there could have been a better metaphor or phrase to describe God ending his work, the author of Genesis couldn't come up with anything better other than rest?
Furthermore the fact is this, whether Christians like it or not, this text does create the image that God did literally rest. You have God doing all this work, 6 days of creation after another, then it's all over, so on day seven he takes a rest, now what image or message does this send? When you put it together you are left with God resting! So frankly if this is a metaphor and not literal, then I'm afraid its a very bad one, and is still insulting, and still sends out the wrong message. At the end of the day this is the almighty God were talking about, not Joe the Plumber who takes a rest after fixing all the pipes!
We read something even worst in Isaiah 7:20:
In that day the Lord will use a razor hired from beyond the River ?the king of Assyria?to shave your head and the hair of your legs, and to take off your beards also.
So let me get this straight, the almighty and holy God is going to be a barber?! Not only a barber, but he is going to shave the hair off people's legs?! I'm sorry, but we Muslims take extreme offense to such depictions of God, it does not befit God's majesty to shave our legs, or our hair, or our faces!
Perhaps one of the WORST and most STUPID description of God comes from Paul, when he states:
For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength. (1 Corinthians 1:25)
I really don't know what Paul was trying to do here, I think he got too smart for himself! This has got to be the WORST analogy he could have ever come up with, to say God's stupidity is smarter than the smartest man is a TERRIBLE analogy and description! Paul couldn't think of something better to say? He couldn't have said that even if you were to get all the best minds together it wouldn't amount up to a piece of salt in the ocean! He couldn't have said something like that? He had to go so low and make such a terrible analogy by saying God's stupidity is wiser than the smartest man?! Christians can come and play all the word games they want, everyone can read this for them self, and see this for what it is, it is what it is, a very stupid weak analogy. Christians should just admit that Paul was an idiot in this instance, and was not thinking right when he decided to make this analogy, as I said, he was trying to be too smart, and it backfired.
In fact here is something I GUARENTEE, I bet you that Christians got offended when I told them to say was Paul an idiot for this, yet I bet you the Christians didn't get offended when Paul said God's foolishness, or when Isaiah said God will shave the hairy legs of people, or when Genesis said God took a rest! And that says it all, you know who you are, wake up and smell the coffee buddy.
So this is one reason why the Bible offends us Muslims.
The Bibles Depiction of the Prophets
Now we as Muslims have a very high regard for the prophets, for us they are the best of creation, the best of men, those who are we supposed to emulate and follow, they are an example to all of us. Sadly when one reads the Bible we get an opposite picture, that the prophets are a bunch of crazed drunken mass murderers! I mean when one reads the Bible one has to wonder what's the use of having representatives of God if they are so backward? What message does that send out?!
We read the lovely story of Noah:
And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without. And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness. And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him. And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. (Genesis 9:20-25)
So Noah gets drunk, he passes out drunk and naked, he wakes up with a hangover and starts shouting and curses the entire offspring of his son Ham! So an entire nation is cursed because of a drunken man in a hangover, a man who is supposed to be an example for the rest!!!
Let us go to the prophet David:
Samuel 11: 1-27 :
And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem. 2 And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon. 3 And David sent and inquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite? 4 And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house. 5 And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child.
So David Notices his neighbour's wife, he finds her attractive, so he has sex with her, and makes her pregnant!
What about David's son Solomon, the Bible doesn't spare him neither:
1Now(A) King Solomon loved many foreign women, along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women, 2from the nations concerning which the LORD had said to the people of Israel,(B) "You shall not enter into marriage with them, neither shall they with you, for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods." Solomon clung to these in love. 3He had 700 wives, princesses, and 300 concubines. And his wives turned away his heart. 4For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and(C) his heart was not wholly true to the LORD his God,(D) as was the heart of David his father. 5For Solomon went after(E) Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and after(F) Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. 6So Solomon did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and did not wholly follow the LORD, as David his father had done. 7Then Solomon built a high place for(G) Chemosh the abomination of Moab, and for(H) Molech the abomination of the Ammonites, on the mountain east of Jerusalem. 8And so he did for all his foreign wives, who made offerings and sacrificed to their gods. (1 Kings 11:1-8)
So according to the Bible Solomon became a pagan, even setting up shrines for these pagan Gods! We could go on for ages about many other insulting things the Bible has to say concerning the prophets, but you get the picture, and this greatly offends us Muslims because these are lies and insults against the prophets.
There are many many many more disturbing and offensive material in the Bible, however so it is primarily the above two which insults and offends the Muslims, the Bible's slanderous descriptions of God, and the Bible's constant attacking and slanders against the prophets of God. Just think of it, the Bible is insulting God AND his prophets, now who else would want to do that? Heck the Bible even insults angels, do you notice a pattern? The Bible insults God, Prophets, and angels, now who I wonder would do such things? (Satan incase you couldn't figure it out!)
Hopefully Christians can now understand where were coming from, which means the straw man attacks end, as I said HOPEFULLY.
And Allah Knows Best!