The “Miracle” of the Qur’an — The Christian Response
4. Science and the Qur’an?
A very recent Islamic polemic. The Bible, the Qur’an and Science by Dr. Maurice Bucaille, attempts to demonstrate that the Qur’an must have been divinely inspired because it allegedly states many things that were unknown in the seventh century and have subsequently become known only in our twentieth century.
In answering Dr. Bucaille it must first be pointed out that the bulk of the book does not deal with the Qur’an and science. Rather, most of it is an attempt (using the techniques of higher criticism) to disgrace the Bible. The portions of his book which do attempt to show that the Qur’an is in amazing agreement with twentieth-century scientific knowledge are very vague.
However, what if we were to grant his thesis that the statements in the Qur’an are in total agreement with modern science? Dr. Bucaille states that if this were true, then “it is unthinkable that a man of Muhammad’s time could have been the author of them.”15 I agree with his conclusion, assuming his thesis is true. If the Qur’an has detailed scientific statements which we have only recently discovered to be true, and yet it was written in the seventh century A.D., then it could not have been merely the product of Muhammad. But this does not identify the source of the information, it only shows that no human being could have written it without superhuman help.
If indeed the Qur’an had a supernatural origin, then we are still left with the task of finding out who its source was. Dr. Bucaille assumes that it must be God, but why? If we pause and think for just a moment, we realize that there are other supernatural beings besides God. One of these beings is referred to as Satan in the Bible, as well as in the Qur’an. The Bible tells us that he has been on the earth as long as man has, that he has powers and intelligence far superior to ours, and that he is “the father of lies” (John 8:44). To whisper some scientific facts into someone’s ear would be no great feat for him. As a matter of fact the Bible says that he does appear to men from time to time: “For even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light” (2 Cor. 11:14). It is interesting that this is exactly the initial fear that Muhammad had the first time he heard the voice speak to him.16
Actually, what Dr. Bucaille said that while the Old and New Testaments have many statements disproven by modern science, none of the statements in the Qur'an were disproven by modern (1970s) science. He went on to say that there were other passages in the Qur'an that while no science today (1970s) corroborate them, they were also not disproven. The doctor only spoke of the record. It is not his fault that the Bible speaks of a 6000 years old world when modern science has proven that the world is some 4.5 billion years old. And CRI classic retreat. If that silly argument fails, then accept its supernatural origin but know that it is from Satan. Interestingly, Satan inspiring the Qur'an seem smarter and better than God inspiring the Bible. The Qur'an is free of mistakes and contradictions while the Bible is littered with them. Not so long ago, I posted two passages. One from Isaiah and the other from Kings and they were word for word copies even though they were supposedly written by two different authors over years apart. It is first hand plagiarism. Additionally, Satan being an angel is a Biblical mistake. Satan was never an angel so he cannot disguise himself as an angel of light and whisper into Muhammad's ear. According to Islam, Satan is a jinn and not an angel. Angels don't have free will like humans and jinns. They are programmed to do as they are commanded and at no time could Satan as an angel ever refuse to do anything.