Errors in the Bible and the Quran
(Dr. Naik) ‘Mathematics’ is a branch, which is closely associated with
science, with which you can solve problems, etc. There are thousands of
contradictions in the Bible - hundreds deal with mathematics, and
I’ll first touch on few of them. It is mentioned in Ezra, Ch. No.2,
Verse No.1, and Nehemiah, Ch. No.7, Verse No.6, the context that…
‘When the people returned from exile, from
, when king Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, when he released the men from
, they came back from captivity’ - and the list of the people are given.
The list is given in Ezra, Ch. No.2, Verse No.2 to 63, and Nehemiah Ch.
No.7, Verse No.7 up to 65; the list is given with the names as well as
number of people released. In these 60 Verses there are no less than 18
times - the name is exactly the same but the number is different. There
are no less than 18 contradictions in less than 60 Verses, of these two
Chapters. This is the list - I don’t have time to run through the list -
There are no less than 18 different contradictions in less than 60 Verses.
Further it is mentioned in Ezra, Ch. No.2 Verse No.64 that… ‘The total
congregation, if you add up… if you add up, it comes to 42,360.’ And
if you read in
No.7, Verse No.66, there also the total is the same 42,360. But if you add
up all these verses - which I had to do my homework - this is the list of
Ezra… this is the list of Nehemiah. Ezra
No 2, Nehemiah
No 7 - If you add up - I had to do my homework…if you add up, Ezra Ch.
No. 2 - It does not come to 42,360 - it comes to 29,818. And if you add up
No. 7, even then it does not come to 42,360 - It comes to 31,089. The
author of the Bible, presumed to be ‘Almighty God’, does not
know simple addition. If you give this problem, even to a person who has
passed elementary school, he will be able to get the right answer. If you
add up all the 60 Verses, it is so easy. Almighty God did not know adding
– Nauzubillah… if we presume, that this is the word of God.
Further if we read,
in Ezra Ch. No. 2, Verse No. 65, it says…There were 200 singing men and
women - Nehemiah Ch. No. 7, Verse No. 67…‘There were 245 singing men
and women.’ Were they 200 - or were they 245 singing men and women?
Context is the same - A mathematical contradiction.
It is mentioned in
No 24, Verse No 8, that…‘Jehoiachin was 18 years old, when he began to
, and he reigned for 3 months and 10 days. 2nd
No 36, Verse No 9, says that…‘Jehoiachin was 8 years old when he began
to reign and he reigned for 3 months, 10 days. Was Jehoiachin 18 years
when he began to reign, or was he 8 years old? Did he reign for 3 months,
or did he reign for 3 months 10 days?
Further it is
mentioned in the 1st
No 7, Verse No 26, that…‘In Solomon’s temple, in his molten sea, he
had 2000 baths. In 2nd
No 4, Verse No 5, he had 3000 baths. Did he have 2000 baths or did he have
3000 baths? – That, I leave it upon Dr. William Campbell to decide which
is correct. There is a clear-cut mathematical contradiction.
Furthermore it is
mentioned in the 1st Kings,
Ch. No. 15, Verse No. 33, that… ‘Basha, he died in the 26th
year of reign of Asa.’ And 2nd Chronicles
No 16, Verse No 1, says that…‘Basha invaded
in the 36th years of the reign of Asa.’ How can Basha invade
10 years after his death? - It is unscientific
there are errors in reporting the numbers in the Bible - clear proof that
it is not the verbatim word of God. Is the Quran that
is the verbatim word of God free of errors?
How many days did Allah
need to destroy the people of Aad?
day of violent Disaster (one single day)
days of disaster (this is a
form of plural indicating at least three days)
seven nights and eight days in
Does Allah's day equal to 1,000 human
years (Sura 22:47
or 50,000 human years (Sura 70:4)?
to Sura 56:7
there will be THREE distinct groups of people at the Last Judgment, but 90:18-19,
mention only TWO groups (left hand and right hand).
takes the souls at death: THE Angel of Death 32:11,
THE angels (plural) 47:27
or "It is Allah that takes the souls (of men) at death." 39:42
many angels announced the birth of Jesus to the Virgin Mary? One
or several angels? 3:42-45
can’t add simple fractions: Sura 4:11-12 and 4:176 state the Quranic
inheritance law. When a man dies leaving behind three daughters, his two
parents and his wife, they will receive the respective shares of 2/3 for
the 3 daughters together, 1/3 for the parents together [both according to
verse 4:11] and 1/8 for the wife [4:12] which adds up to more than the
available estate. A second example: A man leaves only his mother, his wife
and two sisters, then they receive 1/3 [mother, 4:11], 1/4 [wife, 4:12]
and 2/3 [the two sisters, 4:176], which again adds up to 15/12 of the
available property. For more examples see
are more errors and contradictions. But as Dr. Naik has stated, all we need
is one error to demonstrate it is not from God. You pick your favorite
in the Bible and the Quran
(Dr. Naik) To make it easier
for Dr. William Campbell, to answer to the points I have raised, I will
just mention it in brief -The points that I mentioned. The first point was
that -‘The creation of the Earth and the Heaven - the universe was in
six, 24-hour days. Light was then before the source of light –
Point No. 2. Three
- Day came into existence before creation of Earth.
Point No. 4 - Earth
came into existence before Sun.
Point No. 5 -
Vegetation came into existence, before
Point No. 6 - Light
of the Moon is its own light.
Point No. 7 - The
earth - Will it perish or will it abide forever?
Point No. 8 - The
earth has got pillars.
Point No. 9 - The
heavens have got pillars.
Point No. 10 - God
said… ‘You can have all plants and all vegetation, including the
Point No. 11 - The
scientific test the falsification test, of
No. 16, Verse No. 17 and 18.
Point No. 12 - A
woman remains unclean for double the period, if she gives birth to a
daughter, as compared to a son.
Point No. 13 - Using
blood to disinfect the house, against plague of leprosy.
Point No. 14 – How
do you find out the bitter water test for adultery?
Point No. 15 -
Eighteen different contradictions in less than 60 Verses of Ezra, Ch. 2,
7. I did not count them as 18 different - I counted them only as one.
Point No. 16 - The
total is different is both the chapters.
Point No. 17 - Are
there 200 singing men and women, or are there 245 singing men and women?
Point No. 18 - Was
Jehoiachin 18 years old, or was he 8 years old when he began to reign?
Point No. 19 - Did
he reign for 3 months, or 3 months 10 days.
Point No. 20 - Did
Solomon have 3000 baths, or 2000 baths?
Point No. 21 - Is
that Basha, how could he invade
, 10 years after his death?
Point No. 22 is -
Almighty God - He said, I put up a rainbow in the sky, as a promise to the
human kind, never to submerge the world again by water.
I have listed only
22, out of the hundreds available unscientific points in the Bible…
scientific errors - And I request Dr. William Campbell to answer them. And
irrespective whether he uses the ‘concordance approach’ or the
‘conflict approach’… as long as he is logical, he will never be able
to prove scientifically, all these 22 aspects I have told him. We agree in
Jesus Christ (peace be upon him) - to him was revealed the Injeel.
This is not the Injeel - It may contain part of God - But the
other unscientific portion is not the word of God.
I would like to end
my talk by giving the quotation of the Glorious Qur’an, from
Surah Baqarah, Ch. No. 2, Verse 79 …. (Arabic)…. ‘Woe to those who
write the book with their own hands, and then say this is from Allah, to
traffic with it for a miserable price. Woe to those for what they write.
Woe to those for what they earn.’ Wa Aakim Dawana Anil Hamdulillahi
Naik says that there are errors in the Bible. Sure there are. But he
himself gives the right answer. The Bible does not claim to be the
verbatim word of God. It is written by tens of authors during the course
of 1500 years. So it is expected that such a book contain errors and
contradictions. These contradictions, however, are in the details. The essence
of the message of the Bible has remained the same from Genesis to
Apocalypses. This is quite a feat. Many cathedrals in
have taken centuries to build. Multitudes of generations have worked on
them. But there is grace, beauty and wholeness to these buildings. This shows that all its
builders have followed a master plan. This could be said about the Bible. Here we have one single book
written by numerous authors during a span of fifteen centuries and despite
that its message has remained constant. On the other hand, the Quran is written by one person
and yet the Medinan Suras are diametrically different from the Meccan ones
conveying an entirely different message. Here is a comparison between the Meccan verses and the Medinan ones.
They do not seem to belong to the same book at all.
Meccan Early Verses
Medinan Later verses
is no compulsion in religion
ye who believe! Murder those of the disbelievers and let them find
harshness in you.
patient with what they say, and part from them courteously
will instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers: smite ye
above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off.
you be your religion, and to me my religion
another religion than Islam, it shall not be accepted of him; in
the next world he shall be among the losers."
be patient with what they say, and celebrate (constantly) the
praises of thy Lord,
them wherever you find them, and drive them out from wherever they
drove you out
good to men...
the idolaters wherever you find them
it had been thy Lord's Will, they would all have believed, all who
are on earth! Wilt thou then compel mankind against their will to
them on until there is no more
(opposition) and religion becomes that of Allah.
well know what the infidels say: but you are not to compel them.
them, and Allah will punish them by your hands, cover them with
shame, help you (to victory) over them, heal the breasts of
with people of the book, other than evil doers, only by means of
what are better! and say, we believe in what has been sent down to
us and sent down to you. Our God is the same as your God, and we
are surrendered to Him.
Fight those who do not believe in God and the last day... and
fight People of the Book, who do not accept the religion of truth
(Islam) until they pay tribute by hand, being inferior"
who believe (in the Qur'an), and those who follow the Jewish
(scriptures), and the Christians and the Sabeans,- any who believe
in Allah and the Last Day, and work righteousness, shall have
their reward with their Lord; on them shall be no fear, nor shall
Jews call 'Uzair a son of Allah, and the Christians call Christ
the son of Allah. That is a saying from their mouth; (in this)
they but imitate what the unbelievers of old used to say. Allah's
curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the Truth!
Hold to forgiveness; command what is right; But turn away from the
you who believe! Verily, the Mushrikűn (unbeleivers) are Najasun
(impure). So let them not come near Al-Masjid-al-Harâm (at Makkah)
after this year, …
thou, with a gracious pardoning....
no excuses: ye have rejected Faith after ye had accepted it. If We
pardon some of you, We will punish others amongst you…
insult not (Revile not) those whom they call upon besides Allah,
lest they out of spite revile Allah in their ignorance. Thus we
made alluring to each people its own doings. In the end they
return to their Lord, and we shall then tell them the truth of all
that they did
If any one disputes in this matter with thee, now after (full)
knowledge Hath come to thee, say: "Come! let us gather
together,- our sons and your sons, our women and your women,
ourselves and yourselves: Then let us earnestly pray, and invoke
the curse of Allah on those who lie!"
Lord, these are people who do not believe,’ Bear with them and
wish them ‘peace.’ In the end they shall know their folly.
When you meet the
unbelievers, strike off their heads; then when you have made wide
slaughter among them, carefully tie up the remaining captives.
We know best what they say; and thou art not one to overawe them
Prophet! rouse the Believers to the fight. If there are twenty
amongst you, patient and persevering, they will vanquish two
hundred: if a hundred, they will vanquish a thousand of the
Allah commands justice, the doing of good, and liberality to kith
and kin, and He forbids all shameful deeds, and injustice and
rebellion: He instructs you, that ye may receive admonition.
not the believers take for friends or helpers unbelievers rather
than believers: if any do that, in nothing will there be help from
Allah. except by way of precaution, that ye may guard yourselves
from them. But Allah cautions you (to fear) Himself; for the final
goal is to Allah.
those who believe, to forgive those who do not look forward to the
Days of Allah:
Against them make
ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds
of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of
Allah and your enemies.
thinking majority of Christians and Jews say that the authors of the Bible
were humans who were inspired by God. This is clear from the Bible itself.
You can see the names of the authors on the top of their books. In nowhere
in the Bible, both in the Old or the New Testament, you are led to believe
that it is God that is speaking. It is always a human, giving the message of God
in his own words. God is referred to in third person.
listen to a talk or see an event, I may go and tell my friends
what I have learned. I can give the spirit, the essence of the message in
my own words. But since I am using my own words and my own expressions it
is very possible that I make a few mistakes. Even though the message is
great, I am a human and humans err. My listeners know that. They listen to
my words and take it with a grain of salt. At the same time that they
listen to me and become inspired by what I tell them, they use their own
intelligence too. They do not switch off their brains putting their entire
trust on me. They are always on the guard to see whether what I say makes
sense or maybe it is my own interpretation and misunderstanding. However the main thing is
that my errors and my lapses of memory do not invalidate the message that
I am delivering. I am an honest human being, but fallible nonetheless.
Because of that people can tolerate my errors and use their own
intelligence to grasp the essence of the message. I do not become
automatically a liar if I err. That is why even if there are hundreds of
errors in the Bible; the more astute Christians and Jews do not get vexed.
They look at the message, not at the messenger or the words in which the
message is delivered. They look at the content, not at the container. The
essence of Christianity is good. It is a message of love and forgiveness.
Despite hundreds of errors that exist in the Bible, this message is
supreme and its value cannot be diminished.
If one message is heard
by thirty people, each will relay it differently. It is impossible that
all of them tell you the same story in exact same words. The details may
vary but as long as you see there is consistency all of them are telling
the truth. This is how you should interpret the contradictions in the
Quran is a different story. The Quran claims that it is the verbatim word
of God. Here lies the difference. If it is the verbatim word of God, it
cannot have one single error. If it has a single error, it can’t be the
word of God, and if it is not the word of God it is a lie.
why I find the effort of Muslims to brush off the criticism made against
the Quran by bashing the Bible, pathetic.
The Quran is the only book believed by its followers to be the exact
word of God. No other book of any other religion makes this claim. That is
why the Quran is in such a vulnerable position. We can find scientific
errors and absurdities in all religious books but still hold to the good
and the beautiful that exist in these books and overlook the bad part.
This we can't do with the Quran. All we need to show that the Quran is false
in its entirety is one single error. One who sits on the taller
branch, falls harder.