Torah  X  Koran

 



Foreword



    There is a great similitude between the Torah (Pentateuch from Old Testament) and the Koran from Islamism. But they are both totally contradictory with the New Testament.

    In the Torah Moses was the prophet from Yahweh likewise Mohamed was the prophet from Allah in the Koran. But in the New Testament Jesus was the real presence of God Father between the men.

    Judaism and Islamism are both monotheist religions and came from a common ancestral – Abraham, who was father of Isaac with Sarah and  was father of Ishmael with the slave Agar, too. Isaac is the father of Jews and Ishmael is the father of Arabians.

 

Similarities
 

    In the Torah (left) circumcision is a rule from Yahweh to all male likewise it is also in the Koran. But in the New Testament physical circumcision has no value. What counts is the spiritual circumcision of the hearths (Romans 2:28 and 29).

    In the
Torah Jews keep the Sabbath once a week likewise in the Koran Islamists observe the Ramadan once a year. But in New Testament Christians are advised to keep all days and to keep awake against temptations (Luke 21:36).

    In the
Torah Jews are forbidden to eat certain kinds of meat (like meat from pigs) likewise in the Koran there is the same prohibition to the Islamists. But in New Testament there is no restriction to any kind of meat because Jesus said that what contaminates the man is not the physical food (Matthew 15:11).

    In the
Torah all the rewards promised by Yahweh (to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, Solomon… ) were based on earthly gifts likewise in the Koran the rewards of Allah also are to those who are faithful on him. But the rewards of Jesus in the New Testament are all based on spiritual gifts (Luke 6:23). 


 

    Jesus made it clear to them that his Gospel involved above all resignation and mortification. His teachings were completely different from Torah or from Koran.  

     In the Torah there is the rule “eye for eye and tooth for tooth” likewise it is also a rule from Koran (right).
But in the N
ew Testament Jesus changed this principle of revenge and retaliation, giving another commandment of love (Matthew 5:38 to 42).

    Fights between Jews and Arabians tend to never cease because they are both ruled by principles of revenge and retaliation, respectively by the Torah and the Koran.

 


 

 

Prejudice against women
 

    In the Torah women were discriminated and forbidden to exercise priesthood likewise in the Koran  the women are depreciated and totally submitted to their husbands. But in the New Testament Jesus didn’t discriminate women (John 4:9 to 27) and Paul said that what counts is becoming a new creature (Galatians 6:15).

    If, in the Koran, women are at a disadvantage in relation to men, it is also true that in the Old Testament women are portrayed as inferior and even humiliated, the value of a women being considered slightly more than half that of a man, as we are given to understand in Leviticus 27: 2 to 7.


    In Deuteronomy 24:1, we have another example, where we read that if a man were to marry a woman and be disappointed, seeing in her something “indecent”, he could reject her by giving her a “certificate of divorcement”. However, the wife did not have the same right in relation to the husband. Also a woman who lost her virginity outside marriage should be stoned according Deuteronomy 22: 20, 21.



 

 

Violence and Revenge

    Violence and revenge are present either in the Torah or in the Koran.

    Even suicide terrorists that put themselves to death for the Islam because of “Intifada” are rewarded with beautiful virgins in a sensual Paradise of earthly gifts.

    And they are
also inspired in the Jehovah’s hero of Old Testament, Samsom (right),  who put himself to death, killing many more when he died than while he lived (Judges 16:30).

 


Material gifts in the Old Covenant
 

    In the Old Covenant the material world took precedence over the spiritual lies in the fact that all the promises made to men relate to material aspects, in terms of goods, wealth, sons (physical continuity) and earthly glory (Genesis 15:13 and 14; Exodus 3:21 and 22; 12:35 and 36; Psalms 128:1 to 6).

    Genesis 15: 13, 14... "Then Jehovah said to him, "Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved and mistreated four hundred years. But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions".

    Exodus 3:21, 22
... "And I will make the Egyptians favorably disposed toward this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed.  Every woman is to ask her neighbor and any woman living in her house for articles of silver and gold and for clothing, which you will put on your sons and daughters. And so you will plunder the Egyptians".

    Exodus 12:35, 36
... "The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and for clothing.  The Lord had made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and they gave them what they asked for; so they plundered the Egyptians".

    Plundering is a shameful behavior for someone who intends to be “Holy”. Ordering plunder is worse!


    Psalm 128: 1 until 6
... "Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in his ways.  You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your sons will be like olive shoots around your table.  Thus is the man blessed who fears the Lord.  May the Lord bless you from Zion all the days of your life; may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem, and may you live to see your children's children. Peace be upon Israel".
 
 


Silver and Gold - 666
 

    In Haggai 2:8 Jehovah says: “The silver is mine and the gold is mine”. When Jehovah intended to reward somebody in the Old Testament he gave gifts like material possessions, riches, descendants, power and victory at wars.

    Jehovah rewarded the fidelity of Job with new sons and daughters, farmers, sheep, camels, oxen and donkeys (Job 42:12). He also blessed Abraham giving him numerous descendants and material prosperity (Genesis 13:2 and 24:1).

    Jehovah enriched Salomon so that in his lifetime he had no equal among kings (1 Kings 3:13) but these riches were not beneficial to him because through them he took many wives to him and became an idolatrous. The weight of the gold that Salomon received yearly was 666 talents according to 1 Kings 10:14 (this number is also associated to the Beast of Revelation 13:18). What an evil reward from Jehovah received Salomon!

    We read also in the Torah about the “commercial” proposal of Jacob to Jehovah: If you give me food to eat and clothes to wear I will give you a tenth (Genesis 28:20). It is the famous law of “give and take”. 

    The same interest on earthly gifts is present also at the Koran’s principles, because both in the Torah and in the Koran, searching for material gifts is stimulated. The prophet from Koran, Muhammad, became rich after his marriage with a fifteen years old widow called Khadidja.
 


Spiritual gifts in the New Covenant
 

    In the New Covenant, all the promises made by Jesus relate to spiritual things, in a heavenly home free of material needs and earthly interests (Ephesians 1:3; Colossians 1:12 and 13).

    Ephesians 1:3... "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ".

    Colossians 1:12, 13... "Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.  For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,  in whom we have redemption,  the forgiveness of sins".

    Jesus’ disciples did not understand the real objective of their Master’s mission, asking for leading roles and positions that they are anxious for in the future kingdom, as we see in Matthew 20:20 and 21. At that time they had still the doctrine of earthly gifts from OT.


    Mathew 20: 20 until 23... Then the mother of Zebedee's sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him. "What is it you want?" he asked. She said, "Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom." "You don't know what you are asking," Jesus said to them. "Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?" "We can," they answered. Jesus said to them, "You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father".

 


A new kingdom
 

    Jesus said that the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head (Matthew 8:20).

    He said also how hard is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God. It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God (Luke 18:25).

    Thus, Jesus considered dangerous the gifts and blessings that Jehovah gave to his servants in the O
ld Testament, because they tend to depart man from God.

    He recommended us to seek for treasures on heaven instead of on the earth (Matthew 6:19 and 20).

 

    Therefore, in the Torah from Old Testament as well as in the Koran, material gifts are appreciated rather than spiritual gifts whereas in the Gospel of Jesus from New Testament it is the opposite.


 

 
       

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