Yes, the Quran contradicts the Bible in a number of ways. All of the following examples are taken from the second chapter (sura) of the Quran, but they are representative of the whole of the book.

  • Sometimes the Quran contradicts the historical record of the Bible:
The Quran The Bible
… He [God] taught Adam the names of all things …
Gen. 2:19
So out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name.

The Quran says God taught Adam the names of everything; the Bible says that Adam came up with the names of the animals.

  • The Quran also contradicts the Bible on the identity of satan/devil:
The Quran The Bible
And behold We said to the angels: “Bow down to Adam”; and they bowed down: not so Iblis: he refused and was haughty: he was of those who reject Faith. We said: “O Adam! dwell thou and thy wife in the Garden and eat of the bountiful things therein as (where and when) ye will; but approach not this tree, or ye run into harm and transgression.” Then did Satan make them slip from the (Garden) and get them out of the state (of felicity) in which they had been. …
Heb. 2:14
… him who had the power of death, that is, the devil

Rom. 7:11
… sin … deceived me and … killed me.

The Quran says ‘satan’ is a supernatural evil being; the Bible uses ‘satan’ as a symbol of sin (and also possibly for evil rulers or kingdoms).1

  • The Quran contradicts the Bible regarding rituals:
The Quran The Bible
He hath only forbidden you dead meat, and blood and the flesh of swine, and that on which any other name hath been invoked besides that of Allah. …
Mark 7:18-19
And [Jesus] said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?”  Thus he declared all foods clean.

Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, {2} through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, {3} who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. {4} For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, {5} for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.

Col. 2:16
… let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink …

The Quran forbids eating certain meats; the Bible says all meat is acceptable.2

  • The Quran contradicts the Bible regarding physical violence and, also, love:
The Quran The Bible
Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you but do not transgress limits; for Allah loveth not transgressors. And slay them wherever ye catch them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out; for tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter; but fight them not at the Sacred Mosque, unless they (first) fight you there; but if they fight you slay them. Such is the reward of those who suppress faith.  But if they cease, Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful. And fight them on until there is no more tumult or oppression and there prevail justice and faith in Allah; but if they cease let there be no hostility except to those who practise oppression.
Mat. 5:43-44
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ {44} “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

Mat. 7:12
… whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them …

The Quran says believers should physically attack enemies; the Bible says we should love our enemies and pray for them.3

  • The Quran contradicts the Bible’s claim that Jesus is God’s son:
The Quran The Bible
They say: “Allah hath begotten a son”; Glory be to Him. ―Nay …
Mat. 3:16-17
And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; {17} and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

The Quran says God doesn’t have children; the Bible says that Jesus is God’s son.

As said at the start of this answer, all of the examples above are taken from only the second chapter of the Quran. There are other contradictions with the Bible in the second chapter, and different ones still in the rest of the Quran (with the ones highlighted above often repeated).

This demonstrates the incompatibility of the Quran with the Bible — the Quran contradicts the Bible . In this way, the Quran fails the tests that God gives in the Bible to identify genuine revelations from him; e.g.:

Deut. 13:1-3
If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and …  says, ‘Let us go after other gods,’ which you have not known, ‘and let us serve them,’ you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams. For the Lord your God is testing you, to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

Isa. 8:19-20
when they say to you, “Inquire of the mediums and the necromancers who chirp and mutter,” should not a people inquire of their God? … To the teaching and to the testimony! If they will not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn.

Someone might claim a revelation has come from God, but if that “revelation” contradicts what God has said before then the “revelation” is false, it is not from God. This is true of the Quran: it contradicts the Bible so it is not from God.



1. For further info, see the answers tagged ‘satan‘ and ‘devil‘, especially, ‘Are there any historical accounts of what the ancient Christians taught about the devil/satan?‘.

2. For further info, see ‘Is it okay for Christians to eat pork and shellfish?‘.

3. For further info, see ‘Is it OK to kill if it saves lives?‘.

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