Koran and the Bible

Koran & Bible

The Koran and the Bible are both sacred religious books. They both have similarities and yet significant differences. The version of the flood in the Koran differs from that in the Christian bible in three key ways: the way the participants converse, the views of heaven, and the way in which the flood is handled. These differences reflect a fundamental variance in the ways the two cultures view man’s relationship with God.

In the Koran, Noah and God talk differently with one another than in the Bible. For example, in the Koran Noah talks to the people and says, “Seek forgiveness of your Lord, He is ever ready to forgive you” (887). This quotation indicates Noah’s talking to the people about how God wants them to ask for forgiveness of their sins. In the Bible, the Lord says to Noah, “Take your whole family with you into the boat, because you are the only one on this earth who pleases me” (Genesis 7.1). God has spoken to Noah and has already made up his mind that he is going to exterminate mankind. The two works are different because in the Koran God wants Noah to talk to the people, so they can be saved. On the other hand, in the Bible God has completely disapproved of how the people are acting, and is fed up with their behavior and has decided to get rid of them. This action of God illustrates a noticeable difference between the Bible and the Koran.

The Koran and the Bible differ in their views of heaven. Noah in the Koran states “He created the seven heavens one above the other” (887). Noah is making reference to there being more than one level of heaven. The Bible never states anything about different levels of heaven because there is none. The differences concerning heaven refer to the different viewpoints between the two cultures and their view of the afterlife.

The flood is dealt with differently in the two works as well. The Koran does not really talk about the actual flood that takes place. For example, in the Koran Noah tells God, “Lord, do not leave a single unbeliever in the land” (887). This is the only evidence that a flood is going to take place. The Bible’s version states, “The sky opened like windows, and the rain poured down for forty days and forty nights” (Genesis 7.12). Clearly, there is a difference between the two versions of the flood.

Man’s relationship with God is different in the two cultures. Evidence in the Koran and the Bible clearly shows a difference in man’s relationship with God. The differences show how God talks to Noah in both the works of literature. For instance, they both differ in the way God and Noah speak about the people and what is going to happen. The two works also refer to the differences in the views of heaven. They also render the flood in a different manner. The way the two cultures describe the flood shows the difference between man’s relationships with God. It is important to notice the way the two works of literature are written because it shows different views of the cultures, along with the relationship to God.