Truth, Bias, and Perception

In studying the Qur’an, an interesting idea has presented itself.

Muhammad spoke the revelations to his followers who later, much later, wrote them down.

The Qur’an is considered the word of Allah spoken through a prophet. But the story begs the question, did Muhammad every embellish or add his own beliefs and biases into his “revelations.”

It really got me thinking about something I hadn’t given much thought to before. Are the words of prophets really the word of God? Isn’t it possible that some guy just decided, “I have some pretty good opinions…I’m going to tell people my views are revelations from God.” After all, no one can really prove whether God revealed his message to someone.

It’s crazy to think the base of a world religion could actually just be the views of an ordinary man. And if you think of the Qur’an in that way, you can surely apply the same views to the Bible.

As someone who has grown up in a Catholic family with very strong belief in my faith, it has never even crossed my mind to doubt the divine inspiration of the Bible.

It seems easier to doubt the Qur’an because it is something I don’t value as sacred. It’s not something I grew up believing in.

 

So when confronted with something outside of one’s own religious culture we must learn to look at things in a certain light. We can’t allow ourselves to easily judge and doubt what is sacred to others. It is important to view as sacred what others hold to be sacred. We can’t limit our perception of sacred to our own religious beliefs and culture.

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