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Heavens and Earth or Earth and Heavens

Heavens and Earth or Earth and Heavens

by CW Brown

 

افلا يتدبرون القران ولو كان من عند غير الله لوجدوا فيه اختلافا كثيرا. ٤:٨٢

“Do they not ponder the Quran? Had it been from any other than God, they would have found in it much discrepancy.” 4:82

It is clearly stated in the above verse that the Quran is the word of God and the argument is that if it had been from other than God (or written by a human being), then you would have found many contradictions within it. Now, we need to explore whether the Quran has contradictions in it or not. It is not our topic whether it is actually the word of God, only if it does not have any contradictions. The Quran claims that it is flawless and perfect, so we need to examine this further to find out.

We think that anyone should be able to find many internal and external contradictious in the Quran if he or she analyzes it critically and logically. For the moment we will present some internal contradictions of the Quran for you.

هو الذي خلق لكم ما في الأرض جميعا ثم استوي الي السماء فسواهن سبع سماوات، وهو بكل شيء عليم. ٢:٢٩

“It is He who created for you everything on earth, then turned to the heaven, and made them seven heavens. And He is aware of all things.” 2:29

Surely the author of the Quran is describing the creation of the earth and the heavens in this verse, we find these points out of it.

God created the earth and all the things within it and after that, in the next step he created the heavens. This verse is clearly describing the order of creation that God created the earth first and in the next step he created the heavens. (Arabic word ثم summa means after then or after that, and it is clear)

Let us see another verse.

قل أئنكم لتكفرون بالذي خلق الأرض في يومين و تجعلون له اندادا، ذلك رب اللعلمين.٩ وجعل فيها رواسي من فوقها و برك فيها وقدر فيها اقواتها في أربعة أيام، سواءً للسائلين.١٠ ثم استوي الي السماء وهي دخان فقال لها وللأرض ائتيا طوعًا او كرهًا، قالتا اتينا طائعين.١١ فقضهن سبع سموات في يومين و اوحي في كل سماءٍ امرها، وزينا السماء الدنيا بمصابيح، وحفظًا، ذلك تقدير العزيز العليم.١٢

حم السجدة ٩-١٢

9. “Say, ‘Do you reject the One who created the earth in two days? And you attribute equals to Him? That is the Lord of the Universe.’”
10. “He placed stabilizers over it, and blessed it, and planned its provisions in four days, equally to the seekers.”
11. “Then He turned to the heaven, and it was smoke, and said to it and to the earth, ‘Come, willingly or unwillingly.’ They said, ‘We come willingly.’”
12. “So He completed them as seven heavens in two days, and He assigned to each heaven its laws. And decorated the lower heaven with lamps, and for protection. That is the design of the Almighty, the All-Knowing.” 41:9-12

These verses are even more clear, the author of the Quran is describing the sequence of creation day by day, that God created the earth in the first two days, in the next two days he created the mountains and all other things on the earth and after that he created the heavens and stars in the following two days (we are not analyzing this scientifically for this time, probably in the future we will do this).

Okay, it is clear now that God created the earth first, then the heavens after the earth, as stated in the above verses. Now, we are going to present some other verses from the Quran that are denying these verses.

ءأنتم اشد خلقًا ام السماءُ، بنها.٢٧ رفع سمكها فسوّها.٢٨ واغطش ليلها واخرج ضحها.٢٩ والأرض بعد ذلك دحها.٣٠ اخرج منها ماءها و مرعها.٣١ والجبال ارسها.٣٢

النّزعت٢٧-٣٢

27. “Are you more difficult to create, or the heaven? He constructed it.”
28. “He raised its masses, and proportioned it.”
29. “And He dimmed its night, and brought out its daylight.”
30. “And the earth after that He spread.”
31. “And from it, He produced its water and its pasture.”
32. “And the mountains, He anchored.” 79:27-32

These verses are describing the process of creation in a totally opposite way, according to the author of the Quran, God created the heavens first, he made day and night, after that he spread the earth and made the mountains on it. The Arabic word بعد ba’ad means “after” and it is even more clear then ثم summa “after” that was used earlier.

Now, you can clearly see how these verses are contradicting each other. The first two verses I described earlier, stated that God created the earth, mountains, and everything on earth first. The heavens were created after that and these verses are stating that God created the heavens first, then after that he spread the earth and made mountains and etc. Two totally different contradicting accounts of creation.

How could this be? If the Quran is the word of God how could it contain contradictions? Is it in divine error or human?

Now, I am not going to say a single word but just quoting the very first verse again that I described at the beginning, in which the Quran itself is inviting us to observe and explore it and saying that if it had been from anyone other than God, then you would have found many contradictions within it.

“Do they not ponder the Quran? Had it been from any other than God, they would have found in it much discrepancy.” 4:82


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