On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

Time editor: Burning Bible OK, but not Koran

TIME's Bobby Ghosh

Burning the Muslim holy book, the Koran is much worse than burning the Bible, according to Time magazine editor Bobby Ghosh.

He explained the difference on MSNBC Friday, telling host Chuck Togg that the Koran should not be burned because it is directly from God, while the Bible was written by humans. Yes, that’s what he said. Here is a transcript.


GHOSH: The thing to keep in mind that`s very important here is that the Koran to Muslims, it is not — it is not the same as the Bible to Christians. The Bible is a book written by men. It is acknowledged by Christians that it is written by men. It`s the story of Jesus.

TODD: Yes.

GHOSH: But the Koran, if you are a believer, if you’re a Muslim, the Koran is directly the word of God, not written by man. It is transcribed, is directly the word of God. That makes it sacred in a way that it’s hard to understand if you’re not Muslim. So the act of burning a Koran is much more — potentially much, much more inflammatory than —

TODD: Directly attacking — directly attacking God.


GHOSH: — than if you were to burn a — burn a Bible.

TODD: Directly attacking God.

Muslims taking Koran-burning very seriously

Todd did not dispute Ghosh’s assertion that the Bible was written by men.

So, since when did Christians not believe the Bible was authored by the Almighty?


America’s largest protestant denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention states on its website that the Holy Bible “It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy.”

The Episcopal Church’s Westminster Confession of Faith states: “The authority of the holy Scripture, for which it ought to be believed and obeyed, dependeth not upon the testimony of any man or Church, but wholly upon God (who is truth itself), the Author thereof; and therefore it is to be received, because it is the Word of God.”

The First Vatican Council proclaimed the books of the Bible sacred “because, having been written by inspiration of the Holy Ghost, that have God for their author, and as such have been handed down to the Church”


What does the Bible say about itself?

“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12 New King James Version)

So, did Ghosh really say that burning the Koran is different than burning the Bible?

Judge for yourself:

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Kim Wilczyk

    Burning books is wrong, period.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Bev Burkett

    Yes, he is saying there is a difference! and im my opinion burning the Bible would be more inflammotory because it is the word of God…the truth and the only truth. The Koran was written by men under the authority of a man named Mohammed..who is dead and buried and in a grave. The Bible was written over time under the authority of God who was Jesus in human form that died BUT was raised and taken to Heaven, there is no body in a grave. The Koran is fiction not true or real at all. It is a doctrine of hate, killing, beheading, immorality!! It should be burned. The Bible is sacred, a doctrine of love, forgiveness, healing, compassion and the only way to eternal life is thru Jesus not Mohammed. The editor of the article is of course a non believer and very lost. He is also very wrong. He needs much prayer.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Bev Burkett

    Bobby Ghosh…are you of the Islam faith by chance? We Christains view our Holy Bible sacred and the inspired word of God to be accurate and true. The difference is if it were burned and has been thru history as well as Christians persecuted for being believers of the book we did not and do not now go out and kill and stir up hate and violent acts. We pray for peace and forgiveness and God help America if they prosecute that Pastor in Florida, for he has committed no crime…as far as I know it is not a crime to burn a book in America. Many, many people feel this way but their voices are not heard on the media or in the liberal newspapers. God Bless America! and the Holy Bible!!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Verinia

    Nobody should be burning anyone’s Holy Books or books in general. If you don’t believe as another believes then that is the person’s choice.

    As far as the Koran being written by GOD who translated it into the different languages that it’s in?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Gil

    I do believe that Bobby Ghosh is a Muslim the way he depend the koran. The Holy Bible is THE WORD OF GOD…2 Timothy 3:16. It was written not only to inform but to transform anyone who believes.

  • http://GOD'LOVEisGreaterthanbeingpersecutedinHISName Bernard

    I do agree that Holy Books should not be brunt … but I believe that The ALMIGHTY GOD is the SAME in the Koran & THE HOLY BIBLE … Bobby please read the Koran .. the Name of JESUS IS MORE WIDELY WRITTEN AND EXPLAINED in the Koran than the name of Mohammed …As Christians Jesus thought us LOVE, Comp[assion, Mercy, Peace not only to otehrs but most of all to YOUR ENIMIES … GOD FORGIVE you for your thoughts, words & deeds about GOD ALMIGHTY …Amen !!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Sandy

    The Bible is considered a sacred text. No sacred text from any religion should be burned and is highly inflamatory. Many Christians beleive that it is the word of God, and many other Christians beleive that God and Jesus work through us–so that it was written by God through us. Isn’t that the same as the Koran–God using Mohammed as an intermediary? BTW–Jesus, Mary, Moses, are an integral part of the Koran.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Rodger D

    God was an is and always will be the living word God spoke to Mosses with a voice in a burning bush.
    When Jesus was baptise God spoke with a voice not with a book that is the living word.
    God speeks to the heart of man not with a book

    “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” Hebrews 4:12
    Were in this ver. will it say that God speeks from a book. Gods voice come from the voice of the Preacher not the book given to him by God in his heart at the time he speek it.

    The Koran can’t hold a candle to the Voice of God. Judgment is up to God not the Muslims and if thay can’t forgive Terry Jones God will not forgive them you can’t be forgiven if you can’t forgive that the facts proven by Terry Jones for God that the truth be know of the Muslims Faith
    and there Koran Book.

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