The Doctrine of Abrogation in the Koran originated when Muhammed claimed that Muslims should worship the three daughters of Allah.  After realizing his mistake, he denounced those quotes.  Since then, a thousand verses have been abrogated (deleted) from the Koran.  These verses are claimed to have come from Satanic temptations.  Some of the verses were from the concessions Muhammed made to the Jews, Christians, and Arabs. 

The one verse that most commentators struggle with is Surah 4:157.  It deals with Christ’s death and His position as “the son of Mary, apostle of God.”  The Muslims cannot admit that Christ died and rose again because to do so would be admitting that He was more than just a good man or a prophet of Allah.  So, several other ideas have been formed which explain how Christ did not die on the cross but rather died naturally.

The Doctrine of Abrogation is essential to the Muslim faith because it allows them the flexibility of changing the Koran. Yet the danger of deleting verses is knowing when to stop.  What verses do you keep?  What verses do you delete?  So far Surah 4:157 still remains in the Koran.

– Hannah S. Bowers