For those that will, or are, picking up and reading the Koran there are some things that you should know before hand.
The Koran is not arranged in chronological order, It is arranged, front to back, from the longest passage to the shortest passage. So as you read through it the time line is scattered all over.
In Islam they have what they call abrogation, because in the Koran there are many verses that contradict each other. The earlier verses, when Islam had no power, were real nice sounding and these are the verses they hold up to us Kafir to show that their religion is peaceful and like other religions, but these are not the verses they believe in. They believe that god can change his mind and that at one time he may say one thing and at another time something else (because he is god he can do anything he wants). So they came up with abrogation and what it does is tells them which verses in the Koran are the right ones, the ones they follow and believe in and were the last and final verses that god wanted them to follow. So make sure you have a Koran that informs you of the abrogated verses. In fact you don't even need to read them because they are not what true Islam follows. They are abrogated, thrown out, not valid nor followed by Muslims.
Unfortunately the peaceful and tolerant verses are the ones that have been abrogated and thrown out, after they gained power everything changed.
Also keep in mind that everything you read in the Koran supposedly came directly from god through Mohammad. They believe that this book is the actual word of god.
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