Jonathan Drake - I have three points for your consideration:
1. If you're not a Muslim, why do you defend the Quran?
2. Your view that the Quran is a continuation of God's previous messages is too neat, too simplistic. God allowed Jews and Christians to drink alcohol but then forbade it for Muslims. Why?
3. Why did God choose such a f**king hopeless method of communicating his message to humans?
1. Because even if the Quran isn't inspired or from God or whatever, we should point fingers at the real reasons for these things. And that isn't a book, it's just really bad people who want to cause pain. That's all. They don't even need a reason for it. Throwing the blame on that book is having the side effect of bringing in blame on an entire culture, which then leads to further atrocity, such as the case where the man here in America just shot three innocent muslims in the head. If he understood that there was no real reason for the things these people in ISIS do other than being really evil people, then i would submit those three people wouldn't have died. This is fueling hatred of Muslims who are innocent, and all because they follow this book.
2. I don't necessarily believe the Quran is from God. So far I see no reason why it can't be necessarily, but I'm not advocating it as such. Or at least I don't mean to. As far as the alcohol goes, I don't know. Perhaps it's comparable to how God gave the Israelites his law, but then Moses supplied extra things of his own before he died. In this way followers of Mohamed would be under Mohammeds law as well as the Quran and the bible? There's a theory, but really- I don't know.
3. If you believe, the amswer is because of the Israelites. According to the bible, originally God intended to speak with them directly. But when he did they grew fearful and requested a mediator, and after that God never spoke to his people without a human mediator ever again. This is the reason found in the bible.
If you don't believe, then I have no idea- it certainly seems to have proven exceedingly inneffective.