The Torah, the Bible and the Quran are generally considered accepted to be written by people. The Quran is the most recent, so there is more evidence to go by. Mohammad wrote it after being visited by the archangel Gabriel. It is accepted by Muslims as the word of God, as given to the prophet by the archangel. Hence it's lyrical beauty. The Bible is slightly more confusing. The new testament is most likely a heavily edited account of Jesus' life. It has undergone many revisions since it was written, which is accepted to be after Jesus had died. Most of the decisions about what to keep and what to exclude were political ones, made openly at church gatherings. The catholics even acknowledge this. A lot of texts didn't make it into the Bible, which gives rise to the many conspiracy theorys and books. (see the da Vinci code) The old testament is a lot harder, because of it's age. It is loosely based on the Torah, but again, editing left out many things. The Torah is believed to be the word of God, as told to the prophet Moses by the archangel Gabriel. It was written in 5 books. There were MANY other prophets besides Moses, many of which also received the word of God. So the old testament contains parts of these texts, too. Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Abraham. The list goes on. The old testament also contains the Psalms. Which to most people is the most beautiful part, it has a poetic quality the many describe as similar to the Quran. It also has the most racy parts of the bible. The Torah has a lot of supporting texts, which makes studying it a lot of work. But the new testament is strangely lacking in these. But the Quran is interesting because wittings from the same time exist, documenting the life of the prophet Mohammad. I like to tell my American acquaintances that it's really a 3 part series. You have to read all three, and understand their historical context to see how they have influenced mankind. You have to be aware of the similarities of the messages they contain, and the major differences. But if the word of God was given to us by the archangel Gabriel, then we had better read all of it. It's not a cut and paste document. Even if you don't believe, you have to admit the impact that these three religions have had on our history. Which is still playing out today. I'm sure even Nexxo will admit that ignorance of these texts removes a basic understanding of some of the major events in history and modern geo-politics. I think that cults tend to be subsets of religion, with view points that can exist within a larger belief structure. The Christians have the cult of the Saints and the cult of Mary. The Jews have the cabalists. The romans had the mystery cults. It wasn't until the 60's the cult got a bad name. Damn hippies.