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Submitted by Matthew 10:34 (United States), Apr 30, 2006 at 23:46

-Why is it then that Muslims bow down to a rock in Mecca to worship?

First, Muslims don't bow down to a rock. It's a BUILDING. Muslims call it the house of God on Earth that was built by Abraham and his son. Some people get inside this building and get to pray inside it in whatever direction they please!

-Is that rock the Allah that is worshiped by Muslims?

No! If muslims worshiped the rock, then how could they worship it from such far distance! Allah is the creator of the universe. A rock can't hurt or benefit a human being. Its just a rock! That was the logic of Abraham, as well as Muhammed (Peace be upon them). Muslims used to pary in a different direction before it was changed to the "Kabba". Here are some verses from the Quran:

"Do you worship what you have carved yourself?" (37:95)

"Or have you taken unto you others beside Him to be your protectors, even such as have no power either for good or for harm to themselves?" (13:16)

-Why is the Bible number ( # ) 1 greatest best selling book of all time and not the Koran?

What proof do you have? Christians are larger in Number that Muslims, but I doubt that this is true anyway. The Quran is often given for free!!! The Original version of the Quran is the one and only version of the Quran available. The Original version of the Bible is Lost!! Over one Billion Muslims know at least 10 chapters of the Quran, and Millions of Muslims know the whole Quran by heart, word by word, verse by verse. Muslims Recite verses from the Quran 5 times a day during their prayers. Does the average Christian read than much from the Bible?

-Could it be because the Holy Bible is truly inspired by God and that He speaks thru the persons in the sarcred scriptures?

Possible. But If you read "Misquoting Jesus", or even listened to the interviews written by the writer, you would know that the Bible itself was ultered by hunderds of people. There are hunderd of copies of the Bible (around 500) not even two are the same. Stories that are found in today's bible isn't found in the older copies of the bible, such as the story of "Let he who without sin cast the first stone", and verses that confirm the divine nature of Jesus. Therefore, its pointless to talk about the authors of the Bible if today's Bible is an ulteration of what they wrote originally. (http://www.ibiblio.org/wunc_archives/sot/audioarchive//sot011606a.mp3 ; Interview with the author).

-Could it be that the reason why the Bible is written in many vesions is so that the Bible can be better understood and loved by the people who read it?

If there are different versions, then there are contradictions. Understanding will only possible with further ulteration which is exactly what happened (Listen to the interview about to understand what I mean). On the other hand, if the bible is ultered by human beings, then you can't do what God wants you to do since all what you have is not the exact word of God.

Different versions of the bible are written to make all people love differen books! Where the truth sands! What is the right thing to do! Today there are millions of people who love and adore Jesus, but they are simply divided over the very nature of Jesus himself!

-And why is it that Muslims accept what are considered faulty gnostic teachings about Christ?

There are stories about Jesus and Virgin Mary in the Quran. But some muslims try to know more about Jesus, so they try to see what the bible said before it was ulter by the other. That doesn't mean that their conclusions are facts, but simply a possiblity of what happened, making sure it doesn't contradict with the Quran.

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