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Submitted by jimbob (United Kingdom), Oct 16, 2007 at 14:54

i agree with almost everything you said in your comment, however, i wonder if i could ask you to reconsider your faith and religion in general? i say this because you seem a rational and intelligent person however to claim the qu'ran is a definitive word of god as revealed to prophets is quite irrational and misguided. why do you automatically believe that muhammed was indeed visited by the angel gabriel and thus spoke the word of god? what evidence is there for this?

the qu'ran was written some years after the prophets death. how can you be sure the stories as transcribed from word of mouth are accurate and not in some ways mistaken? dont you think its slightly convenient muhammad was alone during his revelation? there are religions all around the world, many are personality cults as muhammeds undoubtably was at the start, others vary in often surprising and strange ways. they have existed, been reborn, altered and died out since the earliest human history.

egyptians for example, believed in all manner of wierd gods and thought crocodiles and monkeys were holy and god on earth to an extent. the american indians lived for centuries on the americas and believed in a great spirit and the spiritual power of their ancestors. hinduism is the oldest religion on earth, as its earliest texts are some 3000 years old and describe all manner of gods and their various deeds and personalities etc. i guess what i want to know is, what makes you think islam is so special and somehow the religion to which you attribute special weight and power? it claims to be from the same god as jews and christians yet it contradicts the new testament in that christ said, according to the bible, that he was the last prophet and to be wary of those that followed. and jews are still waiting on a messiah... muhammed doesnt exactly qualify.

i'm against religious belief in general, i dont get why people are willing to make such a commitment based on flimsily structured arguments, regardless of the good intentions of people like jesus and muhammed. inevitably their ideas have been abused and propogated to develop certain agendas. this is my opinion of course, i just find the whole concept dated and slightly sad, you confine yourself to one belief...this doesnt mean i am an immoral person. i lead a good life, i am a good person, but as an unbeliever, you'd probably say im going to hell. thats just ridiculous as far as i'm concerned.


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