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Submitted by Richard the Lion heart (United States), Feb 8, 2006 at 00:48



The reason I don't believe Salomon talked to animals is because there is no such story in the Bible. The Bible is very about the abilities that God gave to Salomon.

Kings 4:29-34:

"Now God gave Solomon wisdom and very great discernment and breadth of mind, like the sand that is on the seashore. Solomon's wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the sons of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt. For he was wiser than all men, than Ethan the Ezrahite, Heman, Calcol and Darda, the sons of Mahol; and his fame was known in all the surrounding nations. He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005. He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon even to the hyssop that grows on the wall; he spoke also of animals and birds and creeping things and fish. Men came from all peoples to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom."

Notice how it says that Salomon spoke of trees and of animals, not spoke to trees and animals. This is very important. Obviously this passage is telling us that Salomon had very extensive worldly and botanical knowlledge.

Now why would Muhammad say Salomon spoke to animals. The answer is not hard to figure out. when one reads the Koran it's clear that it's made up of fragmented passages from the torah and gospel and also many of the myths that were around at that time. For example the sura that says Alexander the great saw the sun setting in a murky spring. Now we both know the sun does not set anywhere, it's only a human fabrication.

From this evidence it's clear that Muhammad got the facts wrong like so many other Biblical stories.
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