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Mon Oct 29, 2012, 05:37 PM

81. Moslems also believe that at the end of times, it is Christ that will return and lead the Moslems

During the Middle ages, it was common for Christians to view Islam as a heretical Christian group as opposed to another religion. To a lesser extent, so did the Moslems when it came to Christians.

One of the reasons for this position was Mohammad used many of the same text in the Jewish Bible along with stories tied in with Christianity. An example of the later is the story of the Christians being persecuted by the Romans who retreated into a cave and slept for 309 years and during that 309 years a dog watched over them so no one would brother them (This is the Story of the Cave in the Koran). Another such early Christian Legend that made the Koran is how Mary gave birth to Jesus without any pain, for she was the perfect woman.

More on Mary in the Koran:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_views_of_Mary

English translation of the Islamic Book of Mariam (This was Mary's actual name, it had been the name of Moses's wife, the Catholic Vulgate (Latin translation of the Bible) used Mariam for every other Mariam in the Bible, but reserved the name Mary for the Virgin Mother.

http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/k/koran/koran-idx?type=DIV0&byte=468143

Here is the story of the "Seven Sleepers" the early Christian story that became part of the Koran as the story of the Cave:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Sleepers

Please note the Koran is organized is length of books, the longest books are first, the shortest book is at the end.

Just a comment on Christianity and Islam, both are interconnected, many of the stories in both the Koran and the Bible are stories that tell lessons for people to live by. We have to remember, both books are NOT list of things we are to do or not do, but stories about how others have faced and handled similar problems. Thus one should NOT give much weight to a single comment in such a story, but the story as a whole and what the story as a while was meant to support. As a Catholic Cardinal once wrote, the Bible is just a book, it is a collection of stories nothing more nothing less. It is collection of stories to help us live our own lives not a list of things we have to do (or not do). The Cardinal went on and said, God gave us the ability to think, but thought without an idea to frame those thoughts is meaningless. The bible is just one way to frame your thoughts, if used properly a good tool, if used improperly a tool of evil, i.e. the Bible is just like any other tool or idea, capable of both and it is our duty to use it and any other tool we have for good.

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