Yes, the Qur'an contains some statements in the form of parables, metaphors or similes to encourage the mind to contemplate a matter abstractly. An example of this is the parable found in verse 24:35, "Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth . The parable of His Light is as (if there were) a niche and within it a lamp: the lamp is in a glass, the glass as it were a brilliant star, lit from a blessed tree, an olive, neither of the east (i.e. neither it gets sun-rays only in the morning) nor of the west (i.e. nor it gets sun-rays only in the afternoon, but it is exposed to the sun all day long), whose oil would almost glow forth (of itself), though no fire touched it. Light upon Light! Allah guides to His Light whom He wills. And Allah sets forth parables for mankind, and Allah is All-Knower of everything."
Does the Koran contain any figures of speech... things not to be taken literally?
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Does evolution (and with that, the evils that have occurred in the name of natural selection, prior to the fall of man) disprove the existence of God?
According to the bible, God created earth before our sun. How would you justify that? That sounds illogical.
Jesus explicitly says "Many will say to ME (Jesus) LORD LORD, on that day... and I will say to them Depart from here ye that work iniquity" Full context Matthew 7:21-23. What is the Christian's response?
Why do seemingly logical individuals arrive at such differing conclusions regarding existence, all the while maintaining that logic allows nothing else? Is the same information being evaluated? Is the same definition of logic being considered?
Answers: Atheist, Christian
Can you explain Naskh and izala within the Qur'an? What do these terms mean and do you accept their practice? Why or why not?
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