manfred wrote:To get back to this black stone business...
We find that meteorites have in fact be part of of many cults in the ancient world. In Cyprus, Paphos, to be precise, there was ancient temple which had a meteorite as an idol, as substitute to a statue of Aphrodite, borne of the sea in Cyprus, the goddess of love.
We have not only relicts of the temple, but also ancient coins depicting the actual stone.
In Ephesus, in modern day Turkey, then part of the Greek world, there was also a temple of Artemis, the goddess of the moon and the forests and hunts, you can still visit it today, it is a large complex. Also, in the same temple, there was worshipped a meteorite which was said to be in the image of Jupiter who is meant to have thrown it onto the earth. This particular temple and its focus of worship is also mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles in the New Testament texts, and a great many other writings.
Then we know about the one Elagabalus brought to Rome from Syria, as described above. There are several others also centred around the Middle East.
So the Kaaba in Mecca, before Mohammed was really not special. It was one of many such temples, a polytheist sanctuary with a meteorite idol like several others, and one of the least significant at that, being in a far away backwater. It was little more than a simpler, less sophisticated copy of other such places further north or west.
What these sanctuaries all have in common, the "black stone" they worship is always associated with the MAIN divine being of that temple. Possibly because of the rarity.
In ancient Egypt, meteorites were also held to be "divine", but there they made special artefacts out of them, such as a iron dagger so pure it does not rust, and hence seen as fit only for Pharaoh.
So, sorry, islam_rules, there is simply no way ALL of these were "Abraham's trinket". In fact, NONE of the were. The Israelites did to have any such sanctuaries, but their neighbours did.
manfred wrote:This is your logic: Men have 2 legs. Chicken have 2 legs. Chicken and men must be the same thing.
Do you ever think when writing your tripe?