A story says that when Mohammed was asked to provide proof of his teaching, he ordered the mountain to come to him. Was Mohammed acting idiotic, or being lazy, or did he want his believers to see how powerful he was, or is this story just some made up Western criticism of Islam that was created as an outright fabrication to make the Muslim faith look like it was fake? If the mountain did come to Mohammed, there is a good chance that he may have been crushed by it. When Francis Bacon wrote, “If the mountain will not come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the mountain” hundreds of years later, most people were mystified by the Muslim religion. When the book 1001 Arabian Nights was published many years later, people finally gained an idea of what was going on in India and Persia.
It is quite possible that Bacon heard a story which he believed to be true and he wrote of this event, despite never having traveled to or being exposed to any Islam culture. I seriously doubt that Muhammad had any power over nature, so he would not be able to command mountains to move, it is more likely that he said something that became misconstrued after it was retold, like the telephone game that distorts the original word-of-mouth message. Perhaps the intent of the original message was completely lost by the time this story reached Francis Bacon. There is a lesson here, that says you should ignore unverified rumors, as if you go around repeating everything that you read on the internet, you will be discredited like Trump was when he touted the wonders of Hydroxychloroquine for treating the coronavirus. The Brazilian President also bragged about the supposed virtues of this drug and then he got Covid-19. People are on Facebook are saying that cell phone 5G technology is responsible for spreading the virus.
Let’s take a look at the bigger picture. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, there is a story of a great flood and in the Bible, there is also a story about Noah and the flood, and by itself this could be a coincidence, but there is also a story about the young Sargon the Great before he became the ruler of Mesopotamia, which sounds a lot like the baby Moses story. Are religious stories made up to capture the attention of the masses, or should we all except everything that we read in these old books? The one story that I find the hardest to believe is when Joshua asked God for more daylight so he could pursue his adversaries and God made the Sun stand still, delaying it going down for a full day. Martin Luther actually cited this story to prove that Copernicus was wrong about the Earth revolving around the Sun. I believe in Science, not conspiracy theories that are made up by idiots.
Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday where we are supposed to discuss the pros and cons of anything,