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What's The True Religion?

As a kid i had no reason to doubt if God existed or not but as i grew older i began to ponder.Based on logic i said there was no God,after some occurrence and some reasoning i came to a conclusion that God exists though i still have doubts but its not like before. After that i tried to find religion,i was born in a muslim home so that makes me a muslim but i've stopped praying because i started having doubts if its the right way when i hear all this terrorists kill in the name of Allah it gets me confused and they are the ones refered to as true muslims.But i know not all muslims are like that. Then i looked at the christians they have catholics,anglican,and so much more and they all have different believes but some claim that its still one God. So i just want to know if you need religion to serve God

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As any one found yet.

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True Religion is this;

Know, oh man, there is a God!

Love this God with all your heart, with all your soul.

Love your neighbor as yourself. This last is the greatest of all.

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Sorry sir, what do you mean by Natural as opposed to supernatural? I'm just wondering your perspective on this as I've asked other atheists/naturalists and they came up with all sorts.

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I have an atheist friend from Ireland that has this incredible abilities too, my personal take on this is that perhaps we are yet to know all about our abilities as humans, perhaps some people have special natural abilities which we are yet to discover which allows them to do most of these things we consider as supernatural. I was just reading an article about sleeping on the new scientist website some months ago and I realized that we know very little about that action. Scientist have just recently some aspects of sleeping which we take for granted. . . .I have moved past the level where I ascribe unknown things to deities. . . .I don't doubt that people have such abilities at all, what I don't understand is why people use such human abilities as evidence for God even when such abilities are well studied natural explanations are mostly found even if it takes generations, I understand the reason or logic though, but on a personal level, unknown things remain unknown. . . .

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^^ Before we lose focus of the issues you raised in a deluge of words, allow me respond. You mentioned [1] sacrifice [2] divinity.

Give me an example of a greater love than giving your life for someone else? Was that not the ultimate example of love or could you point to any other item of note in history that offers the same power? And we have repeatedly explained the concept of reconciliation over and over and its requirement for one unsoiled by sin. Considering no-one teaches even babies to be selfish or to misbehave but rather to behave, would you have suggested a yoruba man or a chinese?

As to your "Viaro" post, I know your idea is that we see you as the despised samaritan. However DeepSight, the only image you conjure up in my mind is of a "lawyer" that wins using ALL means. I still return to my earlier query - your own "love" - does it seem thus to any aside yourself? Your truth - is it the one we see exhibited in your conversations here?

That said, if the love shown by "whoever" is akin to what you "preach", yes, thats right. BUT you forget the God part seeing as you believe Him insensitive and unbothered.

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I will reproduce a post i set to Viaro some time back on the point that Love is all that is required. If there was agreement on that we would not have bedevilled the point so extensively.

Here it is -

And what does it take to worship God, if not simply be a good person Viaro?

Are the outward forms and rituals, such as Prayer, Praise, Ceremonies etc really required by a Living God?

In all sincerity, let me ask you what you understand by the injunction that one must worship God in Spirit and in Truth?

In my own understanding, that simply means that dead outward ceremonies are not the substance of worshipping God - that the worship of God rather relates to the inward state of the spirit which corresponds to eternal truth.

This is why I brought up the parable of the good Samaritan, which I thought should be sufficient to show you from your own bible that the worship of God has absolutely nothing to do with outward ceremonies, rituals or dogmatic or doctrinal acknowledgements.

Now to elucidate the point it is critical that we carefully note the context of that parable -

The Gospel of Luke provides the context for the parable as:

One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?”

So it should be noted that the parable was given within a context of salvation – namely that which would be required for one to be accepted with God.

Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?”

The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’” “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!”

So it is also clear that the ensuing parable sets forth that which it takes to “love God” and “love one’s neighbour.”

This is all the more emphasized since as you well know Jesus often stated that those who care for their neighbours were actually showing such love to him and to God. “I was hungry, and you fed me . . . whenever you did this for one of those, you did the same for me. . . “

The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbour?”

Jesus then replied with a story:

“A Jewish man was travelling on a trip from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road. By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. A Levite walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.

Now it is instructive that Jesus selects a Priest and a Levite to demonstrate his point – because the Priest and the Levite as you well know symbolize those who expressly acknowledge God, accept all the attendant doctrines about God and morality, and actively execute the outward rituals of “worshipping” God. The Levites as you know were a dedicated tribe of holy priests within the nation of Israel.

However Jesus has just shown what I am trying to say – namely that all the outward forms of acknowledgement of God which these people subscribed to did not in any way mean that they were really worshipping God – because of their action of ignoring the man who was hurt.

Now note carefully the next verses –

“Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him.”

Stop press! Note the words “despised Samaritan?” Why did Jesus not use any other lay Jew or even a non-specified person to elucidate his point? He rather chose to select what? – a DESPISED SAMARITAN!

Now Wikipedia says -

Thus note carefully the context – the Samaritan symbolizes people who are deemed to be “on the wrong side” of correct religious doctrine at the time and people who were accordingly “despised.”

Notwithstanding that, this is what Jesus conveys –

“Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’

Jesus concludes –

“Now which of these three would you say was a neighbour to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked. The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.” Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.

In this parable it is critical to note the imagery of the selected individuals –

1.   “A Priest and a Levite” – are clearly indicative of people who have formally acknowledged God and are also at the fore-front of all the outward rituals and ceremonies.

2.   “A Samaritan” – is considered on the wrong side of doctrine and dogma and is also “generally despised” in religious terms.

However it is easy to see that the man who is supposedly on the wrong side of doctrine – who no indication of God is made about is painted in glowing terms by Jesus because of his kind and merciful deeds.

I need to point out also the Imagery of Brotherly Affiliation. Note this from Wikipedia –

Much may be said – but basically there was this divide existing between the Jews and the Samaritans.

Now In answering the question – “who is your neighbor” – the parable of the Good Samaritan goes the extra step of showing that neighborliness arises not from tribal or religious affiliations but from loving acts of concern for one another.

What this shows is that the “groups” of churches, mosques, or other theists, are useless in determining the question of neighborliness. An Atheist or Buddhist could as well be a better neighbor than your Deacon in Church or your Imam in Mosque.

And given the parable of the Good Samaritan, in such an event, we can clearly see WHOM has done the will of God. . . .

So my dear friend, while you edify nobody by talking endlessly about definitions (define this, define that), I assert to you today that which was the living essence of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ – namely that love trumps all things and is the very essence of Christianity.

And if an Atheist or a Buddhist will show such love, then he has certainly met the requirements of the God that Jesus preached about – regardless of whether he accepts that such a God exists or not.

This is so simple and so pure – and should come so naturally to the Christian who is steeped in the ideas of Christ – which ideas tended towards love and doctrinal flexibility: and not towards iron cast “definitions” which you regrettably seem adamantly attached to – at the expense of the simple beauty of the gospel of Jesus. Jesus statements on the observance of the Sabbath and other such – just show the flexibility I speak about – which tends towards –spirit and truth – and not outward forms.

At all events since it is a given that you will yet dispute this simple and lucid example; for the objective reader – I state in simplicity – An Atheist or a Buddhist, if he lives a life of love and charity -  certainly does the will of the God that Jesus preached about.

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You must imagine me to be a three year old. However we came to that sorry pass, I repent.

At least three persons expressed surprise at that post of yours. Your assumptions therefore regarding my prejudice are therefore entirely out of place. It should rather be obvious to you that you have not come across that way to the generality of people previously.

In the post in question you stated that Love is essentially all, or the main truth that there is (Lord, I hope I will not be accused of quoting you wrong). If the suggestion contained in that post is to be taken, this would suggest that such further details as the sacrificial death, the divinity of Christ, et all, are all secondary and not as important or significant as the simplicity of loving one another. Now you know very well that that simple truth of loving one another (as being all that is required) has been my ministry on this forum: and if it emerges, as suggested within your first post, that that is also the sum of your own views, then it would emerge that we are and have always been on the same page and in full agreement: this would also render it eminently strange that we have ever had any disagreement regarding this matter.

Wouldn’t it?

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“So direct your face towards the religion, inclining to Truth. Adhere to the Fitra of Allah upon which he has created all people. NO CHANGE should there by in the creation of Allah. That is the CORRECT RELIGION but most of the people do not know.” Ar-Rum vs.30

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Another thing is Satan, People claim God created satan and he disobeyed that's what lead to him being called satan. But why would God create someone as powerful as him and then allow him mislead us! I dont get, once he disobeyed like people claim why did he allow him he's own kingdom? Because satan is like a god cuz he to can get you want you want even if its through a dirty means. What i think is that God and Satan were not created which brings about good and evil.

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James 1:27 Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of God the father is to take care of the widow and the needy in their affliction and to keep one's self uncorrupted by the world.

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Likely your good friend (G.O. rank) has a few things up his sleeve and is waiting for the end at which time, he'll do his request. Such informs his desire for delusion.

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The point is, what do we understand from Jesus' Sojourn on Earth? He said He was the way to the Father and none come but by through Him. Did that then mean mouthing words or becoming like Him?

Do you really believe God would watch Hitler kill Millions and then, just before he commited suicide, ask for forgiveness and say "Jesus is Lord" then welcome him into heaven with open arms, with Angels dancing and rejoicing?

One person I absolutely love on this forum is an atheist though we're always at loggerheads. Why? He is angry with the way things are and wants change. He is more like Jesus than say, Joagbaje the flatulent predator! Its a development thing - we move from stage to stage. Whist some go backward, some proceed, but the reality is that Christ embodied ALL that is required - He showed us the narrow way of true love. That is why I accepted Christ - He is the truth. I prefer to refrain from saying just how far I went in terms of searching through religions and belief systems - seems its a fad on NL to boast about such knowledge - but lets just say I wonder just how truly knowledgable many of us are. I'm sure you know good communication skills and a fair knowledge of religions based on reading, do not substitute for experience

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I recall the post where you pointed Tudor to such. But I was still surprised to see you put it so plainly as you do here - someone new to the forum would think that faith in the tenets of a religion, creed, "the totality of God's Word, the Bible", and such things don't really matter to you. That is, until I saw that post, I would have sworn you believe that Number one is: Believe in Jesus and Biblical Christianity; Number two: love your neighbour. But reading that post would lead someone to believe you share my view that Number one is: Love your neighbour. Any other thing, though possibly helpful, is not on its own ESSENTIAL.

It's the amount of weight we place on things that I thought the difference was.

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^^^ I too, am taken aback with MyJoes' reaction. DeepSight is sworn to get his pound of flesh from the Vinclear Gang for some perceived insult(s) and truth be damned; but not MyJoe so I wonder.

3 or 4 times now, I have pointed forum members to InesQor's posts (and my agreement with them), on the thread concerning the possibility of "some" Muslims, Buddhists, Atheists, Whatever, being included in Christ's body. A search will take you there where the onus is on Love not just the name.

Jesus is not a religion but a way - Love (not lust, oga deepsight) and Truth. The fact is that most reject Jesus, not because of His name or the tag of Christianity, but because they'd rather avoid the way and teachings He represents; of Love and Truth. And FYI, not many know what Jesus stands for, even amongst those who claim Him. Most are searching for a solution to their challenges and the promises from the marketing giants on pulpits suit them. That would explain why I opened a thread titled "Jesus or Christ, which do you follow" implying most do not know what they profess.

@DeepSight:

Is it love that compels helps your labor in misintepreting everything "opponents" write to your own advantage? Is it love that makes everyone who does not toe your line your "opponent"? And is it that love that makes you insist I am not saying what I have said even after I clarify it?

The emotion you exhibit here is winning at all costs. Sorry, but that is lust! When you get the point, light will come in

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Do my eyes deceive me? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

We emus liburnica!

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I don't believe God interacts with humans, although it is possible people get vibrations from the spiritual word. I tend to see the universe as running like a computer programme. You press this key and something happens. That may spark off something which will cause another to fall into or out of place. The programmer does not need to stand there arms akimbo.

From the choleric warlord of the Old Testament to the Personal Assistant parroted by many Christians, I don't find the concept of God produced by most of the religions I have studied plausible. I see God as the reality that defies definition.

God can exist in another dimension and exist among humans if he is indeed the Creator. Remember he spawned the universe. People in higher dimensions can "see" people in lower dimensions, whereas the reverse would be generally impossible.

Well, there are experiences and you have heard them before, I believe. Mazaje sees his elderly great aunt living in Kaura Namoda while coming out of the Konstan Möljä in Helsinki. A few minutes later he receives a phone call that she died. I once met a man who claims he can recall seven past lives. What would you say mazaje if you met him and the stories he tells you checks, after you have verified he had no way knowing of the events he talked about? I don't do these stories much, myself, so I can't really write much along that line right now.

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Let us assume (hypothetically speaking) that there is actually a GOD, a real-life Super-Cosmic entity of phenomenal ethereal proportions, He is Purposeful and Purposeless, he is Chaos and Order, Matter and Anti-matter, Right and Wrong, Beginning and End, Alpla and Omega. In his infinite wisdom created man in his own image (a point a lot of Christians/Muslims fail to appreciate), do you not think that his very cosmic essence and ethereal qualities exists in our human bodies to the point that we possess the exact power-cosmic that God is imbued with? How did the Bible prophets transverse great inter-dimensional distances regardless of their material states to seek audience with GOD.

The existence of Black-Holes in the Universe is a solid scientific fact but it is not founded on the existence or actual sighting of a Black-Hole itself, rather it is detected based on its obviously powerful effect on other celestial bodies close to its Event-Horizon or in its vicinity.

Please lecture me, how has the existence of this All-Everything GOD affected his surrounding creations to the point that you can say when he moves, the earth spins or when he sleeps, people die and when he smiles, babies are born,  there is no latent or potent effect of GOD's existence in this dimension or any dimension since he is conveniently mysterious by nature and unfathomable by character. However as strange as it seems. I can see SATAN's powerful and obviously non-transitory effect on this dimension and it is logically arguable to say SATAN exists because though we cannot see him, we see the effects of his existence. Since the glory-days of GOD in the mythical Paradise of Eden, he seems to have just vanished into cosmic nothingness at the presence of SATAN's glorious paradigm-shaking events from time-immemorial to this present day. so i ask you again, does GOD exists? in this dimension or the next

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I will like you to define God in your own terms so that I know exactly what I am talking about? Are you talking about the creator of the universe(as in deist God concept) or the Jewish, Christian, Arab, Hindu, Buddhist etc concept?. . . .

If by God you mean the creator of the universe,then I can accept that possibility since I don't know who or what was responsible for the universe, Do you believe in a God that interacts with humans? If the said God exist in another dimension, how then can he still exist amongst humans?. . . .As for the experiences, what kind of experiences are they?. . . .

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You are right, it's largely unobjective. I can tell you what convinces me as to the existence of God, but it's all subjective. Does it not make complete sense to you that if there is God he would be in another dimension, which is impossible to access in your present material state? I realise you don't believe in the existence of the non-material. So how do you deal with stories related by others as to their experiences? All in your head, I guess. I, too, think a lot of things are in people's head. But what about stories that have been objectively verified?

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Am very good bros, two days? How have you been doing?. . . . .They are indeed legitimate questions,As for rain and mountains we now know how they come about( we ow know about their formation, types, cycle etc). . . .Here is my personal take on this issue, to me what remains unknown remains unknown, substituting what we don't know with God has never helped us solved or understood anything at all. . .When diseases were thought to be caused by demons and devils life expectancy was low, now that we know what causes diseases life expectancy has increased and we now know how to better manage and control diseases if we put our acts together. . . . .When ever a supernatural hypothesis is put forward a natural explanation is found and people tend to accept the natural explanations more than the supernatural explanation, because the natural explanation is always self evident . . . .

To your question about God, to me God is just a concept and a hypothesis put forth by people for so many different reasons, reasons like explanation for how the universe and life came about, how people should conduct themselves and live their lives, Imperialism,  Source of hope in a very chaotic world and a sense of identity and culture. . . .The God hypothesis is a good one even though I believe it is a very flawed hypothesis. . .People are the ones that are always ascribing things unto Gods, no God has ever appeared to the entire planet and claimed anything to any body himself, Its always the elites and religious leaders making things up and ascribing to what ever concept of God they want or imagine. . . .

Even as an atheist I am still very baffled by what I see around me . . . .Nature is just incredible, Its chaotic, wasteful, violent and destructive and all but yet it is still incredible and well balanced so that even a crazy person that has lost his/her senses will be awed , Is there any reason to believe that there is any God behind it? To me the answer is no, because no God has ever appeared to any body personally and told him he created the universe and everything in nature we see around us, any body that says other wise is a LIAR. . . .No God has left his signature or name on anything that we have discovered in nature, we just see things that stun us and we very take a deep look and study them we just see that they are a result of mostly mindless forces acting on their own. . . .To me what is unknown remains unknown, because the God hypothesis has never objectively explained anything to anybody. . . . .Its always humans that self project themselves as God and tell others what to do, how to do it and what to believe or how to believe and they attach imaginary rewards or punishments to their various God hypothesis. . . .

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But don't you think these are legitimate questions? Since you don't know where the mountains and rain came from, does it make any sense to claim to believe there is no God?

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There is no religion that is the "right way". . .Right way to where exactly?. . . .All religions were created out of the fear of the many and the cleverness of a few. . . . .Men created all religions and the proceeds of all religions. . . . .Religion is good because it gives people a sense of identity any thing beside that is pure bull. . . Religions are just a cultural way for people to express themselves and give themselves a form of  identity. It also serves as a means to spread other peoples culture and identity to others. . . .An African Muslim is nothing but some one that follows the Arabic culture that was created by Mohammed and his followers, an African Christian is nothing but someone that is following the culture created by the Greeks, Jews and Romans which was later coined into a religion and spread around. .  . . .If there is any God that created the universe and wants people to know  about his/her/its religion it will come natural, no body will have to be thought about that God's religion.  . . . . .

No body comes into this world with the knowledge of any God or any religion, parents and society MUST have to teach and indoctrinate a person about what ever religious beliefs they want the person to adhere to. . . .Babies come out of their mother wombs automatically knowing how to cry and sleep, no baby has ever come out of its mothers womb with the knowledge of any religion at all. . . .Most people believe one religion or the other because they want to delude themselves into thinking that their consciousness can command reality because they are not satisfied with reality in one way or the other. People are very primitive when it comes to deities and religions.

They manufacture Gods and religions for their own purposes and they want to believe that some kind of magic will alter the laws of physics to suit themselves or their communities. They want to inflate their own sense of power so they anthropomorphize a friendly deity that they can carry around in their heads that can be called upon when things get rough or a religion that flows with their wishes and aspirations and ascribe t what ever concept or idea of God that comes to their mind. They want to believe that reality will conform to their wills, even though they realize that the facts indicate quite the contrary. These people want a simple answer to a complex question, and they somehow think that by making up a story they will solve the problem. All they end up doing is substituting an unknowable for an unknown. . . . . .

I repeat there is no religion that will lead you to any truth because NO religion knows what is the truth. . . .We just have people creating stories(mythical), laws, directives and how they feel people ought to live their lives and pretending that they know what they don't even have an idea of. . .Pretending to know hings that you don't know is the life blood of all religions. . . .

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@vedaxcool so you are so confident that Islam is the right way? What will a pastor tell you? Or is it possible God accepts all religion. Come to think of it even all this religions are borrowed. I wish we were left with our *beliefs*

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The Prophet Muhammad May the Peace and Blessings of God be upon him:

Unlike the founders of many religious, the final prophet of Islam is a real documented and historical figure. He lived in the full light of history, and the most minute details of his life are known. Not only do Muslims have the complete text of God's words that were revealed to Muhammad, but they have also preserved his saying and teachings in what is called "hadith" literature. This having been said, it should be understood that Muslims believe that the Prophet Muhammad was only a man chosen by God, and that he is not divine in any way. In order to avoid the misguided wish to deify him, the Prophet Muhammad taught Muslims to refer to him as "God's Messenger and His Slave". The mission of the last and final prophet of God was to simply teach that "there is nothing divine or worthy of being worshipped except for Almighty God", as well as being a living example of God's revelation. In simple terms, God sent the revelation to Muhammad, who in turn taught it , preached it, lived it and put it into practice. In this way, Muhammad was more that just a "prophet" in the sense of many of the Biblical prophets, since he was also a statesman and ruler. He was a man who lived a humble life in the service of God, and established an all-encompassing religion and way of life by showing what it means to be an ideal friend, husband, teacher, ruler, warrior and judge. For this reason, Muslims follow him not for his own sake, but in obedience to God, because Muhammad not only showed us how to deal with our fellow human beings, but more importantly, he showed us how to relate to and worship God, worship Him in the only way pleasing to Him. Like other prophets, Muhammad faced a great deal of opposition and persecution during his mission. However, he was always patient and just, and he treated his enemies well. The results of his mission were very successful, and even though his mission started in one of the most backward and remotes places on earth, within a hundred years of the death of Muhammad, Islam had spread from Spain to China. The Prophet Muhammad was the greatest of all of God's prophets, not because he had new doctrines or greater miracles, but because the results of his mission have broght more human beings into the pure and proper belief in the One True God than any other prophet.

The Islamic Way of Life:

In the Holy Qur'an, God teaches human beings that they were created in order to worship Him, and that the basis of all true worship is God-consciousness. Since the teachings of Islamic encompass all aspects of life and ethics, God-consciousness is encouraged in all human affairs. Islam makes it clear that all human acts are acts of worship if they are done for God alone and in accordance to His Divine Law. As such, worship in Islam is not limited to religious rituals. The teachings of Islam act as a mercy and a healing for the human soul, and such qualities as humility, sincerity, patience and charity are strongly encouraged. Additionally, Islam condemns pride and self-righteousness, since Almighty God is the only judge of human righteousness. The Islamic view of the nature of man is also realistic and well-balanced. Human beings are not believed to be inherently sinful, but are seen as equally capable of both good and evil. Islam also teaches that faith and action go hand-in-hand. God has given people free-will, and the measure of one's faith is one's deeds and actions. However, human beings have also been created weak and regularly fall into sin. This is the nature of the human being as created by God in His Wisdom, and it is not inherently "corrupt" or in need of repair. This is because the avenue of repentance of always open to all human beings, and Almighty God loves the repentant sinner more than one who does not sin at all. The true balance of an Islamic life is established by having a healthy fear of God as well as a sincere belief in His infinite Mercy. A life without fear of God leads to sin and disobedience, while believing that we have sinned so much that God will not possibly forgive us only leads to despair. In light of this, Islam teaches that: only the misguided despair of the Mercy of their Lord. Additionally, the Holy Qur'an, which was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, contains a great deal of teachings about the life hereafter and the Day of Judgment. Due to this, Muslims believe that all human beings will ultimately be judged by God for their beliefs and actions in their earthly lives. In judging human beings, Almighty God will be both Merciful and Just, and people will only be judged for what they were capable of. Suffice it to say that Islam teaches that life is a test, and that all human beings will be accountable before God. A sincere belief in the life hereafter is key to leading a well-balanced life and moral. Otherwise, life is viewed as an end in itself, which causes human beings to become more selfish, materialistic and immoral.

Islam for a Better Life:

Islam teaches that true happiness can only being obtained by living a life full of God-consciousness and being satisfied with what God has given us. Additionally, true "freedom" is freedom from being controlled by our base human desires and being ruled by man-made ideologies. This stands in stark contrast to the view of many people in the modern world, who consider "freedom" to be the ability to satisfy all of their desires without inhibition. The clear and comprehensive guidance of Islam gives human-beings a well-defined purpose and direction in life. In addition to being members of the human-brotherhood of Islam, its well-balanced and practical teachings are a source of spiritual comfort, guidance and morality. A direct and clear relationship with Almighty God, as well as the sense of purpose and belonging that ones feels as a Muslim, frees a person from the many worries of everyday life. In short, the Islamic way of life is pure and wholesome. It builds self-discipline and self-control thought regular prayer and fasting, and frees human-beings from superstition and all sorts of racial, ethnic and national prejudices. By accepting to live a God-conscious life, and realizing that the only thing that distinguishes people in the sight of God is their consciousness of Him, a person's true human dignity is realized.

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The Qur'an:

The Arabic world "Al-Qur'an" literally means "the recitation". When used in regards to Islam, the word Qur'an means God's final message to mankind that was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. The Qu'ran, sometimes spelled Koran, is the literal the word of God - as it clearly says time and time again. Unlike other sacred scriptures, the Qur'an has been perfectly preserved in both its words and meaning in a living language. The Qu'ran is a living miracle in the Arabic language; and is know to be inimitable in its style, form and spiritual impact. God's final revelation to mankind, the Qur'an, was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad over a period of 23 years. The Qur'an, in contrast to many other religious books, was always thought to be the Word of God by those who believed in it, i.e. it wasn't something decreed by a religious council many years after being written. Also, the Qu'ran was recited publicly in front of both the Muslim and non-Muslim communities during the life of the Prophet Muhammad. The entire Qur'an was also completely written down in lifetime of the Prophet, and numerous companions of the Prophet memorized the entire Qur'an word-for-word as it was revealed. So unlike other scriptures, the Qur'an was always in the hands of the common believers, it was always thought to be God's word and, due to wide-spread memorization, it was perfectly preserved. In regards to the teachings of the Qur'an - it is a universal scripture, and it is addressed to all of mankind, and not to a particular tribe or "chosen people". The message that it brings is nothing new, but the same message of all of the prophets - submit to Almighty God and worship Him alone. As such, God's revelation in the Qur'an focuses on teaching human beings the importance of believing in the Unity of God and framing their lives around the guidance which He has sent. Additionally, the Qur'an contains the stories of the previous prophets, such as Abraham, Noah, Moses and Jesus; as well as many commands and prohibitions from God. In modern times in which so many people are caught up in doubt, spiritual despair and "political correctness", the Qur'anic teachings offer solutions to the emptiness of our lives and the turmoil that is gripping the world today. In short, the Qur'an is the book of guidance par excellence.

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The Oneness of God:

The foundation of the Islamic faith is belief in the Oneness of Almighty God - the God of Abraham, Noah, Moses and Jesus. Islam teaches that a pure belief in One God is intuitive in human beings and thus fulfills the natural inclination of the soul. As such, Islam's concept of God is straightforward, unambiguous and easy to understand. Islam teaches that the hearts, minds and souls of human beings are fitting receptacles for clear divine revelation, and that God's revelations to man are not clouded by self-contradictory mysteries or irrational ideas. As such, Islam teaches that even though God cannot be fully comprehended and grasped by our finite human minds, He also does not expect us to accept absurd or demonstrably false beliefs about Him. According to the teachings of Islam, Almighty God is absolutely One and His Oneness should never be compromised by associating partners with Him - neither in worship nor in belief. Due to this, Muslims are required to maintain a direct relationship with God, and therefore all intermediaries are absolutely forbidden. From the Islamic standpoint, believing in the Oneness of God means to realize that all prayer and worship should be exclusively for God, and that He alone deserves such titles as "Lord" and "Savior". Some religions, even though they believe on "One God", do not make all of their worship and prayers for Him alone. Also, they also give the title of "Lord" to beings that are not All-Knowing, All-Powerful and Un-Changing - even according to their own scriptures. Suffice it to say that according to Islam, it is not enough that people believe that "God is One", but they must actualize this belief by proper conduct. In short, in the Islamic concept of God, which is completely based on Divine Revelation, there is no ambiguity in divinity - God is God and man is man. Since God is the only Creator and continual Sustainer of the Universe, He is transcendent above His creation - the Creator and the creature never mix. Islam teaches that God has a unique nature and that He is free from gender, human weaknesses and beyond anything which human beings can imagine. The Qur'an teaches that the signs and proofs of God's wisdom, power and existence are evident in the world around us. As such, God calls on man to ponder over the creation in order to build a better understanding of his Creator. Muslims believe that God is Loving, Compassionate and Merciful, and that He is concerned with the daily affairs of human beings. In this, Islam strikes a unique balance between false religious and philosophical extremes. Some religions and philosophies portray God as just an impersonal "Higher Power" who is uninterested, or unaware, of the life of each individual human. Other religions tend to give God human qualities and teach that He is present in His creation, by being incarnate in someone, something - or even everything. In Islam, however, Almighty God has clarified the truth by letting mankind know that He is "Compassionate", "Merciful", "Loving" and the "Answerer of Prayers". But He as also emphasized strongly that "there is nothing like unto Him", and that He is high above time, space and His creation. Finally, it should be mentioned that the God that Muslims worship is the same God that Jews and Christians worship - because there is only one God. It is unfortunate that some people mistakenly believe that Muslims worship a different God than Jews and Christians, and that "Allah" is just the "god of the Arabs". This myth, which has been propagated by the enemies of Islam, is completely false since the word "Allah" is simply the Arabic name for Almighty God. It is the same word for God which is used by Arabic-speaking Jews and Christians. However, it should be clarified that even though Muslims worship the same God as Jews and Christian, their concept of Him differs somewhat from the beliefs of other religions - mainly because it is based completely on Divine Revelation from God. For example, Muslims reject the Christian belief that God is a Trinity, not only becaue the Qur'an rejects it, but also because if this was God's true nature, He would have clearly revealed it to Abraham, Noah, Jesus and all of the other prophets.

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This is true religion

The word "Islam" is an Arabic word which means "submission to the will of God". This word comes from the same root as the Arabic word "salam", which means "peace". As such, the religion of Islam teaches that in order to achieve true peace of mind and surety of heart, one must submit to God and live according to His Divinely revealed Law. The most important truth that God revealed to mankind is that there is nothing divine or worthy of being worshipped except for Almighty God, thus all human beings should submit to Him.

The word "Muslim" means one who submits to the will of God, regardless of their race, nationality or ethnic background. Being a Muslim entails willful submission and active obedience to God, and living in accordance with His message. Some people mistakenly believe that Islam is just a religion for Arabs, but nothing could be further from the truth. Not only are there converts to Islam in every corner of the world, especially in England and America, but by taking a look at the Muslim World from Bosnia to Nigeria, and from Indonesia to Morocco, one can clearly see that Muslims come from many various races, ethnic groups and nationalities. It is also interesting to note that in actuality, more than 80% of all Muslims are not Arabs - there are more Muslims in Indonesia than in the whole Arab World! So though even though it is true that most Arabs are Muslims, the large majority of Muslims are not Arabs. However, anyone who submits completely to God and worships Him alone is a Muslim.

Continuity of the Message:

Islam is not a new religion because "submission to the will of God", i.e. Islam, has always been the only acceptable religion in the sight of God. For this reason, Islam is the true "natural religion", and it is the same eternal message revealed through the ages to all of God's prophets and messengers. Muslims believe that all of God's prophets, which include Abraham, Noah, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad, brought the same message of Pure Monotheism. For this reason, the Prophet Muhammad was not the founder of a new religion, as many people mistakenly think, but he was the Final Prophet of Islam. By revealing His final message to Muhammad, which is an eternal and universal message for all of mankind, God finally fulfilled the covenant that He made with Abraham, who was one of the earliest and greatest prophets. Suffice it to say that the way of Islam is the same as the way of the prophet Abraham, because both the Bible and the Qur'an portray Abraham as a towering example of someone who submitted himself completely to God and worshipped Him without intermediaries. Once this is realized, it should be clear that Islam has the most continuous and universal message of any religion, because all prophets and messengers were "Muslims", i.e. those who submitted to God's will, and they preached "Islam", i.e. submission to the will of Almighty God.

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^^ Brilliant question, Pastor!

@Jenwitemi:

Remember I said its difficult to take you serious? Look again at your post above - you judge me "christianized"! what does that mean except that you believe anybody who professes Christ is a dogmatic lapping up whatever falls from pulpits. Is that sane or mature?

Now Pastor_AIO has informed us he is a Christian, would you say he's the same?

See, you're immature and thus you don't see men. You see what you are!

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What do we understand by the word religion?

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When reading your post I came to the conclusion that you are a victim of mass media hysteria, Cause you claaimed that the terrorists kill in the name of Allah, but that is where you fell prey to this hysteria. his terrorist are fighting a political course with religious hyteria, Osama - if he is resposibvle - has claimed time and again that the US govt should stop supporting arab regimes against other political actors hence it is clearly a political war not religious, so it is quite naive to think they are killing in the name of Allah. more importantly just because someone claims to doing something for another thing sake does not make the other thing resposible so guy do not let others do your thinking for you Islam is the path, pure and sure.

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We should all be good for goodness sake this world would be a better place if we were all good to each other regardless of religion.

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The true Religion is LOVE. With that, you're linked to God and Man. Another name for Love is Truth.

Problem is we define it differently yet there's only one true definition and way to it.

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Religion just breeds hatred and all stuffs. There's no way on earth a pastor will tell you islam is the right religion and vice versa, and some people are so confident jesus died for their sins how i wish i existed in that time,i could be wrong but i hope not to be. I think we all are here to discover your own truth undoubtably There's a God but religion is just so confusing!

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Thanks i've been thinking about it too because whenever i think based on religion i get confused all the time. So i think the best is to know you just have a creator.

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^^ There is no one "true" religion, my guy, even though they all like to think that they are. You are already serving God with your existence in this life. All other things are just man-made extracurricular activities(and also part of the experience). In which man-made religious organization you subscribe to is totally irrelevant. But if you want to keep on really confusing yourself, then keep putting all these crazy religions between you and your maker. But i am sure you don't want that, from what i read in your post.

My advice to you, keep organized religion and their confusing doctrines out of your relationship with your creator and make sure they stay out. They are nothing more than just mind parasites acting as self-elected intermediaries between you and your maker. All they do is keep you in a state of confusion.

About knowing what is right or wrong, what is negative or positive, go with your in-born intuition. Let it guide you instead of listening to a whole posse of socalled religious leaders who most probably do not have a clue what they are talking about. We are now in the intuition age and only folks who can understand and use their power of intuition properly will be able to adjust. Try as much as possible to be a positive force for good in this world. Leave the world better than you found it and love everyone equally.

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