Concept of Monotheist Deity In Monotheist Religions


Islam is the only religion which teaches the existence of a PERFECT God. A perfect God means that there is no sharer in His Nature and His Attributes:

“Say: He is God, the One and Only; God, the Eternal, Absolute; He begetteth not, nor is He begotten; and there is none like  unto Him.”(Quran, 112:1-4)

There has appeared a man in Benoni. He is not qualified in theology, but is fondly cherishing the self-delusion that he is an apostle of Christ, appointed by God to convert Muslims to Christianity. Because he is a lawyer by profession, he is adept at juggling with words and quoting the Holy Quran totally out of context without knowing a word of Arabic. He wants Muslims to believe that Jesus was also a God,a belief that is abhorrent to us, because it is an antithesis of the Absolute perfection of Allah Subhaanahoo Wa Ta ‘Aala! Thus intent upon reversing the process of Truth, which is: “And say: The Truth has come and falsehood vanished. Surely falsehood is ever bound to vanish.”(Quran, 17:81). In this he will never succeed because the process of Truth is irreversible.

 

TWO REASONS

He has given two reasons to prove that Jesus is God, viz: (i) “When we say Jesus is deity (or even God for that matter), we do not make him the Father! He is one with the Father and therefore HE SHARES HIS NATURE“, and (ii)HE IS IN EVERY WAY LIKE THE FATHER but he is not the Father”. in short, according to him, Jesus is God because HE SHARES THE NATURE OF GOD, and HE IS IN EVERY WAY LIKE GOD. These two reasons given by him to prove the divinity of Jesus are so puerile that they speak volumes of his legal training. Numerous quotations from the Bible are given below to prove that Jesus neither SHARED THE NATURE OF GOD, nor is he IN EVERY WAY LIKE GOD. He can, therefore, NEVER be God. We have given the quotations from the Bible without comment, because the Bible speaks for itself! TO  SAY THAT JESUS IS GOD IS NOT ONLY A MOCKERY OF GODHOOD, BUT BLASPHEMY OF THE LOWEST ORDER AND AN INSULT TO THE INTELLIGENCE OF MEN! (Note:Unless otherwise stated, all quotations from the Bible are given from the Authorized Version. In our headings and subheadings we have referred to Jesus as “God” in inverted commas in order to show the ABSURDITY of the claim of this man that Jesus is God!) THE BIRTH OF “GOD””God” Was Created From The Seed of David: “Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the SEED of David according to the flesh.”(Romans, 1:3)

“God” Was The Fruit of the Loins of David. “Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him,that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne.”(Acts, 2:30)

The Ancestors of “God”: “The generations of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.”(Matthew, 1:1)

The Sex of “God”: “And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called Jesus.”(Luke, 2:21)

How Mary Conceived and Delivered”God”:Mary conceived Jesus like any other woman: “The days were accomplished that she should be delivered,”(Luke, 2:6) – which means that she went through all the normal stages of pregnancy. Nor was her delivery any different from other expectant mothers: “And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.”(Revelation, 12:2) 

“God” Sucked The Paps of a Woman: “And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.”(Luke, 11:27)

The Country of Origin of “God”: Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king. (Matthew, 2:1)

The Occupation of “God”: Jesus was a carpenter by trade(Mark, 6:3), and the son of a carpenter.(Matthew, 13:55)

The Transport of “God”: “Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass.”(Matthew, 21:5). “And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon.”(John, 12:14)

The Wining and Dining “God”: “The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners.”(Matthew, 11:19; Luke, 7:34)

The Poverty of “God”: “And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.”(Matthew, 8:20)

The Meagre Possessions of “God”: “Shoes” of Jesus.(Luke, 3:16). “Garments” and “coat” of Jesus.(John, 19:23)

“God” Was a Devout Jew: “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.”(Mark, 1:35)

“God” Was a Loyal Subject: Jesus was a good citizen; he was loyal to Caesar. He said: “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.”(Matthew, 22:21). He paid his tax regularly. (Matthew, 17:24-27)

THE FAMILY OF “GOD”

“God” Was the Son of Joseph: “Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the
prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, THE SON OF JOSEPH,”(John, 1:45)

Brothers and Brothers-in-law of “God”: “And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence hath this man all these things?”(Matthew, 13:54-56).

 

THE DEVELOPMENT OF “GOD”

Spiritual Development of “God”: “And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom.”(Luke, 2:40)

Mental, Physical and Moral Development of “God”: “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.”(Luke, 2:52)

“God” Was Twelve Years Old When His Parents Took Him to Jerusalem: “Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.”(Luke, 2:41-42)

The Powerless “God”: Jesus said, “I can of mine own self do nothing.”(John, 5:30)

“God” Was Ignorant of the Time: Jesus said, “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.”(Mark, 13:32)

“God” Was Ignorant of the Season: “And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he (Jesus) was hungry: And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find anything thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but  leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.”(Mark, 11:12-13) 

 

“God Was Unlettered: “Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught. And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?”(John, 7:14-15)

God’ Learnt Through Experience: “Learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.”(Hebrews, 5:8)

 

THE TEMPTING OF “GOD”

The Devil Tempted “God” For 40 Days: “And immediately the spirit driveth him into the wilderness. And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan.”(Mark, 1:12-13)

The Devil Tempted “God” Continuously: “And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.”(Luke, 4:13) Like The Sinners, “God” Was Tempted In All Things: “But (he) was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”(Hebrews, 4:15)

True God Cannot be Tempted With Evil: “God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.”(James, 1:13)

Only The Ungodly Are Tempted With Evil: “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.”(James, 1:14)

THE MISSION OF “GOD”

The Confession and Repentance of “God: Before the beginning of his public ministry, Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist (Matthew, 3:13), which signified the confession of sins(Matthew, 3:6), and repentance from sins(Matthew, 3:11)

 

“God” Did Not Come to Save the Sinners: “And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable. And he said unto them, unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; LEST AT ANY TIME THEY SHOULD BE CONVERTED, AND THEIR SINS SHOULD BE FORGIVEN THEM.”(Mark, 4:10-12)

 

THE RACIAL “GOD”

“God” Was A Tribal Jew: “The Lion of the tribe of Juda.”(Revelation, 5:5)

“God” Came For The Jews Only: “But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”(Matthew, 15:24)

Racial Discrimination of “God”: “These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”(Matthew, 10:5-6)

According to “God”, The Gentiles Are Dogs: “It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.”(Matthew, 15:26)

The Kingdom of “God”: “And he (Jesus) shall reign over THE HOUSE OF JACOB for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.”(Luke, 1:33)

The Titles of “God”:The King of the Jews“.(Matthew, 2:2); “The King of Israel“.(John, 1:49; 12:13) A “GODUNLIKE THE GOD A Hungry “God“: “And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an HUNGERED.”(Matthew, 4:2). “Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he HUNGERED.”(Matthew, 21:18). “And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was HUNGRY.”(Mark, 11:12)

A Thirsty “God”: “(He) saith, I THIRST.”(John, 19:28)

A Sleepy “God”: “He was ASLEEP.”(Matthew. 8:24). “He fell ASLEEP.”(Luke, 8:23). “And he was in the hinder part of the ship, ASLEEP on a pillow.”(Mark. 4:38) 

A Weary “God”: “Jesus therefore, being WEARIED with his journey, sat thus on the well.”(John, 4:6)

A Groaning “God”: “He GROANED in the spirit, and was TROUBLED.”(John, 11:33). “Jesus therefore again GROANING in himself cometh to the grave.”(John, 11:38)

A Weeping “God”: “Jesus WEPT“.(John, 11:35)

A Sorrowing “God”: “And (he) began to be SORROWFUL and VERY HEAVY.”(Matthew, 26:37). “Then saith he unto them, My soul is EXCEEDING SORROWFUL, even unto death.”(Matthew, 26:38) A Hysterical “God”: “And (he) began to be SORE AMAZED and to be VERY HEAVY.”(Mark, 14:33)

A Weak “God”: “And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, STRENGTHENING him.”(Luke, 22:43)

 

THE WARRING “GOD”

The Strong-Arm Method of “God”: “And he went into the temple, and began TO CAST OUT them that sold therein, and them that bought.”(Luke, 19:45). “And the Jews’ Passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: And when he had made a SCOURGE of small cords, HE DROVE THEM ALL OUT of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and POURED OUT the changers’ money, and OVERTHREW the tables.”(John, 2:13-15)

The “God” of War: Jesus said: “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a SWORD.”(Matthew, 10:34)

The Sabre-Rattling “God”: Jesus said: “And he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.”(Luke, 22:36) THE “GOD” ON THE RUN “God” Was Panic-Stricken: “After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him.”(John, 7:1)

“God” Walked in Fear of the Jews: “Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death. Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews.”(John, 11:53-54)

 

“God” Has Shown A Clean Pair of Heels: “Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand.”(John, 10:39)

“God” Fled in Disguise: “Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the
midst of them, and so passed by.”(John, 8:59)

THE CAPTURE OF “GOD”

A Friend Betrayed The Secret Hiding Place of “God”: “And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus oft-times resorted thither with his disciples. Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons.”(John, 18:2-3) “God” Was Arrested, Bound and Led Away: “Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound him, and led him away.”(John, 18:12-13)

“God” Was Humiliated: “And the men that held Jesus mocked him, and smote him. And when they had blindfolded him, they struck him on the face.”(Luke, 22:63-64). “Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands. (Matthew, 26:67)

 

“God” Was Defenceless: “One of the officers which stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand”, he said, “Why smitest thou me?”(John, 18:22-23)

“God” Was Condemned to Death: “And they all condemned him to be guilty of death.”(Mark, 14:64). “They answered and said, He is guilty of death.”(Matthew, 26:66)

The Dumb and Docile “God”: “He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer,so opened he not his mouth.”(Acts, 8:32)

 

THE SUPPOSED END OF “GOD”

The Dying “God”: “And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.”(Mark, 15:37) The “God” that was supposed Dead and Defunct: “Christ died.”(Romans, 5:6). “He was dead”. (John, 19:33)

The supposed Corpse of “God”: “He (Joseph of Arimathaea) went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the
body to be delivered.”(Matthew, 27:58)

The “Shroud” of “God”: “And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth.”(Matthew, 27:59)

The “Obituary” of the “Late” and Lamented “God”: “Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.”(Luke, 23:47)

EPILOGUE

According to this self-appointed apostle of Christ, Jesus is God because: (i)HE SHARED THE NATURE OF GOD“, and (ii) because”IN EVERY WAY HE IS LIKE GOD“. But according to the quotations of the Bible given above, we find that Jesus did neither SHARE THE NATURE OF GOD nor is he IN EVERY WAY LIKE GOD. He is, therefore, definitely NOT God! The onus to prove that Jesus is God now rests with this Christian. Either he must prove that Jesus is God, or he must admit that he is a polytheist, i.e., a believer in more than one God.

WITH ALL THE TRICKS AND VERBAL LEGERDEMAIN OF HIS PROFESSION, HE WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO PROVE THAT JESUS IS GOD!!

He and his fellow-preachers in Christ, will never succeed in convincing the Muslims that Jesus was anything other than a natural man and a prophet of God, sent unto the house of Israel to bear the good news of the coming of the KINGDOM OF GOD, which prophecy was fulfilled with the advent of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallal Laahu Alaihi Wa Sallam)!

Islamic scholars define the “signs leading to faith” as all forms of truth, information, and evidence of creation that lead people to faith, serve as proofs of God’s existence and oneness, and reveal His superior might, knowledge, and art. In short, they are the “truths that lead to faith and are a means whereby faith can be acquired and simultaneously enhanced, developed, and perfected.” Although people cannot see God directly, they can comprehend His existence, might, and some of His names by looking at His creation. Just as every painting introduces its artist, all living and inanimate entities introduce us to God, their Creator. Human beings must consider this and bear witness to the proofs of creation. Indeed, in the Qur’an God gives us examples of various animals (e.g., the camel, gnat, bee, and spider) as well as plants, trees, mountains, the Earth, and sky, that serve as signs leading to faith. In other words, we are expected to view them as miracles of creation. Some of the relevant verses in this context are given below:

Have they not looked at the camel—how it was created? And at the sky—how it was raised up? And at the mountains— how they were embedded? And at the Earth—how it was smoothed out? (Qur’an, 88:17-20)

 

God is not ashamed to make an example of a gnat or of an even smaller thing. As for those who believe, they know it is the truth from their Lord. But as for those who do not believe, they ask: “What does God mean by this example?” He misguides many by it and guides many by it. But He only misguides the deviators. (Qur’an, 2:26)

Your Lord revealed to the bees: “Build dwellings in the mountains and the trees, and also in the structures that people erect. Then eat from every kind of fruit and travel the paths of your Lord, which have been made easy for you to follow.” From inside them comes a drink of varying colors, containing healing for humanity. There is certainly a Sign in that for people who reflect. (Qur’an, 16:68-69)

He appointed the Sun to give radiance and the Moon to give light, assigning it phases so that you would know the number of years and the reckoning of time. God did not create these things except with truth. We make the Signs clear for people who know. In the alternation of night and day, and what God has created in the heavens and Earth, there are Signs for people who guard against evil. (Qur’an, 10:5-6)

The signs emphasized in these verses are important means whereby every person who thinks about the subject in an unbiased manner can grasp God’s existence and draw near to Him.

 

Of course, these signs are not limited to the examples in these verses, for many other entities, both visible and invisible, also serve this same function. An ant walking in a garden, a flower on a table, a cat in a street or in a house, a dog or a bird, our bodies, the order in the Earth and the sky, rain, the atmosphere that both surrounds us and protects us from harmful rays and objects from outer space, and an infinite number of other things—all of these are signs that lead to faith for people who seek to know God. Just as the life of a giant star can be a great proof of faith, so can our bodily organs be signs leading to faith. All believers are responsible for using God’s verses to understand whatever they see and hear, and to think deeply about them. Every unbiased person is aware of this. Believers also know that they will be unable to account for their behavior if they live among the millions of living things created by God that exist between Earth and the boundless heavens, and yet fail to think about them.

 

The Qur’an Emphasizes the Signs’ Importance

The Qur’an clearly reveals that human beings were created by God to worship and serve Him, and that they can expect to live eternally in the Hereafter. Furthermore, He calls upon them to think deeply about the proofs that bear witness to these truths. The Qur’an refers to the phenomena and entities that are certain proofs of God’s existence, oneness, and names as “signs.” Just as these are written in the Qur’an, they also exist in the world and in a person’s soul, for: “There are certainly Signs in Earth for people with certainty, and in  yourselves as well. Do you not then see?”(Qur’an, 51:20-21)

The same truth is also stated in other verses:

We will show them Our Signs on the horizon and within themselves, until it is clear to them that it is the truth. Is it not enough for your Lord that He is a witness of everything? (Qur’an, 41:53)

In the heavens and Earth there are certainly Signs for the believers. (Qur’an, 45:3)

Among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and Earth and all the creatures He has spread about in them … (Qur’an, 42:29)

These proofs are not restricted to the Qur’an, but are found everywhere around us. Whether it be a bird alighting on a tree branch, aAshampoo_Snap_2013.09.17_05h29m57s_002_ flower in a garden, or a star in the sky, everything we encounter constitutes a message sent by our Lord to be read in our souls. From this point of view, even a single flower represents an entire letter bearing a message from our Creator to those who can read it. On the other hand, some signs leading to faith confirm that the Qur’an is the word of God, for God revealed a great many of these signs in a miraculous manner 1,400 years ago. Among these signs are such facts as the expansion of the universe and its creation from nothing, the separation of Earth from the sky, the orbits of heavenly bodies, the Earth’s round shape, the sky’s role as a protective shield, the atmosphere’s layers, the formation of rain, the existence of erosive winds, and why the oceans do not mix with each other. All of these facts have been confirmed by modern science. The fact that information unknown to anyone at the time of the Qur’an’s revelation is set out clearly in its verses once again demonstrates that the Qur’an is the word of God.

Thinking and Acquiring Knowledge for Deep Thought

Unbiased people know that everything around them constitutes a proof of faith. They are aware that a seagull diving into the sea to catch its prey, a tiny ant walking on the ground, an apple tree that produces fruit every year, or clouds that remain suspended in the air despite weighing several tons—in short, everything they see—are proofs of God’s existence. The Qur’an refers to two other important features that lead to these signs being deepened and understood: thinking deeply and possessing knowledge. In the Qur’an, God constantly calls on people to think about the proofs of creation in the skies, on Earth, and in all that lies between—in other words, about the signs leading to faith:

 In the creation of the heavens and Earth, and the alternation of the night and day, and the ships that sail the seas to people’s benefit, and the water that God sends down from the sky—by which He brings Earth to life when it was dead and scatters about in it creatures of every kind—and the varying direction of the winds, and the clouds subservient between heaven and Earth, there are Signs for people who use their intellect. (Qur’an, 2:164)

Several verses state that God expects us to think deeply about what He has created and to learn about the limits He has imposed upon us. All living and non-living things have been created in a way that is designed to encourage us to ponder His superior power of creation, art, and knowledge. As the verses above indicate, everything has been created for a purpose. Ignoring and failing to give these matters their due importance means turning one’s back upon His verses, something that all believers must avoid. Indeed, the Qur’an emphasizes that those who turn their backs on God’s verses and the proofs of creation are unbelievers. The importance of constantly thinking about these signs to an individual’s growth and certainty of belief is emphasized in many verses, such as:

 

In the creation of the heavens and Earth, and the alternation of night and day, there are Signs for people with intelligence: those who remember God, standing, sitting, and lying on their sides, and reflect on the creation of the heavens and Earth: “Our Lord, You have not created this for nothing. Glory be to You! So safeguard us from the punishment of the Fire.” (Qur’an, 3:190-191)Ashampoo_Snap_2013.09.17_05h30m15s_003_

God has revealed that the signs leading to faith have a great significance for thinking people. However, the thinking referred to here does not consist of such clichéd reactions as “How splendidly God has created these” or “What a magnificent animal.” We must think long and hard, as well as deeply and in a wide-ranging manner, about what God has created so that we can identify the wisdom and detail in that creation and thus bear witness to His infinite knowledge, might, and artistry. One method that can be employed is that of questioning and comparing the entities and phenomena around us. In one verse, God gives us an example of such thinking:

If We had willed, We could have made it [the water that you drink] bitter. So will you not give thanks? (Qur’an, 56:70)

Water, a blessing that covers much of the Earth, almost always can be found with ease. The great majority of people have perhaps never even thought once about the water they drink every day. They regard water’s existence and how it meets our needs as something that does not require any consideration. The fact is, however, that water’s physical and chemical properties could have been very different, had God so willed.  In addition, the atmosphere’s structure or temperature could have been different. If that were the case, there would be no clouds and thus no sources of fresh water on Earth. All we would have is the oceans’ salt water, in which case humanity either would not have survived or would have done so only in a state of great difficulty and constant crisis. Without fresh water, there would have been no agriculture, and the world would have become a vast desert whose only product is famine. Yet God gave us fresh water just about everywhere in the world. For this, we must thank Him. But to genuinely feel and express that gratitude, first of all we must realize that water is a blessing. This, in turn, depends on “thinking.” The example of water applies to all natural entities, living things, and phenomena around us, each of which is a blessing from God. Yet in order to comprehend this, we need to ask: “What would have happened had things been different?” and make the necessary comparisons. And along with this, we must understand that God has created the most delicate balances in all things. The importance of thinking about natural phenomena and “using one’s reason” with regard to them is described in another verse:  And in the alternation of night and day, and in the provision God sends down from the sky, bringing Earth to life by it after it has died, and in the varying direction of the winds, there are Signs for people who use their intellect. (Qur’an, 45:5) 

 

Those “people who use their intellect” are believers, because both intelligence and reason are acquired only through faith. Since unbelievers are bereft of reason, they cannot comprehend His signs and so pass by these countless proofs without seeing any of them. Indeed, unbelievers are characterized by a lack of interest in the countless signs in Earth and sky and by behaving as if they were unaware of them. As the Qur’an states: 

How many Signs there are in the heavens and Earth! Yet they pass them by, turning away from them. Most of them do not believe in God without associating others with Him. (Qur’an, 12:105-06)

The second feature required in acquiring a deeper appreciation and understanding of the signs leading to faith is possessing knowledge. But in order to see a subject as a sign leading to faith, there is no need to know its most striking aspects or to have wide and detailed information about it. Rational people, upon looking around themselves, immediately realize the extraordinary nature of what they see and that everything has a Creator. When they see an insect, such as a dragonfly, they know that it has a Creator. The mere existence of a living thing is enough to understand that it is a sign leading to faith. Thinking about the detailed information one can gather about that creature is a means whereby faith and enthusiasm can be increased. Let’s recall the example of water. We know how important this substance is for our lives. Yet when we possess basic physical, chemical, and geographical information about water, we can better comprehend its importance. When we consider its properties in greater detail, we can clearly see that from its properties of freezing, expansion, and viscosity to its chemical properties, water has been created in the most ideal way to support human life. This, in turn, is a means to increase our depth of thinking and gratitude.

Both a small child with very limited information and a superbly educated professor who has spent years studying can both see and witness God’s signs when they approach the matter with sincerity and an unbiased view. However, in order for people to think deeply about those entities that they cannot see, they require wide-ranging information. With regard to what they can see, they need to learn about them in order to deepen their consideration. Otherwise, their consideration will remain with fixed bounds and may, at times, be superficial. For example, those who have no knowledge of the systems in space but who nevertheless look up at the sky and ponder them will inevitably have different thoughts than those who have a deep knowledge of astronomy. Similarly, the way in which someone with a broad knowledge of the human body’s physiology and anatomy comprehends the fine detail, miracles, and marvels apparent in humanity’s creation will be deeper and broader than that of someone with no knowledge of the subject. Indeed, God informs us that from the point of view of reasoning and comprehension, those with knowledge are superior to those who have no knowledge:

 

Such metaphors—We devise them for humanity, but only those with knowledge understand them. (Qur’an, 29:43)  

Among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and Earth and the variety of your languages and colors. There are certainly Signs in that for those who know. (Qur’an, 30:22)

What about the one who spends the night hours in prayer, prostrating and standing up, mindful of the Hereafter, hoping for the mercy of his Lord? Say: “Are they the same—those who know and those who do not know?” It is only people of intelligence who pay heed. (Qur’an, 39:9)

 

However, we need to recall that “information” unaccompanied by the intellect, conscience, and foresight necessary to interpret it, does not lead a person to the truth. The detailed knowledge possessed by a sincere unbiased person is important in his or her quest to know God better and to draw closer to Him. Thus, today’s advances in science and technology help us see and witness the knowledge, wisdom, artistry, and fine detail in God’s creation from a much closer observation point. Thanks to such advances, the miracles and beauties in God’s creation are beginning to emerge more clearly and in greater detail. People who acquire this information and evaluate it in the light of the wisdom and beauty in God’s creation become even more amazed at His infinite might.

 

 

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