Discussion: Does God Exist?
Posted by Zura on July 12, 2011
I present this post especially for my friend PiP whom commented on my previous article titled “Does God Exist?. Despite write it in an insufficient reply comment form, so I think it’s worth a shot for one article.🙂
So, my friend asked me below questions:
- Who is God?
- Is there only one God?
I’ll try to explain it myself, quoted verses of Al-Qur’an and some copies from another source to make better effect (because my English is not very good), so here we go:
1. Who is God?
God is the Creator of the whole Universe, the sky, the earth, and whatever in between them, including me and you. He is The One who gives us breath, brain, heart… He makes us to be able to see the beauty of the world, creates everything in such harmony. Feed in some convenient ways. He is The One who gives us life and only for Him, we will be returned and to be responsible for every deeds we’ve done in this world. Nothing happened without it being written in Lauhul Mahfudz long time before this whole Universe’s created. Even it’s already writing in there that this time I’ll be writing this post.🙂 There is NO GOD to be worshiped but Allah because:
Say: All is The One (The Self-Sufficient Master); Whom all creatures need; He begets not, nor was He begotten; and there is non co-equal or comparable unto Him. (Qur’an 113:1-4)
“It is He who sends down water from the sky. From it you drink and from it come the shrubs among which you graze your herds. And by it He makes crops grow for you and olives and dates and grapes and fruit of every kind. Therein is certainly a sign in that for people who reflect. He has made the night and the day subservient to you, and the sun, the moon and the stars, all subject to His command. Therein are certainly signs in that for people who use their intellect. And also, the things of varying colors He has created for you in the earth. There is certainly a sign in that for people who pay heed. It is He who made the sea subservient to you so that you can eat fresh flesh from it and bring out from it ornaments to wear. And you see the ships cleaving through it so that you can seek His bounty, and so that perhaps you may show thanks. He cast firmly embedded mountains on the earth so it would not move under you, and rivers, pathways, and landmarks so that perhaps you might be guided. And they are guided by the stars. Is He Who creates like him who does not create? O will you not pay heed?”(Quran 16:10-17)
2. Is there only one God?
Yup, absolutely. How come if there are so many gods that can make so many decisions to the whole system of the Universe? I think it would be such a mess with such conflict of interest between gods. He has no son, daughter, mother, father, or whatever it is. He is no a Men nor Women. He is The Eternal, the First and the Last. He is no alike to His creatures. He is so far away above all. He sent His Messengers from time to time (from Adam, till Jesus and Muhammad) to remind people about the purpose of their creation, and to introduce them to the Real God, Allah.
In life’s most joyous moments or darkest hours, a person’s most instinctive reaction is to reach out for a connection to some sort of Supreme Being, to God. Even those who would consider themselves atheists or non-believers have at some stage in their lives experienced that innate sense of being part of a grand plan.
The religion of Islam is based on one core belief, that there is One God. He alone is the Sustainer and Creator of the Universe. He is without partners, children, or associates. He is the Most Merciful, the Most Wise, and the Most Just. He is the all Hearer, all Seer, and the All Knowing. He is the First, He is the Last.
It is comforting to think that our trials, tribulations, and triumphs in this life are not random acts of a cruel unorganized universe. Belief in God, belief in One God, the Creator, and Sustainer of all that exists is a fundamental right. Knowing with certainty that our existence is part of a well-ordered world and that life is unfolding as it should is a concept that brings serenity and peace.
Islam is a religion that looks at life and says this world is but a transient place and our reason for being is to worship God. Sounds simple doesn’t it? God is One, acknowledge this and worship Him and peace and serenity are obtainable. This is within the grasp of any human being and can be had simply by believing sincerely that there is no god but God.
Accordingly, if a man prays to a tree and his prayers are answered, it is not the tree which answers his prayers, but God, who allows the circumstances prayed for to take place. One might say, “That is obvious.” However, to tree-worshipers, it might not be so. Similarly, prayers to Jesus, Buddha, or Krishna or Saint Christopher, or Saint Jude or even to Muhammad are not answered by them, but are answered by God. Jesus did not tell his followers to worship him, but to worship God, as the Quran states:
“And behold! God will say: ‘O Jesus, the son of Mary! Did you say to men, worship me and my mother as gods besides God?’ He will say: ‘Glory to you, I could never say what I had no right (to say)…’” (Quran 5:116)
Nor did Jesus worship himself when he worshiped, but rather he worshiped God. And Jesus was reported in the Gospels to have said:
“It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.’” (Luke 4:8)
This basic principle is contained in the opening chapter of the Quran, known as Surah al-Faatihah, verse 4:
“You alone do we worship and from You alone do we seek help.” (Quran 1:5)
Elsewhere, in the final book of revelation, the Quran, God also said:
“And you Lord says: ‘Call on Me and I will answer your (prayer).’” (Quran 40:60)
It is worth emphasizing that the basic message of Islam (namely, the worship of God alone) also proclaims that God and His creation are distinctly different entities. God is neither equal to His creation nor a part of it, nor is His creation equal to Him or a part of Him.
This might seem obvious, but man’s worship of creation instead of the Creator is to a large degree based on ignorance, or neglect, of this concept. It is the belief that the essence of God is everywhere in His creation or that His divine being is or was present in some parts of His creation, which has provided justification for the worship of God’s creation and naming it the worship of God. However, the message of Islam, as brought by the prophets of God, is to worship only God and to avoid the worship of His creation either directly or indirectly.
In the Quran God clearly states:
“For we assuredly sent amongst every people a prophet, with the command worship God and avoid false Gods…” (Quran 16:36)
When idol worshipers are questioned as to why they bow down to idols created by men, the invariable reply is that they are not actually worshiping the stone image, but God, who is present within it. They claim that the stone idol is only a focal point for God’s essence and is not in itself God! One who has accepted the concept of God being present in any way within His creation will be obliged to accept this argument for idolatry. Whereas, one who understands the basic message of Islam and its implications would never agree to idolatry no matter how it is rationalized.
Those who have claimed divinity for themselves down through the ages have often based their claims on the mistaken belief that God is present in man. Taking one step further, they claim that God is more present in them than in the rest of us, and that other humans should therefore submit to them and worship them as God in person or as God concentrated within their persons. Similarly, those who have asserted the godhood of others after their deaths have found fertile ground among those who accept the false belief of God’s presence in man.
It should be abundantly clear by now that one who has grasped the basic message of Islam and its implications could never agree to worship another human being under any circumstance. God’s religion, in essence, is a clear call to the worship of the Creator and the rejection of creation-worship in any form. This is the meaning of the motto of Islam:
“Laa Ilaaha illaa Allah” (There is no God but God)
The sincere declaration of this phrase and the acceptance of prophet hood automatically bring one within the fold of Islam, and sincere belief in it guarantees one Paradise. Thus, the final Prophet of Islam, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him is reported to have said:
“Anyone who says: ‘There is no God but God’ and dies holding that (belief) will enter paradise.”
Belief in this declaration of faith requires that one submit his/her will to God in the way taught by the prophets of God. It also requires the believer to give up the worship of false gods.
May this article may help us to make up our mind about God and true religion.
Please feel free to leave some comments if you have questions, critics, suggestions, additions, or anything because there is nothing to fear to discuss about this. Because it’s for ourselves goodness sake.🙂