I’ve found that, especially pertaining to spiritual matters, translations between language loose the very essence of their meaning. For example din in Arabic is often translated to as “faith” or “religion” when it fact it means something closer to “the way you live your life in accordance to your spiritual beliefs” and contains many underlying connotations and cultural understandings that cannot be understood by people who are not intimately familiar with the culture. You see each place and people has a CULTURAL CONSCIOUSNESS from which they naturally draw much of their understanding and experience of the world. The negative here is that it causes people to be very ETHNOCENTRIC. ~Jones
God created FREE WILL, because He has free will and he wanted to share that with another creation. He made the djinn, among whom was Lucifer, who was the proudest of them all. These beings were made of smokeless flame. Energy. Then God decided He wanted to create a being from a PHYSICAL material, and so He created Adam from the the wet earth. And then He commanded all of the angels and djinn to bow before Adam, His new creation.
Now, the angel have no free will, they are instruments of God’s perfect will. And so all of them bowed.
But amongst the djinn Lucifer came forth and in his pride he would not bow. And it was the first time anything had ever apposed God’s perfect will. But God gave FREE WILL to the djinn and mankind, and so He allows this will to be 100% free, for our God is true to his word.
But our God is also just. And so to appose God’s perfect will, which is 100% good and right, you have committed OTHER THAN God’s perfect will, which is 100% evil and wrong. You see, we are not robots, and God does not ask much or often of His creations of which he has granted free will. So then when God directly commands them to bow, they had better expect he means it, and it is with good reason.
For bringing the first EVIL into creation, now God curses Lucifer, henceforth to be known as satan, and a place called HELL is created. It is a place of absolute wrong and evil for those who CHOOSE that path of wrong and evil (AKA other than God’s will) with their 100% free will.
In his desperation, satan challenges God, telling him that man is evil and wicked like himself and he would like the opportunity to prove it before he burns in hell for all eternity.
For reasons known only to our wise God, he allowed satan this opportunity…
To be continued…
“Jerusalem– a city so incredibly holy that people have been violently killing each other over it for like two millennia.”
Newton’s third law states:
“For every action there is a reaction, equal to it and opposite in direction.”
If ALL OF CREATION is the reaction, then God must have created (or is!) the ACTION. If Newton law holds true in this case as well, then God must have produced a force/action that is EQUAL and OPPOSITE to all things in creation. Hmmm… What is OPPOSITE of ALL OF CREATION? … Non-existence? Or perhaps the realm of the unseen that is beyond the physical… I don’t know. Just a thought.
“Patience means power; he who is patient is strong. Trust (in God) is what one needs.”
It’s hard for me to talk to people about God…
I think it’s because a lot of believers don’t take God as seriously a I do, and many of those who do ARE WAY TOO SERIOUS ABOUT IT. Now this might seem like a contradiction, but allow me to explain.
If you believe in God, the REAL God who created EVERYTHING and allowed every religion to exist and probably was the motivation behind at least a few, wouldn’t you want to know what He has to say? Not what people have to say about him (cause what to they know) or what you’d like to believe, but what HE ACTUALLY HAS TO SAY?
I sure do.
But a lot of religious people don’t take the time to really read their own religious scriptures. And so their whole conception of God is based on wishy-washy feelings, human logic (which is often just WRONG by the way, even if it makes sense – Spiritual vs. Temporal Wisdom), or what someone else told them (and by the way I am skeptical of priests, imams, etc. They are just men like us and so susceptible to flaw, confusion, and even corruption). I just have no interest in hearing these viewpoints, if they are not somehow scripturally based…
Then there are those who ACTUALLY READ THE SCRIPTURES, but more often than not (in my mind, and please correct me if I’m wrong) these people take life and the world TOO SERIOUSLY. In my opinion it is good to be serious about these things, but not to ACT serious. God also invented LAUGHTER, JOKES, and SILLINESS, and nowhere does make these things out to be a sin.
I shall pray that I find more like-minded people with while to share my love and fascination for God and all of his creations.
If you are one of these people, please leave a comment below so I know that I’m not alone!!
God bless :)
“…be warned: there is no end to the making of many books, and much study wearies the body. When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is:fear God and keep His commands, because this [is for] all humanity. For God will bring every act to judgment, including every hidden thing, whether good or evil.” Eccl 12:9-14 (HCSB)
“The creation of the heavens and earth is greater than the creation of mankind, but most of the people do not know.” (40:57)
…the life of all of creation, the seen and the unseen.
This message goes out to the women. If you want men to act more whatever, start looking for that in men. These days women (seem to) care about money, power, and good looks, so this is what men strive for. If women made it clear that instead they were looking for GREAT CHARACTER then trust me men would begin to develop great character. Men will develop what is necessary to attract their mate, that is how we are programmed.
On a personal level, women should figure out what they NEED from a guy, versus what they want. Of course you WANT your man to be wealthy, powerful and good looking, but don’t you NEED him to be respectful, loving, and courteous? (Or whatever personality traits that YOU personally need in a life partner?) I got this tidbit of philosophy from the awesome comedian Dave Chapelle. Check out this clip from his standup which is both funny AND enlightening.