Acknowledging and Identifying God

 

We cannot see God, smell Him nor touch Him. The only thing left to recognize and identify God with is our minds. Our minds are equipped to identify Him, We may call that: "The God Identification System" or "The God part of the brain". The Book of Islam -the Quran- teaches that when oone looks to or thinks of things around us wisely, one should be able to see the signs of the Creator. It teaches that each one has the recognition of "God" -in some expression- imprinted on his soul, a part of the very "nature in which Allah has made mankind" (Quran, chapter 30: verse 30). This "undeniable" inner nature is called in Arabic "Fitrah". An example of "fitrah" is our perfect agreement with many of what God forbade us from doing, like killing and stealing. No matter who we are, which culture or education we may have, all of us still agree that killing and stealing -as examples- are wrong.

In the Quran chapter 2 verse 164: "Behold; in the creation of the heavens and the earth, in the alternation of the night and the day, in the sailing of the ships through the ocean for the profit of mankind. In the rain which Allah sends down from the skies, and the life that He gives therewith to an earth that is dead, in the beasts of all kinds that He scatters through the earth. In the change of the winds, and the clouds which they trail like their slaves between the sky and the earth; (Here) indeed are signs for a people that are wise".

We can see that when somebody is honestly searching for God, and that sometimes through his quest, when God is being presented to him or her in a way that does not suit nor fit God, that the person easily rejects that weak image of God. In another situation, when God is being presented in a very good and positive way we find that the same person will say: "I like that (image) of God" Or: "I accept that God."

Once one concludes that there is a God, some kind of a guide or a manual to go by to know what is right and what is wrong according to Him is needed. Which is another "Identification" system that we are equipped with. Each and every one of us know about right and wrong, we also know that following the right will definitely make us better people, communities and world. This way when we find out that God commands us to do good and forbid evil, it will be easy for us to accept, because we are already "prepared" or "made to" Identify the right, the wrong and …God.

We have most likely run into somebody who says; "I believe that there is a God, I believe in the right and wrong, but I just can't accept any of these religions". It is clear that such a person did acknowledge God even though the "image" of God presented to him -so far- was so fade or so weak. This is a proof that his or her "God Consciousness" exists and that it is working and that God did give us a way to identify Him with.

Since God has chosen the way to communicate with all of us, which is the revealed scripture, and since we are suppose to find and recognize God with our minds. It should expect that the way that He has chose for us to communicate him with (The Scriptures) have to make sense to our minds. Otherwise, our minds can't "acknowledge" Him or "see" Him.

Which scriptures are the true scriptures? As we briefly explore the Quran, we will share some suggestions about how to identify the true scriptures, and talk about faith and blind Faith as well.

 

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