August 3, 2020
The Path of Islam
In this episode I briefly share my journey from Christianity to Islam and the reasons for Islam as being the path to God. 1 Christian background 2 More similarities between Islam and Christianity than differences. * “… He is God – One. God, the Sustainer. He has no offspring and nor was He born. And there is none comparable to Him.” [Quran 112:1-4] * “Hear O Israel: The Lord our God – the Lord is one.” [Bible 6:4] * Jesus said, “The most important (commandment) is this, ‘Hear O Israel. The Lord our God – the Lord is One’.” [Mark 12:29] * “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above; or on the earth beneath; or in the waters below…” [Exodus 20:4-5] * “And the Father who sent me has Himself testified concerning me. You have never heard His voice nor seen His form,…” [John 5:37] 3 Rational explanation for God’s existence answered. * Something can’t come from nothing -. “Were they created by nothing …” [Quran 52:35] * Creation creating itself is paradoxical – “.. or were they themselves the creators?” [Quran 52:35] * Infinite regress – “Did they create the heavens and the earth?” [Quran 52:36] * The universes’ existence is necessitated by a being that is all-powerful, all-knowing, sustaining and self-sustaining. 4 Does the Biblical Jesus fit the necessary criteria as all-powerful, all-knowing and a self-sustaining sustainer? * Is Jesus all-powerful – “By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgement is just, for I seek not to please myself but Him who sent me.” [John 5:30] * Is Jesus all-knowing? – “But about that (final) day or hour, no one knows – not even the angels in heaven, but only the Father.” [Matthew 24:36] * Was Jesus self-sustaining? – He ate, slept, prayed, etc. 5 Comparatively, why the Quran is then from God * Does it represent God correctly – attesting to all-powerful, all-knowing, self-sustaining. * Internal validity – no contradictions. * External validation – consistent with creation, scientific proofs, etc. * Scientific proof: “Do the disbelievers not realise that the heavens and the earth were joined together, then We separated them and created from water every living thing? Will they not then believe?” [Quran21:30] * Scientific proof: Female bees – “And your Lord inspired the bees: “Make homes in the mountains, the trees, and in what people constuct.” [Quran 16:68] * Scientific proof: “Have we not smoothed out the earth and made the mountains as stakes?” [Quran 78:6-7] * Divinity: Quran as a miracle. 6 Conclusion: * Prophet Muhammad: consistency in the prophetic narrative. * Oneness of God * Worshiping God – submitting to His will: accountability, obedience, sincere deeds, praise/glorification, seeking His pleasure.