When I was a child, being raised in the teachings of Christianity; I was taught that The Creator brought destruction upon people who were evil. Stubborn and wicked people who disobeys *G-D’s …
When I was a child, being raised in the teachings of Christianity; I was taught that The Creator brought destruction upon people who were evil.
Stubborn and wicked people who disobeyed the Guidance given to them from *G-D.
They rejected G-D’s Guidance sent thru Prophets like Noah, Abraham, Lot, and Moses.
I was also taught in Sunday school, about the Plagues that were brought upon the Egyptian people; because they refused to accept what the prophet Moses had asked them to do.
Plagues like their water turned into blood (polluted waters), swarms of Locust devouring their crops, floods, invasion of frogs, drought and the death of their firstborn sons (favored children).
(Over the last few years we have seen favored children die in unnecessary, meaningless wars)
Also, I was told the story of Sodom and Gomorrah.
The people of those cities were guilty of having abnormal sex.
Men laying (having sex) with other men and women laying with other women.
The Prophet Lot had warned them against their perverted behaviour; but they refused to listen.
So the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and their people were destroyed by Fire and Brimstone.
In the Holy **Qur’an this is what our Creator says about HIS Punishment on the wicked:
With The Name of The One True G-D, The Merciful Benefactor, The Merciful Redeemer
Each one of them ***WE seized for his crime: of them, against some WE sent a violent tornado (with showers of stones); some were caught by a (mighty) Blast; some WE caused the Earth to swallow up (in earthquakes); and some WE drowned (in floods):
It was not The One True G-D, WHO injured (or oppressed) them:” They injured (and oppressed) their own souls.
(End of Qur’anic verse)
As a child I never understood why those people didn’t listen to those Prophets.
According to the Bible these prophets clearly showed by the power of their miracles; that they were indeed Messengers of G-D.
As an adult I fully understand why people do not pay attention to teachings about being righteous.
The evils of the world is too enticing.
The promoters of evil makes unrighteousness more appealing than being a good person.
Love for the pleasurable things in life, keep many of us away from making an adjustment to our immoral behaviour.
The Creators says in the Divine Scriptures that HE will never punish people until HE has sent them a Warner.
Have we been warned?
Yes we have been.
And we have been shown and taught many examples of how to become better Human Beings.
We have many recent examples of famous, good and kind-hearted Human Beings.
People like President Carter, Pope John Paul II, Pope Francis, Imam W.D. Mohamed, Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali, Deepak Chopra, Joel Osteen, Chiara Lubich, Mother Teresa, Reverend Robert H. Schuller, etc.etc.
These people have clearly shown us how to be better Human Beings.
Here are other verses from the Holy Qur’an about punishment:
To the Thamud people (WE sent) Salih (as their Prophet), one of their own brethren:
He said: “O my people! worship The One True G-D.”
“You have no other god but HIM.”
“Now has come unto you a clear (Message) from your Lord-Creator!”
“This she-camel is a Sign unto you from G-D: So leave her to graze in
G-D’s Earth, and let her come to no harm, or you shall be seized with a grievous punishment.”
“And remember how HE made you inheritors (in this place) after the ‘Ad people and gave you habitations in their land: you build for yourselves palaces and castles in (open) plains, and care out homes in the mountains; so remember the benefits (you have received) from The One G-D, and refrain from evil and mischief on the Earth.”
The leaders of the arrogant party among his people said to those who were reckoned powerless – those among them who believed (in Salih):
“Do you know indeed that Salih is an Apostle from his Lord-Creator?”
They said: “We do indeed believe in the Revelation which hath been sent through him.”
The Arrogant party said: “For our part, we reject what you believe in.”
Then they cruelly, slaughtered the she-camel, and insolently defied the order of their Lord-Creator, saying:
“O Salih! bring about your threats, if you are indeed a Messenger (of G-D)!”
So the earthquake took them unawares, and they laid lifeless in their homes in the morning!
So Salih turned away from them, saying: “O my people! I did indeed convey to you the Message for which I was sent by my Guardian-Lord”:
“I gave you good counsel, but you love not good counsellors!”
(End of Qur’anic verses)
I have been reading this story about the Prophet Salih for the past 40 years.
The beautiful she-camel that The Creator gave to Salih’s people as a Sign.
A beautiful innocent animal who had done no wrong to anyone. Yet they brutally slaughtered her.
The people’s hearts had become hardened from any kind of Human sentiment.
They boldly slaughter this innocent animal; just to show that they cared little about Salih’s warning or fear of the consequences of disobeying The Creator.
I have always wondered if we in the USA have also been given a symbol like that she-camel.
And I believe we have.
The numerous brutal killing of young (and sometimes old) African Americans by the police (or sometimes police wannabees).
In the majority of these killings the victims are innocent of any major crime.
What has shocked me is that so many Americans have become so hard-hearted that they have no sympathy for the victims or the victims’ families.
They have no sympathy because their hearts have been hardened by racial prejudices.
Many show more sympathy for the police who are responsible for the killings.
Because usually the police killers are members of their own racial group and the victims are not.
They even had no sympathy for a 12 year old child playing with a toy gun that was killed on a playground.
Or for a man shot dead in a Walmart store, holding a BB gun he intended to purchase.
Or a man shot while laying on the ground with his hands in the air.
Many of them have such racial hatred for the innocent being slaughtered that they don’t care.
Their Humanity has taken a back-seat to their racial hatred.
The message of the New Testament story about the “Good Samaritan,” is lost to many of them; who claim to be followers of Jesus.
The real message of the “Good Samaritan” is: how to treat people who are not of your race or religion.
You may claim to be a good Human Being because you care for your family, your neighbours, the members of your own religion or the members of your race.
But the the real test from G-D is how you treat others who are not of your race or your religion.
The majority of so-called religious people in America have failed that test.
Their hearts are hardened against compassion for anyone outside of their own race.
Here are a few verses about hardheartedness:
Before you (O Muhammed) WE sent (Apostles) to many nations, and WE afflicted the nations with suffering and adversity, that they might learn humility.
When the suffering reached them from ***US, why then did they not learn humility?
On the contrary their hearts became hardened, and Satan made their (sinful) acts seem alluring to them.
But when they forgot the warning they had received, WE opened to them the gates of all (good) things, until, in the midst of their enjoyment of ***OUR gifts, on a sudden, WE called them to account, when behold! they were plunged in despair!
(End of Qur’anic verses)
The Prophet Moses was so fed up with Pharaoh and his wickedness that according to the Qur’an he made this prayer”
“Moses prayed: “Our Guardian-Lord! YOU have indeed bestowed on Pharaoh and his chiefs luxury and wealth in the life of the present, and so, Our Lord-Creator, they are leading (Mankind) astray from Your Path.”
“Our Lord-Creator, wipe out their wealth, and send hardness to their hearts, so they will not believe until they see the grievous penalty.”
Being hard-hearted is a thing to fear. That is the precursor to punishment.
The presidential candidacy of Donald Trump has shown that many people in America have become hard-hearted and hateful.
Many Americans (of all races) are now filled with anger and hatred.
Recently there have risen groups and individuals among African Americans; who are promoting hatred against Caucasians.
They claim that because of the historic and present day bad treatment of African Americans by some Caucasians; is a justification for their hatred.
There is no justification for becoming hateful.
Cultivating hatred within your soul WILL destroy your Humanity.
Without Human sentiments your life will be a living hell.
I fear that many destructive things (both natural and unnatural) will soon befall the United States of America.
And destruction and all kinds of calamity will happen to any other city or country; around the world where the majority of the people living there display hatred for others not of their own nationality, religion or ethnic group.
*G-D instead of god. G O D spelt backwards is dog. This is not a respectful spelling of a word to be used in reference to The All-Mighty Creator of the Heavens and Earth.
** Qur’an is the Revelation given to Muhammed the son of Abdullah, of Arabia in the 7th century.
This Revelation was given to him from the Angel Gabriel, over a time period of 23 years.
Just like the majority of Arabs at that time, Muhammed could neither read nor write.
The Merciful Creator used him and his people; to demonstrate to the ‘Learned’ of this world that HE Alone is in control of HIS creation.
To show them that they are not in control of knowledge and wisdom.
HE raised a man who had been illiterate from among an illiterate people.
HE gave him a Message that would/will transform the world.
A world that had/has been made corrupt by false teachings about the nature of Mankind; false teachings about religion and false teachings about who The Creator is.
***WE, US, OUR is a reference in the Qur’an to the Angels who have been created by our Creator. They are assigned the responsibility to manage everything and everyone in creation. They are totally obedient to the Commands of The Master-Creator. They obey HIS Commands without question.