The Last Prophet 2:2-28: Believe

believeThis  book contains that about which there is no doubt, and offers guidance for those conscious of God, who believe in the unseen and pray. They believe in what was revealed to the last Prophet, and what was revealed to those who came before him, and they are certain of their faith in the afterlife. They receive true guidance from their Lord, and they are successful.

It does not matter whether you warn them or not — those who disbelieve will not believe. God has sealed their hearts and their ears, and has veiled their sight. They will receive a great punishment.

There are some who say “We believe in God and the Day of Judgement,” but are not believers. They think to deceive God and those who believe, but they only deceive themselves, though they do not see it. Their hearts are diseased, so God increases their disease. They will receive a painful punishment because they habitually lie.

When they are told to stop spreading corruption on the earth, they claim to merely be “reformers”. There is no doubt that they corrupt the truth, but they do not see that they do. When they are admonished to believe as people have believed in the past, they ask “Why should we believe what the foolish believed?” Yet they are the foolish, though they do not know it.

When they meet a believer, they profess belief, but when they are alone with their evil companions, they say, “Really, we were with you all along. We were only mocking the believers.” God mocks them and prolongs their transgression, allowing them to wander blindly. They have traded His guidance for error, and the transaction has brought them no profit.

They are like men who light a fire, but when it illuminates what is around them, God takes away the light and leaves them in darkness so they cannot see. Deaf, dumb and blind, they will not return to the correct path.

Their lives are like a storm of darkness, thunder, and lightning. They put their fingers in their ears against the thunderclaps, dreading death. The lightning almost snatches away their sight. Every time it lights the way for them, they walk in the light. But when darkness comes over them, they stand still. If God willed it, He could take away their hearing and their sight. Truly, God has power over all things.

Oh mankind! Worship your Lord, who created you and all who came before you, so that you may become righteous. He created the earth as a bed for you and the sky as a ceiling, and sent rain down from the sky, and brought forth fruits with it to provide for you. Do not claim that anyone is equal to God when you know there is nothing like Him.

If you doubt the insight God gave his servant the Prophet, then produce a scripture like this one and call upon your witnesses, other than God, if you speak the truth. But if you do not — and you will never be able to — then fear the fire which burns both men and stones, which is prepared for all unbelievers.

Spread the good news to those who believe and do righteous deeds so that they will have gardens in Paradise beneath which rivers flow. When they are provided with of fruit from them, they will say, “This is what we were provided with before.” The fruit given to them will be as it is in this life. In Paradise, they will have spouses who are pure, and they will live there eternally.

God is not shy about providing an example — that of a mosquito or a creature even smaller than it. Those who believe know that it is truly from their Lord. But those who disbelieve say, “What did God intend by creating this, for example?” The Lord thereby misleads many and guides many others. But He misleads only the defiantly disobedient, who break His covenant after making it, sever what He has ordered to be joined, and cause corruption on earth. It is they who are the losers.

How can you fail to believe in God when you were lifeless and He brought you to life? One day, He will cause your death, but then He will bring you back to life, and you will return to Him.

Next: The Last Prophet, 2:29-38: Creation

About jimbelton

I'm a software developer, and a writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and I blog about movies, books, and philosophy. My interest in religious philosophy and the search for the truth inspires much of my writing.
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