„You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.“
– Old saying.
True faith is rewarded in the hereafter. It will be unbelief too, but … you don’t want that. That was the message of all the prophets – that of each one of them.
How can we justify an afterlife? So where else can the injustices of this life be made up for, if not in a later life? What we perceive as injustices in this life would be a poor reflection of God’s sense of justice if these „injustices“ were not compensated for by appropriate rewards and punishments in the hereafter. Some of the worst of the worst enjoy the most luxurious lives. While some of the best of the best suffer terribly. For example, which prophet had an easy time? Which prophets lived spoiled, dazzling lives comparable to those of a mafia boss, drug king or a tyrannical ruler – whether in our time or in theirs? If we trust in the grace and justice of our Creator,
So there will be a day of judgment, we will all be there and it will be a bad time to think about changing our lives for a better one. Because … now stay with me … because then our lives will be over. It will simply be too late. The report of our actions is already finished. And there is no going back.
Humanity is separated according to their beliefs and deeds. The believers will be defended, the unbelievers will be judged, the violators (if not forgiven) will be punished according to the severity of their sins.
The Jews declare that paradise is the birthright of the „chosen people“, the Christians claim „not to be perfect, but they will be forgiven“ and Muslims believe that all who die devoted are entitled to atonement . Those who have followed the revelation and the prophet of their time will succeed, while those who have given the revelation and the prophet of their time have done so, endangering their souls.
According to Islam, the believing Jews were right until they rejected the prophets who followed later (ie John the Baptist and Jesus Christ) and their teachings and, in the case of Jesus, the revelation that he gave. In this way the Jews lived devotedly to God, but not according to His rules, but according to their rules. When God sent prophets or revelations that they did not like, they preferred to live by the religion of their forefathers rather than by the religion of God. In this way, they fell into disobedience and unbelief.
Accordingly, Jesus‘ followers were on the truth until they rejected the last prophet (ie Muhammad). Again the followers of Jesus‘ God surrendered, but only according to their own rules. And that’s not good enough. When asked to honor the last revelation (ie the Quran) and the prophet who proclaimed it (ie Muhammad), they rejected them and fell into the same disobedience as their Jewish cousins.
According to the Muslims, the religion of truth has always been Islam (that is, submission to the will of God) because that was what the prophets taught. However, the refinement of Islam can be found in the last revelation and in the teachings of the last prophet. With the revelation of the last revelation, God overruled all previous religions and revelations. Therefore, the only group that submits to God’s religion today is that of Muslims. Those who know and reject Islam will be damned. Those who know Islam and who voluntarily avoid the responsibility to study religion will also be damned. However, those who die without knowing Islam, or who have deliberately avoided knowing it, will be examined on the day of Judgment to prove what they would have done if they had known And on that basis, God will judge them.
In this way, one can imagine that there are Jews who have died without even hearing about the later prophets and Christians who have died without knowing about Muhammad and the Holy Quran – they will not be condemned . Rather, God will make His judgment according to her submission to the revelation known in her lifetime and test her faith and obedience. The same will happen to those who died without even knowing all the revelations. So the ignorant who die in earnest searching for the religion of truth have hope of salvation, while the insincere cannot hope for it, even if they are educated.
Copyright © 2007 Laurence B. Brown; with his consent.
The above excerpt comes from Dr. Brown’s upcoming book MisGod’ed, which will soon be published along with its sequel God’ed. Both books can be found on Dr. Browns website can be viewed :. www.LevelTruth.com. Dr. Brown can be contacted at: BrownL38@yahoo.com