-this is d exact reply letter my fren sent to an atheist. (they r actually havin thz talk about God n stuff) n i guess spreading the knowledge to others is a gud thg.
Our senses are not limited in a way we substitute function of a particular senses to another function of which physiologically it can’t perform. What I’m trying to say to you is that the ability of those senses itself is limited. Our senses are not ready to identify or detect something that is out of its ability. God can’t be smelled like you would smell a rose or listened to like you would listen to Beethoven. For example, science has discovered that whales communicate to each other in a unique way that can’t be heard by human but through sonar machine. I was talking about this kind of limitation. And we are not even dealing with whales; we are talking about supreme power.
I found a question in a website long time ago; if you don’t believe in god try to create something like the human ear that serves as an astounding transducer, converting sound energy to mechanical energy to a nerve impulse which is transmitted to the brain (end of quotation). Don’t revert to nature as a last resort because nature itself is created by god whose possesses supreme intellect as you have mentioned it.
You said why choose a method that did not rely on limited humans to convey Her message to the world. This brings us to the need for prophets or god’s messengers. God revealed his messages to prophet which was human that you can see, hear, smell and touch. Prophet Muhammad was the final messenger preaching words of god for 23 years and left behind a divine revelation which is uncorrupted Quran for 1400 years now. Islam is not a new religion. The prophet preached the same as what the previous prophets had done which is to worship only one true god and not to associate him with anything. i.c Prophet Moses, Prophet Esa (translated to Jesus in English), Prophet Abraham etc. There were countless other prophets but Muslims are obliged to know only 25 which are clearly mentioned in the Quran.
You said humans have a tendency to screw things up. You are absolutely right. It happens when human leaves divine guidance behind and take things on their own, they have a tendency to screw things up. Human needs guidance. Perhaps Thomas Jefferson said his neighbour didn’t pick people pocket or breaks anybody legs but as you have mentioned it yourself, human have a tendency to screw things up.
You said, Christian pointing the finger at Islam is very much the pot calling the kettle black. Well, I would like to suggest a better idea, Christian pointing finger at Islam is very much empty vessels make the most noise or screeching wheels gets replaced. That’s why Prophet Muhammad was being sent as a final messenger; to correct things.
"Mischief has appeared on land and sea because of (the meed) that the hands of men have earned, that ((Allah)) may give them a taste of some of their deeds: in order that they may turn back (from Evil)."
You claimed mischief appeared on land and sea well before the hands of men did anything. In this case, I don’t want to argue with you which comes first is it chicken or egg. Also, you call them “so called” believers. They can’t be true believers if they commit such crime.
You said god is not coming out of hiding to stop any of the evil committed by Her children. You don’t expect at the moment the perpetrator committed a crime suddenly the sky split into two and lasers shot him down from heaven do you? (I’m sorry to say something like this). That explains the reality of judgment day and existence of heaven and hell. As I have told you even an atomic size of evil deed won’t go unnoticed. And again that’s the purpose of god sending religion to people (it needs to be the one true religion) as a guide for people to live their life up to the highest standard of morality. People committed that crime because they think nobody is going to question his/her deeds be it good or bad. In other words, they don’t believe in god. On the contrary, they are people who are going to fight crimes for justice. Like you and I (is it me or I).
You said I can’t claim with any certainty what is going to happen in the hereafter. Nor can I claim with certainty that there even is a hereafter. You can tell that I will reply to you that I have Quran as a guide but before I am able to say that you quickly claim all so called Scripture is the speculations of men. I must say that we can never know how does it feel to lie dead in grave and what is going on in there because no dead people so far has raised and tell us the news. Therefore, again, this brings us to the purpose of prophets of which things about the hereafter were revealed to him and now it has been being preserved in Quran for 1400 years now. Because Quran is a reminder.
138. Here is a plain statement to men, a guidance and instruction to those who fear Allah.
(Surah 3. Al ‘Imran Ayat 138)There are lots of things in the Quran that can tell you about everything. Please have a copy of authoritative translation of the Quran and read it on its entirety. Reading it won’t hypnotize you to revert to Islam. Read is as you would any other literary works (There is no human intervention in Quran). Read it for the sake of knowing not for judging. I say this because, I feel like if I present to you another verse it will end up to be another crap for you.You also said I am not going to read the entire Quran when I already know there is at least one verse that is false. You use the world “at least” (logical fallacy). This already explains your attitude on Quran even before you read it. I don’t want to argue on that. There is no compulsion in religion. It is ok if you need Golden Rule. It is obligatory for prophets to preach to people but it is up to the people whether they want to believe it or not. And I have also tried. As Quran reveals it,
256. Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error: whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks. And Allah heareth and knoweth all things.
(Surah 2. Al-Baqara Ayat 256).
Peace between us? Indeed, there is peace between us because Quran reveals it,
13. O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things). (Surah 49. Al-Hujurat Ayat 13)
P/s Do you believe in god?