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How do we know what religion is God's religion?There are muslims, christians,...

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amne | Student, Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted March 1, 2012 at 3:29 AM via web

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How do we know what religion is God's religion?

There are muslims, christians, buddhists, sikhs, jews and so on but how do we know which one of these religions is the right religion and the religion that God sent us...

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 1, 2012 at 4:19 AM (Answer #2)

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There is no way we can possibly know this.  If we could know for sure, wouldn't we all follow the religion that God sent us?  All religion is inherently subjective.  It is completely a matter of opinion and of faith.  We will only know what God wants after we die.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 1, 2012 at 4:46 AM (Answer #3)

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God question! Each religion claims to be the one, and some even claim that followers of the other religion will be condemned to some kind of fiery afterlife. However, I think we each have to find a way to worship God that makes sense to us, and not claim that we know.
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jpope1 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted March 1, 2012 at 6:20 AM (Answer #4)

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We don't. If religion is a path or mechanism by which to know God, it stands to reason that God, in fact, has no religion. After all, God does not need a pathway or mechanism for knowing himself. Many mystical traditions ( including Sufism and Gnostic Christisnity) acknowledge the legitimacy of different paths, claiming that one is not necessarily better than the other. I agree with litteacher8: what's important is finding a path that makes sense to you, and to live with a sense of integrity and wonder.
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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 1, 2012 at 8:54 AM (Answer #5)

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I agree with post 4.  Who's to say that despite the many differences in religions, we are not all talking about and to the same God?

Perhaps we're not all listening to the same God, but in many ways, I think all religions are ultimately attempting to reach the one and only, and perhaps many of them actually are.

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najm1947 | Elementary School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted March 1, 2012 at 12:23 PM (Answer #6)

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God's religion? If there is any, it is the religion of Balance and Justice.

Having said that, I would say that religion is for the people to follow a code of conduct so as to maintain the balance and justice in this world as the God wants it to be. Human race has progressed, gone through new experiences by acquiring knowledge and hence required an enhanced code of conduct from time to time.

The human race was also wide spread in this world through long distances. This distances and the effort needed to survive was so big that they lost contact with one another. However they continued to progress independently in their own environment in early days of human civilization requiring their independent codes of conduct.

The above gave rise to chain of religions in the desert that we know as the religion of Abraham, Judaism and Christianity and Islam. In India we know of an independent religion having no explicit link with the religion of Abraham. Other regions have been following their own codes, I don't know much if those have been monotheist or not.

All the above noted religions i.e. Judaism, Christianity and Hinduism have in their Scriptures some description of a who will come to lead them to acquire desired will of God. Muslims believe that Mohammad was the person who was given that last and complete Message from the God as Islam – The Complete Code of Conduct for mankind and this is so described in the Scripture they follow - The Quran.

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 1, 2012 at 1:00 PM (Answer #7)

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God's religion is love - love for all people; love for the world and all life in it; love expressed through living a life of respect for all creation; love reflected in treating others with justice and compassion; love demonstrated by caring for all that we have been given so it can be passed on to others.

Different faiths have different specific expressions of this love and different ways of explaining how this lifestyle was taught or demonstrated or presented as the "right" way of life, but it all comes down to love.

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wanderista | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted March 1, 2012 at 1:56 PM (Answer #8)

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Like the above posts say, there is no way to know this. Infact, there is no proof that there is a higher existence. At the moment, it's all theories and ideas: Islam, Christianity etc.

If you are looking for faith, don't choose a religion based on how they view God. Choose one based on their beliefs and ideas. It's up to you.

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted March 1, 2012 at 11:01 PM (Answer #9)

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We cannot know for sure. That is why it is called faith. Each religion claims they are the one true religion. Members of that group have faith that their religion is the right one. Personally, I tend to believe they are all the right one. Perhaps it is man that has the equation wrong. Maybe God didn't intend for there to be all these different religions. Many groups believe in the same God. Although there are fundamental differences, many religions share common beliefs.
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najm1947 | Elementary School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted March 2, 2012 at 12:56 AM (Answer #10)

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According to Muslim belief:

Decidedly the (only) religion with God is Al-Islam;

And those who have been given the Book differ not except after the knowledge has come to them out of mutual jealousy;

And whoever disbelieves in the signs of God,

Then surely God is quick to make up (his) account.

(Quran 3:19)

Also:

Say thou, “We believe in God, and what has been sent on us, And what was sent on Abraham, And Ishmael, And Isaac, And Jacob, And His children,

And what was given to Moses, And Jesus, And the prophets from the Lord.

We split not one from the rest – And to Him are we obedient (Muslims).”

(Quran 3:84)

And whoever seeks a faith other than Al-Islam

Then never shall it be accepted from him

And he shall in the Future be a looser.

(Quran 3:85)

Islam is the continuation and perfection of all the previous religions and is the religion with God.

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amne | Student, Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted March 2, 2012 at 6:20 PM (Answer #11)

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According to Muslim belief:

Decidedly the (only) religion with God is Al-Islam;

And those who have been given the Book differ not except after the knowledge has come to them out of mutual jealousy;

And whoever disbelieves in the signs of God,

Then surely God is quick to make up (his) account.

(Quran 3:19)

Also:

Say thou, “We believe in God, and what has been sent on us, And what was sent on Abraham, And Ishmael, And Isaac, And Jacob, And His children,

And what was given to Moses, And Jesus, And the prophets from the Lord.

We split not one from the rest – And to Him are we obedient (Muslims).”

(Quran 3:84)

And whoever seeks a faith other than Al-Islam

Then never shall it be accepted from him

And he shall in the Future be a looser.

(Quran 3:85)

Islam is the continuation and perfection of all the previous religions and is the religion with God.

I was bought up in Germany but moved to London which are both Christian countries but my origin is Lebanese even though I hold a German passport... My dad is Lebanese and he's a muslim and that's what I was bought up to believe but after reaching 14 years of age and studying Religious Studies, this question was a puzzle to me and I needed the answer...

THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR AMAZING ANSWERS!

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elizabethpung | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted March 9, 2012 at 9:06 AM (Answer #12)

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I don't think there's an exact answer to this interesting question. we know all of the Holy Books were sent by God so all religions are true and there are so many similarities between them.

Yet if you look at it, don't you think the correct religion would be the last religion sent to mankind? & isn't that religion Islam?

Everyone has a different point of view, and everyone has different beliefs. but overall, I think all religions have the same point - which is the obeying of God. :) <3

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najm1947 | Elementary School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted March 9, 2012 at 12:01 PM (Answer #13)

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elizabethpung, in Post 12 raises a very pertinent question:

Yet if you look at it, don't you think the correct religion would be the last religion sent to mankind? & isn't that religion Islam?

I believe that it is given in the scriptures of all divine religions like Hinduism, Judaism and Christianity etc that someone, who praised the God and/or was praised, was to come as the prophet and savior of mankind. The followers of Islam claim that Mohammad having second name Ahmed, given by his mother, having the meanings as above was that savior who brought the last and complete message of God for the mankind. And as their book Quran puts it:

... This day, have I perfected for you your faith,

And completed my blessing upon you,

And have accepted for you Al-Islam as religion;... (Quran 5:3)

And

This (Quran) is a clear declaration to all Mankind,

And a guidance and teaching to those who are reverent. (Quran : 3:138)

And

... This is a Book which We have sent down to thee that thou mayest bring out mankind from darkness into light;

With the permission of their Lord to the path of All-Mighty, All-Praised. (Quran 14:1)

So I suggest to the human race to ponder.

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zaraqkhan142 | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted March 17, 2012 at 7:26 AM (Answer #14)

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i will request all non muslims to plz jst completely study islam in authentic books and you will find the realty.plz save yourselves.dont stray from the right path.believe u me there are people who dont want u to be on the right path.i am not forcing u,just requesting u to plz read about islam and then leave the decision upon ur heart and u will inshALLAH find the glory

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nicegirl54 | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted March 19, 2012 at 9:38 PM (Answer #15)

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Islam is the last religion that God send it to us .

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wordprof | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted April 22, 2012 at 6:13 PM (Answer #16)

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