ghulam mohammed wrote:More or less the basic guidance in all religions are the same.
I agree, and therefore no one religion claim monopoly on truth and declare it is as superior or perfect.
Aarif wrote:...if you completely isolate the human race from concept of religion, there is no way one can answer these important questions about human race.
Religions attempt to answer these important questions, but it is not necessary that religions alone have the answer. Mystics and masters of the past have found the answer and most of them had nothing to do with religion. Like Buddha and Jesus. Neither of them followed any religion nor started any.
anajmi wrote:Then a different one. Let us say that God created all religions and hence all religions are true. Now, God has given you a lot of choice, if you still choose to be a disbeliever, you deserve hell.
You're funny, but your sense of humour does not contribute to the debate. I may go to hell if there is one, but this discussion is not about me.
Thai wrote:Depending on the definition of "religion",---the concept of free-will and accountability cannot exist without answering all the other questions--such as ---Who/What is God, Why were we created? what is the purpose of life?/why are we here? what happens to us after this life?.......etc.
Even if these questions are answered - which most religions do - they cannot be validated. You'll have to take somebody's word for it.
Thai wrote:However,If you study comparitive religions, you will find that Islam "completes" all other previous religions---in that the very simple yet powerful concept of Tawhid
There is no such thing as "complete" - the universe is ever-evolving. As for Tawhid, it was not new. The concept of oneness and unity of God have long been part of ancient Indian and Chinese culture. Even monotheism predates Moses.
Thai wrote:However, our responsibility is not just to "self". It isn't enough to simply "know God"----our belief (inner spirituality)must help transform the "outer" creation into peace and harmony.
How? By imposing religion on unsuspecting people. Secular laws can achieve the same result. Those who achieve inner spirituality do not need laws nor religion.
Thai wrote:Right belief which promotes right intentions that leads to right actions for the betterment of all of God's creations. .......and that is what the Quran is all about.
Maybe. But there are other sources and scriptures that do the same. Even so, the point is right belief and right action is only at the level of intellect - the soul remains untouched. Secular laws and civil society can also create betterment of God's creations.