Tuesday, April 15, 2008

I Don't Believe It

This is a quote attributed to: "Thematic Commentary on the Quran" - Muhammad Al-Ghazali, pp. 614, 615; it's on a site called Islam Is The Solution, where the author quotes:

True believers adore God for His own sake and accept whatever He ordains for them, whether good or bad. However, as humans and believers, we need to experience the pleasure of reward, and ought not, therefore, to be so insincere as to claim that we are not seeking the material pleasures of Paradise but only to be with God and to enjoy the glory of His company!

I had to take exception to this and leave a comment. Once our Almighty Holy Creator reveals himself in the slightest way (could we handle more?) to us, directly to one, all thoughts flee about physical benefit, physical pleasures.

Yes, I've heard conversations where everyone agrees that the whole point is "to just BE with Him..", not for anything else, then everyone stands around feeling holy and righteous. For at least the moment, many can truly feel that way and it feels right and good to know that you truly only love God for God. Then the discussion turns to how wonderful it will be to have no sickness, no crime, all good, happy and wonderful. That's back to the benefits.
But once He comes and changes your whole perspective, you may remember what your perspective used to be, but it won't fit the same comfortable way anymore.
Once He shows you, you don't even care if you exist anymore, you know all that matters is that HE IS.

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