Article appeared Friday, June 28th, 2013 in The News Today, Bangladesh
The Revelation (284)yousuf mahbubul Islam, PhD
Many among us claim belief in the Creator. For those who believe, as a demonstration of belief,would it be important to have questions about the Creator? For example, should a person wantto find out who the Creator is? Or even, what relationship should exist between the Creator andHis beautifully made individual creation?There could be other questions like
can we see the Creator with our eyes?
Now, where couldwe possibly find the answer to this and the other questions? Can a scientific approach possiblybe applied? Science often uses a combination of deductive and inductive reasoning
to comeup with more specific questions to verify a statement or hypothesis and collect data to confirm or reject the hypothesis. For the question, “can we see the Creator with our eyes?” how can wecome up with a hypothesis? For constructing a hypothesis, we could look at a similar situationand ask questions. For example, human beings build robots. Can a robot
its maker? Whatwould a robot
to be able to “see” its maker? Seeing would require both “vision” and“recognition”. If a robot were given a system of
, how would it identify or
its maker?Could the same reasoning be applied to human beings being able to “see” their Creator? Basedon this observation, a hypothesis could be that the created object can physically “see” its maker.We would need data to confirm or reject this hypothesis. We would additionally needintelligence to analyze the data. For example, would it help to analyze the capacity of things thatwe
see? Can anything that we see construct a human being? Or for that matter, cananything we see put together a fly? In addition, could we find data in world literature such as theBible or Qur’an? The following Verse from the Qur’an asks us to consider the fact thateverything other than the Creator is created and hence has no power of its own, except thatgranted by Him.
O men! Here is a parable set forth!
Listen to it!
Those on whom besides Allah you callcannot create (even) a fly if they all met together for the purpose! And if the fly shouldsnatch away anything from them they would have no power to release it from the fly:feeble are those who petition and those whom they petition!
[22.73] And the Qur’an gives a comprehensive answer to the question regarding being able to “see” theCreator:
No vision can grasp Him but His grasp is over all vision: He is above all comprehensionyet is acquainted with all things.
[6.103]From the Bible, would it help to find out what happened when Moses (pbuh) wanted to see theCreator?
But He said, "You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!"
Both the Qur’an and Bible confirm that created beings cannot “physically” see the Creator.Given data from different sources that corroborate each other, what kind of conclusions can bedrawn? Also, if we cannot visually see the Creator, how would we identify or know Him? Just asan artist is known through his/her work, the Bible tells us that we can know Him through whatHe has done for us:
For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Througheverything God made, they can clearly see His invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.
[Romans 1:20, NLT]
So the Creator can be found by contemplating on the things that He has done to give us anintelligent and meaningful existence and constantly does for us each moment giving us