3honestly—as God would want him to do? Similarly, many statesmen say that they will accomplish certainthings with the help of God. But how many statesmen act in a truly God-fearing way? In times of war, is itnot true that statesmen on each side of the conflict often belong to the same religion, even to the samesect? How could people who had truly submitted to God and looked to him for guidance fight wars againstone another?Hence, an individual’s claim to worship God is no guarantee that he has really submitted to God’s rule.However, it cannot be denied that, throughout history, religion has had a great effect on events. In mostcountries, kings, princes, politicians, as well as ordinary folk, have been powerfully influenced by theirreligious affiliations, and by what their religious leaders have told them. This raises the question: To whatextent have the world’s religions helped individuals to submit to God’s rule?
Quoted from Jeremiah 10:23, in the Bible. All quotations from here on are either from the Bible or from the Qur’an(Koran), unless otherwise stated.
See Romans 1:20; Hebrews 3:4, in the Bible.
Today, about one and a half billion people claim to belong to one of three religions: Judaism,Christianity, Islam. Judaism is the religion of the Jews, who claim to be followers of the Law of Moses.Christians claim to follow Jesus of Nazareth, whom they view as the Messiah, or Christ. One who adheresto Islam is called a Muslim, or Mussulman. These two words have an interesting meaning. In oneauthoritative work they are defined like this: “Muslim (Mussulman): person surrendered to God.”—
Volume 2, page 439, by Muhammad Bin Hamza, published by theTurkish Ministry of Culture.Of course, believers in all these religions claim that their religion is the true one. Yet we have to askourselves: Why have none of these religions prevented mankind from coming into the critical situationthat we see around us today? A close look at the followers of these religions will help us to understand.Let us examine, first, the adherents of Judaism: Have these really followed the Law of Moses andserved God the way Moses did? Have they acted in harmony with his words? For example, Moses said tothe forefathers of the modern-day Jews who lived in his day: “A prophet from your own midst, from yourbrothers, like me, is what Jehovah your God will raise up for you—to him you people should listen.”(Deuteronomy 18:15) When did that prophet appear? Well, he did not appear during the time that the holybooks of the Jews were being written. In fact, some Jews are still waiting for him.But consider. About fifteen hundred years after Moses pronounced that prophecy, a man did appearwho, in his ministry, bore a striking resemblance to Moses. Moreover, there were more than three hundredprophecies in the books accepted as holy by the Jews that were fulfilled in this remarkable man.This man himself said to the Jews: “If you believed Moses you would believe me, for that one wroteabout me.” (John 5:46) In spite of this, the Jews of those days rejected him. Who was this man? Jesus,who was called the Christ, or anointed one. Surely, those who rejected the one promised by Moses cannotreally be viewed as worshiping God the way Moses worshiped him, can they?What about those who claim to be Christians, who say that they do accept Jesus? Look at the hundredsof millions of persons around the world who belong to the countless confusing sects that claim to beChristian. Can you actually believe that they are all worshiping God the way Jesus did?Many religions claiming to be Christian use icons or images in their worship. Would Jesus have donethis? Moses, who prophesied the coming of Jesus, warned: “You must not make for yourself a carved