By: Maged Taman
The reason made me write this small article is a comment from a visitor to my blog identified himself as Ruth.
1-Mr. Ruth said in his comment:
The prophets in the OT (Old Testament) all proclaimed that Yahweh told them to speak. Isaiah always claimed that his words were God’s words, “Listen, for Yahweh is speaking”, “The Lord Yahweh Sabaoth says this”. Jeremiah insisted that, “the word of Yahweh cane to me, saying” and “Yahweh says this..”. Ezekiel was shown visions and he says, “The hand of Yahweh came on me, and he (God) said…”. God spoke to Hosea. Hosea said, “Yahweh said to me.” Amos claims, “Yahweh says this..”. Obadiah says, “I have received a message from Yahweh” The word of Yahweh came to Micah. Micah says, “Now listen to what Yahweh says:” And the list of prophets goes on all claiming that God told them to speak. Jesus claimed to be speaking what God told him to say.John 12:48-5049 For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it. 50 I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say." John 7:16-18"My teaching is not my own. It comes from him who sent me. 17 If anyone chooses to do God's will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. So we should only listen to prophets that relay God's words. And if they heard from God they will say so. God makes his messages clear and claims his own messages.
2-My answer: God's communication with humans.
Man has many reasons in the world to make him think that God existence is a reality. One of the most important of these reasons is the internal feeling of God existence or what we call it the grace of God or Fatra (inborn instinct). You do not need to be a complicated physicist to examine the universe and come up with the phrase (All the equations of the universe point to a very calculating God behind them). Most people who do not read or write just know there is God there they feel it and believe it, period.
For God to communicate with humans through few of them what we call prophets is an accepted and expected notion. At very personal level a lot of us communicate with God. The common two ways are through visions and inner feeling. Visions can be things that will happen in the future that come to us during sleep with fine details or with codes a snake in a vision is an enemy for example. The inner feeling is something inside you tell you that this person is truthful or a liar. Sometimes we feel something bad will happen and it does and so forth. However the visions and inner feeling or intuition are less accurate as compared to those of prophets.
Prophets are humans like us with more powerful connection with God. Their visions are in most part are true. God specifically talk to them in visions and give them his words. Most of these prophets are already known by their people to be trustworthy and their prophecies came true.
The second way God communicates with prophets is through his angels particularly Gabriel.
When Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) told his wife about his first encounter with the angel of God she believed him and as the Quran came down gradually from God a lot of people believed him 1.4 billion of them are alive today.
The third way is God talk to his prophets in real life and not in visions like with prophet Moses (PBUH). Even though Moses (PBUH) had showed the Israeli his miracles and made Pharaoh drown in front of their eyes they asked to see God in person. Which God has made it clear that we will see him through his creation, scripture and miracles of the prophets including the Quran.
The fourth way is through inspiration. Humans' minds unlike all laws of universe that are finely regulated and not in random (even the winds follow very strict laws of physics) has freedom from the laws. It is like you are thinking 1 +1 = 2 and while you are doing this simple equation or any reasonable sequence of thoughts you find a floating thought come to your brain any time even without a logical sequence. For this reason people believe that it is at least possible that God inspire them with thoughts as well does Satan. Many people believe some ideas come to them are inspiration from God. I believe Taman Health Plan is inspiration from God. But I never heared God voice. Some people have visions that may make me think that God is thinking about me.
I personally believe many of our discoveries are the black swan meaning that this occurred at random and not the white swan that you would always expect. The great discovery of ED (erectile dysfunction) drug Viagra was a failed experimental drug for the heart and was found by chance by the patients who were trying the drug to help erection. Issac Newton had God drop an apple to him to think and be inspired by the laws of gravity that he uncovered. In fact many events and big changes in the world history came suddenly with no prediction.
The fifth way of communication between God and humans is through a prophecy. God would describe to humans a certain prophecy and they learn to see the prophecy unfold in front of their eyes in a collective way and large scale that make people believe the person that they see or do not see is the one described in the prophecy. They will even work it among themselves to make the prophecy come true.
If you read the prophecy of Isaiah 52 and 53 The Servant In Isaiah 52 and Isaiah 53:
God talk about a servant who will change the world and God will make his servant do that while people think he is in delusion, sleepy state or they seeing a movie that is unreal. That is why people will be startled and kings will be speechless, because it appears unreal while it is real. Why God would do that: when God would send to people a clear and real prophet with clear signs people would kill him or oppress him. In this time while he is oppressed by the wicked people (Satan agents in earth, not the good Jews) God will continue to change the world through him and with new supporters while the kingdom of Satan would fall down thus our Messiah Jesus Christ will inherit the earth.
Ruth is right when he said "God makes his messages clear and claims his own messages". God has different ways to make his messages clear. We have the Quran very clear message from God it is the true word of God let us sincerely study it and know the reality of Islam and the good it has to humanity. I would also add here that according to Ruth:
Jesus claimed to be speaking what God told him to say.John 12:48-5049 For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it. 50 I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say." John 7:16-18"My teaching is not my own. It comes from him who sent me. 17 If anyone chooses to do God's will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.
So if Jesus was God he would talk his won words but he mention he speak what God relayed to him. That is why he was mentioned in the Bible and Quran that he is the word of God. He would do the miracles as be it will be as God ordained to him.