7:172 When your Lord brought forth generations in succession from the Children of Adam,
and made them bear witness, 'Am I not your Lord?' They said, 'Yes, we
bear witness.' Thus, you cannot say on the Resurrection Day, 'We were not
aware of this.' [Min Zuhoorihim = From their posterity = In succession =
One generation following another. The uninterrupted survival of mankind is
a telling witness that there is an Almighty Lord Who nourishes the Universe
according to His Master Plan]
7:173 Nor can you say, 'It was our forefathers before us who committed 'Shirk' and we are
only their descendants after them. Will you destroy us on account of those
who practiced falsehood?' ['Shirk' = Associating others with God. No one
will bear the load of another. 2:134, 39:7]
The Message of the Qur’an
7:172 AND WHENEVER thy Sustainer brings forth their offspring from the loins of the
children of Adam, He [thus] calls upon them to bear witness about themselves: "Am I not your
Sustainer?" - to which they answer: "Yea, indeed, we do bear witness thereto!"139
[Of this We remind you,] lest you say on the Day of Resurrection, "Verily, we were unaware
of this"; (7:173) or lest you say, "Verily, it was but our forefathers who, in times gone by,
began to ascribe divinity to other beings beside God; and we were but their late offspring: wilt
Thou, then, destroy us for the doings of those inventors of falsehoods?"
Note 139: In the original, this passage is in the past tense ("He brought forth", "He asked them", etc.),
thus stressing the continuous recurrence of the above metaphorical "question" and "answer":
a continuity which is more clearly brought out in translation by the use of the present tense.
According to the Qur'an, the ability to perceive the existence of the Supreme Power is inborn
in human nature (fitrah); and it is this instinctive cognition - which may or may not be
subsequently blurred by self-indulgence or adverse environmental influences - that makes every
sane human being "bear witness about himself" before God. As so often in the Qur'an, God's
"speaking" and man's "answering" is a metonym for the creative act of God and of man's
existential response to it.
Man’s Innate Desire To Worship
I just heard someone say that God or gods are man-made. There is a desire in man to explain the existence of man. Thus the need for god(s). So, they tell me this is the reason they don’t believe in God. God is an invention of men?
I think that statement is to shallow. If people have concluded that God is man-made; especially after study of the religions of the world and phycology. We still need to go deeper. My question is “If God is man-made then why is it that man have a need to worship.
This is not a Christian invention. Upon examining the cultures around the world we find that most, if not all of them, worship a deity of some kind. To call the desire for worship in man ignorance is not a sufficient explanation. The Egyptians had their deities. They built one of the seven wonders of the world, the pyramids. The Mayans gave us the principles of math, the accurate measurement of time and the calendar.
Rather than argue with people about the existence of God. I would ask the question, “Why”? Why is it that man on the planet has a desire to worship a deity? Is this a spiritual innate trait of man or is this just the product of his environment. If so, then why is it in man throughout the world has a desire to worship a deity?
With man’s innate desire to worship we have to look at man. Is man looking at God because he is created this way. The compounding problem is that man is also created with a free will and is able to choose if he will worship God or not. Now put that on the table. We have to realize that deities come in various forms so we can choose. Greed and materialism is described as idolatry. Now that is a clear definition of man making a god out of money. Again, I ask, “Why”?
Why is it that man has a desire to worship? It is ingrained in man. He was created this way and looks to find the Father (the originator of all things).
Yes, I believe in the Judeo-Christian God Creator of all things and Jesus Christ the only begotten Son of God. I am spiritually drawn to Him and that is my calling and choice… My answer and confession is based on the answer of the question.
Ref: Grace Chapel Benson / Arizona
Even If You Are an Atheist, You Worship Something …
From the late great David Foster Wallace:
Because here’s something else that’s true. In the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshiping. Everybody worships.
The only choice we get is what to worship. And an outstanding reason for choosing some sort of God or spiritual-type thing to worship — be it J.C. or Allah, be it Yahweh or the Wiccan mother-goddess or the Four Noble Truths or some in-frangible set of ethical principles — is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive.
If you worship money and things — if they are where you tap real meaning in life — then you will never have enough. Never feel you have enough. It’s the truth.
Worship your own body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly, and when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally plant you. On one level, we all know this stuff already — it’s been codified as myths, proverbs, cliches, bromides, epigrams, parables: the skeleton of every great story.
The trick is keeping the truth up-front in daily consciousness. Worship power — you will feel weak and afraid, and you will need ever more power over others to keep the fear at bay. Worship your intellect, being seen as smart — you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud, always on the verge of being found out. And so on.