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Articles by Alan Dean

God’s Promise of Heaven It is not just enough to believe in God to be a righteous person you must also believe in the promise of God. God promises that those who believe in Him alone, the last day and work righteousness will be blessed to live forever in a beautiful paradise we know as Heaven. The only reason why someone would obey God in this life is that this person wants to be of those who will be blessed in the next life to live forever in Heaven. However, I don’t believe that most people today understand what it is that God is promising His righteous believers or have the correct understanding of Heaven. I have seen many movies, heard many stories, read many books, but I have not seen, heard or read one true story told about Heaven. All that I have seen are pictures of white clouds and people walking around in all white wearing bird’s wings on their backs. This is not the Heaven that I understand is promised to God’s righteous people. I do not doubt that God promises His people that they will be blessed to live forever in a real physical place like earth that will be a paradise. Yes, a physical existence where we will have physical bodies, friends, and mates. A paradise where the righteous will be living in beautiful gardens where rivers will flow beneath their feet. A haven where everything will be made comfortable, enjoyable, and where happiness will be with everyone forever. I believe it is essential that a person has the correct perspective of the Heaven that is promised by God if this person is going to strive to do good deeds and obey God in this life to go there. If a person does not have the correct perspective of Heaven, why should this person want to go there? I don’t believe that anybody is looking forward to going to a Heaven where everyone is walking around as spirits with no physical bodies living in white clouds where they may or may not get their wings one day. Read Complete Article
God’s Punishment of Hell part 1 In God’s Holy Books He states that the only reason He created humanity is to see who is best in good conduct. No matter what the people who don’t believe in God are saying the only thing that has ever happened on earth is because God wants to see who is best in right conduct. Everything else that people believe is happening is either a lie or an illusion. God promises that He will send all those who believe in Him, the last day and work righteousness to a beautiful paradise in the next life where they will live in everlasting happiness. Conversely, God promises that He will send all the evil people who disobey Him to hell in the next life where they will suffer forever. Furthermore, God promised that He would destroy every society on earth that refuses to repent from their evil deeds and join those who believe in Him alone, the last day and work righteousness. However, The Most Gracious has decided to have mercy and grant each population a period to repent with a preset date to end, called respite. During this period of respite from God, the people are allowed to disobey God and do whatever they want, but once their respite has ended God promises to destroy that population. In God’s holy books there are many stories told about the civilizations that God destroyed in the past for their disobedience to Him. What was it that God was demanding of these civilizations that were so difficult for them to do that lead to God deciding to make an end of them? Read Complete Article
The Misunderstanding of the Holy Quran The Holy Quran is the last book known to have been revealed to the world by God to Prophet Mohammed around 1,400 years ago. Most people in the world today know of the Holy Quran even though they may not have read the book or believe in it. Also, most people in the world think that the Holy Quran belongs to the Islamic religion and that Islam is the religion of the Holy Quran. In the Holy, Quran God tells the people who believe in Him that the number one duty of a believer is to make His message clear to the people. The first thing I feel must be done to make God’s message clear to the people of the world is to explain to them that the word Islam means the community of people that submit their will to God in obedience. Also, that the word Muslim means the individual that surrender his or her intention to God in compliance. In school as children, we were told that the purpose of a word is to represent meaning. A meaning can live without the word, but should a word live without its meaning? If a definition is not made clear for a word, then the people are free to make up any purpose they want to make up for that word. I believe the definition is more important than the word, but in this case, the words Islam and Muslim have been given more importance over their meaning by the people who had the book before us. I believe that this practice misrepresents the original message that God wants His believers to deliver to the world with the Holy Quran. Read Complete Article
Who was Jesus? If all three of the major religions of today, consider Abraham to be the father of their faith shouldn’t the people in these religions be preaching and practicing the same message that Abraham preached and practice? The Muslims say that we must worship God alone, but the Christians claim that Jesus is the son of God, one in a trinity. My question is will it be the Muslims that will end up in hell in the next life for not worshipping Jesus as the son of God? Or, will it be the Christians that will be the ones who will be punished by God for false association worship with Him? I am sure that most Christians have heard many times in their life that Jesus was not the son of God, so if they are the ones that are wrong, they won’t be able to say to God on the day of Judgment that no one told them that Jesus was not the son of God. Read Complete Article
An African American Story The Culure of Science or Supperstition I would like to start this story by telling you about when I visited the city of Dakar Senegal, West Africa to participate in an art show there with many other African American Artists. I believe that 90% of the people in Senegal are Muslims, and I was fascinated by the beautiful sights and the beautiful people that I saw and met there. From anywhere in the city I could hear the call to prayer five times a day. The people would line up by the hundreds to make their prayers in the streets after the Masjids were full. I considered all of this to be a beautiful experience for me, but then something else happened. My African tour guide told me that he could take me to an Islamic religious leader and receive a blessed pouch from him that had pages from the Holy Quran in it. He told that this pouch would protect me from all harm if I would wear it around my neck. Also, he said to me that if I were in a plane crash, I would be the only one to be blessed to survive. Furthermore, if someone tried to shoot me with a gun that the bullet will not hurt me. I told this person that I am sorry, but I cannot accept that gift because this was not my religion or my belief. Most of the Muslim men that I talked to in Dakar tried to convince me that their form of Islam is better than others because they had the belief in magic, but I did not see it that way. I was also shocked when I realize that most of the Muslim men were wearing all types of pouches under their clothes to protect them from the many things that they feared. However, I was impressed with how sincerely the Africans in Dakar Senegal believed in what they thought to be true. I remember saying to myself that the Africans believe more profoundly than any people I have ever seen. I considered unfortunate that they were thinking in the wrong way. Read Complete Article
A Righteous Band of People Q13:17 He sends down water from the skies, and the channels flow each according to its measure: but the torrent bears away the foam like the scum that mounts up to the surface. Even so, from that (ore) which they heat in the fire to make ornaments or utensils. In addition to that, there is a scum likewise. Thus, doth Allah (by parables) show forth Truth and falsehood: for the scum disappears like foam cast out; while that which is for good for humanity remains on the earth. Thus, doth Allah set forth parables. This paragraph Q13:17 from the Holy Quran is a parable, and I believe that a parable reflects the reader’s interpretation of his or her understanding to serve as a tool to help explain something more clearly to others. In this parable above, I believe God is saying that when you forge metal in a fire to make ornaments or utensils, a scrum will separate from the metal. However, after the scum separates from the metal, it will perish on its own or is thrown away. This parable is saying that this scum will be like the foam that rises to the top of a wave or torrent that will be cast out onto the shore. I am sure God is using the example of forging the metal in the fire because the people that lived in the time of Mohammed seen this done with metal before. I believe the scum represents everything that is forbidden by God and God is promising to destroy the evil after it has separated from the good in our lives and our societies. I believe the fire in this parable represents the people who have banded together in what God said is right and who is forbidding each other from doing what God said is wrong. I don’t believe God is going to bless any people to be righteous or prosperous if they are disobeying Him or are still clinging to others who are defying Him. I believe there is only one way a people can be blessed to become the fire that will forge a new righteous world, and that is to separate themselves from those who are still disobeying God. Read Complete Article
A Righteous Train is Coming Many individuals today believe that it’s too late for our country to become righteous again and that our problems are just too big for our cities to change. This problem could be real if we expect to change everything that is wrong at the same time. Let’s look at our society as if it was a long heavy railroad train that needs to get into motion in the right direction. Our society train is so massive that if we try to get everything rolling or try to change everything that is wrong at the same time we are not going to get anything moving. If an engineer of a real train works to get all the cars on his train to begin to move at the same time, his train would never get into motion. It would just break apart every time he tries to pull it because his train is also too big. So how does the engineer get his train to get into motion? The engineer will only try to get the first car in his train to start moving. Once the first car begins to start rolling that car will get the second car to start going too. Then, the second car will get the third car to move, and this process will continue all the way down the line until all the cars in his train are in motion. Once all the cars in his train are moving the engineer can then take off and go as fast as the tracks he is riding on will allow him to go. Read Complete Article
God’s Punishment of Hell Part 2 Most of the people who were disturbed by the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage claim that they want to do something to reverse this decision. But, how many people who claim to believe in God has taken vacations in Las Vegas, are buying lottery tickets, have gone on a cruise ship that had a casino on it or has watch movies that have immoral language and sexual activities in it? You may ask what does casinos, the lottery, and immoral movies have to do with same-sex marriage? But, what you must understand is that everything and everyone who don’t believe in God is going to support each other against those who do believe in God. So, if you are giving money to any immoral activity, then you are helping all corrupt actions. The number one reason why I think the world is so evil today is that those who claim to believe in God and the hereafter is disobeying God in these matters. Read Complete Article
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