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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