How to choose a good religion
“I intend to choose a religion. How can I identify and choose a good religion among all these religions in the world? How can I recognize which religion is real and true?”
Before asking “which religion should we choose?” we should ask “which God do we want to select to worship?” In this case we can choose a “religion” easier.
It is obvious that choosing a religion does not studying all the religions and then choose one of them. It is impossible. So we should consider some principles for each choice:
- We should consider that every choice such as religion or other things (a friend or even a cloth etc.) is chosen by “wisdom” or “desire”. Because of this says “wisdom is the internal prophet.” Without a doubt whatever which is chosen by desire is wrong and it hurts, even it is a right thing.
- If you can study all religious books such as the Quran, the Bible, and the Torah and all human doctrinaire books, you must judge among them intellectually.
- Religions are divine or humanly. Islam and Christianity are religion. Freemason and Zionism are religion too. It is clear that human religions are fully invalid and useless. First, human does not have the science to write the religion. Second, human is not the owner. Third, human commands according his understandings and desires, and at last no one is not allowed to codify religion and announce it for other fellow men.
Now what is “the divine religion”? When there is one God, one universe, one mankind, one life, one death, and one life after the death, how many religions should exist? “Wisdom” confirms that the base of all divine religions is the same. The revelation clarifies this meaning too:
إِنَّ الدِّينَ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ الْإِسْلاَمُ
The true religion with God is Islam. (Surah AL-E-IMRAN, V 19)
The difference among religions is because of their laws not the base of it. For example in one law prayer, fast, and Kiblah is something and in other law is something else.
Now we can identify the main principles of divine religions by wisdom which are “monotheism” and then “the Resurrection Day”, believe in retuning back to Him. So we can refer the definition of God in divine religion to the wisdom. Does wisdom confirm that God is not creature, phenomenon, created, restricted, mortal, incapable, and have no dualism, associate, or instance? Or wisdom confirms the following belief:
He has sons. He has daughters. He Himself was born. He bears. He is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit at the same time. His hands are fastened. He forgets. He has regretted to create human being. He comes to the earth and loses the believers’ house. He leaves His creatures after the creation and does not guide them and leaves them alone. He was crucified by who created!!
Now look at this example. The wisdom and math confirm that 2*2=4. What do you answer to this question? “Two multiply by two is equal to…?” You answer 4 right away. Now what do you answer to this question? “Two multiply by two is not equal to…?” Do you say all the unlimited numbers which are the answer? Or you say “nothing except 4”.
This is the concept of «لا اله الا الله»; there is no god but Allah(special name of God). In a short sentence is said that there is no god but the one God. And there is no divine religion but Islam:
وَ مَنْ يَبْتَغِ غَيْرَ الْإِسْلاَمِ دِيناً فَلَنْ يُقْبَلَ مِنْهُ وَ هُوَ فِي الْآخِرَةِ مِنَ الْخَاسِرِينَ
Whoso desires another religion than Islam, it shall not be accepted of him; in the next world he shall be among the losers. (Surah Al Emran, V 85)
Someone studies all invalid religions, doctrinaires, and theories to accept a truth by denying them. He acts as same as one who calculates all the numbers to answer 2*2 and concludes that all the numbers are wrong and only 4 is the correct answer. But wise people first learn the numbers and four main calculation functions.
In the preceding we said all human religions are invalid because they are from human. What about divine religion? If someone reads first two pages of Holy book and read the Surah Ah-hamd too and think about it, the fact will reveal for him. He accepts the truth unless his brain does not work properly and close doors of his heart and want to obey his passion. Then there is no difference for him to study and research about religion or not. No arguments and reasons change his opinion and his slogans are according to his passions.
أَ رَأَيْتَ مَنِ اتَّخَذَ إِلٰهَهُ هَوَاهُ أَ فَأَنْتَ تَکُونُ عَلَيْهِ وَکِيلاً
have you seen him who has made gods of his own desires? would you be a guardian over him? (Al-forghan, 43)