In the case of both the Israelis and the Palestinians, it is known that both parties hurt, injure, steal the rights of, and kill one another. Ironically, both the Jews and the Muslims believe in one God, who must necessarily be both Jehovah and Allah by name. The God that they believe in is a peaceful God, all out to teach the method of “Love your neighbor as you love yourself. ” Furthermore, although everybody seems to have the interests of both the Israelis and the Palestinians at heart, nobody seems to be doing anything spectacular about it.
In other words, the Palestinians cannot get the Israelis off their backs, and vice versa. Neither does a strong government of the world take over the region to help the Israelis and Palestinians coexist. Such coexistence was possible in the Ottoman times, for instance. At present, however, nobody finds Palestinians another place to live. Neither does anybody advise the Israelis to tolerate their neighbors. What is more, even God does not seem to be interfering in the conflict! Thus, terrible things continue to happen in the Israel-Palestine conflict.
The theory of abnormal psychology informs us that people who are mentally sick either hurt themselves or others. According to this theory, the Palestinians are mentally sick because they kill themselves and others. The Israelis are mentally sick because they kill others. And, the rest of the world is mentally sick when it cannot find a perfect solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict here and now, and thereby allows killing between both parties instead of truly helping them. Also according to psychologists, mental sickness has to do with lack of education.
To put it another way, good education for all people of the world could stop innumerable bad things from happening to people. Educated people are more likely to understand the consequences of doing terrible things to others. According to the scriptures, the consequences are eternal. The Qur’an states that when good people (those who are obedient to God) or the believers in God suffer, it is because God is testing them to see whether they would remain faithful and thankful to God despite the adversity that faces them. The Qur’an reads:
You who believe, seek help through patience and prayer; God stands alongside the patient! …We shall test you with a bit of fear and hunger, plus a shortage of wealth and souls and produce. Announce such to patient people who say, whenever some misfortune strikes them: “We belong to God, and are returning to Him! ” Such will have their prayers [accepted] by their Lord; and [granted] mercy. Those have consented to be guided (Irving 12-13)! Also according to the Qur’an, bad things will continue to happen to those who indulge in evil.
Both the Bible and the Qur’an say, for example, that homosexuality is evil and it led to the destruction of the people of Prophet Lot. Yet, God saved Prophet Lot and his family, except his wife. God also saved Noah and most of his family, and drowned the people of Noah who had persisted in disobedience to God. As a matter of fact, God vows to save his favorites, the true believers, from all bad things. Even when believers have problems – due to the evil acts of others, or through other means – God takes responsibility to save the believers and destroy only evil, which is another name for satanic influence.
What is more, God vows that the believers would eventually be sent to paradise, and the bad people would suffer eternally in hellfire. So, even if a believer or a good individual is killed, he or she is guaranteed paradise or eternal peace and bliss (Irving). As far as evil is concerned, God’s explanation for its existence is that He also created Satan who is an avowed enemy of man. Satan urged Adam and Eve to disobey God in the Garden of Eden. Since that time, evil has existed in the world.
In point of fact, when Adam and Eve were sent down from the Garden to the Earth, they were promised that Satan would continue to try to urge them and their children to commit acts of evil. However, those who would refuse to follow Satan’s voice in their souls, and obey God instead, would be saved from eternal evil, which is hell. Such people might refuse to indulge in heavy drinking, for example, that could lead them to commit acts of violence, hate, rape, or run into deadly car accidents. Satan might urge them to continue heavy drinking, nevertheless.
Yet, it is a test of man from God who has allowed Satan to try and make people obey him until the Day of Judgment. People who are educated with regards to this test are better able to pass it, and thereby stop various bad things from happening to people. For such people, good things are prescribed in both worlds, and that is good news. What is more, these people have to do good deeds in the world in order to stop bad things from happening to them.
Also according to the Qur’an: Those who believe and those who are Jews, Christians and Sabeans, [in fact] anyone who believes in God and the Last Day, and acts honorably will receive their earnings from their Lord: no fear will lie upon them nor need they feel saddened (Irving 6). It is possible, therefore, for people to stop bad things from happening to themselves. The Bible talks about resisting evil so that evil would stay away. The Qur’an asks the believers to avoid ignorant people. In point of fact, there is great emphasis placed on learning and intelligence in the Qur’an. God is asking mankind to use its reason.
Only by using his intelligence fully may man resist evil, and stop countless bad things from happening to people. Those who would not heed the voice of God, however, are warned that bad things would continue to happen to them, and in the end, they would be sent to eternal badness, which is hell, along with Satan and the rest of his followers (Irving).
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