God the Absolute

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It appears in my extensive observation of people, (eh basically me) they prefer to hold on to something stable and unchanging, akin to the comfort of having your feet rest on solid ground.

So many folk put alot of faith in themselves and their ability to master any situation, and for many aspects of life "know thyself" works; you get out as much as you put in- studying for something or training for a sport. Acquiring and mastering skills leads one to believe that you are in control of your own fate.

However one's faith in themselves is temporal; many of our abilities fade with time. Your memory falters, your bones and muscles become tenuous (i heard moe use it on simpsons, sue me) and your disposition in life evolves so much over time, leading you to either give up and choose not to pursue the unspoken questions orrr you actually get it. You achieve peace/stability/insight/enlightenment where your natural disposition is no longer at odds and contradicts itself. And those who achieve something, atleast the ones i choose to pay any mind to, express belief in God.

What does this have to do with seeing God as eternal, absolute, and unchanging? Again, people like stability, they like to be conscious of it and hold it deep within the smallest recess of their heart, so that as long as this particular Stability isn't violated, their whole external reality can be in chaos and nothing can fluster them.

Do you know the story of Abraham's persecution in the fire? Here it reads:

Abraham said, "Do ye then worship, besides God, things that can neither be of any good to you nor do you harm?

Shame on you and on what you serve besides Allah; will you not then use your reason?

They said: Burn him and help your gods, if you are going to do anything at all.

We said: O fire, be coolness and peace for Abraham.

The Holy Quran 21:66-69

There is a back story to know, that Abraham questioned the nature of God; was He the idols his kinsfolk worshipped? or the sun? the moon? he concluded that God is beyond these temporal objects, and confronted his townsfolk over their idolatry and they had him burned. Alot of supplementary literature discusses how Abraham was not frightened and instead remained in a peaceful state of mind because of his faith in God. its important to note that Abraham was convinced that what he was doing was absolutely right. He was adamant in expressing his belief of the true nature of God.

Had a "non-believer in God" been put in Abraham's situation they hypothetically could have feared for their own life rather than die a martyr. Making God the personal reference rather than himself and then acting on it by calling out idolatry, Abraham did not fear the prospect of imminent physical danger.

This brings me back to my earlier point. if one holds something to be their source of stability (in Abraham's case it was God) their external reality can be in chaos (in Abraham's story being burned at the stake) all the while their disposition is that of tranquility.

If through personal growth you come to recognize certain parts of life as necessities and other parts as trivial, observe enough small patterns to make you realize there is a larger pattern; pay mind to the legacies of people who claimed to have found truth. These folk have an inner tranquility, explained as belief in God.

 

i didn't go into alternatives to God as a source of stability, but i think most of us can make our own list and identify when one replaced another. I remember when i was little i feared death so much, i wanted to go to disneyland because i believed nobody died there. after i grew up a little more it was my parents, and then for a looong while it was confidence in myself mixed with accountability to God, and so on.

 

If nothing made sense about God being a source of Stability, Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said the following:

 

Sahih Muslim- The Book pertaining to Piety and Softening of the Hearts- Book 042, Number 7138:

Suhaib reported that Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: Strange are the ways of a believer for there is good in every affair of his and this is not the case with anyone else except in the case of a believer for if he has an occasion to feel delight, he thanks God, thus there is a good for him in it, and if he gets into trouble and shows resignation and endures it patiently, there is a good for him in it.