Are you blindly following a religion?
The holy Quran repeatedly condemns on following forefather’s religion blindly.
[The holy Quran 2:170] When they are told, “Follow what GOD has revealed herein,” they say, “We follow only what we found our parents doing.” What if their parents did not understand, and were not guided?
[2:171] The example of such disbelievers is that of parrots who repeat what they hear of sounds and calls, without understanding. Deaf, dumb, and blind; they cannot understand.
[5:104] When they are told, “Come to what GOD has revealed, and to the messenger,” they say, “What we found our parents doing is sufficient for us.” What if their parents knew nothing, and were not guided?
Just ponder the following scenarios:
- A traditional Muslim was born in a Muslim family and is very obedient to his parents. His parents tell him that pray 5 times in a day in a particular method, do Hajj, keep fasting during the month of Ramadan, keep your beard long, wear turban and wear long white cloths etc. etc., you will surely gain paradise. After getting those instructions from parents (as they got same instructions from their parents or mullahs), the obedient son is following his parents orders blindly hoping to get paradise!
- Another man was born in a traditional Hindu family and is very obedient to his parents. His parents tell him that go to Hindu temples; worship various statues of Shiv, Durga, Kali, Gonesh etc. to please them. By your devoted worshipping if they are pleased, you will get paradise. After getting those instructions from his pious Hindu parents (as they got same instructions from their parents or mullahs or gurus) the obedient son is following his parents’ orders blindly hoping to get eternal salvation or eternal paradise!
- Another man was born in a traditional Christian catholic family and is very obedient to his parents. His parents tell him that Jesus is the begotten son of God and pray to him for eternal salvation. Jesus died on the cross for paying the prices of all sins of humankind! If Jesus is pleased with you, you will surly get eternal paradise. If you want to get anything good from God, you must go via Jesus as Jesus is the only son of God. After getting those instructions from pious catholic parents (as they got same instructions from their parents or mullahs) the obedient son is following his parents orders blindly hoping to get paradise!
- Same happens to be true for other religions’ followers as well!
So, is there any difference among these traditional Muslim, traditional Hindu, and traditional Christian men? As we can see obviously that there is no difference, as all these men are just following their parents/mullahs’ religions blindly without verification, without using their God-given brains! In this way, most of the humans basically are following their forefathers’ or mullahs’ religions rather than God’s religion!
So what is the solution to discover the true God-given religion? First thing first, one must understand that God’s guidance is not a free-lunch. You have to work hard then hopefully God will guide you. And God does not guide wicked, dishonest and corrupt people. First try to be a good and honest human being; do not harm others rather try to help your fellow humans as per your ability.
One of the best examples is Prophet Abraham, who was born in an idol-worshipping family and his nation was very tyrant. He thought a lot as to who is his God, using rationality, reasons and logic and continuously seeking help of God (Creator of human and Lord of the universe) to get true guidance [The Quran 6.74-82]. Finally, God guided Him as he was deserved God’s guidance for his devotion and honesty.
Iit is quite a hard-working task to discover the truth. How can you expect that if you follow some traditional things blindly, you will get paradise!? How could you expect that God’s eternal paradise is so cheap?!
To embark in the eternal paradise, does not it make sense to work hard?! Just to get my PhD from a good university I had to start my journey from my village primary school when I was a little boy. During my academic educations most of the times I had to work hard. This PhD will be helpful in my life only for several years ( maybe until the end of my life on earth).
How about God’s eternal paradise where we could be able to reside billions of years peacefully without being worried to do a job, have deteriorating health etc.?! So work hard honestly using your God-given brain and judgment power so that you will be eligible to embark in God’s paradise eternally. Good luck.