UNIVERSAL GOD: Message of Peace
Who is God?
Some Attributes of God (According to Scripture):
'The Lord of the Worlds', 'The Saviour,' 'The Most- Compassionate', 'The Most- Gracious', 'The Most-Forgiving', 'The Most-Merciful', 'The Perfect', 'The All-Powerful', 'The Beneficent', 'The King', 'The Just', 'The Sovereign Lord', 'The Holy', 'The Purest', 'The Guardian of Faith' 'The Bountiful One', 'The Giver of Peace', 'The Free of need,' 'The Guardian of Faith', 'The Protector', 'The All-Mighty', 'The Strong', 'The Compeller', 'The Majestic', 'The Best of Creators', ''The Source of Life' 'The Divine,' 'The Evolver', 'The Maker', 'The Fashioner','The Subduer', 'The Dominant', 'The Bestower', 'The Sustainer', 'The Provider', 'The Opener', 'The Reliever', 'The All-Knowing', 'The Retainer', 'The Expander', 'The Abaser', 'The Exalter', 'The Honourer', 'The All-Hearing', 'The All-Seeing', 'The Judge', 'The Just', 'The Subtle', 'The Aware', 'The Forbearing', 'The Great One', ''The All- Mighty', 'The All-Faithful', The 'Compeller', ''The Superb' 'The Majestic,' 'The Preserver', 'The Maintainer', 'The Reckoner', 'The Sublime One', 'The Generous', 'The Watcher', 'The Responsive', 'The Vast', 'The Provider', 'The Exalted', 'The Unique', 'The Most- Wise', 'The Aware', 'The Most Loving', 'The Glorious', 'The Resurrector', 'The Witness', 'The Truth', 'The Trustee', 'The Strong', 'The Firm One', 'The Supporter', 'The Praiseworthy', 'The All-Embracing', 'The Protector from evil', 'The Liberator', 'The Awakener', 'The Counter', 'The Originator', 'The Reproducer', 'The Nourisher', 'The Restorer', 'The Destroyer', 'The Alive', 'The Self-subsisting', 'The Perceiver', 'The Unique', 'The One', 'The Eternal', 'The Able', 'The Powerful', 'The Expediter', 'The Delayer', 'The First', 'The Last', 'The Manifest', 'The Hidden', 'The Governor', 'The Most Exalted', 'The Source of All Goodness', 'The Acceptor of Repentance', 'The Avenger', 'The Pardoner', 'The Compassionate', 'The King of Kings', 'The Lord of Majesty and Bounty', 'The Equitable', 'The Gatherer', 'The Self-Sufficient', 'The Enricher', 'The Deliverer', 'The Balancer', 'The Propitious', 'The Light', 'The Incomparable', 'The Everlasting', 'The Inheritor', 'The Best Guide' , 'The Patient'.......
'..Call upon God, or call upon the Merciful; whichsoever you call upon, to Him belong the Names Most Beautiful....' Quran 17:110
'According to Abrahamic Scriptures, God has created man in the image of Himself. He is The One True God, Our Creator and Source of Life- and to Him belong the Most Beautiful Names and Attributes. According to Scripture, man has been granted 'freewill' and has the ability therefore to choose what he or she believes. This is a given right to all humans. Man therefore has the ability (which might vary from individual to individual) according to the use of his mind and heart, through his or her perception of reality and life, and intellect and reason, to establish a relationship with others through knowing and understanding how to incorporate His Attributes into his or her own life. Hence through gaining wisdom and seeking truth with sincerity of the honest heart and reflecting on and incorporating those attributes through our own experiences and our experiences with each other, we are able to draw closer to 'Knowing' Him and therefore living in 'Peace' within ourselves and one another. According to Scripture: without having a good relationship with our Creator, we are unable to establish good relationships with each other- because all the attributes which enable us to have better relationships with one another depend on 'righteousness' and the ability to judge 'right' from 'wrong.' In order to be able to 'treat one another how we ourselves want to be treated' the Scriptures invite us to taking responsibility of our lives according to our abilities, and incorporating the concepts of 'peace, loving kindness, truth, honesty, integrity, humility, trust, justice, respect, tolerance, sacrifice, forgiveness, joy, gratitude, perseverance and righteousness' into our lives. The Abrahamic description of God through Scriptures passed down through 'prophets and Messengers' is that He is the Source of Life, The Source of Creation, The Source of Truth, The Source of Wisdom, The Source of All-Knowledge, The Source of Light, The Source of Love, The Source of Mercy, The Source of Forgiveness, and Source of all that is 'Good' and all that exists. The Scriptures invite mankind to turn to their Source of Life and to 'Surrender' to His 'Divine 'Will' in order to attain Peace and Wisdom and Life, The One True God, and to seek help in prayer and acts of 'sacrifice' in order for man to be 'saved' from the evil and destruction that can result from man's own 'free-will;' by taking responsibility for our speech and behaviour according to the best of our abilities and potential.
( Based on reflections and understanding of Dr Lale Tuncer- May He increase us in knowledge and wisdom, help us to seek truth, help us to and give us the ability to judge 'right' from 'wrong' to the best of our abilities, and help us to fulfil our potentials as humanity according to His Divine Will. Amen)
Some Quotes from Scripture
'In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.' Genesis 1:1
'Call upon God, or call upon The Most Merciful; whichsoever you call upon, to God belong the Most Beautiful Names.' Quran 17:110
'God exists. There is no God but He, the Everlasting and the Guardian of life. Drowsiness or sleep do not seize him. To Him belongs all that is in the heavens and the earth. No one can intercede with Him for others except by His permission. He knows about people's present and past. No one can grasp anything from His knowledge besides what He has permitted them to grasp. The heavens and the earth are under His dominion. He does not experience fatigue in preserving them both. He is the Highest and the Greatest.' Quran 2:255
'God is not human, that He should lie, not a human being, that he should change His mind. Does He Speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfil?' Numbers 23:19
'.." The Lord, the Lord, the Compassionate and Gracious God, slow to anger, Abounding in Love and Faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet He does not leave the guilty unpunished...' Exodus 34:5-7
'As for God; His Way is Perfect: The Lord's word is flawless; He shields all who take refuge in Him.' Psalm 18:30
'And the heavens proclaim His Righteousness, for He is a God of Justice.' Psalm 50:6
'The Lord is Gracious and Righteous; our God is full of Compassion.' Psalm 116:5
'For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will He withheld for them that walk uprightly.' Psalm 84:11
'God is The Light of the heavens and the earth. The example of His Light is like a niche within which is a lamp, the lamp is within a glass, the glass as if it were a pearly (white) star lit from ( the oil of) a blessed olive tree, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil would almost glow even if untouched by fire. Light upon light. God guides to His Light whom He wills. And God presents examples for the people, and God is Knowing of all things.' Quran 25:35
'For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double edged sword. It penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; It Judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.' Hebrews 4 :12
'For who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God?' Samuel 22:32
'But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for His inheritance. From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind;' Psalm 33:11-13
'... "He is God, the One. God The Absolute. He begets not, nor was He begotten. And there is non comparable to Him.' Quran: Chapter 112.
'Have you not considered the one who argued with Abraham about his Lord [merely] because God had given him kingship? When Abraham said, "My Lord is the one who gives life and causes death," he said, "I give life and cause death." Abraham said, "Indeed, God brings up the sun from the east, so bring it up from the west." So the disbeliever was overwhelmed [by astonishment], and God does not guide the wrongdoing people. 'Quran 2:258
'Praise be to the Lord, To God our Saviour, Who daily bears our burdens. Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death.' Psalm 68:19-20
'Whatsoever is in the heavens and the earth glorifies God and He is the Glorious, All-Wise. His is the sovereignty of the heavens and the earth. It is He Who gives life and causes death and He is Able to do all things. He is the First and the Last, the Manifest, and the Unmanifest. And He is the Omniscient. He it is Who created the heavens and the earth in six days [and period of time] and then rose over the Throne. He is All-Aware of what goes into the earth and what comes forth from it and what descends from the heaven and what ascends thereto. And He is with you wherever you may be. And God is the All-Seer of what you do. His is the Sovereignty of the heavens and the earth and to God return all things. He merges night into day and merges day into night and He has full knowledge of the secrets and intentions in the hearts. Quran 57:1-6
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