How Do We Know God Exists?

Dr. Jamal Badawi

god existsEven on a very fundamental level we find that throughout history there is a very strange phenomenon that people of different backgrounds, living in so many different parts of the world at different points in time, have always had this strong urge within themselves to look and to yearn for the Creator. They see that there is some power, a magnificent and merciful power that is sometimes interpreted in a mistaken way by materializing that in some form or other (i.e. idols). The basic yearning has always been there. Even in places where there is no recorded history of a particular prophet, people have yearned for a Creator. That’s what I’m referring to as an innate nature. The Arabic term is ‘fitra.’ Fitra literally translates to: something that one is created with or created in accordance with: this innate nature.

Is the intellect an enemy to faith?

All human faculties such as the senses including also the intellect are part and parcel of the whole process of seeking the truth. None of these by themselves will be sufficient, but on a whole they are not really in contradiction. In fact I would say, even more positively, that from a Muslim point of view one of the main things that make the human being distinct, one of the basic blessings that he is given by God to make him different from animals since animals can think as well, is intellect. So the intellect is a God given gift or blessing. How could we interpret that as a challenge or antithesis of faith? This doesn’t really stand.

On the personal or individual level, one doesn’t have to venture far to realize that God does exist. Just look into yourself, you don’t have to be a scientist but if you are then you’ll appreciate more the construction of the body; how it is made up of many cells. One cell becomes a cell for sight and the other for hearing; it’s amazing. How does the brain operate? The circulatory system? The digestive system? The nervous system? Such coordination and beauty [is shown through their functioning]. This shows that these things didn’t come to be in a haphazard way, there must have been a deliberate design behind them. So if you want to find God then look into yourself. The Quran says, “By looking into yourselves, you will find evidence to the presence and powers of God.”

In another verse it even says, “Do they not reflect in their own minds?” (30:8) In fact, if one really divorces himself from any prejudice caused by societal pressures one way or the other, or the worship of science as the ultimate thing, if one utilizes science in the proper way, you wouldn’t have to look at the body as a whole, just start analyzing one single organ and see how it works. Like some scientists would tell you that in order to duplicate the digestive system you’d need a huge laboratory and still it wouldn’t operate as efficiently as a naturally created organ would such as the stomach. We have acids in our stomachs that can erode metal but it doesn’t hurt us.  How could that be haphazard? If one aspect of that was developed by chance would everything else falling in line and falling together also happen by chance? (Learn more: Quran and Science)

The Environment and Cosmic Order

Let’s move on to beyond ourselves, to find further evidence, the Quran also implores people to consider and to think. Take one aspect that many people think about today as very fashionable, like the ecological balance for example. Many people would take that as very clear evidence again that there is a design in this universe; vegetation as it relates to animal life and to human life; and the various atmospheric layers that we have. Everything is put together to sustain human life. If you look into the Quran, you find this mentioned. In one verse, in the Quran, it says, “God created everything in exact proportion.” (16:25) This is a very important term “in exact proportion” it’s not just that He created but that there is a deliberate design behind putting all of these things together.

In another verse, when people look at the whole scheme of creation, it says, “Were they created from nothing or are they themselves the creators?” No one claims that he’s created from nothing nor can he claim that he is the creator [of the heavens and earth]. Then the verse continues, “Or did they create the heavens and earth?” No one claims that. Then it says, “Nay but they see not.” (52: 35-36) So the science is there. It’s whether we apply it in the right place and in the proper way or not that makes the difference.

Finally, if you move into what I would call the third circle, not just looking into ourselves or the environment around us but looking into the whole cosmic order, again there is a design. The planets. The solar system. The way everything is coordinated. The distance between the sun and the earth, which if decreased may burn everything and if decreased everything would freeze. This is all deliberate. The succession of day and night, the circulation or changes of seasons, which has very important relevance to the lives of the people, to vegetation, and to animal life; all of these beautiful things that we are in awe at in the universe, we look at them with great admiration, definitely show that there is a design behind them and as is obvious any design needs a designer or creator it. (Read more: Environment and Islam)

One verse in the Quran implores us in particular to this area and says, “Have they not reflected on the domain of the heavens and earth and what God created therein?”

In another verse it also says, in the general sense of the meaning: in the creation of the heavens and earth and in the succession of day and night there are certainly signs for those who reflect. Those who remember God while standing, sitting, and laying down and ponder on the creation of the heavens and the earth, saying: Our Lord you have not created this in vain. Glory be to You. Give us salvation from the penalty of the Fire. (3: 190-191)

Our Own Limitations

In talking about the senses and the intellect or knowledge, I think anyone, even a person who does not believe in God, would admit readily that our senses are limited. Our perceptions are limited. Our sight, hearing, etc- we know that. Also, we know that our perceptions could also be deceived or they can deceive us. If you put a spoon in a glass of water, it looks crooked. A very well known phenomenon is of people traveling in the desert or in hot areas and would see in front of them a lake or a puddle of water- the mirage- but it actually does not exist. At the time it’s seen it is a reality to the person seeing it. So our perception is very useful, but it still falls short of getting to know everything.

On the other hand, science is fine. Science can resolve many issues and problems that are purely scientific- that are purely technical. Science can tell you for sure how to use technology for example to communicate sounds and pictures; this can be determined fully by science. However, there are many aspects in lives of people that are beyond science also. There is the moral aspect, there are the ethical standards, and there is the application of the fundamental principal of good and bad. As we said the [principle of good and bad] is instinctive but still needs some modifications and limitations. And we know throughout history that people have always had differences as to what exactly defines the proper ethical or moral standards. In order to resolve that problem, there must be a higher authority, God, Himself, telling us and providing us with stable standards of ethics and morality within which you can interpret various details.

Finally, and perhaps this is in my mind the most important reason, is that we know that knowledge is not only limited to science or books or perception. We know that there are certain aspects of knowledge, legitimate knowledge, which does not lend itself to any of those tools. For example, take the knowledge of the unseen. What happened in the past before history was recorded? If you wanted to get any information on that there is no recorded history. Or at least there is dispute about the recorded history. Revelation can tell you what, for example, the stories of previous prophets and what they said and what their message was. (Click here to read The Need for Revelation.)

There are issues that no matter how much you use your mind you will not be able to arrive at a final conclusion. An example of that would be the knowledge about God. You can’t feel the presence of God. You can feel the attributes of God but you can’t have full knowledge without having a prophet or messenger in receiving that revelation from God and the communication from Him to us. So, in essence, I don’t see contradiction. Actually, they all supplement each other. They have to be simply used in the proper context.

 

Adapted, with permission, from transcribed audio lectures on www.jamalbadawi.org

 

 

 

 

32 Comments

  1. this does not explain anything. The Bible states that God created the universe but adds tat Jesus is Lord of all. He is one with God the Father.

  2. same as Christian iews except you guys leave out Jesus and that HE is the only way to heaven

  3. ???? ????? says:

    Lennie,

    We never leave out Jesus (pbuh), every muslim believe in him but not as god but Messenger of God.

  4. Muhammad Yousry says:

    Show me the clear verse of the Bible that Jesus says clearly, "I AM GOD". Yes true, I read them too, the bible states this and that Jesus is God. Also, show me where in the bible that Jesus commanded the Christians to "WORSHIP ME"?

  5. Lennie Wong says:

    Muhammad Yousry , If we are to worship God and Jesus states that "if you have seen Me, you have seen the Father" than (and there are many verses in Scripture that make the claim that Jesus is God) we are worshiping Jesus. We beliee in a trinitarian God..that does not mean three Gods but three IN one! Even if you look at the old testamnet in Deut 6:4-hear O Israel the Lord our God is ONE-…in the oringinal hebrew word means a composite oneness. There are two words for one back then. One type of "one meant single. for example I have one child. The other type, the type that is used in Deuteronomy is Echad (one) it means a composite oneness , for example a cluster of grapes.

  6. Muhammad Yousry says:

    Lennie Wong Thanks for the reply! Yet, to this day, no one has really found the word "I AM GOD", since Jesus has NEVER claimed to be God. You even made the clear cut, Mr Wong, that you typed in "OUR GOD…", excuse me? Did I hear, "OUR GOD"? By simple principle, it simply translates that there is ANOTHER God that is HIGHER and MORE POWERFUL than the Jesus himself. Again, Jesus NEVER claimed to be God. He was, A MESSIAH. I have asked you a SIMPLE question but you have failed to answer me.
    If you open up the Mark 14:32-42, you'll see what I mean. Not sure if you have been to the page and try understanding it. If you could give me an example of "the Trinity", how is it that Jesus cried for help for HIMSELF in the cross, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (my god, my god, why have you forsaken me?". What's the point of him shouting out loud, if he WERE a God and knows what will happen in the FUTURE, why would he say something like that?
    This ALL comes back down to the very basic; Jesus is not a God, but he is a MESSIAH. Yes, he also PRAYED to God, just like we Muslims do ;-)

  7. explain it clearly did Jesus call him self a God, if yes wht bible and which verses

  8. Shezaan Khan says:

    Lennie Wong
    Deut 6:4.
    At Mark 13:32, Jesus said: “But of that day or that hour [of God’s coming execution of judgment] no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” But if the Father and the Son are coequal, how could the Son be ignorant of things the Father knows? ‘Jesus had two natures,’ some will answer. ‘Here he is speaking as a man.’ And, yet, even if that were so, what about the “Holy Ghost”? If it is the third person of the Trinity, why does it not know? A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. And the “Holy Ghost” is part of the Trinitarian chain.

  9. Lennie Wong says:

    Muhammad Yousry the reply my God my God why have you forsaken me can be understood in the context of the God the Father turning His back on Jesus because of the sin that He bore at that moment. It was only for a second, but Jesus experienced what it would be like to be without the Father. I call God "my God" not because there are other gods but because he is my God.

  10. Lennie Wong says:

    Look at Philippians2:6 in the NIV it say Jesus, who being in very nature God did not consider Himself equal with God. Jesus was humble in every way, but He was indeed God. One man two natures; completely divine and completely human. Scripture makes it clear though that the only way to be saved is to believe in Jesus as the one who died for our sins. The old testament sacrifices point to a coming Messiah that would be the final sacrifice.

  11. Adnan Afridi says:

    no jesus didnt say that he is god ?

  12. Lennie Wong says:

    may I also ask the question of how do you "prove" that Islam is the correct religion and not Christianity? I have always wondered why the faith is so strong. I understand that it is faith (so is Christianity), but there is a ton of historical and extrabiblial evidence that points back to the claims of the Christian bible

  13. Lennie Wong says:

    In the old testament in the book of Deuteronomy look at 6:4. It says the Lord our God is one. If read in the English it looks like it's saying that there is one God and no way Jesus can be God as well. BUT, if it's read in the Hebrew the word that is used is fascinating. There are two words for "one" in Hebrew: one means one (like one son) and there is another form of the word which means a composite oneness (like a cluster of grapes.) It's interesting how the author choose to use the one for composite oneness.

  14. Read Quran and you will find the truth.Christianity was correct religion before the advent of the last messenger of Allah i.e Muhammad P.B.U.H. Just as Judaism was correct religion before the advent of Jesus P.B.U.H.

  15. Hafsa Arif says:

    Lennie Wong bible is not in its original from u find bible differnt in different areas changes were made in it a so any statement in bible is not authentic

  16. Mirza Azfar says:

    just for the info. Muslims also christianity, we believe in the teachings of Christianity, even thou we may have little different opinion about somethings as we believe that Bible was somehow changed, however Muslims considers Jews, Christians and Zoroastrians as "People Of The Book" and agree that Judaism, Christianity and Islam are just the same religion and follow same God. Only difference is that Muslims donot consider Jesus as Son of God, rather he is considered a Prophet like every other Prophet in Islam.

  17. Lennie Wong says:

    love the discussion, but may I ask how you, as a Muslim, can yo prove to me with what is available from archeology and history that the way of Islam is correct and Christianity is not.

  18. Lennie Wong says:

    Mirza Azfar Christians do not consider muslims to be Christians because they do not believe that Jesus is God. We do not believe in three deities, but rather that God is a lot bigger than we give him credit for. WHy can't he choose to save his people through a sacrifice of his Son that we must believe in?

  19. Lennie Wong says:

    Muhammad Yousry in taking the sins of the world upon His shoulders, He had to experience momentarily the absence of God the Father. Your understanding of Mark 14:32 is not fully complete. It seems you think Christians are modalists, meaning that we believe that Jesus is just a mere manifistation of God the Father. Rather he is a separate individual. The trinity is something that is very difficult to completely grasp but I do believe that GOd is big enough.

  20. Lennie Wong says:

    look up some conversion stories from ex Muslims to Christianity. It is amazing. I have heard that very religious Muslims say that Christianity is evil and that if one reads the bible, they will come under a spell. Do you guys believe this?

  21. Muhammad Kamal : How about Hindu , Buddhist religions which existed much much before than any of those religions here and still going strong with peace and resilience. Question is why sharia laws and why blind faith in today's society. My parents taught me one thing be good and do good as per my religion and respect other religions. Why people try to change other people to adopt their own religion.

    See the nature fo this world and people is simple, there are 95% of people who wanted to live normal life and will be biased if someone try to brainwash them. SO it is the responsibility of 5% so called educated and scholars to keep and influence the rest so that they can live in peace and harmony.

    Claiming my God is great, No way leads to a peaceful world. Remember what happens if everyone gets aggressive and crazy. That is not the world we want.

  22. Maryam Ahmed says:

    No, reading bible does not put a spell, and chrestians are not evil people, its mentioned in the quraan that peopl should communicate ( regardless of their faith ).

  23. No Dear lennie… Islam calls christians and jews as 'Ahle kitaab' which means 'people of the book' people to whom God has given revelations…..

    Quran teaches that the closest to muslims are they who say we are christians.. in Quran 5:82 "Strongest among men in enmity to the believers wilt thou find the Jews and Pagans; and nearest among them in love to the believers wilt thou find those who say, "We are Christians": because amongst these are men devoted to learning and men who have renounced the world, and they are not arrogant."

    Quran also teaches to engage and discuss with jews and christians on common platform in chapter 3:66 "Say: "O People of the Book! come to common terms as between us and you: That we worship none but Allah; that we associate no partners with him; that we erect not, from among ourselves, Lords and patrons other than Allah." If then they turn back, say ye: "Bear witness that we (at least) are Muslims (bowing to Allah's Will).

    Thank you

  24. Dear Brother lennie…We Muslims believe in jesus (pbuh) as the messiah and true messenger and prophet of Allah.. he was born miraculously and was blessed with several miracles… which God did through him as mention in bible acts 2:22 "Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:"

    Jesus (pbuh) never claimed to be God or part of God.. it was later in 325 CE in the council of niecia it was declared that jesus is divine .. trinity etc.. please check the history of christianity brother…

    Prophet Muhammad is the last messenger in the chain of prophets….Quran speaks of almost all messengers mentioned in bible… like adam noah .. ezekiel.. Abraham david jesus moses solomon job zachariah john etc.. may peace b upon them all..

    Thank you,

  25. Lennie Wong says:

    Zulfikar Shaikh I have never read the Quran so you can help me with a few things please, if you don't mind. 1) in the passage you used, Quran 5:82 strongest among men in enmity to the believers wilt thou find Jews an Pagans. (I am assuming this means the ones who are opposed to Muslims are Jews and pagans? am i misunderstanding? and closest to Muslims are Christians? How is that possible if in your previous paragraph did you say Islam calls Christians and Jews 'people of the book. Am i misunderstanding? please correct me so I can understand what you mean.
    2) If Muslims and Christians are to get along and if they are both considered people of the book then why are there so many wars over Islam and Christianity and Judaism. Christians do have their roots in Judaism.
    3) If Muslims believe that Jesus was a prophet of God how is it they do not believe the other New Testament writing that say he is one with the Father? Is Jesus spoken about in Quran? Do Muslims believe the Christian NT or only what is written about Jesus in Quran?

    Thank you so much!!
    Blessings

  26. Anonymous says:

    Hello Lennie, Excellent question. In Islam, Allah, the Arabic word for God, is a unique term which has neither gender nor plural forms. It, therefore, alludes to the Islamic concept of the One and Only God, distinguished from all of His creations.

    The One true God is a reflection of the unique concept that Islam associates with God. To a Muslim, Allah is the Almighty Creator and Sustainer of the universes, who is similar to nothing and nothing is comparable to Him. The Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) was asked by his contemporaries about Allah; the answer came directly from God Himself in the form of a short chapter of the Qur'an, which is considered the essence of the unity or the motto of monotheism.

    In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
    "Say: He is Allah, the One and Only; Allah, the Eternal, Absolute; He begetteth not nor was He begotten, And there is none like unto Him." (Qur'an, 112: 1-4 ) .

    The Islamic view of Jesus (Peace Be Upon Him) lies between two extremes. The Jews, who rejected Jesus as a prophet of God, called him an imposter. The Christians, on the other hand, considered him to be the son of God and worship him as such. Islam considers Jesus to be one of the great prophets of God and respect him as much as Abraham, Moses, Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Them) to mention but a few.

    This is in conformity with the Islamic view of the oneness of God, the oneness of divine guidance, and the complementary role of the subsequent mission of God's messengers.As the notion of trinity contradicts the oneness of God. Now, let us examine facts about Jesus one by one, to get a clear picture of him.

    1- God Is All Knowing … But Jesus Was Not
    When speaking of the day of judgement, Jesus clearly gave evidence of a limitation on his knowledge when he said, "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in Heaven, neither the son, but the Father" (Mark 13: 32 and Matt 24:36). But God knows all. His knowledge is without any limitations. That Jesus, of his own admission, did not know when the day of judgement would be, is clear proof that Jesus is not all-knowing, and that Jesus is therefore not God.

    2- God Is All-Powerful … But Jesus Was Not
    While Jesus performed many miracles, he himself admitted that the power he had was not his own but was derived from God when he said, "Verily, verily I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do…" (John 5:19). Again he said, "I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear I judge: and my judgement is just; because I seek not mine own will but the will of the Father which has sent me." (John 5:30) But God is not only All-Powerful, He is also the source of all power and authority. That Jesus, of his own admission, could do nothing on his own is clear proof that Jesus is not all-powerful, and therefore that Jesus is not God.

    3- God Does Not Have A God… But Jesus Did Have A God
    God is the ultimate judge and refuge for all, and He does not call upon nor pray to any others. But Jesus acknowledged that there was One whom he worshipped and to Whom he prayed when he said, "I ascend unto my Father and your Father, and to my God and your God." (John 20:17). He is also reported to have cried out while on the cross, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" (Matt. 27:46). If Jesus were God, then couldn't this be read, "Myself, myself, why hast thou forsaken me?" Would that not be pure nonsense? When Jesus prayed the Lord's prayer (Luke 11:2-4), was he praying to himself? When in the garden of Gethsemane he prayed, "O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt."(Matt. 26:36). Was Jesus praying to himself? Jesus, of his own admission and by his own actions, acknowledged, worshipped, and prayed to another being as God is clear proof that Jesus himself is not God.

    4- God's will Was Distinct From His Own
    Perhaps the clearest indication we have that Jesus and God are not equal, and therefore not one and the same, comes again from the mouth of Jesus himself who said in (John 14:28) "My Father is greater than I." When someone referred to him as a good master in (Luke 18:19), Jesus responded: "Why callest thou me good? None is good, save one, that is God…" Furthermore, Jesus drew clear distinctions between himself and God when he said, "I proceeded forth and came from God, neither came I of myself but He sent me." (John 8:42) Jesus gave clear evidence of his subordination to God, rather than his equality with God, when he said in (Luke 22:42), "Not my will but Thine will be done" and in John 5:30, "I seek not mine own will but the will of the Father which has sent me." That Jesus would admit that he did not come into the world on his own initiative but was directed to do so, that he would acknowledge another being as greater than himself, and that he would negate his own will in deference to affirming the will of another, give clear proof that Jesus is not the Supreme One and therefore Jesus is not God.
    According to the Bible, God is an invisible spirit…

    5- But Jesus Was Flesh And Blood
    Christianity believes that God created man in His image: white, black or any else, male or female? This is according to Genesis 1:26: "And God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness…" But this contradicts Isaiah 40:18 and 25: "To whom then will ye liken God? Or what likeness will ye compare unto him?.. To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? Saith the Holy One." See also Psalm 89:6: "For who in the heaven can be compared unto the Lord? Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the Lord?" And Jeremiah 10:6,7 "For as much as there is none like unto thee, O Lord… there is none like unto thee." Finally, in I Kings we read: "But will God indeed dwell on the earth?

    Behold, heaven and the heaven of heaven's cannot contain you ." (8- 26-27) Our question is how does Jesus fit as being God? And how can God be born by a mortal one as any other mortal when it is clearly stated in the verse that heaven and earth cannot contain God.

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  27. Hi Lennie. I've seen you've already received some answers and got into discussion. It's really great to see how sincere you are in trying to understand everything.

    I hope you succeed in getting a proper understanding of what to firmly believe in. I have no doubt you believe in God. The guidance I'd like to give you is the same guidance we are meant to seek. Just sincerely ask God Himself to make things clear to you. To guide you to the best path. You seem very sincere and that is why I am suggesting this. In Islam we learn that God listens to the all of our wishes and is shy to grant those who love God dearly their requests.

    So please sincerely ask God for guidance and He will surely guide you. Try to be as open minded as you can to see how miraculously God works. Wish you well on your journey Lennie.

    (To anyone who finds I've said something incorrect, please correct me. I don't wish to spread incorrect information. May Allah forgive me for anything I said by mistake, and may the correct information reach everyone who heard me.)

  28. Lennie Wong says:

    Mohammad Zaheer Hasan , thanks for your response, but don't misunderstand me. I'm not seeking :) I am a firm believer in the power of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In my understanding he is the final sacrifice for all who believe and a new dispensation in the way God relates to humanity. That being said, there are over 500 eyewitnesses, extrabiblical evidence throughout history, to the resurrection of Jesus. I find that very hard to overlook. Also, I believe in what you said about praying for guidance to have a knowledge correct theology. I see foreshadowing of Jesus all over the OT,especially in the prophets and in the sacrificial system. I am trying to understand Islam more to comprehend how the God's we worship differ. I have never read the Quran but I have heard things like God is distant and impersonal. Also that you believe that going to heaven depends on works. I am trying to understand what it means to be saved in Islam. Thank you:)

  29. Lennie Wong says:

    i mean 500 eyewitnesses at the time of Jesus resurrection

  30. Lennie Wong I see what you mean. Keep studying both and keep praying then. :)
    You'll agree then that there's more you can do as a Christian to please God. Even on our side we believe doing something for the sake of God is better than any materialistic reason. Before almost any action we say Bismillah, meaning "In the name of Allah", so that whatever task or action we do (and does not apply to bad deeds) becomes an act of worship. Many say Islam means peace, and yes it is meant to be a religion of peace, but the literal meaning is submission.

    I don't want to bother you with many details so I'm just trying to give you a sense of the essence of our lives. We believe this world is test. God has given everyone a conscious to be able to choose between right and wrong. Our basic human desires can lead us down the wrong path if left unchecked, and that is why we submit our will to the will of Allah. And Allah loves us all (Btw, not denying that Jesus (peace be upon him) loved everyone too. We believe only the purest of people were chosen to be prophets and their character and faith were exceptional). So whatever Allah wills for us to do always turns out to be in our favor.

    Here is where many of the teachings of Christianity and Islam will coincide. The way we are taught to be respectful to those younger than us and those older than us, to treat neighbors with great care, to never cut ties with family, to be clean, to treat guests well, to look at people with less than you so that you don't become greedy, to donate to charity, etc; you sort of get the picture. You could fill in much more. Trying to become someone who lives his/her lifestyle with these types of behaviors, and many more, is what leads to satisfaction and success in this life and the next.

    Of course most people aren't perfect and the full submission of oneself takes a lot of effort. Many people struggle with their bad habits and bad parts of their culture. Study both and you'll see. Some countries meant to be called Muslim countries are almost in the state of being like America. I mean no offense here. I'm an American too, but people used to call this a Christian country, but there aren't too many Christian activities nor Christians being sincere with their teachings. Like I said, same in some of the countries people call Muslim countries. There is a growing lack of knowledge on both sides.

    So please study both and question both. Go deeper into your teachings and pray for guidance. If you have questions of Islam it's best to go to Sheikhs and scholars of Islam. There is a brother names Nouman Ali Khan who does Youtube videos. He is not a scholar, but better at communicating in English than others. I know there are beautiful teachings in Christianity too. I'm sorry for the long post. You seem really nice and kind of influenced me to say all these things. I hope you keep your drive to be close to God and get closer and closer to how Christianity was around Jesus's (peace be upon him) time. :)

    (Same as before, please correct for my mistakes.)

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