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in response to reader comment: Ahmad, you build mosques here only when we can build temples and churches in Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries!!!

Submitted by wendell (Papua New Guinea), Aug 10, 2015 at 02:17

Dear Pipes, Since the history of time, one unarguable fact about humanity on this planet is their quest for higher powers/deities in any sort and kind. Although reasons in resorting to these deities (physical or ideological) may vary, mankind does have a (I should say) vacuum somewhere in the core of their beings. This is a fact. If you are freelance in terms of the concept of deity and not tied to any form of deity, you might be regarded an atheist by Christians but I don't know what the Muslims and Hindus will say. Secondly, the historical aspect of every established religion on the planet might not provide a perfect account of each religion and their beginnings. All that we know, are based on documented, undocumented legend and falsified statements and ideologies from people passed down to others from generation to generation. At the moment, we all are relying on history to make our founded and unfounded discussions. That's all. Let me make some points here. There is no doubt that the City of Babylon once existed in modern day Iraq. There is no doubt that Ramesses I & II of Egypt lived. There is no doubt that Alexander the Great lived. There is no doubt that Sir Issac Newton and Albert Einstein lived. There are many notable people and structures they put like that, remains of which are still in existence to this day. If I build a stature of Sir Issac Newton and pay homage and some form of adherence to it, what does it imply? Is the dead Issac Newton the same as his sculpture or is there any difference?

To be honest, Catholics pay homage and adherence to the stature of Virgin Mary who is dead and gone. They do this in the name of Christianity. I once asked a Catholic why they do that, and he said if we(Catholics) and others (everyone else) don't pay respects to Mary, the Lord Jesus would be unhappy with us. Hindus have so many gods and goddesses. They have the sun god, moon god, river god, and sculpture gods attributed to various notable figures in their religion. Likewise, Muslims have their scared Kaaba the Black Stone in Mecca. They pay respect and adherence to the Kaaba and forbid others from visiting it. If Allah is the One True living God and if he lives, he is definitely not the Kaaba which is nothing but a stone. If there is a real Creator and True Living God up there somewhere in Heaven or any other distant universe, it is very clear that the sun, moon, rivers, caves, golden images, idols, and Kaaba, are definitely not one of them and these do not match to that.

Therefore, paying homage and adherence to these unnecessary deities is just wasting time. Defending them and their unfounded ideologies do not account to anything at all. One of the uncontestable facts is that all mankind will surely die one day and shall remain in silence in their graves for as long as the world remains. We all were born to die and we will and must die. Some religions believe that a process of reincarnations occur when people die is not true all. Poor people blindly believe in this. I believe that something is wrong with mankind's quest for a deity. Finally, if someone out there is searching for a deity and a true meaning in life, ask yourself the following questions, analyze, research and answer them. 1. Who am I? 2. Where did I come from? 3. Why am I here on this planet? 4. Where am I going? 5. Is there life after death? 6. Am I doing the right thing? 7. Is everything ok in my religion? 8. If there is a God, I want to search for the truth.

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