Not only are religious people more likely to believe in divine intervention, but the likelihood of belief increases if you’re facing some kind of difficult life event or personal struggle. This makes sense when you consider that difficult life events can make people feel like they have limited control over their lives, which leads them to seek out a higher power that could intercede on their behalf and give them relief from the problem they’re facing. A belief in divine intervention could provide solace and comfort to those suffering while also giving them the hope that things will eventually get better with prayer and positive thinking.
Why God or Allaah?
A common question is why people believe. Some scholars have argued that humans have a natural disposition toward religious beliefs and can even be considered an evolutionary adaptation. This is supported by various studies that show children are inclined to believe in invisible entities such as God or Allaah, even before being introduced to organized religion. In fact, one study showed that 7-year-old children were more likely to believe in God than adults! So what’s behind our predisposition toward believing?
Is there Divinity?
For thousands of years, civilizations worldwide have attributed various events and occurrences to divinity. More recently, God has been used as a scapegoat for natural disasters, financial catastrophes, personal woes, and other unfortunate situations. There are various reasons why people believe in divine intervention; some turn to prayer because they feel that no one else can help them or give them what they need.
What do the Qur’an and Bible say about divine intervention?
What does it mean when we say that Allaah is the one who performs miracles? Is there a distinction between natural and supernatural phenomena? What are some verses from Quran or Bible that talk about divine intervention? Do you know?
What are some signs of Allaah’s or God’s existence?
Reportedly, a sign of Allaah’s existence is everything we experience. Every person, every animal, and every plant on earth are signs of Allaah’s existence. It is hard to believe that Allaah created such a vast universe filled with infinite things for us. How could anyone accept that a creator made all these things? However, we cannot deny reality; there are millions of things on earth that only make sense when Allaah exists. There are also many miracles from prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم (peace be upon him) which confirm his Prophethood and belief in one God. The Qur’an and Sunnah show how to live our lives properly so we can earn rewards from God when we die and go to paradise after death.
But why are all the problems and bad things happening around us?
Many people don’t believe in a higher power but believe that bad things just happen randomly because bad things just do. And it can be pretty tempting to think about all of your failures, disappointments, and struggles as some random chain of events that has nothing to do with you or your behavior. But one way of understanding why is through a concept known as karma –the idea that our actions are determined by what happens to us.
Where do we go after death?
After death, some religions believe that a person’s soul goes to an afterlife, which can either be eternal (such as Heaven or Hell) or temporary (such as Purgatory). Other religions do not have an explicit belief about what happens after death, such as Buddhism. It is also possible for an individual not to believe in an afterlife. In cases where beliefs are less defined, it may be hard to define what people mean when they use other terms such as the soul. After death, cognates include words for a life force and for the spirit.
Will we see our loved ones again?
Humans are social creatures, and we want to believe that those who pass on are still a part of our lives. By believing our dead loved ones watch over us, we comfort ourselves with a sense of security that they’re there when we need them. The thought of no longer being remembered by someone after death is one of the most difficult things for people to accept. What do you think? -MM
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