Guest Author - Linda Heywood
The Prophets 21, verse 25
We did not send any messenger before you except with the inspiration: “There is no god except Me; you shall worship Me alone.”
This instruction is issued in the Quran, God’s final written scripture to mankind. The instruction to worship God alone has been with us since God spoke to the prophet Moses on Mount Sinai and gave him two tablets of stone on which He wrote instructions with His own finger (Exodus 31:18).
The first commandment given to Moses is the foundation for Judaism, Christianity and Islam. In the chapters Exodus and Deuteronomy God instructs us to worship no other god beside Him and not to idolise or worship anything, alive or dead, on Earth or in Heaven beside God.
Exodus 20, verses 1 – 6
And God spoke these words saying, “I am the Lord thy God, who had brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in Heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them nor serve them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me. And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.
Deuteronomy 6, verse 4
Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one.
To worship God alone is the commandment that binds all faiths together but worship has been corrupted by some to include the prophets and other objects of desire. To worship only God and not to transgress this instruction is the reason mankind is on Earth. It is a test of our will power and our ego. The ego will always want to follow its own path while the soul desires to follow the path of God.
Satan is denied by many and that is his greatest achievement. We are told in all of the scriptures that Satan is our enemy and that he will take the souls of those who do not obey the first commandment of God. Worship God alone.
To kill the ego is the first commandment in the Quran delivered by Mohamed when God tells us the story of Moses, his people and the calf.
Chapter 2, verse 49
Recall that Moses said to his people, “O my people, you have wronged your souls by worshipping the calf. You must repent to your Creator. You shall kill your egos. This is better for you in the sight of your creator.” He did redeem you. He is the Redeemer, Most Merciful.
Yet still today human beings worship the ‘golden calf’ and anything else besides rather than worshipping the one true god. They seem to be unable to kill the ego that ties them to Earth rather than freeing their souls to rise above the worldly illusions and focus on the life to come. God alone can help us to redeem ourselves yet people hesitate and deny the commandments without considering what is to come after death.
Chapter 51, verse 51
Do not set up beside God any other god. I am sent by Him to you as a manifest warner.