Sunday, May 13, 2018

"Existence of God"



The earth is a living planet where many complex systems run perfectly and continuously, without pause. When compared to other planets, it is evident that in all its aspects the earth is specially designed for human life. Built on delicate balances, life prevails in every spot on this planet, from the atmosphere to the depths of the earth.

The earth has been designed especially for human life, and the intricate balances found on earth and in the universe prove the existence of God, but only for those who truly reflect. Exploring only a few of the millions of these delicate balances would be sufficient to show that the world we live in is specially designed for us.
One of the most important balances in our planet is revealed in the atmosphere that surrounds us. The atmosphere of the earth holds the most appropriate gasses in the most appropriate ratio needed for the survival not only of human beings but also of all the living beings on the earth.
The 77% of nitrogen, 21% of oxygen and 1% of carbon dioxide, as well as other gasses readily available in the atmosphere, represent the ideal figures necessary for the survival of living beings. Oxygen, a gas that is vital for living beings, helps to burn up food and convert it into energy in our bodies.
If the oxygen quantity in the atmosphere were greater than 21%, the cells in our body would soon start to suffer great damage. The vegetation and hydrocarbon molecules needed for life would also be destroyed. If this quantity were less, then this would cause difficulties in our respiration, and the food we eat would not be converted into energy. Therefore, the 21% of oxygen in the atmosphere is the most ideal quantity determined for life.
No less than oxygen, other gasses like nitrogen and carbon dioxide are also arranged in the ideal quantity for the needs of living beings and the continuity of life. The amount of nitrogen in the atmosphere has the ideal ratio to balance the harmful and burning effects of oxygen. This ratio represents the most appropriate value required for photosynthesis, which is essential for life’s energy supply on the earth. Moreover, the amount of carbon dioxide has the most appropriate value needed to maintain the stability of the surface temperature of the earth and to prevent heat loss, especially at night time. This gas, comprising 1% of the atmosphere, covers the earth like a quilt and prevents the loss of heat to space. If this amount were greater, the temperature of the earth would increase excessively, causing climatic instability and posing a serious threat to the living beings.
These proportions remain constant thanks to a perfect system. The vegetation covering the earth converts carbon dioxide to oxygen, producing 190 billion tons of oxygen every day. The proportion of other gasses is always kept constant on the earth by the help of interconnected complex systems. Life is thus sustained.
In addition to the establishment of the ideal gas mixture required for life on earth, the mechanisms needed to preserve and maintain this order are created alongside with it. Any break in the balance, though instantaneous, or any change in the ratios even for a very short time period, would mean the total destruction of life. Yet, this does not happen. The formation of these gasses in the atmosphere just in the amount people need and the constant preservation of these ratios indicate a planned creation.
At the same time, the earth has the ideal size in terms of magnitude to possess an atmosphere. If the mass of the earth were a little less, then its gravitational force would be insufficient and the atmosphere would be dispersed into space. If its mass were a little greater, then the gravitational force would be too much and the earth would absorb all gasses in the atmosphere. There is an incredibly high number of conditions required for the formation of an atmosphere such as the one our world currently has and all of these conditions should exist altogether to be able to talk about life.
The creation of these delicate proportions and balances in the sky is mentioned in the Quran:
“He erected heaven and established the balance.” (Quran 55:7)
The majority of people spend their lives without being aware of the delicate balances and subtle adjustments in the gas composition of the atmosphere, the distance of the world from the sun or the movements of planets. They are ignorant of the great significance of these balances and adjustments to their own lives. However, even a minor deviation in any one of these arrangements would create very severe problems regarding the existence and survival of humankind.
There are many other balances established on earth for the continuity of life:
For instance, if the surface gravity were stronger than its current value, the atmosphere would retain too much ammonia and methane gasses, which would mean the end of life. If it were weaker, the planet’s atmosphere would lose too much water, and life on earth would be impossible.
The thickness of the earth’s crust constitutes another one of the delicate balances in the earth. If the earth’s crust were thicker, too much oxygen would be transferred from the atmosphere to the crust and this would have severe effects on human life.
If the opposite were true, that is, if the earth’s crust were thinner, volcanic and tectonic activity would be too great to permit life on earth.
Another crucial balance for human life is the ozone level in the atmosphere. If it were greater than its current value, the surface temperatures would be too low. If it were less, surface temperatures would be too high, and there would be too much ultraviolet radiation at the surface.
In fact, the absence of even a single one of these balances would herald the end life on earth. However, God has created the universe with infinite wisdom and power and designed the earth especially for human life. Despite this fact, the majority of people lead their lives in total ignorance of these events. In the Quran, God reminds people of His:
“(God) makes night merge into day and day merge into night, and He has made the sun and moon subservient, each one running until a specified time. That is God, your Lord. The Kingdom is His. Those you call on besides Him have no power over even the smallest speck.” (Quran 35:13)
It is sufficient to look at millions of dead planets in space in order to understand that the delicate balances required for life on earth are not a result of random coincidences. The conditions essential for life are too complicated to have been formed “on their own” and at random, and these conditions are specially created for life alone.
These balances we have briefly described so far are only a few of the millions of intricate, interrelated balances and orders established so that people can live in peace and safety on the earth.
Examining only a part of the balances and harmony on the earth is enough to comprehend the superior being of God and grasp the existence of a planned creation in every detail of the universe. It is no doubt impossible for a person or any other living being to build such an enormous balance and order. Nor are the components of this order such as atoms, elements, molecules, and gasses, capable of establishing an order based on such intricate and extremely delicate calculations and measurements, and such fine tunings. This is because activities like planning, ordering, arranging, calculating, and proportioning can only be realized by beings that possess wisdom, knowledge and power. The Exalted Being Who orders, plans and balances the entire universe to be fit for the life of human beings on a planet like earth and Who sustains it with dramatically delicate measures and balances is God, Who has Infinite Wisdom, Knowledge and Power.
In the Qur'an, it is stated that those people who are able to realize these facts are the only “people with intelligence”:
“Indeed in the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the alternation of night and day, there are Signs for people with intelligence: those who remember God, standing, sitting and lying on their sides, and reflect on the creation of the heavens and the earth: [They say] ‘Our Lord, You have not created this for nothing. Glory be to You! So safeguard us from the punishment of the Fire.” (Quran 3:190-191)



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Monday, April 23, 2018

DAJJAL The False Messiah, the False Prophet, the "Antichrist"




Among the major signs of the Day of Judgment is the advent of the Dajjal. The Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) predicted the coming of the Dajjal towards the end of this worldly existence, i.e. just before The Day of Judgment.
Hadhrat Imraan son of Hussain relates that, "I heard the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wasallam saying: "Since the birth of Adam till the advent of Qiyaamah there is no fitnah (evil, test) much greater than that of the Dajjal."
The Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam has exhorted the regular recital of Suratul Kahf which will most certainly save one from the Evils of the Dajjal.)
Hadhrat Huzaifah says, the Dajjal will be blind in his left eye. He will have very thick hair on his body and he will also have his own type of Jannat and Jahannam with him: Although his Jannat will appear as Jannat, in reality it will be Jahannam and likewise though his Jahannam will appear to be Jahannam, in reality it will be Jannat.  (Muslim)
The term "DAJJAL" means "Imposter", one who conceals the truth with falsehood, a "falsifier", one who deceives, deludes, beguiles, circumvents, is very deceitful or a "great deceiver". The word also means "To smear the whole body of a camel with tar". Thus, according to this meaning, the Dajjal would mean a great falsifier who would cover the whole Earth with conceit and delusion and infidelity or with his beguiled adherents as tar covers the body. According to another version, he would be called Dajjal because he will travel to most of the regions of the Earth. He would basically be a great falsifier who would rise and he would, by his vicious tricks and devices, lead people astray from the path of righteousness. Following a great victory of the Muslims (under the Mahdi) against the Romans, Muslims will take over Rome. Then, the Dajjal (False Messiah) will appear and a greater war will start between his followers and the believers for 40 days (longer than usual days) and will end when 'Eessa ("Jesus") will come and slay him along with his followers. All the remaining people will convert to Islam. Peace will pervade the whole world. 

DETAILS OF THE DAJJAL:

Although the word 'Dajjal' - which comes from the Arabic word meaning 'to deceive', 'to cheat', 'to smear with tar' - does not appear in the Qur'an, the Dajjal is described in considerable detail in all major collections of Hadith, including the two well-known Sahih collections of Imam al-Bukhari and Imam Muslim, especially in the sections which are concerned with 'the last days', the period of time immediately preceding the end of the world, as well as in many other compilations of Hadith such as Al-Mishkat Al-Masabih, The Gardens of the Righteous, and Al-Muwatta' of Imam Malik:
There are three aspects of the Dajjal: There is Dajjal the individual. 
There is Dajjal as a worldwide social and cultural phenomenon. There is Dajjal as an unseen force. 
(According to scholarly opinions, the latter two aspects will be established before Dajjal the individual will appear. That is, he will appear when the support system he needs is in place throughout the world either directly or indirectly).Dajjal the individual will be the epitome of the Dajjal system, the ultimate kaffir, and therefore inevitably to be chosen as the leader of that system, when he appears. The letters KFR are the basic root letters of the Arabic word Kufr or Kaffir. Kufr is to cover up and to reject. The kaffir is the one who covers up the true nature of existence - and who rejects the messengers who are sent by Allah to show people how to live in harmony with what is within in them and with what is without them and to worship and have knowledge of Allah. The Prophet Muhammad said that kufr is one system. The Kufr system is the Dajjal. The three aspects of Dajjal are in fact interlinked and indivisible. 
 The Dajjal is also described in the Hadith as having many eyes on both sides and travelling around the world in large hops. Among other descriptions of the Dajjal in the Hadith collections we find the following: 
The Dajjal can be heard all over the world at the same time. 
The Dajjal will talk of the Fire (Jahannam), and make it seem like the Garden (Jannah). Dajjal [the Sick Man of Humanity] will talk of the Garden, and make it seem like the Fire. [Two examples of these relate to matters of justice and peace. He will proclaim justice but he will pursue injustice, and he will proclaim peace but he will pursue the opposite of peace and every proclaimation by him of the so-called peace will be a deterioration of whatever is left of peace. That is, he will do exactly opposite of what he proclaims].
The following are facts taken from the sayings of the Messenger of Allah ( Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) regarding Dajjal the individual:

His name will be 
Abdullah, son of Cyatid (it's possible that the correct reading of his father's name may actually be "Syadid"). His title is al-Masih ad-Dajjal meaning "The False Messiah". However, he also claims divinity, thus he is also a false deity.
FAMILY LINEAGE: The Dajjal will be of Jewish origin
CHARACTER: He will be very irritable and get extremely angry, and the first thing (by the incitement of which) he would come out before the public would be his anger. 


PHYSICAL FEATURES: He will be blind in one eye, while his other will be like a "floating grape". He will be short, fat, hen-toed, crooked-legged, with black curly, woolly hair, and a ruddy complexion. He will have on his forehead, between his eyes, the word "kaffir", which any believer, literate or illiterate, can read.
DETAILS OF HIS EMERGENCE AND RULE
The Dajjal will rule over the world for 40 days, one day like a year, one day like a month, one day like a week, and the rest of regular days. Thus his rule will last for 14 months and 14 days. He will appear from the East (in Iran, Afghanistan) and begin his campaign of mischief and corruption between Syria and Iraq. The Dajjal will have a large following of mainly the 70,000 Jews from Isfahan, Iran wearing Persian Shawls, Bedouins, and illegitimate people (those born outside of marriage), carrying ‘blue helmets’.
Imraan son of Hussain says the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wasallam  said: "Those who hear about Dajjal should stay far from him. By Allah! A person will approach him thinking him to be a Believer, but on seeing his amazing feats he will become his follower."
Ubadah son of Saamit once said, "I have explained Dajjal to you but I fear that you might not have understood. Maseeh Dajjal will be short, and his legs will be crooked. The hair on his head will be extremely twisted. He will have one eye (with which he can see, and this is the protruding eye about which other ahadeeth inform us) while his other eye will be totally flat. It will neither be deep (in its socket) nor protruding.
If you still have any doubt regarding him then remember that your Sustainer (Rabb) is not one-eyed. (Because Dajjal will eventually claim to be Allah). In a lengthy Hadeeth narrated by Abu Saeed, the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wasallam  is reported to have said: "Dajjal will come but it will be prohibited and impossible for him to enter Madina. He will set up camp in a barren land outside Madina. One person who will be the best of persons will confront him by saying: "I bear witness that you are the very Dajjal about whom the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wasallam  has informed us."
Dajjal will say to his followers, "If I kill this person and then revive him, you people will still doubt me?"
They will reply, "No."
He will then kill this person, (according to another narration he will split this person in two) and thereafter revive him. This person will say, "I am totally convinced more than ever before that you definitely are Dajjal."
Dajjal will attempt to kill this person again but his efforts will now be in vain.
(According to a hadeeth, after this incident, Dajjal will not be able to harm anyone.)
Hadhrat Anas says that the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wasallam  said: "Dajjal will come and finally reach the outskirts of Madina. There will be three tremors. At that time, all the disbelievers and hypocrites will flee (from Madinah).
In this way Madinah Munawwarah will be purified of all the evil hypocrites.
Hadhrat Asma daughter of Yazeed narrates that the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wasallam  once came to my house and there he spoke about Dajjal. He said that before the emergence of Dajjal there will be three spells of drought. In one year the skies will withhold one third of its rains, causing the earth to withhold one third of its produce. In the second year the skies will withhold two thirds of its rains, causing the earth to withhold two thirds of its produce. In the third year, the skies will withhold all its water and there will be no crops that year. All animals, be they hooved or toothed, will die as a result. The greatest evil of Dajjal will be to approach anyone and ask him: "If I bring your camel back to life, will you then believe that I am your Rabb?"
This person will reply, "Most certainly."
Thereafter Shaytaan (from the many Shayaateen who will always accompany the Dajjal) will appear before this person in the form of his camel with a fat hump and fully laden udders.
Likewise Dajjal will appear before another person whose father and brother have long passed away and ask him, "If I bring your father and brother back to life will you believe that I am your Rabb?"
This person will reply, "Why not?"

Shaytaan will once again take on the appearance of his brother and father...
(Ahmad)

Hadhrat Mughira son of Shu'bah says that, "No one asked the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wasallam  about Dajjal as much as myself. The Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wasallam  said to me, "How can he possibly harm you?"
I said: "People are saying that he will have with him a mountain of bread (provisions) and a river of water."
The Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wasallam  said: "In the sight of Allah he is much more disgraced than that. (i.e. Allah knows full well that in reality Dajjal has nothing with him, and all that which appears to be with him is but deception).
(Bukhari and Muslim).
Other Ahadeeth regarding Dajjal inform us that:
  • His name will be Abdullah son of Cyatid.
  • He will emerge between Shaam and Iraq, and his emergence will become known when he is in Isfahaan at a place called Yahudea.
  • The Jews of Isfahaan will be his main followers.
  • Apart from having mainly Jewish followers, he will have a great number of women followers as well.
  • He will have with his fire and water, but in reality, the fire will be cold water while that what appears to be cold water will, in reality, be a blazing fire.
  • Those who obey him will enter "his Jannat" while those who disobey him will enter "his Jahannam."
  • There will be a thick fingernail-like object in his left eye.
  • The letters "Kaa" "Faa" "Raa" will appear on his forehead and will be deciphered by all Mu'mineen regardless of them being literate or not.
  • He will have a ruddy complexion.
  • He will travel at great speeds and his means of conveyance will be a gigantic mule. It is said that he will play beautiful music which will attract the music lovers.
  • Dajjal will lay claim to prophethood.
  • He will then lay claim to Divinity.
  • He will perform unusual feats.
  • He will travel the entire world. He will send down rains upon those who believe in him, which in turn will cause good crops to grow, trees to bear fruit and cattle to grow fat.
  • He will cause drought to those who disbelieve in him, resulting in starvation and hardship for them.
  • During those trying times the Mu'mineen (Believers) will satiate their hunger through the recitation of Subhanallah and La'ilaha Ilallahu.
  • The hidden treasures will spill forth at his command. He will stay on this Earth for a period of forty days; the length of the first day will be one year, the second day will be equal to one month, the third day will be equal to a week and the remaining days will be normal.
  • He will be unable to enter Makkah because the Malaikah (Angels) will be guarding the Holy City and nor will he be able to enter Madina because there will be Malaikah guarding each of the seven entrances to Madina; From Madina, he will proceed towards Shaam where Imaam Mahdi will be stationed.
  • Finally, Eessa Alayhis salaam will descend from the heavens and pursue him and eventually kill him at present day Lydda (Baad Lud).
However, before this Dajjal appears, there would also appear various  False Prophets within the Muslim Community, most of which have already appeared.





Monday, April 2, 2018

"BOWING DOWN"




Genesis 23:7
Then Abraham rose and bowed down [
shachah] before the people of the land, the Hittites.
Genesis 33:3
He himself [Jacob] went on ahead and bowed down [
shachah] to the ground seven times as he approached his brother [Esau].
Genesis 42:6
Now Joseph was the governor of the land, the one who sold grain to all its people. So when Joseph’s brothers arrived, they bowed down [
shachah] to him with their faces to the ground.
Matthew 18:26
“The servant fell on his knees [
proskuneo] before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’

It is clear from the verses above that people “bowed down to,” or “worshipped” other people. A study of the Greek and Hebrew words and how they are translated shows something else—something that has misled many Christians. In many Bible versions, when the words shachah or proskuneo are used by one person to another, the translators use the English words “bow down” or something similar. However, when shachah or proskuneo refers to a person “bowing down” before God or Jesus, the translators almost always use the English word “worship.”

The three examples below are typical.

Exodus 24:1
Then he said to Moses, “Come up to the LORD, you and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel. You are to 
worship at a distance, [shachah]
Exodus 33:10
When all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, all the people would arise and 
worship [shachah], each at the entrance of his tent.
John 4:24
God is spirit, and his 
worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” [proskuneo]

The verses above reveal a pattern that has caused many Christians to misunderstand “worship.” When the Hebrew or Greek words for worship refer to men “worshipping” men, the translators use the English words “bow down.” However, when the act of worship is toward God or Jesus, then the translators use the English word “worship” in their Bibles. This way of translating understandably leads the English reader to believe that only God and Jesus are “worshipped.” How can a person reading the English Bible be expected to know that biblical “worship” is not just for God and Jesus when in his Bible the word “worship” is only used in reference to them? He cannot. Thus, although it is sad, it is understandable that people reading the English Bible conclude that Jesus must be God because Jesus is “worshipped.

As Bible students, we must get the facts straight. “Worshipping,” i.e., bowing down to someone, shows honour and respect. It can be toward anyone the person wants to honour, even, as we saw earlier in the case of Lot, a total stranger. People “worshipping” Jesus does not make him God any more than Abraham “bowing down” before the Hittites make them God. The Greek and Hebrew need to be translated consistently. When they are, we can see that people “worshipped” other people and God (or they “bowed down to” other people and God). In practical application, superiors, kings, God, and Jesus get most of the honour or worship.

There are times when it is not appropriate to honour or “worship” someone. God says that it is wrong to bow down to other gods (shachahworship)  (Exod. 23:24). That makes perfect sense. How could a person with any sincerity honour both God and demons? A different case involved Peter, who recognized that it was not appropriate for Cornelius to bow down to him, (proskuneoworship)  even though Cornelius respected Peter. Peter felt he was not superior to Cornelius, and accepting the worship would have sent the wrong message to Cornelius, so he stopped him (Acts 10:25 and 26). Similarly, the angel stopped John from “worshipping” him. John felt the angel was superior and started to “worship” him. The angel had to correct him and remind him that the angel was only a “fellow servant” (Rev. 22:8 and 9).
In the following verse, we find an account of the prophet Nathan coming in to see King David.
1 Kings 1:23
And they told the king, “Nathan the prophet is here.” So he went before the king and bowed with his face to the ground. [
shachah]

Nathan was a prophet of God and yet he had no problem with “worshipping” King David, i.e., bowing down before him. It is perfectly appropriate to bow down to (worship) a king. However, it would have been improper for Nathan to bow down to David and then to someone in David’s court that he knew was plotting against David. “Worship” is not a hollow act. True worship comes from the heart. That is why Mordecai would not bow down before Haman because Haman was an enemy of the Jews (Esther 3:2; 9:10). However when Jesus met the women who had come to his tomb, they “worshipped” him and were correct in doing so because he was their king, and they honoured and respected him.

The act of placing oneself face down at the feet of the king showed respect and honor.

2 Samuel 14:22
provides a good example.
2 Samuel 14:22
Joab fell with his face to the ground to pay him honour [
shachah], and he blessed the king. Joab said, “Today your servant knows that he has found favour in your eyes, my lord the king because the king has granted his servant’s request.”

In this verse, the NIV translators chose to translate the Hebrew word shachah (bowing down or worshipping) with the phrase “to pay him honour” to reflect the nature of Joab’s actions. Although the phrase “to pay him honour” shows the purpose of Joab’s action, since the Hebrew word shachah is not translated “worship,” the English reader never sees that Joab “worshipped” David. No doubt had Joab fallen on his face before God, the English translations would have said that Joab “worshipped” God.

1 Samuel 24 contains a record of David “worshipping” Saul.

1 Samuel 24:8
Then David went out of the cave and called out to Saul, “My lord the king!” When Saul looked behind him, David bowed down [
shachah] and prostrated himself with his face to the ground.

Saul had been pursuing David in order to kill him. David and his men had been avoiding Saul. One time Saul went into a cave to use the bathroom, not realizing that David and his men were also in the cave. David’s men urged him to kill Saul, but instead, he simply cut off a piece of Saul’s clothing. After Saul left the cave, David came out and bowed before Saul and showed him the piece of clothing to demonstrate that he would never hurt Saul. David bowed before Saul as part of his effort to convince Saul that he still honoured Saul and that he was not trying to usurp Saul’s throne.
Bowing to the king, worshipping him, was a way of demonstrating respect to the king, which, of course, meant that the person had an intent to obey the king. Obedience, then, is an integral part of the worship of God or a king. The outward show of bowing is not really true worship if there is no intent in the heart to obey. If a person comes before a king and bows before him but has no intention of obeying him, then the bow is hollow and deceitful. We see this in action with Adonijah. He bowed before King Solomon but he was still scheming against him.

1 Kings 1:53
Then King Solomon sent men, and they brought him down from the altar. And Adonijah came and bowed down [
shachah] to King Solomon, and Solomon said, “Go to your home.”

Adonijah was a half-brother of Solomon and had plotted to usurp David’s throne. But Solomon sent word that if Adonijah would do what was right, then Adonijah’s life would be spared. So Adonijah came and worshipped, bowed down to, Solomon the king as an act of honour and respect, implying that he would be obedient. Actually, Adonijah’s gesture was insincere, and he ended up being put to death (1 Kings 2:25). Bowing insincerely would be similar to calling Jesus “Lord” but then not doing what he said to do (Matt. 7:21-23). It should be that the act of worship comes from a heart of worship.

As we have seen, because the English word “worship” is often only used in Scripture of God and Jesus, it is often believed that only they can be “worshipped,” or even that Jesus must be God. This short study should have made it clear that anyone deserving of honour and respect can be “worshipped.” In the biblical culture, the “worship” was evidenced by bowing. However, in our society today it is not our custom to bow down to authority figures. Nevertheless, we do honour them, respect them, and in some cases should obey them. If we today honour a notable person by addressing him as “Sir,” singing “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” and giving him presents, we do not call that “worship,” but in fact, those acts are one way we in society would “worship” someone.

In modern society, we “worship” our authority figures differently than biblical people worshipped their authority figures, but the essence of honouring and respecting is the same. We need to understand how the biblical custom of bowing down before someone as an act of worship can be brought into our modern world. If we see that in the biblical culture the act of bowing was the outward form produced by an inward heart of respect and honour, then we are in a position to ask, “How would we today show someone that we respect and honour him?”

Here are a few ideas to consider:
If we honour and respect a friend, then our actions show that by us focusing on him and not just only on ourselves. Similarly, we show our respect and honour for God and Jesus by giving them our focus, our time and attention. This is especially important when participating in a spiritual or religious function. For example, a person in a church should be focused on them instead of allowing his mind to wander to the trials and troubles of life that occupy the rest of the day.

If we honour and respect a friend, then we spend time with him, especially doing things that he wants to do. Similarly, we show our respect to God by doing things He wants us to. We should take an inventory of our lives and see what we spend our time doing. Is it something that brings glory to the Lord or is it something that is just fun? For instance, do we spend more time watching TV than doing something that would serve God or the Lord? By simply taking an inventory of our time we can easily identify what is most important to us. If we find that we are not giving enough time to God, then we should make the commitment to change.
Biblically, if we “worshipped” the king, we would make an effort to obey him. Jesus said, “If you love me you will keep my commandments.” Often, because we live in an age of grace, we Christians forget that we have commandments. In fact, there are many of them that we need to obey. For example, love your brother (1 John 4:21); pray continually (1 Thess. 5:17); do not lie (Col. 3:9); do not steal (Eph. 4:28). If we say we worship God and Jesus then we should obey them.

These suggestions are by no means comprehensive. Every Christian who wants to worship God and the Lord Jesus must find a way in which he can outwardly demonstrate the respect and honour he has for his client.

The Methods and Mode of prayer or worship of the Prophets are the same. Example:

Jesus
Matthew 26:39
And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

Joshua
Joshua 5:14
And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the Lord am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, what saith my Lord unto his servant?

Moses and Aaron
Numbers 2o:6
And Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they fell upon their faces: and the Glory of the Lord appeared unto them,

Abraham
Genesis17:3
And Abraham fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, Elijah (Elias)

1Kings 18:42
So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel, and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees,

And the Angels
Revelation 7:11
And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,



Bowing down is a sign of submission and humility before God. This is done by all the prophets and even the angels. Today, only Muslims do the bowing down whenever they are in prayer. If Jesus falling/bowing down every time he was praying, are there any modern Christians who do this?