Martin: "So your religion rejects the omniscience (Allah has all knowledge) of God, for otherwise, what could He possibly learn from testing us that He does not already know?”
"No, that’s not quite it…Yes!! We are created to worship Him!"
(With a smile of victory): "Then you must believe that God has needs and weaknesses, for why else would He demand our worship? When a human demands our devotion, we label him a tyrant or a psychopath. Do you hold that God has character flaws?"
The average life span in the United States in 1990 was about 75 years ( National Institute on Aging ).
Everyone shall have a taste of death. ( Qur’an 3:185 )
The hereafter ( al-aakhirah) is a REALITY that has already been created. Allah (swt) has described two extremes:
AL-JANNAT (Garden of Heaven)
What is the goal of life?
WHERE ARE WE GOING? Jahannam (Hell) (Allah forbid!)
… As for those who disbelieve, garments of fire will be cut out for them; boiling fluid will be poured down on their heads. With it shall be melted what is in their bellies as well as their skin. And for them are whips of iron. Every time they wish to run away in anguish, they will be forced back in, being told, "Taste the doom of burning!" ( Qur’an 22:20-22 )
Eventual destination of one who steps off of al-Sirat al-Mustaqeem in this life. Al-Rahman gives what is requested…
Inspires fear and a longing to escape from such a punishment – enough fear to prevent one from doing certain things in life, even if one would otherwise want those things
Is the purpose of life to ESCAPE from Jahannam ?
WHERE ARE WE GOING? Al-Jannat (Garden of Heaven) (insha’Allah!)
Allah will admit those who believe and do good deeds to Gardens beneath which rivers flow. There, they shall be adorned with bracelets of gold and pearls, and their garments there will be of silk. ( Qur’an 22:23 )
Eventual destination of one who walks along al-Sirat al-Mustaqeem in this life. The reward given by Al-Raheem.
Inspires desire to gain such pleasures – the more worship we do, the better the rewards
Enough to prevent one from doing certain things in life, even if one would otherwise want those things
Is the purpose of life to gain ENTRANCE into Al-Jannat ?