Five Pillars of Faith and Truth
by Jafar bin Salaam
Pillar 1 – There is One True God and He wants us to know Him and His will for
God is the ALL-POWERFUL (omnipotent) Creator of the universe.
He has the ability to reveal Himself and accomplish His purposes.
While God is transcendent and apart from His creation, He is not
far away. With His ability to be EVERYWHERE at the same time
(omnipresent), He is near. God knows EVERYTHING (omniscient).
Because He knows everything about us, He wants us to know Him
and His will for us so that we can fully experience His Goodness
and Mercy. He desires a relationship with each of us… men,
women, and children.
Pillar 2 – God is Loving and Just, and He wants us to be holy because He is Holy.
Yes, God is Holy. He is perfect and sinless. God is Just. He
does not scheme or act inconsistently with his character
and nature. It is amazing, but wonderful, that God is Love!
He has good intentions and desires for those who will
accept Him for whom He is and will trust Him even when
His ways are difficult for us to understand. His standards
are extremely high … we too must be perfect even as God
is perfect. This creates a perplexing dilemma for all people.
Pillar 3 – Because no person is perfect and sinless, we all suffer the Shame and
Dishonor of our ungodliness and come under the divine justice of God.
Our unholy and sinful thoughts, words, and actions make each of us imperfect and sinful
people. It doesn’t matter how small the imperfection, any spot, flaw, or failure causes
even the most upright person to be disgraced in the light of God’s pure holiness. We are
guilty, not just ignorant. We are condemned without any means to escape punishment
by our own efforts.
Can anything be done to remove the shame, dishonor, and spiritual death brought on by