Which One is the real God?
A common question that is asked when it comes to the belief of God is, which one is the real God? There have been thousands of different Gods throughout human history. How do we know which one is the real God?
The word God is used very loosely. It is sometimes used as an adjective to describe things or people. To answer which one is the real God, it is important to first understand the definition of God.
Definition of God in Islam
There are many different definitions and concepts for God in different religious and non-religious beliefs. From my current understanding, the only concept of God that has made sense to me is the concept of God in Islam.
In Islam, Allah (Arabic name for God) is a perfect omnipotent being with no beginning and no end. There is only one real God. God is beyond human understanding and any image you have of God in your head is not what God actually looks like. God is not an object or person and has no gender. God has no limitations in any aspect and anything is possible for him.
Many things do not fit this definition which are referred to as God. This definition makes it clear who the real God is in Islam and how to distinguish the real God from man made concepts for God. Here are some examples:
Is Jesus God? In Islam Jesus is not God because he is not an omnipotent being, he was a human. He needed to sleep, eat and was not perfect.
Is Zeus God? In Islam Zeus is not God because he is depicted as a person and a person cannot be God.
Is Brahma from Hinduism God? In Islam Brahma is not God because although he has 4 heads and arms, his image is based on a human. He has human characteristics which means he is not perfect and does not fit the definition of God.
This definition rules out 99% of things or people which are referred to as God. As far as I am aware, the only concept for God that is similar to the concept of God in Islam is in Judaism. However the God in Islam and Judaism is the same God. Muslims and Jews believe Abraham, Moses, just to name a few were prophets, were sent by God. If they believe the same prophets were sent by God then they must believe in the same God. The difference is that Muslims believe Jesus and Muhammad were also prophets sent by the same God but Jews do not.
No one has seen God
Another argument for who the real God is, is that no one has seen God. No one knows what God actually looks like. Therefore any images for God must be man made. This is the reason why many images for ‘God’ are depicted as people. Such as Jesus, Zeus or Brahma with human characteristics but with 4 heads and arms.
Whether it is the white man image of Jesus, the picture of Zeus, Brahma, or an old man with a white beard in TV shows or movies. These are all man made images and concepts about God.
This again proves most concepts about God is false apart from the Abrahamic God in Islam and Judaism which has no image for God.
Islamic explanation for the many man made concepts for God
Islam teaches that God sent prophets to people to remind them that he is the one real God and to worship nothing else but him. However mankind over hundreds of years kept forgetting God’s message and due to their desires they attribute other things to God. Mankind would start to worship idols and people as God through man made creations.
People who were well respected by their communities were eventually worshiped as God by ancient civilisations. When a respected leader or person of huge importance passed away. People would draw pictures, create graves and statues after them. Gradually over hundreds of years people would start to worship them as God, forgetting that there were just human.
A modern analogy to this is football. Some people refer to the Argentinian footballer Messi as the God of football. Football is like a religion to some people. Who knows whether after hundreds of years if people will make myths about footballers and will start to worship them as God.
It is this confusion that makes people ask which one is the real God. If you understand the definition of God from an Islamic perspective then it is easy to answer this question. There is one real God. No one has seen God therefore the images, people and idols that are called God are man made concepts about the one real God.
Do you agree or disagree? Feel free to comment below.