I am not the best judge around. Even if I’m the best judge, I’m not GOD. And even if I’m not GOD, I still will still make an observation that, without good reasons, many people assume that the servants of temples, mosques, churches and many religious movements are servants of GOD. In fact, a lot of people believe that the attendees of temples, mosques, churches, amongst others, are the real servants of GOD.
The experiences (coupled with the body of knowledge) I have acquired in life have convinced me that it is not necessary for someone to be religious before they can be regarded as a real servant of GOD.
Don’t get me wrong: attending temples, mosques and churches could nourish the spirit and give enlightenment, amongst other things. However, being a real servant of GOD goes way beyond just participating in religious activities; it also entails obeying the commandments of GOD, and giving love and service to our fellow human beings—and the world in general.
But first, a reflection on some important words of wisdom—in addition to the obvious fact that if we love one another, then GOD surely dwells in us
Although I’m from a Christian background, I believe that the scriptures of other religious books have passages that are almost similar in meaning with the following biblical passages:
- 1st John 4: 12: “No man hath seen GOD at any time. If we love one another, GOD dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.”
- 1st John 4: 16: “And we have known and believed the love that GOD hath to us. GOD is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in GOD, and GOD in him.”
- 1st John 4: 20: “If a man say, I love GOD, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love GOD whom he hath not seen?”
- 1st John 4: 21: “And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth GOD love his brother also.”
Important question: “Is it right to disregard (or not accept as servants of GOD) those who believe in GOD, abide by GOD’s commandments, and love or and help their fellow human beings, even though they never had the opportunity to hear about, believe in, or accept any of the messengers of GOD?”
There are certain people in each religion who believe that the scriptures from their religious books—which convey similar meaning with the biblical scriptures quoted above—apply only to the groups of people who personally accept either Mohammed, Buddha, Jesus, etc., as the ultimate messenger of GOD.
I find it hard to stick with this belief because history and experience have proven that regardless of religious affiliation, many people who attend temples, mosques and churches disobey GOD’s commandments, qdon’t have any empathy and love for their fellow human beings, even though they spend countless hours listening to messages of love and GOD in their respective religious congregations.
So, I’m left to believe that a real servant of GOD is anyone who abides by GOD’s commandments, shows empathy or love, and helps their fellow human beings—and probably other living things, and the world.
If we believe that the real servants of GOD are only those who “accept or believe in any messenger of GOD”, abide by GOD’s commandments, and love or and help their fellow human beings, then is it right to disregard those who abide by GOD’s commandments, and love or and help their fellow human beings, even though they’ve never had any opportunity to hear about, accept or believe in any of the messengers of GOD?
I don’t think it’s right to disregard those who tick all the boxes, but don’t have the chance or opportunity—or whatever you may call it—to believe in any of the messengers of GOD.
The act of obeying GOD’s commandments, and giving, loving and helping, certainly qualifies one to be a servant of GOD
In my opinion, a real servant of GOD is anybody who abides by GOD’s commandments, shows empathy or love, and helps their fellow human beings (and probably other living things, and the world.
It is not enough to attend services practiced in temples, mosques and churches in order to be regarded as a genuine servant of GOD.
Most likely, the great living GOD won’t accept (as servants) any religious person who doesn’t have love, empathy and concern for the welfare of their fellow human beings.
A real servant of GOD lives according to the basic tenets of GOD, irrespective of their place of birth, the religion they followed as per their parents, or the religion they were chanced or fortunate to join after becoming physical mature; also, irrespective of their status in life—rich or poor—or how they rightfully earn their living on Earth, they are servants of GOD.
Real servants of GOD always do everything within their means to obey the commandments of GOD, and love or help their fellow human beings.
Do you think that being a servant of GOD goes way beyond obeying GOD’s commandments, and loving or helping fellow human beings? What do you think qualifies someone to be a real servant of GOD? Comments about your opinion will be appreciated in the comment section.