Humans Freely Choose Their Paths
[10:43] Some of them look at you, but can you guide the blind, even though they do not see?
[10:44] GOD never wrongs the people; it is the people who wrong their own souls.
[10:45] On the day when He summons all of them, they will feel as if they lasted in this world one hour of the day, during which they met. Losers indeed are those who disbelieved in meeting GOD; and chose to be misguided.
[10:46] Whether we show you some (of the retribution) we promise them, or terminate your life before that, to us is their ultimate return. GOD witnesses everything they do.
[10:47] To each community, a messenger. After their messenger comes, they are judged equitably, without the least injustice.
[10:48] They challenge: “When will this prophecy come to pass, if you are telling the truth?”
Divine Intervention Keeps the Disbelievers in the Dark
[7:146] I will divert from My revelations those who are arrogant on earth, without justification. Consequently, when they see every kind of proof they will not believe. And when they see the path of guidance they will not adopt it as their path, but when they see the path of straying they will adopt it as their path. This is the consequence of their rejecting our proofs, and being totally heedless thereof. [7:147] Those who reject our revelations and the meeting of the Hereafter, their works are nullified. Are they requited only for what they committed?
Freedom of Choice [33:72]
We have offered the responsibility (freedom of choice) to the heavens and the earth, and the mountains, but they refused to bear it, and were afraid of it. But the human being accepted it; he was transgressing, ignorant.*
God’s Messenger of the Covenant*
[46:35] Therefore, be patient like the messengers before you who possessed strength and resorted to patience. Do not be in a hurry to see the retribution that will inevitably come to them. The day they see it, it will seem as if they lasted one hour of the day. This is a proclamation: Is it not the wicked who are consistently annihilated?
[40:77] You shall be patient, for GOD’s promise is truth. Whether we show you some of (the retribution) we have promised for them, or terminate your life before that, they will be returned to us.
[16:1] GOD’s command has already been issued (and everything has already been written), so do not rush it.* Be He glorified; the Most High, far above any idols they set up.
Community is so much more today than it was in the past. Today community was limited to the people you were in proximity to and now you can communicate to people all over the world as if they are in the same room.
James Flynn – Why our IQ levels are higher than our grandparents’
The more you have the more you are responsible for
Does this change the responsibility of us as believers?
Democratization of information: We are now more responsibility and our test are more internal/emotional than the ones in the past.
Compare to Olympic athletes. As more people compete the better the athletes get, but in religion the more that adopt the religion the more lax the individuals get. That is why the elite of the elite are typically from the first generation of believers of any messenger (early vanguards) and few from later generations.
[56:13] Many from the first generations. [56:14] Few from the later generations.
[56:39] Many from the early generations. [56:40] Many from the later generations.*