The Elevated Places
I like this chapter, it really has a lot of good things to say about how to live ones life.
What does it take for someone to become convinced that they are and apostle of a god? what makes them so sure that they will die for their belief? Can this happen to anyone or are apostles planted from birth? Can any enlightened person claim to be an apostle of some god or other?
[7.146] 1 will turn away from My communications those who are unjustly proud in the earth; and if they see every sign they will not believe m It; and if they see the way of rectitude they do not take It for a way, and if they see the way of error. they take it for a way; this is because they rejected Our communications and were heedless of them.
I really like this description of the straight and narrow, it's so much better than anything I have read in any other religion and is not disimilar to Castaneda's path with a heart.
[7.168] And We cut them up on the earth into parties, (some) of them being righteous and (others) of them falling short of that, and We tried them with blessings and misfortunes that they might turn.
What is this about? It stands out but I do not understand it.
[7.185] Do they not consider the kingdom of the heavens and the earth and whatever things Allah has created, and that may be their doom shall have drawn nigh; what announcement would they then believe in after this?
Teaching it seems is the way of the enlightened, they just can't help themselves.