The Elevated Places

I like this chapter, it really has a lot of good things to say about how to live ones life.

[7.103] Then we raised after them Musa with Our communications to Firon and his chiefs, but they disbelieved in them; consider then what was the end of the mischief makers.
[7.104] And Musa said: O Firon! surely I am an apostle from the Lord of the worlds:

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.
[7.169] Then there came after them an evil posterity who inherited the Book, taking only the frail good of this low life and saying: It will be forgiven us. And if the like good came to them, they would take it (too). Was not a promise taken from them in the Book that they would not speak anything about Allah but the truth, and they have read what is in it; and the abode of the hereafter is better for those who guard (against evil). Do you not then understand?

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?
[7.186] Whomsoever Allah causes to err, there is no guide for him; and He leaves them alone in their inordinacy, blindly wandering on.
[7.192] And they have no power to give them help, nor can they help themselves.
[7.193] And if you invite them to guidance, they will not follow you; it is the same to you whether you invite them or you are silent.
[7.194] Surely those whom you call on besides Allah are in a state of subjugation like yourselves; therefore call on them, then let them answer you if you are truthful.
[7.195] Have they feet with which they walk, or have they hands with which they hold, or have they eyes with which they see, or have they ears with which they hear? Say: Call your associates, then make a struggle (to prevail) against me and give me no respite.

Teaching it seems is the way of the enlightened, they just can't help themselves.

The Quran


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