بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
One criticisms that atheists use against people who believe in God is:
“What kind of God will punish me for simply not believing?”
It may seem like a legitimate question. Aren’t people entitled to their beliefs? Aren’t people free to believe what they want?
Of course, it is true that nobody is forced to believe anything. But that doesn’t mean it’s acceptable to reject reality.
To shed some additional light on this issue, It is the beliefs a person have that shapes their entire worldview. Us suffering with anxiety disorders are living a completely different life than people living without it. Why is this? Well, we could say that it’s becuse of our symptoms of anxiety and stress, which is true. But what caused us to become anxious and symptomatic? It is the beliefs we have about ourselves.
The beliefs that affect and shape our interaftions with people, of how we view ourselves, even how we view God and religion, how we view the world overall. It changes how we live our life. It changes everything.
Why is it important to Allah to have correct beliefs? Because the reality is important. Imagine, that God created life, blew a soul into us, created us for the purpose of worship and servitude, and that there is an afterlife, with a paradise and hellfire that is the permanent abode. That every ability and skill we have was given to us as a gift from Him, and we were provided everything by Him.
If this is the reality, and people come and deny all of this, and dismiss it all and believe that this world came out of nothing, that the magnficent design of the earth and universe just magically came together without any designer or maker, that people believe they have no purpose when all along they were created for one purpose, that people think they are good because of their success they “earned” rather than believing that Allah was behind the scenes facilitating and planning for everything they undertook, then isn’t that a significant thing to “simply not believe?”
This is the purpose of being given a revealed book, that helps us to keep in check with reality, as a guide for making it through this life, and to purify our wrong beliefs and give us relief and an enjoyable life.
رسولا يتلو عليكم أيات الله مبينات ليخرج الذين آمنوا و عملوا الصالحات من الظلمات إلى النور
A Messenger, reciting to you the distinct verses of Allah to bring out those who believe and do righteous deeds from darknesses into light. 65:11