I can’t speak for all of the World’s religions , but I’m familiar enough with Christianity, Islam and Judaism to know that down through their histories their God(s) tended to reveal himself to one man for a certain time and occasion .
According to the Quran, to believe in God’s Messengers (Rusul) means to be convinced that God sent them to men and jinn (khalq) to guide them to the path of the Truth, and that they have told the truth about everything they have conveyed from God. It is obligatory to know twenty-five particular messengers. Out of the twenty-five prophets, five are considered as the God’s most preferred Messengers: Nuḥ (Noah), Ibrahim (Abraham), Musa (Moses), `Isa (Jesus), and Muhammad.
Judaism and Christianity would agree on 4 of the 5 mentioned in the Quran. Many more are mentioned in the Old Testament and even Paul considers himself to be a prophet in the New Testament amongst lesser ones .
Paul goes on to qualify a Prophet as only being someone who agrees with what Paul is saying. How convenient !
1 Corinthians 14:37
If anyone thinks they are a prophet or otherwise gifted by the Spirit, let them acknowledge that what I am writing to you is the Lord’s command.
I find it interesting that a God would select a single individual to convey his message to the masses. Since many religions believe their God to be “omnipotent” , why wouldn’t their God just speak to everyone at once so the masses can all be on the same page ?
On a smaller scale , the children of Israel heard the voice of their God through a cloud and were scared shitless (apologies for my language). Yet when their leader Moses didn’t return in 30 days, they basically forgot about what they had heard and pooled their gold together to make and worship a golden calf. Apparently their God didn’t leave a lasting impression on them.
I think we can all safely say the following prophets were indeed false.
Harold Camping (predicted end of world 2011 on May21 & Oct21 )
Jim Jones (Took the lives of 909 followers in Jonestown)
Why is it so easy to discount these people and yet millions are quite willing to accept the words from prophets in the Quran, OT and NT as having been revealed to them from their God ?
I am not an Atheist in the sense that I haven’t personally come to the conclusion the “Effect” of the Big Bang didn’t require a “Cause” . Though I refer to myself as a Deist , I should probably call myself an Agnostic. Just as science calls DNA a “blueprint ” for every living thing I keep asking myself when did a “blueprint” ever turn into an object without a cause to this effect ?
And yet, I can’t imagine this “cause” has been revealed to a select few …… Your thoughts ?