Fundamentals of the Christian Faith in the Light of the Gospels

by Maulana Sadr-ud-Din

The Ways of God’s Will and Pleasure

The teaching of the prophets is not limited to repentance alone. This part of their teaching pertains only to those people who are morally sick. As for those who are not so, or have recovered after a spell of moral ailment, the most important part of their teaching is to persuade them to seek and search after the ways of God’s will and pleasure. Jesus, who was one of the apostles of God, has also laid stress upon the achievement of God’s will and pleasure, observing that it can be obtained only through complete submission to His commandments. He said that the Divine Word certainly gives life, that is to say, the Word of God or the Book of God, which enjoined upon men to walk in the way of God’s will and pleasure, infuses a new life into them. In Jesus’ own words:

“Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work” (John, 4:34).

In this verse Jesus has stated clearly in respect of himself that he had been sent by the Most High God as an apostle, and that the purpose of his life was to do the will of God, and fulfil the work of preaching truth, entrusted to him. The highest destiny of all the prophets and in fact of all mankind is to carry out the will of God — which results in a happy and peaceful life. This sub­lime and ennobling doctrine contradicts and falsifies the notions of Original Sin and the consequent Atonement.