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when we reverence God,
[5:100] Proclaim: “The bad and the good are not the same, even if the abundance of the bad may impress you. You shall reverence God, (even if you are in the minority) O you who possess intelligence, that you may succeed.”
[35:28] Also, the people, the animals, and the livestock come in various colors. This is why the people who truly reverence God are those who are knowledgeable. God is Almighty, Forgiving.
when we oppose evil,
[11:116] If only some of those among the previous generations possessed enough intelligence to forbid evil! Only a few of them deserved to be saved by us. As for the transgressors, they were preoccupied with their material luxuries; they were guilty.
when we analyze signs and scientific proofs,
[3:190] In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the alternation of night and day, there are signs for those who possess intelligence.
[29:43] We cite these examples for the people, and none appreciate them except the knowledgeable.
[30:22] Among His proofs are the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the variations in your languages and your colors. In these, there are signs for the knowledgeable.
[12:105] So many proofs in the heavens and the earth are given to them, but they pass by them, heedlessly!
when we benefit from reminders,
[39:21] Do you not see that God sends down from the sky water, then places it into underground wells, then produces with it plants of various colors, then they grow until they turn yellow, then He turns them into hay? This should be a reminder for those who possess intelligence.
[40:54] (Their history) is a lesson and a reminder for those who possess intelligence.
and when we fully comprehend and value God’s oaths
[89:5] A profound oath, for one who possesses intelligence.
[56:76] This is an oath, if you only knew, that is awesome.
Using our knowledge and our mind to fit into God’s definition of intelligence is the real intelligence. Intelligence becomes a part of the illusion of this fleeting world if we don’t use it to recognize God and to choose the appreciative, straight path.
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In the US, we celebrate July 4 as our Independence Day. But let’s always remember our dependence on our Supreme Creator.
Here are some quotes from the founding fathers of the country acknowledging that God is the Grantor of all we enjoy.
“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath?”
“Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual. ... Continue steadfast and, with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave ...”
“I believe in one God, the Creator of the Universe. That He governs it by His Providence. That He ought to be worshipped. ... That the soul of man is immortal, and will be treated with justice in another life respecting its conduct in this.”
“A watchful eye must be kept on ourselves lest while we are building ideal monuments of Renown and Bliss here we neglect to have our names enrolled in the Annals of Heaven.”
“When we view the blessings with which our country has been favored, those which we now enjoy, and the means which we possess of handing them down unimpaired to our latest posterity, our attention is irresistibly drawn to the source from whence they flow. Let us then, unite in offering our most grateful acknowledgments for these blessings to the Divine Author of All Good.”