Originally Posted by Muhammad
yes, you are right. why would God tell us to do something other than Good. but the fact remains that what he has told us to do is Good, not by its very nature, but merely good by the fact that he told us to do so which made it good..
For example: imagine God told us to slap our mother when we turn 9. Then slapping our mother at the age of 9 would be a completely normal thing to do, it would make sense, it would be a good
thing to do. Right now we are answering this question based on the information around us but you have to imagine a world where for example, God told us killing is Good and so it would be. human beings would look at a person who is not killing and say OH MY, what a horrible person, he isn't killing anyone !
But since we have notions of right and wrong ingrained in our minds, thinking like that doesn't make sense. It would only make sense if we were born in such a world where killing was the right thing to do as commanded by God and saving a life considered a bad thing..
after all, the only thing that makes it good or bad is by God commanding it to be so...
also, on your remark that we should not waste our time on such questions? are you serious? Does it not mention in the quran numerous times to think and reflect and use our brains. I think there are perfectly plausible questions in philosophy to consider. Just because they are difficult questions and don't have a concrete answer does not mean we should avoid them..
Anyways, I can see why you are worried because there are some people on here who may not be as academically inclined to grasp such a concept and it could easily wrattle their faith, But I just want to say It has not changed my faith at all, so worry not!