Can’t harm or help God

In reality, we can’t harm God or help Him.


88. In reality, we can’t harm God or help Him: There is nothing we can do, ourselves, for God or against Him that will affect God in any way, what-so-ever. The shrine10 pix BABI RELIGION: “Neither can the devotion of Thy lovers profit Thee, nor the evil doings of the faithless harm Thee.” “God hath knowledge of all things and is self-sufficient above the need of all mankind.”

(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, pp. 62 and 204)

Christianity tells us we cannot harm or help God, and the other God based, God fearing religions tell us this also. God is far above all, All Knowing, All Encompassing and beyond anything we might think, do or say. 95:3 “For The LORD is a great God, and a great King” 4:6 “Father of all, above all, and through all, and in you all.” (Psalms and Ephesians)

Clearly this statement indicates that God is far above anything we might think, do or say, and this is clearly backed up by the bible, The Bahá’í Writings and the other God oriented religions of this earth: the cross-5pix CHRISTIANITY: Acts: 17:24 “God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that He is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;” Acts: 17:25 “Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things.” Romans: 3:3 “For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?” 3:4 “God forbid!Jewish symbols star-8pix JUDAISM: 2 Chronicles: 19:7 “Wherefore now let the fear of The LORD be upon you; take heed and do it, for there is no iniquity with The LORD our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts.” Psalms: 116:12 “What shall I render unto The LORD for all his benefits toward me?” 1 Chronicles: “For all things come of Thee, and of Thine own.” What can we possibly do to help or harm God, as if he had need of anything? 2 Chronicles: 14:11 “LORD, it is nothing with thee to help.” Job 21:22 “Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing He judgeth those that are high.” Job 41:11 “Who hath prevented Me, that I should repay him? what-so-ever is under the whole heaven is Mine.” 2 Chronicles: 2:6 “But who is able to build Him an house, seeing the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain Him? who am I then, that I should build Him an house, save only to burn sacrifice before Him?Job: 35:6 “If thou sinnest, what doest thou against Him? or if thy transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto Him?” 35:7 “If thou be righteous, what givest thou Him? or what receiveth He of thine hand?

Islamic symbol-10 pix ISLAM: 57. “And We gave you the shade of clouds and sent down to you manna and quails, saying: ‘Eat of the good things We have provided for you;’ (but they rebelled); to Us they did no harm, but they harmed their own souls.”

(The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah   2)

Islamic symbol-5pix 176. “Let not those grieve thee who rush headlong into unbelief: not the least harm will they do to Allah (God): Allah’s plan is that He will give them no portion in the Hereafter, but a severe punishment.” 177. “Those who purchase unbelief at the price of faith, not the least harm will they do to Allah, but they will have a grievous punishment.”

(The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah   3)

Zoroastrian symbol-12pix ZOROASTRIANISM: “Some people have the foolish idea that offering of gifts to Mazda (God) is like offering of bribes (for getting some favour), as if Mazda is in need of anything.” “He is above all wants. He does not go begging honours from the ignorant. By honouring Him, we make ourselves honourable (worthy).” (ZOROASTER, Hymns of Atharvan pp. 280 and 281)

Ahura Mazda symbol-8pix “Mazda may not be propitiated by any particular act. He is not in need of the result of any particular action of ours. It is the spirit in which an act is done that counts with Him. It does not matter if the act is very trivial.” (ZOROASTER Hymns of Atharvan p. 716)

Hindu symbol-10pix HINDUISM: 1.24 “God is a particular yet universal indweller, untouched by afflictions, actions, impressions and their results.”

(Hindu, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali)

Buddhist wheel symbol-10 pix BUDDHISM: “It is no small gain to a Holy One if one holds one’s mind back from the pleasures of life.” It neither helps nor harms Brahma (God).

(Buddhist, Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddha 2 (tr. J. Richards))

Mandaean symbol-15pix SABEANISM: “For myself mine eyes wait upon Manda-d-Hiia (Savior God), who will be to me a support, a deliverer and a rescuer And I testify to The Life (Haiyi/God) and to my lord Manda-d-Hiia with a true and faithful heart.” “For thou wast in existence before all.” “In the name of The Life (God)! I worship The First Life (Haiyi Qadmaiyi/God) and praise my lord Manda-d-Hiia. Thou art immeasurable, infinite and (for) ever.” “Now I humble myself and my children to Thy name, for I have been true to thy name, and speak (it) in my heart and talk (of it) in my mind. And I subdue my form and my loins,” and (am) brought to naught before the glory and light of Manda-d-Hiia!” “Thou art enduring, First Life (Haiyi Qadmaiyi) before Whom no being had existence, Unearthly One from worlds of light, Supreme Being that art above all works, above the Ancient Radiance and above the First Light; above the life which emanated from Life and above the Truth (kushta) which was of old in the Beginning! Thou, Manda-d-Hiia, hast established for thy chosen that which thou hast revealed to us from the book Nhur (Be light) release from their bodies was made possible to them.” “Cut me not off from Your presence. I have acknowledged Thee (O) Elect Righteous One,” Who art above all the powers of man be they good, or be they evil. (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapters 17, 35, 74, 75, 77 and 410)

The shrine-17pix BABI RELIGION: “I have no control over what profiteth Me or harmeth Me, but as My Lord pleaseth. Indeed God is Self-Sufficient and He, My Lord, standeth supreme over all things.”

(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 64)

The shrine10 pix “Nothing whatsoever can frustrate Thy purpose and that Thou art the Knower of all things and The Lord of might and majesty.” “Nay, too exalted is the station of God and of His loved ones for any person’s good or evil deed to reach their holy threshold.” “If ye believe in Me, ye will provide good for your own souls, and if ye believe not in Me, nor in that which God hath revealed unto Me, ye will suffer yourselves to be shut out as by a veil. For verily I have been independent of you heretofore, and shall remain independent hereafter. Therefore it behooveth you, O creatures of God, to help your own selves and to believe in the Verses revealed by Me…”

(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, pp. 1, 14 and 100)

the greatest name-12pixBAHA’I FAITH: “And when they realized their powerlessness to achieve their purpose, they arose to plot against Him. Witness how every moment they devise a fresh device to harm Him, that they may injure and dishonor the cause of God. Say: Woe be to you! By God! Your schemings cover you with shame. Your Lord, the God of mercy, can well dispense with all creatures. Nothing whatever can either increase or diminish the things He doth possess. If ye believe, to your own behoof will ye believe; and if ye believe not, ye yourselves will suffer. At no time can the hand of the infidel profane the hem of His Robe.”

(Bahá’í Faith, Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 147)

the greatest name 8 pix“It is for the sake of God alone that My tongue counselleth you and that My pen moveth to make mention of you, for neither can the malice and denial of all who dwell on earth harm Me, nor the allegiance of the entire creation profit Me. We, verily, exhort you unto that which We were commanded, and desire naught from you except that ye draw nigh unto what shall profit you in both this world and the world to come.”

(Bahá’í Faith, Baha’u’llah, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 87)