Abraham’s Courageous Debate
[2:258] Have you noted the one who argued with Abraham about his Lord, though GOD had given him kingship? Abraham said, “My Lord grants life and death.” He said, “I grant life and death.” Abraham said, “GOD brings the sun from the east, can you bring it from the west?” The disbeliever was stumped. GOD does not guide the wicked.
I think we take lightly how courageous this debate was. Imagine if you had to debate in front of national TV with Obama about God, but in the time of Abraham such a debate could get you killed.
We see similar stances with believers going against the majority to declare the truth.
Example of Dwellers of the Cave
[18:14] We strengthened their hearts when they stood up and proclaimed: “Our only Lord is the Lord of the heavens and the earth. We will never worship any other god beside Him. Otherwise, we would be far astray.
Example of Moses and Pharaoh
[26:23] Pharaoh said, “What is the Lord of the universe?”
[26:24] He said, “The Lord of the heavens and the earth, and everything between them. You should be certain about this.”
[26:25] He said to those around him, “Did you hear this?”
[26:26] He said, “Your Lord and the Lord of your ancestors.”
[26:27] He said, “Your messenger who is sent to you is crazy.”
[26:28] He said, “The Lord of the east and the west, and everything between them, if you understand.”
[26:29] He said, “If you accept any god, other than me, I will throw you in the prison.”
Example of Magicians and Pharaoh
The Experts See the Truth
[26:46] The magicians fell prostrate.
[26:47] They said, “We believe in the Lord of the universe.
[26:48] “The Lord of Moses and Aaron.”
[26:49] He said, “Did you believe with him before I give you permission? He must be your teacher, who taught you magic. You will surely find out. I will sever your hands and feet on alternate sides. I will crucify you all.”
[26:50] They said, “This will not change our decision; to our Lord we will return.
[26:51] “We hope that our Lord will forgive us our sins, especially that we are the first believers.”
Ron Paul getting booed at the Republican Debate for the Golden Rule
Every person comes to a fork in the road where they have to decide if they want to be somebody or do something. – John Boyd
“Congress voted to give the president this broad power to authorize force on Sept. 13, 2001, just two days after the attacks. California Rep. Barbara Lee, a Democrat, was the only person — out of both the House and Senate — to vote against it, despite its potentially broad implications.”