We Are Born With Instinctive Knowledge About God*
[7:172] Recall that your Lord summoned all the descendants of Adam, and had them bear witness for themselves: “Am I not your Lord?” They all said, “Yes. We bear witness.” Thus, you cannot say on the Day of Resurrection, “We were not aware of this.”
*7:172 Thus, every human being is born with an instinctive knowledge about God.
[7:173] Nor can you say, “It was our parents who practiced idolatry, and we simply followed in their footsteps. Will You punish us because of what others have innovated?”
[7:174] We thus explain the revelations, to enable the people to redeem themselves.*
*7:174 This life is our last chance to return to God’s Kingdom (See INTRODUCTION).
[7:175] Recite for them the news of one who was given our proofs, but chose to disregard them. Consequently, the devil pursued him, until he became a strayer.
[7:176] Had we willed, we could have elevated him therewith, but he insisted on sticking to the ground, and pursued his own opinions. Thus, he is like the dog; whether you pet him or scold him, he pants. Such is the example of people who reject our proofs. Narrate these narrations, that they may reflect.
[7:177] Bad indeed is the example of people who reject our proofs; it is only their own souls that they wrong.
[7:178] Whomever GOD guides is the truly guided one, and whomever He commits to straying, these are the losers.
How do we extract the subtitle of 7:172 from the verse?
Since we can’t say on the Day of Resurrection that we did not know this information it shows that it is instinctively in us.
All societies of all civilizations throughout time contemplated the existence beyond one’s self.
Would it not be strange if a universe without purpose accidentally created humans who are so obsessed with purpose? – Sir John Templeton
Monotheism: Natural Instinct*
[30:30] Therefore, you shall devote yourself to the religion of strict monotheism. Such is the natural instinct placed into the people by GOD. Such creation of GOD will never change. This is the perfect religion, but most people do not know.
In 7:175 what proof was given?
Everyone sees every day the proof of God’s existence and characteristic. The difference between the believer and the disbeliever is the believer sees purpose in the existence, while the disbeliever disregards any purpose to our existence.
The function of God’s proof can be seen below:
[74:31] …(1) to disturb the disbelievers, (2) to convince the Christians and Jews (that this is a divine scripture), (3) to strengthen the faith of the faithful, (4) to remove all traces of doubt from the hearts of Christians, Jews, as well as the believers, and (5) to expose those who harbor doubt in their hearts, and the disbelievers; they will say, “What did GOD mean by this allegory?” GOD thus sends astray whomever He wills, and guides whomever He wills. None knows the soldiers of your Lord except He. This is a reminder for the people.
Miracles: Is Belief in the Supernatural Irrational? With John Lennox at Harvard (@32 min)