The Forbidden Fruit
Two significant tests from God failed in recent times that if God-fearing people had passed, I believe God would have blessed the United States to be a righteous country, the world's moral leader. God-fearing people see themselves as Muslims, Shia, or Sunni, and Christians this and the other. And let us not forget about the Jews. But I see everyone as either a believer or disbeliever, righteous or unrighteous. God forbid the believers from breaking their religions into sects or creating any divisions between each other. So the only divisions between people allowed by God are the believers or unbelieving and the righteous and the unrighteous. Anything else will only give Satan our enemy power to manipulate us against each other. I say that my religion is the submission of my will to God, for all God-fearing people should have this in common no matter what else we call ourselves.
However, the divisions between believers are not one of the two significant tests I mentioned that God-fearing people recently failed. The first test from God that God-fearing people failed is that we didn't band together to stop the legalization of the lottery and casinos in our country. God had already blessed the United States of America to be the wealthiest country in the world before the legal lottery, so why did we need the lottery and casinos to make more money? The only purpose I see that the lottery and casinos serve is to get God-fearing people to disobey God so that they will fall from God's grace and protection. God-fearing people should have known that God would not bless anything good to come from money made by disobeying Him. If God-fearing people had stopped the legalization of the lottery and casinos, I believe we would be living in a righteous country today. We would be helping ourselves and the world to be good people instead of being evil and dragging the world down into hell with us.
But what most people don't realize is that legalizing the lottery gave all the businesses in our country permission to exploit and take advantage of their customers in any way they wanted. Our government can't protect people from exploitation anymore because it has a conflict of interest. How can the government protect its people and profit from things designed to take advantage of the people? Slowly, respect for the customer and that the customers are always right turned into "If your luggage on our airlines is one pound over 50, we will charge you a $100 penalty." A few years ago, anyone could carry two pieces of luggage up to 70 pounds each on all airlines with no charges. Now we must pay for our luggage, and on some airlines, we must also pay for our carry-on bag. I believe this and many other abusive with customers are happening because we legalized the lottery, thus disobeying God. A dark cloud of moral ignorance now covers our country as our businesses encourage people to be morally weak to take their money in any way they can. The lottery and casinos are our forbidden fruits, which causes us to fall from God's graces and protection, not the apple.
Quran 42:13 The same religion has He established for you as that which He enjoined on Noah--the which We have sent by inspiration to thee Mohammed and that which We enjoined on Abraham Moses and Jesus: Namely that ye should remain steadfast in religion and make no divisions therein: to those who worship other things than God hard is the (way) to which thou call them. God chooses to Himself those whom He pleases and guides to Himself those who turn (to Him).
Quran 6:159 As for those who divide their religion and break up into sects, thou hast no part in them in the least: their affair is with God: He will, in the end, tell them the truth of all that they did.
Quran 14:4 We sent a messenger except to teach in the language of his own people in order to make things clear to them. Now God leaves straying those whom He pleases and guides whom He pleases: and He is Exalted in power Full of Wisdom.