Why do you think God told Adam that if he should 'eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, that he (we) would surely die'? By believing that there is good and evil, we deny the Omnipresence of God! I cannot speak for Islam, but Christianity believes that God is Omnipresent, Omniscient and Omnipotent! If that is the case ~ where do "we" fit in? If He (God) be Omnipresent, then must He not be the "I" that I am? And if He is the only presence, then He must be omnipotent and omniscient. How then, could He be anything less than every thing? But should anyone claim this to be true, that one is said to be a 'pantheist'! And one definition of 'pantheism' in my dictionary is ~ the doctrine or the belief that every 'thing' in the Universe is a manifestation of God! Or in other words, every 'thing' is God manifesting AS that 'thing'! When I gave a copy of my first booklet Points of Light, to my long time Minister friend, he wrote in the border in bold letters 'Bob believes in Pantheism'! They believe God created every 'thing', but is most certainly 'not in' everything. My reply to that is; how could ‘He’ (the Creator) not be 'every' 'thing', when the only 'substance' He had to create with, was 'His' Mind? Every 'thing', is consciousness ~ the Mind of God ~ manifesting AS that 'thing'! And the 'thing' that enabled Him (God) to create with was FAITH! Christians so glibly quote ~ 'faith is the substance of things hoped for ~ the evidence of things not seen', yet they lack the faith and the understanding to prove it! And they lack the faith required, only because they are oblivious of the fact that they are the Creator of the Universe individualized!
We have educational institutions Worldwide! Billions of dollars are spent on Higher educational facilities ~ Universities and such each year, yet we have failed to discover what manner of beings we are! We are taught to function AS 'human beings' ~ totally oblivious of the fact that we are individualized manifestations of the Creator of every 'thing' in the Universe! And all we lack in order for us to function AS the Source (Call it the Holy Spirit, God, Allah, or whatever you wish), is the realization that "IT" is the "I" within us! And so the whole World has been feasting on the 'tree of the knowledge of good and evil' (searching for knowledge) from the very beginning ~ with billions of dollars spent on health problems! Whereas the greatest Healer that has ever been known, healed thousands for free, simply by telling them the truth pertaining to themselves ~ that they are a manifestation of that which is never less than perfect!
That is the secret to it! Every religion would acknowledge that God; or the Spirit of God (the Holy Spirit) is perfect. And we have been told that we are nothing less than branches of the Vine. The Vine being God (the Holy Spirit, or 'the Father'.) If the Vine is perfect, can the branch be any thing less?) Some two thousand years ago, a simple carpenter's son healed thousands from various afflictions, at no cost whatsoever to anyone! By no means other than simply employing His awareness of this TRUTH! Yet billions of dollars are spent around the world every year on health issues. This TRUTH is forever and always capable of healing the multitudes, if we only realized it!
All that Jesus knew to enable Him to heal the sick and the lame, was that EVERY MAN OR WOMAN ON EARTH was (and forever will be) the HOLY SPIRIT embodied ~ God individualized! He knew that the HOLY SPIRIT (God) was never less than PERFECT! He (Jesus) never ever asked anyone how they got their affliction; He saw 'beyond' the appearance ~ the illusion. He KNEW there was ONLY God (there was Only Him who is PERFECT!) Enabling Him to declare unequivocally 'You are already whole, or 'You are already perfect', and as if by magic, their affliction vanished! The TRUTH ~ spoken with 'absolute' conviction, does the healing! God said ~ "I" am the TRUTH! But before we can speak this truth with sufficient conviction, we must REALIZE that God is the "I", or the "I am" within us! And then ~ through faith in that belief, we too can do the things that Jesus did! The power of our spoken or written word is creative, for 'our' word, is the word of God!
If God is the Vine, and we are the branches, and God's thoughts are creative ~ can our thoughts be any less creative than the thoughts of God? Whether we realize it or not ~ we are never less than the creative mind of God individualized! THERE IS NO EVIL! Everything is as it is, because of the infallible creative action of the Creative Principle! (The creative Mind of God in action!) As we think ~ so do we create ~ whether we like what we create or not!
I have said there will be no peace on Earth until the whole of humanity comes to realize that we are all one ~ whereas most Christians say there will be no peace until Christ returns. To which I say ~ if we wait for 'Jesus' to return ~ we wait in vain! We will only see the 'Second Coming' of Christ, when we see that God is the "I" within us! When we see and acknowledge THAT truth ~ we begin to take upon ourselves the likeness of the Father. It is 'that likeness' that is the Christ! Then will we realize that the 'person' we have believed ourselves to be, is but the illusion in which the whole of humanity is (and has been) living!