RELIGION AND FAITH AS THEY ARE
Faith is universal. Our specific methods for understanding it are arbitrary. Some of us pray to Jesus, some of us go to Mecca; some of us study subatomic particles. In the end we are all just searching for truth, that which is greater than ourselves. Faith . . . all faiths . . . are admonitions that there is something we cannot understand, something to which we are accountable . . . With faith we are accountable to each other, to ourselves, and to a higher truth. Religion is flawed, but only because Man is flawed.
I’m aware the next question is,”do you believe in God?
Do I believe in God?
From childhood, I have always show respects for the power of faith, the benevolence of mosques, shrines, churches: the strength religion gave so many people . . . and yet, the intellectual suspension of disbelief that was imperative if one were truly going to “believe” had always proved too big an obstacle for his academic mind. Simply put, I want to believe.
So why don’t you?
Well, I would say it’s not that easy. Having faith requires leaps of faith, cerebral acceptance of miracles—immaculate conceptions and divine interventions. And then there are the codes of conduct. The Bible, the Koran, Buddhist scripture . . .they all carry similar requirements—and similar penalties. They claim that if I don’t live by a specific code I will go to hell. I can’t imagine a God who would rule that way. Holy Scripture is stories . . . legends and history of man’s quest to understand his own need for meaning. Well, I am passing judgment on literature.
If you ask if I believe in God, I would ask what your definition of God is.Ask me what I believe/have faith in, I would ask what you mean by belief /faith.
Religion is like language or dress. We gravitate toward the practices with which we were raised. In the end, though, we are all proclaiming the same thing. That life has meaning. That we are grateful for the power that created us. While I may not be saying that whether you are a Christian or a Muslim simply depends on where /into which you were born. Isn’t it obvious? Look at the diffusion of religion around the globe.
God exists. Science tells me God must exist. My mind tells me I will never understand God. And my heart tells me I am not meant to. So I believe God is fact, but we will never understand Him. He is a mystery that could never be fully comprehended by man.
Jimson Jaat Taofik
The M.A.D Writer