originally posted by: SuperFrog
a reply to: UB2120
Your view of God is not different then any other religious folks view - you have idea - belief - nothing more.
In the end, you might hope, just like rest of religious world - that you are correct - and in the end that would make everyone else wrong - just like
all other religions.
Nah, as far as science, world we live in today and our future and past are concerned - there is no need for a God. (unless you believe in Thor of
course, like my 5 year old )
It is more than just an idea or belief, it is an experience. Religion lives and prospers, then, not by sight and feeling, but rather by faith and
insight. It consists not in the discovery of new facts or in the finding of a unique experience, but rather in the discovery of new and spiritual
meanings in facts already well known to mankind. The highest religious experience is not dependent on prior acts of belief, tradition, and authority;
neither is religion the offspring of sublime feelings and purely mystical emotions. It is, rather, a profoundly deep and actual experience of
spiritual communion with the spirit influences resident within the human mind, and as far as such an experience is definable in terms of psychology,
it is simply the experience of experiencing the reality of believing in God as the reality of such a purely personal experience.
To the unbelieving materialist, man is simply an evolutionary accident. His hopes of survival are strung on a figment of mortal imagination; his
fears, loves, longings, and beliefs are but the reaction of the incidental juxtaposition of certain lifeless atoms of matter. No display of energy nor
expression of trust can carry him beyond the grave. The devotional labors and inspirational genius of the best of men are doomed to be extinguished by
death, the long and lonely night of eternal oblivion and soul extinction. Nameless despair is man’s only reward for living and toiling under the
temporal sun of mortal existence. Each day of life slowly and surely tightens the grasp of a pitiless doom which a hostile and relentless universe of
matter has decreed shall be the crowning insult to everything in human desire which is beautiful, noble, lofty, and good.
But such is not man’s end and eternal destiny; such a vision is but the cry of despair uttered by some wandering soul who has become lost in
spiritual darkness, and who bravely struggles on in the face of the mechanistic sophistries of a material philosophy, blinded by the confusion and
distortion of a complex learning. And all this doom of darkness and all this destiny of despair are forever dispelled by one brave stretch of faith on
the part of the most humble and unlearned of God’s children on earth.
This saving faith has its birth in the human heart when the moral consciousness of man realizes that human values may be translated in mortal
experience from the material to the spiritual, from the human to the divine, from time to eternity.
There must be perfection hunger in man’s heart to insure capacity for comprehending the faith paths to supreme attainment. If any man chooses to do
the divine will, he shall know the way of truth. It is literally true, “Human things must be known in order to be loved, but divine things must be
loved in order to be known.” But honest doubts and sincere questionings are not sin; such attitudes merely spell delay in the progressive journey
toward perfection attainment. Childlike trust secures man’s entrance into the kingdom of heavenly ascent, but progress is wholly dependent on the
vigorous exercise of the robust and confident faith of the full-grown man.
The reason of science is based on the observable facts of time; the faith of religion argues from the spirit program of eternity. What knowledge and
reason cannot do for us, true wisdom admonishes us to allow faith to accomplish through religious insight and spiritual transformation.