Faith in God – AADISHRI ARUN


Faith in God is a prerequisite for a happy life. Why is this so? And why do people have a problem with faith? Human beings tend to only believe in what they can see, taste, hear, smell, or feel; it’s limited to the five senses. We sit in a chair and believe that it will hold us because we can feel the chair through our five senses. We are ready to fly in airplanes even when we don’t fully understand how they work, and even if we don’t know the pilot, but we trust that everything will be okay. This is because we can see that the airplane works. We can see it flying-taking off and landing and we have the experience of other people to bank upon that it is safe to fly. That is also faith, but a faith that has been verified by our five senses.
What if I asked you to sit in a chair you can’t see? Or what if the chair was missing one of its legs and was falling over? You wouldn’t sit in a chair like that with human faith. Would you fly in a plane if you could see that the engine was falling off or the tires were flat? Your senses would forbid it.
This is where the problem lies with respect to having faith in God. God is unseen and his hand, although everywhere, cannot be seen by our limited five senses. You haven’t seen God or the devil. You haven’t seen heaven or hell. You haven’t seen a situation where your sins had been taken away, therefore, you wouldn’t know what you would look like if your sins were taken away. This is why we have no faith in God. He hasn’t been verified by our five senses.
Not only that, as humans, we are constantly being told about our own infallibility. We are told to promote ourselves at the cost of others. The fact is that in modern life we have been told that we are individually responsible for our life. We are told that the results we get are because of our efforts and our own competence and that we are solely responsible for the success and failures of our life. We are told that there is no need to depend on God or even to believe in him since we are in charge of our life.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Our actions may lead to our results but even a cursory examination of life tells us that there is more to our life than simply our efforts. We live as part of a system that is highly complex. From the universe to the solar system, to the planet, to the bio-sphere-we are helplessly dependent on the goodwill and the smooth functioning of things that we simply have no idea about. We may be living a luxurious life due to our efforts and our intelligence but what about the oxygen we breath? Have we created it? Could we live even for a moment without it? And the water and the temperature of the place we stay? What if it was all different? Could we survive by our efforts or intelligence? To think that we are separate and independent of this highly complex system that we see around us is simply a foolishness. This system is so precise that scientists marvel at it. They say that if the laws of physics were even 0.000001% different from what they are, life would not exist!
Thus there is strong evidence that we are part of a system that has been designed and is maintained by a conscious, intelligent entity. The conscious and intelligent entity is usually called God!
That leads us to an inescapable conclusion. If our universe is a conscious act of creation then it follows logically that this creation must be having a purpose and the Creator must be having a plan behind this creation. Please note that I am not making a religious argument here. I am simply making a logical argument for the existence of this universe where we all live.
This we are all part of the Creator’s plan. We may not know our ultimate purpose but logic tells us that it must exist.
Logic also tells us that the creator should be nudging us towards our ultimate purpose and that he knows better than us about what we are supposed to become.
This belief-in the Creator and his grand plan- my friends is called Faith!
Without this faith it is impossible to connect to God, so our relationship with the Lord is dependent on it. Faith is what brings the things God has provided for us from the spiritual realm into the physical realm since we start doing what God intends for us rather than what we intend for ourselves. Our faith is the victory that enables us to overcome the world. Everything the Lord does for us is accessed through faith.
What if someone doesn’t have faith? He will still live no doubt. He will a passenger on the ship of life, experiencing whatever is owed to him but he will never be able to progress towards God and realization since he doesn’t believe in it or desire it.
What does God do with those who don’t believe in God? God simply lets them be a part of creation. After-all there are many parts of creation that simply exist and do nothing else. Like stones, rocks and mountains!
So if you want to reach your highest potential and be the best you can ever be, then you must have faith in the Creator and aspire to reach him. You must develop that Faith even though your five senses don’t see God..