BELIEVE IN GOD!
BELIEVE IN GOD !!! It may seem like a strange thing to say, but there are religions and some groups of people that don’t believe in an all knowing, all powerful Deity Who is responsible for the creation of the universe. For most of them there is no belief in an afterlife or a continuation of existence after this life. In their minds we go into utter oblivion and nothingness at the disintegration of this body; and to this I say, what’s the point? They believe everything just happened, in happenstance, and everything just came about by some strange cosmic accident of a few atoms coming together and forming compounds that eventually formed life. There is no real point to any of it. This is by far an over simplification of something that is so insanely complicated, that it is almost unimaginable in its scope of intricacy to understand; which, in itself, points to Higher Being in control of all existence. A Higher Being who is over-seeing the structure and the continued development of all created things.
In my studies into biology and medicine, one of the first things I noticed was the true complexity of everything found in nature. Another thing I noticed was that everything in nature is, in reality, trying to move from a more complexed state or higher state of energy, to a lower simpler more stable form of energy and complexity; eventually leading everything into a void of entropy or the loss of all usable energy. This is the overall truth I found in nature, when I studied science; and yet here we have things, forces you might say, almost as if being guided by an invisible hand, going from lower states of energy and complexity to higher states of energy and complexity. Now I’m sure there are some skeptics out there who would say that maybe this is not the case, and that, in reality, the true nature of things, is that elements found in nature move to higher states of energy and complexity, not lower. And to this I would say, why does everything in nature eventually age and finally decay and become useless nothing and die? If we were in a system of nature that is always evolving and constantly replenishing itself and moving to higher states of energy, do say, to all of the energy being released on this planet by the sun, we shouldn’t have conditions of aging, decay or death; we should just go on living, as would all the rest of nature around us; but this is not the case. Something is causing the nature of things to move in a reverse direction and causing things to move to higher states of energy and complexity. Now some people might call this just a strange cosmic coincidence of the universe that we just don’t completely understand yet, but for the people who believe in something else, beyond all of this physical reality, we call it the will of God affecting and altering the course of nature. So, the actions of the universe tend to indicate the existence of a controller beyond or outside the confines of the universe we live in; who some of us tend to call: God, Brahma, Vishnu, Ahura Mazda, Allah, Haiyi etc. And if we follow this train of reasoning, then we must also believe in an All-Powerful Creator, Who is capable of creating and maintaining all of this; Who the religions tell us, we must believe in, if we are to truly progress in this world and the next world: BAHA’I FAITH: “Praise be to God! The least change produced in the form of the smallest thing proves the existence of a creator: then can this great universe, which is endless, be self-created and come into existence from the action of matter and the elements? How self-evidently wrong is such a supposition!” (Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, Some Answered Questions, p. 6)
Now, some scientists of today are intuiting and implying the existence of a Creator: example Noble Prize Winner Princeton physicist Eugene Wigner asked, “why does the natural world, so far as we know, obey the laws of mathematics?” How is this possible, I would ask, if all of nature and creation is coming about in a completely random, haphazard fashion? Mathematics, argued by some, exists independent of and outside of physical reality, but some are finding that there is mathematical symmetry found everywhere within all of nature as we know it. Example, Newton’s law of gravity, which he explains mathematically; explaining that two distant objects in the solar system are drawn to one another using mathematical formula; and yet he could find no reasons in nature at the time to explain why this happens. His answer finally being, “it is the will of God;” there is no rational explanation for it.
Mathematics it seems, is all around us. The more we discover about our environment and surroundings, the more we see that nature can be described mathematically. The symmetry of a flower, the beauty of a rose, the majesty of a tree, even the rocks upon which we walk can exhibit nature’s sense of symmetry. Robert H. Nelson of the University of Maryland tells us: “it takes the existence of some kind of a god to make the mathematical underpinnings of the universe comprehensible.” There has to be some kind of intelligent, consciousness directing and guiding what is happening in this universe we live in; I learned that studying biology and studying the human body in med-school years ago; and I will leave it at that, me not being a mathematician or a physicist. But, as far as all of God‘s religions on this earth are concerned, His religions tell us we must believe in an All-Powerful Creator or, me paraphrasing here, there is no point to any of this!
(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 19)
BAHA’I FAITH: “Man cannot grasp the Essence of Divinity, but can, by his reasoning power, by observation, by his intuitive faculties and the revealing power of his faith, believe in God, discover the bounties of His Grace. He becometh certain that though the Divine Essence is unseen of the eye, and the existence of the Deity is intangible, yet conclusive proofs assert the existence of that unseen Reality. The Divine Essence as it is in itself is however beyond all description.”
(Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, Baha’i World Faith – Abdu’l-Baha Section, p. 341)
JUDAISM: 2 Chronicles: 20:20 “And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in The LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.” Sirach: 2:6 “Believe in Him, and He will help thee; order thy way aright, and trust in Him. Ye that fear The Lord,” (Deuterocanonical Apocrypha,)
CHRISTIANITY: John: 14:1 “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.” Hebrews: 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” Romans: 3:3 “For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? 3:4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.”
ISLAM: 136. “We believe in Allah (God), and the revelation given to us, and to Abraham, Isma’il, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to Moses and Jesus and that given to (all) Prophets from their Lord, we make no difference between one and another of them, and we bow to Allah.”
(The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah 2)
177. “It is not righteousness that ye turn your faces toward East or West; but it is righteousness to believe in Allah and the Last Day, and the Angels, and the Book, and the Messengers; to spend of your substance, out of love for Him, for your kin, for orphans, for the needy, for the wayfarer, for those who ask, and for the ransom of slaves; to be steadfast in prayer, and practice regular charity; to fulfill the contracts which ye have made; and to be firm and patient, in pain (or suffering) and adversity, and throughout all periods of panic. Such are the people of truth, the Allah-fearing.”
(The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah 2)
“The wise man does not doubt the existence of a moral order in the universe. His belief in God therefore rests on strongest foundation and he is the best devotee.” (ZOROASTER, Hymns of Atharvan p. 180)
(Hindu, Bhagavad Gita (Edwin Arnold tr) chapter 6)
(Hindu, Upanishads vol. 1, Khandogya-Upanishad Part 4)
(The Eightfold Path, Buddha and Buddhist, Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddha 2)
7. “One’s thought is calm; calm is one’s word and one’s action when one has obtained freedom by true knowledge and become peaceful. The one who is free from gullibility, who knows (believes in) The Uncreated, who has severed all ties, removed all temptations, renounced all desires, is the greatest of people.”
(Buddhist, Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddha 2 (tr. J. Richards))
SABEANISM: “Manda d-Haiyi (Haiyi/Hiia/God) Sublimest of beings, Knowledge of Life is Thy name, Truth is Thy name. Pure is Thy name, magnified is Thy name, Honoured is Thy name, blessed is Thy name And abiding is Thy name. Victorious art Thou And victorious is Thy name. Victorious are the words of Truth which proceed from Thy mouth Over all deeds (to true believers).” (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapter 75)
“I came to the congregation of souls, For The Life (Haiyi/God) sent me, sent me forth. There were some who bought my wares, there were those who came to their end and lay down. There were those who bought my wares. The eyes (of such a one) were filled with light, Filled with light were his eyes (On) beholding the Great (One) in the House of Perfection, There were those who did not buy my wares. They went on, reached their end and lay down. They were blind and saw not, Their ears were stopped and they heard not And their hearts were not awakened To behold the Great One in the House of Perfection. As They called them and they answered not, When they call, who will answer them? Because it was given to them but they took not, Who will give to them when they ask? They hated the Way of Life (God) and its Abode But loved the abode of the wicked. And lo! in the abode of the wicked Will they be held captive.” (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapter 90)
BABI RELIGION: “They that truly believe in God and in His signs, and who in every Dispensation faithfully obey that which hath been revealed in the Book — such are indeed the ones whom God hath created from the fruits of the Paradise of His good-pleasure, and who are of the blissful. But they who turn away from God and His signs in each Dispensation, those are the ones who sail upon the sea of negation.”
(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 147)
“Verily, we have believed in Thee and in Thy signs ere the dawn of Thy Manifestation, and in Thee are we all well-assured. Verily, we have believed in Thee and in Thy signs after the fulfillment of Thy Manifestation, and in Thee do we all believe. Verily, we have believed in Thee and in Thy signs at the hour of Thy Manifestation and bear witness that through Thine injunction ‘Be Thou’ all things have been created.”
(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 4)
BAHA’I FAITH: “Believe in God; turn unto the Supreme Kingdom; be attracted unto the Beauty of ABHA; remain firm in the Covenant; yearn for ascending unto the heaven of the sun of the universe; be disinterested in the world; be alive with the fragrances of holiness in the Kingdom of the Highest; be a caller of love; kind to the human race; gentle with humanity; interested in all the people of the world; wish for harmony and seek friendship and honesty. Be a healing, for every wound, a remedy for every sick, a source of harmony among the people; chant the verses of guidance; pray to God; arise for the guidance of the people; let thy tongue explain and thy face illumine with the glowing of the love of God. Rest not a moment and breathe not a breath of repose until thou becomest a sign of God‘s love and a banner of God‘s favor.”
(Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, Tablets of Abdu’l-Baha v1, p. 98)
(Bahá’í Faith, Baha’u’llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 156)
“For he who had believed in God and in the Manifestation of His beauty was raised from the grave of heedlessness, gathered together in the sacred ground of the heart, quickened to the life of faith and certitude, and admitted into the paradise of the divine presence.”
(Baha’u’llah, Gems of Divine Mysteries)
(Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 141)