Is it our business to: prove the existence of God, seek new
contentions, defend the divine truth, and justify Godís works?
Our task is guarding ourselves from godless
thoughts and straightening our mental path. Itís also our task to guard others
as we do ourselves. We must find antidotes against our doubts, dark and alien
thoughts that are hostile to our faith, which invade our minds. Our historical
time is an era of rationalization, and rationalization is an enemy of religion.
We are obliged to repulse it with a weapon ó logic ó, which is only an aid. We
have a far more powerful armament ó faith. "It is victory, which has
conquered the world, this faith of ours" (1 John 5:4).
Thatís why dogmatic discussions on God Himself
should be brief. What can we say of Godís nature and His attributes? Our
conversations about God should be elevated, extremely prudent, modest, plain,
brief and without philosophising. Piety calls upon us to avoid the frequent use
of Godís name in everyday conversations: "Thou shalt not take the Name
of the Lord thy God in vain" (Exodus 20:7). In ancient times, the Jews
avoided even writing Godís main name ó Jehovah ó instead, replacing it with
symbols or referring to Him in a common term, Lord. This attitude is in total
harmony with the Commandment on having our mind and whole spiritual being,
filled with venerable thoughts about God.
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