Why are the scientific facts so unquestionable and clear,
and why does the religious truth cause many discussions?
To that question the scientist and thinker Pascal
responded 300 years ago, saying: "If the theorems of geometry were
connected with all human desires and passions in the same way as the truth of
faith, then geometry would have caused the same number of objections, as
Scientific knowledge normally remains outward. If
you learnt the theorem about hypotenuse and sides of a triangle, it stays in
your memory, not influencing your life.
But if you believed in God’s existence, in God’s
retribution for everything, that you have done in your life, then you have to
change all your life, subjecting your will, passions and maybe the most
cherished desires to that law. The man does not want to give up his desires,
and so he passionately begins to search, what and how can be changed in the
indefeasible Divine law, in order to make it compatible with his aspirations.
People have many wishes, incompatible with the
Divine law. Some have ones, the others — different ones. Therefore, different
people long for changing the Divine law, according to their manner. But always
there can be found some people, who are faithful to the Divine law, and who
think it to be higher than their wishes.
безбожие. Because of that, in
religion there can take place arguments and collisions. When against religion
raise those, who ungovernably strive for fulfilling their desires, they throw
off not only the separate, seeming unpleasant features of the Divine law, but
the whole law itself.
If the Divine law was protected only by the human
forces, then people would have distorted it beyond recognition. But God’s hand
preserves His law on purpose. It is that hand, which distinguishes the giants
of the spirit among the people, who fearlessly, despite sufferings and danger
to loose their lives, protect the truth of faith and the eternal Divine law.
Many of these heroes of the spirit appeared during
the last half of the century in our land, were faith was persecuted so
severely. We worship the exploit of these heroes of the spirit. We know that
even the outward science has its martyrs, who went to face the trials, and even
death, for the truth of the outward knowledge. We respect their exploit.
But their exploit to the great extent is
considered to be only their personal exploit: in the life of the majority of
people nothing will change because of the way of understanding of the world’s
creation: if the sun runs around the earth, or the earth — around the sun.
That is why there are so many doubts, so many disagreements that arise around
the questions concerning religion.
But these truths shine with quiet, inhuman,
heavenly, above-the-world light, and the human soul, sincerely seeking them,
ready, alike the Gospel merchant, give everything for the precious pearl of
truth, find them with God’s help.
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