Topic: Why Faith?
Group: 11:11 Progress Group
Teacher: Thought Adjuster
Thought Adjuster: “A religious practice always requires an element of faith. It is always necessary to believe in what is yet to be reached. This faith should not be a new experience for a human being. Children are educated to be better prepared for adult life. However, growing up is not a guarantee, it is instead a hope. A little one could think, ‘why invest so much effort at school if I am not even sure I will grow up?’ Looking at the infant mortality rates all over this world would give some validity to this thought. However, this attitude would be unwise. If the child is not prepared for the demands of adult life, he or she will have a great disadvantage compared to others. And even if the child dies before growing up, her life would have certainly been enriched by the acquired knowledge. She would have enjoyed many pleasant experiences during her school life and experience the satisfaction of mastering new things. Educating a child for the future is an act of faith.
“Similarly, some mortals may argue that the efforts to be better are not worthwhile when the idea of life after death is something that cannot be demonstrated beyond all doubts. But even if this life was all there is, striving for the perfection of being and the discipline to attain self-mastery will always have positive consequences in the lives of those who live this way, consequences that extend to those around them and even their entire civilization. Today you enjoy many comforts and benefits that were not available to your ancestors just because some of those who lived before you considered that what they did with their lives was relevant. Even if you were to never wake up after you die, living your life striving to be better each day, would have given you a more satisfactory life and ensured deeper and more meaningful relationships with your peers.
“But those who dare to look beyond the appearances of the material world will always have the comfort of the possibility of eternal life. To them this life is simply the first step in the preparation for a life full of purpose and in the service of a loving Father whose only goal in every endeavor is truth, beauty, and goodness. The proof and the certainty of the promise of salvation can only be found in your own heart, once you sincerely search for the connection with the presence of God that is already within your being. This certainty is possible and is available to all those who search for it, because it is not the intent of the Father to keep their children in doubt and uncertainty.
“Learn to trust like little children in the guidance of your Father in heaven, who whispers through His presence in your being. The trust, in this case, is not placed on a man or a woman, but in the most sacred space inside each one of you. If you learn to think independently and search within the highest and more beautiful thoughts that your mind can entertain, you will find the personal guidance you need to make your life a journey of progress toward perfection. This is how each person becomes his or her own master and manages to be able to see the truth in any form it is presented, without being deceived by sophisms or baseless human arguments.”