A PRAGMATIC APPROACH
Self Evident Truth and Creed:
PRINCIPLES FOR DEVELOPING STRONG FAITH
1st PRINCIPLE; THE SENSE PERCEPTIONS:
2nd PRINCIPLE; RELIABLE REPORT:
3rd PRINCIPLE; NUMBER OF SENSES NOT FIXED:
4th PRINCIPLE; IMAGINATION LIMITED BY SENSES:
5th PRINCIPLE; FINITE CANNOT GRASP INFINITE;
6TH PRINCIPLE; FAITH IS INBORN:
7TH PRINCIPLE: THE INADEQUACY OF LANGUAGE:
8TH PRINCIPLE; EXISTENCE OF HEREAFTER (METAPHYSICS):
9TH PRINCIPLE; DIVINE JUSTICE DEMANDS ‘HEREAFTER’:
- The Sense Perceptions: We have no doubts about anything that we can perceive through our senses we all accept this fundamental truth.
- Reliable Report: Certainty about past and present events received through a reliable source is as reliable as the certainty we would have had if we had been present.
- Number of Senses Not Fixed: We have no right o refuse the existence of certain things which are not perceptible thorough senses.
- Imagination Limited by Senses: The human imagination is unable to encompass things which are beyond the reach of human senses.
- Finite Cannot Grasp Infinite: The human mind, therefore, cannot go deeply into the realm of metaphysics. The human mind goes off balance when it tries to dominate the unlimited or infinite; it becomes the victim of impossible contradictions when it delves deeply into anything which is unlimited.
- Faith Is Inborn: Faith in the existence of God is something which is inborn in every individual. It is a natural instinct and an urge-rather like the sexual drive. So we can say that man is an animal with a religion. This instinct may be overrun by physical desires, passion, ambition and craving for material comfort. However, when overcome by fear, danger or other crises, it rejects these desires and appears in its true and natural form.
- The Inadequacy of Language: The human language lacks a better expression, with a wider scope and range of meaning, which would include the spiritual aspects of love pf God and His attributes, for which normal words do not express the actual meanings.
- Existence of Hereafter (Metaphysics): The human self is always eager to rise to sublime heights, to an unknown world, the identity of which can only be acquired. Man becomes convinced, intuitively rather than intellectually, that this material life is not the ultimate goal and that there is beyond doubt another world beyond this. This subjective and psychological perception and intellect are the proofs of the existence of another world called Hereafter.
- Divine Justice Demands Hereafter: The Lord of this universe is fair, and that anyone who is just will not allow for injustice. He will not let the oppressive person go unpunished, nor will he deny justice to anyone who has suffered unfairly in this world. Faith (Belief) in another world (Hereafter) is a natural consequence to the, belief in the existence of God.