Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Deism

Q: Though I was delighted when I discovered Deism, my delight wasn't shared by my totally Catholic family or devoutly Baptist wife. Trying to explain it was futile. If you didn't believe as they did, you didn't believe in God. Everything I could find about Deism only told what it wasn't.Few things said what it was. After years of frustration I wrote a book, a book that shares the wonders of Deism without undermining others' beliefs, without saying "I am right, you are wrong". It is a gentle book, describing a wonderful Creator. Until 10/5/08 the ebook version is FREE at http://www.blemished-harvest.com/Seventh%202.htm I only ask that you show it to a doubting friend or relative.
Enjoy!
D W
eBook available at
http://www.danweatherington.com/gift.htm

A: Dear D,
Thanks for sharing. That you left your previous beliefs and embraced Deism seems to be the beginning of your journey towards Enlightenment. Your line of thought seems to vindicate what I’ve believed and tried to share all these years, that one must use reason and logic and try and discover the purpose of life and creation. Well meaning friends argue when I try to tell them to weigh all holy books on the balance of reason, logic and scientific knowledge, ethics and morality…. That people would rather believe blindly and follow the religion of their forefathers seems to be the norm!
Following are some excerpts from your book, please bear with me as I attempt to Answer them, and correct me where you disagree.

Pg 46:
“Of course, of course it is. You know that.” Elder smiled an uncomfortable smile. “We learned from the Bible. You and I were students of the Bible. . . the Good Book. And, we were excellent students I might add. Why would you ask such a thing?”
“Very well, my friend, then I must ask you another question. How would you feel if I told a good man, a good Muslim man, that the Quran he believes so dearly was not the true word of his god Allah, but just the thoughts of men like himself?”
“How would I feel?” asked Elder. “Is that what you are asking me?”
Answer: It is the responsibility of each one to check out for him/her self whether what he/she believes in is actually the Word of the Creator, or the creation of humans. The journey begins with wondering whether the Universe and us are the result of ‘mere chance’ or whether we are created by a ‘Creator’. Then comes the search for a message by the Creator….. many religions have their own holy books, we need to check each one on the basis of all other knowledge that we have…. Answer continued below after the next quote.

Pg 49-50:
“Yes, he asked me if God knew the earth was round? I told him that of course he did, he made it. Then he asked me why, if God was inspiring those men, didn’t he tell the ones who wrote the Bible that the world was round? As all men of those times, they believed the world was flat. Then he asked me about Judas
death, and Easter morning, and a dozen other things I can’t remember. He asked me if God knew about those things. I told him of course he did. Then he smiled at me and asked that if God was inspiring all those writers, why couldn’t he have told them the facts or at least the same things, because every one of the things he mentioned was either a part of a contradiction or an outright error.
“Outright error? What do you mean?” asked Elder.
“Well, just as I said. Judas’ death was one. In Acts, Judas threw himself headlong onto a field he bought and his intestines gushed out. In Matthew, he hung himself. It couldn’t have been both. The same with the empty tomb. In Matthew, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to the tomb. In Mark, Mary, the mother of James and Salome. John wrote that it was only Mary Magdalene. Which was it?
Answer: Yes, all cannot be right. There is always one truth, and others exaggerations/false stories/versions/whatever. Then, there are scientific facts. The book which we attribute to the Creator must be free of all scientific errors….. after all, who would know it better than He who created it?! For scientific validation, please read The Bible, the Quran and Modern Science by Maurice Bucaille. Since then, further research by other scholars has further validated our belief that the author of the Quran can be no other than Allah himself.
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Pg50-51:
“Then Andrew told me of errors and contradictions in the Quran, the Book of Mormon and many other books of which I had never heard. Every one of those books was limited by the knowledge of the one..., the man, writing it.”
Answer: What are you referring to when you write ‘of errors and contradictions in the Quran’?
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Pg51-52:
Jacob hesitated then spoke again, “No, Elder, The Creator has never written a single syllable. He has never spoken a single word to man. Why would he? Why should he? What need, or purpose, would he have to inform us of what he has done or what he wants? Everything in The Creator’s universe was given
to us without condition. . ., any condition. It is there for us to see. It is there for us to use and enjoy without reservation. It is there. It is ours. He doesn’t need to explain it.”
Answer: He doesn’t need to explain, but we need the guidance to realize our ‘higher purpose’
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Pg 63:
“No, Elder. No, he didn’t write it. He didn’t inspire it. But the Bible, the Quran, and all those others were inspired by something. . . something pretty important. . . a love of God, a love of what is right, a love of what is good. Yes, my friend, the words may be human words, but they still make up for a good cookbook. . . a cookbook for life. In other words, you could have done much worse.”
Answer: After comparing some holy books of different religions, I have come to the conclusion that all of them were originally revealed by the Creator, that all contained the same message and the same truths, yet, with the passage of time humans have made changes in them to make it more acceptable to themselves/ for some vested interests/ to be able to understand the message in the framework of the limited knowledge that they have, or whatever the reasons. That they were not able to do so with the Quran is because Allah took it upon himself to preserve it, as this is the final revelation and no more prophet is to come. This is the only book which has been completely memorized by millions of people word by word, and nobody has been able to change a single alphabet, word or phrase from the original Arabic text…. It retains the same pristine beauty as it was revealed. Even in the Islamic literature, there are books of Hadith comparable to the Talmud of the Jews, or the New Testament, where the humans write from there memory what they remember of the Prophet…. These books are full of errors… intentional or unintentional…. as they are the works of humans!
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Pg 70:
“Oh yes, The Creator was there. The problem was that you were looking for the God of the writings we had learned to think were infallible. You, and yes, I, was looking so hard for a man that we never saw the greatest entity in creation when he was right beside us.”
Elder looked down at his feet and started shaking his head slowly back and forth. Then, he broke into a broad smile. “The light,” he said, “that warm, wonderful light.”
Answer: Allah describes himself in the Quran as:
Chapter 112:
1 Say: He is Allah, the One and Only;
2 Allah, the Eternal, Absolute;
3 He begetteth not, nor is He begotten;
4 And there is none like unto Him.

Chapter 24:
35 Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The Parable of His Light is as if there were a Niche and within it a Lamp: the Lamp enclosed in Glass: the glass as it were a brilliant star: Lit from a blessed Tree, an Olive, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil is well-nigh luminous, though fire scarce touched it: Light upon Light! Allah doth guide whom He will to His Light: Allah doth set forth Parables for men: and Allah doth know all things.
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Pg 76-77:
“Probably not, but I can’t say anything. I never questioned either. We had no reason to question. Our parents believed it. Our friends believed it. Our relatives and most of the people around us believed it. There was no reason to question anything, if everyone believed it, it must be true.”
“I think that’s what’s bothering me, Jacob. Everyone didn’t believe what we did. There were beliefs of every kind. In our own town we had Catholics, Jews, Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, and a few Muslims. We had everything. There were different churches all over town. They couldn’t have all been right. And, if something as great as God could create a universe and wanted us to know who, or what, he was,
wouldn’t it have been a simple task to tell us? He wouldn’t rely on human prophets and sages to imagine what he was and then write all kinds of books to tell us. He would have told the whole world, not different things to different people. We would have known from the beginning. All of us would have known the same God.”
Jacob Potter smiled gently. “Remember I told you there were seven gifts?”
“Yes,” said Elder, “but you only told me of six. What was the seventh?”
“The seventh was only given to man. By giving man the seventh gift, The Creator, God if you prefer, gave man the ability to doubt, to question and to imagine. Basically, to do what you are doing when you say you should... no we should, have realized these things all along.”
Elder looked away from Jacob and watched the water trickling from the spring. “You mean the fact that so many believed so many different things should have told me that what I believed wasn’t necessarily true?”
Answer: What a beautiful way to explain!
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Pg 106
The Seventh Gift of God is a novel, a work of fiction. No writer has ever died and returned to report the events following his death. The work is based on Deism, a belief in God which relies on reason, observation, and logic. It is the same Deistic belief shared by such men as the founding fathers of the United States
Answer: All beliefs, based on whatever, must be validated. Ofcourse, how does one validate the unseen? By looking for clues in the visible world. For me, I’ve come to believe that the Holy Quran could not have been authored by any human being, or even any supernatural being, except The Creator himself, and as He calls himself Allah, I also refer to Him as Allah.

Please do read the Holy Quran, critically, before you decide what you consider as the correct religion!

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