Other sources of belief

Until now written sources of religious belief have been mentioned, but there are other sources that are of less traditional nature. Scriptures have some scientific basis, as some of them have been proved true either in content or thanks to archeological findings, which is one of the reasons why religious scriptures haven’t completely lost their authority over the leading groups of society. The other reason is the fact that their information can be openly shared by everybody. It is still considered acceptable to involve the clergy in social events like weddings and in many countries people may even in court or parliament pledge their allegiance on an important religious book or in God’s name.

Other phenomena, however, usually cannot be shared by more than one person or group and appear only once. Yet unusual events that apparently contradict the laws of nature, have great impact on people. Some of them, for instance baby Jesus talking to the people from the crib, have been written down in religious scriptures (in this case the Bible) and have been used as an example to people of how God may defy the laws of nature to show His power, or His mere existence. Other phenomena like God’s name written on fish, corn circles, crying Madonna’s and Hindu Ganesh-statues drinking milk, are recorded by the media and cause quite a stir among believers – and skeptics. The first obvious question is: is this true or a setup? The second question may be: what is their message and who sent it? Is it God’s way to manifest Himself to man, is it something else? These are fascinating phenomena, yet we shouldn’t call them divine revelations as their origin is unknown. Believers can call those phenomena that have been written down in their scripture a phenomenon of divine origin meant to be a sign to mankind. Therefore… a divine revelation. Where provability is another issue.

These mysterious events and phenomena have a non-religious aspect too. Some people possess qualities like clairvoyance and sometimes even detectives of police use their services. This is however a danger area, as many people have commercially exploited their ‘gift’ when there was none, especially the medical care sector seems prone to people who use obscure tactics instead of scientifically acknowledged methods. For this reason several religions, Islam for instance, have forbidden the use of magicians, so does the law in many countries in most, necessarily protected, fields of interest, however, religion and society don’t deny the existence of ‘supernatural’ phenomena either. There is a big difference between a magician or a quack on the one hand and supernatural phenomena on the other, but since we usually can’t prove their difference when we need it, only in retrospect, prudence is the best way to deal with the subject.

The most important source of belief other than the scripture and supernatural events, however, is life itself. Our planet with all its inhabitants, the earth, water, sky and not to forget the other celestial bodies. Believers see nature and its delicate system as enough proof of God’s existence. Only a careful and highly skilled planner and creator could produce such an immense system as nature and universe. The miracle of birth and the fact that each human being is made within the same complicated structure that we still don’t fully comprehend, is proof of God’s existence and power, they say. This is an abominable concept in non-believers’ eyes. Nature is a power in itself of which we will finally gain full academic knowledge and then we shall see that all those gods and scriptures were inventions of politicians. The idea that one of the many scriptures might be more truthful than others, is not very tempting to non-believers. To many people, also some who belief in God, religious scriptures are nothing but man made legal and political works. Religious scriptures are a necessary prerequisite to proper belief to some and to others they are a mere jammer. Indeed the wonders of nature are enough inspiration to some to believe in a divine creator.


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