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Why one believes what he does?

Article Summary   by:varghese     Original Author: Prof.P.A.Varghese
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Once I informed my spiritual father ( one who guides the seminarians in spiritual matters) about my quest for knowledge and regarding my doubts about the religious doctrines. He advised like this: “It is all good to reflect on the truth of the doctrines, but you believe first and then only question. Faith is a gift infused in your soul and you must be careful not to lose it.” I replied: “If faith is something infused in me during baptism, why should I be fearful of losing it?” “God has only implanted it, you have to foster it so that it does not whither away.“ I got what faith was. It is not something implanted by God or anyone but it is a psychological disposition developed during the early childhood which inclines one to believe certain things to the exclusion of the others. Another environment and training will result in another kind of faith. The Moslems give infallibility to Quran, the Hindus consider the Vedas and Upanishads as holy or inspired, Christians consider the Bible as everything. The goals are different too. The Hindus seek liberation from body-bondage, Christians beatitude with God, Moslems a material heaven and the Buddhists Nirvana. The virtue chastity is understood in one way by Christians, in another way by Moslems and in a third way by Hindus and in some religions it may not have any meaning at all. Even the notions of Gods are all different. For Hindus everything is God, for the Buddhists there is no God at all, Christians and Moslems are monotheists. There are millions of other differences and the followers of a particular religion accept theirs as true.
Published: March 21, 2008   
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