The Foundations of Religious Faith
To the unbelieving materialist, humans are simply an evolutionary accident. Our hopes of survival are strung on a figment of mortal imagination; our fears, loves, longings, and beliefs are but the reaction of the incidental juxtaposition of certain lifeless atoms of matter. No display of energy nor expression of trust can carry us beyond the grave. The devotional labors and inspirational genius of our best are doomed to be extinguished by death, the long and lonely night of eternal oblivion and soul extinction. Nameless despair is our only reward for living and toiling under the temporal sun of mortal existence. Each day of life slowly and surely tightens the grasp of a pitiless doom which a hostile and relentless universe of matter has decreed shall be the crowning insult to everything in human desire which is beautiful, noble, lofty, and good.
But such is not our end and eternal destiny; such a vision is but the cry of despair uttered by some wandering soul who has become lost in spiritual darkness, and who bravely struggles on in the face of the mechanistic sophistries of a material philosophy, blinded by the confusion and distortion of a complex learning. And all this doom of darkness an all this destiny of despair are forever dispelled by one brave stretch of faith on the part of the most humble and unlearned of God’s children living here on earth.
This saving faith has its birth in the human heart when the moral consciousness of a person realizes that human values may be translated in mortal experience from the material to the spiritual, from the human to the divine, from time to eternity.
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