This post is one of the few religious ones here. Whether you believe in God or not, all I ask is that you be respectful in any discussions in the comments section. Thank you in advance for respecting others’ beliefs relating to faith and spirituality.
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On humans and creation
Human beings don’t really create things but instead rearrange them. Humans change the form of what things are. For example, they take a lump of clay and turn it into a statue.
Creating is what the divine power can do, which is to bring something that doesn’t exist into something that does exist. It’s to give it not just what it is, but to give it that it is. When a person believes and acknowledges that, three benefits follow from it. They are:
1. Leads to an acknowledgment of divine Majesty
The Creator is by definition outside of all created categories and, therefore, cannot be known in and of himself by human intellect. The only way to really know God from creation is through the things that He has made.
Thus, if you look at the different power and effects of created things, you can reason by a kind of analogical leap to the Divine Majesty’s wonderful right. According to The Way International, all of the created things are meant to point to the infinite majesty of the Creator.
2. Faith and spirituality leads you to give thanks
There’s an intuition in the human heart when you recognize the beauty of creation. These things are given to humans for free, not because they don’t have to be. None of them explain their own existence.
A sort of spontaneously happens to people, as rational beings, which is they want to say “Thank you.” This is a natural virtue.
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It doesn’t take some kind of a lightning bolt from heaven to make you say thank you to God. It’s kind of a natural response of a rational creature like a human being.
A great example is Dorothy Day, the 20th century atheist turned believer. When she held her newborn daughter in her arms, she said she fell a gratitude that was so great that she knew nothing in creation was capable of receiving such gratitude.
That was a key moment for her to make her believe in the Creator. So, the second benefit of belief in the Creator leads people to gratitude.
3. Patience in difficulty
Many people are well aware of what is the problem of evil. Of all the beauty of creation and all the thanks you give for the good things in creation, bad things continue to happen along with the good things in creation. Because God is the source of all existence to Him, people give thanks because He is also governing all creation for his ineffably good ends.
If you are guilty for doing the bad things or it’s your own sin, then recognizing that divine providence or God’s intervention is at work helps set your free from that guilt thing. For example, if someone drinks too much and has a hangover the next day, was God punishing him?
Well, no, not directly. But there’s like a natural evil, so recognizing that God is at work even in that causal chain helps you be patient.
The takeaway on faith and spirituality
Believing in faith and recognizing the power of spirituality is the first step towards a fulfilling life. It is all part of the benefits of a strong faith and spirituality.
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