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The Union of God, Faith and Reason: An End to Religious Conflict.

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The Union of God, Faith, and Reason: An End to Religious Conflict.

The reason for creation remains a mystery to some and a conviction to others.

 

The Union of God, Faith and Reason: An End to Religious Conflict.
In monotheistic thought, God is conceived of as the supreme being, creator deity, and principal object of faith.[1] God is usually conceived as being omniscient (all-knowing), omnipotent (all-powerful), omnipresent (all-present) and as having an eternal and necessary existence. These attributes are used either in way of analogy or are taken literally.

These reasons, over time, have caused humanity to propose well-formed ideas of the mastermind behind all that breathe creep or be. These ideas backed by faith and facts have become our evidence of the existence of the supernatural supreme creator of all things, God.
Now it would be foolish and rather short-sighted to argue about the in-existence of God as nature continues to show us beyond reasons that there is a force behind everything, a creator behind the creation, a cause before the effect.

Ethan Allen stated this to the fact thus:
We know that earth, water, fire and air, hither various composition subserve us and we also know that these elements are devoid of reflection, reason or design; from whence we may easily infer, that a wise understanding and designing being has ordained them to be subservient. Could blind chance constitute order and decorum and consequently a providence?.

Could blind chance constitute order and decorum and consequently a providence?. Ethan Allen

Religion in today’s world has become a battle of who is right and who will burn for eternity. That the beliefs of the next man are invalid and shouldn’t be counted except he is “saved” has become prevalent in today’s practice of faith, the obsessive desire to be right has marked the birth of religious wars and conflict that has lasted centuries.

the obsessive desire to be right has marked the birth of religious wars and conflict that has lasted centuries.

Religious Intolerance has pierced beyond the veil of the objective thinking and rooted itself in hearts, and out of it a desire to enforce the divine will of the creator on all who live emerged. Desires supposedly stated out by the Creator through dreams and revelations passed down through texts decade old.

Thomas Paine argued thus:
To suppose that God Almighty has confined his goodness to this world, to the exclusion of all others, is much similar to the idle fancies of some individuals in this world, that they and those of their communion or faith are the favorites of heaven exclusively; but these are narrow and bigoted conceptions which are degrading to a rational nature and utterly unworthy of God, of whom we should form the most exalted ideas.

This argument seems to have found relevance in today’s world.

A closer look at these ideas shows a much-needed awakening in humanity’s views of God and the practice of faith.

“I believe in one God and no more. I hope for the equality of man and believe that religious duties consist of doing justice, loving mercy and endeavoring to make our fellow creature happy”
– Thomas Paine, Age of Reason.

The idea proposed by Thomas Payne and Ethan Allan though not without its flaws birthed age of reason, an uprising of minds and planted the seeds of reasoning, the pursuit for understanding of faith and religion.

“I believe in one God and no more. I hope for the equality of man and believe that religious duties consist of doing justice, loving mercy and endeavoring to make our fellow creature happy”
– Thomas Paine, Age of Reason

In Deism and Monotheism, we find the solution to a problem that has rendered billions of people lifeless, crippled economies and destroyed relationships. Out of the ideas proposed by Thomas Paine and Ethan Allan is the belief in the existence of a single God, who is absolute.

This belief eliminates the desire and age-long argument of “The One True God” and provides humanity a platform to explore faith beyond the limitations enforced by religion.

The time has come to shed the chains of religion and explore the beauty of Reason and Faith. So out of the ashes of the past, a solution to the problem of the present will emerge and mark the triumph of Humanity over the fore-told prophecies of Doom

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2 thoughts on “The Union of God, Faith and Reason: An End to Religious Conflict.

  1. “the obsessive desire to be right has marked the birth of religious wars and conflict that has lasted centuries”.

    Nice write up bro, this sentence is the key .. thanks for the enlightenment

  2. After so many careful thoughts and theories i have had about the creation of nature and the circle of life, i have held on to one which is the existence of a supreme being responsible for the creation of nature and all that is there in. And amidst all religious gathering and doctrines i also strongly believe that everything God made has a personal relationship with him both consciously and otherwise. Therefore i feel it would be unfair
    for any man to consider another man unworthy of life basically because their beliefs in God are not in match. I was able to understand from this article that the theories of ethan allen and thomas paine were premised on the fact that there is a God above everything else, which seem true because we do not know who is behind the forces of nature and the continuity of life. I just strongly believe that the only way to end religious bigotry and supremacy is to allow everyone the right to their relationship with God irrespective of how.

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