tktt: The Difference Between Faith And Knowledge; Or, Blind And Reasoned Faith.

“Enq:  And is it that “intuition” which forces you to reject God as a personal Father, Ruler and Governor of the Universe?

Theo:  Precisely. We believe in an ever unknowable Principle, because blind aberration alone can make one maintain that the Universe, thinking man, and all the marvels contained even in the world of matter, could have grown without some intelligent powers to bring about the extraordinarily wise arrangements of all its parts.

Nature may err, and often does, in its details and the external manifestations of its materials, never in its inner causes and results.

Ancient pagans held on this question far more philosophical views than modern philosophers, whether Agnostics, Materialists or Christians; and no pagan writer has ever yet advanced the proposition that cruelty and mercy are not finite feelings, and can therefore be made the attributes of an infinite god. Their gods, therefore, were all finite.

The Siamese author of the Wheel of the Law, expresses the same idea about your personal god as we do; he says (p. 25) –

“A Buddhist might believe in the existence of a god, sublime above all human qualities and attributes – a perfect god, above love, and hatred, and jealousy, calmly resting in a quietude that nothing could disturb, and of such a god he would speak no disparagement, not from a desire to please him or fear to offend him, but from natural veneration;
but he cannot understand a god with the attributes and qualities of men, a god who loves and hates, and shows anger; a Deity who, whether described as by Christian Missionaries or by Mahometans or Brahmins, or Jews, falls below his standard of even an ordinary good man.”

Enq:  Faith for faith, is not the faith of the Christian who believes, in his human helplessness and humility, that there is a merciful Father in Heaven who will protect him from temptation, help him in life, and forgive him his transgressions, better than the cold and proud, almost fatalistic faith of the Buddhists, Vedantins, and Theosophists?

Theo:  Persist in calling our belief “faith” if you will. But once we are again on this ever-recurring question, I ask in my turn:   faith for faith, is not the one based on strict logic and reason better than the one which is based simply on human authority or – hero-worship?

Our “faith” has all the logical force of the arithmetical truism that 2 and 2 will produce 4. Your faith is like the logic of some emotional women, of whom Tourgenyeff said that for them 2 and 2 were generally 5, and a tallow candle into the bargain.

Yours is a faith, moreover, which clashes not only with every conceivable view of justice and logic, but which, if analyzed, leads man to his moral perdition, checks the progress of mankind, and positively making of might, right – transforms every second man into a Cain to his brother Abel.”

H. P. Blavatsky

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