8. The Moorings of Faith

The tradition of faith on which tptChoice stands has both subjective and objective elements to it.

[This is shared here for those who want to delve a little bit more into the structure of the belief system that espouses the life style from which all the lessons are derived.]

The subjective elements are purely faith based. In Mathematics, such points are called axioms. They are not proven. They are taken as given. Proofs of other things are based on them. For example, a line is one dimensional and a surface is two dimensional, no proof is submitted except pointing to the obvious. They are both definitional truisms.

However, labeling the axioms of faith subjective is not entirely true. Some of the axioms are argued for forcefully and repeatedly, and man is expected to contemplate for enlightenment. So, they are rather concrete. There is a form of objectivity! Acceptance [faith – not resignation and fatalism] comes to those who dwell on things with a clear conscience, an open mind and a receptive heart. They are unharried by guilt of having abandoned custom or by the apprehension of future social consequence resulting from taking a new, higher road.

There are six such axioms, tenets, or foundational elements.

  1. That there is One God, without any partner in any capacity or office, unlike anything else, Ever-Living, Self-Sufficient, without a beginning or an end, Creator, Shaper, Maker and Sustainer of everything, Creator of Death and Life, Loving, Merciful, Kind, Overlooking, Forbearing, Forgiving, Just, Knowledgeable and Fully Informed, the Ultimate Inheritor, Master of the Day of Judgment, among many others.
  2. Innumerous, ever worshipping, asexual angels who do God’s bidding without failure or lapse. Thus, the chief one from among them delivers Gods message to His prophets, and who guides and assists the prophets variously. Then there is the one who brings succor in the form of rain, for bodies and souls. There is the one who takes man’s soul at the moment of death. Then there is the one who awaits all eternity for God’s command to bring the entire universe tumbling to an end at a moment’s notice by blowing on his horn, a seemingly unending, cataclysmic earthquake follows! This same angel with another blast would resurrect the dead, and with yet another final blast would have us all assemble for the Day of Judgment. Then there are the two angels with each of us who record daily our good and bad deeds to be presented as evidence on the Day of Assembly. Of course, there are the two angels who visit the dead after the funeral is over to do a mini interrogation to find out who the dead person thought was his God, what was his faith, and who was the messenger he followed.
  3. A sequence of progressively complete, divinely revealed books. The message is one and the same across all of them, only the details differ. Thus, the message is: there is just one God Who we need to worship formally and informally, ritually and in daily living. In other words, in thoughts, words and actions, we all need to make our authority subservient to His – an act of pure submission. The message has two parts. First, a warning of those who go off-track. Then, a happy news for those who persevere faithfully through the twists and turns of life. Our much vaunted free choice is being constantly tested for proper utilization in health and sickness, wealth and poverty, small and large things, and with or without power, knowledge, or companions.
  4. Prophets, for all people over the ages, canvassing the existence and oneness of God, assisted by divine revelations whether in the form of messages or scripted as detailed books.
  5. The ultimate end of the worlds and reconstitution of people on the Day of Judgment. Before resurrection, there is complete and utter pitch silence, when even the angel of death has taken his own life by God’s order. God will look around and ask whether there is anyone alive or standing besides Him, challenging His Dominion. Of course, there will be an ear-shattering, echoing silence and none other than He. Thus, rightfully so, He has taken the names: The Last. The Inheritor. On such a Day of Reckoning even our bodies will be inspired to testify for or against us while our mouths are sealed and all we can do is listen just as if we are caught in a regular, earthly courtroom. Of course, the Master of the Ceremonies will be God Himself and nobody can talk without His express permission. On that Day, God will be The Just! Those who will be given their book of record in their right hands – they will be reprieved, while those to whom it is given in their left hand which they will have hidden behind their back – they will be condemned. God, The Just, will not do the slightest injustice because He has forbidden upon Himself from doing so. He will be full of Compassion for those deserving of it.
  6. God’s authority is over everything big or small, seen or unseen, known or not, understood or not, and bad or good. [The last point, along with God’s foreknowledge as The Omniscient, give people pause because it may appear as if God sanctions bad things. First of all, what appears bad to us may not be so and similarly, what appears good to us may not be so. Second, bad must be allowed to happen, otherwise freedom of choice would be meaningless. Also, when people cannot differentiate good from bad in the abstract, seeing the consequence of their decisions in real time can be illuminating, a cause for taking stock and changing paths. Last, some “bad” things signal social and/or political failure. They demand collective redress. Do we expect God to come and fix a bad school district, a horrible police force, racial discrimination, or a disgraceful government because they are all bad? So, exactly what is man going to be responsible for? As to the claim that God knows things even before they happen is not a reason for fatalism. It is simply a part of His being The God. We need to know this so as to understand His true stature, power, authority. It is not about how we may be getting put down. We are not! After all, we do not know what He knows! He knows about both good and bad things that will happen to us and around us. But whether the next outcome will be good or bad is not known to us. So, we have to play our part, do our thing, and bide our time with patience to see what registers as the outcome of our choice and consequent action. When we use this point – The Omniscient God – as a reason for disbelief, it is totally rhetorical and dishonest. To be honest, we should follow up our intellectual reasoning for denying God’s existence by becoming totally passive, inactive, lacking proactivity by any and all measures because it is all pointless, even to try to think, much less do, right?]

TPTChoice Team