Real: “True; occurring in fact or actuality; having verified existence; not illusory.”
It is a known fact among the free thinking fraternity and other similar groups of persons that in general, religious people live a lie and have lost touch with reality. People who believe in the existence of a transcendent being are treated with less respect because their worldview is not verifiable with modern methods of science. It is said that before science, God, and all other activities and knowledge propagated in the name of God were invented to fill in the gaps of man’s ignorance. In this present age however, every man is expected to know better.
With all that is happening in our world today, a lot of people really make little time to ponder on the meaning of life itself. Whether you realize it or not, every man is on the quest for the truth. No man is exempted from this quest. No! Not one. At a point or another in your life you might have asked yourself or decided to find out the answers to these five questions; the question of origin (where do I come from?), the question of purpose (what am I here for?), the question of meaning (is there meaning in life?), the question of morality (on what basis do we establish right and wrong? Justice and injustice?), and the question of destiny (what happens when I die?)
There’s more to our lives on earth than what meets the eye. The questions we have answered through science is nothing compared to the unanswered ones that still hang over our heads. Even in the physical world, there are things that are unseen but can cause devastating effects on man and threaten his existence here on earth. Talk about radiation effects. As much as we may try to deny it, there is the realm of the unseen. Otherwise, on what verifiable method of science would we quantify the concepts of love, hate etc which drive people to do unimaginable things? That is why philosophers try to explain these abstruse concepts with Metaphysics.
Truth is the objective frame of reference from which to decide what is false. Truth CANNOT be determined by our personal inclinations, propositions or ideas. Everyone believes one thing or the other based on different reasons. Therefore the truth should originate from something outside of ourselves, untainted by our preferences and inclinations to be regarded as such.
There is enough evidence in our world today to prove the existence of a realm outside of the natural. It’s therefore not a surprise we have a word in our vocabulary to accommodate that; “Supernatural.” Hence, it is a wise thing not to try and explain the realm of the supernatural with verifiable methods of the natural. That is unfortunately what most of naturalists do and get it all wrong; convincing others to mock believers in the supernatural.
One may ask at this point, is there a God therefore and do all religions point to this same God?
I conclude this piece in the next write-up, “God and the religions (Reality II)”
Prince A. Poku
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