What Do You Know . . . For Sure?
Question #1: What do you know for sure? Gravity is real. The earth is round. Your age. The year you graduated from high school. Sleeping amounts to about 1/3 of your life. Taxes are due April 15th.
Question #2: What do you not know for sure? Tomorrow's weather. The existence of God. What another is thinking. The first snow day. Life beyond the grave. The amount of your taxes due next year.
These two questions contain everything about life ... well, sort of. What percentage of all knowledge is contained in #1 for you? And what percent in #2? Actually, the latter is going to be very, very huge in comparison with the first.
Yes, you may think you know lots about #1, but factually, or scientifically, you don't. Often we get the two mixed up because we have learned to deal with the world of the unknown through religion teachings.
Knowledge obtained through religion is usually considered faith-based. We can't prove it but we believe it. And so, that faith helps us to deal with the world of the 'unknown'. Even if our faith is scientifically unfounded, yet it sustains us in hard times. Without it, we would have no footing upon which to deal with the unexplained, the mis-understood, the unexpected.
The Christian faith may differ from the Jewish faith or the Moslem faith or the Buddhist faith. But each individual is better able to see their way through difficult times because of their religious convictions. And though many people do not belong to an organized religion, yet they also develop their own 'faith' or way of dealing with the unknown.
When catastrophe occurs, one's religion enables him/her to bear the burden better. And the world of the unknown seems to become smaller. When our faith is demonstrated to be effective, we move it over into the second category of the 'known'.
But likewise, knowledge held to be known or proven is often otherwise. We thought Newton's Laws of Motion were the last word. But Einstein proved that they are not foolproof; that is, if you are traveling near the speed of light. Things we think we know scientifically may actually be only faith-based.
Within our Unity way of life, we hold certain principles to be universal, and true. Are they? We move them from #2 to #1 when we have demonstrated them to be effective in our life experience. Yes, they work when we work them!
Authored by Reverend Virgil Brewer at Unity Chapel
September 1, 2007