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Topic: The God of All Things - Facing Reality (Read 9207 times)
There is only one thing I wish to say before I leave this board. And that has to do with what it means to be muslim.
A muslim is one who submits totally to the will of God. In other words, he or she is that person who accepts God to be his Master. And that is what is meant by 'slave' or 'servant'.
So if you call yourself muslim remember this. That God is your Master. And that you are his servant. That being the case, you don't have the liberty to do anything that is against the will of your Master. You cannot follow anything else but what God has sent down to you.
It is true that we all have our opinions. But once we say the shahadah, we no longer can have our own opinions. The only opinion that you would accept as a muslim is the opinion of God and His Messenger. Period.
The book that I am writing is about the Truth. Which is bitter for many people. Truth is not goint to change just because you don't like it. You can't change it to suit your desires. If you try to do so, you will fail.
And it is in your best interests to follow the way shown by our Rasul (saws). Because that is the only way that leads to Paradise.
Any person who chooses any other way besides this path is headed toward doom. And he can blame nobody but himself on the Day of Judgment. Because that was the choice he made.
It is only a true muslim who submits totally to God's will who will succeed in the Hereafter. So it is important to get that definition of 'muslim' right.
And in order to be muslim, it is necessary to have humility and sincerity in your heart. A person with an atom's weight of pride in his heart will not enter Paradise.
I wish you all success in the Hereafter.
Your sister in islam,
This is a good story, one I would recommend whole-heartedly. Unfortunately, sister rajasa left the board before completing it here. I have in my possession 40 chapters, starting from Chapter 1. The sister has also given me permission to post these if I think these are beneficial., and I most certainly do think so. This thread now contains only 20 chapters, so here is the 21st Chapter:
Dr. Singh went to the black door and tapped on it. "It's a mystery what lies beyond this door," he said. "And we're going to solve this mystery by using our power of reason. That is the only way to do it. Do you agree?"
"Yes," said Marie. "Whatever lies beyond that door is part of the unseen."
"And it cannot be reached by our perceptions of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch," said Dr. Singh. "But before we proceed to solve this mystery, perhaps you could tell me something about Sherlock Holmes. I'm sure you must have heard of him."
"Who hasn't heard of Sherlock Holmes!" said Andrew. "He did some very clever detective work."
"He's a fictitious character, created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle," said Martha. "He wasn't a real person."
"Yes, yes," said Dr. Singh. "You are right about that. But the mysteries he solved were very much like the mysteries we have in real life. So even though he was a made up character, the way in which he solved his mysteries is pretty valid. He used his power of reasoning just like real people would do."
"Yeah, I can understand now why he is so well known all over the world," said Jim. "He was so much like a real character!"
"Uh huh," said Dr. Singh. "This is where fiction shines. Heard of William Shakespeare? Well, he wrote his plays based upon popular stories that were circulating around in his days. Even though his plays were fictitious, they are considered masterpieces in English literature. Why? Because his work is directly connected to real life situations and real life people. His plays have universal appeal. We can relate to the characters in his stories. We can understand the problems his characters face because their problems are so much like our problems."
Marie was thinking. She looked at Dr. Singh with a quizzical expression on her face. She would have expected this man to read nothing but books of science. But he seemed to have his nose into all kinds of things. He watched movies and read fiction. Just like ordinary, normal folk would. But Marie didn't at all think Dr. Singh was ordinary. He had a towering, charismatic personality.
"Now, about Sherlock Holmes," said Dr. Singh. "He was able to solve many mysteries that others couldn't because of just one remarkable thing. What?"
They waited for Dr. Singh to tell them what it was, but he didn't. He smiled enigmatically.
He posed the question again. "What was Sherlock Holmes so good at that no case was too difficult for him to solve?"
Amy couldn't bear it. "Oh, Dr. Singh!" she cried. "Please tell us!"
Dr. Singh walked to the blackboard. "Sherlock Holmes was good at one thing," he said. And he wrote down one word: Observation.
"This is the starting point. This is where you must begin if you want to be successful at solving any mystery. In any investigation, this is the first step. Observation is the key to solving all mysteries."
He wrote another word on the board: detective.
"What does a detective do? Well, he solves mysteries, doesn't he? That word detective - if we were to break it up, you will find another word in it. And that word is - detect. A detective is therefore a man who is good at detecting. And you can't be good at the art of detection, if you are not good at observation."
They listened with great interest.
"Now why is observation so important? It is because we are searching for clues. We want evidence that will lead us to the Truth. Sherlock Holmes observed everything. He even took note of things that we might consider trivial and unimportant. In our quest for Truth, we too must take note of everything. Every clue is important. Nothing must escape our scrutiny. So first comes observation. Second comes clues and evidence. And third comes our use of reason."
He paused and then said, "I don't know if Sherlock Holmes would have been able to solve the mysteries of life and death however. I actually think you can do it more easily than him!"
"You mean me? I can do it better than Sherlock Holmes?" asked Amy incredulously.
"Yes, you. All of you!" answered Dr. Singh. "Do you know why?"
He was smiling again. He loved to tease them.
Amy was impatient once more. "Please Dr. Singh! Please tell us!" she begged.
"It is going to be easier for you, my little child," responded Dr. Singh. "Because you are well acquainted with the properties of Truth!"
Amy was puzzled. So were the rest of them.
"You don't understand?" said Dr. Singh. "Well, let me explain then. Tell me.......what is the most outstanding property of Truth?"
Several hands shot up in the air.
"Truth is one!" they chanted.
"Well then," said Dr. Singh. "That is the number one observation, the number one clue and the number one reason how we solve any mystery. There is only one Truth. So there is only one correct answer. Now, tell me what conclusion would you arrive at from this simple observation?"
"That all other answers are incorrect," replied Richard.
"That's right," said Dr. Singh. "And what does that mean for us? What would be the reasonable thing to do when you know that only one answer is right?"
They sat there wondering for a few minutes. Dr. Singh became a little impatient.
"Okay, I'm going to tell you what would be the reasonable thing to do. It would be to eliminate all answers that are wrong!"
"That makes sense!" exclaimed Richard.
"Of course it makes sense. That's why it is the reasonable thing to do. If Truth is one, then all other answers are going to be wrong. Now how do we know which answers are wrong? They are the ones that are improbable and unlikely. So all we would need to do is eliminate improbabilities. Whatever is unlikely, and which doesn't make sense. It is as simple as that. I call it the elimination method and it is a very effective method of finding the Truth. Just think about it. If we were to eliminate all the wrong answers, what are we going to be left with? The Truth of course. And that is what we want, don't we?"
"A lot of people are going to dislike this elimination method," observed Jim.
"You are quite right about that," said Dr. Singh. "Imagine living all your life believing in
something that is not true. Something that is false. And then learning that it is all false. That you were on the wrong track. It's going to hurt the feelings and sentiments of many people."
"But don't people who walk on the path of untruth hurt themselves the most?" commented Marie. She thought about the treasure hunt and the false map they had followed. "If I found out that I was walking on the wrong street and someone told me what the right street was, I really don't think I'd feel hurt. I think I would thank the person who showed me the right way actually."
"Aha!" said Dr. Singh. "I like what you said. This is how we should react. But you must remember that people are complicated creatures. Many of them don't like to be wrong. So they will continue walking on the wrong path even if you told them which was the right path."
"I guess this is it then," said Jim. "The time for us to face reality?"
"Right!" Dr. Singh nodded. "Truth is one. And this is a fact that will provide us with all the ammunition that we need to blast all falsehood, lies and untruth into outer space. Are we ready for business?"
"Yes sir!" they all shouted enthusiastically.
--------------------End Chapter 21-------------------.
Assalu Alaikum ! I just started reading this book just now and couldnt "put it down".....if I had more time this afternoon I would just keep reading. It's beautiful! Please continue to post as many chapters as you can per day!!!!!! (InshaAllah)
I am glad this story is liked, and I am sure sister Aminah will be pleased too about that. May Allah (swt) grant her ample reward for this effort. I logged on a long time ago, but the net was playing tricks again. Anyway, here is chapter 22:
Amy felt rather important. Dr. Singh had chosen her and she was going to solve the first puzzle.
"Are you ready Amy?" said Dr. Singh with a twinkle in his eye. "You are going to be our little detective. You are going to solve this mystery and you are going to do it using the elimination method. Don't worry, it will come to you naturally."
Amy listened carefully.
"There's a classroom. The blackboard has nothing written on it. There is a table in front of it and a chair. On the table is a piece of chalk. There are several desks there too. Some people enter this classroom. A man by the name of Sebastian, his son Robby who is three years old, a blind lady named Seema and her service dog. Seema is from India by the way. And she can't speak English. Okay, so these are the people who enter the classroom. Seema, the blind lady, Robby, the three year old and the man named Sebastian. And yes, don't forget the dog, Seema's dog. They stay in the room for ten minutes. After they have gone, you enter that classroom and see that there is something written on the blackboard. It is a simple sentence: Two plus two is four."
Dr. Singh smiled. "Can you tell me Amy, who did not write that sentence on the blackboard? I don't want to know who wrote it. I want to know who didn't write it. Understand?"
"Oh, okay," said Amy. It was instantly clear to her that it was the man named Sebastian who wrote the sentence on the blackboard. But that was not the answer Dr. Singh wanted.
So she said,"Well I know that Robby didn't write it. He's only three years old and I know that little kids that age don't know how to write. They don't know how to add up numbers. Then, there is that blind lady. I don't think she did it. She couldn't see. And you said that she didn't speak English. So she couldn't have written that sentence on the board."
Dr. Singh nodded. "See how easy it is for us to reason and rule out the improbabilities? Good job! Seema and Robby couldn't have done it, so we are going to rule them out. Is there anything else that you need to rule out Amy?"
Amy thought about it. "Oh yes!" she said. "There was that dog. Seema's dog. He couldn't have done it either. Dogs can't write."
Dr. Singh was pleased. "I'm glad you thought about that," he said. "Certainly, we can rule out the dog. Is there anything else left to rule out?"
"No," replied Amy.
"You have left out the table, the chair, the desks.....and the piece of chalk," said Dr. Singh extremely amused.
Andrew laughed. And everyone was smiling. They now understood what Dr. Singh meant when he said that nothing should escape their observation.
"I know, I know," said Dr. Singh. "Tables, chairs, desks....why should we even consider them? Simply so that we can rule them out. We want to eliminate 99% answers, right? So.....we have ruled out all the wrong answers. Now tell me Amy, which is the only answer that remains?"
Amy had no hesitation at all in saying that it was Sebastian.
"Right!" said Dr. Singh. "Eliminate all the wrong answers and the only answer left is the Truth. You may not have seen Sebastian actually write two plus two is four on the blackboard - with your own eyes. But you know for sure that it must have been him because you know that all the other answers are wrong. You know what the Truth is by using your powers of observation and reason."
"Reason tells you first that there is only one correct answer. Meaning there is only one Truth. So you reason that it couldn't have been the dog. Dogs can't write. It couldn't have been the blind lady. She couldn't see. Plus she didn't know English. It couldn't have been Robby because he's only three years old. He hadn't learnt how to add numbers, nor could he write. And of course tables, chairs and desks are non-living things. They cannot do anything. So the only answer left is the man named Sebastian. We eliminated all the wrong answers. In this case, they were all so obvious that we didn't need much time to think about it."
"Now, have you ever heard of those multiple choice tests? You know - those tests where you are given four choices - A, B, C or D. Three of the choices are wrong. Only one is right?"
"Yes," said Martha instantly. "I do them all the time. In Reader's Digest, when I take the word power test."
"Okay," said Dr. Singh. " Often it so happens that you do not know what is the correct answer. But many times it is possible to figure out what the right answer is. You see - you know that there is only one right answer - there is only one Truth - so what you would do is eliminate or rule out those answers you know for sure are wrong. If you can eliminate three wrong answers - which by the way is 99% of the answers - what would you be left with?"
"The correct answer!" cried Marie.
"So let's do one of those multiple choice tests. I'm going to ask you a question and I'm going to provide you with four answers. Let's see if you can figure out what the right answer is by using the elimination method. Okay?"
He wrote on the blackboard:
What looks like a man and lives in the jungles of South East Asia?
C) orang utan
"This is so easy," said Richard. "It's got to be C - the orang utan."
"Can you tell us why you selected this answer?" asked Dr. Singh.
"Well of course I don't know what an orang utan is. But I do know that the octopus lives in the sea. Not in any jungle. The zebra might live in a jungle I suppose, but it certainly doesn't look like a man. And it can't be the eagle. The eagle is a bird. So the only answer left is the orang utan."
Amy clapped her hands in delight. She was enjoying this kind of puzzle-solving very much.
"This is so much fun!" she said excitedly.
"Our little formula of eliminating all improbabilities - a highly effective method of uncovering the Truth. I'm sure you all agree with me there. And now that you understand how it works, let's solve a mystery that has baffled people since the beginning of history. It still remains a mystery for many people even today. But you, my dear friends are going to solve it easily. So easily that it's going to be a breeze." Dr. Singh took a piece of chalk and wrote on the blackboard the mystery question:
What came first - The chicken or the egg?
"I don't think it is going to be easy to solve that!" exclaimed Andrew.
"I've come across that question many times," said Richard. "The debate goes on. Nobody has been able to give a satisfactory answer. The chicken comes from the egg and the egg comes from the chicken. So what really came first, nobody really knows."
"Ah, but you can know what came first, my dear friend. I'm going to solve this mystery step by step for you. I think you'll be quite amazed to learn how incredibly simple it really is to solve this mystery," said Dr. Singh.
They were all ears.
"First of all, we'll consider all the possibilities and options, alright?"
He wrote on the blackboard:
Possibility 1 - The chicken came first.
Possibility 2 - The egg came first.
He turned and asked them a question. "Do any other possibilities come to your mind?"
Nobody spoke so Dr. Singh wrote down:
Possibility 3 - Neither the chicken nor the egg came first.
"To solve this puzzle," said Dr. Singh. "We're going to use the formula of elimination. Of all the options written down here, which one would you rule out or eliminate?"
"Possibility number 3 of course," said Richard at once.
"Right," said Dr. Singh crossing out the third option. "We'll rule out that possibility. It can't be the right answer. Because life comes from life. A dead chicken cannot produce any egg nor can a dead egg produce any chicken. So we have two other possibilities left over here. Which one are you going to rule out next?"
It suddenly became very clear to them and Marie instantly raised her hand. "I would rule out the egg!" she said.
Dr. Singh crossed out possibility number 2. "Tell me Marie, why did you select this option to rule out?"
"Because it is highly improbable that the egg came first. If the egg had come first, then a baby chick would have come out of that egg, not a full grown chicken. And a baby chick cannot survive without the care and protection of its mother," was Marie's reply.
Dr. Singh was pleased with her answer. "Great observation Marie! Very good!" he said appreciatively.
He then turned to the blackboard again. "Now my friends, tell me what is the only answer that is left here on this blackboard?"
There it was. Loud and clear for all of them to see. It was the chicken. It was the chicken that came first.
"So the mystery is solved," said Dr. Singh. "The chicken came first. This is the truth that we should believe in. But wait! Now that we know that it was the chicken that came first, we must think a little further and reach another conclusion. Another truthful conclusion. You see, all of us know that a chicken by itself cannot produce an egg. It needs a partner to help it produce an egg that will hatch into a chick. So the logical conclusion would be - it wasn't just one chicken that came first. Momma chicken came along with Papa chicken. And from the first pair came all the chickens that we see today."
"What a clever way to solve mysteries!" thought Jim.
Richard was thinking the same thing. But now he was beginning to grow worried. He could sense that they had reached a point of no return. They were getting dangerously close to the Truth. Soon it would be there before them to see with full clarity. And although he had told himself that he would be brave, he found himself feeling exceedingly afraid.
---------------End Chapter 22--------------
Here is Chapter 23.
It was a beautiful, bright and sunny day and they were happy to get out in the open. Dressed in white all of them looked and felt rather grand and important. They were going out on an assignment.
Henry led the way. They had not gone very far when a loud cry made them stop and look behind. It was Mrs. Patil. "Wait for me!" she shouted at the top of her lungs.
"I've had enough of staying indoors," she said panting for breath as she came up to them. "Dr. Singh told me that you were going out to do some investigating or something. I just hope you don't mind if I come along."
"Of course we don't mind!" said Martha at once.
Henry quickened his pace and the men were forced to walk a little faster. They were headed towards the lake and to reach it they had to go through a forest. The ladies however walked at a lazy pace for Martha couldn't walk too fast.
"You should really come and attend our class," said Amy to Mrs. Patil. "We are in the middle of solving the greatest puzzle ever!!"
"And what puzzle is that?" asked Mrs. Patil.
"The puzzle of life," answered Amy.
The men were walking ahead and having their own conversation.
"I really do think we are on a strange assignment," Andrew was saying. "Dr. Singh told us to go out and make observations. But observations about what?!"
"I've been thinking the same thing," said Jim. "I'll just write down all the things I see." And he took out a note book from his pocket and began to jot down a few observations.
Amy saw what Jim was doing. She too took out her note book and wrote down a few things.
Mrs. Patil was intrigued. She wondered what they were writing.
"I hope you don't get bored with our company," said Martha to Mrs. Patil. "We have an assignment on our hands, so we're going to be a little busy writing down notes."
"Bored? Of course not!" said Mrs. Patil. "I'm just glad to get out of that White House!"
"The Round House, Mrs. Patil," corrected Amy.
"Whatever!" mumbled Mrs. Patil. And then she caught sight of Amy's shiny new badge. There was something written on it. "Untruth busters!" she read.
Amy giggled. "Untruth busters - that's what we are!"
"What on earth does that mean?"
"Just that we eliminate all the wrong answers in order to get to the Truth," explained Marie.
"Oh I already know what the Truth is," said Mrs. Patil with a trace of arrogance in her voice. "I don't need to attend some silly classes to know what it is."
"Don't you call our classes silly!" said Amy angrily.
"Alright, I won't," said Mrs. Patil seeing that even Marie and Martha looked offended.
However Mrs. Patil couldn't conceal her emotions. She looked at Henry who was now guiding them through the forest. She frowned as she remembered how she had to surrender her amulet to him.
There was much hatred in the eyes of Mrs. Patil and Amy was quick to mention it.
"You hate Henry a lot, don't you?" she said.
Mrs. Patil did not deny it. "He took my amulet, remember?"
"But Mrs. Patil!" exclaimed Amy. "He was only doing his job! He is really a very nice person."
"I don't care what anyone says," replied Mrs. Patil. "I've always worn that amulet and I've never taken it off. Without it I feel very unsafe and unprotected."
Amy thought about the amulet. What was it? A charm that warded off evil? She walked closer to Mrs. Patil. She had a question to ask her.
"How do you know that this amulet thing works?" she asked.
"Of course it works!" said Mrs. Patil quickly. "I have been kept safe and sound all these years because of it."
"But Mrs. Patil," said Amy slowly and clearly. "Look at all of us! I don't know how old Henry is. But I think he is much older than you. And Martha Aunty is older than all of us. What I mean to say is - Mrs. Patil - none of us wears any amulet or anything. But no harm has come to any of us."
Marie and Martha raised their eyebrows in astonishment. They couldn't believe it! Whatever Amy had just said made perfect sense!
Mrs. Patil was quite speechless. Now what answer was she to give this little brat?
A couple of squirrels were scurrying up and down the trees and Amy instantly forgot about the question she had just posed to Mrs. Patil. Squealing in delight she watched the little animals with the greatest fascination and wonder.
Mrs. Patil secretly breathed a sigh of relief. "I can't wait to get out of this place!" she said to herself.
At last they reached the lake. They marveled at the lovely scenery before them.
Richard had spoken very little during their little excursion. He hadn't written down anything in his notebook at all. But now as he looked at the beautiful lake, the green forest and the splendid blue sky, he withdrew from his pocket his note book. He seated himself on a huge rock and began to scribble down the many thoughts that were racing in his mind. Thoughts about the beauty of nature and the remarkable order prevalent in the world around him. He was surprised that he had never thought about such things before. He had never had the time for it.
When they returned from their trip to the lake, they found Dr. Singh waiting for them in the classroom. A loaf of bread was on the table. Amy looked at it hungrily.
They settled down behind their desks and placed their notebooks in front of them.
"Welcome back," said Dr. Singh getting up from his chair. "This will be our last lesson for the day. I shan't take too long. I know that you are tired and hungry and want to get back to your rooms. But the lesson you are going to learn in a few moments is an important one. Once you understand it, you will be able to see the Truth so clearly that half of the answer to the mystery of life and death - will be solved."
He pointed to the loaf of bread that was on the table. "As you know - all things are built upon Truth. So tell me -what Truth is this loaf of bread built on?"
"The Truth that we need to eat?" said Jim.
"Right. Now you also know that all things are built on reason. Everything is built upon reason. In other words, there is a reason for everything. So if we take a look at this bread over here - we can say with the greatest certainty that there is a reason why this bread exists on this table."
"Now let's consider this a mystery. There is a loaf of bread on the table. It is a mystery how it got there. So how shall we go about solving this mystery? Of course - by asking the magic question why. Why is this a magic question? Because when you ask the question why - you get to the bottom of the mystery. You find out the reason behind the mystery. In this case, we shall know the reason why the bread is on the table."
Everyone listened in rapt attention. This was so ridiculously simple that they were amazed how they never thought about it that way!
"So tell me my friends, why is there a loaf of bread on the table?" Dr. Singh had a smile on his face. The answer to that question was just too easy!
Amy gave the answer. "Because," she said with confidence. "Someone put it there!"
"Very good!" said Dr. Singh. "Someone put it there. And that is the reason why the bread exists on the table. The mystery is solved, isn't it? You know that someone had to put that loaf of bread on the table. Even though you didn't see anyone do it. Now tell me, would you be reasonable if you said that nobody put this loaf of bread on the table? That it got there all by itself?"
"That is not possible," said Jim. "And anyone who says that that loaf of bread got there on the table by itself - well seriously - I think he needs to have his head examined!"
"So all of you agree that nobody would ever come to the conclusion - that the loaf of bread appeared on the table by itself - or that nobody put it there."
Dr. Singh had a way of making things abundantly clear and the students had absolutely no hesitation in agreeing with what he said.
"Let me however tell you the reason why nobody would come to such a conclusion," went on Dr. Singh. "It is because there is a certain law that operates in this universe. It is a law that provides us with one of our most important clues in solving any mystery. A law that leads us to conclude that everything is built upon reason. What law am I talking about?"
When nobody answered, Dr. Singh revealed, "It is the law of cause and effect!"
There were heads nodding in total agreement. And they listened intently as Dr. Singh continued speaking.
"The law of cause and effect tells us that if there is an effect, there has to be a cause. And if there is a cause, there is bound to be an effect. So when you see this loaf of bread on the table - we can ask - what caused it to appear there on the table? We ask about the cause because it was not there before. So if something exists, then it means that it was caused to come into existence. Or in other words, it was created or made. So what are our conclusions going to be when we see this loaf of bread on the table? One - that someone put it there. And second - that someone made it."
"How right you are!" exclaimed Marie with the greatest admiration.
"It would be unreasonable to say," went on Dr. Singh. "That nobody made this loaf of bread. Agree?"
They agreed indeed.
"Okay now let us think a little about the millions of things we make or create. Tables, chairs, buildings, refridgerators, cars, pots and pans, clothes etcetera. Why do all these things exist? They exist because we made them. In other words, they were caused to come into existence. They are the effect and we are the cause. A thousand years ago, the car didn't exist. It exists today however. And the reason why it exists is because we made it. We created it. We caused it to come into existence. Got it?"
"This is not all hard to follow," commented Andrew.
Dr. Singh desired to explain the phenomenon of cause and effect a little more. He went on with his speech, "Yes, it is not at all hard to understand how the law of cause and effect works. For example, let's say we are walking in the desert. Suddenly we come across an abandoned truck. We didn't see who made it, but certainly we would never come to the conclusion that nobody made it. Or that it appeared there by itself. We would never say that it formed itself out of thin air. There is also another conclusion that we would reach. And that is - the truck was made by human beings. Not by any animal, insect or bird."
"Oh but that is so obvious!" said Marie.
"You'll be surprised how many people shut their eyes to things that are so obvious," said Dr. Singh. "Especially in this area - about things of the unseen. They would come to unreasonable conclusions and say things like - nobody made the truck. Or that it was made by a hyena or an eagle or a snake!"
"Nobody would say things like that!" said Martha swiftly.
"You'll understand what I mean in a little while," responded Dr. Singh.
Henry could not help chuckling.
--------------End Chapter 23-----------------
Assala mu alikum
Could you tell me about the book and the author ?
"When we are confronted with a mystery to solve," said Dr. Singh. "We
usually have to deal with effects. We identify and observe the
effects and then ask about the cause. That is how mysteries are
solved. So what are effects? How do we recognize them?"
Dr. Singh wrote down the following on the blackboard:
Effect = Existence or presence of anything which was previously non-existent
"Any event, happening or occurrence is also an effect," he went on.
"For example, if you come across a burnt building - what would you think? Why is the building burnt, right? You would ask what caused the building to be in that state. Obviously that building wasn't like that when it was built. So we can say that at one time that building did not exist in that burnt-down state. But now it does. Therefore the existence of the building in that burnt state indicates that it is an effect."
He paused. "We're always asking about causes," he continued. "Why do we ask for causes? Because we want to know the reason why a thing exists - such as this loaf of bread. We want to know the reason why things happen. Like a building that gets burnt down. We want to know the reason why things are the way they are. Our mission is therefore to find out what is the cause. And if we can find the cause - we have solved the mystery."
"Just like when we see a dirty and smelly old man?" asked Amy.
Dr. Singh raised his eyebrow.
"I mean - we can ask why he is dirty and smelly," explained Amy at once, wondering if she had said something stupid. "We can ask what caused him to be like that - dirty and smelly?"
Dr. Singh smiled. "You are right! Certainly we can ask that. Very good!"
Amy felt very encouraged. "Also what about a messy room?" she said.
"We can ask what caused that room to be messy?"
"Excellent!" cried Dr. Singh very much pleased. "Can you think of any other examples?"
"How about an accident?" said Jim. "We can ask what caused it, right?"
"And murder?" said Andrew. "Like when the police want to know who is the person who caused the murder?"
"Good," said Dr. Singh. "It looks like you have understood the principle of cause and effect well. We are now in a position to solve our little mystery...the mystery of what happens after death."
He walked towards the black door and stood before it. There was a serious look on his face. "Like I said - I'm not going to solve the mystery for you. Nor am I going to tell you the answers to the questions you have on your mind. You are going to have to come to your own conclusions. But Truth is very clear and obvious especially to those people who are looking for it. So in just a few moments you will be face to face with the Truth. The Truth which you may dislike. The Truth which is very bitter. I have asked you before and I'll ask you again - do you wish to proceed?"
Richard's face grew pale. The time had come at last. He knew that he was very close to the Truth. And he didn't want to know it. Somehow he felt that it was going to be something he wouldn't like. "But I don't have to accept the Truth if I don't like it," he told himself.
"Nobody can make me accept it!"
"We're ready to face the Truth!" declared Marie. The rest of them were all eager to know what Dr. Singh was going to reveal next.
"Alright!" said Dr. Singh. "All of you went outdoors today. You were told to make observations. So tell me - what did you observe?"
Amy went first. "I saw many things," she said opening her note-book.
"Lots of trees and plants - pretty flowers, green leaves, green grass
- an ant-hill - some termites. I even saw a big spider-web! There
was a spider on it too - and some squirrels. They had bushy tails!"
"I made some different observations," said Marie. "I saw falling
leaves and I felt the wind blowing. And I was thinking about how
things fall. Because of the earth's gravity. I saw birds flying in
the air. They have wings and that is why they can fly. Then at the
lake, I saw some fish in the water. They have gills, fins and tails."
"Very good observations," commented Dr. Singh.
"I wrote down pretty much the same things that Amy wrote," said Andrew.
"Mr. White? Let's hear what observations you made," said Dr. Singh
noting how Richard seemed to be a little withdrawn.
Richard opened his note-book. "I've observed," he said slowly. "That
my legs had grown weak and tired after walking only a little distance.
And that I was feeling thirsty and hungry. I'm sorry if I'm talking
only about myself - but these are my observations - about how I felt.
At the lake, I sat down and wrote down many other things. I have been
thinking about my own death - which is going to be soon. And then I
looked around me and saw that death comes to all things. The trees,
plants, animals - the birds, insects, fish, reptiles. There are many
living things on earth. They all die. And another thing I've noted
is day and night. I felt rather thankful that night was going to come
in a few hours. It is the time for rest and sleep.... which I need
very badly. Lastly I must say that everything in nature is so orderly
and systematic. And peaceful."
"Awesome!" said Jim looking at Richard in admiration.
"Yes," agreed Dr. Singh. "That's deep thinking - observing how
everything around us is perishing. Wonderful!"
Then it was Jim's turn. He cleared his throat. "Well I have made
some very obvious observations," he said. "Like we're wearing
clothes. There is no other animal out there that wears clothes. Then
the fact that the earth is round in shape. And so is the sun.
Actually each thing seems to have a specific size and shape.
Including us human beings. We have two hands, two feet and we walk
erect. And also one more thing. We don't have tails!"
"Ah, those observations are obvious alright," remarked Dr. Singh.
"But I love them! People have a tendency to overlook what is most
obvious - and that isn't good at all. We need to take into
consideration all things, including things that are obvious - in order
to come to the right conclusion. Nothing must be left out."
Martha was the last one to speak. "My observation is this," she said.
"We are different from the animals and creatures that exist on this
planet. There are many things to see and observe. But that has been
my main observation - that human beings seem to be special creatures."
"I'm impressed," commented Dr. Singh. "All of you have made some
really great observations. You have seen the existence of many things
- living things as well as non-living things. It's a fact that there
are many things in this universe. The logical question to ask
therefore is - why do these things exist? Why are things the way they
"You've learnt that the existence of anything that wasn't there before
is an effect. So the question to ask is - have all the things you
have seen and observed always existed? Or - was there a
time when those things didn't exist?"
"You see - if there was a time when these things did not exist - then
we must ask the question what caused them to exist. All the things
you have seen and observed are effects. If so, we should ask about
"This is where we wonder about our own existence. We want to know
what caused us to be here."
"Nothing caused us to be here," said Richard at once. "All things
have evolved to be what they are."
Martha rolled her eyes. "That stupid evolution theory!" she thought.
"Evolved?" said Dr. Singh. He laughed heartily. "No, no, my friend!
The evolution theory does not have any ground to stand on. I
personally think it is all nonsense!"
Richard was not very pleased. It showed on his face.
"You'd think it was nonsense too Mr. White," said Dr. Singh seeing
that he had to explain the matter clearly to him. "You see, the
evolution theory rests on two assumptions," and he wrote on the board:
Assumption 1: The universe has always been there
Assumption 2: Life emerged from non-living matter
"The first assumption has been totally destroyed by recent
astronomical discoveries. We have found that our universe is in a
continuous state of expansion. And the galaxies are speeding away
from one another. Based on this, scientists have come to the
conclusion that at one time the universe did not exist. It came into
existence as a result of a big bang. What does that mean? It means
that it was caused to come into existence. In other words - the
universe hasn't always been there."
"The second assumption is absolutely ridiculous," he went on. "Life
comes from life. Non-living things never become alive all of a
sudden. Scientists have tried with all their might and technological
expertise to create living things out of non-living matter. To this
day they have not succeeded. They never will! Just think about it!
Can a dead man ever make a woman pregnant? Can a dead woman ever give
birth to a child? This is an impossibility!"
Martha was extremely pleased. She simply loved the way Dr. Singh
blasted the evolution theory. Marie threw her a glance and nodded her
head in support.
"Let's get back to our observations," said Dr. Singh totally ignoring
Richard's reaction to what he had just said.
They all looked on as Dr. Singh wrote a few things on the board:
Observation 1: The tails of squirrels are bushy.
Observation 2. Birds have wings.
Observation 3: The sun is round in shape.
Observation 4: Spiders make spider-webs.
Observation 5: We are living beings.
"We've learned that the first step in solving any mystery is
observation. These are some of the things you have observed. And now
- what we are going to do is simply ask the magic question why. So
tell me - why are the tails of squirrels bushy?"
They were silent for a while. Then Jim had an answer.
"Because that's the way they have been made," he said.
Dr. Singh wrote on the board:
1. The tail of a squirrel is bushy because that's the way it has been made.
He asked the rest of the questions and then wrote down their answers
on the board. The answers were as follows:
2. Birds have been given wings so that they can fly.
3. The sun is round in shape because it has been made that way.
4. Spiders can make spider-webs because they have been taught how to do it.
5. We are living because we have been given life.
"Now - we're going to do a grammar exercise," said Dr. Singh with a
big smile. "All these sentences are in the passive voice. Change
them to active. What do you get?"
They gave their answers and Dr. Singh wrote them all down. They were
1. The tail of a squirrel is bushy because SOMEONE made it that way.
2. SOMEONE gave birds wings so that they can fly.
3. The sun is round in shape because SOMEONE made it that way.
4. Spiders can make spider-webs because SOMEONE taught them how to do it.
5. We are living because SOMEONE gave us life.
The Truth was staring at them in the face. There it was - as clear as
crystal right before their very noses. And there was no denying it.
They couldn't deny it. It was after all the only answer that made
sense! But Dr. Singh did not declare that Truth to them. It was
something they had to figure out on their own.
However Dr. Singh decided to help them. "Who is this someone? Do you
know?" he asked his awe-struck audience.
"Remember the elimination method? We must eliminate all those
answers which are unlikely and improbable. So what answers must we
rule out? We must rule out all animals, insects, birds, reptiles that
live on earth. We must rule out all plant life. We must also rule
out all non-living things. And yes! We must rule out human beings as
well. Human beings did not teach the spider how to make that
spider-web - nor are they the ones who made the sun round in shape.
So who is that someone - what is the only answer that is left?"
"Mon Dieu!" exclaimed Marie quite forgetting that she was speaking in French.
Dr. Singh nodded his head. "I think I agree with you there," he said.
"He would be known as Le Dieu in French, Bhagwan in Hindi, Allah in
Arabic and in the English language?"
There was silence in the classroom as they waited for Dr. Singh to
"Ladies and gentlemen," he said at last. "In the English language He
is known as God - the Creator of this universe and all things in it!
----------------End Chapter 24----------------
Will the remaining chapters be posted as well? This is such a great book! I especially liked chapter 14 !!
Will the remaining chapters be posted as well? This is such a great book! I especially liked chapter 14 !!
sure insha`Allah (Allah willing). I am sorry for the delays, but I have problems with the net, and with my health, and with my time. Still, I too think it is a great book, and that everyone deserves a chance to read it.
There are some errors mostly spellings in the file. The book is at present undergoing proofreading with a very short time for that. If someone promises to review these files fast and point out the mistakes, I will ask sister Aminah and send the files as attachment in email.
Here is Chapter 25:
Richard tossed and turned on the flat, hard floor. He was having a hard time going to sleep. It wasn't the discomfort of the floor that was bothering him however. It was his state of mind. There were two loud voices in his head.
"You made a huge mistake coming here!" cried the first voice. "Why did you have to come? And mingle with all these ordinary people? You're used to a life of comfort and luxury! You have everything that you want! You left all that behind - for what? - to live under these miserable circumstances!? You have been stripped of your identity. You have no more importance. You are not even recognized. You have become like these common people. What have you accomplished by coming here? What have you found? That a God exists? What rubbish! You know that there is no God! These classes are nothing but a waste of time!"
"Yes, maybe I did make a mistake," thought Richard.
"You did not make any mistake," said the second voice. "You wanted to know what the Truth was. You wanted an answer that made sense. So you got what you were looking for."
"Oh come on!" said the first voice angrily. "There is no need for you to go looking for the Truth. You already know it."
"Do I?" thought Richard doubtfully.
"Yes, of course!" insisted the first voice. "You know that there is no God. You've never believed in God. And there is no reason why you should start believing in Him now."
"You're right," said Richard feeling a little better. "Why should I believe in God all of a sudden?"
"Because," said the second voice matter-of-factly. "You have no other choice."
Richard opened his eyes. He knew that he had no choice but to believe in the existence of a Creator. After all, there was no other answer that was reasonable. He dearly wished he could accept the idea that nobody caused the universe to come into existence. He wished he could believe that life began on earth by itself - and that nobody had given him life. But now - after attending Dr. Singh's classes, and after having learnt the amazing properties of Truth, he found it difficult to accept anything that was unreasonable....or false.
"Untruth Busters". He thought about the badge he wore. "I'm supposed to hate untruth," he reminded himself.
Then why was he finding it so hard to accept the obvious Truth?
"Why am I so unhappy to learn that God exists?" he wondered.
He thought about this for a good while. He stared at the ceiling and tried to think objectively. He didn't want his emotions to cloud his thinking. It wasn't long before the answer came to him.
He remembered some of the lessons he had learnt earlier. One of them was the lesson on cognitive dissonance. And that was when it hit him full force. That's what it was! He was suffering acutely from this condition! He had found information that created a disturbance in his mind. Information that was extremely unpleasant. Information that showed that he was wrong about what he believed.
"You're not wrong!" cried the first voice instantly. "The evolution theory can't be wrong! How can it be wrong if it is taught in schools?! We learn about it in science text-books - in all kinds of books. Scientists have shown how life began on earth. You have seen the diagrams, the illustrations - you've seen how man evolved from lower-life forms. Scientists cannot be wrong!"
"Oh yes, they can!" retorted the second voice. "Remember Dr. Rawson - that forensic scientist?"
Richard thought about Dr. Rawson. He didn't think highly of that man. He was proud and arrogant. That's what he was.
He blinked his eyes as sudden realization dawned on him. Wasn't he being proud as well?!
He had seen the Truth and he had disliked it. And he had turned away from it - simply because it was not something he believed in! It was not what he thought it would be!
He remembered the lesson of the orange seed. There was no changing the Truth. It remained what it was regardless of how anyone felt about it.
And hadn't he said that Truth was beautiful? And that he would love the Truth with all his heart?
Hadn't he pricked the balloon and shown everyone that he was going to be open-minded?
And hadn't he circled the number 10 in answer to the question: How great is your desire to know what happens after death?
Didn't he want to know what the Truth was? Of course he did! Then why was he running away from the Truth when it came before him?
Dr. Singh was right. Pride had come in the way. It was making him feel unhappy and worse than that - it was preventing him from accepting the Truth.
But there was something else. He thought about his girl-friend - Ann. And how she had shreaked and grabbed at him as he had taken a pillow and suffocated her to death. He remembered that scene very clearly and vividly. Sweat lined his brow as he relived that awful moment. He had been quite overcome with a mad rage. He scarcely recognized himself.
He had refused to hold himself guilty of the crime however. "I'm not guilty," he had told himself a thousand times. "She deserved it! She was asking for it!" he would say again and again. He consoled himself thus - by placing the entire blame on the girl who had been so unfaithful to him.
The world did not know that he was a murderer. He was confident that nobody would ever find out. But now - he was extremely worried.
"If God does exist," he thought fearfully. "Did He witness the murder - and know what I did?!"
He wanted to know! He wondered about this new, strange God. Who was He? What was He like? Did He care about His creatures? Did He take note of their doings? Did He forgive people for the bad things they did? Why did He create man? Why did He keep Himself invisible?
He became more and more curious about this God - who had made all things.
There was much fear in his heart no doubt. But along with it, there was also a flicker of hope.
He recalled the pledge that he had made to himself:
There is no other Truth but one Truth.
Anything other than Truth is false and vain.
I shall love the Truth with all my heart.
And I shall reject all falsehood.
My mission in life is to seek knowledge
And walk upon the The Straight Path alone,
for I know that only the Truth has the power
to help me, guide me and save me.
He recited the lines over and over again. They had a calming effect on his mind.
"I had better forget about how I feel," he thought eventually. "I came here to find out what the Truth was - and if it is true that God exists - then I shall certainly accept it. I will not run away nor will I refuse to admit that I have been wrong."
He suddenly felt as if a tremendous burden was lifted from his shoulders. The voices in his mind became silent. Peace and tranquility descended upon him. And two minutes later, he was fast asleep.
-------------------End Chapter 25-------------------
and here is Chapter 26
There was great excitement in the air. Dr. Singh put on a broad smile. He knew that his students were eager to get on with their next lesson.
"Today - we're going to learn something quite extraordinary," he began. "We're going to learn what our Creator is like. And we're also going to learn what our Creator is not like. But first - I'd like to do a bit of revision - for the benefit of those of you who may still object to the idea that God exists."
Richard listened attentively.
"It was way back in the early 1900's. Astronomers discovered a strange phenomenon - known as red shift. They found that light from distant galaxies shifted toward the red end of the color spectrum. What did this mean?"
He paused for a few seconds before explaining, "It meant that the universe is expanding. In all directions. Now - I'd like to read to you what conclusion one professor of astronomy came to based upon this discovery. This guy's name is John D. Barrow and this is what he writes in his book The Origin of the Universe."
He withdrew a book from the drawer, flicked open its pages and read out:
"If the universe is expanding, then when we reverse the direction of history and look in the past we should find evidence that it emerged from a smaller, denser state - a state that appears to have once had zero size. It is this apparent beginning that has become known as the big bang."
Dr. Singh turned and wrote on the board in big letters: ZERO SIZE.
"What is meant by zero size?" he asked.
"No existence!" answered Andrew at once.
"Exactly!" said Dr. Singh. "There was a time when the universe did not exist! If there was proof to show that the universe has always existed - we would have reason to believe that it was not caused to come into existence. We could have said with confidence that the universe was not made - or created. It would have been alright to say that there is no Creator or Maker. However - the facts are before us. And they are undeniable. The facts show that the universe has not always existed. At one time the universe had zero size. This means that the universe is an effect. You remember what an effect is?"
"Yes," replied Jim. "The existence of something which wasn't there before - is known as effect."
"Therefore the universe must have been caused to come into existence," Dr. Singh concluded. "If there is an effect - then there has to be a cause. So....." He wrote on the board:
The universe must have been caused to come into existence.
"This sentence is in the passive voice. We shall change it to active. We get....." And he wrote:
Someone must have caused the universe to come into existence.
Never had the Truth been so clear to them. It was so evident and obvious.
"Isn't it strange how people like to say things in the passive voice?" went on Dr. Singh. "The passive voice is used when the doer or subject is considered unimportant. You will find that science text-books are all written in the passive voice. No - change all those passive voice sentences to active voice - and the Truth will become abundantly clear to you."
"Biology, chemistry, physics, algebra, geometry, geography, history .....these are some of the subjects you learn in school. And what are they but facts? Science is the study of things as they are. It is the study of Truth - remember? And you will find observations written down in those books - written in the passive voice. Obviously people give more importance to the effect. Not to the cause. They will write down that the sun is round in shape. But they would never write that someone gave the sun that shape."
"Oh -they wouldn't write it down like that!" commented Jim. "If they did, then that evolution theory that is taught in schools would have to be chucked out the window."
"Yes- that's right!" agreed Andrew. "The theory of evolution says that there is no Creator. That nobody made this universe. So if we were to convert those passive voice sentences to active voice - then that theory would look extremely silly!"
Dr. Singh was all smiles. "Do you remember that puzzle we solved the last time - about what came first - the chicken or the egg? Do you recall I had listed three options?"
"I remember them," said Amy at once. "Option one was the chicken came first. Option two was the egg came first. And the third option was neither the chicken nor the egg came first."
"And which option did we eliminate right away?" asked Dr. Singh.
"The third option," replied Richard.
"It is pretty obvious, isn't it?" said Dr. Singh. "You had no hesitation in ruling out that option immediately. It sounds too silly. We cannot imagine anyone believing in such a thing."
He paused. "But this is precisely what people who support the evolution theory believe in. According to them - neither the chicken nor the egg came first. They think that life began on earth by chance."
"This is too funny!" said Marie unable to suppress her laughter.
Laughter being contagious, soon everyone including Richard was laughing.
"So the next time you read any science book - simply do this simple exercise," said Dr. Singh. "Change all those passive voice sentences to active voice. You are going to be amazed at the wonderful things you will discover."
"I can't wait to do this exercise!" said Marie excitedly.
"Alright - so now let's move on. Based upon the law of cause and effect - it has been established that Someone created this universe. We call that Someone - God. It doesn't matter at all what you think or feel- this is the only Truth there is. No other answer would make sense and therefore all other answers have to be eliminated. God created this universe - and we know that this has to be the Truth - because we have observed that every effect has a cause. We have used our power of reasoning to arrive at this answer. It doesn't matter at all whether you like it or not. This is the bitter, unpleasant Truth that is not going to change."
"But I don't consider this Truth to be bitter at all," said Jim.
"Perhaps not you," responded Dr. Singh. "But those who do not believe in God would. They would find this answer most repugnant. Do you know why?"
Richard knew why but he didn't speak.
"Because," said Dr. Singh slowly. "It would prove that they have been wrong!"
"Yeah," said Andrew. "I remember. Cognitive dissonance. People don't like to be wrong."
"Right! People are like that. They hate being wrong. But is this a good thing? No - not at all. You must remember that it is only the Truth that can guide you - and save you. If a person refuses to accept the Truth when it comes to him - he is going to continue walking on the wrong path. And what would that lead to?"
"That would lead to his doom," said Andrew.
Dr. Singh nodded. "If you turn away from the Truth because of your dislike for it - that would indeed be a pity. Because that would mean you allow your emotions and feelings to rule your life. It is often the case that we like things that are bad for us. And dislike the things that are good for us. Therefore we must not get misled by our feelings."
"That is so true!" thought Andrew.
"So now if I were to ask you : do you believe in the existence of God - what would you say?" Dr. Singh looked straight at Richard.
"I believe that He exists," confessed Richard.
"And why do you believe that?"
"Because I have no other option but to believe in it. This is something that is related to the unseen - something that I am unable to perceive with my five senses. I either believe in it - or I don't."
"And you have chosen to believe in it?"
"Yes - because I have seen the evidence."
"And the evidence is?"
"The existence of the universe...which was at one time non-existent."
"Great!" commented Dr. Singh pleased to learn that Richard had accepted the Truth. "Let us now focus on the Creator of this universe - and find out more about Him."
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""Truth is very clear and evident," said Dr. Singh. "When you see a loaf of bread you instantly know that human beings made it. Not some animal, insect or bird. Your mind works like lightning - and you know what the Truth is - even without thinking about it. Or so it seems."
"That loaf of bread - it did not exist at one time. But now it exists - only because we made it. Similarly the universe once had zero size. It did not exist. So what can be the only reason why it exists?"
"Because Someone created it," said Jim.
"And we know that it was no human being!" said Dr. Singh. "We can apply the same logic to the mystery regarding the chicken or the egg. We found that a pair of chickens - male and female came first. If this is true - then what does it mean?"
They looked at him blankly and waited for Dr. Singh to speak.
Dr. Singh smiled. "It is really very simple my friends. It just means that before they came - they did not exist."
"Oh yeah! That was easy!" said Andrew.
"So they didn't exist," went on Dr. Singh. "But then there they were! The first chickens. What could be the only reason why they suddenly appeared?"
"I know!" cried Amy. "That's because Someone made them. God made them."
"How about if we applied the same reasoning to human beings?" asked Dr. Singh. "If there was the first pair of chickens - then there must also have been the first pair of human beings. The first man and the first woman. What do you think?"
"I agree with that," said Marie. "I can't imagine a baby coming first. God couldn't have created the baby first."
"We have therefore solved one mystery," said Dr. Singh. "We now know that all of us are children of that first man and first woman that God created."
"This is awesome!" said Jim. "I never thought that we could figure out something like this!"
"And it does make perfect sense," added Richard quietly.
"What seems to be a mystery - is in fact not at all a mystery," said Dr. Singh. "You have the beautiful gift of reason that helps you to know what the Truth is. By the way, I have a question to ask you in this regard."
They waited to hear the question.
"Can you tell me - what is meant by the word "gift"?
"Something that is given for free?" said Martha.
"Right!" replied Dr. Singh. "If you have the gift of reason - it is only because it has been given to you. And that too for free!"
There was no denying that.
"But wait a minute!" exclaimed Dr. Singh. "There's that passive voice sentence again." He walked to the blackboard and wrote it down.
"We must change this to active voice," he said firmly. "What do we get?"
Martha had the answer. "If you have the gift of reason - it is only because Someone gave it to you for free."
Dr. Singh wrote her words down. Then he turned and regarded his class. They were all wonder-struck. Here was another Truth staring at them in the face!
"Wow!" was all Jim could say.
"That's the Truth my friends," said Dr. Singh. "God is the One who has given you the ability to reason - so that you can know what the Truth is - so that you can know Him! You don't need to be exceptionally clever or smart to understand or know this Truth. Even a little child can understand it."
Amy smiled. She was very pleased.
"Actually," continued Dr. Singh. "People have believed in the existence of God since the beginning of history. If a man came across a spear lying in the jungle - he would instantly reason that the spear was made by someone - a human being like himself. Similarly when people looked at the stars, the moon, the sun, the trees and the mountains - they also reasoned that these things existed because Someone made them. Not a human being of course. But Someone who was very powerful and great."
The students had no more doubts in their minds regarding the existence of God.
"Alright, class," said Dr. Singh abruptly. "We're going to another room. We're going to watch a slide-show!"
The students followed Dr. Singh and entered the same room where they had watched the Forensic Files.
Henry began to set up the projector and prepare the slides.
"I'd like to tell you a story," said Dr. Singh when they had taken their seats. "I have a friend who lives in Nigeria. His name is John. He is an artist and he teaches art. He had a class of ten students and they were all very good at drawing."
Amy loved listening to stories. Especially the stories that Dr. Singh told. She listened eagerly and attentively little realizing that everyone else was as eager and interested as she was.
"Well one day," went on Dr. Singh. "John told those ten students that he was going to marry a girl who lived in Singapore. He asked them to draw a portrait of this girl."
"Did he give them her photograph?" asked Jim.
"No," replied Dr. Singh smiling. "He gave no information about her at all. Of course they were very surprised. How were they to draw her picture without seeing her? John told them he just wanted to see how good his class was. So they made their drawings. And they displayed them on the wall for John to see. John brought a picture of his girlfriend the following day. And he showed all his students the picture he had brought."
He stopped speaking. Was this the end of the story?
"What do you think?" asked Dr. Singh. "Which student had drawn the picture that looked just like his girlfriend?"
"No one!" they all said aloud.
"Are you sure?"
"Very sure," they said confidently.
"You're right," said Dr. Singh. "When John showed them her picture - she was nothing like what any of them had drawn. Now here's a question for you. If a million people tried to draw a picture of someone without seeing him or her - without knowing anything about that person - how accurate do you think their pictures are going to be?"
"They are not going to be accurate at all," replied Richard.
"That would be nothing but guesswork," said Jim.
"Exactly!" said Dr. Singh. "And here's the point I want to make. God is Unseen. If so - how does anyone know what He looks like?"
There was silence in the room.
Dr. Singh walked over to the switch and turned the lights off. "Alright Henry," he said. "Let's begin the slide-show!"
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It was a slide-show of many different gods and goddesses. They saw the many faces of Jesus Christ. Some people drew him as a white man with blonde hair and blue eyes. Others drew him as a black man. Each picture was different. Then there were images of Buddha. In India he was drawn with big eyes and rounded eyebrows. In China he had slant eyes. Next came the pictures of Hindu gods and goddesses. Many of these gods and goddesses had several arms and several heads. They saw the elephant god Ganesha - the god of good fortune, the terrifying goddess Kali and the goddess of wealth, Laxmi. The slides showing pictures of the Hindu gods and goddesses seemed to be never-ending.
"Did you know," informed Dr. Singh. "That in Hinduism - there are around 330 million gods and goddesses?"
It was unbelievable - but there they were - hundreds and hundreds of pictures of gods and goddesses. The slide-show went on. People from other countries had their own gods and goddesses. Egyptian gods and goddesses were different from the Japanese gods and goddesses. There were Greek gods, Chinese gods, Aztec gods. All kinds of gods and goddesses. They watched the slide-show in great fascination. They had never seen so many images and forms of God.
They watched the slide-show for half an hour. Then Dr. Singh turned the lights on.
"People cannot see God," he said. "So they have drawn him in all kinds of shapes and forms. Can you tell me - which of these images depicts God accurately?"
"None of these images," said Richard. "All these pictures and images - they are all false!"
"You are sure about that?"
"There can be no doubt about it," said Richard.
Martha had to agree as well. though a little reluctantly. She believed that Jesus was God. And she had seen many different pictures of him in the slide-show. She had to admit that all the pictures she had seen were false. None of them could be the picture of the real Jesus. Simply because nobody knew what he looked like. It was all guess-work. She had never thought about it - but now she could see how wrong it was to make guesses. That little story that Dr. Singh had told them earlier about his friend John had made her think a little more deeply. She glanced at her white coat and looked at her badge that had "Untruth Busters" written on it. She was not supposed to tolerate any form of falsehood. She was supposed to hate it with all her heart. And she was supposed to guard her uniform from getting filthy. She remembered how Richard's coat had looked so awful when Dr. Singh had shaken some drops of ink on it. It spoiled everything! She thought about the painting of Jesus she had in her bedroom. "I had better remove it when I get home," she secretly told herself.
"Many people believe in God," said Dr. Singh. "Like I said, it doesn't take a lot of intelligence to figure out that He exists. But people have all kinds and ideas and beliefs regarding Him. They indulge in a lot of conjecture. You can go to any library and check out an illustrated book on world mythology. You will be amazed at the number of gods and goddesses people have believed in - and still do believe in. And you'll be astonished to read about the incredible opinions, stories and theories people have come up with regarding God."
He paused before continuing, "You know that there is only one Truth. And the Truth is - God is Unseen. Therefore people who make images of God are clearly in error."
"But there are people who do not make any images of Him," Jim pointed out.
"Yes," said Dr. Singh. "And these are the people who are on the right track. No see God - no make image of God. Makes sense, right?"
"Yeah, that makes sense," said Andrew.
"It is not surprising however that people should come with so many different beliefs and opinions about God. This is something that is bound to happen. You remember what we had learnt? Disputes and disagreements only arise when the Truth is unknown, concealed or hidden? It is only when Truth is unseen that people indulge in guesswork?"
"Yes, I remember!" said Marie recalling the lesson of the orange seed. They had made a lot of guesses - and all of them were wrong. "And I also remember," she added. "That the world of the Unseen can only be reached through our power of reason."
"That's right," said Dr. Singh. "We have found that God exists - not because we did some guesswork. But because we used our power of reason. And we also learned that God gave us the gift of reason - so that we can find out what the hidden Truth is - so that we can reach the world of the Unseen. So what does that mean? It means that we can find out more about God - what He is like - and what He is not like - simply by using our powers of observation and reason. If you guess - you are going to be wrong. But if you use your reason - you are going to be right."
"I absolutely agree!" said Richard. He didn't care about people's opinions. And he didn't like making guesses. He liked using his power of reasoning to uncover the Truth. They all did.
"I have a story to tell you," said Dr. Singh. "Listen carefully. After hearing this story - I shall be asking you some important questions."
Dr. Singh knew how to stir their interest and they listened with great eagerness.
"A long time ago in ancient Egypt," began Dr. Singh. "There lived a couple who worshipped the goddess Isis - the god Osiris and another god named Horus. They had been childless for many years and naturally they yearned for a child. So they prayed to these idols everyday. In another country - in ancient India - there was also one couple - who were in the same predicament. They too wished for a child. But they had different gods. They prayed to the god Shiva and the goddess Parvati."
"Then what happened?" asked Amy curiously.
"Well, the prayers of the Egyptian couple were answered. They were of course overjoyed."
"And the Indian couple?" Marie wanted to know.
"Their prayers were also answered," said Dr. Singh. "But now - it is question time! The Egyptian couple worshipped Isis, Osiris and Horus. They prayed to these gods - and their prayers were answered. And the Indian couple worshipped Shiva and Parvati. They prayed to these Hindu gods - and their prayers were also answered. My question to you is this: Did the Egyptian couple know anything about the gods that the Indian couple worshipped?"
"I don't think so," said Amy.
"And did the Indian couple know anything about the gods that the Egyptian couple worshipped?"
"No," said Marie. "Not if this was in ancient times."
"So tell me what conclusions you are going to come to based on these observations," said Dr. Singh.
Noone spoke and they looked at Dr. Singh blankly again.
"Alright," said Dr. Singh a little amused. "I'll tell you what our conclusions are going to be. In the case of the Egyptian couple - we can conclude that the Hindu gods couldn't have been the ones to answer their prayers. And in the case of the Indian couple - the Egyptian gods couldn't have been the ones to answer their prayers."
"Yea! That's right!" said Jim.
"Let's think a little more, shall we?" continued Dr. Singh. "If it is true that the Egyptian gods and goddesses exist - then a question arises which must be answered - and the question is - why didn't these Egyptian gods hear the prayers of the Hindu couple?"
"Hmmm," said Richard. "I never thought of that!"
"And if it is true," went on Dr. Singh. "That the Hindu gods and goddesses exist - then why didn't these gods hear and respond to the prayers of the Egyptian couple?"
The answer was pretty clear.
"It is because - these gods and goddesses don't really exist!!" exclaimed Jim suddenly seeing the Truth in full clarity.
They had already seen hundreds of gods and goddesses in the slide-show. And they knew that all those gods and goddesses were false. They were made by human beings!
"Then we have another question that we must answer," said Dr. Singh. "And the question is: If these gods and goddesses don't exist - who listened to and responded to the prayers of these two couples? Who gave these couples what they wished for?"
Again the answer was loud and clear.
"Only a God who possessed power and ability could have answered the prayers of these people," said Richard. "Our Unseen God."
"I agree!" said Jim. "The true God is the One who is Unseen. Images and pictures can't be made of Him. He is the same God who created this universe. And He is the same God who listens to and answers the prayers of people all over the world."
"And He is also the One who created the first man and first woman from whom we all came," added Martha. "He is the God who created the Egyptians as well as the Hindus. He created us all."
Dr. Singh was impressed and pleased. They had figured out the answers all on their own. They were doing pretty well but they had only just begun. They had a lot more to learn about the God of all things.
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