The “wise” man said to the “unenlightened” one “I know there is God, for He is everywhere—in the air I breathe, the leaves that fall, the water that will shape the stone, in time.”
The unenlightened man said to the wise one “I do not agree, but yet I cannot refute your declaration that He is everywhere—in the air you breathe, the leaves that fall, the water that will shape the stone, in time.”
“But if you just have faith,” said the wise man.
“But that would require that I just have faith” replied the unenlightened man.
“You feel that faith is a fool’s game, a trap, a gamble—the outcome of which can never be known.”
“Yes, I feel that faith is a fool’s game, a trap, a gamble—the outcome of which can never be known.”
“And this leads you to believe that there is nothing vital in the air we breathe, no purpose in the breeze that makes the leaves fall, and that there is nothing to be said of the yielding of the stone to the persistence of the water rushing by?
“I believe I breathe, I believe there is a breeze that can make a leaf fall, and I believe water can shape rock. As to why these occur man cannot know.”
“Man does not need to know if he has faith and belief in purpose.”
“I have not argued that there cannot be purpose—only that it cannot be known.”