Aldous Huxley said all great truths were obvious. Parents love their children and men and women were attracted to one another in a variety of ways, he said.
Many people were moved by nature to feel elation, awe, tenderness, gaiety, melancholy; most people were attached to their homes and nations, to the beliefs they were taught in childhood and the moral code of their tribes.
Huxley said some of the great truths were not palatable to some people.
“You shall know the truth and the truth might make you mad,” he said.
Hence the penchant for trivialising anything that seems too spiritually challenging.
We domesticate angels into stuffed toys, try to downgrade the Easter story with bunny rabbits, ignore the fact that we will all die some day and pretend that God Almighty is just the benign old man “upstairs”. Galileo thought all great truths were easy to understand once they were discovered — the point was to discover them.
It seems obvious that believing is not always about physically seeing.
Yet, many of us believe that if something cannot be touched, seen, heard, or measured in some way, it must not exist.
We can acknowledge that there are designers behind computers and aeroplanes, yet can claim that our very lives, the origins of the universe and our intricate human bodies — despite their complexity — are merely products of evolution.
We can assert that there are no absolute categories of good and evil, that all morals are merely personal, social and evolutionary constructs. But justice and mercy are clearly more than human whims.
If we believe the myth that man is God, we may assume that evolution will eventually create perfect human demi-gods. History shows that is a myth.
Or we can argue that free-thinking logic proves there is no God, and then claim our thinking is a fixed reaction of our brains governed by the laws of chemistry and physics.
It is obvious, surely, that a spiritual faith that cannot handle the truth is not worth much.
The Christian world view states that faith and logic are not opposed. Faith establishes principles from which we reason logically.
The Bible teaches that God is logical and when God declares that something is true, then it really is true.
At its core, faith is not a set of arbitrary beliefs — political or religious. It is the experience of God’s love, a love that clearly transforms people.
C.S. Lewis stated reason, authority and experience were things that faith could use to bring us the truth.
We were not put on this earth merely to make a difference in the world.
We were put on this earth to make the world different. And that requires us knowing what is true and what is not.