Tom Facchine – We UNDERVALUE These Instructions

Tom Facchine
AI: Summary © The speaker discusses the need for a belief in a creator and how it can be verified through experience alone. They also discuss the importance of gratitude and servitude in relation to one's expectations of what to expect in life. The speaker emphasizes the need for a certain certainty or level of knowledge to determine if a creator is a true god.
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Revelation is essential for human life and human beings that this particular era in time really undervalue revelation and its importance we kind of have, the pendulum has swung such to an extreme that we believe that we can determine

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divine truths and

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basically revelatory knowledge through experience alone. And that's an extremely flawed position to take. Does experience have some role? Yes, of course. But it's pretty conceited, I would say, to imagine that just through trial and error and experience and feeling it out and observation that we can determine

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a lot of the granular kind of specifics about divine reality, or a non material reality. Right? So, for example, if we believe that there's a creator, which most of the world does, majority opinion of the world is that there's a creator?

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How, what's our duty to that creator? What do we have to do?

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We just live our lives and enjoy and then we're dead. And it's it's over, is some sort of thanks expected from us is some sort of

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acts of allegiance, or gratitude or servitude to what's expected of us. You can't figure that out from experience alone.

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And it's a particular sort of metaphysics. It's a particular kind of assumption about the Creator, to imagine that he would leave us alone by ourselves to figure it out on our own. What kind of Creator would make us make the world

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we would assume want things from us hoped things for us, and then not tell us how to get there, and then not tell us what to do?

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To me, that was seem to be a creator, that was not perfect. That would be a creator that was lacking in care, a creator that was lacking in goodwill towards us, especially if we're going to maybe assume that there's some sort of eternal life or punishment or reward that's associated with it. And that's supremely unfair. How can a creator create me create this sort of reward and punishment system and then not tell me how to get there? Right? So I believe in a creator, and Muslims believe in a creator that's merciful and

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attentive enough to want to guide us to the right way

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to tell us and inform us how he wants us to be. How are we to be grateful? has let's say, okay, because somebody can say, well, everybody can figure out to be grateful, okay? What's valid gratitude? What's a valid expression of gratitude, and thanks.

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If somebody gives me a gift, a watch, for example, and I just throw it in the toilet, I say, Well, that was me being grateful.

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It doesn't matter what I think is grateful it matters to the person who gave me the watch. If I don't choose to show my gratitude in a way that's recognized by the other person, then what's the point? So why would it be different with the Creator, the creator has certain things that he recognizes as gratitude that he understands is thanks and gratitude and servitude and obedience,

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and appreciation. And we need to be serious about finding out what those things are, we can't just assume that every single thing that pops into my head

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is going to be registered as gratitude or registered as thanks or registered as an act of love with a creator.

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Because human beings are weak, and human beings have conflict of interest. And so what happens with us is that we can delude ourselves. And we can convince ourselves that we're doing an act of love or an act of worship or an act of gratitude. And in reality, we're just taking the easy way out, or we're doing something that's beneficial for us, or that's kind of doing something for us. And you don't have to look any further than our romantic relationships to see this in action. How many times do we say, well, I did this because I loved you. But really deep down, you kind of, you know, we're doing it for yourself. But you've convinced yourself, you've convinced yourself, you know, through

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all these emotional gymnastics that you're doing it for the love or you're doing it for some other higher purpose. It's the same with the Creator. Right? So we are completely dependent upon Revelation. Revelation has to be there. It has to be true. It's a phenomenon that is by categorically a central part of human existence. It has to do with who we believe the creator is. And it has to do with our need for a certain certainty or a certain level of knowledge and confidence that what we're going to do as

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acts of thanks and gratitude and obedience are actually registered as such. And it gives us the specifics and gives us the specifics things that we couldn't figure out on our own.

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