Is denial possible?
Submitted by on Sat, 17/12/2011 - 15:28
Dear Brother / Sister,
“Everybody is ignorant”, Will Rogers says, “Yet they just have different branches.” For example, mining engineering is a branch of ignorance for a doctor, likewise, medicine for a mining engineer. As for religious branches, they constitute a common branch of ignorance for most people today. Unfortunately, most of us are inclined to ignore this fact. That is why the titles in front of some names deceive us and force us to look for crumbs of knowledge and any value in their denial.
As the name itself suggests it, denial means not to recognize, not to know, and to reject. These are the verbs that suggest lack. Lack has no knowledge. Rejection in this respect is the expression and result of ignorance, not of knowledge. Hence, no matter how a person may be knowledgeable in any fields, it is not possible for him to compensate his ignorance, about which he does not know, for his present knowledge; for it is not possible to make judgements in biology with politics.
Denial is easy. A person closes his eyes and says “... does not exist”. In this respect there is no difference between an Aboriginal person and a chairman, between Abu Caheel (The father of ignorance; This is actually the title of one of the toughest polytheists who harshly opposed the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) lived in Mecca at the same time) and Darwin. To compare their knowledge about the things whose existence they deny is as trivial as to compare a number of zeros in order to understand which is bigger than the rest. Even it is impossible to debate over denial for you cannot reach anywhere by using the non-existing elements of something that does not exist. That is why the people of denial resist in the face of so much of evidence. As William G.McAdoo has it, “Nobody can get the better of an ignorant man in an argument.”
As for faith, whatever level it might be, it is the expression and result of knowledge. The power of faith shows a parallel increase to the level of knowledge. What do I believe in? What kind of Person is He in Whom I have faith? What are His Qualities and Attributes? How does He act around us? How does He create? How does He let us live? What does He expect from me? What can I expect from Him? and How can I get my expectations? The knowledge that these and similar questions bring gives shape to the faith. Announcing that in the Qur’an, “Those truly fear Allah, among His Servants, who have knowledge” (35/28), it is stated that faith is the result of knowledge; and many verses remind that heavens and earth are full of evidence to show God (SWT) “for those who have reason and knowledge.”
Gerçeğe Doğru, (Towards the Truth) C:3, Zafer Publications
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