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Faith   Beyond  Argument


Faith beyond argument does not negate the process of intellectual explanation or dialogue, but it admits that the absolute truth is ultimately beyond all logic. As stated in the scriptures, "Things that are inconceivable cannot be ascertained by logic." Logic should take us to the point of under­standing that we have to go beyond human reason­ing in order to know the source of everything and the nature of spiritual reality.


Faith is not only for simple-minded people who cannot think. Even those who argue against religious faith trust in the process of rational thought, or faith in the evidence of the senses or in scientific theories. We should never be embarrassed by the fact that we accept mysteries of higher knowledge on the basis of faith. Srila Prabhupada always explained rationally why we should have faith in the perfect Vedic teachings rather than in imperfect speculation. Prabhupada calls this "trust in something sublime." And so faith is very important in the discharge of devotional service.


Those who are not faithful in this devotional service cannot attain Me, O conqueror of enemies. Therefore they return to the path of birth and death in this material world.


 Purport: The faithless cannot accomplish this process of devotional service. Faith is created by association with devotees. Unfortunate people, even after hearing all the evidence of Vedic literature from great personalities, still have no faith in God. They are hesitant and cannot stay fixed in the devotional service of the Lord. —Bg. 9.30


We should be confident in the process of hearing from Krsna, and be satisfied to know that every­thing cannot be decided by intellectual debates.