Faith generated by miracles is not as consequential as the miracle generated by faith
Some religions call for faith based on the miracles that happened at their inception, say, the resurrection of their founder from the dead. Atheists contest the historicity of such miracles, pointing, say, to contradictory accounts in various source texts.
Irrespective of the verdict in the historicity debate, the reliance of faith on miracles can be unhealthy.
Though miracles may inspire faith, such miracle-based faith is often unsustainable and un-transformational.
It is unsustainable because it makes believers expect and depend on similar future miracles for the sustenance of their faith.
It is un-transformational because it shifts the focus of believers away from the practical things they need to do to reform themselves to the miraculous things they expect God to do for their redemption.
Given such disadvantages of miracle-based faith, it is natural that the Bhagavad-gita being a book of profound spiritual wisdom doesn’t rely on it. Though the Gita does feature in its eleventh chapter a miraculous vision of the Universal Form, that vision is preceded by Arjuna’s faith-declaration in the tenth chapter. Arjuna accepts Krishna’s supremacy (10.12) based on the coherent and cogent philosophical wisdom of the Gita. And the Gita concludes with a call to not belief in miracles but to individual transformation (18.66), wherein one faithfully surrenders everything for loving Krishna.
Such action-inspiring faith is sustainable and transformational: sustainable because it depends on not the unpredictable occurrence of miracles but the ever-available wisdom of the Gita; and transformational because it places the onus for transformation, for redirecting one’s love from matter to Krishna, where it belongs: on the individual.
This faith is supremely consequential – it brings about the ultimate miracle of liberating believers from the miseries of material existence and transporting them to Krishna’s eternal world of love.
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