The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan speaks and writes volumes of wisdom.
This is a part of it. Why am I mentioning this, especially at this time—at the end of time!
Minister Farrakhan delivered a short, but powerful talk, in a church, October 1, 1989. I was there when he delivered that address. I know what produced it and what came out of it. There is more.
He opened the body of his talk with these words:
“We talked this morning on principles and the Reverend Doctor Coleman asked me if I would talk on that theme this morning. My dear Brothers and Sisters, divine and human nature is built by God on principles.
“A principle is a rule of action.
“God has built you and me on certain principles that form the basis of human nature and divine nature. These same principles form the basis of what we call religion.
“All revealed scripture is built on the nature of God and the nature of the human being; otherwise the revealed word could not attract human beings. There must be something in religion that attracts human beings.
“There are over eight hundred million believers in Jesus Christ, on this earth. There are nearly one billion believers in Islam. In all of these religions, they started with a man and a message.
‘That message had an appeal to a wide array of human beings because inherent in the message is the very nature of the human being to which the message was sent.
“Since all revealed religion is built on the nature of God and the nature of the human being, religion is not outside of self but true religion comes from within. For anyone to say that there is no God speaks against the nature of your own creation.
“Your whole being cries out in recognition of a God superior to yourself. When you come into the world, you are born with a nature to submit to one greater than yourself. That didn’t come to you in a book.
“That is ingrained in the very nature in which you are created. So, belief in God is the very essence of our nature, and belief in God is the essence of all religions.
“This is a principle. A rule of action, which if it is fed properly, and exercised properly will cause us to do great and magnificent works in God’s name.
“Each one of us is born with that essence to believe in God. If we carry that principle into practice, if it is fed, and it grows, and we use it, we can do great and marvelous things in the name of God.
“Moses delivered all of Israel with that one principle—I believe in God. David slew Goliath with that one principle; that one stone—I believe in God. Muhammad built a world on that one principle that is the essence of our nature—I believe in God.
“Faith and trust in God and the acknowledgment of him is a part of our nature. You don’t have to be taught that, you already have it. It just has to be fed and exercised.
“The baby came to the world with faith; and knowing that one answers prayers.
“What was the baby’s first prayer? It was a cry. Each of us have cried. It’s a universal expression. The sound coming in is the same. The sound going out is the same.
“But during life we all make different sounds, and it appears as though a tower of Babel has been built because we don’t seem to understand each other.
“But every mother understands the cry of her child. So when a child cries that child instinctively knew somebody would be there to answer that cry; that indwelling instinctive knowledge—God is.
“Paul says: ‘Faith is the substance of things hoped for; The evidence of things unseen.’ Babies have a bigger faith sometimes than grown-ups. When the baby was put on the mother’s breast, it didn’t know that something was there; it believed.
“So it pulled and kept on pulling until its pulling was rewarded with a substance. You see, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen.
“So, armed with the knowledge that God is, and armed with faith and trust in God is all that we need to move out in the world and accomplish whatsoever we set our mind to.
“Yes, prayer; the giving of charity—or the giving of ourselves—and the eternal struggle of good against evil; right against wrong, light against darkness; all is in the nature in which we are created.
“So, religion comes from within. And whenever we do not practice the principles as we should, then we lapse into spiritual death.
“Then out of God’s mercy he raises one up from the midst of the people who resuscitates, or revives the principles that our nature is built upon that have died because we failed to practice those principles, or we are not fed properly by those who claim to feed those principles.
“So, God sends us a man, and a man or a woman gives us a word. That word of truth speaks against our actions that are not in accord with our nature; allowing us to correct ourselves.
“So, you see, you can’t get religion from the Bible. You can’t get religion from the Qur’an. God gave you religion when you were birthed into the world, but the word of God is sent down to revive religion that has died in the human being.
“There is a principle that permits God to come to us when we have gone astray from Him. Without this principle; this act or action of God … He cannot come to us; He cannot save us from ourselves.
“What is that principle? It is forgiveness. When God forgives, that allows Him to come to our rescue. Let me give you a little picture.”
More next issue, Allah willing.