Judaism: Faith (Emunah) and Trust (Bitachon)
The Building Blocks of Jewish Spirituality
Faith and trust in the Creator are the building blocks of spiritual growth in Judaism. Comprehending these ideas can seem like jumping off a cliff, and, without the frame of reference of Jewish history, one can take a leap of faith in the wrong direction. Before taking a leap of faith, it is therefore important to lay the foundation so that the leap of faith is toward the Creator (and not away.)
How can this be done? One recommendation is to read about Jewish history where, in retrospect, the hand of the Creator and Divine Providence can be seen. Likewise, reading the Torah (the Five Books of Moses), provides a context.
Yet, for those who want to have scientific evidence or reasoning that this world is not just the product of a random big bang, for those who want to have logical arguments to defend taking a leap, perhaps you might be interested in Not By Chance
Biologists and geneticists across the country praise this work as one of the most serious challenges to the modern theory of evolution. The author presents compelling scientific evidence that life on Earth could not have arisen by chance.
Dr. Spetner examines information and randomness in evolution in a way that seriously challenges the modern theory of evolution.
Dr. Spetner's Not By Chance shows that:
* The randomness of mutations -- essential to modern evolution theories -- cannot account for a buildup of information through evolution.
* The favorite examples given as evidence for evolution, such as the evolution of antibiotic resistance of bacteria and the evolution of quantitative traits by applied geneticists, actually argue against randomness building up information. The mutations of their examples actually lose information. There is no known example of a random mutation that adds information to the genome.
The book offers a theory to replace modern evolution theory that postulates nonrandom mutations triggered by the environment. A great deal of evidence is cited for this new theory, which can account for large adaptive changes occurring in short spans of time.
Another book of interest, directly related to Judaism, provides compelling evidence of the Creator: Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: Convincing Evidence of the Truths of Judaism (Outreach Edition). This book contains website references and an added appendix on the origins of Christianity and Islam.
With a proper frame of reference, to proceed with comprehending what faith (emunah) is, highly recommended is an 8 tape series by Rabbi Akiva Tatz. Rabbi Tatz takes a beginning concept and develops it through so that by the end, the listener has an excellent comprehension in what is meant by faith in Judaism (emunah). These are free and can be downloaded as well:
Rabbi Tatz on Emunah (Faith) - 8 classes (free)
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