CRITICAL RESPONSE PAPER 5
Truths about ourselves as human beings andthe world we live in are intelligible through human reason only to apoint.  A fuller understanding of these truths requiressomething more than human reason.
I agree that human reason can access truthsabout us only to a point.  Revelation is necessary for a fullerunderstanding of these truths and requires something more than humanreason. The scope of human understanding of certain things isultimately inhibited to a certain point due to lack of evidence ofunderstanding of it. To this point humans must seek divine power,belief or faith as many would call it in an attempt to explain thatwhich surpasses their comprehension. In this case belief in asupernatural being, God for that matter, in many religions comescloser to explaining the inadequacies we may have when trying tounravel the truths about complex happenings in life.
As earliest philosophers had argued, allknowledge that our reason may perceive about anything is the sameunderstanding we have on that something and no feature of itsurpasses our grasp. Humans have triedto make reason for God’s existence and some natural occurring likedeath and life after death but with little success. Human intellectcannot understand the divinity of God through their natural power.This is because this intellect depends on its originality and mattersof divinity are beyond human intellect on originality. But first ofall we have to begin with the sensible things that we can comprehendbefore we major into complex ones because it is through ourunderstanding of sensible reasoning that our scope of thinkingincreases to understand complex issues. In understanding of God,there are certain intelligible facts about Him that as humans cancomprehend and although there are more complex facts that we can’tunderstand it is vital for us to first have deep understanding ofwhat we know to move to what we don’t know.
We actually see the same thing when we try tograde our intellectual capabilities. The people with superiorintellectual power have more understanding of many things than thosewith lower intellectual capabilities. Quoting Plato’s Critic,Socrates tells Plato, “So, best ofmen, we must not pay much heed to what the many will say to us, butto what the one who knows about just and unjust things will say, tothat one person and to the truth itself” (Plato,48a). Socrates is trying to enlighten Plato that we should seekknowledge from those who know more about the subject matter at handand not those who have no knowledge of the same.
Just as the knowledge of this philosopherexceeds that of his student Plato is the same case with theunderstanding the mortals have about God. Only his angels have moreknowledge of him than us and it’s through their natural knowledgethat they know about God. This however does not mean that even angelsunderstand everything about God since the divinity power is muchsuperior than they can understand. It would thus be foolish for humanbeing to dispute the gospel of God by disputing the preacher’s orreligion’s assertions of His existence just because personally theydon’t know about it. Just because this divinity cannot be explainedby reason it’s not worth disapproving what is preached.
It also appears from our defects in ourknowledge of everyday experiences that we don’t comprehend all thefeatures of the sensible things in our lives. It means therefore thatas humans we cannot even fully investigate all the ordinary things inlife leave alone those of divinity. This is supported in Christianityby Paul’s letters to the Corinthians, “Forwe know in part and we prophesy in part”(1 Corinthians, 13:9).
We shouldtherefore not dispute what is said in the scriptures due to theopinions put forth by the non-believers just as Galileo in his letterabout those who discredited his discoveries said, “Tothis end they hurled various charges and published numerous writingsfilled with vain arguments.”(Galileo,16-17)We all do not know everything in full even the little normalthings around us. For example why were we brought in this earth wherethere is so much human suffering? What is the purpose of ourexistence? It is therefore correct to say that we don’t fullyunderstand everything in this world and should seek a more superiorcourse to try and unravel it.
To achieve a better understanding of divinity Iwould propose that our understanding of everything be approachedthrough divinity both for the simple things we can reason out andthose that are too complex for our own understanding. If weapproached things this way we can place the simple sensible things wecan understand through our intellect as a divine gift from abovegiven to us for inspiration.
If we somehow getto believe that these things are provided to us to make our livesbetter and exploit the world then we can appreciate the presence ofdivine power in our lives. We can appreciate that God exists andplaced us on this earth to exploit it fully for our betterment. As itis written, “And God blessed them,and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish theearth, and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea, andover the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that movethupon the earth (Genesis, 1:28). Itis my belief that if humans are showered with this knowledge thatthey will appreciate that some things are beyond their mereunderstanding and should seek divine intervention.
Genesis 1-11. Retrieved from:<https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+1-11&version=KJV>14 December, 2015
Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina ofTuscany. Retrieved from:<http://www4.ncsu.edu/~kimler/hi322/Galileo-Letter.pdf> 14December, 2015
Paul’sFirst Letter to the Corinthians. Retrieved from:>http://ebible.org/web/1Cor.htm>14 December, 2015
Plato’s Critic. Retrieved from,<http://www.pitt.edu/~mthompso/readings/crito.pdf> 14 December,2015