You may recognize a holy book by the five marks of the word of God.
The works of God are not like the works of man. His holy books gives illumination, both literal and metaphorical. To try to hide his work in the darkness is merely to display them, shining out from the dark. When darkness falls, Gods words seem all the brighter.
God speaks to all men, the blind and the illiterate as well as the sighted and lettered. Just hold your copy of the Holy Book to your ear and hear His words.
God loves us all equally. His Holy Books are never gifts of power as intermediaries to translators and scribes. All see and hear in their native tongue.
His Holy Book is incorruptible. Damage heals. Alterations burn away. The forger can work no deceit.
A Holy Book is not a rivalrous good. Does God collect money to pay his printers? No. As you give away the copy you carry in your right pocket, God slips a new copy into your left pocket.
What does God say to us? What does be say so loudly that none is too deaf to hear? What does he say so clearly that none is too blind to see? What does he say to men of the past as to men of the present? What does he say to men nearby and to men far away? He says this:
I have not given you a holy book.He tells us this by his omission, not by his words. We know He has chosen not to give us a holy book.
The four duties of the religious life are
You practice humility before Gods silence in these three ways
The first of these is the Great Crime Against Silence. Arrogant men say "God has not given us a holy book; let us write one ourselves." So they take some sheaves of paper and ink and pens and set to scribbling their own words. Then they say "Look, here is the word of God."
Who could possibly be deceived? If God wanted us to have a holy book he would give us one and it would possess all five characteristics of the word of God. Who does not laugh at a ink on paper. Nor does chiselling your words into stone turn your letters into living fire.
So those who write their own holy books must take up their swords and force others to pretend to believe. Writing a holy book of your own is the original sin and the fount of evil in this world. Writing a holy book of your own is first and worst sin because it violates the first and most certain duty of religion: be humble before God's silence.
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