"It is #God who #enables you to #travel on #land and #sea. And when you are #sailing on #ships and #rejoicing in the favorable #wind, a #Strom arrives, and the #waves surge upon those on #board from every #side and they #think they are #encompassed, then they #make a fervent #appeal to God, #saying in all #sincerity, if You #deliver us from this, we will surely be of the #thankful. (22, Jonah)
Man is an extremely sensitive being. He cannot bear trouble. This is why he immediately becomes serious as soon as he faces a moment of difficulty. At that time all all artificial veils are removed from his mind.
In times of adversity a man readily admits truths which he was reluctant to admit at a time when he had no worries.
An example of this is a voyage by sea.
When the sea is calm and the boat is sailing towards its destination, it is most pleasent at that moment for its passengers. This develops a false confidence in them.
They think that everything is all right and nobody can cause any disturbance.
Thereafter, a strong sea wind arise. High mountain like waves surround the boat from every side. In such even the biggest ship is tossed about like an ordinary plank of wood.
To all appearances it seems that there is no alternative but destruction.
At this point those who deny the truth in God admit His existence, worshippers of false gods start calling on the One and only God,
While those who rely on their own strength and devices leave aside every thing else and also start remembering the One and only God.
This is emperical proof based on experience that belief in the unity of God is the only natural belief.
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