Biblical Faith – with Shmuel “Sam” Peak
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Since we have completed the exposition of what belongs to this gate, according to our understanding, it is now fitting to explain the things that are detrimental to trust in G-d.
I say that all the things that are as detrimental in the preceding gates are detrimental to trust [as well].
Also detrimental is ignorance of the Creator and His good attributes. For whoever fails to appreciate the Creator’s compassion for His creatures, His protection of them, His providence, dominion, and control over them, will not be confident in Him and will not rely on Him.
Another thing that is detrimental is ignorance of the Creator’s command, i.e., His Torah, in which He charged us to relay on Him and to trust in Him, as it says: “Prove Me now in this…” (Malachi 3:10); “Trust in G-d for ever and ever” (Yeshiyahu 26:4).
Another [harmful thing] is becoming enamored with the immediate causes, which on can see, without realizing that the closer a cause is to the effect, the less is its power to help or harm the one affected by it; while the more remote it is, the greater and more manifest is its power to help or harm him.
Dedicated to Albert G. Edwards