Apologetics on Ritalin

Yesterday, when a co-worker’s flippant defense of his faith caused the hair on the back of my neck to stand, I controlled my tongue (aren’t you so proud of me?).

Opening my email this morning, I found the same argument being presented to countless readers… and (forgive me) I must say something.

Both of these contended for their faith with words such as these…

“I would rather live
my life as if there is a God, and die to find out
there isn’t, than live my life as if there isn’t,
and die to find out there is.”

These defenders of the way conclude, “If I die and find out it wasn’t true, what have I lost?”

Can you  in any way imagine Paul presenting the life-giving gospel of Jesus Christ in this manner? Would Paul have agreed that tacking Jesus onto one’s life is a good idea just in case there really is a God?

While being beaten, stoned, and executed, did Paul think, “Wow, I haven’t lost anything by ‘accepting Jesus into my heart!’”

If the one true God is not real, then shouldn’t we who have placed our faith in Christ be pitied above all men? 1 Corinthians 15:19 (But Christ has indeed risen from the grave… we serve the living Lord!)

If we honestly look at the statements above, don’t they reduce the intimate relationship that the Word describes believers have with Jesus… to just another hopey-wishy religion?

Friends, our words can do great disservice to the name of Jesus, even when we ultimately mean well (I do grasp what these are trying to do). Still, if this is our best reasoning for contending… we probably need to refrain from speaking! I’m reminded of the old adage, “It is better to remain silent and thought a fool, than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt (sorry… again).”

“You ask me how I know He lives? He lives… within my heart!” (Ah’m all thru singin’ now… your turn)

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Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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11 Responses to Apologetics on Ritalin

  1. Lady Deidre says:

    Amen! Great Post, Mike. Relationship, relationship, relationship will determine location, location, location. 🙂 couldn’t resist!
    God Bless you & yours!

  2. Great post! It will make many think about their response to the defense of their faith. Blessings!

    • mtsweat says:

      Thanks good friend! It really causes me to think… sometimes I think I get carried away in a rash of writing. After all, I daily fail miserably at being that testimony to the Lord myself. Blessings to you today.

  3. I agree. I sometimes wish that some who profess to be Christians would say nothing.

    I have at times used the basis of this argument, but only AFTER declaring the certainty of the truth, and of the blessings of knowing Christ and of having His abiding presence in my life, and testifying to the REALITY of being a child of the living God.

    I say “IF” – but declare the absolute certainly of there not being an “IF” – I have lost nothing, because I’ve had the very best in this life. The main point is then that the other person loses out on BOTH counts.

    (I also shrink when I hear someone using the phrase “give your heart/ life to Jesus”. You cannot GIVE anything to merit salvation. Yielding comes AFTER receiving salvation)

  4. No disrespect, but this argument was presented by one of the great thinkers for the Christian faith. The theologian who presented this argument was named ‘Paschal’. The apologetic that you have encountered from these individuals is known as ‘Paschal’s Wager’.

    I’m not arguing that this wager proves God’s existence, but only clarifying what you have.encountered.

    • ccragamuffin says:

      Hello ReformedontheWeb,
      So glad to see your comment recognizing the brilliance of Paschal…a great philosopher, physicist, and…mathematician. I am not a Paschal scholar, but in what I have read, it does not appear that he thought his “wager” could prove God’s existence, because he didn’t think anyone, Christian or atheist, could absolutely prove their position. He employed his math oriented thinking towards the choices and the consequences of the choices. In the section of “Pensees” where he turns to the wager, he states “Let us now speak according to natural lights.”…is he forwarning us that The Wager was very much according to the natural man, mathematical thinking, and not by faith? but a jumping off point? When we base our entire Christian faith on just the jumping off point of a bet, or wager, then it is not a very mature faith, is it? Perhaps that, the willingness to stay with a baby, milk faith, is what MT is reacting to. Blessings, ceecee

      • Thank you and Mike for your comment. I agree that I myself would use better arguments for the Christian faith.

      • mtsweat says:

        That is a great take Cee Cee!!! I only wish I could jump on board and shout, “Yeah! That’s it!” The note probably expresses better the words of a man who is prone to write before spending due time looking a little closer and praying a whole lot harder. Still, with your comment, a mature faith should definitely present with confidence “He’s Alive! ” Thanks for the great comment good friend…

    • mtsweat says:

      No disrespect taken good friend. I appreciate that someone stands in with an explanation that gives merit to these I have kind of been a little cruel to. Still think I’ll stick with Paul’s take… and John’s… we know our Redeemer lives. We don’t have to present Him as a hopeful possibility. Thanks a lot for bringing the interesting bit by Paschal… good stuff (I pulled him up and read a little). God bless.

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