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)