Charles Spurgeon was asked, ‘How do you defend the Bible?’ He answered, ‘Very easy. The same way I defend a lion. I simply let it out of its cage.’
Yesterday I explained a little bit about why I keep believing what I believe, and why I don’t find it offensive at all when others try to explain to me why they don’t believe. Having said that, I do find it confusing. What harm could it possibly do to believe in a faith that causes us to be humble, serving, loving, giving and good? How could it be bad to believe that everyone needs love and help and care?
Obviously I believe that you should choose your faith based on your conviction that it is true, and not as some kind of cosmic insurance policy.
BUT the way I see it is, either
- What I believe is not true or right. In this case I live a good life, then I die. The End. If reincarnation were true, I’d come back on a higher plane because I was so good on this one. OR
- What I believe is right and true. In that case, when I die, I’m sorted: pearly gates, streets of gold, mansions of glory. Everyone who doesn’t believe is less fortunate.
Isn’t it rationally safer, then, to choose to believe and miss all the unpleasantness at the end?
As I said, faith is not some kind of “get out of jail free” card. It needs to be based on an honest acknowledgement of sin, repentance, and faith in the saving work of Jesus Christ.
I just don’t understand why anyone wouldn’t.