I have to have
Why? You don't require it for countless other areas of your life.
Have you ever loved someone? Did you have solid proof at the outset of the
relationship that it was going to work out, and that no one would get hurt?
No. But you went ahead with it anyhow, right? Why? Because you had faith.
The first time you rode in an airplane, did you have solid proof you would
live to tell about it? No, but you took the flight anyhow. Why? Because
you had faith that the plane and its crew would get you back on the ground
"Yes, but I already knew thousands of planes take off and land without
incident every day of the year." But you never know for sure that any
particular aircraft won't become a statistic. So when you decide to
fly, in the absence of solid proof that it won't be the last thing you
allows you to get on the aircraft.
You're much more likely to be killed in a car than in a plane, yet without
solid proof that the next time you ride in a car won't be the last time,
in faith you do it again and again.
Every year people die from food poisoning, but you still eat every day. "I
don't have a choice. If I don't eat, I'll die for sure."
That's true. You choose to have faith in the safety of the food both because
you have to eat and because you know that it's almost certainly not contaminated.
Good choice. The odds are in your favor. But what about your eternal destiny?
Are you making wise choices in that area? You've heard that if you don't
choose to become a Christian, you'll have chosen instead to spend eternity
in a place that was never meant for you.
"Nonsense. That's just what the Bible says. I don't believe the Bible.
I have no solid proof that it's true."
Fine. Your choice. You're playing the odds and hoping you're on the right
side. You got on that plane, drove that car, and ate that meal only because
you knew millions of other people had done so without meeting an untimely
end, so it seemed like a safe bet. The numbers were in your favor. So considering
that millions of believers in Christ have testified to the deep satisfaction,
peace, and thrill that they've found in serving Him, how come you don't
believe this path is a safe bet worth placing your faith in?
"That’s just an argument from numbers. Sure, I believe they think
they’re happy, but they’re all deceived into thinking they’ll
go to Heaven, yet they have no proof of that."
Do you have proof that they won’t? Are you not basing your refusal
to prepare for your demise on an unfounded assumption that there is no
life after death? And why are these otherwise-intelligent individuals
so certain that we all do outlive the grave, and that they will go to
is it that at the very end of their lives,
when people have a strong tendency to get extremely honest, rather than
losing grip on a faith that they knew in their hearts was ill-founded,
you might expect, instead they become ecstatic with the certainty that
they are about to enter into the presence of God? Why is it that they
are so convinced that what they’ve observed in their lives has
conclusively proved that God is indeed real?
"Because… I don’t know! But it’s not enough for me. I
have to have something more concrete. Christianity goes against everything
I hold to be true. If the natural scientific method cannot prove something
is real, then I will not accept it."
Look, we understand that from where you stand, it isn't easy. That's because
you are looking at the spiritual world from the physical world.
But a natural man does not accept the things
of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand
them, because they are spiritually appraised. (1 Corinthians 2:14)
You are trying to apply rules from one world to an entirely different one
that transcends the world you currently travel in even as the sun's brightness
transcends that of the moon. Yes, it will demand faith to enter this world,
just as it requires faith for you to engage in other activities in life.
All your questions will not be answered before you enter the door, but you
will be utterly amazed at how satisfactorily they are answered once you
have stepped inside.
right... my head will be so full of Christian propaganda that I’ll
believe anything they tell me!"
the contrary, you will have begun to personally develop and utilize mankind’s
innate spiritual awareness in concert with the Spirit of God to discern
the reality of a world you previously
were almost wholly unconscious of. This will enable you to then use
criteria appropriate to the spiritual realm to establish that it is
indeed an objective reality which rational, logical minds need have
no embarrassment claiming exists.
mind that if this were just a creation of mankind, discerning minds
would quickly figure that out, and abandon it. Yet look at
of history. Pick up a copy of Fox's Book of Martyrs
and read about what countless people have endured in the way
of torture, imprisonment, and violent, painful deaths because they
not let go
of their faith in God. How can you explain that? Were they all idiots?
No. Were they insane? Read their stories. Listen to their last words
flames rose around them. Do these sound like the words of the deranged?
Of the deluded? No way.
Look, just try it out for yourself. Recognize that you wouldn't likely
be reading this page if you were absolutely certain that there was
to it. Once you truly step inside, you will know deep within that
you have found the proof you once desired. Then you can reach out
yet wandering in the darkness you once were.
If you don't, you'll still eventually get solid proof that it's real.
Only problem is, it'll be too late.
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB