But have you ever noticed that one of the things that separates man from animal is his desire to know things. Sure animals are curious creatures who poke and prod at what they have never seen. But I’ve never seen my dog stay awake at night (or anytime for that matter) because the questions of ultimate reality are bothering him. Rather, he only seems to be worried about chasing squirrels and sleeping.
Unfortunately, even in the Christian Church we have fallen into this trap. That is, preachers have tried the bait of pragmatism to lure prospective members. We’ve tried to get people to come to church by telling them how Christianity will help their life to work better. Do you have bad kids? Then come to church where we have a youth group. Is your marriage on the rocks? Come to our couples small group. Now surely these programs are very helpful and needed. But let us never forget that the real need we are to meet for the lost sinner is to show him how to have his sins forgiven through Jesus. The Apostles didn’t go out preaching a doctrine of “come to Jesus and your life will smooth out”. To the contrary, they preached the FACT of the RESURRECTION of Jesus and then told people to count the cost because Christianity will require sacrifice.
The real crux of the matter whether Christianity is true. If it is not true, then no honest man will want to believe it no matter how helpful it might be. If it is true, then every honest man will want to believe it even if it gives him no help at all.
But in reality if Christianity is true then those who believe it and those who do not believe it are not equally equipped to live a good life. One day I was at an amusement park during the middle of summer and it was extremely hot and sunny outside. As I was walking along I watched a person literally fall over and pass out. As the park attendants rushed to the person’s aide, their first thought was to dump cold water on the person’s head to cool them down. But this would have been a serious mistake for if a person is overheating and they are hit with a bucket of ice water then their body will go into shock. Thankfully I was able to instruct them to give the person some cool water to drink, sit them in the shade, and continue to hydrate them while we waited on the medical staff. Both myself and the park attendants wished to do good but one was working in the dark and the other had factual knowledge.
We may intend to do good but if we are not following what is true then we may end up actually doing evil instead. Suppose that both the Christian and the Atheist support a proper education for our youth. That is all well and good. But eventually it will produce differences in what constitutes a good education. The atheists may ask whether a certain teaching is good for the majority to bring about the most happiness. But the Christians will say ‘even if it does bring happiness to the majority we cannot do it for it is unjust’. Therefore, what we believe about God will greatly dictate the actions we perform in this life.
How have you found this helpful?