A friend asked me to pray for a couple who’d lot their only child in a car accident. As non-believers, for these parents, this is the end. There is no hope of ever seeing their daughter again. I find that heartbreaking.
Some people say I’m a fool, wasting my time with all this God stuff. Hope is never a waste of time. Joy is never a waste of time.
But let’s assume for a moment I’m wrong in my belief. Who have I harmed? But consider for a moment, as a non-believer, that I’m right. Then who’s the one who will suffer for it? Certainly not me in either situation.
According to Revelations 21:4, He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. Isn’t it better to believe in something so wonderful as no more pain, then to think it’s all over when we’re gone?
People who claim to not believe in God do so because there is no proof. You can’t prove gravity, but we know it’s there. And while I can’t see God, I know He lives in me. I feel His spirit all the time.
It is not science which leads to unbelief but rather ignorance. The ignorant man thinks he understands something provided that he sees it every day. The natural philosopher walks amid enigmas, always striving to understand and always half-understanding. He learns to believe what he does not understand, and that is a step on the road to faith. – Jan Potocki, author
There are miracles around us everywhere, yet people still don’t believe. If seeing were believing, then the people who saw Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead would have been true believers. Yet, within days, they asked for Jesus to be killed. How can they not believe when they saw it first hand?
For some believing in a higher being means giving up a lifestyle they enjoy. They don’t want God to be real so they can do what they want without having to worry of going to hell.
Yet, even without hell, there are consequences for our actions. Sex without boundaries = STD’s; getting something for nothing = a society full of entitled citizens; drug/alcoholism = abused and neglected children.
Even without Heaven or hell, there’s a price to pay for certain lifestyles and decisions we make.
As humans, we want guarantees. We’d like to know the risks before we step out. What it comes down to for Christians is faith. Faith that there is something better in the afterlife than there is here.
I don’t know how nonbelievers make it through horrible situations like losing a child. What do they have to hold on to? Sometimes each other is just not enough. I’ll take being called a fool for God any day over being alone without him, especially when tragedy strikes.
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