What do you have to lose

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Thursday, November 14, 2019

That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe. 1 Timothy 4:10

It is not uncommon to hear believers and non-believers alike talk about “a leap of faith.” What is a “leap of faith?” The online dictionary describes a “leap of faith” as an act of believing in or attempting something whose existence or outcome cannot be proven. It is believing in something or someone without a total guarantee.

Faith is at the nexus of our relationship with God as Christians. Hebrews 11:6, tells us, “without faith it is impossible to please God.” Christians do not believe that faith is a leap. The word leap suggests a risk. We believe that faith is a reward. Faith is the result of surrendering to the will of God and obeying his word.

Indeed, Christians do not risk anything by believing in God. We certainly have nothing to lose in investing our faith in God. There is no downside to faith in God. The worst that can happen is that we live an ethical life that is defined by humility, compassion, kindness, forgiveness, grace, patience, as we pursue “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, and whatever is admirable” (Philippians 4:8).

So then, what does anyone have to lose by believing in God and reading his word so they can live according to Philippians 4:8? I hear the argument that the world is the result of a big bang. Some say that the Bible is a compilation of myths. What if God did create the world, and the Bible is the revelation of God, as many people like me believe? Is it worth the risk to live a lifetime in doubt and end up in hell for not believing? Or, make the wise decision to believe in God and adhere to the teachings of the Bible with the hope of getting in heaven.

No one who believes in God will end up in hell, even if that person messed up along his or her life’s journey. However, those who reject God are taking the ultimate gamble that God does not exist, and hell is a myth. That is a leap of unbelief with eternal consequences, which no one should take.

Here is what I know. No one has ever come back from the dead to tell the rest of us that heaven or hell exists or does not exist. Jesus is the only one in human history who has given us credible testimony about heaven and hell. Furthermore, the Bible is the only credible religious account that gives both stern warnings to stay out of hell, and practical instructions for going to heaven.

Saint Augustine said, “Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe. The number of people who believe in God and the Bible has been declining consistently. Religious leaders are particularly alarmed about the decline in religious faith among millennials and generation Z’ers. Research shows that Generation Z is the least religious generation of all time.

The best way to combat this pandemic of unbelief is by reminding those who are struggling to believe that they do not have anything to lose by believing in God and the Bible. The research shows that Generation Z is very sophisticated, technologically savvy, and dynamic thinkers with a more advanced scientific mind. In sharing the gospel with that generation, we have to appeal to reason. We have to remind them they are not losing anything by believing in God. And it is unreasonable to take a leap of unbelief and possibly end up in hell, when they can cultivate a life of faith, which offers a possibility of spending eternity in heaven, and does not contain any downside on earth.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, I am praying for those who refuse to believe in your Son, Jesus the Christ. Please help them to realize they do not have anything to lose by believing in the Savior of the world.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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