Sunday, December 24, 2017

Pascal's Wager...

I really hate to see these kinds of in your face "christian" shares on Facebook (especially this time of year) that try to use some kind of convoluted logic to suggest why a belief in God is a good idea and then throw in a little denial shaming.  To use the failed argument that, " I would rather live my life believing in God and serving Him, and find out I was right, than not believe in Him and not serve Him, and find out I was wrong" is not a very effective debate tactic because it assumes you yourself are not sure but it is better to be safe than sorry.  I also have a problem with the phrase "belief in God".  After all...people say they "believe" things for any number of reasons - many of which may not in reality be true, but they continue on regardless.  The word "belief" has a certain connotation which leads people to assume that you merely choose to think something is true because you prefer to.  When it comes to a debate about the existence of God, using words like "belief" and "faith" won't get you very far.

If you want the ever illusive "empirical evidence" to back up your belief in God, you won't find it in scientific or philosophy textbooks.  Just open yourself up to Jesus Christ and personally experience the manifestation of the Holy Spirit in your daily life.  Faith is not about stretching your imagination - it is about coming to know that He will keep all His promises to you.

Romans 12I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world: but be yer transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

10 comments:

Bethany Wiltse said...

A perfect gift, thank you for sharing and a merry Christmas to you.

Brenda S said...

Merry Christmas Eve

Rev.jimmyleebob said...

Playing catch up, been awhile. Merry Christmas John......

Margery Bills said...

Hope you have a blessed evening and day tomorrow, John. :-) T.Y. For all your posts this year. They mean a lot to a lot of us.

John Baxter said...

God gave man free will, doesn't force Himself on anyone. His creation testifies of Him, and His Word gives abundant evidence. He stands at the door and knocks, it is up to each individual to open the door. I do not debate, but am ever willing to give my testimony, answer questions and give Bible studies to those who are seeking to know Him.
I have zero use for the endless memes on any subject, especially our Creator and Redeemer. Most of what gets passed off as 'christianity' is nowhere to be found in the Bible. Hope you have a good day out your way John, you are warmer than here and I have to load my truck up with stuff from the barn to be hauled off when garbage opens up Tuesday. Gonna be a busy two days in rotten weather here for me, my wheelchair doesn't like mud and cold just makes me hurt, lol.

Jennifer Woolvin said...

Merry Christmas, John and all your critters, too.....even Chupa.

Rita B. said...

Merry Christmas John.

B.B. Sutton said...

Merry Christmas John. Just wondering if you'll be having anything special for your Christmas dinner today.......

Homer Ellinger said...

Amen, Merry Christmas and God Bless.

Brenda S said...

Merry Christmas to you, scene-stealing Chupa, Ben, and all those sweet bunnies.