The Quest for God

30 January 2006

Before one actually begins to determine whether or not God exists, or, before one begins to determine the true nature of God, there must be some sort of motivation for such an investigation. Many individuals are content to shove God on the backburner, both those that are atheist and those that believe in God. In actual fact, there are multiple compelling reasons that an individual should carefully consider the existence and/or nature of God.

The Potential of an Afterlife

Certain religions, particularly Christianity, claim that there are benefits of belief and punishment for disbelief. In the case of Christianity, Heaven is the destiny of those that accept that Christ died for their sins, and Hell is the destiny of those that reject Him. It only makes sense, then, that one should investigate whether or not Christianity is true, considering that there are potential eternal outcomes (see HERE as well).

The Search for Truth

Many humans, myself included, enjoy acquiring knowledge and ascertaining truth. If Christianity were true, then it would only be advantageous to realize such a fact. In addition, knowing that Christianity is correct could potentially affect one’s character during their life. True beliefs, in my mind, should influence one’s character. Most humans seem to feel the same way.

The Morality of Love

Most human beings consider respect and love of parents a virtue. Parents (in a sense) created us, and usually give us support. If we respect and love our parents, it only makes sense that we should respect and love God- who created us and created the very potential for life in the first place. (Note: It is true that some parents don’t deserve respect and love- if they are abusive or neglectful or whatnot. However, whether or not God is deserving of respect is only something that can be determined after we discover His true nature. Not seeking Him would be akin to completely ignoring your own parents- which many would rightly consider immoral.)

The Sacrifice of Christ

In some religions, especially Christianity, God commits acts deserving of our love, gratitude, and respect. If Christianity is true, then Jesus suffered a horrible and humiliating death in order for humans to have eternal life. If Jesus Christ did in fact do this, He is deserving of our utmost commitment to Him. To ignore His great deed would be supremely immoral.

Conclusion:

There are many reasons for making God a priority in your life. Especially in the case of Christianity, it is foolish to be non-committal about religion. Thankfully, seeking God can be a very pleasurable thing. It is a shame that some people miss out on it.




Recommended Further Reading

1. India, Why Investigate Christianity? http://www.rationalchristianity.net/why_investigate.html

2. Reasonable Faith Chapter 2: The Absurdity of Life Without God. See book review.






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  1. This is really good. There is nothing wrong with committing and devoting your life to serving God because either way your living your life best and how God would want you to.


    Vanhooser    Oct 8, 03:51 PM    #
  2. I always find the words of Puddleglum (from “The Silver Chair”, by C.S. Lewis) inspiring in times of doubt: “Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all those things-trees and grass and sun and moon and stars and Aslan himself. Suppose we have. Then all I can say is that, in that case, the made-up things seem a good deal more important than the real ones. Suppose this black pit of a kingdom of yours is the only world. Well, it strikes me as a pretty poor one. And that’s a funny thing, when you come to think of it. We’re just babies making up a game, if you’re right. But four babies playing a game can make a play-world which licks your real world hollow. That’s why I’m going to stand by the play world. I’m on Aslan’s side even if there isn’t any Aslan to lead it. I’m going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn’t any Narnia.” It’s very obviously making a religious point (as Lewis is wont to do), and it’s a valuable one.


    — Alex    Apr 17, 01:09 PM    #
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