I want to expand a little bit on the notion of indifference toward God from my last post. This is really important because being non-committal feels so intellectually safe and yet the consequences are deadly.
Atheism is one thing, but indifference is far worse, far more pernicious.
You're essentially hedging your bet when you say things like:
"Well, I'm not sure if God exists. I'm not sure I buy into the whole resurrected Jesus thing. You know, I think it's 'possible' and I don't begrudge others for having that belief, but I just don't know and kinda think it's unlikely so... I just try to be a good person, to lead an upstanding life, treat others as I want to be treated, and I think that's enough."
This bit of linguistic gymnastics allows you to not dismiss God altogether, "just in case," and it also preserves your intellectual integrity (a) within your own skeptical, rationalist-trained mind and (b) among your like-minded friends, the "good people," who might label you some kind of Jesus Freak and kick you out of the Sane-Persons Club and you sorta think you'd deserve it, lol. So it seems to be the best of both worlds. Very clever. Well, you know who else is clever? The Devil. Yes. Mmm-hmm.
In Billy Graham's landmark inaugural book "Peace with God," Graham wrote:
"One of the nation's leading gamblers, Lem Banker, has been quoted as saying, 'Never bet what you want to win, only what you can afford to lose.' Can you afford to lose your eternal soul?"
Yet, that's exactly what indifferent/agnostic people are doing. They're trying to have it both ways, but it doesn't work that way.
If you don’t believe me, read Revelation chapter 3 beginning with verse 14 (full text is below) where Jesus speaks to the church in Laodicea about their indifference. In verses 15-16 & 19 [emphasis mine] He said:
“I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other!
But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!
I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.”
So you're playing with fire. Indifference and agnosticism are not good strategies. There are numerous other places in the Bible where we are warned about this.
It's a real problem.
The Enemy knows where the access points are to your soul and mind and exploits them easily, often with your own help. We make his work easy by our unwillingness to dig in and find our own answers, instead relying on the quick answers we find in media, in the secular classroom, within our peer groups, and on page one of Google search results. We're lazy and have grown accustomed to instant answers and averse to deep, independent thinking and analysis. As a society, we even mock or shame people who express non-conforming ideas almost as a warning to others to not go there lest they be subjected to the same treatment, and it works. Many people are afraid to go against the prevailing social and intellectual winds.
The Enemy loves a conformist, especially a smart one.
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that "[intellectual] imitation is suicide," and indeed it is. Be very cautious about blindly adopting popular wisdom.
If you don't trust the Bible as truth yet, ask your hard questions with an open mind and dig deep to find answers. And keep asking and digging until you reach the core truth.
Throw away your indifference; it's a cop out. No one likes lukewarm water.
And whatever you do, don't take your opinions from others when it comes to your understanding of and relationship with God. There's NO excuse for it -- don't kid yourself. The stakes are too high, you can't afford it. No one can.
I'm not trying to scare anybody; I'm trying to help you with real talk. As discussed in my last post, the choice is ultimately yours.
It took me two years to traverse this path because I'm stubborn and I need to know things, and I'm still not there yet, but if you need resources to help you I can share some of the things that helped me discover the real Truth along the way.
It's a beautiful thing that's not at all in conflict with science or rationalism. It's like before I was making music with only the melody part, and now I've found that there is an underlying bassline that keeps the beat going and adds a whole other texture and richness that I had no idea I was missing. It's awesome.
Pray (ask God) for wisdom and be blessed today.
Full Text (Revelation 3:14-22):
THE MESSAGE TO THE CHURCH IN LAODICEA
14“Write this letter to the angel of the church in Laodicea. This is the message from the one who is the Amen—the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s new creation:
15“I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! 16But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!
17You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. 18So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see.
19I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.
20“Look! I stand at the door and knock.
If you hear my voice and open the door,
I will come in,
and we will share a meal together as friends.
21Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne.
22“Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.”