“It’s a crutch. Your faith is a crutch you use because you’re emotionally weak.” There are some who believe this about anyone who has faith in any belief system that’s not “rooted in science”. But why do they say that?
There is so much emphasis right now on equality. When it comes to a belief system, many say they approach this the same way: “Believe whatever you want to believe, man. It’s alright with me.” But it really isn’t. Not when they find out what the Bible says.
Sure, we all have the right to believe whatever we want to believe–about anything–but that doesn’t mean that we’re right about it. Many years ago, most people believed that the earth was flat. Were they right about that? Was that considered a crutch?
So what am I getting at?
My uncle on my Mom’s side of the family isn’t expected to live out the next 24 hours. What happens to him when he dies? It’s a question we all must face. And many run from that question because they’re scared of what the answer might be. But force yourself to face that question for just a moment…..
Let me mention a foundational point that Jesus Christ taught. Anyone who genuinely accepts Jesus into their heart as Lord and Savior and lives out the rest of their life with that realization has an eternal home with God in Heaven. That person is known as a Christian. When that Christian dies, his spirit enters into Heaven, just as Jesus said it would. A promise. From the God of Heaven to every human being on Earth. So why not believe that? It’s too good to be true? We don’t want to be accountable for our sin? The list of excuses is many.
My Dad died in a highway accident four years ago. He loved Jesus with all of his heart. I know I’ll see him again (and my uncle). Jesus promised me that in the Bible. That is living hope! Why not believe that? Is that a crutch?
Bottom line, a person is going to believe what a person wants to believe. If someone believes that faith in God and His Word is a crutch, so be it. No one can change what someone else believes. But what will change a belief? A willingness to see what a person has been previously unwilling to see. Personal revelation of something (like the Earth isn’t flat after all).
I would leave you with this example. Let’s assume for a moment that I am a Christian and you are not. If you are right and I am wrong–there is no God; the Bible isn’t true; there is no life after death–than you’ve gained nothing and I’ve gained nothing. When we die, we die. End of story. But if I am right and you are wrong, I’ve gained everything and you’ve lost everything.
You couldn’t be gambling with any higher stakes than that. Is it worth it? As we are told in Deuteronomy 30:19, we have the ability to choose life and death, blessings and curses.
Choose wisely, my friend!