Interesting post over at The Dilbert Blog entitled 4 Billion Losers – I'll summarise it here but go on over and check it out.
Recently I asked the believers among you to explain why you believe in your own prophet but not the other guy’s prophet. The LDS (Mormon) folks said they talk directly to God and get personal answers. Most of the rest of you said something along the lines that your prophet(s) (or Christ) told you that the other guy’s prophet(s) (or Christ) isn’t all that. Fair enough. I was concerned that you hadn’t thought it through.
Now I have another question for the believers. And by the way, I’m genuinely curious. I don’t do this just to stir up things, although that’s fun too. I actually wonder how you think. My question is this: How do you explain to yourself that 4 billion people (minimum) believe different from you?
Ah a discussion on religion. You can be guaranteed to get the following kinds of responses:
- There is no God, religion is for the weak. You're a loser, physco etc if you believe in God.
- There is no God, but go ahead and believe in it anyway.
- There is some sort of god (God, Buddha, Allah, Mother Earth, Justin Timberlake etc) that just wants you to be a "good" person and embraces all people.
Then there's my belief system. Straight up front, no messing around it is this:
- There is only one God (the God of the Bible).
- God can not associate with Sin.
- Men & women Sin and thus will have an eternity with no relationship with God (i.e. hell).
- God in His wisdom and love has given as an avenue to get forgiveness for our Sins via His son Jesus Christ. Through Jesus we can spend eternity in relationship with God (i.e. heaven).
So how come, according to The Dilbert Blog, 4billion+ other people in the world don't believe this. Well, I believe (there's that word again) it comes down to three reasons:
- They can't, won't or don't believe there is a God (I'm talking about the God of the Bible here).
- They think there might be a God, but when they think about the consequences of this (i.e. changing their life, obeying His commandments), they prefer to ignore it.
- They haven't heard about God.
My upbringing has had an influence on my belief in God, but only so far as establishing the concepts of God. I had to make a decision to accept this as true, personalise my faith and follow through with it. This has led to my strong belief & convictions in God. 4billion other people in the world don't have to believe in God – but I do.
What are your thoughts on this matter?