No doubt this is the most important question you can ever ask. As renowned French philosopher and mathematician Blaise Pascal said, you’re betting your eternal destiny that you are right.
Is what I believe true? I cannot think of anything more tragic than to live life with a false view of reality. A false view of the existence of God.
Armand Nicholi was a clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and author of the book, The Question of God. The book is based on a course he taught at Harvard’s undergraduate school. In the course, he compares the lives and beliefs of Sigmund Freud, the atheist, with C.S. Lewis, the Christian. In the prologue of the book, Nicholi writes some interesting words contrasting these two men’s views on the existence of God.
“Are these worldviews merely philosophical speculations with no right or wrong answer? No. One of them begins with the basic premise that God does not exist, the other with the premise that He does. They are, therefore, mutually exclusive if one is right, the other must be wrong.”
Ultimately, the belief which is true will be consistent with the real world and the one which is untrue will present a view of life that is not in harmony with reality so the investment of your time to settle the matter is mandatory.
Another consideration, if we live our life with the view that God does not exist then our life is going to be very different from the person who believes God does exist.
As a believer, I know I will be judged by God for how I lived my life on His earth. God instructs me to love my neighbour as myself and that I must forgive those who treat me badly regardless. Imagine the world if we all lived this way.
As an unbeliever, I can make up my own rules on how I live my life. This is all there is so I might as well make the best of it. It is after all the survival of the fittest. Abortion, euthanasia, homosexuality, gay marriage, transsexuality, all good, in fact, anything goes if most of us agree on it.
The world we live in now is fast abandoning God and His commands and we are seeing all of the above with lawlessness escalating. All those who hold God’s values are facing increasing persecution.
God’s Word, the Bible, predicts exactly what we see unfolding in the world today. The prophesied events are those that lead up to the wrath of God being poured out on the earth prior to Jesus’ second coming. How different it will be from Jesus first coming to earth. The second time He comes as king leading an army that defeats the Antichrist at the battle of Armageddon. He will then rule the nations from Jerusalem. The world will be His Kingdom and He rules the nations with a rod of iron.
“Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness, He judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems, and He has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron.” Revelation 19:11-15
The Rapture of the Saints those dead in Christ and those alive on earth happens after the tribulation period spoken of in Daniel and Revelation that refines the church. The Rapture initiates the wrath of God being poured out on an unbelieving world. Jesus meets the saints in the air and takes them to heaven. Everyone on earth will see Jesus and know that the wrath of God that is poured out over the next twelve months and ten days is God’s judgement (The wrath of God poured out on the earth in Noah’s day also lasted 1 year and ten days). After this, Jesus returns to earth as captain of the army of Saints to defeat the army of the Antichrist.