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Do You Have Good Insurance?


More and more I’m finding those who issue a challenge of sorts to unbelievers.  It’s not exactly Pascal’s Wager but pretty close.  It goes something like this:  “You’ve got nothing to lose by believing in Jesus and everything to gain.  Since that is the case wouldn’t it be better to believe in him and know you’re eternally secure than to gamble on not believing?  If you don’t believe and you die you’re going to hell, but all you have to do to have eternal life in heaven is believe in Jesus. If it’s not true then you’ve lost nothing and lived an excellent moral life”.

Sounds like some pretty good insurance.  You don’t have to do a thing but believe.  If there’s one thing I’ve learned in this life, though, it’s “there ain’t no free lunch”.  It just isn’t that simple.  Insurance is something you have to pay for.  You pay and you pay in the hopes of really never needing to use it, but feeling secure in the safety that it’s there if you do.  It’s expensive and generally feels like a rip-off.  
Sound familiar?  Those who think you don’t have to do a thing other than believe really don’t get the big picture.  That’s an ‘all about me’ salvation that really doesn’t exist anywhere except in the minds of those who pick and choose from the bible’s menu.  Who can blame them?  The Bible is a veritable  smorgasbord of choices and interpretations. Fundamentalists often try to use this as a persuasive to join the ranks of believers.  The problem is it’s just not true.  Jesus is not a get out of hell free card.
Jesus, himself, said you have to give up your life to follow him whether that be a figuratively or literally.  There is a cost. God and Jesus’ first requirement is that you love him with all your heart, all your soul and all your strength.   What does it mean to love him like that?  It means you lose your life and yourself in the pursuit of knowing him.  You don’t get to see him or touch him. He won’t speak to you, though you might convince yourself otherwise.  It’s a lie to say there’s nothing to lose, that it’s free and there is no payment.
Is that really good insurance?  I give up myself for the chance of obtaining a glorious afterlife?  Therein lies the problem.  You pay and pay for the insurance with no assurance that the insurance company is solvent. Where’s the AM Best rating?   Jesus claimed to come to give life more abundantly.  When? After I die?  Many of us have attempted to file a claim in the here and now only to be left on hold for…well…eternity.  
Are you in good hands?


5 thoughts on “Do You Have Good Insurance?

  1. What a hard-hitting, insightful post! I think you really nailed it. For me to become a Christian, I would need to give up my own spirituality for a second-hand one.


  2. Exactly, Paul.Every time I hear this I think, "wouldn't God know if I decided to believe in him simply to hedge my bets?"I doubt that converting for that reason would be taken well.


  3. That is rather well said DMa. Though I can imagine the Christian response already, because I've heard that sermon before.Its along the lines of; yes it costs your all, but its a price worth paying and anyway, since our purpose is to worship God, our default position should be that anyway, we shouldn't have to be convinced of the fact.Okay I may have over simplified it somewhat, but that's the gist.


  4. Good post! I agree that Pascal's Wager is basically bunk. First, there are countless religions in the world, many promising rewards after death for adherence, so what exactly makes Christianity the best bet? Second, WHICH Christianity should one bet on? There are countless interpretations, as you've observed.Third — and this is the most important — the claim that you sacrifice nothing when you become Christian is false. You potentially sacrifice rational thinking, coherent morality, peace of mind, mental health, hundreds of hours to worship and ritual, not to mention loved ones if you don't want to be "unevenly yoked." NO THANK YOU.


  5. Well done! 🙂 I couldn't agree more! When the wager fails, you are left with wasted time and money, and the knowledge that you helped to perpetuate something which is just not true.


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