Just wondering, how convenient life would be if Christianity were a lie. I mean would life be more convenient if I don’t need to espouse all the virtues that Christianity teaches?
For instance, I wouldn’t have to abstain from sex until marriage as I could always satisfy my sexual urges with anyone who happens to feel the same way towards me. And I wouldn’t feel guilty or even ashamed. That certainly sounds more convenient than burning with unexpressed passion! But then, putting myself at the risk of sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancy (which are both real possibilities regardless of whether Christianity is true or not) doesn’t seem convenient at all. Okay there are ways to minimize (not eradicate) those risks but the emotional and psychological hangovers of intimacy without commitment are quite real too. Heck! Abstinence seems a better deal after all…
What about having to forgive everyone that hurts me? I don’t know about you but sometimes I don’t want to hear the word “forgive” because revenge seems more appealing and relishing, while malice makes a nice dessert after the main course. But from experience, I’ve come to realize that the overall feeling that goes with unforgiveness is quite nasty. It feels like locking up yourself in an unventilated cage. Even after getting even, you don’t get to feel any better. Besides, the sometimes irreparable damage it does to relationships is inestimable. Again, forgiving and letting go appears more convenient. What do you think?
Lastly, if Christianity were a lie, I wouldn’t have to be accountable to God or anyone for that matter. I would be the supreme master of myself, doing whatever seems right for me. That really sounds like fun. Then the world should be one huge amusement park with all fun and no pain because accountability has been shown the way out apparently. Governments are no more accountable to their people, spouses don’t want to be accountable to each other, children want to live without parental interference, and freedom without responsibility thrives. We haven’t fared so well without a sense of accountability to one another. I would be presumptuous to think I would fare any better without being accountable to God.
Don’t get me wrong, I know there are moral codes besides Christianity (which itself isn’t one anyway) that encourage these virtues. So what makes Christianity better? Well, those other moral codes are rather impersonal and cold. Christianity on the other hand is relational. It is about a God that loves me too much to see me hurt myself and so puts such boundaries in place for my sake (not his). So I live within these boundaries as a way of worship and a response to his love, not in fear of his wrath.
These among many other issues, make me come to the conclusion that the Christian way is a more convenient way to live after all.