November 12, 2008
Betting on God
In “Religulous,” Bill Maher asks a worshipper at the Trucker’s Chapel in North Carolina how he can be certain there is a God. I don’t remember the guy’s exact words, but the gist of his response was: I can’t be sure, but following Jesus is the only way I can be sure I won’t burn in hell.
“It’s like the lotto,” Maher remarks as they drive to their next location. “You can’t win if you don’t play.”
That is, in my opinion, a far too cynical slant on the trucker’s faith. You can’t just be Christian because it makes you a nice guy and, if you’re lucky, it’s your ticket to heaven. As Paul tells the church at Corinth:
“And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.”
But what if we were betting on God? What kind of odds would you get?
It seems like sunk money to me regardless of whether you bet on or against God. How in the heavens would you ever collect?