“Oh God, why bother?” “We could actually replace that ‘Oh God’ with anything,” Max Jeganathan says. “Sure; why bother with God; why bother being a Christian; but also, why bother with atheism? Why bother not believing in God?” Today on The Saturday Session, Max Jeganathan outlines three reasons why it’s in our best interests to bother with belief in God.
The thing we have to get past is this myth that there are certain things in the world that we can know for sure and need no faith about, and then other things that we can’t know at all and we need faith about that.
Maybe one of the reasons to bother is because one of the deepest intrinsic instincts and desires of the human heart, regardless of what we believe, is to know who we are and to know where we’re going.
Unless we first know who we are, it’s impossible to know where we’re going.
We do want people to have the freedom to believe whatever they want to believe, but if we take that to the next level then, and to say because people should have the right to believe what they want to believe, therefore all beliefs are equally true, then we make a huge logical mistake.
Truth can stand up to questioning…In fact, truth is the only thing that can stand up to questioning.
What Jesus is saying…is that truth is, at its primary core, not propositional in the way that we know it to be with our everyday lives; it’s actually personal.
The aversion to human suffering is absolutely everywhere.
Happiness is quite simply far too pathetic a reduction in the objectives of the human heart to make our final goal.
[Joy is] not emotional, it’s ontological. It’s actually not part of how you feel; it’s part of who you are.
This God came into the world, called Himself truth, and proved it by taking all the suffering onto him, going to the cross, dying for us, rising again from the dead, leaving propositional evidence, pointing to his personal evidence, ultimately anchored with the relational evidence.
Make it Personal
If truth is primarily personal, how does this fundamentally transform how we share the Gospel?
What does it look like to share (1) propositional evidence, (2) personal evidence, and also (3) relational evidence of the person of Christ?
How might you or how have you answered the objection of “why bother with belief in God?”