A Believer’s Hope

A Believer’s Hope

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6a00d8341bffb053ef01053692a113970c-500wiB: It seems appropriate to cap off this discussion about God’s purpose for our lives with a mention of our limitless potential.  Remember that since God is perfectly loving, He wants us to experience the greatest joy achievable.  And why shouldn’t God be enjoying that joy now?  And if joy is a part of “being” (instead of merely “having”), we conclude that potentially, we can become even as God is Himself – unless it is impossible for Him to make others as Himself.  But why should it be, considering God became as He is in some way?  And why not hope for this grandest of all hopes?  Think of what a wonderful kind of existence this would be: creating worlds, galaxies, entire universes, all for the purpose that those living souls of your own creation – that is, your very children – can experience the inexpressible joy you feel.

Contrast this hope, on the other hand, with that of the atheist’s.  What can an atheist hope for?  Fulfilling a purpose that evaporates upon his death?  Feeling “good” about his life at the end of it, when only a few moments later, feelings – and all of existence – will mean nothing to him?  To have lived however “full” such a life may have been, all ending with a dull “thud?”  To endure the existential exercise of leaping as high as possible in this life, only to fall forever afterwards through the unimaginable nothingness of nonexistence1?

A: Buddy, I get it.  You think it’s pointless to not believe in God.  But what if what awaits us in the next life is not as grand as what you say it is?  Wouldn’t I be setting myself for a massive letdown?

B: Personally, I would think that in comparison to what an atheist can hope for, a life of any kind at all after this one would be something to breathe a huge sigh of relief for.  Furthermore, the greater the hope, the more it buoys us up against the difficulties of this life.  And it can all be verified in the scriptures, or by the Spirit Himself.

A: Ah, “the opiate of the masses” 2.

B: …And the only sensible course to take in this life, in my opinion.  Why hope for nothingness or misery?  Why not enjoy life as it is now and look forward to an eternity of bliss in the life to come?  But this has always been a thorn in the side of secularists and sensualists through the ages, who have always found their own security blanket within the theories they concoct themselves.  Relatively recently they have been far too eager to jump erroneously to the conclusion that science has supposedly justified their positions, conveniently forgetting the assumptions upon which science lies, the impossibility of science yielding eternal truth, and the virtual unprovability of the nonexistence of a Supreme Being.  But they undoubtedly do it to justify their hope to indulge as recklessly as they can without regard to any moral conscience – indeed, giving all efforts to eradicate it entirely – while unknowingly purchasing finite pleasure at the cost of infinite joy.  But try as they might to deny it with all vigor – they know as well as anybody else that the thorn remains as firmly entrenched in their sides as ever.

  1. Paraphrase of a quote from this talk.
  2. Best known as a quote made by Karl Marx (1818-1883).

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