If I go to a bank and tell them I want to start a business and need a loan, they would ask for my business plan, (a lengthy and detailed document). They would study it, analyze every nuance in it and probably have it reviewed by more than one person. The reason they would do this is because they want to know how much risk there would be against their money. In other words, what are the chances they will lose their money.
If I went to a group of investors and told them I want to buy a certain hotel but need to raise investment capital, the investors would request all the financial records of that hotel. They would study those records carefully so that they could get a sense for whether or not it’s a good investment. Whether or not their money would be at too great a risk.
When it comes to placing money at risk, people will often do a tremendous amount of research, study and analysis to fully understand what the risks are.
And so, in pondering these things, it occurred to me that the same is not true when people place their very souls at risk.
The Bible says that if a person rejects Christ they will spend eternity in hell separated from God forever.
What exactly does it mean to be separated from God?
Galatians 5:22-23 says the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
If a person is eternally separated from the Spirit, they will have no love within them, no joy, no peace, there will be no kindness nor any goodness left within them because these good things come from God and being separated from God, a person is also separated from these positive qualities. If all good qualities come from God, then by rejecting God, all such qualities are removed from the person when they begin their eternity in hell.
So it’s safe to say that there is a tremendous amount of risk involved in rejecting Jesus Christ as savior. But that being the case, it seems that any person who contemplates rejecting Christ would first carefully study and analyze that risk. You would think they would read the entire Bible carefully, taking notes as they go. You would think they would attend weekly church services for perhaps a year, listening carefully to the sermons. You would think they would attend bible studies, or other church activities, all in an effort to analyze the risk of rejecting Christ.
Why is it that when we risk our money, it’s perfectly reasonable to suggest that a person should study the investment and understand the risk. But to suggest an atheist should first carefully study the Bible and attend church every week, seems counter intuitive.
But why? Why is it perfectly logical to request the financial statements regarding any investment opportunity before putting money into it, but it’s not perfectly logical to suggest someone study the Bible and attend church before deciding to reject Jesus?