There is a God
there is not a God.
I believe in God
I do not believe in God.
These, the boundaries of Pascal's Wager.
If there is no God, what I believe is irrelevant.
If there is a God, if I believe in Him, I'm saved.
If there is a God and I don't believe in Him, I'm screwed.
The smart money is therefor on belief.
And that's where a lot of people are going in these days of COVID-19, but they're missing a certain and vital point...namely, it's not just about belief.
It's about the ransom in blood that was paid to save us.
Don't, for Pete's sake (who's Pete, anyway?) discourage an unformed belief in friends or relatives...it's a starting point.
Do give instruction, when the crisis has passed.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.
Matthew 28:19-20 (KJV)
It seems that this pandemic's caused
a kind of new revival;
people see that life is paused,
and focus on survival.
As sign, it is encouraging,
but we must not forget
that revival's not faith-foraging,
nor is it Pascal's bet.
It's wrong to put your trust in God
as something like insurance;
the holy roadm ust be trod
with devotion and endurance,
and the knowing that it all begins
with the ransom paid for our sins.
This sonnet first appeared as a comment on Debi Walters' wonderful blog, The Romantic Vineyard, on April 14, 2020
Here's the late, great Kenny Rogers with The Gambler.
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