Originally posted by OdBod
It requires courage to be an Atheist. To accept that you will end, runs contrary to all your self preservation and survival instincts. To have to accept that you will not see your loved ones again is heartbreaking. Religious people are able to side step these hard truths, and that makes religion an easier option. I would also extend this thinking to martyrdom, ...[text shortened]... r his belief than anybody. How does this compare to a simple man or woman dying to save another?
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." -- John 15:13. KJV
This is certainly obeying Jesus' command to "Love thy neighbor as you love thyself."
"And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.
But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise." -- Luke 23:39-43, KJV
Surely, they will be with Him today in Paradise.
The heart is the best gauge of a man.
But cheapening everything a Christian is or does, simply because he is a Christian
, doesn't help your case, though.
Yes, the Atheist must take extra steps to receive extra benefits, but if your heart is right in the first place, why not do yourself and your Judge a favor and meet Him halfway, like the one of the two crucified with Him?
"Religious people" aren't "side-stepping" any "hard truths". They already go the extra mile by respecting their Creator in life and making the effort to acknowledge Him and accepting His sacrifice for them. If this is just "too difficult" for you, then why whine about having to go the "extra mile"?
And please, before someone goes off half-cocked about this being about Pascal's Wager, no, it's not. You must speak your heart when asking Jesus to save you from your sin. You cannot fool God. Mouthing the words with nothing in your heart will NOT save you.