Consequences of Not Believing in Something

It is Christmas Eve, a time of year when we hear many stories about believing.  It might be in believing in Santa Claus, the birth of Jesus, peace on earth, or love within your family.  The consequences of not believing in something during your lifetime could be depression, a negative outlook, feeling lost and alone, or just in general a cloud of darkness over you.

But what about the consequences of not believing in something after you die?  Let’s examine the best case for you after death.  You would die and there would be nothing after death.  You would stop thinking and that would be the end.  Why is that the best case?  Simply because we all are sinners and have done things that require accountability, and if our death is the end of the road, then we will never suffer consequences for the bad choices we made during our lives.

However, the laws of our universe do not appear to have endings.  One of these scientific laws is that matter and energy is neither created nor destroyed within our universe.  In other words, we are stuck in the Hotel California, so that we can check in but we can’t check out.  Because of our recycling universe, it is most likely that we will still be thinking after we die.

Now that should scare the hell out of you!  Can you imagine being stuck with yourself for an eternity?  Prisoners who are placed in solitary confinement have a tendency to start hallucinating after several weeks.  Can you imagine what would happen if you were stuck in darkness with yourself forever?  Without your senses to distract you, your thoughts would torture you.  All the bad things you did would haunt you.  Even the most hardened criminal would suffer under these conditions.

So, what are the consequences in believing in something during your lifetime?  Well, other people could discriminate against you, torture you, or put you to death for your beliefs.  Man has a rich history of that.  But the most important question is:  What are the consequences if you believe in something in the afterlife?  Your beliefs might be tested in the afterlife just the same as during your life, but nobody knows for certain.

But you must believe in something after death in order to survive the unknowns and potential chaos.  Nobody knows what awaits us after we die, but if you have nothing to hold onto, you will sink into the darkness of despair.

Even though I have no idea what lies ahead in the afterlife, logically there must have been something that created the recycling universe.  And it had to be outside the universe since nothing can be created inside it.  I cannot conceive that our universe exists through spontaneous generation.  So something created it.  That means that there is a Creator.  I choose to believe in the Creator and am working hard to unify with Him so that He will be in my thoughts when I die.

But please believe in something.  The consequences of not believing in something are much worse than in believing.  The cost-benefit analysis indicates that you better believe in something.