Friday, October 7, 2011

Does God Exist?

Let's look at this in a mathematical, logical way. There are only two sides. God either exists or he doesn't. That means that there is at least a 50% chance that God exists and a 50% chance God does not exit. He either exists or He doesn't. That is a wager that everybody must take.

Three criteria decide whether or not a wager is intelligent. If you put any wager or gamble into this equation, you will be able to determine whether or not you should take the wager. The three criteria are the size of the prize, the size of the risk, and the chances of actually winning the prize. In a big lottery, the prize is very large and the risk is very small (the cost of the ticket), but the chances of winning are very small. That means that investment of even a small amount of money in such a wager may not be wise. (I do not believe in gambling, but I am not making a case for or against gambling; just bear with me for the point of illustration.)

Let's pretend that all of us who read this are not Christians and think this through logically. Let's take a look at the gospel wager. Since the Bible is the basis of Christianity, let's look at one verse in the Bible that is basically the focal point of the Bible. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

If this is true, what would be the prize? Everlasting life. That is an infinitely incomprehensibly large prize. Living forever means that the first billion years will only be a second in light of living forever. We just can't comprehend that. To look at Christianity by its own claims let's read another verse from the Bible, Mark 10:28-30. In these verses, one of the followers of Jesus, Peter, asks Jesus a question—basically “what do we get from following you, from taking this gospel wager. “Jesus answered and said, 'Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel's, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time--houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions--and in the age to come, eternal life.'” Jesus says that if we are obeying and following God, we will have a hundredfold better life in this life and when this story of earth wraps up, we will eternal life. Anyone who has lived a life as a non-christian and has been truly converted can testify to the fact they they are much happier after they become a Christian than before. The possible prize of eternal happiness, both now and for eternity has infinite value.

On its own terms, what is the chance of winning? “Whoever believes” receives the prize. If you have capacity to believe anything, you can win this wager. That means that the chances of winning the prize is 100%—100% of those who take the gospel wager will receive the prize.

What is the risk involved? There is no risk at all. To show that there is risk, you would have to prove that the life of a non-christian was superior in either quantity or quality to the life of a Christian.

The question must be asked, should I choose to live as though God exists or as though God does not exist? The safer choice is to live as though God does exist. If I am right, I gain everything (infinite happiness) and lose nothing. If wrong, I gain nothing and lose nothing.

The prize is infinitely large; the chance of winning is 100%; and there is absolutely no risk involved. Who wouldn't take a wager like that? If you take this wager, you will lose nothing because there is no risk involved. If you hold to your belief that there is no God and you are wrong, when this life wraps up, you have lost everything. On the contrary, if I hold to my beliefs that God does exist and choose to live the way He wants me to and I am wrong, when this life is over I will have lost nothing.

Won't you take the wager?

Thursday, September 29, 2011

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Is making money all there is to life?

Have you ever felt like all you did was work and sleep? The endless treadmill of society keeps us running and rarely lets us rest. Bills need to be paid and appointments need to be met. Is that all there is to life? Or is there some purpose for living?

I believe that we were created by a God who loves us. With that preface, we should not live only for ourselves. Our purpose in life is to glorify our Creator. To do that, we need to live as an example of what God can do for someone. We need to point people to the promise of heaven. Ultimately, we need to lead people to love the God that we have come to know and love.

Some will say that there is no God or Creator, but how can they explain the complexity and beauty in nature. There is no way everything could have evolved from nothing. If you think about it, that belief just doesn't make sense. There has to be a God in control of everything. I believe that those who say otherwise don't want God to exist because they look at God as having so many restrictions and rules. God loves you and wants you to tell others that He loves them.

So, is making money all there is to life? I don't believe so.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

5 Simple Ways to Save Money Outdoors

Many people don't realize that there are quite a few ways to save money around the home and yard. Some people are too lazy to work in their own yard, but most are too busy and just don't have time to fool around with yard work. Especially during the summer months, when the sun is beating down and the thermometer is rising, people tend to stay inside and watch TV or at least do something that doesn't take nearly as much effort. Not too many years ago, people must have thought differently. Practically everything they owned, they made themselves; basically everything they ate, they hunted, raised, or grew. People used to think nothing of walking long distances or of working from sunup to sundown in the fields and gardens. Horses used to be the best way of travel, but now luxurious cars travel the roads.
We say this is progress, but is it really? We spend more money than our ancestors, do less work than our ancestors and yet are busier and have less free time, weigh more (on average) than our ancestors, and in general are more unhealthy than our ancestors. The conveniences we have today are said to save our time, but do they really?
1. Mow your own lawn instead of hiring it out. Not only will you save a lot of money, but you will feel better, as well. Unless you have a massive lawn, think about starting up the old push mower and getting some good physical exercise.
2. Grow your own garden. Make one that as big as you can handle. Even a few tomato plants and a plot of greens is better than nothing. Just be creative. If you have surplus, then try to find a farmer's market where you can sell it.
3. Instead of buying edging for flower beds, find rocks to make your own. In many places, rocks are just lying around waiting to be picked up.
4. If you are shopping for implements like trowels, hand rakes, etc. Don't just look at Lowes. Try to check out Home Depot or Ace Hardware if there is one around. Or check online on Amazon and other sites.
5. Instead of buying plants at any time of the year, try shopping for them a week or two before Mother's Day or just after. Before Mother's Day will have much better selection, but afterwards, there are often great sales. Buy trees and perennials after season when stores are trying to get rid of them.
These are just a small handful of ideas. Just think about saving money and getting healthier and you will find all sorts of little or big projects to do in your spare time. Just spend a few minutes each day working outside and you will be surprised at how much you get done, how much better you feel, and how much thicker your wallet is.

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