Why Take the Risk? Flowchart to Sanity
Some people concede that the same truth does exist for everyone but that it is impossible to know because truth is open to interpretation because humans are fallible. The response to this is that truth can be known for certain because God has given us His own appointed teachers who teach infallibly by the power of the Holy Spirit. The record of the infallible teaching authority (Magisterium) of the Catholic Church speaks for itself; at no time in the history of Catholicism have Popes or Church Councils taught error when defining, by virtue of their authority, on matters of faith or morals to the whole Church.
Of all the founders of major religions, Jesus Christ is unique because He was the only one who claimed to be God. An honest and careful study of the Jesus event results in the conclusion that it makes complete sense to believe that Jesus is God. The doubt that many have as to Jesus' divinity centres around the fact that He is not now with us in the visible human form He took 2,000 years ago. This fact begs faith, but, because it begs faith, that doesn't mean that it is not true. You have faith that your car [if you own one] is parked outside, even though you can't see it. Even if you are an atheist car owner, you would proclaim the same faith as any other car owner. You would say something like: "It is beyond reasonable doubt [theft excluded] that my car is parked outside." It is common sense to say that you BELIEVE in the existence of your car, even though you can't see it [even though it may have been stolen]. Just because something may, at this moment, be invisible, that does not mean that it doesn't exist. All the available evidence and testimonies of Jesus' life, death and resurrection point to a logical conclusion - that Jesus is the God Man Who lived, died, rose from the dead and ascended in to Heaven.
So, in spite of Jesus' present invisible nature, why take the risk:
1) that He doesn't exist, 2) that He isn't God, and 3) that He didn't rise from the dead and ascend into Heaven? Why risk your eternal future by doubting something that, beyond reasonable doubt, makes sense to believe? What do you have to gain by doubting the divinity of Christ? In believing, you have nothing worthwhile to lose and everything to gain. In choosing not to believe, you have nothing worthwhile to gain and everything to lose.
The following flowchart may help:
JESUS EXISTS / JESUS DOES NOT EXIST? - THAT IS THE QUESTION!
JESUS DOES NOT EXIST (only 1 option)
= NO NEED TO WORRY ABOUT MORAL CODES
= DO WHATEVER YOU WANT
= WHEN YOU DIE YOU CEASE TO EXIST.
JESUS DOES EXIST (option 1)
= OBEY HIS MORAL CODE WHICH IS MORE
PERFECT THAN ANY OTHER BELIEF SYSTEM
= ETERNAL EXISTENCE IN THE JOYFUL
PARADISE OF HEAVEN
OR (option 2)
= IF YOU DON'T OBEY JESUS, AND ARE UNREPENTANT, YOU WILL GO TO HELL FOREVER AT DEATH
OR (option 3)
IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE IN JESUS, BY YOUR OWN CHOOSING, WITHOUT EVER REALLY TRYING TO KNOW HIM, YOU RISK GOING TO HELL FOREVER AT DEATH
How can you be so sure of your existence ceasing after death? Why take the risk?
* Please note that this text should be read in the context of the whole work and in recognition of the appropriate paragraphs of the Catechism of the Catholic Church highlighted in the index.