The Ultimate Selfish Act

God sent His only Son to die for your sins. Christ was sacrificed on the cross for you.

What have you done for God?

The Bible promises that if you follow Jesus, you will have eternal life. Isn’t that a small price to pay for following Him? It’s almost a “no brainer”: be a decent person, go to church once per week, repent your sins before you die and you will never face death.

This begs the question: why are you following God’s commandments? Is it for purely selfish reasons, because you want immortality? Does following God’s commandments constitute the most selfish of acts?

Shouldn’t you follow God’s commandments because Jesus is Lord, and following the Lord is simply the right thing to do? As a Christian, you need never answer that question. You will never need to sacrifice for the sake of goodness. That’s part of the bargain. Be good, and you will be rewarded with ever-lasting life.

What of atheists, or others, who in fact sacrifice and devote their lives to a greater good? That is true sacrifice, and true goodness, because no bargain is involved. These atheists will never be rewarded for being good, unlike Christians.

Who embodies a more pure sense of goodness: those who do good for a huge reward, or those who do good because of what they believe in?

Religion can encourage what is, at its core, a deep selfishness. Christianity does not ask you to do good out of a sense of devotion and worship. Rather, do good because it will bring you significant personal gain. In my view, there is a problem with that message.

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About Anthony Mannucci

A physicist (yours truly) turns his attention to many subjects...

Posted on September 21, 2014, in Religion and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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