Monte Hunt – Worship Leader
It really bothers me when people misspeak certain phrases in the wonderfully colorful language that is English. One that always gets to me is “I could care less.” Contextually the way many people say this makes no sense. Here’s a quick, hypothetical conversation to shed light on this egregiously, perpetually, inadequately, and unfortunately misspoken phrase:
“I could care less about that.”
“So then you do care.”
“No, I don’t.”
“But you just said there is a level of caring lower that how much you currently care.”
“What you mean to say is, ‘I couldn’t care less.’”
“No, I could care less.”
“Okay, so… care less.”
“But I don’t care at all.”
“Meaning you couldn’t care less?
“Ugh, I could care less about this conversation.”
“You care about this conversation? Seems pretty trivial to me.”
“I’m leaving now.”
Then there’s the misuse of the phrase “I don’t believe in…”
“I don’t believe in vaccines.”
So all those needles I’ve been jabbed with at the doctor’s office over the years to keep me from getting deadly diseases, that was just for kicks? A more accurate statement would be, “I don’t believe in the effectiveness of vaccines,” or “I believe they do more harm than good.”
Another example: “I don’t believe in Islam.”
I’m pretty sure Islam is a thing. Like two billion-ish people practice it. Yeah, it’s definitely a thing. Instead, one could say “I do not practice Islam,” or “I believe Islam to be false.”
All joking aside I’d like to make a point on belief: believing that something exists doesn’t make it so. The reciprocal of this is true as well. And truth is not created. It is not fabricated. It is discovered. Did gravity, the Native Americas, germs, or electrical currents exist before they were discovered and studied? The truth about truth is that it is indifferent. And the truth couldn’t care less if you believe in it or not – it’s still true. Your belief and mine does not change reality. This principle is absolute and therefore it applies to The Big Question as well: is there a God? And if so, who is he?
By the way, if someone tries to tell you there’s no such thing as absolute truth, just ask them, “Is what you just said absolutely true?” End of debate.
Although mankind has tried we cannot create God; we cannot fabricate him. But if he does exist – and I absolutely believe he does – then we can discover him. Why so many people choose to bury their head in the sand when it comes to The Big Question is beyond me. To me, eternity is a big deal and I want to do everything I can to discover what’s in store. I challenge you to do the same. Own your faith, whether it be in God or not – own it. In fact the Bible tells us to do this.
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. 1Peter 3:15a
In other words: know why you believe what you believe. And do not completely rely on other people to tell you what you believe: your parents, your pastor, your college professor, etc. Yes, those people have influence, but ultimately you need to make the decision for yourself.
The apostle Paul was aware of the reality of absolute truth. Listen to what he says to the church in the city of Corinth.
For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. 1 Cor. 15:16-19
Whoa! Talk about a potentially harsh truth. If Jesus Christ is still in the grave then our entire faith is worthless. When I read that I think, “I need to do my own homework and not just take somebody else’s word for it.” I urge you to do the same.
Is there a God? Is there not? Is the Bible absolutely true? Is the Quran absolutely true? The answer is yes to some, but not all of these questions. Two mutually exclusive statements cannot both be true. You have to make a decision, and you have to live with that decision. I strongly encourage you to not make it blindly.
Whether you do or don’t believe in God or you’re unsure, there is one thing you can do that’s always worth trying. Pray. Pray that God would reveal his existence to you, that he would become more than just an idea to you, that he would become real, present, and apparent in your life. If God is just another made up story then all you’ve done is waste a few minutes talking to the wall. But if he is real – buckle up! You’re about to experience the God who made you; the God who made all of this; the God who was, is, and always will be.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. Revelation 22:13