A few years ago I was handed a missionary tract by a smiling old woman who was sitting opposite me on a public bus. She was smiling, motionless at me the whole time, up until I got up to leave at my stop. It is then when she abruptly grabbed my arm and handed me the tract. I smiled back and said thank you as
I walked away. The title of this little leaflet was , "What if you are wrong?" I will spare you the details but the essence of its message was that a persons personal beliefs of what happens after they die may not be the truth and because of that that the reader should espouse a belief in and profess a faith in Christ as an insurance against this day because as the tract's title plainly stated: What if you are wrong?
But that question haunted me for a long time after that despite the fact that I already was a born again Christian whom professed a faith in Christ. I had no doubts about what would happen to me after I die because much as the tract encouraged me to do I already had confessed my sins and believe in Christ. No what haunted me about that question was: What if I am wrong about my Christian faith? We Christians usually push our religion on others with that premise in mind and new converts usually buy into it because they see something wrong with their own religious beliefs.
But Christians are not the only ones who proselytize. Many groups religious or otherwise vie for the attention and life long devotion of it's prospective converts. Many are the people who will ask the Christian that very same question that we ask them: What if you are wrong? What is a Christian then to think? Most Christians I'm sure dismiss that question because we are a self-righteous arrogant bunch whom could never be wrong, right? No, we don't even entertain that idea because that is doubt and fear, and true godliness casts out all doubt and fear, right?
But here is the thing. The other groups argue the exact same point! They say have faith too. They say do not doubt! They say to just believe, but in the end how does one actually know that he or she is actually right? Show me a person alive today whom God has talked too and I will show you a liar. God does not talk to people, that is why we interpret dreams and read the Bible. Because God doesn't talk to people not anymore anyway. So ultimately we can't be for certain exactly what will happen after we die! So all is hopeless then, right? Wrong!
By my estimation what happens after we die is of no consequence to the living. It may be of consequence to the dead but certainly not to the living. However what is of consequence to the living is how the living live their lives. Some where it says that faith without works is dead and perhaps that could be the key to this whole dilemma. Faith should be reserved for the time of death whereas work should be done now. Life has an urgency about it whereas death is still and timeless. What if you are wrong? Encourages doubt about something we have no control over. We should not store up wealth for tomorrow if we have not even eaten today.
Today is open with opportunity for success and failure, for salvation or damnation. Today is the acceptable time and if each one of us considers that as important than the immediacy of living today to its full potential will permeate the membrane covering our frontal lobe and we will truly live free of fear. Nobody has to ask you what if you are wrong because everyday life teaches by experience. Whether you learn from it or not is up to you. You yourself will determine your fate upon death by how you live. So that the question: What if you are wrong doesn't have to haunt you either.