Would you . . . ?

Posted on March 1, 2012 by

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12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command.
Most of us would readily die in place of our wife & children. That’s pretty much a “given”. But what else in our lives rises to the level of importance that, if forced to make a choice between it, or it’s being allowed to flourish, and death – that we would choose death?

I ask this for a specific reason which I will divulge at the end of this post. So you can either skip ahead…or bear with a few scenarios. That being said…

.would you…………………..

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  • Substitute yourself for your boss if you knew they were coming to put him to death?
  • Go to your death for the love of your favorite professional sports team?
  • Choose a random, dying child out of a hospital and, assume whatever disease they had and give them your robust health?
  • Die rather then let a really great idea that could help mankind save on their energy expenditures go unimplemented?
  • Go to your death defending a worthy cause like Occupy Wall Street, Green Energy, Climate Change, Abortion or Gay Rights?
  • Die in place of your friends child (as opposed to your own)?
  • Die rather than allow your church to be burned to the ground?
  • Die for what seemed to be a really great idea but one in which you, personally did not believe?
  • Go to your death defending what you knew to be an outright lie?

Life is certainly a precious gift. Even an atheist would agree that, despite the randomness their worldview espouses, what we do with the 80 some-odd years we’re given to walk this planet matters…if only to us, personally.

There’s very little, if I’m honest, for which I’d purposefully cut life short. Even for a good cause, I would examine and double/triple check the circumstances, facts and details before allowing myself to be snuffed. And, though I’d risk my life & be willing to die for my family, say in the case of an attack, I would strive to kill my attacker before simply giving up the ghost.

The reason I ask is this: the disciples of Jesus Christ, post His resurrection, believed in Him to the point of spending the next 20-30-40 years of their lives living under tremendous duress, hardship, beatings and, eventual horrible deaths. Now I have to believe that, despite the thousands of years between then & now, most human beings are wired the same in that, given the questions I have posed above, there is very little that we as a species would exchange our  lives for.

So they were either the most deluded group of people since recorded history, OR, they witnessed something extraordinary.
IF you choose the former: delusion – then please write a treatise on how & why the Bible speaks spot-on to the human condition & all it’s foibles.

If you choose the latter, then you have to admit that we have some extremely strong evidence for the fact that Jesus Christ was who He said He was…and is.

So…which is it?

 31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

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