I’m perplexed at the infinitesimal disinterest Christians show toward investigating truth, especially the truth about God, sin, salvation and eternal life. I would expect unbelievers to show little or no interest in such subjects, but Christians should show an eternal interest in these subjects. I’m perplexed at the profound disinterest Christians have toward spiritual things. I can’t help but to ask the question: What do Christians want out of life?
During the middle ages the driving force for western man was to be “the good man.” A value system that included Christian ethics and godly were very important. The quality of life was measured by the desire to live a “good” life. The French Revolution introduced a new way of thinking about life. The goal to be a “good man” changed to “a happy man.” Now happiness is not enough because success and self-fulfillment are necessary for men and women to be happy.
Christians are caught in the same trap as non-Christians. Holiness has been replaced by happiness. The pursuit of holiness is not necessarily the pursuit of happiness, but the pursuit of holiness is necessarily the pursuit of the good.
Happiness, success, and self-fulfillment are not the answers to the problems we face in life and death. The great Saint Augustine said, “My sin was this, that I looked for pleasure, beauty, and truth not in him but in myself and his other creatures, and the search led me instead to pain, confusion, and error.” Augustine wanted to know God. “Let me know you, for you are the God who knows me” said Augustine.
If you’ve bought a new car recently, you know very well that you have to study the operating manual so you will know how to operate a “computerized” vehicle. So it is with God. It is absolutely necessary to study God and to know God as we prepare to meet Him face to face. The more you study God, the more you will learn about yourself. The more you learn about yourself, the more you will want to be like God.