What if I'm wrong?
That question has been asked by many believers with the intent of haunting me into submission out of fear. Fear is a great way to control people. We see it all the time, not only coming from believers trying to save nonbelievers from hellfire and brimstone, but also from politicians trying to convince us that some imminent horror is almost on our doorstep and we best do what they suggest in order to protect ourselves. It works, too!
Yet, this age old question always manages to create a bunch of new questions for me.
You see, even if I decided tomorrow to accept god by faith, I still would feel insecure about choosing a path to follow. What if I find out that sprinkling wasn't enough That, in fact, dunking was required by god. What if I found out that divorce and remarriage were considered to be adultery and that I'd only managed to fool myself into believing that I could get away with it because I was weak and willful? What if the Jehovah Witnesses were right and not the Mormons or the Baptists? What if there really is a middle step called purgatory? What if I'm not supposed to cut my hair or dress in short skirts? Is it possible that women really are responsible for the sin of lust in men by exposing their flesh? What if I'm not supposed to eat pork or drink alcohol? What if the Seven Day Adventists are right not the Scientologists? What if it's a sin of greed to hang on to material wealth? Should I cover my head when venturing into a place of worship? Do I need to be in subjection to my husband as the head of the house? Should I cut my hair and wear a wig? What about the burka? The list of "what ifs" is practically endless, but hopefully, you get the point.
There is no way of knowing if you've picked the right path from amongst the thousands available today.
You might as well draw a belief system from a hat or spin a wheel. You could be devoting your entire life to the wrong belief and suffer the consequences in the end. Supposedly false prophets abound. So beware! But how do we know who is a false prophet? They all claim to be selling the truth. So I ask the believer,
What if you've been fooled into following the wrong path to god?
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