Recently I reached out to a young woman—I had the blessing to walk alongside her during her journey of coming to faith in Jesus several years ago. She came to mind because I am in the process of preparing a talk for a women’s gathering titled, “Blind Faith to Confident Hope,” and I was curious if there were any answers that were especially meaningful to her at the time. I had remembered all the deep questions and apologetics that we had discussed, and I expected one of those to be the crucial factor in her decision to believe. Instead, she explained, “I think it’s sometimes easier to think that God doesn’t exist; people feel as if it absolves them of responsibilities [towards Him] and towards each other. In fact, that’s what drew me to Christianity. The ONLY responsibilities we have are to God and to each other. To believe and to love one another. That’s it. And there’s something so elegant in that.”
Yes, there is something so elegant in that! What a wonderful, yet simple reason to believe.
“And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” John 13:34