The Investment Case for God

Occasionally I have conversations with people who believe there is no God, that the Earth was formed and life began by cosmic accident. They believe the Bible is just a book of myths and allegories.

As a practicing Christian, I engage in these conversations when they come up.

Many times Christians seem intimidated by non-believers and feel they only have the Bible to defend their beliefs. But when you’re discussing this subject with most atheists, the Bible doesn’t work because they do not respect or believe it.

So my strategy is just a little different. I make the investment case for God.

Many atheists may scoff at this use of logic and reason because so many of them believe themselves to be the only arbiters of logical reasoning when it concerns life on Earth.

That, however, is normally because they rarely subject their own beliefs to hard scrutiny. While they may be quick to accuse Christians of not believing in evolution, they are not usually so quick to explain how the first living cell got here so life could begin to evolve.

When pressed, the only two explanations I’ve heard is the “primordial soup” theory — that conditions were “right” and life just “sprang” from something inanimate — or the “alien deposit of life on earth” theory. Of course, neither of these theories is imbued with any more evidence than my belief in an all-knowing, infinitely intelligent, benevolent God who created the heavens and the Earth.

I am a financial adviser. That’s what I do for a living. I analyze investments and strategies and recommend the ones I think will be good for my clients.

So if one were to take the normal argument between a Christian and an atheist and make an investment case for it, this is how I believe it would shake out.

If an atheist lives his or her life as he or she wants, and they’re right about there being no life after death, then when the atheist dies, that person loses nothing. Nor do they gain anything. He or she breaks even.

But if I’m right, and there is a heaven and a hell, that person loses everything.

If I choose to live my life as a Christian and the atheist is right, when I die, I lose nothing. I break even after my death. However, during my lifetime I have gained immensely by living according to the tenants of Christ. But if I’m right about heaven, I gain unimaginable riches.

So, which do you believe would be the better investment recommendation — one in which the long-term payoff runs from break-even at worst to beyond your wildest dreams at best?

Or should the recommendation be one in which the payoff can range from break-even at best to complete and total loss at worst?

I wish all my financial recommendations were so easy.