Is it Worth the Gamble?

Is it Worth the Gamble?



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Gambling is big business.
Every year millions of visitors
travel to Las Vegas
or Monaco to test their luck.
Casinos have sprung up all over
the United States and Canada,
and betting has been a part of
British culture
for as long as I can remember.
Television ads show happy faces
and lavish lifestyles
for supposed winners
of government-sponsored
lotteries
–and other currencies pour in.
Internet gaming houses allow
sports fans to bet on their
favorite teams, and racetracks
offer opportunities
for sports enthusiasts to bet
on their chosen four-legged
animals.
Poker games are popular on
television–where players
become celebrities, thus
enticing others to think
they too can find fame and
fortune by their wits
and a little bit of luck.
There seems to be no end to the
ways people willingly
gamble away their wages or
retirement savings.
Have you ever considered why
casinos have bright lights
and few windows?
There’s an air of excitement
inside,
and you never know whether it’s
day or night.
The longer they keep you in the
game, the more they’ll
take from you.
Games are designed to throw a
few shekels your way,
but that’s to keep your hopes
alive.
Some rare individuals do seem to
“strike it rich,” but again,
all this is part of the illusion
to keep people coming back.
“Maybe it’ll be my time next
time!”
Oddly, every one of us is
gambling in another way,
and it’s betting on more than
your wallet or your house.
If you’d like to know what
that bet is, stay tuned,
because it’s the biggest bet
you’ll ever make!

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What is it about our nature that
drives us to do something
that is clearly irrational?
Why is it that we gamble with
our hard-earned wages
when deep down we know that the
odds are not in our favor?
Make no mistake.
Casinos, betting houses, and
lotteries are in business
for only one purpose: to
separate a fool from his money.
But not all gambling involves
money.
When you marry, you’re gambling
that this person
will be faithful to you as
your lifelong partner?
When you get into a car
or ride a bike,
there’s an element of risk.
When you board an airplane,
there’s a slight chance–
a very slight chance–that
something can go
drastically wrong.
But that’s very different
from playing a game
that is stacked against you.
Not many people would fly
in a plane,
if there were a 96% chance
it would crash!
We take chances all the time,
but with the expectation that
things will work out–
and they most often do.
There truly are rewards
for making these choices.
On today’s program,
I’m addressing
the greatest gamble
you’ll ever make.
And it’s a gamble
you’re taking right now,
and the consequences
will be disastrous
beyond your imagination
if you are betting wrong.
Whether you realize it or not,
you’re betting–
by your actions–
on your future.
Is there a God, and can He give
you life after death?
Today it’s fashionable to reject
God, but since you really
can’t prove thathe doesn’t
exist, isn’t it a high stakes
gamble to reject Him without
considering the evidence?
Is it a smart bet?
Right now you’re betting one way
or the other.
So I ask you: Are you choosing
wisely or foolishly?
Consider for a moment.
We’re all going to die.
That’s you and that’s me, but is
that the end of all things?
Is all that we have to look
forward to the blackness
of darkness forever?
It’s simply not good enough
to believe or not believe
something so important based
on emotion, upbringing,
what your biology professor
tells you,
or simple wishful thinking.
Emotion doesn’t change
the truth.
Neither can we rely on the way
we were raised,
because one person is raised an
atheist, another a believer.
Surely they can’t both be right,
yet each believes he is.
And wishful thinking is
self-deception.
Wishing something to be so,
never makes it so.
You may believe God exists, or
wish that God exists,
but neither believing nor
wishing change the facts.
Sadly, too few people are
willing to put forth the effort
to explore and answer this most
important of all questions
for themselves.
How easy it is to be too lazy or
too busy to find the answer!
Most people, when they see the
end approaching, want to know:
Is this really the end of it
all?
Maybe there’s more to it.
Lee Iacocca was one of the great
industrialists
of the 20th Century,
and he muses this way in his
book, Talking Straight:
Yes, people will gamble all
their productive years that God
doesn’t exist, or that even if
He does, how they live,
and the choices they make,
really aren’t that important.
However as the end draws near,
there’s a change of attitude.
Iacocca relates a humorous
anecdote about one
of the early film actors, the
late W.C. Fields.
He was a lifetime agnostic,
neither believing in God,
nor totally rejecting His
existence.
As the story goes, he was
discovered on his
death bed reading the Bible,
when someone asked,
“What are you reading that
for?”
His reply?
If the story were true, W.C.
Fields would not be alone
in looking for a last-minute
loophole.
…just in case.
Some hedge their bets sooner,
while others wait until
they’re near death.
But if God exists, do we really
think that He’ll be pleased
with that approach?
Maybe Iacocca is correct
when he wrote:
Here on Tomorrow’s World we
often remind you not
to believe us because we say it.
Believe it because you can prove
it for yourself!
Have you ever considered that
life after death is only
possible if God exists!
But how do you know there is a
real being we call, God?
The Real God: Proofs and
Promisesanswers this question.
Are you gambling as to whether
He does or doesn’t exist?
Is it worth the gamble?
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Before the break, I said we’ll
explore whether
you can live beyond the grave.
So where do we turn for the
answer to this
all-important question?
Should we go to the bookstore
and purchase books describing
tunnels and bright lights?
What about the ideas of various
religions?
And surely science can come
to our rescue!
Or can it?
Life after death implies two
important conclusions.
First there must be an
all-powerful force,
intelligence, or Being
that can cause a physical
existence to transcend
to a different form
of existence.
And secondly, such a supreme
cause introduces the subject
of purpose, which by its very
nature lies
outside of scientific discovery.
Science can have no answers
since by its own admission it
deals only with the material.
As the United States National
Academy of Sciences
has clearly stated:
Yet some scientists
hypocritically cross the line
from science to religion
all the time.
For example, Cornell University
biologist and science historian,
William Provine, proclaims:
Or as the outspoken
evolutionary biologist
Richard Dawkins
wrote in “River Out of Eden”:
Then there’s evolutionist
Stephen Jay Gould.
Is he not crossing the line
between science and religion
when he rejects God without any
proof whatsoever?
Is Gould correct?
Is religion only a self-deluding
comfort blanket?
Is it all a giant lie to help us
get through the week?
Or is there substance to it?
Does it have real answers to
real questions,
such as the question of life
after death?
How you answer these questions,
and how you respond
to the answers tells where
you’re placing your bet.
Gould, Dawkins, and Provine are
gambling against God
and against eternal life.
What about you?
Have you checked out all the
evidence?
Or are you merely accepting
without question your background
beliefs or floating down the
stream of popular opinion?
It may surprise you to know that
religion hasn’t helped
us with these questions.
In many ways, Gould is correct
when he describes religion as a
self-deluding comfort blanket.
Sadly, most of what we refer to
as religion is nothing more
than humanly created lies.
I’ll explain what I mean in the
next portion of this program,
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You need not gamble on this most
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A few minutes ago I read to you
a quote from evolutionist
Stephen J. Gould where he
described religion as
a self-deluding comfort blanket,
a mere story we tell ourselves.
Further, I said that he is
correct, but now I’ll add,
not entirely correct.
I’ll go so far as to say that
most religion is a giant fraud.
Consider all the various belief
systems that exist
around the world.
Can they all be correct?
Another delusion that people
have is thinking
“all roads lead to heaven.”
Have you ever tried to get to
Detroit with that
kind of thinking?
How can all roads lead to the
same destination when the
destination being pursued is not
even the same?
The Bible is the most remarkable
of all religious writings.
All you have to do is compare it
with all other
so-called “holy books.”
And in its pages, it tells us
there is life after death.
We can live forever, no longer
suffering pain or sorrow.
I think we all want that, but is
it for real?
Can we really have life after
death?
And if so, what must we do to
attain eternal life,
because while most people want
it, the majority
are betting, by the way they
conduct their lives,
that it isn’t for real.
They’re betting the only thing
that is important
is the here and now.
Planning for an uncertain future
is not that important.
The Bible claims to offer the
one and only way to
eternal life, but it reveals
that if you choose poorly,
only blackness and darkness
awaits you.
It’ll be as though you never
existed.
As it tells us in Ecclesiastes:
And in verse 10:
Now that contradicts popular
belief.
Haven’t you been told, that you
have an immortal soul?
And that after death that soul
lives on either in
heaven or hell, or perhaps
another humanly devised
doctrine, something called
purgatory?
But is this really what the
Bible teaches?
Consider Roman 6:23:
Now that should cause one to
think!
Eternal life is here described,
not as something we
already have, but a gift;
and the reward for living a life
contrary to God is not
burning forever in a lake of
fire, but death.
Consider further the golden
verse of the Bible, John 3:16.
There’s always that fellow in
the stands at sporting events
displaying it on a placard.
But what is its message?
It seems that no one
understands!
Let’s notice it, but also the
verses leading up to it.
We’ll begin with verse 13:
Here again we see a contrast
between eternal life
and eternal death.
Considering the stark contrast
between the two.
Wouldn’t it be worth a modest
amount of your time to
research whether life after
death is possible?
And if so, is there something
required of you to gain it?
With so much at stake, why would
anyone gamble away
the better choice through
laziness and neglect?
But how can you know that what
the Bible tells us is true?
The question behind this is
whether God exists!
And without God, there is no
hope for eternal life!
I want to remind you one more
time of today’s offer:
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It can be yours free of charge,
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Don’t be lazy and gamble away
your life.
If God exists, eternal life is
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you why there is hope
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Recent research shows that
people enjoy the
ceremonies of religion, but not
the doctrines.
In other words, let’s sing,
sway our arms,
dust some incense about,
but keep the sermon short
and go away feeling good.
But is this reality?
Is this what the Creator of the
universe, if He exists,
expects of us?
The speed with which strong
faith in God is being
abandoned in the western world
is remarkable and it’s
picking up speed.
However the desire and
fascination with
the afterlife persists.
Whole books are written about
after death experiences,
and ghost-hunting reality shows
promote the idea
of the spirit world.
But how can this be?
Consider this carefully.
If we are the product of blind
evolutionary processes,
how does a spirit world evolve?
These key findings appeared
in a 2015 Angus Reid poll
of Canadians regarding religion
and faith:
This survey sparked a number of
news reports on the role
of religion in Canada.
One lengthy report on the CBC’s
evening news, focused
on the growing trend away from
doctrinal absolutes
and organized religion.
One segment described an in-home
funeral service, beginning
with the lighting of a candle.
The expectation was that there
would be a religious
basis to what followed;
but as the one conducting the
service spoke,
it became evident that this
service was for atheists.
He boldly declared that the
entirety of one’s life could
be summed up in the time between
conception and death.
There was nothing before
and nothing afterward
After the service one of the
organizers and a relative
of the deceased, said she knew
her dead relative was looking
down on her at that moment.
What a disconnect!
But that’s a common disconnect.
People want to believe there is
no God, but they can’t
accept that death is the end of
everything.
How is this possible?
Another key finding in the Angus
Reid survey is that:
A summary statement in the
report describes how the
ranks of the faithful are
shrinking, leaving
the largest category, 44%, in
the middle, neither totally
embracing faith, nor entirely
rejecting it.
One might say that these people
are undecided or lazy about
firming up their beliefs.
Perhaps they have a
“just-in-case” religion where
they are hedging their bets
in case God does exist.
The report says the:
One of the major personages in
the Bible is a man named Paul.
As students of the Bible know,
his original name was Saul
and he sorely persecuted
early Christians,
that is until he was
supernaturally struck down while
on a journey to Damascus,
to ferret out Christ’s
followers and take them
to Jerusalem to be imprisoned.
On his way he experienced what
you might call,
a near death experience.
He met the resurrected Christ
and it got his attention.
Following this encounter, he
began to understand the many
prophecies that were fulfilled
in Jesus Christ,
and he became convinced, against
his own will,
that Jesus was the Messiah.
He was so convicted, that Jesus
did rise from the dead,
that he became a zealous
follower and was willing to die
to tell others what he learned.
The persecutor now became the
persecuted, and he suffered
many thing as a result.
In defending himself against
those who questioned his
credentials as a minister of
Christ, he wrote
in 2 Corinthians 11, beginning
in verse 24:
Yet, Paul was a realist.
He recognized that all that he
endured, as a result of
preaching that Jesus is the
Christ, was for nothing
unless there is a resurrection
from the dead.
Notice 1 Corinthians 15 and
verse 32:
Paul was not alone in changing
his mind.
We are told that Jesus’ own
brothers did not believe in Him,
that is until after He was
resurrected from the dead.
Two of them went on to tell the
world their brother was
resurrected from the dead.
His own disciples fled from Him
when He was arrested,
but history and the Bible
indicate that all but John
suffered a martyr’s death.
Think about that.
Men will die for a cause in
which they believe,
but would they die for what they
know to be a lie?
They saw the resurrected Christ.
They talked with Him.
They even ate with Him!
They were so convinced of the
resurrection that they boldly
put their lives on the line.
The Apostle Paul records this in
1 Corinthians 15,
beginning in verse 3:
There are far more proofs than I
have time on this
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Don’t gamble away the most
important treasure available
to you – your eternal life!
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will continue to share with you
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of Jesus Christ,
the encouraging good news
of the coming Kingdom of God,
and the exciting end-time
prophecies and their meaning.

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