Roger Campbell 甘羅傑
Motives For Belief 相信的動機
Let's discuss the first question, which is:
When people seek to believe in a religion, there can be many motives for belief.
Why do people seek to believe in a religion?
Some people want to know: I live on this earth -- What should I understand about where we came from?
I live on this earth, my presence here -- What is the meaning of my life here on earth?
And what will happen when I leave this world?
So some people approach a belief in religion from this aspect.
And then there are some people who believe in their hearts there is a Creator, and treasure up a heart of respect for him.
So their attitude is: Whatever he is willing that I should do, that is just what I want to do.
I think of Ecclesiastes 12:13
"The end of the matter (when) all has been heard.
... 敬畏神，謹守他的誡命，這是人所當盡的 本分 。」
Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man."
So some people believe that
there is a Creator, that he created us, and that therefore we have a duty to him.
So whatever he is willing that we should do, that's what we should do. We should revere him.
And other people?
They don't begin by thinking: What must I do to get to heaven?
They are motivated by fear: I ...I don't want to go to hell.
Actually, Jesus also told us we don't want to go there.
So if a person is saying in his heart: -- I ...I don't want to go to hell -- That's all right.
Later on, we also serve God because we love him and want him to be pleased with us.
We can be compared to children, who, maybe in the beginning when they are only 2 or 3 years old,
they are not thinking in their hearts, "Oh, I really love my parents."
They're just thinking, "I don't want my parents to come over and discipline me."
And then maybe after a period of time they consider and say:
"You know, I really respect my parents, so in order to please them, I'm going to do this or that."
So as children of God, we consider and say:
He's our father! How can we get him to be pleased with us?
He's our father, we love him, let's give him the glory.