A Question I Was Asked:

Is It Enough 'Just to Pray'?

The Question:

I heard the comment, "You don't have to be a Christian, you just need to go ahead and pray." Does that make any sense to you?

UK Apologetics Reply:

But who are we going to pray to?

The Bible defines Who God is. Are we just going to pray to the 'great unknown'? Now, some may well have done just that and found the true God, I don't deny that, but the good news is that we can know more - much more - about our Great God.

Jesus came to reveal Who God is and how we can approach Him. Paul the Apostle said,

"...People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: 'to an unknown god.' So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship - and this is what I am going to proclaim to you. "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 'For in him we live and move and have our being.' As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring.' "Therefore since we are God's offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone - an image made by human design and skill. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead." (Acts 17:22b-31).

A person who might say, 'You don't need to know the true God, just to pray to Him,' is in ignorance and God might indeed, on occasion, have mercy on such a person - but we can know much more about God. I fear it is just being a little sentimental and vague to make such a comment. I also heard somebody say, "I pray to the God of Islam, Christianity, and any other Gods who might be listening!" To me, that is a spiritually lazy person: if God is important (and He surely is), should we not all be prepared to do just a little reading and study to decide Who He is?? I cannot believe that such vagueness and a refusal to commit is pleasing to God.

Robin A. Brace. September 25th, 2012.