I had the privilege to attend a beautiful and well-organized “Day of Faith” at the old Crystal Cathedral, now called ”Christ Cathedral” in Garden Grove, CA. It was a day filled with public prayer, speakers, faith testimonies, and beautiful art of sight and sound.
Catholics can be one of the shyest types of religious people to share what their faith is all about to anyone. One speaker, Fr. Peter John Cameron, encouraged Catholics to not be so shy during the “Year of Faith,” but instead invite people to experience the joy of believing.
He said that in some ways, just proving that “there is a God” is hard enough for Catholics. Fr. Cameron proposed that maybe Catholics could use “the preference test” developed by another priest he knew. The test is only six questions, and shows what Christians believe and gain by their faith in Jesus Christ. It’s a test that asks the basic question: What would you prefer? Forget what you think is true, what you believe, what you have been taught. Answer the questions according to preference.
Question 1: Which do you prefer to believe?
When someone you love dies, they are dead, and that’s it. You will never see them again.
When someone you love dies, they somehow live on, and you have the possibility of seeing them again because when you die somehow you will live on.
Question 2: Which do you prefer to believe?
Your limitless desire for happiness will be answered continually forever.
Your desires will last for your biological life and then your desires and you will be destroyed by death.
Question 3: Which do you prefer to believe?
You are loved.
You are not loved.
Question 4: Which do you prefer to believe?
There is a God who created all of reality and who loves you like a father and who wants you to exist.
Life is accidental, outside of what you see and touch there is nothing that cares if you exist.
Question 5: Which do you prefer to believe?
Your value depends on your abilities. People who have greater abilities than you are more valuable than you. When you lose your abilities your value will diminish.
Your value comes from the fact that there is a God who wants you to exist. He loves you like a father, and so even when your abilities are not the best and when other people don’t think your valuable, He still loves and values you.
Question 6: Which do you prefer to believe?
God exists, but in this life, He can never be known.
God exists and can be known and experienced in this life.
Christians have lots of good news to announce, more than what other philosophies, even other religions promote. But the question is whether Christians can be clear and concise in their beliefs. And one way to be clear is to present the good news in contrast with the underlining bad news of Agnosticism and Atheism.
- Fr. Cameron’s Keynote Speech at “Day of Faith.” (catholictv.com)
- Catholic prayer fills the Crystal Cathedral… (patheos.com)
- Watch the recorded “Day of Faith.” (youtube.com)
- Why Do We Need Faith? (insightscoop.typepad.com)