It is astonishing how many millions of otherwise seemingly intelligent people are willing to risk their eternal destiny upon less evidence than they would require for buying a used car. Thomas Hobbes, for example, a seventeenth-century philosopher and mathematician, who spent years analyzing the evil in man and attempting to find a social system to bring universal peace in this brief life, failed to make adequate investigation and preparation for the next life that will never end. Consequently, as death approached, he made this sad confession, “Now I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark.” It seems irrational to take a leap into the dark in any direction—but into eternity?
Omar Khayyam viewed death as the door of darkness to “the road which to discover we must travel too.” But it’s too late once one has passed through that “door” onto that unknown road. Thus, Shakespeare suggested that “in that sleep of death what dreams may come when we have shuffled off this mortal coil, must give us pause.” But more than “pause” to reflect, we need certainty and we need it now, backed not by wishful thinking but by solid evidence.