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RISKING IT ALL: a lawyer’s perspective on faith

If you were involved in a lawsuit and lost your case at trial, you might think about appealing that decision to a higher court to attempt to have the trial decision reversed. Would you think it wise to base your entire claim on appeal on only one key argument? Or would you want to include several different arguments, hoping to increase the chances that the appeals court would be persuaded by at least one of them?

Many lawyers will tell you that a litigant increases her chances of a successful reversal if she increases the number of arguments in her presentation. “Conventional wisdom” says that a brief that makes five arguments is more likely to be successful than a brief that relies on only one argument. Conventional wisdom, like most wisdom of the world, seldom applies in the Christian realm.

As an attorney who has worked on numerous appeals over more than twenty years, I am always impressed anew by the powerful statement of faith that the following hymn makes: “I need no other argument, I need no other plea; It is enough that Jesus died, and that He died for me.” No need to study the major tenets of several religions to know that I have eternal life! No need to know the answer to every mystery of life! No need to worry that I may not be “quite good enough” if God grades on a sliding scale.

This powerful hymn reflects the peace and confidence that flows from the absolute assurance that at the moment of my death, I will pass into heaven, as a result of only one thing: the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is human nature to want to rely on as many alternative arguments as one can muster. Yet, in the most significant decision we each face in life, we must truly grasp that our church membership and our efforts to “do something for God” mean nothing on the salvation scoreboard. The only fact that will mean anything when I one day stand before the Lord Almighty is what Jesus Christ accomplished. It truly IS “enough that Jesus died, and that He died for me.” And you.

“Whom have I in heaven but Thee?” Ps. 73:25a NASB

‘Cease striving, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10a. NASB

By Terry Wuester Milne Osgoode


Christian writer and speaker trying to follow God one yes at a time.

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