At my book club on Sunday, a question arose that has certainly reared its head many a time for me:
Why is belief a necessary component of Christianity? Of salvation?
Why this mental affirmation of the death and resurrection of Christ for our salvation?
Why even Christ's command to love God?
Yes, belief in these things may well motivate us greatly to love others, be forgiving, be willing to obey the commands of God and Christ and certainly have been motivating to me. But, is that the only reason for the command to believe? What if we do these things without belief? Why is belief necessary, particularly, when it is so hard, if not practically impossible for some?