There are basically two world-views that compete for the western mind's allegiance -- theism and atheism. One says that reality is bigger than what we see; the other says it is smaller -- externally, the evidence of design around us is illusionary; internally, the aspirations of the human heart for significance, meaning, and life beyond death, all false and pointless. One stresses the supremacy of human-initiated and controlled inquiry for apprehending reality; the other confesses that, apart from revelation, our knowledge and experience of reality is stunted.
Both claim to be liberating -- one a liberation from God, the other a liberation by and in God. For Christians in particular, there is the liberation of having our sins (of which we confess we are guilty and justly deserving of God's wrath and condemnation) graciously removed by Christ. A cancelled past -- that's good news! It gives us a future hope! But, only for those willing to admit they fall short of perfect righteousness.
Which brings me to this thought:
"The believer has a cancelled past; the unbeliever has a cancelled future."
A cancelled past is better.
Because I've got a cancelled past, I've got a future -- how about you?
And that's the way the forward-looking Ball bounces.