Hershel in The Walking Dead comics isn’t the wise, grandfatherly figure we experience — and love — on AMC. He’s got rough patches. He’s a bit judgemental and seems, in my view, to have a surface level understanding of the Bible. Again, this is in my view and I’m by no means correct. All that said, he keeps the faith, which is what matters. And he manages to convey that to his son.
Memorizing the Bible. Going to church every Sunday. Praying. That doesn’t make a Christian. Faith in God. Trust in God. Reliance on Christ. That is what makes a Christian, everything else should stem from that.
God isn’t here for us because we know everything. God is here for us because he loves us and wants nothing more than for us to love him too — love him enough to place our faith in him.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible…. And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. ~ Hebrews 11:1-3, 6 ESV
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. ~ John 3:16 ESV