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11 comments | Thursday, September 15, 2005

I noticed a prevalent phenomenon. That’s right—I said phenomenon! It seems that there is a common conception that Christians must check their brains at the door before entering the church building. When picturing this, I imagine a big mobster in a black pinstripe suit collecting the brains of Christians on a huge offering plate. Some how, everyone (in general) thinks Christianity is irrational and to even suggest that Christianity is true with a capital “T” is ridiculous and can be reduced to wishful thinking.

First, as a Christian, I don’t think that Christianity can be “proven” with all certainty. If it was such a clear cut case, everyone would be a Christian. I could be wrong about Christianity, but one must investigate and make the most sensible conclusion from the evidence. I do; however, think that it is more reasonable to believe in Christianity than anything else. I am not just emoting and wishing that Christianity is true. I think that there is good reason to believe so. The problem is, nobody checks it out, or tests the claims of Christianity. More often than not, I suspect, people just repeat the slogans drifting through he market place of ideas without really reflecting and investigating them. People just repeat what others say; just like a parrot.

Part of the problem is our [Christians] own fault. I have to say, most Christians don’t know nothing about nothing! This is especially true when it comes to defending Christianity. I don’t have all the answers, but I do know why I believe. I see Christians get clobbered by fancy clichés and “parrot” talk. But the Christian fails to engage these challenges and often retreats to “it’s just true for me.”

I think I have heard just about every argument against Christianity there is. Some arguments are really challenging, but most are trivial and are answered without difficulty. It is not my point to blog all day about different arguments; or make a case for Christianity—that might be a blog(s) for another day. I only want to state that Christianity is intellectual, scientifically compatible and true. There are many brilliant people out there who do not believe Christianity is true, but their dissent, I believe (at least in general), is for poor reasons.

As I stated above, I could be wrong, but nobody has given me sufficient reason, in so far as I can tell, to recant my belief in Jesus Christ. If Christianity is false, I want to know. I don’t want to waste my life on meaningless piety, but my convictions (rational and emotional) tell me otherwise.

Why go through life without thinking about what’s most important; go back to the mobster and get your brain back if you have given it up…

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Blogger Nosey said...

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9/15/2005 12:47 PM

Blogger execution said...

Hi. I'm back! Speaking of parrots...I found a quote you might like....
Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn't have said.
I like that one. Hmmm, your post sounds logical but I'll stick with my theories.

9/21/2005 10:39 AM

Blogger execution said...

It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God, but to create him.
- Arthur C. Clarke

9/21/2005 3:19 PM

Blogger Beowulf said...

I like that quote (in execution's comment). I have two kids (2 & 4 years old); so I can definitely attest to its validity. Also, theories are good, but be sure to give yourself a reality check every once and a while.

Here is an interesting quote:

“It is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong.”

Thomas Jefferson

9/21/2005 8:48 PM

Blogger Beowulf said...

Response for “execution”: Regarding Arthur C. Clarke’s quote, you can’t create what is already there. If God is not real; then man created God, but if God is real; then God created man. So is God real? Investigate…

9/21/2005 8:58 PM

Blogger execution said...

So, when they say "He is, He was, and He always will be," is that what you are saying? Or is this more like which came first, the chicken or the egg? If it's the first - okay, then. If it's the latter, then I guess "That is the question," isn't it?

Here is a good quote:

"I don't believe in afterlife, so I don't have to spend my whole life fearing hell, or fearing heaven even more. For whatever the tortures of hell, I think boredom of heaven woud be even worse."

- Isaac Asimov

9/22/2005 5:08 PM

Blogger execution said...

Oh, those terrible two's and four's. You have my sympathy.... and my congratulations. I don't have kids, but I know lots of people who do. I think they are miracles. Good luck!

"By the time a man realizes maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who think's he's wrong."

- Charles Wadsworth

9/22/2005 5:24 PM

Blogger Beowulf said...

He is, He was, and He always will be: This is a classic representation of Gods timelessness. God, by definition, is infinite; therefore, he is outside the realm of time. A lot of people say “if God created everything, who created God?” Nobody did. He is just there—always has been.

Isaac Asimov quote: perhaps he should brush up on Biblical teachings of heaven and hell—if the teachings are true, he is in for an abrupt surprise.

9/22/2005 7:12 PM

Blogger execution said...

Isaac Asimov: What teachings? I kinda agree with his view, but I think that heaven is different for everyone - it's whatever you want it to be.

9/23/2005 4:35 AM

Blogger Beowulf said...

Why would you believe something like that? Sure, that would be nice to “create your own reality,” but it’s just not the case. We don’t just create our own Math. 2 + 2 = 4, regardless of who you are, or when you lived. Look, If Christianity is true, God created heaven and hell; you don’t get to make it yourself.

9/23/2005 9:02 AM

Blogger execution said...

Like I said - whatever floats your boat. It's just one of the things that I believe. Just keep in mind that I'm not a christian. So, my beliefs probably won't be the same as yours. But I still like investigating other religions. It's fun.

Why do I believe that? It's a good question. You know how you said that God just is? Well, I just do. But if you really want to get in depth, just say the word. Actually, I think I answered this question in your latest entry. Read that and then let me know if you have anymore questions.

9/23/2005 1:33 PM


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