From a poster named Chunk:
Ive been reading lots of threads on this forum, and Ive noticed the vast
majority of people are non christian.
In one of the threads it was pointed out that people with a good knowledge of Christianity and the arguements for saying it isnt based on any fact, post here and are Christian.
It would be good to hear from you how you are still Christian after knowing so much about the counter arguements.
At the moment im kind of stuck trying to make my mind up about Christianity.
If you have MSN or something, it would be cool to chat on that.
If so, let me know, thanks.
Thanks for taking the time to PM me - I have been so busy lately that I haven't been posting much.
So - why do I remain a Christian in the face of such "overwhelming evidence" against it and so many really smart people giving such good reasons to give it up?
4 quick things:
1. Purpose vs purposelessness - too many things happen for a reason in my life and in my investigation of natural and human history to align myself with a worldview that promotes fluke causality as the origin of all things.
2. General human ignorance - take a look at history - how many worldviews have been promoted as the answer to the life, the universe and everything only to have the entire cosmology topple with the advent of some new discovery. I am skeptical of objective human understanding and interprative capability. One man's fact today is another man's foolishness later on.
Try this - draw a circle representing all there is to know about the universe, then draw a circle of what you think we [b]really know[/b] about the nature of reality.
Depending on the size of your circle (mine would be a house sized circle for the universe and a molecule sized circle for our knowledge) you will begin to see how precarious it is to depend on human based knowledge as the basis for everything.
3. The "fuzziness" of the past - it is hard enogh to rightly intepret current events as they truly happened - and the lens grows murkier and murkier the further back we look to try and reconstruct forensically the origin of everything, so why should I concur with the atheistic and naturalistic interpretation? I assure you many reasonable and intelligent folk do not.
4. Finally - I firmly believe that once your eyes have been opened to the Truth through the Holy Spirit that you may run from it, but you can never escape it. No matter what the "deconverted" say - faith is a gift from God and true faith is "undeconvertable"! :) That is: it may diminish or grow, but it will never go away.
I encourage you to continue your examination of all things - it is very healthy.
Scripture even says:
1 Thessalonians 5:21
21Test everything. Hold on to the good.
Hope this has been helpful.
In Christ's Love,