I hope you all enjoyed the article I posted yesterday about prayer and its effect on healing in the medical field. I also hope you took the eleven minutes or so to watch the video posted above: “10 Questions Every Intelligent Christian Must Answer.
By now you may be feeling several different emotions. You may be angry at the video, in deep thought, or downright questioning your faith.
I encourage you to do none of the above.
It’s good to question the bible and some of the aspects of Christianity. Think about school and learning in general. Teachers say that no question is a dumb question. If you do not understand, then ask. The same holds true to religion. If you are unsure of something, ask someone who may have the answer and then decide for yourself whether or not it’s logical.
It’s also important to remember that religion, like knowledge, is ever expanding and always changing. You can never learn enough, so consequently, you’ll never learn it all. While Christianity is consider “the truth,” it’s important to remember that we’ll never fully understand why on earth. Sure, we’ll believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins and was resurrected, but will we have ever answer about theology? Of course not.
The problem with the article I posted yesterday and the video today, is that both examples attempt to prove something we’ll never fully understand. God is not present on earth in a literal form so we cannot fully understand him. If you believe in Christianity, you do believe God appeared in human form through Jesus -but he is long gone (again, in a literal sense).
In John 20:29, Jesus tells the doubting Thomas who finally believed through sight, “Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”
I do believe there is a little Thomas in all of us.
The problem is we want to explain, prove, pr disprove something that is not evident.
Why do other non-believers spend time and energy trying to disprove religion and Christianity more specifically?
I like to call it a moral obligation.
Which brings us to our conscience.
The conscience is perhaps the biggest loophole in fully understanding evolution. Sure, there is some evidence that points to this theory. Apes for example, are very intelligent, especially for an animal. Yet, we cannot prove whether or not they have a conscience.
I personally believe they do not and is the single biggest factor that separates humans from animals.
Animals are all about instinct and survival. It’s all about when the next meal will arrive and how will I get it.
Humans operate on such a higher plane.
So, the question becomes, if you believe like I do, how did humans receive a conscience? Was it merely by mistake and chance as evolution leads us or was some divine influence behind it all?
Faith is the evidence of the unseen.
If you believe in a God, then you automatically trust in something that is unknown to all of the human senses. The problem with non-believers is that they want to fill their spiritual side with facts and that defeats the process altogether.
I firmly believe that every human is blessed with physical traits, mental capacity, and a spiritual guide. The first two are a given. The spiritual side is up for debate. While some people may disagree, you would be hard pressed to find a logical argument. If individuals are not practicing religion, what are they doing in their free time to fill the spiritual side?
Yoga? Writing? Intellectual conversation about our purpose?
The problem with non-believers is that they want the answers when science does not even prove everything. Keep in mind that a “theory” in science is based on a series of experiments and studies that leads us to a final conclusion. The conclusion is up to debate and not bullet proof. In fact, some popular theories were and will continue to get disproved by newer and “more logical” theories. Does evolution fit under that bill? How about The Big Bang? Only time will tell.
I really believe that the majority of us believe in something more than just this universe. I use the term atheist a lot, but in all fairness, there are a lot more deists and other forms of “I think there is a God, but where he is or what he is doing is beyond me” in the world.
What’s ironic is these people are almost admitting, “Yes, there must be more to this world than just this, but I refuse to believe or acknowledge the God behind it all.”
These people understand that they’re specially crafted human beings and that there is more to this world, yet they refuse to compromise.
Instead they blindly search for all of the answers. They are fools who do not understand that nothing in this world is pure.
We’ll never have all the answers. The boredom…and danger of knowing everything is deadly. What would be the point in living if we had all the answers? Say there was no God. Would anything really make sense on this planet? What would be the point in rules, morals, and ethics when no consequences existed?
Some may argue that we could finally set our eyes on chasing money, fame, and power because that’s all that really matters. ALL THAT REALLY MATTERS! Have you seen the majority of celebrities in our culture? Most of them look incredibly unhappy. A lot of them are battling drug and alcohol addictions. Has anybody read Brian Welch’s story?
When will we get it through our heads that money and power cannot buy happiness?
Yet if we do not believe in a deity we automatically conform to earthly standards of living and success - which are money, power, and fame. ‘Cause you have to live for something, right?
Tomorrow I will tackle all of the questions posed in the video posted at the top of the page. I will attempt to give “some rationalization” or “invent an excuse on God’s behalf” to defend Christianity.
I will attempt to become intelligent, despite the misconception that Christians are obviously dumb and ignorant. I will attempt to answer questions from the ‘grand master’ who obviously thinks he is very intelligent despite the well known principle that anyone who is wise is humble.
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