Posts Tagged ‘agnosticism’

Reasons Not to Believe

February 17, 2016

People who work in the field of Apologetics are very smart people.  Apologetics is the field of study involving reasons to believe.  Christians in the apologetics ministry present a lawyer’s case of evidence for the truth of the Christian message, so no one need be asked to accept Christ with “blind faith”.   Questions are answered based on evidence, historical evidence, archaeological evidence, textual evidence and the like.  However, the biggest surprise for many in the field is why, after being presented with so much evidence supporting the claims of Christ, evidence beyond a reasonable doubt, some people still won’t believe.

Jesus answered that question.  Jesus said:  “There is no eternal doom awaiting those who trust him (Christ) to save them.  But those who don’t trust him have already been tried and condemned for not believing in the only Son of God.  Their sentence is based on this fact:  that the Light from heaven came into the world, but they loved the darkness more than the Light, for their deeds were evil.  They hated the heavenly Light because they wanted to sin in the darkness.  They stayed away from that Light for fear their sins would be exposed and they would be punished.”  John 3:18-21.

Augustine knew and understood the truth about Jesus before he finally gave in to it.  He was involved in a sinful lifestyle and didn’t want to give up his enjoyment of that right away.  I once knew a man who had an adulterous affair going and didn’t want to give up the woman, so he would say he “didn’t know” anything about God, and didn’t think anyone could know.  That was in spite of once professing faith.  Not all of the reasons for unbelief are intellectual.  If there are sincere questions about matters of faith, then the apologist can work.

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There is a God

March 6, 2014

I have heard probably 90% of the philosophical arguments for and against the idea of God.  I believe God, but not because of any philosophical arguments.  I have thoroughly studied the accounts of Jesus and His followers.  I have studied these accounts for their historical accuracy and find they are equal to or more reliable that any other history from that era, or even more recent eras.  The accounts of Jesus life and that of His followers contain so many miraculous events that nothing can explain them except God was in these things.  I also look at some particularly majestic or beautiful place in nature, and I just know God made that.  Evolution just can’t explain the culmination of all the things that had to happen together.  It takes more blind faith to believe it all happened by chance than to accept that God made it.  Then there is answered prayer.  When I have called out to God, He has answered me.  The ways are unique and personal.  Things happen that cannot be explained.  Coincidences that have a personal mark, meaningful to me, just happen when I pray.  

I personally think that disbelief in God comes from wanting autonomy.  Unbelievers don’t want to admit they do not wish to be subject to anyone, not even God.  They want to be free to set their own standards of right and wrong based upon their own personal value system.  Of course, if one believes they are in charge of their lives, they have no hope of help or of life beyond this realm.  It is truly a high cost for autonomy.  

Beloved Unbelievers

August 8, 2009

It is so hard to watch  loved ones stubbornly persist in their agnosticism.  They insist God is unknowable, yet we suspect they don’t really care to know Him.  We watch them continually turn away from even the possibility of a personal God and wonder if their death will eternally freeze them in position with their backs turned to God.  They will never see all they were made for.  They will be lost, alone, without hope.  Knowing every day is one day less for choosing God, watching them is like watching a child play on the freeway.  They’ve had their close calls, and if they don’t make a move it will eventually be too late.

What Came First?

April 3, 2008

I’ve often wondered how an atheist goes down the path of atheism.  Do young people set out to discover for themselves the truth concerning God’s existence, examine the evidence and decide the preponderance of the evidence weighs against the existence of God?  Do they then, facing the existential loneliness, comfort themselves with their newfound freedom from any external restraints and at least enjoy that exhilaration?  Or do they, like many adolescents, highly resent any external restraints on what they want to do, throw them off, and then find intellectual arguments against the existence of God?  At least one agnostic admits to the second way.  Aldous Huxley, a man who sought after many things except God stated:

“For myself, as, no doubt, for most of my contemporaries, the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation.  The liberation we desired was simultaneously liberation from a certain political and economic system and liberation from a certain system of morality.  We objected to the morality because it interfered with our sexual freedom; we objected to the political and economic system because it was unjust.  The supporters of these systems claimed that in some way they embodied the meaning (a Christian meaning, they insisted) of the world.  There was one admirably simple method of confuting these people and at the same time justifying ourselves in our political and erotic revolt:  We could deny that the world had any meaning whatsoever.”  From Ends and Means