A Curious Mix of Confidence and Low Self-Esteem

Since leaving Christianity, I’ve had time to reflect on why some people leave their faith when confronted with issues and why others stay. The reasons are quite varied, of course. And a large part of how people react depends upon how literally they take things in the Bible. I was raised in a very conservative version of Christianity that believed in biblical inerrancy, so much of my criticisms of Christianity come from that. As I was going through my deconversion, I studied with many friends and family, and I was surprised at how differently we ended up dealing with the various problems in scripture. Why did we have such different approaches?

When we believe in God, I think at least part of that belief comes from a position of confidence, maybe even arrogance. Why must there be a God? Well, just look at the complexity of life! And by that, we mean the complexity of humanity. After all, many people reject atheism because it means that life has no higher purpose or meaning. It’s difficult for people to accept that. We’re intelligent enough to know that we’re all going to die, and that’s not a pleasant thought. We feel that our lives have meaning (and to us, they certainly do!), so it’s hard to imagine that death could really be the end. Surely there’s a bigger point to it all! Yet most of us don’t have trouble accepting that when animals die, that’s the end. There’s no soul that lives on. Why do we accept that with animals, but not ourselves?

Beyond just a belief in God, when we hold to a particular religion, we’re employing even more confidence. We’re saying that we know who God is. We have a personal relationship with him, and we believe he has a plan for us. We believe we know what he wants to the extent that we’ll correct those who are doing it wrong. Sometimes, we believe this so wholeheartedly that we’re willing to inflict harm upon those who disagree.

At the same time, there’s a curiously low level of self-esteem among the religious. When we encounter problems in our beliefs, this lack of confidence helps allay doubt and worry by reminding us that the wisdom of God is far superior to the wisdom of man. That we should “lean not” on our own understanding.

The brand of Christianity I came out of used fear to great effect. We believed in a literal Hell, and nothing sells Heaven better than a literal Hell. You can’t afford to deeply question your beliefs if it’s going to land you in a never ending barbeque. And this is where the strange duplicity really comes in: Christianity tells you you’re important because God made you, he loves you, and he has a plan for you. At the same time, you aren’t smart enough to understand some parts of his plan, like why he would promise to destroy Tyre so that it would never be rebuilt, but then didn’t do that. Or how Jesus’ genealogy could be given 3 different ways. Or how he could die at two different times on two different days.

This fear of getting it wrong causes many of us to simply put our heads in the sand and avoid the issues. Though after reading the Parable of the Talents, it’s surprising that any Christian would pursue such a tactic. What’s most ironic is that many Christians believe that people from other religions are required to question their own beliefs so they will turn from them. But why should they expect something of others that they’re unwilling to do themselves?

Of course, not all Christians are this way. And this is something that all people can be guilty of, no matter their worldview. But this curious mix between utter confidence and cripplingly low self-esteem is definitely something that many people struggle with, and they really shouldn’t. If the God they serve really has the qualities they think he does, then they don’t have to be so afraid of asking tough questions. But we’ll talk more about God’s nature and why it should encourage honest inquiry in the next post.

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72 thoughts on “A Curious Mix of Confidence and Low Self-Esteem”

  1. Great read and well said. For someone who is more spiritual than religious it gave me a thing or two to think about. Also, if you don’t mind my asking, what, if any, religion have you converted to?

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  2. I consider myself an agnostic atheist. I don’t believe in a god, but I think it’s possible one could exist.

    Thanks for your comment!

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  3. Nate, have you ever read up on Terror management theory? It explains a lot of about the hows and whys people believe. There’s a related 2003 documentary, Flight from Death, which i think you can see on You tube.

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  4. What’s most ironic is that many Christians believe that people from other religions are required to question their own beliefs so they will turn from them.

    That is a good point. Since leaving Christianity behind myself, it has become strange to me to think that every other religion but mine was wrong and if they only would question theirs they would become Christian.

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  5. Wow, John. I just read the Wikipedia page on TMT and all I can say (again) is WOW. I had never heard of this theory but I’m definitely going to do some research on it.

    I really hate watching YouTube (I’d rather read than watch), but I may break protocol in this instance.

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  6. @Nan… New to me today, too! I was blown away. I’ve watched some clips of the documentary on Youtubby and its brilliant. The experiments they do are mind blowing, and scary.

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  7. I’m watching it right now. EXTREMELY interesting, but so tough to just sit at the computer and watch. Used to have Hulu, but dropped it quite awhile back. sigh

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  8. This was a very thought provoking read. I have often wondered about other religions and if we are all experiencing the same supernatural force and defining it differently. But the various religions are so different from one an other that it seems unlikely to me that the same God could have inspired them all. So the whole topic just tumbles around in my brain unanswered.

    On a side note, I think many people are disturbed by animal death being the end as well. There are many cat and dog lovers that are almost insistent that animals go to heaven.

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  9. I guess I’ll have to buy the book. It has 59 minutes to go and I just can’t stay with it. Wish there was just an audio version — I could have handled that. And it could have been done because most of the images are just for association purposes. Oh well.

    I will say this — it’s a fascinating theory and one that I doubt few could dispute.

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  10. I think religion and belief in anything (deity, sun, spirits, what-have-you) is simply an extension of our innate drive to understand and name the things we see around us. There is something spiritual about us and there are phenomena in the world that defies our current understanding. How we go about learning what those things are defines us as a society. It is too bad that much of that search for understanding has turned into dogma.

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  11. Oh, I had a point, but failed to make it! Here it is: I guess that’s where the disparate characteristics come from. We don’t really know what’s out there (though I am 100% sure there are no supernatural gods), but dang if we don’t have to just pick some explanation so that we can get to the business of living (and controlling those around you).

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  12. “If the God they serve really has the qualities they think he does, then they don’t have to be so afraid of asking tough questions.”

    Love that! I find it interesting as well that many have asked and answered the tough questions, and yet remain in their faith, while others have walked away. I wonder what makes the difference?

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  13. I think that, having been a Christian myself, believing in God is more about humility than low self-esteem. Of course, there are many believers who are not humble at all and manifest arrogance in their belief. But true Christianity is about accepting the grandiosity of God and the limitation of man. I am not sure how atheists perceive humans as far as humility. But I agree when you write that, if God is truly a loving God, then we don’t have to be afraid of asking tough questions.

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  14. Thanks to everyone for all the great comments! And Kent, thanks for bringing up the other side of it. I don’t really talk about it in my post, but there are definitely Christians who haven’t been afraid to ask the tough questions, yet haven’t lost their faith.

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  15. Nate-
    You make really good points. Christianity is difficult to swallow. I find asking the tough questions actually drives me deeper into my faith. I don’t know why that is the case for me, and not for others. In fact, my ex-wife and I went to the same churches for years, hearing the same messages from the same pastors and in the same Bible studies. My faith only deepened with the difficult discussions, while hers began to melt away until she became an atheist. I don’t have answers to all the difficult questions based on Christianity, and I find a lot of things in Scripture difficult to deal with, yet my faith remains. A lot of it is the hope offered, a lot of it is that I’ve found some mysteries easier to conceive given Christianity, but a lot of it, also, really just seems to be that “my faith remains”. Can’t explain it. Thanks for the post, Nate.

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  16. Hey Josh: Hope I can jump in – I appreciate your honest opinion on this one and there isn’t too much I can argue on what you’ve said (of course I could offer opposing viewpoints and possible guesses about my own conclusions of the disparity of belief, but you’ve heard them all before and I’ve heard yours as well.) Truth is it’s people like you who I feel I can have a true dialogue with about the issues, and I also feel that it’s people like you that I can join with in a common goal of trying to make the world a better place. You believe in God – fine with me – sounds like you can respect other viewpoints and like myself you want to be kind to others and build a better world. Our motivations for that might be a bit different (perhaps not as different as we think), but that doesn’t bother me.

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  17. I completely agree with this, Howie! Sometimes, I think I lose sight of that when I get in the weeds in these different posts and comments. But when it’s all said and done, as long as people are tolerant of one another, everything else is a bit irrelevant.

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  18. @Nate

    The brand of Christianity I came out of used fear to great effect.

    This fear of getting it wrong causes many of us to simply put our heads in the sand and avoid the issues.

    One of your best posts to date.

    The two quotes illustrate perfectly how religion has managed to keep its choke hold for so long.

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  19. @Chialpha

    But the various religions are so different from one an other that it seems unlikely to me that the same God could have inspired them all. So the whole topic just tumbles around in my brain unanswered.

    Gods didn’t inspire any of them , in fact.
    But if you replace the God with Man, immediately it makes perfect sense.

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  20. I constantly try to understand or define this idea of what makes people hold on to religion so fervently despite the overwhelming evidence against it. I still wonder what made it difficult for me to even see the problem with religion – or at least take as long as it did to see them.

    I do think that fear is a huge part of it. Fear of being wrong. Fear of being denied heaven and/or God’s approval or favor. Fear of hell. Fear of being arrogant or ungrateful; unrighteous.

    I am fascinated by the controls that Christianity has built into it to keep people in. It reminds me so much of that children’s story, the Emperor’s New Clothes, where everyone was too afraid to standout as the lone fool who couldn’t see such marvelous apparel – even though there was nothing at all but a naked emperor.

    In religion, perhaps people are too afraid to question it because they don’t want to be seen or to be guilty of questioning god, or they do not want to be unrighteous or dishonest – since the righteous and the honest (having that good and honest heart) will follow god and his bible…

    Before I departed the faith I often had questions on different subjects. I’d ask my father or my preacher or some other older and wiser church guy and I’d usually default to their position, thinking that I was just perhaps not wise enough yet to fully comprehend it – but they must be right because they’re older and wiser.

    I’d also see god’s hand in everything. I’d see it when things would go well for me (God blessing me) and when things would go badly (God’s punishment or tests).

    In questions regarding heaven or hell, or why this or why that; I’d typically try not to dwell on. I figured that god just didn’t reveal much about it and so I must use my faith to have patience. Plus, I didn’t want to be guilty of imagining a heaven that was either worse than or better than god’s actual heaven. I didn’t want to be guilty of looking god’s gift horse in the mouth.

    If you want to be godly and righteous you had to do what the bible said. The bible said to be happy, so I said I was happy even when I wasn’t – because it was what I should’ve been. The bible said that you should want to love church since Revelation’s description of heaven is sitting around worshiping god – we say that we loved church – a little note on this point… I actually enjoyed church when I thought I was actually learning things of value, when I thought I was growing in wisdom, but honestly, I get tired of singing after awhile. I get tired of sitting around. And heaven’s descriptions of no pain or discomfort or sorrow don’t actually sound all that great to me. It sounds boring. It’s the lows that make the highs seem better, sort of thing.

    Anyway, the fear of not being worthy of god’s grace, not being worthy of heaven, not being accepted by god, I do think, keep many people in. Questioning god or thinking that you may not really need god or that maybe god hasn’t really done anything for you can produce the fear, that if he’s real, he’s going to be unhappy with your lack of faith.

    The god of the bible demands unconditional love towards him, but doesn’t give it back. The god of the bible wants every effort from you to find him, but won’t or can’t show himself to you – you are forced to imagine your relationship with him – one-sided relationship, held together by fear. When I was a believer, I was afraid consider such things. And according to the bible, living by its moral precepts aren’t enough – you must believe it all and jesus too. It just seems like the bible makes god out to be petty.

    But Ark is right, once you realize the bible is covered in human fingerprints, it makes so much more sense.

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  21. @William

    Outstanding post! I could not have said it better myself.

    The one comment I might make is that while I agree that fear is at the core of belief in God, I do feel there are those who actually believe God is a good God. Their belief in him is more about his protection against harm, his concern for their well-being, his overall blessings on their life. Of course, when push comes to shove (like when one is staring death in the face), there is little doubt that fear becomes the prevalent factor..

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  22. William,

    Those are all very good points – many of which did keep me within Christianity even when things were looking not quite right.

    I think some other things can be in play as well – like the fact that the alternative worldviews seem either the same as or worse than the Christian worldview (such as other religions), and the non-theistic worldview just seems to leave us with too many unanswered questions and uncertainty about questions which are very important to us. At some point though I realized that saying “I don’t have definitive answers to those difficult questions” was more honest for me than picking a religion which says it does have the answers revealed by ancient superstitious people who seemed to have gotten a bunch of other things wrong. It doesn’t feel good to say “I don’t know” but I’d rather not pretend to know when I don’t.

    Another thing for me was the encouragement I got from others that they somehow knew God and had some relationship with Him. I kept thinking that something like that was going to happen to me but it never did.

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  23. Howie, I’m curious. Why does it bother you to say “I don’t know”? To me, that’s so totally honest — even if you’re a Christian.

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  24. Hey Nan,

    If you were to ask me how many solar systems there are or other questions which really aren’t very important to my life then saying “I don’t know” doesn’t bother me at all. But when they are questions that are very important to me then I’d really like to know the answers more definitively.

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  25. Just a couple of quick things:

    Josh, thanks for your comments — it’s great to hear from you!

    Ark, thanks for your comments too. Your point to chialphagirl was spot-on, and your compliment to me was much appreciated!

    William, brilliantly stated point. These sentences in particular really resonated with me:

    The god of the bible demands unconditional love towards him, but doesn’t give it back. The god of the bible wants every effort from you to find him, but won’t or can’t show himself to you – you are forced to imagine your relationship with him – one-sided relationship, held together by fear.

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  26. You know Nan there’s a distinction that just clicked for me in your question. It’s more that “not knowing” is what bothers me not the “saying I don’t know” part (although I’m sure there is also peer pressure involved that causes discomfort in “saying” it publicly too – but that doesn’t bother me near as much the actual not knowing part). Do you not care at all about the big questions of life? You may be much like my wife – she says “why don’t you just live your life and quit thinking about stuff you’ll never know the answer to”. 🙂

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  27. @Howie

    I don’t know that I would go so far as the comment of your wife because I do like to investigate and research — even if I may not find answers that satisfy me. But I can see her point because I do think some people carry it too far (not to say that describes you).

    As for saying or admitting that I don’t know? It doesn’t bother me in the slightest. For example, I don’t know how the universe was formed, I don’t know why I’m a part of it, I don’t know what will happen to me (if anything) when I leave this world (“the big questions of life”). I may form ideas and opinions about such stuff, but I doubt I’ll ever find the answers during my lifetime. I guess I just accept that.

    As far as religious/spiritual matters, I find the subject fascinating. Over the years, I have accepted and rejected numerous perspectives. At the same time, many are still in the “not knowing” category … and that’s what keeps me seeking for the “truth.”

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  28. Sounds like a very healthy perspective Nan! Wish I could be as comfortable with uncertainty. Yeah, my wife tends to be on the other extreme end of things as far as caring or thinking about this kind of stuff goes, and fact is she’s one of the happiest people I know. I always say she is much wiser than me (she picked me after all didn’t she! 😉 ) – seriously though I’m a very lucky guy.

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  29. “What’s most ironic is that many Christians believe that people from other religions are required to question their own beliefs so they will turn from them. But why should they expect something of others that they’re unwilling to do themselves?”

    Exactly. This is what got to me in the end (of my faith). When a Christian, I certainly expected people of other religions to question, hoping that once they questioned it would be made quite clear to them the error of their thinking and ways. Of course, when I finally put myself to the same test, I saw the error was mine too.

    Thanks for this post, Nate.

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  30. Thanks Jbars!

    I went through the same thing. And it’s been hard for me to understand why so few of my ex-brethren don’t seem to get that. Have they really never thought about how hard it would be for someone to jettison a long-held belief system? Once I realized how hard it is to do that, how much information is required, and how few people really try it, the whole idea that a god actually wanted that from each individual began to seem ridiculous to me.

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  31. I would say most Christians never even think about leaving the faith so they have no idea how hard the process actually is. Besides, why would they? It’s so much safer to stay in church and hang onto the idea of a happy and joyful afterlife.

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  32. Yeah, I’ve actually known that for a while. 🙂 In fact, even before you went to Africa, since you wrote about working at the Space Center. I used to go to Huntsville for business quite a lot a few years ago. I know the city pretty well. One of my favorite places in town is The Deep comic shop off South Memorial.

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  33. Hey William-
    “The god of the bible demands unconditional love towards him, but doesn’t give it back. The god of the bible wants every effort from you to find him, but won’t or can’t show himself to you – you are forced to imagine your relationship with him – one-sided relationship, held together by fear.”

    The god you describe here is not the God I believe in. My faith and trust in Him is not motivated by fear, but awe and gratitude for what He has already done. I know you and I disagree on whether Jesus accomplished what scripture teaches, but my belief, based on what I know and experience, is that He did. I love God (imperfectly, to be sure) because of what He did and the love He shows, not, as you say, while believing He doesn’t give love Himself. You have rejected a very different god than the one I believe in and trust. I would reject your former god as well.

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  34. Josh, that’s cool. I reject the god of the bible because of the way the bible portrays him. where can I learn about your god?

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  35. Hi Josh,

    Everyone has their own perspective on this, and although you addressed this to William I’d like to share my own.

    There are many different descriptions of a God or “gods” that I have considered, but none of them seem to exist given both my own experience as well as the fact that the evidence for them only seems to me to rise to the level of anecdotal. My main point here is just that I have considered versions of God that include yours as well as even those you yourself have likely not thought of. I believe a lot of atheists have done this as well. Again their existence is simply doubtful to me.

    Now, as far as versions go there are many that truly are loving (given the definition of loving that parents and actually all of us really understand). The God of a lot of Unitarian Universalists is a God who loves absolutely everyone in the world and does not put any limits on that love (e.g. It does not say that if you don’t realize It exists before you die then you will be cast away). It might punish people temporarily but only for their betterment (just like parents do with children). This kind of God would be an extremely wonderful surprise for me if ever in my life (or after if that kind of thing is possible) I came to believe it existed. I have no reason to reject a God like that – I just don’t think it exists. From our last discussion I got the feeling you were leaning toward belief in this kind of God, but I don’t think you’ve gotten there.

    I think the God of your belief does cast some of it’s creation away into a sad place forever. This is an unkind and scary God to me. If I truly came to believe in a God like this, I’d have reservations, because to be perfectly honest a God like that seems to me to be a God that has evil in It, and I do not want to be on the side of an evil God. I know this sounds blasphemous, but if you found out that Allah really was the true God then perhaps you might have some reservations as well given that there are some things in the Koran that do seem a bit evil (although they could be interpreted differently as everything could of course).

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  36. Nate, William, Howie-
    “He sent His only son…”

    “While we were yet sinners, He died for us”

    Jesus’ grace and peace provide incredible comfort in all times, different than what I suppose other gods would provide. The God of Jesus promises to walk with us as we walk through the fire. In my experience, He has and does.

    I find this God in the way Jesus presented Himself to those who were broken, those who didn’t believe or understand Him, and, also, the numerous descriptions of God’s love in Paul, which is consistently presented as being given to us before we make any response.

    Howie, I’m not altogether convinced that God does not operate in the way you describe your god of “wonderful surprise”. I think tradition and lots of controlling influences in church history have tried to dampen the scandal of grace that is offered by God through Jesus. If you’re interested, read Robert Farrar Capon’s ‘Between Noon and Three’ and ‘The Mystery of Christ’ and ‘The Parables of the Kingdom, Grace and Judgment’.

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  37. But how is Jesus’ grace and peace made manifest? How has he walked with you? In other words, what can you point to as an illustration of this support you get from Jesus that can’t be explained by any other way? Or wasn’t actually support you received from another flesh-and-blood person?

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  38. Nate-
    I think any example I give could be explained another way by someone else. My faith does not preclude God working through people. In fact, scripture presents God as almost always working through people. How do you come to the conclusion that God doesn’t work through people?

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  39. Because I’ve never been given reason to believe otherwise.

    If someone does something kind for me, or comforts me when I’m in a bad spot, I know their kind response came from them. I may not know all the reasons that motivated them, but that doesn’t change where the support came from. Even if they believe God told them to help me, it doesn’t make their belief true.

    I think when people attribute such positive things to God, it speaks much more to their preconceptions than it does the quality of whatever they’re attributing to him.

    For instance, the Mesha Stele (also called the Moabite Stone) is an ancient relic from Palestine. It’s a stone monolith that was carved during the reign of Mesha, King of Moab. He reigned at the same time that Omri of Israel reigned. What’s fascinating about this inscription is that it tells of all the victories and defeats that Mesha had as king, and it attributes all of it — both good and bad — to Chemosh, the Moabite god.

    Now you and I don’t believe Chemosh is a real god at all. But to the Moabites, he was very real. And if we could ask the Moabites why they believed in Chemosh, they would no doubt point to all the good and bad things that happened to Mesha. “When Chemosh was pleased with Mesha, he rewarded him with wealth and victory. When Chemosh was angry with Mesha, he plagued him with defeats as a test.”

    In fact, there’s no reason to think any of the events recounted in the Mesha Stele needed any divine intervention whatsoever. But if you lived at that time, and you believed in Chemosh, the “evidence” of his favor or displeasure was all around you.

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  40. Josh, I’m having trouble. We’re talking about god and you, like a christian (not being critical), are using bible scripture to make your points… so let’s back up.

    What convinces you that the bible is god’s book and not just some collections of superstitious ancient writers?

    Don tell me because it tells of jesus – that’s not an answer. That would be like saying Bram Stoker’s Dracula was real because it spoke of Dracula – the creature that we don’t think exists. So, is there any real evidence, like something tangible you can point to?

    I ask, because I think there are tangible things I can point to that show it isnt.

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  41. William-
    I’m sure there’s no reason I could give you that you haven’t already heard. Evidence, reasoning, etc. If you want you can look at Lee Strobel or Josh McDowell’s work to see the reasons that are convincing to me. I’ve shared a lot of those on this blog, and am well aware that you and Nate and many others don’t agree with my conclusions. And, I’m not trying to convince either of you to believe what I do. I felt like throwing in a different perspective. I come here to read what others believe and why, and I’ve been trying to mostly just read lately and not intrude so much on the discussion since I think I’ve contributed, in terms of discussing evidence, all that I’m capable of contributing. So, just adding my two cents 🙂

    Howie-
    I’d say The Mystery of Christ. Between Noon and Three is a very close second, though.

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  42. Nate:

    Ah, the Deep… my conversion into the realm of comic books has been sudden and vigorous over the last year, so I’m becoming fairly familiar with that place. I wonder if you went to the Rock then at some point? Big non-denom church right next to it. I could see your Pre-Christian self having maybe dropped by there, but maybe that’s just a wild speculation. If I randomly bump into you now though, at least I won’t find it quite as bewildering hah!

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  43. Nate,

    Thanks for another thoughtful post. Having read through the comments, I find much with which I can identify. I can fully understand why so many people who ask honest questions would come to the conclusion that Christianity and other theistic belief systems are meant to control rather than illuminate.

    In my quest for answers I never really considered atheism because of the amount of evidence pointing to an intelligent source for the cosmos. From a deistic base I sought answers to why the human experience is what it is. The only model that I have found that seems to make any sense of this, is one that includes a reality outside of time and space. This spiritual realm is a part of our reality that cannot be fully understood until it is experienced.

    It seems plausible that because of a past rebellion against our Creator, our life form lacks the capacity to exist in both the physical and spiritual realms at the same time. Although having been created in the image with the capacity to be like God, we have yet to experience our full potential. If we survive the death of our bodies and enter into this spiritual realm where we are fully illumined, then all of the questions are answered. In the context of realizing our potential for eternal life in communion with each other and our Creator, the experiences we had in our initial life take on a new perspective.

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  44. @Page28

    No, I never went to the Rock, though I think I know which building you’re talking about. Unfortunately, I don’t get up to Huntsville much anymore. But next time I do, I’ll give you a heads up. Maybe we can grab lunch or something!

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  45. Marc, thanks for the comment!

    You bring up an interesting idea. And who knows? You may be on to something.

    For me, the complexity of the cosmos does not necessitate a god. I don’t know what came before the Big Bang, and I’m not sure what set it off. But I tend to think that whatever it was was natural.

    We assume that the default state of nature would be nothingness, even though we can’t experience such a thing. Even space isn’t nothing. But everything we’ve ever experienced has needed a cause of some kind, so it’s only natural we would assume the same about the existence of the universe. I just don’t know how we would test such a thing, so I’m uncomfortable making any assumptions about it.

    Most people, when talking about God, don’t limit him to the “prime mover” definition. Much more is implied: a personality, supernatural powers, omnipotence, an eternal existence, etc. But since I’ve never experienced anything supernatural, it’s hard for me to actually believe that such a being exists. I’m honestly more comfortable saying “I don’t know.” And even if such a being exists, I think he’d be okay with my answer, since he hasn’t given me any real reasons to feel differently.

    But I do think your idea about it is pretty cool. If I wake up to find my consciousness going on after I’m dead, I’ll be pleasantly surprised. 🙂

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  46. Nate,

    I think your approach of honest inquiry and not judging or condemning those with whom you do not agree with is healthy and helpful. If all theists, deists, and atheists followed your example, this world would be a lot better off.

    I am confident that whenever your direct encounter with the Creator does takes place, He will indeed be ok with your answer and actions (see Romans 2:14-16).

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  47. That’s fine with me. And I do have friends in your area, so I’ll keep you in mind when I’m down there. Totally understand why Christianity is all the buzz on your blog now knowing the state we share hah.

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  48. From infancy we are all ingrained with the concept of a mother and/or father watching over us. To the billions of people this concept never leaves them. This would be one reason why people might continue to believe in a God.

    Another reason would be that many people have a sub-standard quality of life. If this is as good as it gets, there must surely be something better that awaits them in an afterlife. This was a later concept in Judaism when they were constantly being persecuted and held in exile .

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  49. @kcchief1 — Very good points. I also feel that some people are very “down on themselves” and thus feel the need of a forgiving God, as exemplified in the New Testament.

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