About

Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is truth.
— Aristotle

I started this blog at the end of 2006, when I was a fundamentalist Christian. During 2010, I posted no articles, because I was in the midst of studying my way out of my religion. At the beginning of that year, I ran across articles that pointed out where the Book of Daniel contained inaccurate historical information. As I studied to try to disprove those claims, I found that the evidence actually came in against the Bible’s inspiration, not in support of it. That led me into further studies about the prophecy fulfillment issues, the internal inconsistencies, the historical and scientific inaccuracies, and all the problems involved in selecting and assembling the various manuscripts. And then, of course, there are all the problems with Christianity’s doctrines, not to mention the philosophical considerations.

Coming to terms with all of that information was incredibly difficult, especially since my wife and I were raising three young children. We eventually reached a point where we knew we could no longer call ourselves Christians, and we did not want to raise our children under a set of beliefs that we felt were false. But this presented even more problems for us, since our families were strictly observant Christians who believed they had to sever relationships with any who left the faith.

This blog discusses how I navigated my way out of faith, and it illustrates how religion can actually be very damaging, even though most people assume it’s helpful, or at least innocuous. In the beginning, this blog was intended as a beacon to help draw people closer to Christ, but now I use it to help undo some of the falsehoods I helped spread as a Christian. You’ll find some of my more substantial posts linked below.

About the Blog’s Title

“Finding Truth” is a goal — an aspiration. I’m not claiming to have found truth; this blog simply represents my ongoing goal of reaching it.

Why Do I Blog?

A Brand New Direction
Why Do I Blog?
What Have I Gained? (by leaving Christianity)

The Story of My Deconversion

Start here: How It Happened: My Deconversion Part 1

On Withdrawal

Withdrawal Part 1: My Situation
Withdrawal Part 2: Doctrinal Considerations

Skeptical Bible Study

Skeptical Bible Study: The Book of Daniel
Family Ties: Nebuchadnezzar, Nabonidus, Belshazzar, and Nitocris
Skeptical Bible Study: Tower of Babel
The Book of Job: Serious or Satire?
“Times of Ignorance”
Bloody Well Right
Romans 9: A Divine and Fickle Dictator
Jewish Disciples Wouldn’t Have Created the Idea of a Resurrection?

Prophecy Failures

Does the Bible Contain True Prophecies?
Prophecy Part 1: Introduction
Prophecy Part 2: Throne Forever
Prophecy Part 3: Egypt & Rachel
Prophecy Part 4: Triumphal Entry
Prophecy Part 5: Virgin Birth
Prophecy Part 6: Tyre (You can also check out this post: This City Doesn’t Exist)
Prophecy Part 7: Isaiah 53 & Psalm 22
Prophecy Part 8: Conclusion
Cities Without Walls

Series on the Prophecy of Tyre

Part 1: The Prophecy at Face Value
Part 2: A Brief History of Tyre
Part 3: Mainland or Island?
Part 4: The Details
Part 5: Final Thoughts
Tyre by the Numbers

Contradictions in the Bible

Contradictions Part 1: Introduction
Contradictions Part 2: Two Examples
Contradictions Part 3: Brief Examples
Contradictions Part 4: Hares Chewing the Cud
Contradictions Part 5: Out of Egypt
Contradictions Part 6: Jesus’s Genealogy
Contradictions Part 7: Judas
Contradictions Part 8: The Crucifixion
Contradictions Part 9: The Resurrection
Contradictions Part 10: Conclusion
Contradiction: Was There a Sojourn in Egypt or Not?

The Problem With Hell

The Importance of Hell
The Problem of Hell Part 1: Textual Issues
The Problem of Hell Part 2: Logical Issues

The Problem of Evil

The Problem of Evil

Morality

Is Color Objective or Subjective?
Objective Rock Music
The Bible’s Morality
Why, as an Atheist, Do I Value Morality?
What About My Children?

Miscellaneous Aricles

The Big Picture
Why Some People Believe the Bible (And Why the Reasons Aren’t Good Enough)
Frustrated
God Made Us This Way — It’s Only Reasonable He’d Be Angry About It
Letter To Kathy (the Bible Has Problems)
Love and Compulsion
Is It Fair to Expect Inerrancy from the Bible?

295 thoughts on “About”

  1. Sure thing Portal! No pressure. Just thought that added some extra information that might be helpful if you find the time. I linked to the debate because I think it’s important to try and see and understand all different opposing viewpoints.

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  2. It took me this long to find out how to follow you on here, for years i been following you in email, but i missed quiet a few interesting articles some of which i could not find today, wrongly thought i would catch up. here is one- okay, i just always hoped and assumed that someday i would know the truth and the truth would set me free. I was listening to this country song on television, he said that sometimes the truth does not set you free, lolololololol, whewwww!!!! What a nightmare, I never even considered that possibility, lolololol. Ouch, that is the very definition of Hell, a nightmare indeed.

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  3. Thanks for the heads up, John! I’ll check it out.

    Hi ratamacue0 — thanks for the compliments on my blog! I’m looking forward to checking out your blog. I’ve only skimmed through your post so far, but I can see that you’re in a crisis of faith at the moment. Having been there myself, I can sympathize! Good luck as you study your way through it.

    Since you’ve commented on my About page, you’ve probably seen the links I have above to the major things that contributed to my loss of faith. Feel free to check those posts out if you think they may help you in some way. And if you haven’t run across it yet, you might also enjoy http://bittersweetend.wordpress.com. Marcus started that blog a few years ago to document his own crisis of faith, so you may find it interesting.

    Feel free to comment here any time, and I’ll definitely be commenting on your own blog soon. Take care!

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  4. @ratamacue0 — just so you know, I commented on your blog, but it will likely get caught in your spam. You’ll probably have to approve it, because I had 3 links in it.

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  5. @John

    Thanks for the link to that article. I commented this morning, and I assume he’ll it. But just in case he doesn’t, this is what I said:

    Hi there, herose4grace

    I enjoyed your post. It’s obviously well thought out and well researched. I was completely with you right up until the last paragraph. Let me try to explain my thought process a little bit, but my goal will be to remain respectful of you, your beliefs, and the aesthetic you’re trying to maintain on your blog. I’m only looking for a rational, respectful conversation.

    The majority of your post dove into the details of theodicies that deal with the problem of evil, and you exposed the faults in all of them. You seemed to settle (as I used to) on the notion that all will be made right in the end. As Paul said, our light affliction pales in comparison to the glory that will be revealed in us at Judgment. But what about those who aren’t Christians? I’m not sure what you believe about Hell, but most Christians that I know view it as everlasting punishment for non-Christians. As you said in your comment to John, atheists have not been given the kind of understanding that Christians share. But if that understanding would save us from Hell, doesn’t our lack of it implicate God in what will befall us?

    Back to the problem of evil, you suggested to John that the difference between Earth and Heaven is that the forces of darkness are allowed to influence us here on Earth, but won’t be able to in Heaven. Doesn’t this still revive the problem of evil? If Human nature is such that we would not sin if not influenced by the forces of evil, then is it fair to punish any human for their sins? Why did God allow us to be influenced by forces that would damn us eternally, when he could have prevented all of it? Doesn’t he become much like the man watching his friend drown that you referred to in your post?

    Thanks again for the opportunity to discuss this with you as a fellow truth-seeker.

    All the best,

    Nate

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  6. While you sight some empirical evidence that contradicts the biblical account, it is my opinion that your evidence is man-made as mine is divinely inspired. That being said, it is ok for a man to believe in a man if that is the desire. Yet, I believe the messasge in Daniel, the entire book, is that we have a choice to believe in the God of the Bible or not, and as a result of our choices there are consequences. So my faith is not wavering, but I respect the fact that you have put your faith in mankind. It is not one’s place to decide for another, but it is one’s place to decide for one’s self on any issue. Just when a decision is made, the consequences are owned by the decision maker and not anybodyelse. Please do use the argument that the Bible was written by men. This is true, however, the written words are holy and divinely inspired by God. I do not waver on that.

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  7. Steve, I know you’re addressing Nate, but I’d like to offer some thoughts I have on this. At some point I just don’t see how any of us can avoid the reliance on human reasoning. Indeed many theists don’t toss out all human reasoning as useless. We could claim that all correct reasoning comes from a divine entity but the problem with this is that anyone can claim divine inspiration for whatever particular reasoning or claim that they want. As just one example, when the Mormons tell me that their faith is divinely inspired and the Christians tell me that a divine entity has informed them that Mormonism is incorrect then the term divinely inspired ends up being unhelpful.

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  8. Hi Steve,

    I appreciate your comment and the kindness with which you gave it. In the end, I have the same view as Howie. I think you and I are both relying on men. After all, you didn’t personally meet the writers of the Bible, nor do you really know who they are. You’re trusting their claims in the same way that we tend to trust the claims of trusted news anchors, scientists, or even (if we’re feeling especially gracious) politicians. But as Howie said, sometimes people mislead us. Often, they’re not even aware that they’re misleading us. They may honestly believe what they’re saying, but they could still be wrong. In each instance, we weigh various factors to decide whether or not we believe what they’re saying.

    So when it comes down to it, there are specific reasons that you find the writers of the Bible to be believable, just as there are specific reasons why I don’t find them believable. But that’s our real difference. It’s not that I’ve decided to listen to men and you’ve decided to listen to the divine (and you may not have even been making that statement — I’m just using it as a clarifying point); we’re both listening to a multitude of people and making our judgments about whom is most trustworthy. If you’d ever like to discuss why you think the Bible is actually divinely inspired, you’re always welcome here!

    Thanks again for your comment 🙂

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  9. Hi Nate,

    “I’m in my mid thirties, and I have a wife and three children that I love dearly. My hobbies are religion, philosophy, playing guitar, reading books (and comics!), playing video games, and watching TV.”
    I’m in my mid forties, and I have a wife and three children that I love dearly. My hobbies are playing guitar, reading books, and watching sports (the order fluctuates).

    I just heard about your blog from Nan. I look forward to reading more!

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  10. Thanks for the comment, charles! I’ve read your “journey” posts, and I enjoyed them immensely. I look forward to catching up on your other posts as well, and I hope you decide to comment from time to time here too!

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  11. Hi Nate,

    I’m a fellow seeker and just wanted to say thanks for your honesty on your blog. It’s very refreshing. I like how you don’t degrade one side or the other (there’s far too much of that on the Internet) for their stance, but hold truth as the ultimate goal, wherever that leads.

    I also thought you’d be interested in a guy named Nathan Wheeler. He’s got an interesting (and I mean it) life story, whatever you make of it. It takes some time to get through his main videos (it’s a 10+ part endeavor), but I felt it has been interesting “food” to chew on. You can find the first video here: https://youtu.be/W-OlwZLCzrc

    I’m interested to hear what you think of him, not because I’m encouraging you to either atheism or christianity, but because I think it would lead to excellent discussion.

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  12. Hi Andrew,

    Thanks for the kind comment! And I agree with you that it’s much more useful to keep the conversation civil and respectful, though I’m not perfect at it. Also, thanks for the link to Nathan Wheeler’s Youtube channel. I’ll definitely check it out and let you know what I think.

    I haven’t posted much lately, but I’m going to try to remedy that soon. I hope you’ll hang around and comment any time you feel like it. Thanks again!

    — Nate

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  13. Nate, I like the new look. I must admit my initial fear when things came up differently was, ‘don’t tell me Nate is going to take his blog private’.

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  14. Thanks, Peter! Yeah, no worries. I really don’t want to lose the WordPress community feel of the blog, so I have no plans to do anything that drastic. 🙂

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