Right before things got crazy related to our recent move, I read a blog post that intrigued me. It was called “How to Prove Christianity False in Five Minutes“ and was written by “Gary.” He started his post thusly:
I believe that traditional Christianity can be proven false in five minutes by knocking out the three pillars of the Christian Faith (belief system):
- The Bodily Resurrection of Jesus
- The Accuracy of Old Testament Prophecy
- The Witness of the Holy Spirit
He then clearly listed his perspective on each point. But it wasn’t so much his clear and concise explanations that got my attention, it was more Gary’s response to “Andrew,” who had left the following comment (condensed):
You are viewing death purely from a human standing. Jesus is God the Creator and only took the role of a human being in order to pay the price for sin. This He did out of pure love, a love that for most of us is sadly illusive.
True Christians live to love and serve others following the actions of Jesus when He became a man. Sadly there are millions who muddy the water with false faith and erroneous lifestyles under the banner of Christianity.
If am wrong and you are right nothing changes, but if I am right then the afterlife is going to be a lamentable experience.
And how sad that you all seem to think that death (as the world knows it) is all there is… What a waste…
In his reply, Gary asks Andrew if he’s studied other “exclusivist” beliefs so he can be 100% certain he’s made the right choice (I think most of us know the answer), and further points out that for most Christians, it’s really a matter of HOPE they have put their faith in the “correct” god. He goes on to say that ALL religions are simply human invention based on ancient superstitions.
He then challenges Andrew (or any other believer) that if they want to prove him wrong, they will need to do more than frighten him with threats of eternal damnation.
Of course I agree with Gary, but I was particularly struck by this part of Andrew’s comment: True Christians live to love and serve others following the actions of Jesus.
Ahhh yes. “True Christians live to love” while at the same time threatening non-believers with images of fire and brimstone IF they don’t turn their lives over to Jesus. Perhaps if someone has leanings towards “becoming a Christian,” these dire warnings might have some influence, but for those who have clearly and repeatedly expressed their non-belief in not only Christianity, but every other “god-based religion,” such admonitions become extremely tiresome.
However, in Christendom, it’s all a matter of “hedging your bets.” They would rather believe in the stories presented in a VERY OLD book than to make a “wrong” choice by simply enjoying the unconditional life that was given to them at birth.