The Christian and the Atheist

16 Feb

I came across a podcast entitled “The Christian and the Atheist”. I was intrigued so I started listening to one of their programs, “What’s Up With Church?” It was very interesting to me to see how a discussion like this could go. What I found out didn’t surprise me.

Let me ask you a question. If you had to defend your faith, could you? Could you answer the question – Why is it important to go to church? What’s up with all those denominations if Jesus is the way? Why are some priests pedophiles? What’s the difference between Catholic and Protestant? Why do people go to church and then to the casinos? How do you know there is really a God? Isn’t it all a scam just to scare people out of their money? How do you know your faith is real? How do you know you are having faith in the right God? What about Buddhists, Hindus, Wiccas and all the other religions? Are they going to hell? What is your proof that hell even exists? How can the Bible be true? There are so many contradictions. How can a loving God command that all everything be burned – even women and children? Is Christianity sexist?

The questions go on and on. If you start searching Google, you will find many resources that either support or question Christianity. Could you defend your faith?

Back to the Christian and the Atheist. I think it is easier to not believe in something. To NOT believe in God doesn’t take much thought. It’s easy to defend. Look around, do you see God? This is what I listened to. While I don’t know anything about the “Christians” true relationship with Christ, what I did hear is someone trying to defend why they are a Christian and not doing a very good job at it. Basically, in a nutshell, when asked why he goes to church his answer was “because it is tradition”. Because we’ve always just done that! Sure, the fellowship is nice but to answer why we go to church, well, because!

If you are a believer in Jesus as the Christ, then take some time to reflect on why you believe. How personal is it? If you asked my to defend my relationship with my wife, I could go on for hours. Could you do the same about your relationship with Christ?

If you don’t know yet why you believe, then maybe I can help. Lets start a discussion. What questions do you have? What do you want to know? I don’t profess to have all of the answers but I’ll sure try to answer all of the questions I receive.

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