After yesterday’s post, I went on Frank Viola’s page and noticed his blog post “There is No Proof of God’s Existence.” No where in the post did he say he did not believe in God; he was merely pointing out that we can’t prove God’s existence. It was an honest answer, and I appreciated that.
Then I read the comments. This is what one lady says:
Please explain…you are a voice in Christendom and have a responsibility to us, especially when you publish. You leave the door open for those that are weak in faith and the non believer to the possiblity that God, of the bible, does not exist…it is the possibility that you have left open and that is not a Christian position. Jesus never said my Father possibly exists, or that possibly He spoke to the Moses or the prophets, etc..sorry…it is a curious response? :
Need I write more? She is nervous over honest, intellectual discussions because it might cause people to leave Christianity. I have already thought that about my blog here. I am basically writing about how hell (and other doctrine, I just haven’t gotten there yet) do not make sense, and I could potentially be responsible for helping people leave Christianity. But what is our alternative? 1) Ignore the calls of intellectuals but 2) blind fold them. ??? Protestants criticize the Church of Martin Luther’s time for withholding the truth and keeping Bibles out of the lay person’s hands, but if the protestant church is not open to discussions about philosophy or science, then the church is censoring our minds.
I always compare western Christianity to Buddhism just because I live in a Buddhist country (in the North where I live, its 99% Buddhists, the south is different). For fun last year, I went around asking friends really hard questions about Buddhism, challenging people with how they know their religious techniques work or accomplish real results. Finally one person just told me, “you need to go talk to the monks” because no one had the answers (sound familiar???) I asked my friends if as kids, they ever asked their parents why they use X for the rituals. The response was always, “no.” [Maybe that shouldn’t astound me, but as a kid, I would ask my parents why we drank grape juice, etc.) Last week I told my other local friend that I’ve yet to find someone who asked their parents questions. She said,
Kids never ask questions. Its not something you ever do. Whatever the parents or teacher says is right. No one questions anything because they are afraid of being called stupid.