Too good to be true?
Belief in God and Christian faith
can both be based on sound reasoning.
Evidence is available to anyone with an open mind.
There has been much said and written to oppose the path of Christian faith, particularly by the New Atheism Movement. In all honesty, I was a pretty good atheist in my day, so I know how it works. And I still completely understand how the knowledge, and acceptance, of ‘faith’ held by believers in this day and age can look ‘too good to be true’, as far as the average unbeliever in concerned!
(I am from a senior auditing background and the majority of my advisory team are Christian clergy. To glimpse the ‘who’, ‘how’ and ‘why’ of this website please click here.)
However now after decades of practising Christianity, and deeply evaluating the outcomes, I also know my old attitude was way off course.
This “Faith and Reason” section of the website has been written to logically challenge the atheist worldview. For examples:
- Modern science and moderate religious theology are not in conflict.
- Believable theories about God’s nature are available.
- The differences between the major religions of the world can be explained to a large extent.
- Suffering and evil in this world does not disprove that God exists.
Yes, faith and reason can ‘get along’ quite well, thank you! And let me assure you that anyone can come to believe in God.
3. WE REALLY CAN BELIEVE IN GOD
Truly, all that is needed as a starting point for ‘belief in God’ is an open mind. I could also say we actually have to be ready to believe.
The “Our faith journey” section of this website is devoted to guidance on how anyone can come to believe in God and build sound Christian faith for themselves. Of course, our belief must be based on what we regard as ‘genuine evidence‘ and sound reasoning! Importantly, we must search for evidence of God’s existence.
We need go no further afield, in that task, than to ‘engage with God’; open ourselves to him. And look, it really does work! As such we can then recognise his presence within both our day-to-day lives and events in the Church itself. We just have to know how to enter into a relationship with God, then identify and analyse this evidence. Yes again, I am totally confident anyone can do this!
Trust me, evidence can even be profound sometimes, if we are willing to take the steps that are on offer. As an ex-atheist I again concede this may all look a bit too good to be true, but bear with me and read on with that ‘open mind’ I referred to earlier.
You can start by reading the article, “How to believe in God“. It includes the path that I took during my own search. Remember, that I was a trained and experienced senior auditor at the time. Honestly, it all ‘stacked up’ after my deep analysis and evaluation.
3. CHRISTIAN FAITH IS REASONABLE
There are also many misconceptions about Christianity held within the broader community. For example, “recorded history does not supposedly substantiate that Jesus even existed, let alone died on a wooden cross”. Wrong! It is recorded, according to mainstream historical scholars.
And again, “there is supposedly no way for us to prove to ourselves that Christian faith can have a sound basis”. Wrong! Millions of us Christians have actually put it to the test in our lives and now have sound workable faith with positive benefits as a result. And, I can certainly understand how that statement might look crazy to the average reader. Indeed, ‘old analytical me’ is still amazed by the strength of what I regard as ‘genuine evidence‘ located within my own faith journey.
When truly understood and practised, Christianity has the capacity to significantly change lives for the better. With that in mind, the essence of Christianity is presented in the final section of this website. Whereas this “Faith and Reason” section of the website includes an explanation of what God is, the “Christian basics” section includes an understanding of who God is. Oh, I might add that all major Biblical jargon, such as “saved”, “grace”, “redeemed”, “justified” is also explained there.
Continue to the next article, “Defining faith and belief”
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