Real Questions from Real Friends

In the spirit of reigniting this blog, I’ve asked two of my closest friends, who are skeptical of Christianity, to provide me a list. A list of questions and concerns that trouble them the most about Christianity. Christianity is a worldview that makes serious claims about reality that should be seriously faced.

We all experience reality. As we live life, we’ll be introduced to competing worldviews that attempt to explain reality. But, regardless of how hard we may try to avoid forming a worldview, we inevitably settle upon a worldview that we feel best describes the world around us.

My friends providing genuine, sincere, and thoughtful objections are doing so in good faith. They’re doing so while being open enough to the answers. This approach may sound foreign for some people in an age of ideological rigidity. However, an honest search of truth can’t begin if the heart and mind aren’t willing to receive answers. Not just any answers, however. The answers that provide our hearts and minds with a deeper insight into reality. These are the answers Christ uses to transform lives.

I hope my friends who supplied me with questions read these posts and see that my intentions are pure. I want them to pursue greater knowledge of Christ, seek His plan for their life, and ultimately devote their lives to Christ. When they read this, that may sound silly to them, but it’s not silly to those who’ve found Christ. Those of us who’ve been Christians for a long time know that Christ is a living God capable of life transformations.

In this age of skepticism, people sometimes need to be assured they’re not checking their brains at the door when considering Christian theism as a worldview. For skeptics who search, with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength, they’ll find a savior in Christ.

Be on the lookout for my upcoming articles addressing these questions from my dear friends…

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8 responses to “Real Questions from Real Friends

  1. “My friends providing genuine, sincere, and thoughtful objections are doing so in good faith. They’re doing so while being open enough to the answers. This approach may sound foreign for some people in an age of ideological rigidity. However, an honest search of truth can’t begin if the heart and mind aren’t willing to receive answers. Not just any answers, however. The answers that provide our hearts and minds with a deeper insight into reality. These are the answers Christ uses to transform lives.”

    Every non-chrisian provides objections in good faith. A christian must make the claim they do not when they don’t like the objections and can’t answer them.

    You already have set up your excuses for why you have nothing by trying to blame the objector “For skeptics who search, with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength, they’ll find a savior in Christ.”. You falsely claim that if someone doesn’t agree with you and has objections, they aren’t “really” willing to receive answers. That is not the case. Your answers simply aren’t supported by reality.

    • Every skeptical objection is made in good faith? Surely, you don’t believe that any more than I believe that every Christian objection to atheism is made in good faith.

      Skeptics who search with an open heart and mind have easily found Christian theism to be the best explanation of reality.

      You’ve uncharitably characterized my claims in this article, which is one example of a dialogue approached by a skeptic in bad faith.

      Hope you will honestly approach these matters with an open heart and mind one day.

      • Again, you try to claim that atheists are only honest if they agree with you “Skeptics who search with an open heart and mind have easily found Christian theism to be the best explanation of reality.”

        I have searched with an open mind and heart and I don’t think that any version of Christianity is the best explanation of reality. I was a Christians and I have read the bible looking for answers when I was losing my faith.

        I have not uncharitably characterized your claims in this article. I have pointed out how they fail and how you depend on bearing false witness against others to try to claim everyone who is honest will agree with you.

      • I don’t claim you’re being insincere. I claim you’re misled in your conclusions, just as you claim I’m misled in mine. It shouldn’t surprise you when I say that honest truth seekers will find themselves being Christian theists. I imagine you’re inclined to believe that anyone who isn’t an atheist wasn’t honestly following the evidence where it leads. That’s a totally reasonable claim if your worldview actually conformed to reality. I have found that it doesn’t. However, I’m not addressing the particulars of why Christian theism makes more sense of reality in this article, which is why I’ll refrain from doing that in this comment thread.
        I’ll let the readers be the judge of whether you were being charitable rather than pursue a back-and-forth with you on that topic, which seems fruitless.

      • Unfortunately, you seem to feel the need to lie, Alan. You did call me insincere if I do not agree with you. “Hope you will honestly approach these matters with an open heart and mind one day.”

        Why do you choose to lie so ineptly, Alan?

        You have yet to show I’m “misled” so do so and show that your version of Chrsitianity is the right one. Per the bible, it should be easy since JC is quoted as saying that anyone who is a true follower of him will be able to do miracles just like him. Where are yours?

        No, it doesn’t suprise me at all that you make a false claim that “honest truth seekers will find themselves being Christians”. That is a typical false claim by a Christian who needs to make false claims about the honesty of others in his need to pretend everyone would agree with him if they would only be “honest”.

        Nope, I do not give any judgment of honesty to those who aren’t atheists.

        It is no surprise at all that you have nothing to show that your version of Christianity is the right one. it’s always fun to see the various excuses Christians make for not showing the evidence they all claim to have.

        And also no surprise that you cannot show me being “uncharitable”. You have to claim that someone else will mysteriously see it. Now, since no one has confirmed your claim, what is the problem, Alan?

      • Your convictions appear sincere but you epistemology appears dishonest based on the content of your comments. For example, your comments have been laced with ad hominem attacks against my character, mischaracterizations of my past comments, and a misrepresentation of scripture. Any reader of this dialogue could easily identify who engaging in bad faith tactics.

        I’ll let you have the last comment in this thread because you’re a guest on my blog. You took the time to read and comment, and for that I appreciate your time. However, your presence in my comments section has been characterized by the trademark “angry atheist blogger” stereotype that many in your unbelieving community have developed over the years. If you embrace nothing else from me, embrace this – Christian apologists are much more willing to seriously engage you if they feel like you’re open to having an intellectually rigorous, friendly, and respectful exchange of ideas. Hopefully this piece of constructive feedback might yield a greater harvest for you in your future conversations with Christians.

        In the meantime, I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

      • And here we go again with making more claims about how I am now “dishonest”.

        Do show where I’ve used an ad hominem argument: “The reason why an Ad Hominem (of any kind) is a fallacy is that the character, circumstances, or actions of a person do not (in most cases) have a bearing on the truth or falsity of the claim being made (or the quality of the argument being made).” – nizkor

        Nice to see that you accuse me of being a stereotype and have no evidencence to support that. You seem to assume that someone countering your baseless claims is “angry”. do tell how you have come to that, Alan.

        You now also try to claim that I am not intellectually rigorous, and you assume that respect means I have to agree wtih you and not show that your claims of everyone would agree with you if they were “honest”.

        I will have a very nice winter holiday. Christmas is always fun since it also shows that Christianity depends on made up claims.

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