Stupid Christians

Christians are encouraged to have child-like faith. “Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” (Mark 10:15 ESV)

What does this mean for us, though? Are we not supposed to be skeptical, like the Bereans: searching the scriptures, to better understand the things of God? (Acts 17:11)

I am bothered by what I see in Christians these days. I don’t think it’s so much of a child-like faith, as it is a “childish” faith. One that is very susceptible to false teaching and stupid thinking.

This stupid, unthinking Christianity has caused uncertainty in my own faith life. When I hear Christians say stupid things, and I find myself agreeing with the godless people more than I agree with the Christians, then I feel concerned about my beliefs. “Do Christians need to believe, think, behave like that?! Because, if so, I want out!”

Lately, I’m finding that some of the most cringe-worth comments from Christians are in response to the new challenges facing our society. Is there anything beyond the natural world we see? How do you know there is a God? How do you know that the Gospel accounts are historical and accurate? Why believe in God? What to do when God’s law and civil law do not agree, as we’re seeing with life issues and family issues today.

In our North American society, not everyone is Christian anymore. When looking at “the west” in a generic sense, it is not a given that everyone wants to go to church on Sundays. And I think the church is still trying to figure out how to respond to this change.

Today, Christians have even more reason to be “prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15). And as best I can tell, Christians are doing a bad job of it. If your defence of Christianity is “Adam and Eve; not Adam and Steve”, or “everyone knows there’s a God, they just don’t want to believe it”… then I shake my head at you.

And wonder if this Christianity is even worth reconciling in my head any longer.

Hello. I’m a Confessional Lutheran. And I have doubts.

Hello, my name is Anonymous,

I have been a Christian all my life.

I have been raised in a faithful confessional Lutheran home. I attended Lutheran parochial schools for most of my education. I have done plenty of reading of good Lutheran writers.

I love the church, her people, her Divine Service, her music, her heritage.

I have been very involved in the life of the church: music, church council, conventions, all that stuff.

I am convinced that the Lutheran Confessions are the clear exposition of Scripture. I have been confident that, in baptism, God has chosen me, a lost and condemned sinner, to be His child and has given me faith, through the work of the Holy Spirit. I have trusted in the miracle that, in the Lord’s Supper, the Lord Himself is bodily present in the sacrament to give me forgiveness and life.

I’m a Confessional Lutheran.

business man shrugBut… I have doubts. Real serious doubts.

For a few years now, I’ve struggled with the core tenants of faith. And those doubts have been getting worse. And we’re talking about basic things like: there is a God, there is something beyond the natural world we see around us.

I worry that there is no supernatural at all, that all religion is antiquated cultural garbage, and that Christianity is bullshit.

It’s gotten so bad that I feel I can hardly go on anymore.

So, I’m having to tackle my struggles head-on. I’m diving head-first into everything — all the arguments, the reasoning, the evidence — in hopes that I can find clarity. Either, I’ll emerge stronger in my Christian faith, or I’ll come out as atheist.

You have an opportunity to join me.

I’ll lay out my biases at the start: I don’t want to be an atheist. I want to be a Christian. I don’t want to abandon the comfort of the Christian Gospel. I don’t like the thought of an atheist worldview that seems so dark, depressing and random. But, if one set of beliefs is a myth, and the natural world is all there is, then why should I continue living in a delusion?

I feel like my rational mind is pulling me away from Christianity, against my will.

God help me.