It’s not that I haven’t been writing because I have, but it’s mostly been on my Facebook wall. I recently decided to put one reason per day, in my status line, why I rejected Christianity. I started with reason #1, which was I took a Systematic Theology Class only to discover that my deepest questions were answered with, “It’s a mystery,” and I’m now up to reason #7, which goes something like this: There is absolutely no reliable evidence that the Bible is what it claims to be-the inerrant word of God. In the middle are others such as the subjugation of women and the atrocities in the Old Testament, and of course the ridiculous creation story as opposed to evolution science. It’s been interesting and a bit eye opening. The thing that has surprised me the most is just how limited a Christian’s thinking is. I’m not saying they are stupid, in fact many are very intelligent, but they can’t move outside of Christian thought. It has been stunning in some ways. I actually had one friend defend creationism against evolution by saying that when we look at a painting or beautiful architecture, we readily acknowledge the artist or builder, so why not look at the world around us and acknowledge God as it’s creator?
In response to reason #7, I had a friend ask me for empirical evidence that God does not exist, and he is an extremely smart guy. How do you prove something doesn’t exist? I’m becoming more and more convinced that Christians, and I say Christians because Christianity is the religion I know most about, are brainwashed. It’s the only explanation I have at this point. I think it’s pretty miraculous that others and I have been able to break free from it, now that I see it in action. Anyway, that’s what’s going on. I will write more about it as I go along. Before I sign off, I want to share one exchange that took place after I posted reason #2: “I visited the Natural History Museum in NYC and discovered that scientist have a verifiable way to tell, within limits, the age of the earth and all things on it. I remember thinking …why don’t I remember learning this?” I received many comments on that one, but the most amazing one was from a young woman from my old church that had been homeschooled all the way through high school. She went into the whole, where’s the missing link, thing and so I encouraged her to move away from Christian literature on the subject and read some books about evolutionary science. This was her response to me, verbatim: “I’ve actually never even read Christian literature, (never been big on books) only heard passed down from people to people I suppose.” At first I thought she might be being sarcastic or something…she was not. How does one respond to that?