By now you probably have realized that I was careening down a religiously destructive path. Whether or not you agree with my conclusions or even my questions, the questions had been asked and the evidence was allowed to steer me in the direction that it would.
The question I always asked people when they seem hesitant to question what they’ve always believed, particularly core beliefs (Jesus deity, the veracity of Scripture, etc) or hesitant to read opposing opinions is this:
If what you believe is the truth, and indeed you care about knowing the truth, why should you be afraid of challenging it? If the evidences backs it, your truth with be justified, and if not, why do you wish to continue believing a lie?
During my final years of college and my first year of working (from about 23 years old till about 26), I did some incredible soul searching, questioning, rethinking, and most importantly examining the evidence and seeing where it led!
This evidence first led me to question some of the moral regulation of my childhood. This was generally acceptable as well all know Christians have a vast array of moral beliefs and standards. While I wasn’t fundamental anymore, I was still probably on the more conservative end of Christianity.
From there I began to examine some of the more loosely held theological ideals such as tongues or science and faith. These areas are acceptable to challenge as they don’t threaten the core of Christianity. Many people have very strong beliefs in the areas but will generally accept another christian who doesn’t agree with them.
The final destructive step I took down the road to perdition was allowing myself to questioning the core of Christianity. Starting with hell, I worked my way deeper and deeper into Christian thought and continued to choose more and more destructive answers rejecting the truth I had been taught for so long. When I began questioning Jesus’ deity and the veracity of the Bible, I knew it was only a matter of time before I was doomed to receive the wages of sin (which ironically is death, something that happens to everyone, regardless of religion or lack thereof).
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