About

Lunatic, liar, or Lord. This trilemma, trademarked by C.S. Lewis, is what we must consider when contemplating the identity of Jesus Christ. He was either mentally ill, a compulsive liar, or exactly who he said he was. There are no other options. We must, on our own, decide who Jesus Christ was in order to define our faith and create a strong foundation for our routes. This is what I hope for you as we begin our journey on this blog together. I encourage you to ask questions, to debrief my cases, and to think deeply about whatever it is you belief.

How could a perfect God and a corrupt world coexist? Why would God send people He loves to a mysteriously sinister place, Hell? How is it possible that miracles contravene the basic laws of nature? Doesn’t Darwin explain the origination of life on Earth flawlessly? Who is Jesus Christ, and why did he plead guilty if he was innocent? Are there historical facts that support the Resurrection? What if God doesn’t even exist? Do we have any “secular” texts that confirm the stories in the gospels? 

These are all great questions, regardless of what you believe. Perhaps you have wondered them at some point in your life as I have. This blog is just a collection of thoughts about those questions. There will be no finger-pointing and no assumptions. It is time to take a logical perspective on theology, to compare secular and sacred history. I promise to lay down all of the facts for you. I will not leave out inconstancies or counter-examples.

As I answer questions, I beg you to judge the case of Jesus for yourself. Do not go off of what your parents think, your friends think, you pastor thinks. Discover what is it that YOU think. In order to do this, you must be open-minded and fair. You cannot overlook evidence you don’t like. Come into each blog entry without expectations or suppositions. It is only in this fashion that you will be challenged to grow.

I encourage you to “thoughtfully consider the credibility of the witnesses and my sources, carefully sift through testimony, and rigorously subject the evidence to common sense and logic” (Strobel 18). More than anything, ask questions and make comments. Tell me if you don’t agree. Tell me if something challenges you! Speak up for yourself, and we will all become more intelligible.

I’m excited to learn with you!

Lauren

2 thoughts on “About

  1. From the perspective of an atheist/agnostic, I can help answer some of the questions you presented. First of all, please understand that I am not trying to offend anyone or pass judgement on anyone’s beliefs or faiths. Everyone should have the ability to believe or not believe and everyone should respect that position as long as it does not interfere in their own lives. Secondly, please reply and show me how my views are wrong or incomplete (but back up your statements). The best way we can learn is to discover how other people see the world in a different way than yourself.

    Now, on to a couple of your questions…

    1) An all-knowing, all-powerful God (or gods) requires an imperfect, corrupt, and difficult world in order to exist. People who live a difficult life, suffer early deaths, etc. need a promise of a better place and to know that someone is looking over their shoulders. In some faiths, this role is filled by several deities and in others, a single unchallenged one.

    2) Religions developed over time to control the many, physically separated, uneducated, poor population so that they do no rebel against the aristocracy. In order to encourage the spread of a new religion, it must a) provide gatherings among like-minded people, b) have wonderful rewards if followed, c) punish those who do not obey (e.g. hell), and d) force its members to sacrifice (sometimes sex, money, individual liberties).

    Faith requires a belief in something that is not possible to prove or disprove through secular methods. It is just as easy to say that God exists, the world is sitting on the back of a giant tortoise, or that ghosts live in an abandoned house. Each of those is designed to explain what is unknown at the time using an explanation that cannot be refuted by believers. Why is the sky blue? Because God made it so (you cannot question God or his representatives, so this answer is irrefutable). Why are there strange noises and images coming from that creepy house? Because ghosts live there (no one wants to go to that creepy house, but if someone does, then they scared the ghosts away, or made them hide, only to come out again the next night).

    Science is an “anti-faith” in that instead of trying to explain what is known to exist to the satisfaction if the recipient, it tries to disprove that current understanding. As a scientist, one would love to hear that someone has disproven their latest theories because it helps to further the understanding of reality. Whenever a scientist comes up with a theory, shown with evidence to support it, the first thing that others try to do is disprove it. Almost all of the time, they succeed, but in the process learn so much more about the subject. If a theory cannot be disproven (e.g. God created evolution and designed its beings in His own image), then it is not scientific (it also does not try to lead to further investigation and discovery, but instead to prevent it).

    Well, time for bed. To be continued…

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