Dialoguing with an Agnostic – An Introduction and Pt. 1
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32
Inspired by my good friend Demian Farnworth, I decided to seek out some people in my life that might not claim to be Christians and get some perspective on why they do not believe.
My friend Chris has agreed to answer some questions about where he is at with respect to belief (I refuse to use the word religion – I hate that word). First off let me express my gratitude to Chris for being so willing and open to share what he believes in a very public manner.
I have posed some questions to Chris about where he as at with respect to God, belief, and the like. He answered those questions and we are going to analyze some of his responses and see if we can answer some of his questions. Let’s get to it.
1)What is your understanding of what the Gospel is and why do you not believe it?
I have a decent understanding of it, and it’s not that I don’t believe it. It comes down more to the fact that I am the type of person that likes to have proof of something before I blindly follow it. I am aware of a lot of the stories in The Bible and can, to an extent, understand the messages they are trying to put across. I just believe that some of it seems a little far fetched.
Response: I would say that many people don’t have the proof that God doesn’t exist, but they blindly follow that assumption. For example, would I be wrong in saying that it seems a little far fetched to assume that at the Big Bang existence, time, space, matter, energy, and the like just came into being without any cause? That there was nothing and then “Bang” there was something. That it had no cause (although nothing has no cause). To me, that sounds like a blind belief that lacks proof.
Although Chris is an agnostic and not an atheist. He is discrediting the Bible and what it has to say about God on account that some of what says seems a little far fetched. So the question is: Is the Bible reliable? Anne Rice set out to answer that very question. Anne Rice was the author of Interview with the Vampire and her books have sold nearly 100 million copies world wide. She was raised a Catholic but lost her faith, married and became an atheist. However, in October of 2004 Rice announced in a Newsweek article that she would “write only for the Lord.” and that she had returned to Christianity. Here is what she had to say about the idea that the Biblical documents we have aren’t historically reliable.
Some books were no more then assumptions piled on assumptions…Conclusions were reached on little or no data at all…The whole case for the nondivine Jesus who stumbled into Jerusalem and somehow got crucified…that whole picture which had floated around the liberal circles I frequented as an atheist for thirty years–that case was not made. Not only was it not made, I discovered in this field some of the worst and most biased scholarship I’d ever read.
What do you think? Part II coming soon…