2:1 Why Christianity Can't Be True
Christianity is a particular collection of claims.
Some of its claims are true but many of its most crucial claims are not.
Since many of the claims that build up its collection are false, Christianity in turn cannot be considered true. Take for example the story of Spider-Man, what it states about the existence of a city named New York is true but the story is still a fictional one because not all of its claims are true. Much like the thousands upon thousands of other mythologies and folklore that were once worshiped as truth, Christianity too is simply a story, no matter how inspiring.
Each section of this chapter will ask the important question, "Why do you believe?" Why do you believe that God exists, Jesus was real, and stories of souls and the supernatural are true? Remember, believing that something could be true and believing that it actually is true are two very different things. Are your beliefs of what is true based on valid & creditable reasons or misinformation?
What's a valid reason to believe?
A reason you would also consider to be valid when used by someone else to prove something else.
A reason that is not based on personal emotions or biases. You can't be honest with yourself if you're believing something is true simply because you want it to be true.
A reason that is testable, repeatable, and falsifiable. I know this may sound too "sciencey" but if a reason cannot be tested then it holds no more merit than your everyday coincidences.
Spiritual way of knowing?
Sometimes, when dealing with an absence of proof, people have argued that there are two different ways of knowing something, a "spiritual way" and a "scientific way." When a definition is given, a spiritual way is described as the equivalent to saying "I just know." Would using a "spiritual way" feel reassuring when a person is deciding how to build a new type of spacecraft or inventing an untested medicine? What if the person's spiritual reason was attributed to a different religion or god(s)?
And what is referred to as a "scientific way" of knowing something is simply the act of basing knowledge off of testable & provable evidence. It really is the only honest way to come to any conclusion.
A Conspiracy against Christianity?
If you're a Christian, chances are that most people around you believes what you do. For one to suggest that Christianity is not true almost sounds like a conspiracy theory. In reality, your Christian belief is the minority. Christianity may be the world's largest religion but only about 33% of the world's population believes in it and even that group is divided on what they believe is and is not true. Further more, theistic beliefs statistically drop dramatically when it comes to higher academia levels. When viewing whole picture Christianity comes out looking like the conspiracy theory.
Intelligent believers in God
If Christianity can't be true why do some highly intelligent people believe? You should not be concerned with who believes, but why they believe. Even some of the greatest minds are still prone to believing in something for insignificant or less than honest reasons. Let's take Isaac Newton for example. He confessed a belief in a god but never invokes the existence of a god when talking about subjects he was knowledgeable about. He only invoked a god's existence when faced with something he could not explain and was not educated on. More specifically, Newton had no clue how planets could keep in orbit through natural means so he assumed the only possible explanation was that a god was keeping their orbit stable.
A century later Pierre-Simon de Laplace, a French astronomer and mathematician, solved Newton's dilemma of stable orbits proving that there was no need to invoke a god at all. As it turns out, scientists like Isaac Newton only believe in a god because of the knowledge they lack, despite how knowledgeable they are in their particular field of expertise.
- 1:1 The Need To Discuss Christianity 1:2 Christianity Isn't Harmless 1:3 Has it Caused Good? 1:4 Christianity's Immoral Teachings
- 2:1 Why Christianity Can't Be True 2:2 God 2:3 Jesus Christ 2:4 Souls & the Supernatural 2:5 Why So Many Still Believe
- 3:1 Closer look at the Bible 3:2 False Claims 3:3 Contradictions 3:4 Bible Stories
- 4:1 History of the Faith 4:2 Creating the Bible 4:3 Changes & Lost Gospels 4:4 Inventing Christ
- 5:1 Living For This Life 5:2 What Godlessness Means 5:3 Atheism & Humanism 5:4 Stories of De-Conversion 5:5 Answers & Concerns
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