By now, you’ve probably noticed I’m unashamed of my Christianity. It’s time I explained why.
I’m what you call a “cradle Catholic”. It means I was born into my faith. But that doesn’t mean I’ve never doubted or wavered. If your faith is never tested, it never truly grows.
To be honest, during my teen years, I began to question my faith. I realized that being a Christian only to keep out of Hell was incorrect. I’d also heard of all the horrible things we Christians have done, like the Inquisition. But I started reading about the saints, I realized a reason to be Christian. If Christianity had inspired so many people to become heroic, it can’t be that bad. I also realized I owe a debt to Jesus. He did a lot to save me.
Now, I’m not about to tell you that you should a Christian too. I know I can give you all sorts of reasons, but in the end, it’s not me. I’m just opening the door. God does the rest.
Now I know what some of the arguments are. I will offer some rebuttals.
1. How can I profess a religion that is responsible for bloodshed? Atheists aren’t so pure either. Allow me to quote Answering Atheism: If Christians have to answer for the Inquisition, Atheists have to answer for Stalin. Evil is part of human nature. Christianity has nothing to do with it. Everyone who has ever done evil in God’s name has done it through misinterpretation. Besides, Marxists like Stalin and Lenin believed in their convictions probably as strongly as any Christian. Christians have also done good in God’s name. Besides the saints, there are missionaries who have taught children how to read and write. We have lead charities. We oppose tyranny.
2. How can I believe something science has claimed doesn’t exist? Science can neither prove nor disprove God. Science can only prove what is tangible. I feel that religion is proof that there is something beyond the material world. Shakespeare said it best: “There are more things in Heaven and Hell than dreamt of in your philosophy.” If there weren’t anything beyond the physical realm, then why would so many religions exist.
These are my reasons for believing in God. I feel that it is my answer.