Most Christians Don’t Believe in Jesus due to Evidence, But Due to their Emotions

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I believe that in the case of the overwhelming majority of Christians, their belief that a first century peasant is the creator, ruler of the universe, is based primarily on their warm, fuzzy, comforting feelings about this belief, intuition, perceptions, and subjective personal experiences. In reality, historical evidence plays a very small role in their belief. Appeals to weak historical claims are used as a front by apologists to provide respectability for this ancient superstition to the secular world. Most educated Christians don’t want to admit that their supernatural belief is primarily based on their emotions, yet the truth is—it is!

Christian apologist William Lane Craig once said, “The simplest of Christians (someone with no education whatsoever) can know that Jesus rose from the dead (and is therefore the Creator and Lord of the universe) simply by the testimony of the Holy Spirit in his heart.”

Christian apologetics is a ruse. The real issue is this: Are intense feelings, intuitions, perceptions, and subjective personal experiences reliable, sufficient evidence for universal truth claims? The answer to any unbiased person is: No.

A “cumulative case” for Christ? Yea, cumulative in this sense:

Emotions, intuitions, perceptions, subjective personal experiences: 90%
Empirical and/or historical evidence: 10%

That kind of “cumulative” belief regarding a universal truth claim, such as who or what is the creator of the universe, is silly and irrational. If a member of any other religion on the planet used this “cumulative case” for his god or gods, Christians would hand-wave away his or her argument without giving it any thought. Yet, Christians expect skeptics to engage in mind-numbing philosophical mind games in their desperate attempts to make a silly and irrational “cumulative case” for a two thousand year old superstition appear reasonable and rational.

Wake up Christians! This is cult thinking!  You are in a cult.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Most Christians Don’t Believe in Jesus due to Evidence, But Due to their Emotions

  1. Agreed. Christians generally start with their beliefs, and apologetics is really just post-hoc rationalization process for what they already believe. I think this is part of the reason why apologetics is very rarely (if ever) successful at conversion.

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  2. Studies done from 2007 through 2011 in 40 countries around the world, including the United States show that the rational choice to adhere to a religion is heavily self-centered, not theological, not necessarily empirical, or not even miraculous, but instead based on the question, what will the decision cost ME? Here is the source-link for the 2007 study:

    https://www.nber.org/papers/w13689.pdf?new_window=1

    Due to typical WordPress Anti-Spamming features usually enabled, I’ll post the 2011 study in the next comment. 🙂

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