Conservative Christian apologist:
|“[Gary said:] If the historical evidence for the Resurrection is so good, why do you and so many other Christian’s so frequently doubt??” |
Because God has so ordained the world as to make it possible to reject Him. We can deceive ourselves into believing a lie. Just as you have done. Allow me to share with you one of my favorite quotes from J.L. Schellenberg’s book, Divine Hiddenness and Human Reason: “It is just mistaken to suppose that there are no moral tests involved in acknowledging a fact which we know for certain, as opposed to one which we judge to be merely probable. If the acknowledgement is a painful one, showing our failures and defects to the world, there are no limits to the ingenuity with which we will persuade ourselves that we do not know it after all, or will distract ourselves from paying attention to it.” – Penelhum, Cornell University Press p. 178 Here is another relevant quote from a different book: “For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.”
God loves you, Gary. I really recommend you stop running and hiding from Him. I know it’s scary but it’s for your own good. You can be forgiven. You are accepted and can be restored. Please stop running.
“Because God has so ordained the world as to make it possible to reject Him. We can deceive ourselves into believing a lie. Just as you have done.”
Or maybe the reason why you and so many other Christians so frequently doubt is because common sense tells you that the Christian supernatural tale is just too far-fetched to be true. Trust that intuition, Simon! It is your educated brain telling you that you are being deceived by an ancient cult. An ancient cult which tells you to “test the spirits”…but don’t you DARE test the “Spirit” you are commanded to worship and obey as your “lord and master”.
Test the spirit, Simon! Come on. Do it! Test Jesus the resurrected Christ and see if he responds. Tell him to give you an unmistakable sign; a sign that could not be due to chance. Ask Jesus to levitate your coffee table off of the ground for 30 seconds, just in your presence. No one else. Guess what? He won’t do it. And do you know why he won’t do it? It’s not because he doesn’t like being “tested”. It is because he is dead. Jesus is dead, Simon. Stop listening to the delusions in your head. Christianity is a superstitious delusion.
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