Please watch this video prior to answering the questions.
How do you feel about the message in the video? As a faithful person, have you ever experienced something similar, only to remain faithful or become more steadfast in your faith? If so, will you speculate as to where you think this couple went astray? Have you read The God Delusion? Or The Christian Delusion? If not, would you? If not, why not?
If you too went from theist to atheist, why do you suppose it is so hard to "come out"?
Answer by momto2boys973 at 7:48 PM on May. 19, 2011
How do you feel about the message in the video?
As a Christian who has asked tough questions of faith and sought out those answers, I can say that the message of video 1) gives the false premise that Christians follow their beliefs unquestionably and 2) that they sought answers under their own intellecutal capacities. God is simply not something fallen man can understand by himself. Fallen man requires enlightenment by the Holy Spirit. Simply looking for answers isn't enough to receive the understanding the Spirit - you must recognize your inability to understand and ask for understanding. The contradictions that so many speak about in Scripture are not contradictions at all.
Answer by -Eilish- at 6:36 PM on May. 19, 2011
Answer by Anonymous at 3:52 PM on May. 19, 2011
I studied many different religious paths before I continued down the one I'm on now. I still enjoy reading and understanding other belief systems. I have no problem with atheism I understand the reasons for it. It just never fit me.
I doubt I'd ever read the books you listed because I don't like titles like the God Delusion or Christian Delusion because the titles are condescending to people who do believe a certain way, so it doesn't make me want to pick up the book and read more. I'd rather just read a book about life lessons from an atheists that weren't also negative about other beliefs. I feel this way about all books.
As far as the video I'm glad this couple is content and happy with the beliefs they have now because I feel the same about mine.
Answer by RyansMom001 at 7:24 PM on May. 19, 2011
Answer by ObbyDobbie at 3:58 PM on May. 19, 2011
Answer by okmanders at 6:08 PM on May. 19, 2011
As a faithful person, have you ever experienced something similar, only to remain faithful or become more steadfast in your faith?
Have I had tough questions? Absolutely, I have. What did it do to my faith? May faith grew for a couple of reasons: 1) because I was seeking out the understanding of the Holy Spirit and not just the way the Lutherans (or Baptists, or Catholics) saw it, I was able to step back from my faith and understand the truth of Scripture. 2) Seeking brought me closer to Christ, because I began to learn truths that I wasn't even looking for, or that reaffirmed what I already knew to be true. I began to see Christ work in my life and saw the parallel between my experience and Scripture.
Answer by -Eilish- at 6:40 PM on May. 19, 2011
Have you read The God Delusion? Or The Christian Delusion? If not, would you? If not, why not?
I have not. Just really no desire to. I have heard Richard Dawkins speak a number of times and I find the man to be intellectually dishonest. He committs many of the same fallacies that he accuses Christians of, and he does it in a condescending way to boot. I supose if I wanted to write a rebuttal to him, that I would take the time to read it, but that's already been done with The Dawkins Delusion.
Answer by -Eilish- at 6:58 PM on May. 19, 2011
Answer by bandgeek521 at 4:03 PM on May. 19, 2011