It is clear that my work has been criticized by both my fellow religious believers and, quite unsurprisingly due to the nature of my blog as well as my own orientation, the non-religious. Recently a Christian friend at college informed me that her husband, who evidently views my site, found some of my views opposed to Christianity; especially when it comes down to the doctrine of biblical inerrancy. Several Christian readers have therefore engaged with me over my views on inerrancy. In fact, I have one such debate this weekend with a fellow apologist. Another reader believes that I am “only prepared to accept God on [my] terms – not on His,” whereas I am also told that I “cannot intellectually honestly be a Christian…” Many have thought along the same lines as another reader who explains that he is “bitterly disappointed” and will, as a result, “withdraw from your Facebook page. I will pray that you realise the error of your way.” But, fortunately, I do have fellow Christians who agree with me on inerrancy although they are far fewer than those opposed. I am not in any way annoyed by this or opposed to it. In fact, I encourage it. I am open to those who do not agree to my views. But I was moved to pen this article after reading this:
“James, the more I read your blog the more I’m convinced that my decision to leave Christianity was the right one. Your blog, more than any other, tells me just how bogus this religion really is. I showed some of my christian friends this site and now they are having doubts about their faith. Thanks for being a good resource for atheism, even if it isn’t intentional.”
I would like to briefly respond. I feel this reader is quite different to most critics since the majority simply disagree with me, let me know what they think, and regardless still retain their beliefs. However, I am genuinely most saddened by the fact that fellow believers may doubt after interacting with my content. This is because my website was never created to cause unbelief in my fellow Christian brothers and sisters. It was also never intended to be an obstacle for seekers. My site is a place where I want to present the reasons for belief; something I’ve done and emphasized.
Moreover, I also feel the weight of the eternal ramifications. I am deeply saddened that my content can prove to be a deterrent from some peoples’ accepting of salvation in Jesus. I don’t ever want to be the reason that someone will lose their salvation and thus avoid communing with God for eternity. I sincerely believe this and that is why I feel the weight of it.
It’s also not easy. I can understand the doubts of my readers. I especially sympathize with the above emboldened statement. I am not lying when I say that I know what it is like to doubt, to nearly give up belief altogether, as well as feel the overwhelming pressures of all aspects so pertinent to this terrain. I can understand because I’ve been there many times myself and, in many ways, I am still there. It’s not easy, nor is it pleasant, to realize that some of our views about the Bible/Christianity are undermined in the face of evidence. It’s not easy to have to alter those beliefs and, again, I know this because I go through it myself. And I surely know I am not the only one. If a fellow Christian friend experiences this please realize you are not alone in it.
I also believe that I am not really being fairly treated. Over the weeks, months and years I have penned many pieces (from the persuasive evidence for Jesus’ deity and resurrection to some of the arguments for God existence & Christianity’s truth) on why I sincerely believe the truth of the Christian religion. I’ve looked at the views of other religious and non-religious philosophies & beliefs and have explained why I think Christianity is superior. Thus, I safely say that regardless of my views on inerrancy, or whatever else, the reasons for belief is something I’ve lived for, espoused and proclaimed. I just wish my critics would acknowledge this too. Moreover, on points of disagreement I welcome dialogue and interaction. And on this note I sincerely apologize to those who have wished to interact with me but with whom I haven’t responded to. This is mostly because time is in short supply when one studies full-time, maintains a website on a daily basis, and has many other responsibilities.
But, on a final note, I don’t intend to stop pursuing the truth. I want to consider the evidence and follow where it leads. I know that when I do this many will continue to disagree with me. That’s just the nature of the pursuit for truth; not everyone will agree with each other. I sincerely hope that we can discuss these things. I also hope that we will discuss the many reasons for why we believe what we do.
“Where I found truth, there found I my God, who is the truth itself” – Saint Augustine (354 – 430 AD)