If you logically look at Christianity, it just doesn’t add up

This post by Anya originally appeared in ExChristian.Net.

When I contemplate my journey through Christianity, I’m reminded of that old Rod Steward song that goes, “If I listened long enough to you, I’d find a way to believe that it’s all true.” More than anything in the world, I wish I could sincerely believe in Jesus or God, but at this point in time, intellectually and logically, there is no reason to believe.

I grew up in a household of lapsed Catholics. They taught me how to pray and we went to church occasionally, but my parents warned that the Bible wasn’t meant to be taken literally. My mom also used to dabble in astrology and even consulted psychics on occasion. Even though I lacked solid religious structure, I always wanted God to be a close part of my life. Before tests and competitions I would pray to the Almighty to help me win. Sometimes it worked, sometimes not. There were times when I experienced such amazing coincidences that I was sure I was getting signs from the Almighty.

In high school I had a boyfriend who was interested in fundamentalist Christianity. The Christians I got to know through him were truly wonderful people, willing to drop anything to help you out. They seemed to exemplify the true spirit of Christ. Of course, there were others that were arrogant and judgmental, but I dismissed them as not being “true Christians”. I also attended Catholic schools for a few years and had many positive experiences with the priests and nuns. I have no sour grapes.

Over the years I continued to identify myself as Christian although I rarely went to church. I still maintained an active prayer life and felt that God was always with me and would protect me and bring me to heaven. To be honest, most of the time I was more worried about my looks, boys, friends, and school, but my underlying belief in the Lord gave me peace of mind. Of course I had been taught about science and evolution but I found ways to rationalize this as being consistent with a Christian God.

This past summer I had what you might call a nervous breakdown and had to be hospitalized for almost a week. For awhile I totally lost touch with reality. I believed all sorts of things that I now recognize are not true. Among those thoughts was a belief that Jesus was coming down from heaven to take me as his bride. This was based on something I read in the book of Revelations. Obviously, this didn’t happen, although I strongly believed it at the time and even thought I had evidence to justify my expectations. Once my mind straightened out, I was left to wonder if some of the most basic religious ideas that I had might not be true either.

It was while studying for the Law School Admission Test that I had an epiphany. Studying for the test taught me to think logically about everything, and that included religion. I started to realize that if you logically look at Christianity, it just doesn’t add up. If even the apostle’s questioned Jesus, how was I supposed to trust in him when all the evidence pointed against him being the son of God. Plus, to believe in Christ you must also take the Old Testament as being true and that book didn’t hold up to scrutiny either. If this is the God that created the universe, then he also created science, logic, and reason. Why would this God want us to believe in him based on hearsay? There were numerous other questions that Christianity couldn’t answer.

I wish Christianity was true. I wish there was a benevolent God looking out for us who would listen to our prayers. Not having God in my life has left me feeling empty and depressed. I have gone from feeling like an immortal being made in the likeness of God to simply an evolved monkey, nothing more than a collection of cells, alone in the cruel world. This change in belief has certainly humbled me. The church can be so seductive, but in my heart I can no longer call myself a Christian. The decision to live in reality has not been an easy or happy one.

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  1. Anya, I would like to say that I understand 100%. I had the exact same experience as you. I understand that sinking feeling when the realization comes full circle. It’s like you’re mourning.

    Happy to discuss it further if you like, for a fellow apostate, as the Church would have us be labelled.

  2. I am sad you feel that way. To me, life, existence, is a incredible miracle based on almost impossible odds that one would ever exist. I celebrate the existence that I have every day. I am saddened by those who waste this existence with silliness like original sin and born with sin and sin. Childish people who feel they need a parental figure watching over them at all times to make them behave. Every good act they commit is tainted with the idea that they are doing it to impress god – that they are doing it to get into Heaven or avoid Hell. They will never know the sheer joy of doing something good for a fellow human knowing you did the deed because it was a good thing to do.

  3. I rejected Christianity as a child.
    (I have always adored logic and reasoning.)

    Spent most of my life as an atheist. (So, I didn't feel the loss you feel.)

    Today, I'm actually best described as a nonreligious, agnostic theist.
    (I believe in god, but not religion, I don't claim to *know* what god wants, etc..)

    You don't have to give up on god just because you have logically discredited ONE religion.
    Hope that helps…. ;-)

  4. Christianity is not a religion it is the way of life . The Bible is the true word of living God ,this is the only book were the Author is with U while u go through it .Jesus never came to establish a religion but he came to share Love ,remove curse ,Sin & death .Dear friend where ever u r just call upon Him He will answer u .Jesus loves u, cares for U and heals the broken heart .
    Be blessed .

  5. Anya, I am So sorry you are in this frame of mind currently after accepting the truth. But perhaps you should look it this way…you never had anything different then than now. A person cannot lose something they never had. So that feeling that you miss was of your own mind all along and that mind is still yours and even more so as there is experiential reigning now. Most poetic naturalists like myself are the happiest moral people I have ever met. As said above a number of ways it’s beautiful to realize this is our shot and that death is the exact bookend opposite to birth….there was nothing to fear then and there is no reason to believe there is anything to fear at the other end. I understand your current disorientation but as your brain is and was in charge its ALL under your control. Good luck…much love….welcome to poetic naturalism.

  6. Wishing for a benevolent God is one thing. But lots of people are more interested in believing in a devil and Hell.

    And rulers want to point to their Right to Rule.

  7. Hmmm… I personally feel that my faith in God has less to do with a particular book or tradition than it does with my choice. My choice is not up for being proven true or untrue. I personally choose to believe in a God that is a God of reality, and whenever science discovers a new fact, that is just scientists discovering more about how God does things in the Universe.

    As a consequence of this attitude, my faith can never be at odds with reality or science. Morally and ethically, I live by the tenets that pervade nearly all religions, “Do to others what you would want done to you”. There is no room for bigotry in such a system.

    I don’t focus on the concept of sin as a feature I must rise above, so much as the fact that I am not perfect and I can be and do better.

    The concept of a personal God is exactly that, personal. In an Universe that has an Earth in it with some 7+ billion people on it, and probably many more inhabited planets with their own spirit seeking population, there must be an almost infinite number of ways that God is perceived and striven for. As long as those ways respect the planet they are on, as well as a persons autonomy, their dignity, and encourages them to participate as an equal with the rest of humanity, then who can judge them?

    But where a system of belief dictates that those who don’t believe as they do are not only wrong, but must be converted, or ostracized if they don’t, it seems to me that faith is missing the point of the word FAITH.

    Faith is not the adherence to a doctrine because of its proven infallibility. It is believing in something without proof. But proof goes both ways, something can be proven true or false. No one should believe in anything proven untrue. But God is afforded infinite mystery, always lies beyond the proven. But God of reality encompasses all truth. So honest science can never be inimical to God, but likewise God will always be out of the reach of proof.

    The choice to believe or not is simply a choice, and one none can judge.

  8. I think love is all accepting! If being Christed Jesus fell in true love. His being at one with all has nothing to do with religion. To be in love truly has nothing to do with the mind. A belief in love is all about the limitations of a mind! God being love is all encompassing. Be in love with all accept every moment as a gift of love and everyone as being a participant in our ongoing ever changing sea of love.

  9. " simply an evolved monkey, nothing more than a collection of cells, "…And there is a problem with this? An Elephant or a Slug is just the same, and there is a problem with this? Do what you can here, that is enough. For ever and eternity is too much for a mere human, and the company of god won't really make that any better. Singing praises for all eternity? I've sung an opera for an evening and that was enough.


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