From Christ to Atheism
At the time of this series of blogs, I’ve been going through a series of videos, 22 in number, produced by a young man named Chris. He claims to have been a Christian, but is now an atheist. The bulk of his testimony lay in the story of his de-conversion or how it came to be that he left the faith of his youth and became what he is today, an atheist. Let me say that I have no reason to believe he was not a Christian. I have found no statements in the word of God that would conclusively show a Christian could never lose his or her faith. Moreover, I believe history confirms that it is possible for Christians to turn their backs on Christ. Therefore, I believe him when he says in his introductory video (HERE) and the first part of his series (found HERE) that he was a real Christian. He also defines for us what atheism is (Atheism–the Definitions, found HERE), and I have no problem with his definition, so none of these videos need further commentary as far as I am concerned.
The first thing I noticed in Chris’ testimony, however, was that he wasn’t very knowledgeable about the Christian faith. For example, early in the first video, My Christian Life, he answered the invitation of one of his councilors and received Christ as his Savior, and he became born again. I have no reason to doubt his claim. However, he says that he was ‘saved’ several times, implying he responded to other invitations to receive Christ as his Savior. Just as one is born physically only once, one is spiritually born only once. One cannot have more than one spiritual birth. Either one has been reborn (spiritually) or one has not. In a later video he admits to have never read the Bible from cover to cover until he began to really question his faith, and even then he implies he got bored and gave up reading certain books of the Bible. Moreover, other statements he made concerning the Bible throughout his 22-video testimony imply Chris, though very intelligent otherwise, was not very knowledgeable about the Christian faith. He may know more about it now, and know more Biblical details today than he ever knew before he abandoned his faith.
Nevertheless, I also have no reason to doubt that Christianity was the most important thing in Chris’ life—his final claim in the video, My Christian Life. It is important to note that this young man’s testimony concerns his life before going to college, so there are reasons for his immature understanding of the Christian faith. In other words, I am not trying to fault Chris or make light of his testimony, but I do wish to put his testimony in perspective. We are not speaking of an adult with 20 or 30 years experience in the faith. Nevertheless, there is a great deal in Chris’ autobiographical account that has tremendous value in showing what had occurred to him—both in coming to Christ and in leaving the faith.
I have not, nor do I intend to challenge Chris personally to a discussion or even to ask him to peruse my commentary on his series to make sure it presents his personal views accurately. I’m sure anyone who reads my blogs and consults Chris’ video series would be able to challenge any errors on my part or bring them to Chris’ attention. I thought about challenging Chris to a debate, but why would he want to do that? I don’t mean to imply that I have the answers he seeks, but, honestly, he is a young man with a personal life and career of his own, and how much time could he have to engage in debates with all-comers willing to ‘put him straight’? Anyway, I’m sure if he does have the time and the desire to do such a thing, he would no doubt choose to do so with someone more on his educational level. After all, what challenge do I present in terms of offering him something he hadn’t heard before. I don’t mean to play down my commentary, because I do believe it is valuable to folks like me–ordinary people who live and work (or have worked) their 40+ hour week, in the process of raising (or have raised) families and have questions about things similar to those Chris had in his journey to becoming an agnostic/atheist. After all, in a society that teaches atheism, a believer would have to be totally unaware of things occurring around him to not have some questions.
Below you will find 37 blogposts I have written that mostly concern the other 19 videos of Chris’ testimony (I won’t be commenting on the first 3 videos in his series that I mentioned above). I have also added my commentary on some of Chris’ other videos (8 actually) either within his testimonial series (and I linked to that other video there) or at the end of the series (I ended commentary on the series at blogpost #30), and I linked to the other videos in question in each additional commentary just as I have throughout Chris’ testimonial series. The combined total was then brought to 37 blogposts.
- The God Concept
- Misconceptions and Answered Prayer
- How Do We Become Good?
- Deconversion–Other Christians
- Deluded by Men
- Deconversion–The Bible
- Deconversion–The Pentateuch
- Deconversion–The New Testament
- Deconversion–a la Professor
- The Documentary Hypothesis
- Deconversion–Personal Relationships
- Chris’ Personal Relationship
- Deconversion–The End
- Deconversion–Losing God
- Atheism–a New Way of Seeing God
- Chris’ New Worldview
- Atheism–Non-theistic Gods
- Atheism–Ingersoll and Mack
- Atheism–A History of God
- El Elyon
- The Enuma Elish
- King Josiah and Deuteronomy
- The Beginning of Monotheism
- Is There Any Evidence of God
- Atheism–The Evidence
- Atheism–Objections to Evidentialism
- Chris and Mere Christianity
- How Could Man Make Jesus Up?
- Addressing Iron Age Biblical Morality
- Where Do Morals Come From?
- The Logic of God
- God or Naturalism–The Evidence
- Evolution — Not a Controversy?