On what basis do Christians reject other gods?
In response to my previous post “Rejecting the Obvious Truth of the Gospel,” pj11 said:
Words such as “believe,” “submit,” and “bow” indicate to me that an action is required on your part to be saved. While you may not “feel” like you’ve willfully rejected Christ by doubting the truth of Scripture, it appears that your refusal to take the appropriate active response to the Gospel is a rejection of Him.
pj11, thanks for your response. You replied exactly as I would have a couple of years ago before I left Christianity. The reason I wrote the referenced article is because of the conception Christians have regarding their ‘truth’ of the Gospel. The issue for me is that the ‘Truth’ of the Bible is not at all apparent. I am not asking for a systematic proof that the Christian Gospel is true. I regard faith, wonder and mystery to be central to the creative being, and a natural part of who we are. There is room for faith, and I have never had a problem with that. I do not need proof! However, when much of the Christian Gospel, the Christian Scriptures, and the Christian Worldview is just *wrong*, and can be shown to be wrong, there is room for much doubt and ambiguity.
If God is who he says he is, and if he truly loves each and every one of us, I believe he should make himself sufficiently well known to us that we truly have no excuse if we were to reject him. However, there is sufficient reason not to believe the Christian Gospel. I remember reading some of the apologetic notes in my trusty old Thompson Chain Reference Bible, wondering how I could continue to believe this stuff with any integrity. I remember praying to God to please, PLEASE show himself to me if he was who he said he was, only to be met with non-answers in the Bible. I begged God, I pleaded with God to show himself to me and to ease my doubts. I remember my wife walking into my study, to find me with my face hot with tears crying over my open Bible and my list of unanswered questions for God. Maybe someday God will answer me; but for now, I have rejected holding on to those things which I see no reason to be true. And I am finally at peace.
Would you like it, pj11, if all your life you were threatened with eternal damnation if you did not believe that Thor was your personal Messiah and that you must submit to him? You read books about him, saw movies about him, went to fan conventions about him, collected all the legends about him, had daily readings from Homer, yet over time you just could not believe in the reality of the Truth of Thor? You enjoyed all the stories about him, you liked singing songs to him in daily devotionals, but you had to force yourself to believe in him despite not seeing any good reason to. You believed for years because your culture dictated it, but in the end you finally had to concede that there was no real truth to the existence of Thor! You looked around, investigated the claims about him, and just simply saw no objective truth behind it. You do not hate him, you just see no reason to believe he is real.
Pj11, this is not a flippant scenario that I cooked up. Why do you reject the Truth of Thor? Why do you not accept the Truth of Thor, a deity who was once worshiped as the prime deity amongst the pantheon of gods? How about something closer to home, like Allah? Have you searched the web for Islamic Apologetics? Why don’t you submit to the truth of Islam?
When you answer those simple questions, you will know exactly why I do not accept Jesus Christ as God. I have no reason to believe in the god Jesus, just has you have no reason to believe in the gods Thor or Allah. I see no objective reason to believe in Jesus just as you see no objective reason to believe in those or any other deities. And if God sends me to hell for using my brain, for not forcing myself to believe something of which I have no reason to think is true, or as Heather says, that 2+2=15, then God is a monster and this whole universe is truly mad.