It may seem incongruous that a blog which is all about empirical thinking and the eradication of political dogma would be written by a Christian. It would be incongruous if Christian belief is a philosophical position. It is not. Christian belief is completely irrational, and by any rational standard is completely insane. A benevolent creator God, separated from us by our sin, loves us so much he sent his son (who is also God) to die as expiation for all the sins of the world so that all who believed on him would be credited with his righteousness and restored to a direct relationship with God. That son then went to heaven to some day return and judge the world, and in the meantime God sent us his spirit (which is also God) to show God to unbelievers and to comfort believers.
Of course that’s nuts, if you only think about it.
I’m not Christian because somebody convinced me it’s a better life choice. It took me several years before I even called myself Christian. I thought of Christians as uptight, judgemental and weak-minded. I’m a Christian because I met God.
Let us ponder a thought experiment. This one won’t work for orphans or the rainbow children of lesbian couples. If that’s you, I’m sorry for you. In either case.
Imagine that I told you your father doesn’t exist. Not only that, but that instead of being the decent father you think he is, he’s a cruel murderer. You would reply no, my father exists and he’s certainly not what you think he is. You just don’t know him. No matter how skillfully reasoned, how well-supported by evidence, no matter how many other people I cited who also think your father doesn’t exist and is cruel, you wouldn’t believe me. You would know I was wrong because you know your father.
That’s what it’s like for a born-again Christian who has not only met their spiritual and perfect father, but has a living relationship with him. It’s not a philosophical position.
For me, I met God eleven years ago. I’d heard the gospel a few times and it wouldn’t get out of my head (that was the holy spirit). I sat down one day in the centre of the city and called out to Jesus. At that moment, I saw God. Everything went white, I felt a perfect peace and I knew I was looking at God and that from then on everything would be OK. It wasn’t something I reasoned to or realised. I experienced it.
If you have not met God, then I would not expect you to agree with my views. I also understand that the implications of accepting that a moral God exists are enormous, so you shouldn’t take my word for it. If you think of yourself as a Christian but have not met God, I would encourage you to try to do so. No belief should be based upon custom or habit. All beliefs should be based upon direct experience as much as possible. Otherwise you’re not being empirical and I’m a Christian because I’m empirical, not despite it.