There are many things in and about Christianity that don’t make sense: the sovereign mandate to kill hundreds of men, women, and children; the outlandish and outrageous commands in the Levitical law; the command the we must forgive others or our own sins won’t be forgiven—as someone who has been in abusive and traumatic situations … Continue reading If I Were to Leave Christianity, This Would be Why…
Earlier today, I read through my friend Michael Patton's post "On Leaving My First Love" and found similarities between where he was years ago and where I find myself now. In it, he speaks of his life's difficulties, arguing with God, and finally coming to a place of surrender. I am somewhere between pulling myself … Continue reading Viewing God Through the Lens of Trauma
On a Facebook thread I'm currently following concerning the need for good apologetics, as nonexistent apologetics and intellectual doubts are contributing to many leaving the Christian faith, someone made this comment: No one leaves the faith for intellectual reasons. Those who left were never of us 1 John 2:19.I am upset, but more so deeply … Continue reading If You Were a REAL Christian, You Wouldn’t Doubt (Part 2): Is There a Reason to Doubt God, Ever?
In my experience, there's one thing that is seldom, if ever, discussed in Evangelical Christian circles: doubt. If mentioned at all, it's said with a disapproving tone and usually accompanied with a head shake that is supposed to convey genuine sadness and grief over "that poor backslider" who had "such a strong relationship with Jesus", … Continue reading If You Were a REAL Christian, You Wouldn’t Doubt
Like many people, I've always wanted to write a book, but until recently, I've been enamored by the idea of writing a book. Tell people you're writing a book, that's sexy, romanticized even, but actually writing one is hard work that requires frantic writing as a new idea hits you at 4:00 am, feelings of frustration … Continue reading The Truth about Novel Writing