My name is Kalvin. I’m a small town guy with some big aspirations. I originally grew up in central Wisconsin, but have since lived in Minnesota during my college years and now in Austin Texas! Like many folks in their mid-twenties I’m still pinpointing how to define and practically work out my talents effectively. Up until recently I thought I had my vision for life figured out, and yet here I am to humbly say that I am back at square one.
Starting this blog is for me a way of expressing my desire begin a journey of being the kind of individual that inspires people to have a vision of life that will undeniably bring transformation in the present as well as last for generations. My vision to be a motivator of positive change and influence has not at all wavered, however my previous framework that was supposed to be my springboard into action so to speak has completely eroded from my mind.
What was the previous driving force for positive change you may ask? It was my former Christian faith that I held to very strongly for ten years, hence the title of my blog. Words can’t even describe how deeply affected I thought I was by the person of Jesus and the Bible’s alleged vision of grace. Grace was the one concept that I could not shake! I really bought the idea that the love that Christ displayed on the cross is undeniable. I thought that no open and objective mind was justified to say that this is not the highest form of love.
I won’t deny that there is still a small part of me that is attracted to the idea of a God who would suffer and die for His creatures. Also, I will never disagree that one of the highest forms of love we can express as human beings is an unconditional love for others that is demonstrated by a willingness to lay down our lives for our friends. The biggest contender that has now won out in my life is what I like to call reasonable nonbelief. My capacity to reason and test the claims that I once held so dearly has diminished faith as having any kind of role in discovering truth. Faith is admittedly an assumption that cannot be substantiated by evidence.
This post is just a taste of what is to come. In my future posts I plan to delve into what things brought me to believe in Christianity, as well as what things have recently eroded my belief in God and the supernatural. I also plan to work out what I believe to be the best motivators for positive change in light of my recent conclusions about the role of faith in my life. I welcome your feedback!
Do you agree that reason and faith are contradictory? Is faith really not able to be substantiated by evidence? Does anyone have a similar story, and what is your vision of life for the next ten years?