I care about Christians! Are you a little shocked? An Atheist that cares about a religion? I care because I was one. I was seriously all in for a little over ten years. That means something folks. It meant a lot then and it means a lot now. My own personal state of mind based upon the facts and what I truly know is what has changed. I once truly believed until disbelief settled in over a period of many years. That is my story, like it or not.
You must understand that if you want to maintain a charge toward me that says I was led away by sin, I’m going to answer back with a challenge. The Bible has erected an authority structure that deems unbelief itself as a sin. In other words, the unbeliever should just know better! There is ample reason to acknowledge God on this view. Well, is there? It’s a simple question with a not so simple answer.
Think about it this way, let us maintain the idea that there seems to be ample reason to acknowledge the existence of God apart from having a Bible. To take it one step further let us imagine a life that is not informed by the Bible at all. To put it in another way, imagine yourself without access to the Christian faith tradition and its set of sacred texts. What kind of knowledge would you have about the Triune nature of God? What would you know about good and evil? What would you know about Jesus?
You are in essence a blank slate. In such a case how is it that you would gather knowledge about religion? What kind of knowledge would it be? What category would it belong in? Do you think your religion and view of a God or gods may look just a little different in the present? Then ask yourself this question: Is it right for Christians to assume in the present that the God of the Bible would undoubtedly intervene in such a case? Since heaven and hell does seem to correlate to what human beings know within this life, are you confident that you would pass the theology quiz under such conditions?
All I can say is to look at every indigenous tribe throughout the world. Be observant about how much theology and religion differs simply because of the region one lives in. Countless human beings that lack the basic knowledge for salvation that is found in your Bible. Are you still going to assume that an all-powerful God is doing his darndest to be known, truly known, by every human being on this planet?
Here is what I see, I see droves of human beings all throughout history that do not reflect the scenario that is advocated in the Bible. I see one faith tradition that appears to behave and fluctuate much like its two main cousins. I see a species that is simply struggling to stay alive in a disease infested set of present conditions. To just have faith is not a relevant solution to these problems.