What do you think? How do you think? These are two very different avenues to explore. “What” becomes the assertion and “how” is the journey that got us there in the first place. I am a lot more concerned with how people come to believe such and such a thing. This is what I can sincerely conclude as the lynchpin for why I no longer ascribe to a Biblical view of faith. This is why faith fails to be a useful word in discussions about knowledge.
This also explains why an Atheist like me gets very picky with Christian Apologetics. I was immersing myself in Christian Apologetics just before the grenade of doubt went off in my own life. I was personally spotting problems that my peers were not as concerned about. In other words, the kind of problems that I have spotted within Christianity are problems that get downplayed and are even said to not be very significant.
One such differentiation that I have picked up on is just how much divine claims of authority coincide with what is fundamentally unknown within this world. It is said to be known by God. In other words, an immense amount of knowledge is said to rest within an invisible God who inhabits an invisible realm. To that I must say, “how convenient!”
I can’t stress enough that if for some reason this is the case, then we are reaping the consequences of not having access to knowledge that appears to be extremely relevant in our modern day. One such assertion of Christianity is that there exists only one true God. In the world we must ask, how can we know this? How can we know that this is in fact the case? Just take a step back, level out your playing field, quit playing favorites and ask yourselves how you can know with any measure of certainty that such a statement is valid in the world?
I have to be honest, if I were still talking only with Christians about these matters I would probably feel like I’m going a little bonkers! So many people just don’t seem to get it. They will stand there unfazed by such questions. To that I must say, “one’s personal state of mind is a very powerful thing, and it has the potential to be extraordinarily deceived and flat out wrong!”
We must be willing to separate our state of mind from the facts as well as from what is not yet known. One of the main reasons that Christianity shies away from a consensus perspective on knowledge is because the Bible teaches that those who do not believe have sinful motives. Ulterior motives that seek to undermine and suppress the truth. How does one even begin to overcome such a stigma? The stigma exists because like it or not, it is built right into Biblical theology.
I can ooze with sincerity and honesty. I can unfold over and over again the things that have led me to unbelief. At the end of the day many Christians will read my material and conclude that I am willingly blind and polluted. They will think to themselves that I am still angry at a God that I actually doubt the existence of due to the knowledge crisis that I have rather painstakingly laid out. Will the Christian admit that the Bible paints a pretty dim picture of me regardless of what the truth may actually be? Time will tell.