I can’t. It’s that simple.
Someone I think I regard as a friend and I have had brief exchanges about some of the points I’ve brought up on this blog and he’s brought up some valid points. The fact is that for every point I bring up, every argument against the christian message that I bring up, christians do have comebacks. It’s not like I lay down challenges that cannot be answered, in a way. And I do mean “in a way.” By “in a way,” I mean that I can saying one thing and the christian can say something in an attempt at a response. Now that doesn’t mean that the christian refutes my point, it just means that he says something, whether logically relevant or not.
For example, I can say “Jesus was not be the seed of David because his biological father was not the seed of David in accordance with biblical precedent.” Now a christian could say in reply, “Well, Mary was descended from David too.” Or they could say, “Well, Jesus couldn’t have the sin nature so God had to be his father.” Yes, the christian has points he can refer to in an attempt to oppose my point. Do their points actually refute my first point? Or have they done a logical fallacy in reply? Do I even have to try to refute every single one of their arguments? Is that even the point?
Look, my wife’s a christian. A good amount of people she knows are christians. My birth family were and are christians. I’ve been ill-formed, non-conformist for quite some time. I can see and I know that they can’t change me and I cannot change them. They are them and I am me. It’s that simple. They don’t have some knock-out argument to get me to follow their religion and I don’t believe I have a knock-out argument to change them. That’s because this is about more than just arguments and the throwing around of opinions and facts. There is much more involved. Relationships, emotions, tradition, etc.
When I write my articles, I don’t write them to change people. I write them for me. If nobody reads them, I have my record. It’s just that I’ve made this record more outward-showing. If I question myself and ask how I got here or why I have my point of view, I have a record of it. I’m blessed that one or two people who read it resonate with it. But that’s just an extra.
You see, I understand, based on the Proverbs of Solomon, that a person who is happy with his ways will not be convinced otherwise. The reason why there is no point in trying to refute every point of a christian is because it’s not about his defenses; it’s about his heart’s satisfaction with christianity. I could refute all the points and he would still be happy with Jesus. He’ll probably try to come at me with some points as well, but I’m happy being totally opposed to Jesus, Paul and the New Testament. Does that mean truth is irrelevant? Hell no! It has its necessary place. But arguments and debates don’t really have much benefit. Trying to make the world and people conform to me is futile. I was speaking to a gentleman recently who was talking about the need to work on oneself. That’s the only thing we can change, the only thing I can truly change. When my insides are good, then my experience with my outsides will improve. Once again, Solomon teaches me that for a person who is afflicted, all his days are terrible, but a person with a merry heart has a continual feast. Working on oneself will yield many more positive results than wrestling with the world. Or, or, maybe wrestling the world is simply an expression of the inner struggle. But once one’s priorities are set straight, I believe much of the struggle in life will be sweeter.
I want to thank the one who I think is a friend for inspiring this article. I hope it reminds me in future where to put my efforts/