I have talked to many believers face to face and online for about six years. Not one of them believes me when I say there isn’t anything important they can tell me that I haven’t considered before. Almost to a person they speak and write as if they can share something new that would cause me to change my mind. It’s pathetic to me, and frustrating. I have to start all over with each new believer to convince them of this. Even now some believer just may comment below with what is perceived as something new, or a new approach to reaching me. Many have tried arguing with me. Others have ridiculed me–remember, it’s supposed to have an effect when we do it to believers!? Some have tried being kind to me. A few have asked me to come “experience God” at their worship service.
I agree completely with John’s sentiment.
I was part of the Christian church for fifty years. I was an Evangelical pastor for twenty five years. I spent most of my life DAILY reading and studying the Bible. I have spent countless hours reading theology books. While the Bible may be a “timeless” book, as some Christians say, it is not an inexhaustible book. I am quite confident that I have exhausted its contents and that it has nothing more to say to me.
I am quite sure many Christians will find my words quite arrogant. They are convinced that the Bible is a magic book that keeps on giving. No matter how many times you read it, it tells you something new and original, the Christian says.
No, it doesn’t and I think a lot of Christians who SAY this really don’t believe it. How else do we explain the fact the most Christians rarely, if ever read the Bible, and IF they read it, they read Psalms, Proverbs, and portions of the New Testament, leaving vast portions of the Bible untouched?
The Bible may still be a bestseller but it is a bestseller that is collecting dust or found residing in the back window of the car, only to removed from its resting place for an hour or two on Sunday.
Yet, these same Christians think they have something they can tell me that will cause me to repent and return, or come for the first time, to Jesus. Since most Christians never read the Bible from cover to cover how is it they think they have anything to say to me? Their theology is as deep as the 3 minutes they spend in Our Daily Bread. Their reading habit consists of reading books written by pabulum giving Evangelical authors of the day. These people think Joel Osteen and TD Jakes are scholars.
No bragging here, just facts. I know the Bible inside and out. Over the past four years, countless Christians have tried to win me back to Jesus. Some have tried to use all the apologetical magic tricks in the book to get me to see the error of my way. No matter the ploy, I have heard nothing new. Nothing that would cause me to change my mind or reconsider the false claims of Christianity.
If that is arrogance, so be it. I prefer to think that I am a man who has weighed God/Jesus/Christianity/Bible in the balance and found them wanting.