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In a way I am continuing my previous dive into the subject of the contemporary Christian’s lack of intellectual credibility. Currently, there appears to be an imbalance between the mind and the heart within our faith, and while I’m sure there are some who can be proud of their ability to perform this extreme balancing act, the majority of Christians weigh down the side they are currently comfortable with, not leading to their own destruction but to the destruction of the credibility of our institution as a whole.

Before I go further let me start with an example. I have a friend who I often have deep philosophical discussions with, and whether it’s an exploration of a subject or a debate, we always do our best to rationalize and articulate our points to the best of our ability. As I am a Christian and my friend is an Agnostic, it is always refreshing to share thoughts and ideas without the tension of different belief systems. He recently told me of a situation where his co-worker asked about his religious beliefs and he proceeded to tell her of his Agnosticism. As she ministered to him he began to pick out all of her fallacies, biases, and lack of knowledge of her own religion and others. He managed to just tune her out, give her the answers he knew she wanted, all for the sake of getting her to stop talking to him because already in his head he decided that it was pointless to engage in conversation with someone who lacks the ability to rationalize and articulate. What saddens me the most by this event is that he eventually admitted to me that each time he meets a Christian like that it drives him further away from wanting to believe it. Although this seems to be an extreme case, the majority of these situations are not too far off.

Coming back to the imbalance I spoke of, there seems to be an overwhelming reliance on the feelings and emotions of the faith without enough understanding of the philosophy of faith itself and the history. I believe these to be essential subjects for all believers to better themselves and the credibility of the faith. Just like signing a contract you must read all of the print, not out of fear, but for those who would ask you to explain what you have signed. You want to be able to tell them why you gave your life to Christ, not just your “testimony” but how it validifies all we know of the world and the way we should be living on Earth.

We have moved into an age of information; due to the Internet it is too easy to find other answers for life other than God. In the past, man did not scientifically understand the world, nor did they have free time to explore other options because of the need to work for food and survival. Slowly but surely, the quality of life improved and just as slowly man’s need to have a divine figure to depend on left. Yet, as the Bible says in Romans 1:20 “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse,” so we must continue to minister. And we, as Christians must be prepared to explain our faith intelligibly to those who need to understand us rather than feel, think.

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