You Just Haven’t Been To My Church Yet!
In the past, when I’ve discussed my non-belief with Christians I’ve often been told: “You’re just an atheist because you haven’t been to my church yet!”. Before I became an all out atheist, or more accurately, before I came to understand that my position was atheism, I decided to see if these Christians were right. In the last fifteen years I’ve been to several different kinds of churches, each with it’s own take on the story of Christianity and each a unique approach on how to better teach its gospel. I think I can now safely say that it is not the individual church, nor is it the way in which the church presents the “good news” that keeps me from being a Christian. It is what is at the heart of every Christian church, your theology contained in your bible.
Either the stories contained in your bible are the literal truth or they are not. Either the world presented by the scientific community is a fiction or it is not. Both entities are opposed to each other whether you like it or not. Your bible contains many stories that cannot be true when put against the tests of the scientific mind. They have been contested for the last two thousand years and up until recently those who contested your bible have not been debated, they have been tortured or murdered, which seems quite ridiculous when one understands your entire faith is based on the torture and murder of one man, but I digress.
The biblical account is found wanting by the skeptic because of the extraordinary stories presented and the lack of any evidence to prove these stories true. No matter what light you show your god in, we will easily be able to see the truth of the matter by taking a quick look at your book. We see genocide, slavery, misogyny, and xenophobia covertly trying to be covered up by a thin layer of “love” and “compassion”. We see the justifications for a father who hits you because he loves you, but anyone with common sense can see that love is love because it doesn’t beat the shit out of you, even if you might deserve it.
The rest of the world moves forward scientifically and ethically, past the bronze age rules and punishments detailed in your book. Christianity will never be able to convince the skeptical community on the whole because your religion will always have to be based on the accounts in your bible. The cornerstone of your faith is also the rock you have tied to your feet, enthusiastically drowning yourselves.