In my last article (here), I discussed 3 bad reasons to reject Christianity. Those previous 3 were just the tip of the bad argument iceberg. Really, there are many bad reasons to reject Christianity. These reasons are “bad” because they are illogical, unreasonable, intellectually dishonest, or just simply not true. As a former atheist, these rejections to Christianity are familiar, and they are probably familiar to you too. Let’s look at 3 more bad reasons to reject Christianity.
1. “CHRISTIANITY ISN’T THE MODERN WAY OF THINKING”
Once again, we find ourselves contemplating a frequented logical fallacy. Informally, this logical fallacy is known as “chronological snobbery,” this statement asserts that because there are conflicting and more modern schools of thought, the older thought system of Christianity must therefore be false. Hopefully the absurdity of such a stance is obvious. Christianity does not become increasingly less valid as time marches away from Jesus’ crucifixion. A theory, philosophy, religion, or school of thought does not become false simply because it is “old.” If such were the case, then whatever school of thought was the most modern (and contradicted the previous one) would be true. To illustrate the ridiculousness of such a claim, let’s examine some examples.
If such is the case, then the day that Siddhartha Gautama had his epiphany under that tree, Buddhism was true. But then when Zoroaster began spreading his message of modified monotheism that was true. Then when Jesus began preaching his message that was true, then when Muhammad began to preach his message that was true, then when Darwin published The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle of Life that was true. Then when Joseph Smith found those gold tablets Mormonism was true, then when “Judge” Rutherford renamed his followers to Jehovah’s Witnesses that was true. If we are familiar with reality, we should recognize that truth does not operate on a “whatever is new is true” basis. If such were the case, whatever the newest philosophy is, it’s true! Even if I created one in my head right now, it would be true because it is “modern.” Just because a school of thought is modern does not mean it is true, and truth is not contingent upon what year it was first uttered.
There are some truths which do change with time (e.g. it is true that the year is 2015 AD, but in a few months that statement will not be true), but Christianity involves a different class of claims. The truth of Christianity does not have an expiration date. If Jesus was correct in stating that He was the Son of God 2,000 years ago, He still is now. If the God of the Bible existed 2,000 years ago, He exists now. If the Bible was correct 2,000 years ago, it is correct now. We may not like what Christianity states, claims, or tells us about ourselves, but its age does not make it any less valid. Truth is truth no matter when it is discovered, stated, or recorded. Thankfully, truth value doesn’t diminish with time.
2. “THERE ARE SO MANY SUPPOSED GODS”
This stance usually states that because there are so many gods which supposedly exist, there is no way to tell whether one does or not. And it is often stated that to claim that you know one god exists rather than another, you are being arrogant. Imagine if 1,000 people stole my identity. There they are, walking around as Forest Antemesaris, all claiming that they are the real Forest. And you conclude, “Since all of these people claim to be the real Forest Antemesaris, the real Forest Antemesaris doesn’t exist.” Meanwhile, here I am existing, unbeknownst to you because of your illogical conclusion.
If the God of Christianity exists, the claim of other gods existing does not affect His existence. Imagine if no other gods were supposed to exist, only the God of Christianity. Would that necessitate that the God of Christianity exists? No, it wouldn’t. Likewise, the claim of multiple gods does not necessitate that He doesn’t exist. I encourage you to look at the claims and evidence behind Christianity and its God rather than irrationally concluding that since multiple people claim multiple gods exist, none of them can. Such is, quite frankly, intellectually lazy.
3. “THE BIBLE HAS BEEN CORRUPTED AND IS UNRELIABLE”
If I had a dollar for every time I heard this one, I would be in a higher income bracket. Yet, each time I hear this I ask the individual for some evidence of the Bible’s corruption or unreliability, and invariably, they don’t have a response. The Bible is the most historically reliable document in human history. For those who are unfamiliar, the New Testament was originally written in Koine Greek (a language which can be studied and learned still today). The number of Greek New Testament manuscripts (both whole and partial) is over 5,700 copies (some dated as early as 120 AD) which is far more than any other classical document. In fact, Plato’s manuscripts (nobody doubts his writings are historically reliable) are only 7 in number, with the earliest copy dating 1,300 years after they were originally written.
There are some textual variations in the Greek New Testament manuscripts, but only in 1/1,000 of the text (with most of the variations being grammar or spelling). The English Bibles we have today are not substantially different than the original Greek New Testament manuscripts. The translation process works, and is done meticulously so. There is absolutely no evidence that the Bible has been “corrupted” and to claim so is to admit ignorance. Likewise, the Bible is the most historically reliable document on the face of the planet. We might not like what the Bible says, but we can’t honestly, rationally conclude that it has been corrupted or that it is unreliable.
If you are holding to any of the above 3 reasons to reject Christianity, I hope you are willing to be open to reason. When it’s all said and done, what we perceive as the most modern, claims of other gods, and baseless claims of the Bible being corrupt and unreliable are not good reasons to reject Christianity. I encourage you to unbiasedly examine the claims of Christianity. Examine the tenets, the propositions, and the evidence—you may just be surprised what you find.