2:5 Why So Many Still Believe
If Christianity can't be true why do so many people believe in it?
Most simply don't question it enough. At face value Christianity is very appealing and has been so embedded into our culture that most don't even see a reason or need to question it.
When those do question Christianity the answers presented by their church groups and Christan apologists sound convincing... at face value. So convincing that most, understandably, stop questioning and as a result never find the actual answers. To help you stay on track in your quest for truth, below are some tips for avoiding commonly misleading tactics.
Put Aside Emotions & the Hype
We all know that nothing clouds our judgement more than emotions, and Christianity is often viewed as an emotionally intense relationship. Christians are told stories of how they are all guilty and how much God still loves them, much like a verbally abusive boyfriend conning his "undeserving" victim into believing she is fortunate for his acceptance and "love". Bigger churches even rile the crowd up through rock shows, theater, and overly charismatic spokesmen preaching similar stories. To stay focused one must discard the theatrics, put aside their emotions, and take a deep breath to see if the stories are actually convincing or compelling on their own.
Don't Be Distracted By Numbers
Many assume that Christianity is true simple because so many people agree it is so, but under that mindset we would all still be agreeing that the world is flat. "The majority rules" is not a valid an honest basis of belief. Even so, the belief of Christians are still not the majority view. Christianity may be the world's largest religious group but only around 33% of the world's population believes in it. That may still sound like a lot but even that group is divided on what they believe is and is not true. All the different sects of Christian belief are commonly clumped together just to give the illusion of looking like the near-majority.
Apply Equal Honesty
Most arguments for Christianity can be disproved by simply applying it to any other topic. A certain subconscious and understandable bias is given by Christians to any response in defense of their religion. In order to avoid this bias try applying the argument to any other topic and see if it still sounds like a valid argument. For example, some believe that Christianity must be true because, historically, people have died for the faith. Sounds logical, people would not be willing to die for a lie. However people have also killed themselves for the UFO religion Heaven’s Gate. Does that mean there really was a space craft trailing the comet Hale-Bopp? Obviously not. Just because people are willing to die for a claim does not mean that the claim is true. It just means that they think it is true.
Beware of Quote Mining
Quotes are very easy to misuse to give a false impression of what an author means. Apologists commonly take quotes out of context so it appears that the experts agree with them. To find out what scientists and historians really say listen to them instead of letting apologists speak for them. Quotes, even in context, should still never be used as a basis of truth. What experts say is not as important as why they say what they say.
What Is Meant, Not Just Said
Being honest about the words said by scientists while lying about what was actually meant by those words is a common tactic by Apologists. It's so effective because a person can actually check to see that the scientists really do say what the apologists say they are saying. However, what it sounds like they mean is not always what is actually meant because certain terminology holds different meaning when used in layman terms. For example, in layman terms a "theory" is just a guess while in scientific terms that is called a "hypothesis" while "theory" is used to mean something very different. Again it is best to just let the experts speak for themselves instead of letting apologists speak for them.
Remember to Fact Check
All Christian apologists rely on the anticipation that you will not fact check their claims. Many Christians feel that they are honest about their faith when they are willing to question it and seek answers but they typically don’t question the given answers. Thus they are only taking the first steps in being honest but never go all the way. When reading an answer given by apologists (or anyone) it is crucial to fact check their claims and research their sources. Afterwards you should fact check those sources repeating the process until you reach an answer that cannot be disproved no matter how hard you try. Only then are you being as honest as possible.
Don't Be A Groupie
If you want an honest answer about anything you cannot be a groupie and cannot seek answers from groupies. It is far too challenging to worship something and think critically about it at the same time. For example, if you want to know who is the most skilled and talented guitar player of our generation you probably wouldn't only seek answers from obsessive fans of the Disney boy band "The Jonas Brothers". In their eyes, The Jonas Brothers are "OMG the best ever <3 <3" no matter what. If you want an unbiased answer it is best to also seek answers outside of the fanatical circle.
Question everything, even the answers to your questions.
- 1:1 The Need To Discuss Christianity 1:2 Christianity Isn't Harmless 1:3 Has it Caused Good? 1:4 Christianity's Immoral Teachings
- 2:1 Why Christianity Can't Be True 2:2 God 2:3 Jesus Christ 2:4 Souls & the Supernatural 2:5 Why So Many Still Believe
- 3:1 Closer look at the Bible 3:2 False Claims 3:3 Contradictions 3:4 Bible Stories
- 4:1 History of the Faith 4:2 Creating the Bible 4:3 Changes & Lost Gospels 4:4 Inventing Christ
- 5:1 Living For This Life 5:2 What Godlessness Means 5:3 Atheism & Humanism 5:4 Stories of De-Conversion 5:5 Answers & Concerns
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