sent in by Mitch
When I was growing up everyone I knew was a believer. Even when I moved to California everyone was always respectful about my beliefs.
In my Junior year of college I was working on a project. One member of the group was a born and raised agnostic. I was really attracted to her and decided this was the girl I was going to marry. Of course, I had to save her first.
One day we were alone together at the library working on our part of the project. I invited her to Bible study. She said to me do you really believe that stuff? I said of course I do. She looked at me incredulously and said you really believe it? I didn't know what to say.
Whenever I went to Bible study or church services I found myself thinking do I really believe this. I felt like an outsider seeing something for the first time. I finally confided my doubts to a friend. He said "You only doubt because you think too much."
I found Dan Barker's and Ruth Hurmence Green's books and read them. Well, to make a long story short I married that girl but instead of me saving her, she saved me.
To Christians out there, for your own sakes, think and question. You are devoting so much of your time and money to your religion. Shouldn't you put that religion to the test to ensure that it's worth it. You live with so much guilt and fear. Don't you want to be certain that it's even necessary. Read the opinions of doubters and if you still believe then fine. But put it to the test.
Online Reading List
- An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish by Bertrand Russell (1943)
- Bible Teaching and Religious Practice by Mark Twain
- God is Imaginary
- Is there an Artificial God? by Douglas Adams (1998)
- Skeptics Annotated Bible
- The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine (1795)
- Which Way? by Robert Ingersoll (1884).
- Why I Am Not A Christian by Bertrand Russell (1927)