Capt 1 cont. Why Believe / practice?

Posted: January 16, 2009 by datechguy in catholic
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Just back from the college tour will expand on that in my next post but lets finish the thought in my previous one that I got up just before we left the house.

If one actually disbelieves in Christianity, disbelieves in the existence of God and in the divinity of Christ, yet attends and goes through the motion, then your Christian actions are just that of the member of a club with some odd tastes. They mean no more that dressing up for Halloween.

If one is a clergyman or woman who doesn’t believe in Christ or God then you are in the wrong profession, you can not do your job and be true to yourself.

If one isn’t sure about God or Christ and wishes to explore that is a fine. The search for truth is not only a vital part of Christianity but of life in general. This is also why scientific inquiry is very consistent with Christian belief. If a Christian tells you differently they he or she doesn’t know their religion.

If one doesn’t believe at all one might study and examine Christian practice in order to understand it, or as a historical or cultural thing. Christopher Hitchens for example has said that one can’t understand the history of western civilization without some knowledge of scripture, but the actual practice of religion is a waste of time.

In the end the bottom line still remains:

If Christianity is not true then no amount of belief will make so. All ones actions in support of Christianity will not matter.

If Christianity is true then no amount of disbelief will make it not so. All ones actions and denials will have a price that will come due.

Or as I like to say either way live your life the way you want.

After that you’re on your own.

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