Atheists and Christians have a commonality in that neither likes religion. Religion is seen by both as a man made construct consisting of moral laws and spiritual rituals in attempt to earn acceptance by a deity. Atheists rightly deconstruct religion to reveal hypocritical adherence to laws, absurd religious practices, and no evidence of any connection to the divine. Moreover, this often appears to be all there is to Christianity as well because for many American Christians all they know is Christianity as a religion in the aforementioned definition.
Looking at or experience religion can understandably lead one to doubt the very existence of God. It is a reasonable test to watch those who claim to know Him to see if there is anything at all in their life to warrant further investigation into their claims about God.
Real Christianity is not about religion at all as Jesus was never about religion and often rebuked those who were religious. Did you know that the word Christian was bestowed upon followers of Christ in a derogatory manner? It literally means “little Christ”. However, the name stuck because it aptly describes who we are to be. A real Christian is one whose life is in a process of transformation of becoming like Jesus, in that we love like He loves and we learn to reflect His nature in our lives. This is not accomplished by working hard to keep a system of rules and traditions. It’s actually not about rules at all.
Jesus said He fulfilled all of the law. He also said that all of the law rest on two commandments: to love God and to love people. Because all laws and commandments are fulfilled in Christ, Christians don’t guide their lives by any law, but by Christ alone. Therefore, we don’t love God and people because that makes us righteous, but we love God and people because we are made righteous through Christ and the finished work of the cross. We are changed by Him and for Him into a new creation. We are restored to life with God as He intended it to be. Thus our lives ought to be a visible living testimony of the reality of the Gospel and the love of God.
I appreciate atheist for demanding authenticity of our claims to God’s existence. However, I ask that you always seek the truth even if the reality you find to be authentic is different than what you thought it would be. I also ask that when you find authentic truth you will let it touch your life.
I firmly believe that all the answers you seek are found in the person of Jesus Christ. I hope you will return to this blog to read more in your quest for truth.