I love this video because it points out the potential inconsistencies of religion, ones that I even see in Christianity.
I don’t blame people for being atheists. In fact, I think it takes a lot of faith to be an atheist. There is, it seems, a certain form of irrational arguments for people of faith. As Christians, some of us may have come to faith in God because of a miracle, God revealing something to us in an hour of need, or a plethora of other experiences. For others, they came to faith in God because they believed in some form of intelligent design, or believed that without God there could be no rational explanation for meaning in life, or whatever. When someone develops a case for God, you’ll see them display their subjective experiences (not dismissing them, I’ve had them too) but the logic and rationality of atheists may poke holes in our presentation of faith. And, the same is true for people who have built a reasoning for God on logical terms, their is a whole world of reasoning that seems counter-intuitive to them.
We must submit to a notion that a Christian is not a matter of being, but of becoming. In this way, are we really Christians? Or are we becoming them? Without a sense of becoming, there is no space for doubt. There would be no passages like, “Lore I believe; help me in my unbelief.” Or even Jesus saying, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” For us, the process is an eternal “beginning to become a Christian.” In this mindset, we are able to have faith. We are able to allow gaps of doubt (which atheists are a gift at helping us out with) but still continue moving forward in faith. This is why the worship of God is love in heart, mind, and soul. If Christianity held as a fundamental teaching that the earth was help up by pillars, which is taught in the Old Testament, then people would be absurd not to dismiss it. Faith, as Stanley Hauerwas puts it, “is but a name for learning how to go on without knowing the answers.” We learn to trust in our own experiences and answers, but we strive to find them more clearly. As Peter says in the Gospel of John, “We believe and have come to know that you are the Holy One of God.”