My Personal Journey Through Different Worldview:
“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else” C.S. Lewis “Is Theology Poetry? p.140
I was raised by most wonderful Christian parents who did not push their beliefs on my two brothers and I. At the age of 14 I started questioning every religious claims I were taught, as a result of not having enough knowledge to quench my thirst for truth, I became Agnostic in heart and mind at age 15-17( where I had my teenage-hood physical changes, “that-boy-thing guilty”). At the age 18-20 I became an Atheist in mind and Skeptic at heart.
But as an atheist, things where not clear or better. As a matter of fact, unclear and worst. As I started searching, exploring and reasoning my atheistic belief, I encounter more problems with it. How could I explaining The Problem of Evil?, Beginning of first life? Beginning of the Universe, The Something from nothingness? Ground for Objective Moral Values and Duties? The purpose and meaning of Life?
All these questions made no sense in my Atheistic Worldview. How? Because in Atheistic Worldview(Which is wrong) there is no meaning in life, there is no evil, no good, all is a simply great accident, a result of blind process, chance, and long period.
“In a universe of blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, and other people are going to get lucky; and you won’t find any rhyme or reason to it, nor any justice. The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is at the bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good. Nothing but blind pitiless indifference. DNA neither knows nor cares. DNA just is, and we dance to its music.” (Out of Eden, Richard Dawkin page 133).
“The Greatest show”? If that was true then, my search for beginning of first life was meaningless, my search if God exists or does not exist was also meaningless. And as a reasonable atheist, I knew creating my own subjective meaning will be deluding myself. It atheism is true, then this is a worst show ever. No objective meaning, no evil, no value, all seamed absurd.
What about my arguments for non-Existence of God? In truth I did not have any, my atheist arsenal, objections and claims were all fallacious, thus could not stand firm in laws of non-contradiction.
“Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence” – Carl Sagan
If Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, then this is one of extraordinary claim from Carl Sagan to which I held. Therefore it requires Saga’s extraordinary evidence for his proposition, namely “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence”
So, Mr. Sagan, and I(as a person holding this claim), what are the extraordinary evidences for this claim?
Do not get me wrong here; I accept that extraordinary claims requires extraordinary evidences for the belief/faith (not the fact), true, the next Question is do I(now holding Christian Worldview) have extraordinary evidences for my belief? Indeed, Christianity do have extraordinary historical evidences for its extraordinary belief. And more over a fact is a fact even if one fail to give extraordinary evidence for it.
It is important to know the difference between Fact and Faith. Facts is “knowing about Existence of God” and Faith is “knowing that that God has something to do with humanity”.
Good example is of great Ex-Atheist Philosophy Professor Antony Flew((11 February 1923 – 8 April 2010) who came to accept that God Exists. Flew knew/or came to know about God’s Existence, know about God in a way that God has nothing to do with his creation(which is faith).
“What can be asserted without proof, can be dismissed without proof.” Christopher Hitchens
Where is the proof of this claim Mr. Hitchens? If there is no, I will have to dismiss this too without proof on the bases of your own logic!
“There are no proofs for God”! Atheist claims. Using clam like this proves ones ignorance of search for truth. The question is not about no proof, the question is; Are the proofs for God compelling? Are they plausible than their opponents?
Even If there were no compelling proofs for Existence of God, that still does not prove God does not Exist. It only bring to question Christian’s belief in God.
William Cowper(1731-1800), Famous English poet reminds us that:
“Absence of proof is not proof of absence”
If a lawyer succeed to give proofs that Mr.Alive did not murder Mr.Dead by stabbing, shooting, poisoning, beating Mr.Dead to death or blow him up with explosives, still this does not conclude that Mr.Alive did not murdered Mr.Dead. In deed it help the juries’ probability(believe) that Mr.Alive is not likely to have murder Mr.Dead. But if the Fact is that Mr.Alive murdered Mr.Dead, that fact remains to be true despite juries belief.
Saying there is “No proof for Existence of God” therefore atheism is true; is an appeal to Ignorance. A logical fallacy of irrelevance occurring when one claims that something is true only because it hasn’t been proved false, or that something is false only because it has not been proved true.
Christianity’s Worldview has compelling arguments for Existences of God. Weighing the arguments against and for the Existences of God, Atheistic Worldview seems implausible and unlivable.
“If God Existed, then no one can know anything about Him” – Prayson Daniel (age 17 Agnostic)
But I already knew something about God namely “no one can know anything about God”
Most of my atheistic arguments and also of many other historical and Today’sFamous Atheists are self-defeating, they can not go through Law of non-contradiction examination and come out clean.
“There are no absolute Truths“(While absurdly claiming it is absolute true that there is no absolute true) This claim need to be absolute so as stand firm in what it proposes, if not then why should I accept this sweet nonsense.
Law of non-Contradiction; A can not be B and not B at the same time and same sense.
More on names of Self-defeating or Self-referentially absurd claims:
It is irrational to believe anything that cannot be verified by the scientific method.( What scientific experiment proves this statement?)
It is impossible ever to know the meaning of any written text.(How come I know the meaning of this text?)
It is immoral to believe anything without sufficient proof.( Where is your proof for this thesis?)
All propositions are true.(So it is true that “all propositions are False”? Absurd!)
No proposition is true.(Including this one 🙂 If “No Proposition is True” is not true then should I accept this claim to be True?
How I became A Christian?
For believers,my answer is short, God called me, He found me, and not that I found Him.
For non believer, my answer begins with I meeting with a beautiful and most wonderful lady(my wife) who challenged my worldview with a simple question? ” Do you know who you are against? ” If you are true genuine atheist, the answer is probably a big No!
For the love of reason, and passion to prove her wrong in her belief, I found myself in “other” side, the Theistic one. I tried to find ways to disprove Christ Jesus, trying to expose him as a mythical or legend, I tried to argue against the whole Bible(From Genesis to Revelation).
“If I were going to end up genuine atheist, then I would better be a reasonable one” so I thought.
This journey took me to the depth and the riches of Christian Faith; Christian Theology, Philosophical/Natural Theology, Church History, Evidences outside the Bible, Archeological findings, debates between Christian and non-Christians and many more.
Genuine atheist means not depending on Wikipedia, Youtube or one-sided-Arguments blogs and online forums as my only sources.
A bad, lazy and folly habit of non-genuine atheist or theist is the searching only of the fields which they already think to be true, and if you point anything fallacious or go against the forums belief, you are blocked or kicked out.
Genuine atheism or theism means daring to go outside ones bubbled-up belief. Following where the evidence points. If the Worldview we are holding is true, then it will remain true in the mist of criticism, objections, confusion and on.
Daring to read Theistic books and non-Theistic books. Daring to put my prejudiced on hold(the hardest thing to do). Not flowing or accepting people’s conclusion but exploring, reasoning, and reflecting on their arguments and in the end forming my own conclusion.
The more I tried to disproof God, the more I started to believe in God.
Like Psalmist, I tasted God(for 4 years now) and I saw, see and will see He is Good.
Taste here, does not mean, a child-hood experience with God, or I used to go to Church as mostly New Atheists and Skeptics inexcusable argument, no! Taste means Deep and correct understanding of who God is( Proper Biblical Christian Doctrine, Hermeneutics, Philosophy and Apologetic) first, And see that He is Good – What He has Done in Christ Jesus.
I am not saying Christianity is true because I am a Christian, but because at the bottom(all the philosophical arguments), Christianity is true because of who Christ Jesus is, and what He has done.
How do you know God? God can be known through:
1: Nature, thus the Five Arguments for Existence of God.(Knowing about God)
2: Through the Historical Jesus(knowing about God and knowing God)
A relationship with God is through faith. Christian faith or the word faith as used in Christianity means confidence in the truth, value and trustworthiness of Historical Jesus which is rested on logical proofs and historical evidences.
If you are a theist, dig deep to know why you believe what you believe, have bold reasons and correct logic. Doubts will always be at the door, but when they do, you have reasons to stand, a solid ground of correct reason.
The more you know, the more you believe(Prayson Daniel)