Friday, February 1, 2013

FacePlant of the Day - Debunking Christianity: There Isn't a Bad Reason to Reject the Christian Faith

John Loftus apparently thinks that there are no bad reasons for rejecting the God of the Bible. He posted a very lengthy blog post attempting to elaborating on his delusion. Let's look at a couple of quotes from his attempt at reason.

But I have to confess here and now, up front and center, that there isn't a bad reason to reject the Christian faith. I don't expect people to agree. It's a conclusion I have come to from everything I have learned. Again, there isn't a bad reason to reject the Christian faith. Since there might be one I'll leave it up to someone to suggest it. Otherwise, my claim stands. 

 Of course there is an obviously bad reason to reject Christianity. It's so plain and it shows that Loftus does not really even consider it a possibility. What if it's true?  If it is true, and I believe it is true, then that would be an extremely bad reason to reject Christianity. Loftus says he has come to the conclusion that the Bible is not true due to over 40 years or studying it. It's sad that after all that time he does not understand what Christianity is. Loftus does repeat in this article what he believes the Christian faith is.

Keep in mind that my target is evangelical, conservative, Bible thumping Christianity, the kind that would accept this Doctrinal Statement (or DS):
There is an omniscient, omnibenelovent, omnipotent God who sent Jesus to atone for the sins of all who believe in him. This same God desires everyone should be saved and that no one should be lost (See 1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9).
Evangelicals believe more than this DS, but at a minimum they believe it. Calvinists need not apply.
 Obviously, Loftus has an Arminian perspective on salvation and seems to want to think that Calvinism should be ignored. Neither 1 Timothy 2:4 or 2 Peter 3:9 nor any place in the Bible tells us that God has chosen each and every individual human being for salvation. Considering that he does not know God and never knew God  it is no wonder he doesn't understand what the difference is between what some people say they believe and what the Bible says. Loftus thinks that the God of the Bible is obligated to save everyone and because not everyone believes that is proof that God does not exist. He is frustrated because that is not the God the Bible reveals to us.

Loftus keeps giving us reasons to pray for him not good reasons to reject the God who bought us - those who believe and are being saved. Loftus illustrates the following:

But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. - 2 Peter 2:1

Debunking Christianity: There Isn't a Bad Reason to Reject the Christian Faith
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