Letter To An Atheist
by Marc Gaerlan
I understand you having doubts. I understand having doubts because I’ve had many. I’ve questioned the existence of God. I’ve questioned the character of God. I’ve questioned if Jesus was God incarnate. I’ve questioned what’s in the Bible. I’ve questioned if faiths other than Christianity were true. I’ve questioned if atheism were true. I’ve doubted these things very, very strongly at times, and at times the questions I’ve had enveloped my mind fully, and tore at my heart.
I doubt there’s anything you doubt about God, the Bible, Jesus, creation, or anything you doubt that I haven’t doubted. If there are any doubts you have that I haven’t considered I’ll probably get to them.
I doubt, and question, because that’s the way I am. Call it what you like, critical thinking, an open mind, being logical, or just being careful with this life that I have, wanting to live it to the fullest, most meaningful and productive way I can. Living it in the most truthful way I can, my human faults notwithstanding. I think we can both agree on that. I hope so.
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I’m not ashamed to admit I have had, and likely will have more doubts or at least questions about this faith I hold to. John the Baptist, who was Jesus harbinger as well as cousin, had his own doubts about who Jesus was, despite his previous personal experience with Jesus. When John the Baptist was in prison, he sent messengers to Jesus to ask Him “Are you the One who was to come, or should we expect somebody else?”. I’m in good company.
You may be thinking I’m wrong to characterize you as having doubts. You may be thinking “I don’t doubt that there is a God, I’m sure there isn’t”. Maybe you don’t have doubts. I would suggest to you that doubting is healthy, that doubting what we believe–or don’t–is a vital and important part of life, and loving and seeking truth. Stagnation of the heart or mind is a terrible thing, and a waste of who we are, or could become…
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