Coffee Shop Apologetics
When It All Began
Well to be perfectly honest I have always basically believed in a theistic God. I was raised in a Christian environment, with Christian parents, Christian friends went to a Christian church and grew up in the Bible Belt. I guess having Christianity and its beliefs showered upon me was to be expected. However; even though I grew up in that environment with all of that influence I still had doubts that lingered in my mind. Doubts like:
- Is there a God?
– Is it really Jesus?
– Did Jesus really resurrect?
– Are miracles even possible?
– How can I really know that the Bible is true?
– Heck, is truth even knowable?!?
– And MANY MANY more.
– How Christianity be exclusively right?
– what if another religion is right and I’m living all wrong?
– what if there is no God and I can do whatever I want?
– and much much more.
These are the thoughts that ran through my head and I grew up Christian! It was weird because for the longest time when I would ask questions, like those above, I would generally be brushed off by my most Christians even those that are considered “leaders.” That never sat right with me, I had legit questions and it seemed like there where no answers.
When Did it Get Bad?
When the doubt got the strongest was about 12 or so years ago when I enrolled in acting school….don’t laugh, I was bound and determined to be the next Chris Farley, you all wish I made it. Acting school was completely different from the rest of my life. I all of a sudden went from being a small town, Christian raised kid to being surrounded by alcoholics, drug addicts and one of my closest friends ended up being a cross dressing guy named Frank that went by Francis, that looked like amazingly like Marge Simpson who relentlessly tried to get me to go to his “fashion” shows…yes it was terrifying and no I don’t want to talk about it. Needless to say during this stage of my life I did whatever I wanted to do, whenever I wanted to do it and I did my best to convince myself there wasn’t a God or if there was he didn’t care what I did. (My story isn’t what is truly important here so I shall Segway) I’m thankful that during this time I made friends with a few people that showed me what it was like to be a Christian. Not the stereotypical fundamental judging not loving Christianity that we see often today. Legit, love your neighbor as yourself Christianity. This was 11 years ago.
When Did the Doubt Stop
The doubting stopped about five years ago. What was different? Had I found what I felt where “Christians” and that changed my mind on all the doubts? No, but it at least encouraged me that there was something real enough to make people change, sacrifice and exude grace. I realized that my opposition to the faith wasn’t as much logical as it was visceral. I began to study apologetics and Philosophy.
What is Apologetics?
Apologetics comes from the Greek word “Apolgia” which means “a defense.” As I began to study apologetics I realized 2 things…
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