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by Robert Weston
A few years ago I was running as a regular part of an exercise routine, despite having injured both knees playing intramural sports in college. After many instances in which I had severe, sharp knee pain, I went to the doctor to find the cause. His examination showed that I had very little cartilage in my knees. His solution to reduce my knee pains – stop running.
I wish to reject that diagnosis. Running is an exercise I really enjoy. I mean enjoyed. I don’t like the fact that running will cause more knee damage. However, I cannot allow myself to reject the facts because of an emotional response. Unless I want knee surgery in the near future.
There are other truths I don’t like either. But rejection of those truths may have serious consequences. For example, I love eating ice cream. But eating ice cream for every meal will cause disease and early death. Though I would get great emotional satisfaction from eating ice cream for dinner, I must make wiser decisions if I want to live to see my future grandkids grow up.
The majority of religious skeptics and critics I have spoken with say that they reject Christianity for rational reasons. When I ask them to explain further, they often reveal that their reasons are actually emotional roadblocks. There are certain things that they don’t like about Christianity, and therefore they reject the faith. Some common emotional reasons for rejecting Christianity include…
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