If I Were an Atheist I Would Want Christians to Study the Bible and Theology
by Jason Wisdom
If I were an atheist I would want Christians to study the Bible and theology. I can say that confidently because, on the flip-side, as a Christian, I want my atheist friends to be as well educated in atheism as possible. That probably strikes some people as counter-intuitive. If you are a Christian reading this you might be thinking, “How could he seriously say that he wants atheists to become more informed atheists? He is fighting for the enemy!” If you are an atheist reading this you may be thinking “I thought the goal for Christians was to silence all other views and force their propaganda down everyone’s throats.” Please do not misunderstand me. There is a very specific point that I am trying to make here. I am not saying that I want more people to become atheists. I am not saying that I want atheists to remain atheists. I make no apologies for the fact that, as a Christian, I want all people to come to the knowledge of Jesus Christ as savior and Lord. I am simply saying that as long as there are going to be atheists, I want them to be as well educated in atheism as they can possibly be. I want them to read all of the best (which doesn’t always mean the most popular) atheist literature. I want them to know the social, moral, and philosophical concepts and consequences like the back of their hand. I want them to see atheism as it truly as and not in some glamorized, watered down, or pseudo-spiritual hybrid form. No makeup; no Photoshop; just bare, naked atheism.
At this point someone might say, “Ah, but if you were an atheist you would realize how divisive and delusional Christianity really is and you would not want anyone to waste their life learning about it.” I hope you can see how that misses the point I am making. I am not saying that if I were an atheist I would encourage everyone to study the Bible and Christian theology. I am simply saying that I would want anyone who calls him or herself a Christian to be as informed about the God they claim to believe in and what the Bible says as possible. I would want them to see Christianity, not in some sort of well-meaning, wishful thinking, Jesus is my homeboy form, but as it truly is. No spin; nothing fake; just bare, naked Christianity.
Why do I say this? Because I believe that the truth matters…
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