Are Christians Afraid to Acknowledge Any Immaturity?
by Jason Wisdom
Suppose a professing Christian man told a group of atheists, “I was raised in an atheist home. I was a dedicated atheist until the age of 17. I wore atheist t-shirts and put an atheist bumper sticker on my first car. I even went to the Reason rally with a group of my friends.” Do you think they would be impressed? Do you think this would add any additional weight to the man’s Christian testimony in their eyes? Almost certainly not. Why? Because they rightly understand that, at only 17, he probably had a fairly immature understanding of atheism. A well-developed atheist worldview doesn’t just happen. It doesn’t really matter how committed he was to the cause, he was just a kid. That could easily be chalked up to his desire to fit in with a social group or draw attention to himself. Even exceptionally bright youngsters are still somewhat immature in the way they understand things at just 17 years old.
Why then are atheists so impressed, and Christians so intimidated, when a professing atheist says, “I was raised in a Christian home. I was a dedicated follower of Christ until the age of 17. I wore Christian t-shirts and put a W.W.J.D. bumper sticker on my first car. I was in youth group every week”? I think one possible reasons is that many Christians are afraid to admit, let alone address, the fact that it is entirely possible to have an immature understanding of Christianity. A well developed Christian worldview doesn’t just happen. I think the very idea makes some Christians squeamish…
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